Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice

  • June 26, 2024

    Red Roof Trafficking Case Settled In Middle Of Trial

    The corporate owners of two Red Roof Inn locations in Atlanta and 11 women who claim they were trafficked there for years without intervention have reached a midtrial settlement ending the case.

  • June 26, 2024

    NJ Panel Tosses Malpractice Suit Over COVID-19 Death

    A New Jersey appellate panel on Wednesday dismissed medical malpractice claims against a nursing home and doctor who discharged a patient without waiting for the results of her COVID-19 test, which turned out to be positive, an omission that preceded the death of her husband from the virus.

  • June 26, 2024

    LVMH Can't Yet Collect $490K Award From Former Legal Exec

    A Manhattan judge on Wednesday confirmed LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.'s $490,000 arbitration win for a former legal executive's alleged contract violations, but declined to enforce the payment until the two sides resolve a related sexual harassment and retaliation dispute.

  • June 26, 2024

    Ga. Panel Affirms Child Care Center Win In Car Crash Row

    The Georgia Court of Appeals has upheld a trial court's order granting judgment to a University of Georgia child care center in an auto accident suit, holding the center's attendance policy for employees isn't enough to hold it liable for a crash that took place during a teacher's commute. 

  • June 26, 2024

    Tennis Player Looks To Preserve $9M Verdict Against USTA

    Tennis pro Kylie McKenzie has urged a Florida federal court to keep intact a $9 million judgment and deny the U.S. Tennis Association's bid for a new trial, arguing the organization is liable for the sexual assault she suffered at the hands of her coach.

  • June 26, 2024

    Pa. Justices Won't Hear Elliott Greenleaf Atty's $11M Fee Fight

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will not review decisions denying a former Elliott Greenleaf attorney a cut of an $11 million referral fee for a personal injury client, after lower courts found a letter from the client requesting that the lawyer be paid was not valid and otherwise presented too late.

  • June 25, 2024

    FAA Not Off The Hook In Nevada Plane Crash, 9th Circ. Rules

    The Federal Aviation Administration has been dragged back into a $6.5 million lawsuit accusing it of causing a fatal single-engine plane crash, killing its pilot and passenger, after the Ninth Circuit ruled that the agency's air traffic controller breached his duty of reasonable care.

  • June 25, 2024

    $9.9M Settlement OK'd In Nev. School District Child Abuse Suit

    A Nevada federal judge has approved a deal between a family and the Clark County School District ending claims that it abused their nonverbal autistic child with a $9.95 million settlement.

  • June 25, 2024

    Norfolk Southern Torched In NTSB Final Derailment Findings

    Norfolk Southern used "reprehensible" tactics to interfere with the investigation into last year's derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and pushed for an "unnecessary" controlled vent and burn of highly flammable vinyl chloride during the accident's chaotic aftermath, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

  • June 25, 2024

    Sandy Hook Families Split Over Alex Jones Ch. 7 Stay Ask

    Two groups of plaintiffs that hold more than $1.5 billion in combined claims against right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his online media network have differing views on how those claims should be collected, taking opposite stances on a Chapter 7 trustee's request to pause collection actions against Jones' company.

  • June 25, 2024

    Flint Judge Wants To Keep City 'Motivated' To Fix Lead Pipes

    A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday all but approved a proposal from the state to step in and help the city of Flint finish replacing lead water service lines and restoring properties for residents, noting the city's repeated failures to meet its obligations under a 7-year-old settlement agreement.

  • June 25, 2024

    Conn. Firefighters Sue Over PFAS In Protective Gear

    Connecticut firefighters slapped 3M, DuPont and 17 others with a proposed class action on Tuesday, alleging they have been exposed to dangerous levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, contained in their protective gear manufactured and sold by the companies.

  • June 25, 2024

    Cardinals Want Arbitration In, Family Out Of Defamation Suit

    The Arizona Cardinals, owner Michael Bidwill and their crisis communications company and law firm, which collectively lost an NFL defamation grievance by a former team executive earlier this year, now want a federal defamation suit sent to league-mandated arbitration.

  • June 25, 2024

    Texas Man Says Injury Claim Against Shell Can't Be Arbitrated

    A Texas man whose foot had to be amputated following an accident on a Nigerian offshore drilling rig is fighting a Shell subsidiary's bid to send the personal injury dispute to arbitration in the Netherlands, saying the company has been actively litigating the case for years.

  • June 25, 2024

    6th Circ. Revives Part Of Barge Worker's Lung Injury Suit

    The Sixth Circuit has revived a maintenance and cure claim brought by a former crew member on one of Marathon Petroleum Co. LP's barges, saying there's enough evidence to create a question of whether his lung deterioration manifested during his service on the vessel.

  • June 25, 2024

    Ga. Mom Calls Insurer's Escape Bid From Rape Suit 'Illusory'

    The mother of a minor who was allegedly kidnapped and raped after a shooting at an Atlanta-area skating rink said Monday that a bid by the rink's insurance company to escape liability cannot stand.

  • June 25, 2024

    Man Convicted Of Crypto-Motivated Break-Ins, Kidnappings

    A Florida man was convicted Tuesday in North Carolina federal court of leading a robbery crew that broke into people's homes, kidnapped them and stole Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency.

  • June 25, 2024

    Katt Williams Must Face Atlanta Assault Claims, Judge Says

    Katt Williams won't be able to escape a lawsuit brought by four women who say they were jumped and threatened at gunpoint by the comedian and his entourage outside an Atlanta nightclub, after a Georgia federal judge allowed most of their case to go forward Tuesday.

