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Florida Jury Says Smoker Not Addicted, Returns Defense Verdict (Watch Video Excerpts Of The Closing Statements)

PENSACOLA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury returned a defense verdict May 21 in a suit alleging that the death of a former smoker from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease was caused by his years of smoking ( Ethel...

Arizona Jury Awards $2.5 Million To Estate Of Nursing Home Resident (Watch The Video Excerpts Of Opening, Closing Statements)

PHOENIX — (Mealey’s) An Arizona state court jury on May 22 awarded $2.5 million to the estate of a woman who contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) after developing a bedsore while in a nursing home ( The Estate of Doris L. Cote, et al. v. Five Star Quality Care Inc...

Washington Judge Hears Arguments In Suit Alleging Security System Was Faulty (Watch Video Excerpts Of Opening, Closing Statements)

SEATTLE — (Mealey’s) A Washington state court judge heard closing arguments May 27 in a suit alleging that negligent design and installation of a home security system allowed intruders to break into a home and seriously injure one of its occupants ( Deep Rawat, et al. v. Comcast Broadband...

Delaware Jury Awards $100 Million In Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Injury Case

WILMINGTON, Del. — (Mealey’s) A Delaware state court jury on May 28 awarded $100 million to a woman who says she was injured by pelvic mesh devices made by Boston Scientific Corp. ( Deborah A. Barba v. John C. Carlson, D.O., et al. , No. N11C-08-050, Del. Super., New Castle Co.). According...

Florida Jury Hears Openings In Suit Tying COPD Death To 50 Years Of Smoking (Watch Video Excerpts Of The Opening Statements)

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way in state court on June 4 in a suit alleging that a Florida man’s death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was caused by his addiction to cigarettes ( Joyce Hardin, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. , No. 07-46973-CA-22...

Jury Hears Openings In Florida Suit Alleging Electric Shock Caused Man’s Death (Watch The Videos)

SARASOTA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way June 4 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court for Manatee County, Fla., in a suit alleging that a 33-year-old man’s death from a pulmonary embolism stemmed from an electrical accident that occurred at a local school six years earlier ( Stephanie...

NTSB Says Engineer Was Not Using Cell Phone When Amtrak Train Derailed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) said June 10 that the engineer of an Amtrak passenger train that derailed in Philadelphia on May 12 was not using his cell phone at the time of the accident (NTSB Accident ID DCA 15MR010). The agency said analysis of...

Florida Jury Finds School Not Responsible For Death Following Electrical Exposure (Watch The Closing Argument Videos)

SARASOTA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court jury returned a defense verdict June 10 in a suit alleging that a 33-year-old man’s death from a pulmonary embolism stemmed from an electrical accident that occurred at a local school six years earlier ( Stephanie Goberman, et al. v. The Out...

California Jury Awards $2.5 Million In Wright Medical Technology Profemur R Hip Case

LOS ANGELES — (Mealey’s) A California state court jury on June 12 found that the femoral stem of a Wright Medical Technology Inc. Profemur R hip prosthesis was defectively manufactured and ordered the manufacturer to pay $2.5 million to a patient and his wife for pain, suffering and loss...

Texas Jury Awards $6.5 Million, Including $ 5 Million In Punitives, To Construction Worker Who Suffered Partial Foot Amputation Following Worksite Injury

On May 29, 2012, Rolando Cumpian was working for Leal Welding & Erection, Inc. in San Antonio, TX. At that time, Leal was operating as the subcontractor for Joeris General Contractors, Ltd., which was acting as the general contractor for a construction project at Dr. Folks Middle School. While on...

Florida Jury Awards $776,000 To Widow Of Smoker Who Died Of COPD (Watch The Closing Argument Videos)

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury awarded $776,000 June 18 to the widow of a man who died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after more than 50 years of smoking ( Joyce Hardin, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. , No. 07-46973-CA-22, Fla. 11th Jud. Cir.,...

Florida Jury Hears Openings In Trial Of Suit Filed By Widower Of Longtime Smoker (Watch The Opening Argument Video Excerpts)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way in Florida state court on June 23 with opening statements in a suit alleging that a woman’s death from lung cancer and other smoking-related diseases was caused by her addiction to cigarettes ( John McCoy, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds...

Florida Jury Hears Openings In Suit By Family Of Smoker Who Died Of Lung Cancer (Watch The Opening Statements Video Excerpts)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way with opening statements on July 22 in a suit alleging that a woman’s death from lung cancer was caused by her 52 years of smoking cigarettes manufactured by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. ( Lillian Kaplan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co...

