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Without Effective Evaluation, All May Be for Naught

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Settlement In Lawsuit Alleging Condom Found In Soup

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A California man who says he ordered French onion soup and bit into a condom instead of melted cheese has settled his lawsuit against the Claim Jumper restaurant chain. The terms of Wednesday's settlement were not disclosed. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers...

Durabla Chapter 11 Case Continues; Dismissal Denied

WILMINGTON, Del. -- The Delaware bankruptcy judge overseeing Durabla Manufacturing Co.'s Chapter 11 case on Oct. 6 rejected a motion to dismiss the case made by a group of asbestos personal injury plaintiffs who maintain that the case was filed in bad faith and only to protect the company's president...

Smoker Wasn't Addicted, Fla. Jury Finds In Awarding Verdict To Tobacco Companies

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jurors in a Florida circuit court on Oct. 6 capped a retrial in an Engle progeny case with a defense verdict, finding that the plaintiff was not addicted to smoking the defendant tobacco companies' cigarettes; the verdict extends a recent string of victories for the defendants...

BP Waives $75M Cap For Some Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) BP PLC informed a federal judge Monday that the company is waiving a $75 million cap on its liability for certain economic damage claims spawned by the massive Gulf oil spill. In a court filing, BP lawyers said the company is waiving the statutory limitation on liability. . . . Full...

James C. Moore On Bacardi 151 Rum: An Inherently Dangerous Product?

By James C. Moore In Sclafani v. Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Inc., et al. , the New York Supreme Court addressed two fundamental questions: (i) is Bacardi 151 Rum defectively designed because it is highly flammable and (ii) is the removal of the safety device from the bottle an unforeseeable, post-manufacturer...

Texas High Court Modifies Standards For Attorneys' Fees In Tort, Contract Actions

By William V. Dorsaneo III In Tony Gullo Motors I, L.P. v. Chapa , the Texas Supreme Court modified the standards for the recoverability of attorney's fees in cases involving tort and contract theories of liability. No longer can parties rely on the argument that the causes of action in a suit...

Libby, Montana, Asbestos Victims Consider $43 Million Settlement

BILLINGS, Mont. - (AP) More than 1,100 victims of asbestos contamination are nearing a $43 million settlement over claims that Montana health officials failed to warn miners about the hazards of a deadly vermiculite mine, documents in the case show. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands sickened...

Duane Morris LLP Alert: New Pennsylvania Law Limits Joint And Several Liability

On June 28, 2011, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 1131 ; and in doing so, the future of joint and several liability in Pennsylvania was reduced to a list of exceptions. The new law provides that "where liability is attributed to more than one defendant, each defendant shall...

75 NFL Retirees Sue League Over Concussions

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Mark Duper, Ottis Anderson and 73 other former players sued the National Football League, claiming it concealed information about the danger of concussions for decades. The negligence, fraud and liability suit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Many players' wives...