William A. Ruskin: Mary Carter And Other Agreements Should Be Disclosed To Juries

By William A. Ruskin As a general proposition, a defendant at trial suffers unfair prejudice when the court does not permit the jury to learn of certain facts that, if disclosed, would reveal a witness's bias or self-interest. If a witness with no apparent motive for lying gives strong testimony...

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...

William A. Ruskin: The Economic Loss Rule: An Under-Utilized But Not-So-Secret Weapon

By William A. Ruskin In a decision issued on March 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Florida reaffirmed Florida's commitment to adherence to the economic loss rule in product liability litigation. In Tiara Condominium Association, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. etc., et al. , No. SC10...

William A. Ruskin: Keeping Your Adversary's Environmental Expert Honest

By William A. Ruskin Law 360 reported on April 12, 2013 that Steven Donziger , counsel for the indigenous Ecuadorians known as the Lago Agrio plaintiffs, “meddled” in the preparation of a key environmental report used against Chevron as part of an effort to secure, by hook or by crook...