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February Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Personal Injury Verdicts
Posted on 7 Mar 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

During February, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts from across the country. We’ve come up with an informal list of the top five cases that really captured our attention this... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Crafting A Strong E-Discovery Proposed Order
Posted on 24 Sep 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin In an earlier article on January 5, 2012 , we discussed how New York practitioners should stay abreast of important new rules and proposed rules governing e-discovery in both the state and federal courts in New York. At that time... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: 3rd Circuit Rejects Class Certification in Yet Another Consumer Case
Posted on 30 Sep 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Judicial Limitations On Emotional Distress Claims
Posted on 30 Aug 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin How much leeway should courts give to plaintiffs seeking recovery for emotional distress? Should claimants be permitted to seek recovery for emotional distress over the loss of family heirlooms, photographs or other objects to... Read More

MDL Jury Awards $3.27 Million In 2nd Ethicon Pelvic Mesh Trial
Posted on 8 Sep 2014 by Tom Moylan

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... Read More

Bench Trial Concludes In Case Over Coverage For Excess Skin Removal (Watch The Video)
Posted on 14 Apr 2015 by Bajeerah LaCava

ALAMEDA, Calif. — (Mealey’s)The bench trial in a class suit brought by members accusing Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. of violating California Health and Safety Code Section 1367.63 by denying all requests for surgery to remove excess... Read More

Plaintiff Awarded $1.5 Million In Second Bellwether Trial In Kugel Hernia Patch MDL
Posted on 23 Aug 2010 by Tom Moylan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (Mealey's) The second Kugel surgical patch bellwether trial went to the plaintiff Aug. 23 when a Rhode Island federal court jury awarded $1.5 million to a man who claims that the device caused him internal injuries ( In Re: Kugel... Read More

Pennsylvania State Court Jury Awards $2.5 Million In Risperdal Gynecomastia Trial
Posted on 24 Feb 2015 by Tom Moylan

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) A Pennsylvania state court jury on Feb. 24 awarded $2.5 million to the family of a man who claimed that the atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts ( P.P., et al. v. Ortho... Read More

3rd Circuit: Defect, Warranty Claims For Vagus Nerve Stimulator Preempted
Posted on 3 Aug 2010 by Tom Moylan

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 30 affirmed that manufacturing defect and breach of warranty claims involving the Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy System made by Cyberonics Inc. are expressly preempted... Read More

Pennsylvania State Court Jury Awards $10 Million In 2nd Topamax Birth Defect Trial
Posted on 20 Nov 2013 by Tom Moylan

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) A Pennsylvania state court jury on Nov. 18 awarded more than $10 million to a family whose son was born with a cleft palate allegedly caused by his mother’s use of the antiepileptic drug Topamax during pregnancy... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Trademark Licensors As 'Apparent Manufacturers' In Product Liability Cases
Posted on 19 Oct 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin Although by no means a "hell hole" jurisdiction, it is difficult for a peripheral asbestos defendant to obtain summary judgment in Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut. Once summary judgment is denied, many asbestos... Read More

Foley & Lardner LLP: Cherry-Picking: 7th Cir. Criticizes Lawyers' Summary-Judgment Practice
Posted on 12 Aug 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

By Thomas L. Shriner Jr. Two weeks ago, in an order given wide publicity nationally, federal District Judge Mark Bennett of the Northern District of Iowa issued sanctions in Security National Bank v. Abbott Laboratories , addressing what Judge Bennett... Read More