Injury & Accident Law

1284 ABA Journal Injury & Accident Law articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Proposed $26B opioid settlement revealed; Florida judge reprimanded for noise response

Proposed $26B opioid settlement disclosed

Four companies involved in making and distributing opioids have disclosed a proposed $26 billion settlement that would end thousands of lawsuits by state and local…

Owner of Legal Genius law firm pleads guilty to conspiracy involving stolen police crash reports
A Michigan lawyer who ran the Legal Genius law firm has pleaded guilty in an alleged scheme to steal nonpublic traffic crash reports from the Detroit Police Department.
Man accused of staging crashes is shot and killed; indictment suggests more charges coming
A New Orleans man accused of staging crashes with 18-wheeler trucks was shot and killed last Tuesday, just four days after his indictment.
Causation is an issue in suits against cruise lines by passengers who contracted COVID-19
Two federal judges last month dismissed cases filed by passengers who blamed Princess Cruise Lines for their COVID-19 illness.
Well-known lawyer was shot and killed by his son, who then killed himself, family friend says
A well-known Florida personal injury lawyer was shot and killed Wednesday by his oldest son, who also shot the lawyer’s girlfriend before killing himself, according to a family friend.
No takebacks? Settlement offer missing a zero can be withdrawn, appeals court says
A settlement offer for one-tenth of the intended amount can be rescinded after it was mistakenly sent to an insurer by a lawyer’s paralegal, a Florida appeals court has ruled.
Amazon may be liable for injuries caused by defective products sold by third-party vendors, court rules
A California appeals court ruled Thursday that Amazon can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by defective products sold by third-party vendors through its online marketplace.
Lawyer’s sexual harassment was ‘monstrous and inhuman,’ lawsuit alleges
A sexual harassment lawsuit filed against a Kentucky lawyer claims that he sexually harassed two employees with "outrageous and intolerable" conduct, leading one of them to threaten to cut off his exposed penis.
Former law firm partner suspended for approving settlements without telling insurer client
A former partner at Goldberg Segalla in its Pennsylvania office has been suspended for three years for settling cases without informing the insurer who hired his law firm.
Lawyer disbarred for secretly referring his law firm’s clients to outside lawyers
A Pennsylvania lawyer has consented to disbarment after his conviction for defrauding his law firm out of $3.4 million by secretly referring its personal injury clients to outside lawyers for a cut of the fees generated.
Afternoon Briefs: State chief justices on racial inequality; court worker fired for tearing down signs in video

State high courts, chief justices issue racial injustice statements

A growing number of state chief justices are issuing public statements following the death of George Floyd. Many of the…

Lawyer who ‘actively avoided’ payment of malpractice settlement gets suspension
An Ohio lawyer who “actively avoided” paying a $25,000 malpractice settlement has been suspended from law practice.
Coronavirus on board: Lawyer’s parents were trapped on a contaminated cruise ship

Florida plaintiffs lawyer Debi F. Chalik remembers the moment she decided to file suit against Princess Cruises for negligence arising from the COVID-19 outbreak on the Grand Princess ship. It was March 6, and she was home watching Vice President Mike Pence deliver a televised briefing that included an update on the status of the Grand Princess.

Suing a cruise line? There are a boatload of challenges unique to the industry

Bringing a case against an ocean cruise line is challenging. Plaintiffs lawyers say these cases are highly specific and highly specialized, governed by myriad legal standards and subject to investigative challenges. It’s an area so unique that it’s easy for a novice lawyer to make an honest mistake that can permanently sink an otherwise meritorious case.

Nearly 300 federal suits stem from pandemic; 101 ‘business interruption’ cases filed; what’s next?
Nearly 300 federal lawsuits filed in the months of March and April stem from the COVID-19 pandemic, a number that is likely to continue to expand.

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