Tobacco Companies Say Smoker Was Not Addicted In Florida Case Closings (Watch The Video)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Closing statements by attorneys for three tobacco companies wrapped up on Aug. 27 in the Florida 17th Judicial Circuit Court for Broward County in a suit alleging that a longtime smoker’s death in March 2013 was caused by his smoking ( Heather Irimi...

Jurors Return Defense Verdict In Massachusetts’ 2nd Pelvic Mesh Bellwether Trial (Watch The Video Of Closing Arguments)

LOWELL, Mass. — (Mealey’s) A Massachusetts state court jury on Aug. 29 returned a defense verdict for Boston Scientific Corp. after 2-1/2 days of deliberations in the state’s second bellwether pelvic mesh trial ( Maria Cardenas v. Boston Scientific Corp. , No. MICV2012-02912, Mass....

Halliburton Agrees To Pay $1.1 Billion To Resolve Most Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (HESI), the company that was responsible for cement work for the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, on Sept. 2 filed an agreement in Louisiana federal court under which it will pay approximately $1.1 billion to resolve claims for...

MDL Jury Awards $3.27 Million In 2nd Ethicon Pelvic Mesh Trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — (Mealey’s) A West Virginia federal jury on Sept. 5 returned a $3.27 million verdict in the second Ethicon Inc. multidistrict litigation pelvic mesh bellwether trial (Jo Huskey, et al. v. Ethicon, Inc., et al., No. 2:12-5201, S.D. W.Va.). After deliberating for less...

Case of the Week: The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Oil Spill

Nearly 4 ½ years after the oil well beneath the "Deepwater Horizon” rig blew out and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, legal news surrounding the disaster again made headlines last week. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. announced an agreement...

Parties Dispute Cause Of Death In Suit Over Rollover Accident In Nevada Court (Watch The Videos)

LAS VEGAS — (Mealey’s) A jury in Nevada’s Eighth Judicial District Court heard opposing theories Sept. 9 about the cause of a Las Vegas man’s death in a rollover accident as opening statements got under way in a suit brought by his widow against Ford Motor Co. ( Teresa Trejo,...

Florida Jury Awards Smoker $26 Million In COPD Suit Against Philip Morris

FORT MYERS, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on Sept. 16 awarded $20 million in punitive damages to a woman who alleged that her chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) was caused by her years of smoking ( Judith Berger v. Philip...

August Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Verdicts And Settlements

During August, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts and settlements from across the country. This informal list of top five cases captured our attention this past month, so we thought you might like to hear about them. If you are interested...

HeadsUp for Washington State: Court Opinions From Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 To view the full text of these opinions, please visit: http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.recent or Lexis subscribers may use the links below to access the cases on either lexis.com or Lexis Advance. Division Two of the Court of Appeals filed 4 new...

California Official Reports: Electronic Advance Sheet – Court Opinions For Friday, September 19, 2014

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HeadsUp for Washington State: Court Opinions From Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 To view the full text of these opinions, please visit: http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.recent or Lexis subscribers may use the links below to access the cases on either lexis.com or Lexis Advance. The Supreme Court of Washington filed 3 new opinions...

California Official Reports: Electronic Advance Sheet – Court Opinions For Monday, September 22, 2014

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California Official Reports: Electronic Advance Sheet – Court Opinions For Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Parties Dispute Death Cause In Nevada Rollover Case Closing Arguments (Watch The Video Excerpts)

LAS VEGAS — (Mealey’s) Attorneys representing the widow of a man killed in a rollover crash and those representing Ford Motor Co., manufacturers of the vehicle involved in the crash, presented the jury in the Eighth Judicial District Court for Clark County, Nev., with opposing views on the...

HeadsUp for Washington State: Court Opinions From Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014 To view the full text of these opinions, please visit: http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.recent or Lexis subscribers may use the links below to access the cases on either lexis.com or Lexis Advance. Division One of the Court of Appeals filed 1 new published...

California Official Reports: Electronic Advance Sheet – Court Opinions For Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Norton Rose Fulbright: Former Executives Guilty Of Food Safety Violations

By Megan Fanale Engel and Cori Annapolen Goldberg On September 19th, a federal jury in Albany, GA found three former Peanut Company of America (“PCA”) executives guilty of felony charges related to food safety violations. Stewart Parnell, the former owner of PCA; Mary Wilkerson, the former...

HeadsUp for Washington State: Court Opinions From Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 To view the full text of these opinions, please visit: http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.recent or Lexis subscribers may use the links below to access the cases on either lexis.com or Lexis Advance. Division Two of the Court of Appeals filed 1 new...

California Official Reports: Electronic Advance Sheet – Court Opinions For Thursday, September 25, 2014

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California Official Reports: Electronic Advance Sheet – Court Opinions For Friday, September 26, 2014

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Florida Judge Declares Mistrial In Tobacco Case Because Of Witness Statement (Watch The Videos)

VIERA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court judge sitting in the Brevard County, Fla., 18th Judicial Circuit Court entered a mistrial on Sept. 26 after two weeks of trial in a wrongful death action brought by the widow of a longtime smoker because of a comment made by an expert witness for the...

Parties Dispute Nicotine Addiction Issue In Florida Suit’s Opening Statements (Watch The Videos)

TAMPA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) Trial got under way on Sept. 26 with opening statements in the Hillsborough County, Fla., 13th Judicial Circuit Court in a suit alleging that a woman’s death from lung cancer was caused by her 40 years of smoking ( James Lourie, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco...

California Official Reports: Electronic Advance Sheet – Court Opinions For Monday, September 29, 2014

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HeadsUp for Washington State: Court Opinions From Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Ballard Spahr LLP: 3rd Circuit Rejects Class Certification in Yet Another Consumer Case

By Burt M. Rublin and Joel E. Tasca Consistent with its recent emphasis on the stringency of class certification requirements in consumer cases, the Third Circuit recently affirmed the denial of class certification in a consumer case involving alleged overbilling practices, which implicated differing...