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9th Circuit Denies Copyright Protection To Actress Tricked Into Video Blaspheming The Prophet Mohammed

In an opinion issued on May 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a federal district court’s denial of an actress’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would have required Google to remove the film “Innocence of Muslims ” from Youtube. The...

Florida Jury Says Smoker Not Addicted, Returns Defense Verdict (Watch Video Excerpts Of The Closing Statements)

PENSACOLA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury returned a defense verdict May 21 in a suit alleging that the death of a former smoker from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease was caused by his years of smoking ( Ethel...

Arizona Jury Awards $2.5 Million To Estate Of Nursing Home Resident (Watch The Video Excerpts Of Opening, Closing Statements)

PHOENIX — (Mealey’s) An Arizona state court jury on May 22 awarded $2.5 million to the estate of a woman who contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) after developing a bedsore while in a nursing home ( The Estate of Doris L. Cote, et al. v. Five Star Quality Care Inc...

Delaware Jury Awards $100 Million In Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Injury Case

WILMINGTON, Del. — (Mealey’s) A Delaware state court jury on May 28 awarded $100 million to a woman who says she was injured by pelvic mesh devices made by Boston Scientific Corp. ( Deborah A. Barba v. John C. Carlson, D.O., et al. , No. N11C-08-050, Del. Super., New Castle Co.). According...

Natural Gas Well Owner Pays $5 Million To Settle Pennsylvania Suit Filed By Family Of Well Worker Killed In Explosion

Chevron Appalachia, LLC owned and operated natural gas wells near Dunkard, Pennsylvania, including the Lanco #7H well site. On Feb. 11, 2014, Ian R. McKee was hired by Cameron International Corp., a company that was in turn hired by Chevron to perform services at Lanco #7H well site. A violent natural...

California Jury Awards $2.5 Million In Wright Medical Technology Profemur R Hip Case

LOS ANGELES — (Mealey’s) A California state court jury on June 12 found that the femoral stem of a Wright Medical Technology Inc. Profemur R hip prosthesis was defectively manufactured and ordered the manufacturer to pay $2.5 million to a patient and his wife for pain, suffering and loss...

Florida Judge Sets Aside Verdict In Favor Of Police Whistleblower, Finding Trial Tainted By Juror Untruthfulness About Bias Toward Police

Plaintiff Jeffrey Kogan, an employee of the Broward County Sheriff's Office (BCSO), was a detective in the homicide division. Plaintiff was attempting to apprehend a suspect with other members of the BCSO, as well as Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) officers, when he allegedly observed an...

Florida Jury Awards $1.5 Million To Smoker’s Widower, Begins Considering Punitive Damages (Watch Video Excerpts Of The Closing Statements)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on July 13 awarded $1.5 million to the widower of a woman who died of lung cancer after years of smoking ( John McCoy, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. , No. 2008-CV-025806 (19), Fla. 17th Jud. Cir., Broward Co.). ...

California Appeals Court Reinstates $6.5 Million Actos Verdict; Expert Back In

LOS ANGELES — (Mealey’s) A California appeals court panel on July 16 reinstated a $6.5 million Actos bladder cancer verdict, finding that the trial court erred in excluding the plaintiffs’ causation expert in a post-verdict ruling ( Nancy Cooper, et al. v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America...

Florida Jury Adds $9 Million Punitive Award To $1.5 Million In Compensatory Damages (Watch The Opening, Closing Argument Video Excerpts)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on July 17 awarded $9 million in punitive damages — $3 million each against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. — to the widower of a woman who died of lung cancer after years...

Florida Jury Returns $14.5 Million Verdict For Woman Smoker With Oral Cavity Cancer

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury awarded $14.5 million July 23 to a woman who alleged that her oral cavity cancer was caused by her 30 years of smoking cigarettes manufactured by Philip Morris USA Inc. ( Carmenza Merino v. Philip Morris USA Inc. , No. 08-1287-CA-25, Fla. 11th...

Florida Jury Awards $11 Million To Former Smoker With COPD (Watch The Opening And Closing Statements Video Excerpts)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on Aug. 3 awarded $3.2 million in punitive damages to a woman who alleged that her years of smoking caused her to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that resulted in two lung transplants ( Elaine Jordan v. Philip...