  • June 25, 2024

    Law Firm Boss Admitted Breaking Ethics Rule, Regulator Says

    Connecticut attorney discipline authorities told a state court Monday that the managing partner of a Hartford-based personal injury and employment law firm cannot walk back an admission to a rule violation, reaffirming earlier calls to suspend Emanuele R. Cicchiello for threatening a criminal probe and downloading a departing junior attorney's personal emails.

  • June 25, 2024

    Schouest Bamdas Opens Dallas Office With 6-Partner Hire

    Schouest Bamdas Soshea BenMaier & Eastham PLLC has expanded its footprint in Texas by launching a new office in Dallas with six new partners from Hartline Barger LLP, it said in an official announcement Tuesday.

  • June 25, 2024

    USA Swimming's Suit Against Watchdog Can Continue

    A nonprofit watchdog cannot escape possible financial ramifications related to a botched investigation into false sexual misconduct accusations, after a Colorado state judge ruled it must face an indemnification lawsuit brought by USA Swimming after the accused boy's mother sued the organization.  

  • June 25, 2024

    Atlanta City Council To Consider $2M Settlement In Taser Case

    Atlanta's City Council is set to consider a $2 million settlement next week in a case in which two college students allege they were pulled from their car and Tasers used on them by police in 2020 during protests related to the police killing of George Floyd.

  • June 24, 2024

    Chevron's $120M Trial Loss Reinstated By Calif. Appeals Court

    A California appellate court says Chevron cannot get another trial after a jury found it liable for the negligent operation of an oil field, overturning a lower court's ruling that the company was entitled to a new trial because a juror failed to disclose a decades-old criminal conviction.

  • June 24, 2024

    PacifiCorp To Pay Another $150M To Resolve Wildfire Claims

    PacifiCorp will shell out another $150 million to roughly 380 plaintiffs resolving "substantially all individual claims" stemming from the 2020 Slater wildfire in California, the company announced Monday, adding to the hundreds of millions of dollars the utility has already paid over wildfire-related claims.

  • June 24, 2024

    5th Circ. Won't Revive Texas' Homemade Gun-Silencer Fight

    The Fifth Circuit refused Friday to revive a challenge by Texas residents and attorney general against federal laws regulating the manufacturing of firearm silencers, finding the residents lack standing, since vague intentions to make silencers aren't enough to establish injury, and the state can't voluntarily litigate its residents' personal claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Insurance Industry Asbestos Reserve Estimates Are Unreliable

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    Insurance regulators rely on industry self-reporting in approving insurance company reorganizations, but AM Best data reveals that actuarial and audit estimates have been setting perniciously low levels of loss reserves for asbestos liabilities and thus should be treated with deep skepticism, says Jonathan Terrell at KCIC.

  • Employers Should Take Surgeon's Sex Bias Suit As A Warning

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    A Philadelphia federal jury's recent verdict in a sex bias suit over Thomas Jefferson University's inaction on a male plaintiff's sexual harassment complaint is a reminder to employers of all stripes about the importance of consistently applied protocols for handling complaints, say attorneys at Williams & Connolly.

  • Wildfire Challenges For Utility Investors: Regs And Financing

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    For investors in public utilities, wildfire liability considerations include not only regulatory complexities, but also bankruptcy claims resolution, financing judgments and settlements, and how to leverage organizational structures to maximize investment protections, say David Botter and Lisa Schweitzer at Cleary.

  • Litigation Inspiration: A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Wildfire Challenges For Utility Investors: Liability Theories

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    The greater frequency and scale of wildfires in the last several years have created operational and fiscal challenges for electric utility companies, including new theories of liability and unique operational and risk management considerations — all of which must be carefully considered by utility investors, say David Botter and Lisa Schweitzer at Cleary.

  • 5 Ways To Hone Deposition Skills And Improve Results

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    Depositions must never be taken for granted in the preparations needed to win a dispositive motion or a trial, and five best practices, including knowing when to hire a videographer, can significantly improve outcomes, says James Argionis at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Series

    Skiing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    A lifetime of skiing has helped me develop important professional skills, and taught me that embracing challenges with a spirit of adventure can allow lawyers to push boundaries, expand their capabilities and ultimately excel in their careers, says Andrea Przybysz at Tucker Ellis.

  • Opinion

    High Court Should Endorse Insurer Standing In Bankruptcy

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    In Truck Insurance Exchange v. Kaiser Gypsum, the U.S. Supreme Court will examine bankruptcy standing doctrine as applied to insurers in mass tort cases, and should use the opportunity to eliminate spurious standing roadblocks to resolving insurer objections on their merits, says Frank Perch at White and Williams.

  • Assessing CDC's Revised Guideline On Opioid Prescriptions

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    Kenneth Weinstein, Nicholas Van Niel and Kate Uthe at Analysis Group look at newly available data to evaluate the impact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's revised opioid monitoring guideline have had on prescription trends in recent years, highlighting both specific and overall decreases.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Forget Everything You Know About IRAC

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    The mode of legal reasoning most students learn in law school, often called “Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion,” or IRAC, erroneously frames analysis as a separate, discrete step, resulting in disorganized briefs and untold obfuscation — but the fix is pretty simple, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • How Echoing Techniques Can Derail Witnesses At Deposition

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    Before depositions, defense attorneys must prepare witnesses to recognize covert echoing techniques that may be used by opposing counsel to lower their defenses and elicit sensitive information — potentially leading to nuclear settlements and verdicts, say Bill Kanasky and Steve Wood at Courtroom Sciences.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Perspectives

    Compassionate Release Grants Needed Now More Than Ever

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    After the U.S. Sentencing Commission's recent expansion of the criteria for determining compassionate release eligibility, courts should grant such motions more frequently in light of the inherently dangerous conditions presented by increasingly understaffed and overpopulated federal prisons, say Alan Ellis and Mark Allenbaugh at the Law Offices of Alan Ellis.

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