Florida Jury Awards $11 Million To Former Smoker With COPD (Watch The Opening And Closing Statements Video Excerpts)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on Aug. 3 awarded $3.2 million in punitive damages to a woman who alleged that her years of smoking caused her to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that resulted in two lung transplants ( Elaine Jordan v. Philip...

Florida Jury Awards $1 Million To Estate Of Longtime Smoker Who Died Of Lung Cancer (Watch The Opening, Closing Statements Videos)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court jury awarded $1,028,000 Aug. 7 to the estate of a woman who developed constructive obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer after 52 years of smoking ( Lillian Kaplan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. , No. 08-19469, Fla. 17th Jud. Cir...

$25 Million Accutane Verdict Vacated On Appeal In New Jersey On Law Choice, Limitations

TRENTON, N.J. — (Mealey’s) A New Jersey appeals panel on Aug. 11 vacated a $25 million Accutane bowel injury verdict after finding that Alabama’s statute of limitations applied, rather than New Jersey’s, and that the plaintiff’s claim was time-barred ( Andrew McCarrell v...

Texas: Court Affirms Judgment on $680,000 Verdict Against Non-Subscribing Employer

In a personal injury case involving a workers’ compensation nonsubscriber, a Texas appellate court affirmed, for the most part, a judgment favoring an employee who sustained injuries when he was struck by a bundle of large-gauge wire used to make springs at the employer’s facility. The jury...

GM Will Pay $900 Million To Settle Defective Ignition Switch Claims

CHICAGO — (Mealey’s) General Motors LLC and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sept. 17 announced that they have reached a $900 million settlement of claims against the automaker pertaining to the company’s misleading of the government and the public with regard to faulty ignition...

Bullivant Houser Bailey PC: Interplay of the Washington Industrial Insurance Act and Asbestos Exposure Claims

By Melissa Tarab Although the Washington Industrial Insurance Act (WIIA) often provides the exclusive remedy for employees' tort claims against employers, there are exceptions. Attorneys filing asbestos personal injury claims have found creative ways to try to use those exceptions to their clients'...

Washington Jury Awards $21.5 Million To Cruise Ship Passenger Injured By Sliding Glass Door

James R. Hausman was on an Asia Pacific Grand Tour Cruise on the M/S Amsterdam that was offered by Holland America Line - U.S.A.; Holland America Line, Inc.; Holland America Line N.V.; and Hal Antillen N.V., (collectively, defendants). The cruise began in Seattle, Washington on Sept. 26, 2011 and returned...

A Much Needed New Resource from LexisNexis for Professionals Who Work at the Intersection of Insurance Coverage and Intellectual Property Claims

LexisNexis is pleased to present a new publication, Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property Claims: Personal and Advertising Injury, Media Liability and Cyber Claims. It brings clarity to several overlapping forms of insurance coverage that can potentially respond to a variety of intellectual property...

Maryland Top Court Finds Duty To Warn About Replacement Asbestos Parts

BALTIMORE — (Mealey’s) Manufacturers can be held liable for failure-to-warn under negligent and strict liability theories for parts the manufacturer reasonably knew would need replaced with asbestos-containing versions, Maryland’s top court held Dec. 18 ( Ruth Belche May, et al. v....

$5.5 Million Compensatory Verdict Returned In 1st Pelvic Mesh Trial In Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) A Pennsylvania state court jury on Dec. 21 returned a $5.5 million verdict in the first pelvic mesh case from the state’s complex litigation docket to go to trial, according to one of the plaintiff’s attorneys ( Patricia L. Hammons v. Ethicon Inc. , No...

Rowdy Golfer Can’t Keep Evidence From Jury In Personal Injury Case

A rowdy golfer who became teed off at police following a golf cart accident could not keep this evidence from the jury in a personal injury case stemming from an earlier accident, the Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District, ruled in Maniglia v. Carpenter, 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 16609, 40 Fla. L. Weekly...

4th Circuit Affirms $2 Million Award In 1st Pelvic Mesh Trial, Says 510(k) Not Probative

RICHMOND, Va. — (Mealey’s) In an expedited appeal, the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan.14 affirmed a $2 million verdict in the first pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation case to go to trial and affirmed the trial court’s exclusion of the device’s 510(k) clearance as...