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U.S. Court of Appeals Dismisses Almost All Claims of Ecuadorian Provinces and Individual Plaintiffs Against DynCorp

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently affirmed the dismissal of all but three claims brought by individual and government entity plaintiffs against defendant DynCorp based on claims of injury by an...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Reverses Forum Non Conveniens Dismissal of International Air Crash Case, But Don’t Equate Pennsylvania...

United States courts facing forum non conveniens (FNC) motions, at least with respect to lawsuits arising out of air crashes that occur outside of the United States, seem to fall into two distinct camps: Cook County,...more

Product Liability Update - April 2014

Included in this Issue: ..United States Supreme Court Holds Due Process Forbids California’s Exercise of General Jurisdiction Over German Manufacturer in Suit by Argentinian Plaintiffs Involving Argentinian Subsidiary...more

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses ... But Not Your Plaintiffs: Supreme Court Decision Limits General Personal...

It is no secret that U.S. courts are among the most favorable to plaintiffs, especially with regard to damages awards. For this reason, there has been a growing trend of foreign plaintiffs bringing law-suits in the U.S. even...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Gets Its First Shot at Interpreting Nicastro

In J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro, a plurality of the United States Supreme Court held that merely placing a product into the stream of commerce with the expectation that it would wind up in the forum state was not...more

Navigating Mass Torts and Product Liability (MTPL) Litigation in the U.S. Legal System: Litigation Challenges for Japanese MTPL...

In This Presentation: • Challenges of U.S. Courts • Specialized and Aggressive Plaintiff’s Bar and Contingency Fees • Jury Trials • Pretrial Discovery • Personal Jurisdiction • U.S.-Based Subsidiaries •...more

The Illinois Supreme Court's First Nicastro Case

We continue our preview of the new civil review grants from the Illinois Supreme Court with Russell v. SNFA, which raises questions of general and specific jurisdiction over a French-based manufacturer....more

District Court Rejected Reconsideration of Discovery Ruling Requiring Disclosure of Flight Data In Connection with Plan Columbia

Venancio Aguasanta Arias, et al. v. Dyncorp, et al., Civil Action No. 01-1908 (D.D.C. 2012), denies a motion for reconsideration of a discovery order in an international litigation. The underlying case involves allegations...more

Alien Tort Statute Development

Since we blogged about the Supreme Court’s certiorari grant in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, 10-1491, we figured we owe our readers an update about a significant status change. As we mentioned before, the Court...more

In re Air Crash Over the Mid-Atlantic on June 1, 2009

Memorandum and Order Granting Motion to Dismiss and Denying Motion for Reconsideration

"Judge Breyer upheld his initial decision from October that the case should be exported abroad based on a legal doctrine called forum non conveniens, which allows courts to reject U.S. jurisdiction if there is an adequate and...more

Chinese Toys Go From Bad To Worse?

When the U.S. government finally pressured China to stop making baby toys with lead, a potentially poisonous substance that can cause brain damage when ingested, many of us assumed this was a good thing for our kids. But now...more

California Jones Act Lawyer Advises How Seamen Can Assert Their Rights Under the Jones Act Maritime Law in the United States

Jones Act and Maritime lawyers are few and far between in California despite the hundreds of miles of coastline. For most attorneys the rules governing injured seamen and dock workers are something that has never crossed...more

CHECKS AND BALANCES OF THE ASSET PROTECTION TRUST

A great, simple summary of the checks and balances present to protect clients using Asset Protection Trusts by my colleague Douglass Lodmell....more

Liability Risks of Doing Business with China

There have been a number of dramatic cases of defective Chinese products and components leading to recalls, product liability lawsuits and deaths. This article discusses these issues. It also presents a method of reducing...more

The Epidemiology of Asbestos-Related Diseases in Quebec

Information about asbestos exposure occurring in Quebec and the diseases associated with it, including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. The report also contains general information about what is asbestos, the...more

European Communities: Measures Affecting Asbestos and Asbestos-Containing Products

Excerpts from the World Trade Organization's report concerning asbestos regulations in various countries. The excerpted report details Canada's resistance to tougher regulation of asbestos and denial of a conclusive link...more

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