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Crowell & Moring Adds Torts Partner Kevin C. Mayer In Los Angeles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Crowell & Moring LLP has announced the addition of partner Kevin C. Mayer to the firm's Torts Group. Based in the firm's Los Angeles office, Mayer brings more than 25 years of litigation and trial experience to the firm's national torts practice, where he will represent...

Weitz & Luxenberg’s Robin Greenwald Named To BP Oil Spill Litigation PSC

NEW YORK - Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has announced that Robin Greenwald, the head of Weitz & Luxenberg's environmental and toxic tort litigation unit, has been selected to serve on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the BP oil spill litigation. The appointment was announced in an Oct...

Toxic Tort Attorney Margie Searcy Alford On Botulism Litigation

In this analysis, toxic tort and product liability attorney Margie Searcy Alford explains botulism poisoning, discusses relevant litigation, and gives practice tips for handling these cases. Issues discussed include identifying defendants and anticipating insurance coverage disputes. She writes:...

California Appeals Court Affirms $8 Million Benzene Injury Verdict

SAN FRANCISCO -- (Mealey's) A California appeals court has affirmed an $8 million judgment to a seaman who blamed benzene exposure aboard oil tankers for the loss of a kidney to cancer, saying Feb. 18 that scientific certainty is not required for a toxic tort plaintiff to prevail ( Mack Shelby v...

Supreme Court Rules Vaccine Lawsuits Are Federally Preempted

WASHINGTON, D.C. --(Mealey's) A 6-2 U.S. Supreme Court majority on Feb. 22 ruled that the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA) preempts tort claims asserting design defect against vaccine manufacturers ( Russell Bruesewitz, et al. v. Wyeth LLC, et al. , No. 09-152, U.S. Sup.). ...

Lobbying Group Weighs In On W.Va. Chemical Lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (AP) A national lobbying group for the chemical industry wants a federal judge in West Virginia to tread lightly in a lawsuit over a deadly chemical stored at a Bayer CropScience plant, arguing his rulings could have nationwide implications. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Monday...

3rd Circuit Finds Class Action Inappropriate In Vinyl Chloride Exposure Case

In Gates v. Rohm & Haas Co. et al , 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 17756 (3rd. Cir.: 8/25/11), Plaintiffs were residents of a primarily residential area of approximately 2,000 people and 400 homes. Defendant chemical companies owned and operated a facility one mile north of of the village. The plaintiffs...

William A. Ruskin: The Role Of The Heeding Presumption In Failure To Warn Litigation

By William A. Ruskin In many jurisdictions, a product liability plaintiff is not permitted to testify concerning what he or she would have done had there been an adequate warning on a product; such testimony is considered both self-serving and speculative. In the absence of such testimony, some states...

William A. Ruskin Joins Gordon & Rees as Partner in Environmental/Toxic Tort Practice

William A. Ruskin has joined Gordon & Rees as a partner in the Environmental/Toxic Tort and Agricultural Chemicals & Pesticides Practice Groups. He is affiliated with the firm's New York office. 90 Broad Street, 23rd Floor New York, NY 10004 212.269.5500 Direct: 212.453.0755 wruskin...