Mike Williams

Mike Williams

Sedgwick LLP

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Florida Supreme Court Affirms Disqualification of Counsel for Class Action of Toxic Tort Plaintiffs

The Florida Supreme Court clarified that its rules of professional responsibility govern whether counsel for class action plaintiffs should be disqualified based on alleged conflicts of interests that arise after a class...more

5/1/2014 - Class Action Corporate Counsel Disqualification Professional Liability Settlement

Ninth Circuit Reverses NEPA Approval of an Oil and Gas Lease in the Chukchi Sea

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) of the Department of Interior sought to lease approximately 30 million acres of federal land in the Chukchi Sea for oil and gas development, but, according to a recent decision by...more

3/3/2014 - BOEM Environmental Policies Mineral Leases NEPA Offshore Drilling Oil & Gas

Maryland’s Highest Court Clarifies Toxic Tort Standards and Reverses a Punitive Damage Award in Excess of $1 Billion

The Maryland Court of Appeals clarified certain standards for toxic tort claims, reversed a judgment in excess of $1 billion in punitive damages, vacated approximately $640,000,000 in compensatory damages, and remanded...more

4/2/2013 - Contaminated Properties Damages Fraud Groundwater Punitive Damages

Kentucky Attorney General’s Parens Patriae Suit Against Oxycontin Manufacturer Is Not a “Class Action” Under CAFA

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Purdue Pharma L.P. v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2013 WL 85918, No. 11-4087—mv (2nd Cir. Jan. 9, 2013), that the Kentucky Attorney General’s parens patriae claim against Purdue...more

3/5/2013 - Attorney Generals CAFA Class Action OxyContin Pharmaceutical Industry

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