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Injury & Accident Law

1325 ABA Journal Injury & Accident Law articles.

Weekly Briefs: ABA will ‘work expeditiously’ to rate SCOTUS nominee; parents of accused school shooter will stand trial

ABA president vows expeditious but through evaluation of SCOTUS nominee

The ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary will “work expeditiously” to evaluate U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji…

Relax with our favorite long reads of 2021

Feel like curling up next to the fireplace with a good read? Kevin Davis, the ABA Journal's managing editor, has curated a selection of our favorite feature stories that ran in the magazine and online in 2021.

Why this personal injury firm set up shop in the metaverse

Dating back to his time watching The Jetsons as a child, New Jersey lawyer Richard Grungo Jr. has been fascinated by depictions of the role that new technologies may play in the way that we live our future lives. In more recent years, his imagination has been captured by the possibilities offered by virtual reality.

Driver injured in collision with fortified mailbox can’t sue owners, top Ohio court says

Adjacent landowners owe no duty of care to a driver whose pickup truck hit a patch of black ice, veered off the road and hit their fortified mailbox in the right of way, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-2 decision.

Litigation funder is charged in staged accident plot; high interest rates left little cash for phony plaintiffs

Federal prosecutors have accused a Manhattan litigation financier of participating in a staged $31 million slip-and-fall scheme that recruited drug addicts and homeless people to serve as plaintiffs willing to undergo unnecessary surgeries.

Litigants claiming GEICO auto policy covers STD from car sex can’t proceed anonymously, judge rules

A car owner and his sexual partner can’t keep their names secret in litigation over their claim that GEICO’s auto and umbrella policies cover damages for a sexually transmitted disease contracted during sex in the insured car.

Infowars host who called Sandy Hook shooting a ‘giant hoax’ loses suits because of discovery abuse

Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is liable by default in three defamation lawsuits filed over his claims that the December 2012 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was a “giant hoax.”

Costly Collisions: A small-town personal injury case sends a powerful message to the trucking industry

The number of crashes involving large trucks has been rising during the past decade. And as the number of crashes has increased, so has the size of jury awards and settlements, often resulting in what some lawyers call “nuclear verdicts”—multimillion-dollar damages verdicts significantly higher than expected given the injuries in the case, generally in excess of $10 million.

Agreement giving lawyers ‘sole discretion’ to settle client’s case violates ethics rules, appeals court says

A California appeals court has voided a provision in a contingent-fee agreement that gave personal injury lawyers the “sole discretion” to settle a client’s case.

This law firm will pay $100K for best jingle ‘that pairs well with fighting for justice’

Go to Morgan & Morgan’s website, and you will see a banner touting $10 billion recovered for clients. Now, the personal injury law firm is prepared to pay $100,000 to one lucky person who writes the best “catchy, unforgettable jingle that pairs well with fighting for justice.”

5th Circuit rules for ‘The Hammer’ in lawyer’s trademark suit over purloined keywords and click-to-call ads

A Texas lawyer should get a chance to prove that consumers who entered his trademarked keywords in search engines were confused when they saw unlabeled advertisements, clicked on them, and found themselves calling a number that belonged to a legal referral group, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Software to power your personal injury law firm

Each month since April, I’ve been focusing on practice-area-specific law practice management software. This type of software is becoming increasingly prevalent as the overall demand for law practice management software increases.

Top state court is second to rule that gas stations can be liable for selling fuel to drunken drivers

Gasoline stations in New Mexico can be liable for selling fuel to drivers they know or have reason to know are intoxicated, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Akerman lawyer is appointed as receiver in condo collapse; who may be liable?

A Florida judge on Friday appointed an Akerman partner as a receiver to handle financial matters for the Champlain Towers South condo association in litigation over the building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

Judge tosses 238 oil-spill cases, citing law firm’s failure to respond to discovery requests

A federal judge in Pensacola, Florida, has dismissed 238 cases filed for cleanup workers who blame their medical problems on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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