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Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Vaccine Preemption
Posted on 12 Oct 2010 by Michael Lefkowitz

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The extent to which tort claims for alleged vaccine injury are permitted by legislation that created a federal compensation system was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 12 ( Russell Bruesewitz, et al. v. Wyeth... Read More

Jury Gives Florida Smoker's Widow Fraction Of Punitive Damages She Sought
Posted on 20 Aug 2010 by Gerald C. Matics

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida jury on Aug. 19 handed a smoker's widow $270,000 in punitive damages, two weeks after awarding her a net $2.2 million compensatory award; the amount of punitive damages is far less even than that suggested... Read More

High Court's Certiorari Denial Allows Digital Music Antitrust Class To Proceed
Posted on 11 Jan 2011 by Mark Rogers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 10 declined to grant a petition for certiorari filed by the nation's four top record labels, which sought review of a ruling by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that allowed... Read More

Government Urges Dismissal Of Carbon Dioxide Lawsuits
Posted on 26 Aug 2010 by Samantha Drake

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... Read More

Jury Awards $71M In Case Alleging Distribution Of Cigarettes To Children
Posted on 15 Dec 2010 by Michael Lefkowitz

BOSTON -- (Mealey's) A Massachusetts jury awarded $71 million in compensatory damages on Dec. 14 to the estate and only son of a woman who said she began smoking free Newport cigarettes handed out in her neighborhood by Lorillard Tobacco Co., according... Read More

Illinois High Court Won't Block Reopening Of $10.1 Billion Light Cigarette Case
Posted on 29 Sep 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - (Mealey's) The Illinois Supreme Court on Sept. 28 declined to hear Philip Morris Inc.'s appeal of an intermediate appeals court ruling that reopens a case that resulted in a $10.1 billion verdict against the tobacco giant for... Read More

Abbott, B. Braun, Boehringer Ingelheim Settle Drug-Pricing Cases For $421M
Posted on 8 Dec 2010 by Tom Moylan

BOSTON -- (Mealey's) Drug and medical supply makers Abbott Laboratories Inc., B. Braun Medical Inc. and Roxane Laboratories (now known as Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Inc.) have agreed to pay a total of $421 million to settle False Claims Act allegations... Read More

Philadelphia Housing Authority, Others Settle Mold-Related Claims For $11.78 Million
Posted on 5 May 2010 by Lisa M. Hickey

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) and others on May 3 agreed to settle for more than $11 million claims alleged by a tenant that unsafe conditions, including mold contamination, in a home rented through a federally... Read More

9th Circuit Panel Reinstates $280 Million Verdict In Apollo Group Investor Class Action
Posted on 28 Jun 2010 by Timothy Raub

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) Ruling that a federal district court erred in granting Apollo Group Inc. judgment as a matter of law, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 23 reversed the district court's ruling and remanded with instructions... Read More

Attack Of The 300-Foot Tower: University of Texas Files Trademark Suit To Protect Campus Landmark
Posted on 25 Feb 2011 by Travis Burchart

Many universities can boast of a famous landmark -- Notre Dame has the Grotto, Duke has its University Chapel, UC San Diego has the Geisel Library, the University of Wisconsin has the Red Gym. Of the more famous, the University of Texas has the UT Tower... Read More

Alabama Leaders Clash Over How To Proceed Against BP
Posted on 9 Sep 2010 by HB Litigation Conferences

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A power struggle is developing in Alabama over how to proceed with claims against those responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Attorney General Troy King on Aug. 12 sued BP, Transocean and others in the Middle District of... Read More

Supreme Court Finds Employer Liable For Antimilitary Bias That Influenced Firing
Posted on 1 Mar 2011 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An employer is liable under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) for its management-level employee's antimilitary bias if that bias is intended to cause an adverse employment... Read More

Federal Judge Rejects Marlboro Smokers' Medical Monitoring Claims
Posted on 18 Jan 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - (Mealey's) A New York federal judge on Jan. 13 dismissed a lawsuit by Marlboro smokers seeking certification of a class to require Philip Morris USA to pay for medical monitoring, saying that because all cigarettes are dangerous,... Read More

From Cost To Profit Centre: Redefining The Role Of The Legal Department
Posted on 2 Nov 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LONDON, 2 November 2010 - Management boards and general counsel are urged to revaluate the remit of their legal teams in a thought-provoking new report, "The Profitable Legal Department: How legal departments can prosper by generating revenue for... Read More

$37 Million Settlement Reached In Tronox Investor Class Action Lawsuit
Posted on 8 Aug 2012 by Timothy Raub

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Shareholders and defendants in a securities class action lawsuit against a chemical company, certain of its officers and directors and others have agreed to a $37 million settlement of all federal securities law claims, according... Read More