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Suit Alleges Conn. Plant Ignored Safety Procedures

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – (AP) Two workers injured in a power plant explosion filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that proper safety procedures were not followed, and an attorney said that included live electricity running through the site, workers welding and a gas-fueled torch heater running when...

Government Urges Dismissal Of Carbon Dioxide Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The federal government on Aug. 25 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a lower court decision to reinstate two lawsuits seeking to limit carbon dioxide emissions, arguing that new greenhouse gas regulations have displaced public nuisance cause of actions ( American...

Government Sues 3 Biggest Credit Cards, Settles With 2

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Justice Department on Monday sued the three largest U.S. credit card companies for anticompetitive practices and reached a proposed settlement with two of them, MasterCard and Visa. "We want to put more money in consumers' pockets, and by eliminating credit card companies'...

N.C. Judge Bars Ads Claiming Harm From Water Bottles

RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) A North Carolina company that touted its stainless steel water bottles on television and the Internet as a safer alternative to plastic water bottles has been ordered to stop making those claims. The International Bottled Water Association sued Eco Canteen Inc. of Charlotte in federal...

L.A. Teachers Union Will Challenge Layoff Pact

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The Los Angeles teachers union is promising to challenge a proposed agreement that would change how teachers are laid off in the nation's second-largest school district, while education experts hail it as a landmark that could pave the way for changes in urban districts across...

Vince McMahon Sues Over WWE Garb At Connecticut Polls

HARTFORD, Conn. - (AP) World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon, the husband of U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop local election workers from asking WWE fans to cover up their wrestling garb at the polls. Vince McMahon, also president of the...

2 Lawsuits Challenge U.S. Defense Of Marriage Act

NEW YORK - (AP) Two new lawsuits have been filed on behalf of gay and lesbian couples in four states to challenge a 1996 law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

U.S. High Court Agrees To Take Up Case Over Energy Companies' Emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (Mealey's) The nation's high court on Dec. 6 granted a petition for certiorari filed by five power companies seeking review of a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling reinstating two Clean Air Act (CAA) lawsuits brought by eight states seeking to limit the companies'...

N.Y. Attorney General Sues Online Tobacco Sites

MINEOLA, N.Y. - (AP) Six website operators are violating a state law that bans the online sale of tobacco to customers in New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday. Schneiderman said lawsuits were filed a day earlier in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeking $5,000 in fines for each...

Feds Settle Case Of Woman Fired Over Facebook Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Employers should think twice before trying to restrict workers from talking about their jobs on Facebook or other social media. That's the message the government sent on Monday as it settled a closely watched lawsuit against a Connecticut ambulance company that fired an employee...

Dead Woman's Sister Seeks $1 Million From Ex-Rep., Bar

HARTFORD, Conn. - (AP) Two years after a Connecticut woman was found frozen to death in several inches of snow, her sister is asking a state judge to secure $1 million in assets apiece from a former state lawmaker and a Cromwell tavern in case she wins a lawsuit blaming them. . . . Full version available...

Connecticut Hospital Settles Doctor Sex Abuse Lawsuits

HARTFORD, Conn. - (AP) A hospital on Monday settled lawsuits with 32 people who say they were sexually abused by a prominent, now-dead doctor believed to have molested scores of children over three decades with a bogus human growth study. The deal between the plaintiffs and St. Francis Hospital and Medical...

Connecticut Man Wins Nearly $1 Million For Botched Eye Surgery

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (AP) A 60-year-old Army veteran won a $925,000 settlement with the Department of Veterans Affairs after he was blinded in one eye during a routine outpatient cataract operation, his attorney said Monday. Jose Goncalves of Hartford was blinded in his right eye when a third-year resident...

New York Court Reinstates Lawsuit By New Haven Fireman

NEW YORK - (AP) Reviving a lawsuit brought by a black firefighter, a federal appeals court decision on Monday raised new questions about the impact of a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the reverse-discrimination lawsuit brought by 17 white firefighters and one Hispanic firefighter seeking promotions...

$4 Million In Compensatory Damages Awarded By Connecticut Jury In Prempro Breast Cancer Trial

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (Mealey's) A Connecticut federal jury on April 18 awarded a plaintiff and her husband $4 million in compensatory damages after finding that the hormone replacement therapy drug Prempro caused the plaintiff's breast cancer ( Margaret B. Fraser, et al. v. Wyeth, Inc., et al....

Williams Mullen - Libor Litigation: The Next Big Wave In Financial Crisis Lawsuits?

By Camden R. Webb and Robert D. Perrow In June, Barclays Bank agreed to pay $453 million to settle charges that its conduct resulted in manipulation of the Libor interest rate. Although lawsuits involving potential Libor manipulation had been pending for nearly two years prior to the settlement, "Libor...

William A. Ruskin: Trademark Licensors As 'Apparent Manufacturers' In Product Liability Cases

By William A. Ruskin Although by no means a "hell hole" jurisdiction, it is difficult for a peripheral asbestos defendant to obtain summary judgment in Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut. Once summary judgment is denied, many asbestos defendants with questionable liability will often...

William A. Ruskin: Student Bitten By Tick: Hotchkiss School On Hook For $41.75 Million

By William A. Ruskin On March 27, 2013, a jury in federal district court in Bridgeport, Connecticut awarded Cara Munn, a 20-year-old woman who formerly attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, $41,750,000 in a case styled Orson D. Munn III et al. v. The Hotchkiss School , No. 3:09cv0919...

Conn. Federal Judge Awards $1.7 Million In Punitive Damages In Prempro Breast Cancer Case

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — (Mealey’s) Applying Connecticut law governing punitive damages in product liability actions, a Connecticut federal judge on Aug. 5 awarded $1,769,932 to a woman and her husband, who in April 2012 were awarded $4 million in compensatory damages by a jury ( Margaret B. Fraser...

Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 10 Medical Malpractice Verdicts of 2014

During 2014, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable medical malpractice verdicts from across the country. This informal list of top 10 cases captured our attention, so we thought you might like to hear about them. Our list includes substantial plaintiff’s...

Teenage Girl Ordered to Undergo Chemotherapy Treatment

Pathological tests showed conclusively that Cassandra, a seventeen-year-old girl, was suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer that was invariably fatal if not treated, but that had a high probability of cure if treated in a timely manner. Interrupting chemotherapy treatment of the disease...