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Mercedes-Benz Hit With Large ‘Lemon Law’ Judgment

MADISON, Wis. – (AP) A judge has ordered Mercedes-Benz LLC to pay $482,000 in damages and legal fees to a Wisconsin customer who was sold a defective car and not given a refund on time. Vince Megna, a Milwaukee lawyer who represents the customer, said he believes the judgment. . . . Full...

L.A. Judge Dismisses $2.3M Sterility Verdict Against Dole

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A judge on Thursday dismissed a $2.3 million judgment against Dole Food Co. in a lawsuit by purported Nicaraguan banana workers, ruling that the company and the court were victims of a massive fraud. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victoria Chaney said that because of actions by plaintiffs...

$13.6 Million Accutane Judgment Reversed For New Trial To Include 'Numbers' Evidence

TRENTON, N.J. - (Mealey's) A New Jersey appeals court panel on Aug. 5 vacated a $13.6 million Accutane judgment after ruling that the trial judge restricted defendant Hoffman-La Roche Inc.'s use of numbers comparing the total number of Accutane users and the population background rate of inflammatory...

West Virginia High Court Vacates $4.47M Judgment; FDA Warning Letters Not Matter Of Law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- (Mealey's) The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on Nov. 18 reversed a $4,475,000 consumer law judgment against Johnson & Johnson concerning the marketing of Risperdal and Duragesic after agreeing with the defendant that the judge in a bench trial improperly relied on...

Nevada High Court Overturns $58 Million Judgment

LAS VEGAS - (AP) The Nevada Supreme Court has overturned a $58.6 million judgment awarded to a Hong Kong businessman who said he helped Las Vegas Sands Corp. win a gambling license in Macau. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

$42 Million Judgment Against Fen-Phen Lawyers Vacated

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A $42 million summary judgment in favor of 431 fen-phen plaintiffs against a group attorneys, two of whom are serving lengthy prison sentences stemming from allegations that they pocketed twice what their fee agreements called for, has been vacated by the Kentucky Court of Appeals,...

Judge Halts Any Ecuadorean Pollution Award Against Chevron

NEW YORK - (AP) A federal judge took the unusual step Tuesday of blocking a potential multi-billion-dollar judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental damage in Ecuador for at least 28 days after concluding that lawyers representing 30,000 Ecuadoreans were planning a "helter skelter" disruption...

Chevron Asks Court To Block $9.5 Billion Award

NEW YORK - (AP) A Chevron Corp. lawyer said Friday that the company will not apologize for damage that an oil company it purchased is accused of causing to Ecuador's rainforest even though the refusal means a $9.5 billion judgment against it will nearly double within days. Attorney Randy Mastro instead...

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Appeal Of $241 Million Tobacco Judgment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court has denied tobacco companies' appeal of a Louisiana state court order to fund a $241 million medical monitoring and smoking cessation program, according to a clerk of the court report issued June 27 ( Philip Morris USA Inc., et al. v. Deania...

Mattel Weighing Options After $309 Million Judgment

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 to pay its rival more than $309 million. Mattel...

Calif. Appeals Court Strikes Down $577M Judgment In Breach Of Contract, Fraud Suit Against Boeing, Boeing Satellite Systems International

On April 13, 2012, The Boeing Company and a subsidiary, Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc., successfully wiped out a $577,000,000 judgment that ICO Global Communications, Ltd. had obtained in 2008. 2012 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 4281 . In an unpublished unanimous decision by the California Court...

New York Federal Judge Says Chinese Vitamin C Makers Fixed Prices, Enters $153.3 Million Judgment

NEW YORK- (Mealey's) A federal judge in New York on March 14 entered judgment for $153.3 million after trebling a jury's $54.1 million verdict in favor of a direct purchaser class on its allegations that Chinese corporations participated in an illegal cartel to fix prices and limit supply for...

Mark R. Vespole on Townsend v. Pierre

In “Mark R. Vespole on Townsend v. Pierre, 221 N.J. 36 (2015),” the commentary initially observes that in Townsend v. Pierre , the New Jersey Supreme Court issued what, at first glance, could be viewed as a routine decision regarding an interpretation of the New Jersey Rules of Evidence as...