Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice

  • February 09, 2024

    2 Women Get $24.5M Award In Philly Motel Trafficking Claims

    An arbitrator has awarded $24.5 million to two women forced into prostitution as teenagers at the Philadelphia motel where they were subject to human trafficking, their lawyers said Friday, which the motel's owner will have to pay.

  • February 09, 2024

    San Francisco Diocese Asks For More Time On Ch. 11 Plan

    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco has asked a California bankruptcy judge for three more months to file a Chapter 11 plan, saying it is following the blueprint of other diocesan bankruptcies in pursuing mediation with childhood sexual abuse claimants to get to a consensual plan, and that it needs more time to work toward that goal.

  • February 09, 2024

    Xcel Wants Trial Moved From Where Colo. Wildfire Raged

    Xcel Energy wants to move litigation over a 2021 wildfire to a county away from where the fire occurred, arguing the widespread trauma caused by the fire in Boulder County, Colorado, would make it too difficult to find impartial jurors.

  • February 09, 2024

    American Airlines Escapes Passenger's Ear Injury Suit

    A Texas appeals court has thrown out claims from an American Airlines Inc. passenger who alleged he suffered from tinnitus after feeling a pop in his ears when the pilot made an announcement, saying he didn't address the bulk of the airline's arguments.

  • February 09, 2024

    Social Media Is Now A 'Product,' But Forget New Regs In 2024

    A grassroots parental movement demanding federal regulations to hold social media accountable for harming children is unlikely to see success in Congress this election year, but families are hearing a change in how lawmakers and tech executives call these platforms "products" instead of digital publishers, which could impact how liability claims play out in court.

  • February 09, 2024

    11th Circ. Won't Restore Sex Trafficking Suit Against Ga. Hotel

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday rejected a woman's attempt to revive her lawsuit claiming that a Georgia hotel owner knowingly benefited from years of her forced prostitution, ruling there wasn't enough evidence to show the company took part in sex trafficking.

  • February 09, 2024

    Widow Can Sue Trucking Co.'s Agent Over Policy, Panel Says

    The widow of a man who died in a trucking accident may proceed with her suit accusing the company's insurance agent of negligently procuring an excess policy, a Michigan state appeals court held, finding that an assignment of rights to the widow did not release the company from liability.

  • February 09, 2024

    Lack Of Expert Won't Derail CSX Engineer's Hearing Loss Suit

    An Alabama federal court has ruled a former engineer for CSX Transportation Inc. can pursue his negligence claims against the railroad company, saying a layperson can understand how being close to a loud train horn could cause hearing loss without an expert's explanation.

  • February 09, 2024

    Thompson Coe Atty Is Starting His Own Plaintiffs Firm

    Houston trial lawyer Will Moye, who has defended clients such as the Houston Astros, Chevron and Ford Motor Co. against personal injury and product liability claims, announced he's switching sides and will launch his own firm representing injured plaintiffs.

  • February 09, 2024

    NJ Courts Reject Liability In Ex-Judge's Harassment Suit

    The New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts asked a state court to remove it as a defendant from a municipal court administrator's sexual harassment suit against a former municipal judge, saying the parties were not employees of the AOC.

  • February 09, 2024

    23andMe Led To Late Father And $28M Verdict, Woman Says

    A Massachusetts woman's successful quest to learn her father's identity through the ancestry-tracking company 23andMe took a surprising turn when she later learned her new flesh-and-blood relatives left her out of her father's wrongful death suit that resulted in a $28 million jury verdict, according to a state court lawsuit.

  • February 09, 2024

    Feds Seek Over 5 Years For NYC Atty In $18.8M Ponzi Scheme

    Federal prosecutors are seeking 5¼ to 6½ years in prison for a New York City attorney who admitted to running an $18.8 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded real estate investors, in addition to separately laundering funds from an expansive insurance fraud scheme.

  • February 09, 2024

    Boy Scouts' Abuse Victims Ask Justices To Halt Ch. 11 Plan

    Childhood sexual abuse survivors on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the Boy Scouts' bankruptcy plan and its fast-approaching claims deadline because they would be forced to waive liability for third parties, saying the high court is considering the same issue in the Purdue Pharma appeal.

  • February 09, 2024

    Off The Bench: NCAA NIL Rule Lives; Dartmouth Players Win

    In this week's Off The Bench, a Tennessee judge sends mixed signals to the NCAA in the fight over its NIL recruiting ban, Dartmouth's basketball players tally a win for college athletes' unionization efforts, and DraftKings tries to stop rival Fanatics from benefiting from a former executive who switched sides. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • February 09, 2024

    US Gun Cos. Will Ask Justices To Toss Mexico Trafficking Suit

    Smith & Wesson, Glock, Baretta and other gun companies said during a hearing Friday that they will turn to the U.S. Supreme Court after the First Circuit revived a suit by the Mexican government that seeks to hold the firearms industry responsible for thousands of trafficked weapons.

  • February 09, 2024

    Feds Ask High Court To Block 'Ghost Gun' Exemption

    The federal government is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and block an injunction exempting two companies that sell so-called ghost guns, which lack serial numbers, from a rule classifying the kits as firearms, saying the Fifth Circuit's current ruling creates a loophole that will result in a "flood" of untraceable weapons in the country.