Florida Jury Awards $1 Million To Estate Of Longtime Smoker Who Died Of Lung Cancer (Watch The Opening, Closing Statements Videos)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court jury awarded $1,028,000 Aug. 7 to the estate of a woman who developed constructive obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer after 52 years of smoking ( Lillian Kaplan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. , No. 08-19469, Fla. 17th Jud. Cir...

Pennsylvania Jury Awards Record $12.5 Million In Medical Malpractice Suit Brought By Paralyzed Patient

On the morning of June 17, 2011, Kenneth Del Grosso presented to the emergency room of Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) with left-sided neck pain and tingling down his left arm. Del Grosso was placed under the care of Karl G. Schwabe, M.D. and he was admitted for observation to rule out cardiac...

Michigan State University Must Disclose To ESPN Names Of Student Athletes In Incident Reports

ESPN submitted a request under FOIA asking Michigan State University to provide incident reports involving a list of 300 student-athletes. The University produced the records, but redacted the names and identifying information of the suspects, victims, and witnesses. As authority for its decision, the...

Higher Mathematics Flops in Lower Court

The Pythagorean Theorem had its day in a Vermont court — but the result added up to a reversal. In State v. Wisowaty, 2015 VT 97, 2015 Vt. LEXIS 72 (Vt. 2015) , the defendant was charged with negligent operation of a vehicle and excessive speed in violation of 23 V.S.A. § 1091(a) and 23...

Pennsylvania Jury Awards Nearly $ 2.8 Million In Medical Malpractice Action Brought By Patient Who Required Permanent Tracheostomy Following Surgery

On March 24, 2011, Bonnie Semple filed a medical malpractice action in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas for Delaware County. Through the complaint, she asserted professional negligence claims against a number of defendants, including Mohammed Budeir, M.D.; Riad Cahecho, M.D.; Janice Silva Sicat...

California Federal Judge Finds ‘Happy Birthday’ Song Copyright To Be Invalid

On September 22, 2015, Chief Judge George H. King of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a summary judgment ruling declaring invalid Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., and Summy-Birchard, Inc.’s purported copyright to the lyrics of the song Happy Birthday To You ( Happy...

J.C. Penney Pays $50 Million To Settle California False Advertising Class Action

J.C. Penney Corporation Inc. allegedly engaged in a false price comparison advertising scheme by advertising "sale" prices substantially lower than "original" or "regular" prices for apparel and accessories using false regular and original prices. In an action initiated...

Washington Jury Awards $21.5 Million To Cruise Ship Passenger Injured By Sliding Glass Door

James R. Hausman was on an Asia Pacific Grand Tour Cruise on the M/S Amsterdam that was offered by Holland America Line - U.S.A.; Holland America Line, Inc.; Holland America Line N.V.; and Hal Antillen N.V., (collectively, defendants). The cruise began in Seattle, Washington on Sept. 26, 2011 and returned...

Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Star Wars Verdicts and Settlements

With the new Star Wars film set to release, the fan frenzy is about to kick into hyperdrive and the attorney editors on the Jury Verdict team are ready to geek out with the rest of the world. In the spirit of the upcoming release, we decided to search our database for jury verdicts and settlements that...

$5.5 Million Compensatory Verdict Returned In 1st Pelvic Mesh Trial In Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) A Pennsylvania state court jury on Dec. 21 returned a $5.5 million verdict in the first pelvic mesh case from the state’s complex litigation docket to go to trial, according to one of the plaintiff’s attorneys ( Patricia L. Hammons v. Ethicon Inc. , No...

4th Circuit Affirms $2 Million Award In 1st Pelvic Mesh Trial, Says 510(k) Not Probative

RICHMOND, Va. — (Mealey’s) In an expedited appeal, the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan.14 affirmed a $2 million verdict in the first pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation case to go to trial and affirmed the trial court’s exclusion of the device’s 510(k) clearance as...

U.S. High Court Won’t Decide ‘Clear Evidence’ In $63 Million Children’s Motrin Verdict

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 19 denied a petition by Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary to decide if denial of a citizen petition constitutes “clear evidence” that the Food and Drug Administration rejected a stronger warning about the risk of...

Wisconsin State Jury Awards $392,300 To Best Buy Customer Who Claimed PTSD From Racist Geek Squad Employee's False Police Report

On July 19, 2012, Brandon Hall, an employee of Best Buy Co., Inc., and a member of the "Geek Squad," went to the home of Hugh Saddler, an African-American male, to repair a television. Plaintiff Sunshine Guerrero, Saddler's wife, a Hispanic woman with light complexion, opened the door....