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Inmate Who Was Savagely Beaten Sues Pa. County

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 Wednesday on behalf of 29-year-old Nicholas Pinto...

Pennsylvania Panel Reinstates Compensatory, Punitive Damages In Prempro Case

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. 2626 EDA 2007 and 2690 EDA 2007, Pa. Super.; 2011...

Florida Jury Awards $250,000 In Post-Engle Punitive Damages

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 Co. in a post- Engle case ( Leroy Kirkland...

Florida Jury Awards 2nd Post-Engle Smoker Verdict, $86,000

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 v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., et al. , No...

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...

Illinois Jury Returns $89.6 Million Asbestos Verdict

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 his mesothelioma, sources told Mealey Publications...

Virginia Jury Returns $25 Million Verdict Against Exxon Mobil

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 Corp. , No. CL0901505F-15, Va. Cir., Newport...

N.J. Dwarf Couple Sues Cable Channel For Defamation

COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. - (AP) A dwarf couple from southern New Jersey has filed a defamation lawsuit against a cable television channel that used a doctored photo of the pair to spoof reality television shows. Cara and Gibson Reynolds say the sketch which aired in 2009 on E! Entertainment Channel's "Talk...

Contractor Wants Iraqi Law To Decide Pennsylvania Lawsuit

PITTSBURGH - (AP) Attorneys for Houston-based military contractor KBR Inc. have asked a federal judge in Pittsburgh to apply Iraqi law to a lawsuit filed by the mother of a Pittsburgh-area soldier who was electrocuted while showering at a U.S. military base in Iraq. U.S. District Judge Nora Berry Fischer...

More Than $212 Million Awarded In Botox Brain Injury Case

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 and punitive damages ( Douglas M. Ray, Jr. v. Allergan...

Mississippi Jury Awards $322 Million To Man With Asbestosis From Drilling Mud Exposure

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 by exposure to asbestos in drilling mud products...

Mississippi Jury Awards Man $322 Million In Asbestos Lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) A jury has awarded $322 million to a Mississippi man who claimed he inhaled asbestos dust while mixing drilling mud sold and manufactured by Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. and Union Carbide Corp. Allen Hossley, an attorney who represented Thomas C. Brown, said Friday he believed...

'Queen Of Torts' Named Ground Zero Fund Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A prominent New York attorney known as the "Queen of Torts" for her courtroom defense of some of the country's top companies is tackling a vastly different job running the $2.78 billion fund to compensate ground zero workers and others who say they were sickened...

MGA Wants $177 Million In Punitive Damages In Bratz Doll Case

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 in punitive damages, attorney fees and other costs...

Civil Trial Over UCF Football Player's Death Begins Monday

ORLANDO, Fla. - (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a former University of Central Florida football player who died after an offseason workout more than three years ago is set to begin with jury selection Monday in Orlando. Nineteen-year-old Ereck Plancher collapsed in March 2008. ...

Michael Jackson Merchandiser Sues Perfumer Over Star's Image

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 company Julian Rouas Paris on Thursday in federal...

Supreme Court: No First Amendment Protection For Government Employee's 'Petition'

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 Court ruled June 20, vacating a ruling by the Third...

New York Air Crash Families Can Pursue Unlimited Punitive Damages

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 Monday. U.S. District Judge William Skretny had...

Judge Further Limits TVA Coal Ash Spill Lawsuits

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 will to go to trial. The court fight is over a Dec...

Mattel To Pay Rival $309 Million In Bratz Doll Spat

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A federal judge ordered toy giant Mattell Inc. to pay rival MGA Entertainment Inc. more than $309 million on Thursday, marking another tumultuous chapter in the years-long legal fight between the two companies over ownership of the lucrative Bratz fashion doll line. The judge's...

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...

Mattel To Appeal $309 Million Judgment In Bratz Doll Case

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 fashion doll line. The El Segundo-based toy giant...