N.J. Sailor's Death Gives Rise To Legal Battle

GARFIELD, N.J. - (AP) A federal judge found the Navy 80 percent negligent in the training death of Seaman Freddie Porter Jr., when it awarded $1.25 million to his mother, Cassita Massiah, last December. As it stands, it won't be the Navy paying Massiah. Instead, a company found to be 20 percent negligent...

High Court Wary Of Legal Fight Over Navy Plane

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court justices seemed in general agreement Tuesday that the best way to resolve a long-running, billion-dollar dispute between the government and two big defense contractors is to say, in Justice Antonin Scalia's words, "Go away." Or to put it another way...

New York Jury Awards $51 Million In 2 Asbestos Mesothelioma Trials

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A New York state jury on Aug. 17 awarded verdicts of $32 million and $19 million to two mesothelioma plaintiffs ( Ronald Dummitt, et al. v. A.W. Chesterton, et al. , No. 190196/2010, and David Konstantin, et al. v. 630 Third Avenue Associates, et al. , No. 090134/2010, N.Y....

Supreme Court: Medical Battery Suit Against United States May Proceed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A citizen may proceed with his lawsuit against the United States alleging medical battery by a Navy doctor acting within his scope of employment, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning ( Steven Alan Levin v. United States, et al. , No. 11-1351, U.S. Sup.)...