  • February 08, 2024

    Service Failure On Expert Reports Dooms Texas Med Mal Case

    A medical malpractice suit over the death of a man admitted to a medical center for stomach pain will not move forward because two expert reports and accompanying curriculum vitae were not served on the defendant's doctor and facility quickly enough, a Texas appellate panel ruled Thursday.

  • February 08, 2024

    TikTok Targeted Female Exec In 'Kill List,' Bias Suit Says

    TikTok put a former marketing executive on a company "kill list" because she was a woman nearing 50 and ultimately fired her from her role after she complained about the prejudice she faced, according to a lawsuit filed against the social media company in New York federal court Thursday.

  • February 08, 2024

    Disbarred Ex-DA Not Immune In False Felony Suit, Rival Says

    A former Colorado district attorney has urged a federal judge to keep alive his case accusing his disbarred successor and political rival of falsely charging him with felony embezzlement, while dropping some claims, arguing that absolute prosecutorial immunity or qualified immunity should not apply.

  • February 08, 2024

    Wash. Court Demurs On Ex-NFL Player Abuse Claim

    A Washington appeals court said it won't yet decide if domestic violence can be recognized as an ongoing tort — an issue raised in a woman's lawsuit accusing her ex-romantic partner, former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, of abuse — ruling on Thursday that the trial judge must make that call first.

  • February 08, 2024

    'Utter Chaos' If Duty To Defend Ruling Is Upheld, 5th Circ. Told

    Upholding a Texas district court's ruling that Kinsale Insurance Co. must defend wrongful death claims stemming from an amateur racing event because of policy ambiguities would create "utter chaos," the insurer told the Fifth Circuit on Thursday, noting the policy at issue involved standard-form exclusionary endorsements.

  • February 08, 2024

    Trustee Balks At Retroactive Atty Hire In Infowars Ch. 11 Case

    The Office of the U.S. Trustee opposed a retroactive retention of a law firm for the bankruptcy trustee in the Chapter 11 case of Alex Jones' Infowars radio show production company, saying there is no justification for failing to file a retention application for more than a year.

  • February 08, 2024

    Judge Urges NY Diocese, Abuse Claimants Into Ch. 11 Talks

    A New York bankruptcy judge sent the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre's Chapter 11 plan disclosures and voting procedures back for another round of rewrites Thursday, while urging it and representatives of sexual abuse claimants into talks.

  • February 08, 2024

    Senate Committee Advances FAA Reauthorization Bill

    A U.S. Senate panel on Thursday advanced multiyear legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration's safety and airport improvement programs, while also dedicating resources to hiring more air traffic controllers and inspectors, enhancing passenger protections, and integrating more drones and so-called air taxis.

  • February 08, 2024

    $1B DuPont Deal Gets Final OK In Firefighting Foam MDL

    A South Carolina federal judge on Thursday granted final approval to a $1.18 billion settlement involving chemical companies DuPont, Chemours and Corteva over drinking water polluted by so-called forever chemicals, dismissing objections raised by three Washington cities and the North Texas Municipal Water District, among others.

Expert Analysis

  • What Justices' Cert. Denial Of Terrorism Suit Means For Banks

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's denial of certiorari in Freeman v. HSBC Holdings lets stand the Second Circuit's decision on the narrow scope of conspiracy liability under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, providing protection for banks that otherwise could have faced liability for finance activities with limited connections to third parties' unlawful acts, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Louisiana's Toxic Tort Barrier May Be Weakening

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    Louisiana's short prescriptive period to bring a survival action has long served as an important barrier against toxic tort claims, but the plaintiffs bar will likely rely on the recent Fifth Circuit decision in Jack v. Evonik to argue that anyone who arguably suffered injury based on exposure to some toxic substance may have a claim, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • 3 Personal Jurisdiction Questions Mallory Leaves Unanswered

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    The due process framework that has cabined personal jurisdiction over nationwide and global businesses for the last eight decades looks increasingly precarious after this summer's fractured U.S. Supreme Court decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co., which left three key questions unanswered, says Andrew Rhys Davies at WilmerHale.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Justices Could Use Purdue To Resolve Related Circuit Split

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    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear Harrington v. Purdue Pharma to determine the validity of nonconsensual third-party releases in bankruptcy, but justices should also take the opportunity to resolve a related circuit split over the constitutional authority of bankruptcy judges to issue final rulings on such releases, says Benjamin Feder at Kelley Drye.

  • Cases Linking Baby Food, Autism Pose Causation Challenges

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    Major baby food producers are now in the crosshairs of regulators, consumer advocates and plaintiffs attorneys over allegations their products contain heavy metals that harm children's development — but it will be difficult for plaintiffs to establish causation, as shown by the lengthy court battles over tobacco and talc, says Vineet Dubey at Custodio & Dubey.

  • Suits Likely Over Nevada Law Limiting Claimant Injury Exams

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    A new Nevada law placing barriers on the mental or physical examinations that defendants use to evaluate claimants' injuries will likely spur waves of litigation to reconcile it with existing rules and practice, says Michael Lowry at Wilson Elser.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • The Likable Witness: 6 Personality Archetypes To Cultivate

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    During pretrial witness preparation sessions, a few key methods can help identify the likable personality type a witness intuitively expresses, which can then be amplified at trial to create an emotional connection with jurors, says Gillian Drake at On Trial Associates.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

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