Proximate Cause

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A Defendant Can Get Summary Judgment Without Producing Evidence

The Supreme Court explained in Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317 (1986), that a party can obtain for summary judgment when its opponent has no evidence to support an element of the opponent’s case. Justice Brennan’s...more

Illinois appellate court strengthens sole proximate cause defense in asbestos cases

The question of whether a product manufacturer or employer in an asbestos lawsuit can introduce evidence of the plaintiff’s exposures to asbestos from other sources has become a highly contested issue. There is a lengthy...more

“Force of Nature” or Human Error? Litigating the Act of God Defense

The cause of the plaintiff’s damages is typically the first and most critical question posed to a jury in a product liability trial. If a jury determines that a substantial factor in the cause of the plaintiff’s damages was a...more

Illinois Appellate Court Reverses Asbestos Verdict on Sole Proximate Cause Argument

In Smith v. Illinois Central Railroad Co., the Fourth District of Illinois recently overturned a $1.4 million verdict against the Illinois Central Railroad. At trial, the Court had excluded evidence of the decedent's work at...more

Oklahoma Supreme Court Finds Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over Earthquake Claims

Potentially opening the door for litigation that seeks to tie deep-well injection of hydraulic fracturing flowback and other wastewater to damage caused by earthquakes, the Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously held that state...more

New Jersey State Court Rules Damage Caused by Superstorm Sandy Not Subject to Flood Sublimit

In a decisive victory for policyholders, Judge Thomas Vena of the Essex County Superior Court in New Jersey ruled that significant damages incurred by Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (“PSEG”) as a result of storm surge...more

California Supreme Court Lowers The AOE/COE Hurdle In Workers’ Compensation

In South Coast Framing, Inc. v. WCAB, Jovelyn Clark, S215637, May 28, 2015, the California Supreme Court clarified a claimant’s burden of proof in obtaining workers’ compensation benefits. In brief, a claimant meets the...more

Ninth Circuit: Under Arizona Law Mudslide Can Be Covered as the Direct Result of Fire

Last Friday, a unanimous panel of the Ninth Circuit held that loss from the excluded peril of mudslide occurring one month after a wildfire could be covered as the “direct” result of the blaze. In Stankova v. Metropolitan...more

April 2015: Product Liability Litigation Update

Defenses to Public Nuisance Claims in Pharmaceutical Products Litigation. For many years, plaintiffs have asserted the tort of nuisance to address purported harms from all sorts of products—including firearms, lead paint,...more

Antitrust Matters - November 2014 (Global)

EDITORIAL - Sitting at my desk in Washington, DC, I imagine myself being a business executive in Europe or Asia, trying to make sense of news reports that I regularly hear about United States courts and enforcement...more

Property Policy’s Pollution Exclusion Not Subject to Proximate Cause Analysis

An insured’s argument to broadly apply an exception to a pollution exclusion was recently rejected by the British Columbia Supreme Court in Whitworth Holdings Ltd. v. AXA Pacific Insurance Co., 2014 CarswellBC 2648, 2014 BCSC...more

Fifth Circuit Limits the Reach of ESA "Take Liability" for State Regulatory Agencies Based on "Proximate Causation" Principles

The Fifth Circuit's decision provides important legal and factual guidance for whether an action will cause a "take" under the ESA. While the decision only affects states covered by the Fifth Circuit (Texas, Louisiana and...more

Proximate Cause and Foreseeability Are Required Elements of Endangered Species Act Liability: Fifth Circuit Reverses Injunction...

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed an injunction that would have prohibited the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) from issuing new water withdrawal permits affecting an estuary where...more

Antitrust Update: Second Circuit Adopts Rule Making it Easier to Find Liability for Foreign Anticompetitive Conduct

On June 4, 2014, the Second Circuit issued its decision in Lotes Co., Ltd. v. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., an important ruling on the reach of the U.S. antitrust laws to foreign conduct. The Foreign Trade Antitrust...more

Proximate Cause - An Important Practice Tip for Personal Injury Lawyers  [Video]

In this video, Carol Steinour Young of McNees Wallace & Nurcik LLC provides an important practice tip for personal injury lawyers when preparing their case for mediation or trial. In addition to focusing on duty, breach, and...more

Supreme Court Establishes a New Test for False Advertising Standing Under Lanham Act

On March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lexmark International Inc. v. Static Control Components Inc., holding that a two-prong analysis comprised of the "zone-of-interests" test and a "proximate-cause"...more

Appellate Court Notes: Week of March 10

SC19095 - Edgerton v. Clinton / SC19095 Dissent - Edgerton v. Clinton - Town appealed a $12 million jury verdict when a volunteer fire fighter was sideswiped and then took off after the offending vehicle. He relayed to...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark...more

Anti-Concurrent Causation Clauses Get More Attention

Catastrophe losses rarely involve a situation where the loss is solely caused by an excluded peril. Anti-Concurrent Causation (ACC) clauses were drafted to address the scenario where two perils contribute to the same loss....more

Expert Witness May Not Testify As to Proximate Cause

The Appellate Division has held that an expert witness cannot provide an opinion with regard to proximate cause. In rendering its decision, the Court noted that "proximate cause is a factual issue to be resolved by the jury...more

Florida High Court to Examine Proximate Cause in Negligent Security Case

On August 2, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court accepted review of a case to examine the issue of proximate cause in a negligent security case. See Sanders v. ERP Operating Ltd. Partnership, 96 So. 3d 929 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)...more

Multiple Causes of Loss: An “Efficient” Standard for First-Party Coverage

What happens when a loss results from two or more perils, only one of which is covered under a first-party insurance policy? In American Home Assurance Company, Inc. v. Sebo, 38 Fla. L. Weekly D1982a (Fla. 2d DCA Sept. 18,...more

District of Columbia District Court Grants Summary Judgment to Honeywell on Motion to Reconsider

The U.S. District Court, District of Columbia in Wannall v. Honeywell International, Inc., Civil Action No. 10-351 (BAH), recently granted Honeywell International’s motion to reconsider the previous denial of its motion for...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - February 2013

In this Issue: - Lenders Beware - International Insolvency Laws: Will One Size Fit All? The Debate Continues - ‘Fair and Equitable’ Means More Than Amortization Schedule - Pre-Petition Security License...more

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