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The Rise of Split Claims in Wrongful Death/Survival Cases

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Recently, in Spangler v. McQuitty, 449 Md. 33 (2016), the Maryland Court of Appeals examined the interplay between an injured person’s injury claim/survival action and the claims of beneficiaries under Maryland’s Wrongful...more

Torts – Primary Assumption of Risk – Hot Air Ballooning

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Erika Grotheer v. Escape Adventures, Inc., et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, 14 Cal.App.5th 1283 (August 31, 2017) - Plaintiff Erika Grotheer (hereafter “Plaintiff”) was injured when her hot air...more

Shrinking Damages with Smart Data

by Wilson Elser on

Recently, an elderly couple – who were both plaintiffs, one for personal injuries and the other for loss of consortium – gave testimony about their active lifestyle (outdoors and in the bedroom) before a slip-and-fall...more

Enforcing Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Post-Kindred

Just five months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on a nursing home arbitration dispute in Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark. It held that the Kentucky supreme court’s rationale for not enforcing the arbitration...more

Missouri Appeals Court Vacates $72 Million Verdict For Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In a significant defense win applying recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent, a Missouri appeals court reversed and vacated a $72 million judgment for lack of personal jurisdiction. Estate of Jacqueline Fox v. Johnson & Johnson,...more

eDiscovery Includes Electronic Vehicle Data and Possible Sanctions for Spoliation

Discovery of relevant material extends far beyond documents created on personal computers. Discoverable data exists in many forms, including electronic data found in vehicles such as tractors used for tractor-trailers. This...more

Aging Truck Drivers Face Medical Conditions that Reduce Roadway Safety

by Howard Ankin on

Aging commercial truck drivers face medical conditions that create safety hazards for themselves and other drivers. The physical and mental exhaustion associated with trucking can negatively impact many age-related...more

How do Personal Injury Attorneys Avoid Motor Vehicle Accidents?

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg knows that getting in an accident is a very unwanted inconvenience. Worse, an accident is very dangerous and can cost thousands of unwanted and unwelcome bills. ...more

Auto vs Pedestrian Accident in Canoga Park: Who Is at Fault?

When a pedestrian is struck by an automobile in Canoga Park, serious injuries can — and often do — occur. The injuries can happen not just when the vehicle strikes the pedestrian, but when the person is thrown to the ground...more

Petition for Rehearing Denied in Doe v. Etihad Airways, P.J.S.C.

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Oct. 6, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied the airline's petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc in Doe v. Etihad Airways, P.J.S.C. As discussed in our previous post on this case, the panel...more

Human Rights Considerations & Best Practices for Energy Companies

by King & Spalding on

International human rights laws and norms are increasingly playing a role in shaping how energy companies conduct their business all over the world. Shareholders increasingly demand compliance with human rights norms;...more

Corporate Liability and the Alien Tort Statute: Highlights from the Oral Arguments in Jesner v. Arab Bank

On Wednesday, October 11, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Jesner v. Arab Bank. The case may once and for all determine whether companies are appropriate defendants in cases filed pursuant to the Alien Tort...more

Interim Adverse Judgment Rule Averts Malicious Prosecution Claim

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The California Supreme Court found that the denial of summary judgment in an underlying trade secrets misappropriation action established sufficient probable cause to bring an action under the California interim adverse...more

7th Circuit Affirms Plaintiff’s Own Estimates of Class Size Can Satisfy CAFA

In Roppo v. Travelers Commercial Insurance Company, the Seventh Circuit held that even after a motion to remand CAFA removal jurisdiction can be sufficiently established by a defendant’s “good faith estimates” of the amount...more

Unnecessary Roughness: Coaches, Concussions And The Constitution In Mann V. Palmerton Area School District

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit may have coaches checking with their lawyer before deciding whether to allow an injured player to go back into a game or practice. In an alarming...more

Federal Rule 34 Primer — A shepherd’s guide to “herding cats”

Herding Warrior Cats - Federal Rules were last updated in 2016 and the changes were thought to be significant. Welcomed by some and scorned by others, those changes are still being evaluated and applied by judges across...more

California Court Unfriends Rapper’s ROP Claims

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Court of Appeals for the State of California upheld a trial court decision granting defendant’s motion to strike under California’s anti-SLAPP statute but remanded the position denying defendant’s motion to strike the...more

Using Lay Witnesses To Combat Experts: Taking A Knife To A Gun Fight?

by Bryan Cave on

Expert witnesses can be expensive. Yet, in estate disputes, they may be unavoidable. When a will gets challenged based on an alleged lack of testamentary capacity or undue influence, you can all but guarantee that the...more

Politicians pushing Michigan No Fault reform got $250K from insurance industry

by Michigan Auto Law on

Campaign contribution data shows House Insurance Committee Republicans who favor No Fault car insurance reform have received $253,075 from insurance industry...more

When Can you Legally and Safely Enter a Crosswalk?

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg has noticed an increase in auto v. pedestrian accidents in the San Fernando Valley, particularly in Canoga Park and Woodland Hills. In fact, Mr. Goldberg wrote articles...more

Nursing Home Care — Who protects the most vulnerable?

Who protects the elderly citizen? A recent article in Law360 suggested that nursing home claims may rise in the wake of Hurricane Irma and the Hollywood Hills Nursing Home tragedy. The article seemed to downplay the...more

Data Breach Doubleheader: The Eighth Circuit Issues Two Decisions Addressing Boundaries of Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

by K&L Gates LLP on

In two recent decisions, the Eighth Circuit addressed the hotly-litigated issue of when consumer plaintiffs have standing to pursue claims arising out of a data breach. The decisions stake out the Eighth Circuit’s positions...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Rana Plaza Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On July 5, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a 129-page decision in the Rana Plaza class action (Das v George Weston Limited, 2017 ONSC 4129), a proposed class action brought in Ontario on behalf of...more

Lane Splitting and Motorcycle Accidents in California

Last year, California became the first state in the nation to allow lane-splitting for motorcycle riders, a practice that had long be legal in many countries in Europe and Asia. Lane splitting, also sometimes called lane...more

Ripple Effect of Poor Auto Manufacturing Threatens Consumer Safety

Porsche rolled out its line of Cayenne sport-utility vehicles with carefree cruising in mind. Volkswagen did the same think with its Touareg models. Now, about 125,000 of the upscale SUVs have been recalled because of fuel...more

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