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Supreme Court: No First Amendment Protection For Government Employee's 'Petition'
Posted on 20 Jun 2011 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A government employer's actions alleged to be retaliatory are not limited by the First Amendment's petition clause unless the employee's petition is related to a matter of public concern, the U.S. Supreme... Read More

Illinois Jury Returns $89.6 Million Asbestos Verdict
Posted on 15 Mar 2011 by Bryan Redding

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- An Illinois jury on March 11 returned an $89.6 million verdict against four defendants after finding that three of them conspired to conceal the dangers of asbestos and that one negligently exposed a man to the asbestos that caused... Read More

Virginia Jury Returns $25 Million Verdict Against Exxon Mobil
Posted on 18 Mar 2011 by Bryan Redding

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - (Mealey's) A Virginia jury on March 17 returned a $25 million verdict for a man exposed to asbestos while repairing Exxon Mobil Corp. ships at Newport News Shipbuilding, sources told Mealey Publications ( Bert Minton v. Exxon Mobil... Read More

Florida Jury Awards $250,000 In Post-Engle Punitive Damages
Posted on 14 Feb 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

TAMPA, Fla. -- After awarding $100,000 in compensatory damages to a longtime smoker who had his larynx and part of his tongue removed as a result of laryngeal cancer, a Florida jury on Feb. 11 added $250,000 in punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco... Read More

Florida Jury Awards 2nd Post-Engle Smoker Verdict, $86,000
Posted on 17 Feb 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- For the second time in a week, a Florida jury on Feb. 15 found for a post- Engle tobacco plaintiff but issued a relatively small award of compensatory damages ( Despinda Hatziyannakis, as Personal Representative of Christos Hatziyannakis... Read More

Pennsylvania Panel Reinstates Compensatory, Punitive Damages In Prempro Case
Posted on 8 Feb 2011 by Tom Moylan

PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel on Feb. 7 reinstated a $1.68 million compensatory damage verdict and a sealed punitive damage verdict in a state court Prempro case ( Mary Daniel, et al. v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al. , Nos.... Read More

Mississippi Jury Awards $322 Million To Man With Asbestosis From Drilling Mud Exposure
Posted on 6 May 2011 by Bryan Redding

Sources say it's the largest single-plaintiff asbestos award in U.S. history RALEIGH, Miss. - (Mealey's) A Mississippi jury on May 4 awarded $322 million - including $300 million in punitive damages - to a man suffering from asbestosis caused... Read More

More Than $212 Million Awarded In Botox Brain Injury Case
Posted on 29 Apr 2011 by Tom Moylan

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) A Virginia federal jury on April 28 found that Allergan Inc. negligently failed to warn that Botox could cause brain injury and awarded a 67-year-old man more than $212 million in compensatory damages, prejudgment interest... Read More

Judge Further Limits TVA Coal Ash Spill Lawsuits
Posted on 4 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - (AP) A federal court further limited lawsuits seeking damages from the Tennessee Valley Authority for its huge spill of toxin-laden coal ash, but the judge ruled that claims related to property damages and reduced property values... Read More

Mattel Weighing Options After $309 Million Judgment
Posted on 11 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) The first salvo was fired years ago when toy giant Mattel Inc. sued MGA Entertainment Inc. over ownership of the hugely popular Bratz fashion doll line. The turbulent legal chapter has now ended with a federal judge ordering Mattel... Read More

Mattel To Appeal $309 Million Judgment In Bratz Doll Case
Posted on 12 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) Attorneys for Mattel Inc. filed papers on Thursday declaring their intent to appeal a federal judge's award of more than $309 million to rival toy maker MGA Entertainment Inc. in the fight over ownership of the popular Bratz... Read More

Inmate Who Was Savagely Beaten Sues Pa. County
Posted on 6 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SCRANTON, Pa. - (AP) An inmate who suffered a near-fatal beating at a northeastern Pennsylvania prison claims in a federal lawsuit that prison officials showed "deliberate indifference" and ignored warnings about his safety. The suit was filed... Read More

MGA Wants $177 Million In Punitive Damages In Bratz Doll Case
Posted on 26 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) Toy company MGA Entertainment Inc. asked a judge Wednesday to follow up their win over arch-rival Mattel Inc. last month in a trial over who owns the rights to the popular Bratz doll line by awarding MGA more than $339 million... Read More

New York Air Crash Families Can Pursue Unlimited Punitive Damages
Posted on 20 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BUFFALO, N.Y. - (AP) Families suing over the 2009 plane crash of a Continental Connection flight into a house near Buffalo, which killed 50 people, will be allowed to pursue unlimited punitive damages from the flight's operators, a federal judge ruled... Read More

Michael Jackson Merchandiser Sues Perfumer Over Star's Image
Posted on 13 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LAS VEGAS - (AP) A Las Vegas perfumer promoted by Michael Jackson's father is being sued for using the name of the deceased superstar to sell fragrances. Michael Jackson merchandiser Bravado of the Universal Music Group filed suit against Las Vegas... Read More