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Michael Lefkowitz
$80 Million Verdict Halts Industry's Streak In Engle Progeny Trials

BRONSON, Fla. - (Mealey's) The tobacco industry's eight-verdict winning streak in Engle progeny cases came to an abrupt halt on Nov. 15 in a Florida state court with an $80 million verdict on behalf of the daughter of a smoker who died from lung...

LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff
LexisNexis Products Cover Cruise Ship, Maritime And Admiralty Law

Watching news footage of the Carnival Splendor cruise liner being towed into San Diego Bay in November 2010 was a reminder that, sometimes, cruises don't go well. Disembarking passengers told tales of three days adrift on the Pacific Ocean off of...

LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff
New Preemption Exceptions May Broaden State Consumer Protection Law Enforcement

By Oluwaseun O. Ajayi and Kendra C. Kinnaird Stepped-up enforcement of state consumer protection laws in the field of home mortgage lending is inevitable for all types of lenders, including those with federal charters. Federal banks and thrifts, long...

Michael Lefkowitz
Florida Jury: Philip Morris Not Negligent; Plaintiff Did Not Show Reliance

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- (Mealey's) A Florida circuit court jury handed Philip Morris USA its sixth straight victory in an Engle progeny case Nov. 12, finding that the plaintiffs did not show reliance on the part of the decedent or negligence on the...

James Lawniczak
Lawniczak On 6th Circuit's Interpretation Of Bankruptcy Code §1328(f)(1) In Carroll v. Sanders

In this Emerging Issues Analysis, James M. Lawniczak looks at a decision of first impression from the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Carroll v. Sanders (In re Sanders), 551 F.3d 397 (2008), interpreting Bankruptcy Code Section 1328(f)(1), added...

Kevin M. LaCroix
Schwab Withdraws From Subprime Securities Suit Settlement

There is a reason that when class action settlements are announced, they are described as preliminary and subject to final approval - sometimes the settlements fall apart before the case is finally put to rest. That appears be what has happened with the...