Tort Law

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Class Action Curbs Defeated in Calif.

A bill to restrict class action suits has been defeated in the California legislature.

The bill would have allowed defendants to appeal decisions to certify a class and to contact…

Lawyer Disappointed in Tobacco Punitives

A $250,000 punitive damages award was something of a victory for two tobacco companies in the retrial of a suit filed by a smoker who later died.

Madelyn Chaber, who…

350-Plus Seroquel Suits May Be Pressure Tactic

Patients who took the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel filed more than 350 lawsuits last month in Delaware state courts.

The filings could be an effort to force drug maker AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals…

Subprime Loan Frenzy Spawns Litigation Storm

As Lelon DeWitt was undergoing quadruple bypass heart surgery in Elkhart, Indiana in 2004, a subprime mortgage broker caught up with his wife, in the hospital waiting room. It was…

NY Lawyer, Crushed by 300-Pound Fan, Sues Mets

A Manhattan attorney who says her back was broken when she was crushed by an apparently drunken and unruly 300-pound fan who fell on her at a New York Mets…

Trial Lawyers Decry Judge’s $65M Pants Suit

Often a target itself of claims by big business that it promotes frivolous litigation, a well-known American trial lawyer group is now pointing the finger at someone else.

A Washington,…

New Zealand Vets Ask Billions re Agent Orange

New Zealand veterans of the Vietnam War reportedly may sue their government for billions of dollars in compensation for injuries allegedly caused by use of the dioxin-containing defoliant Agent Orange.

No Punitive Damages in Wrongful Adoption Case

Even though an adoption agency apparently intentionally withheld information about severe mental illness among the parents and grandparents of a child from his adoptive family decades ago, it cannot be…

Chase Video Speeds Supreme Court Into Internet Age

A video clip posted next to an opinion this week on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Web site has launched the high court into the Internet Age. Hence, the video, which…

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Judge Switches Hats to Accommodate Con Who Wants to Get Hitched Before Doing His Hitch

You’re Fired

Those words say the same thing in any language, but their legal meaning may vary drastically from country to country

Tort Refomers, Trial Lawyers Rank States

Trial lawyers and tort reformers issued competing state rankings Wednesday.

A survey of general counsel released by a tort reform group found that general counsel perceive West Virginia…

How Much is that Doggie in the Window Worth?

An advocacy group for animals has drafted an amicus brief that argues pet owners should receive compensation for emotional distress caused by the loss of their animals.

Pet owners traditionally…

Study: Doctors Win Most Med-Mal Suits

Juries in medical malpractice cases find for physicians more often than plaintiffs, a researcher told the New Jersey Law Journal.

Around 30 percent of medical…

Lawyer Raps ‘Paralyzed’ Client, Opposing Counsel

A lawyer whose medical malpractice client claimed paralysis, then was caught on videotape walking with a cane, questions why defense lawyers waited almost two years to disclose the tape.

John…

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