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Wis. Supreme Court Applies the Discovery Rule to Accrual of Wrongful Death Claims

On June 24th, Wisconsin’s supreme court decided that the discovery rule—that is, the rule that a tort claim for which the legislature has provided no other rule “accrues” for statute-of-limitations purposes when the plaintiff...more

June Xarelto Update – Science Day

Judge Fallon, the federal judge in New Orleans who oversees the MDL coordinated proceedings, held his most recent hearing for all of the pending Xarelto lawsuits on June 10, 2015. At that time, the judge was provided with a...more

Expert Declaration in Conjunction with Circumstantial Evidence Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment in Vehicle Defect Case

In Pavoni v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 2015 No. 13-55761 (“Pavoni”), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that plaintiffs’ expert declaration in conjunction with circumstantial evidence of the incident were sufficient to raise...more

Emergency Physicians Ostensible Agents of Hospitals?

n Whitlow v. Rideout Memorial Hospital, plaintiffs alleged that the hospital should be held responsible in a wrongful death suit for the actions of an emergency room physician who had failed to diagnose and treat a brain...more

Texas Legislature Passes Two Bills Impacting Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Litigation

Companies at risk of personal injury or wrongful death litigation in Texas should take note of two bills recently passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, HB 1692 and SB 735. HB 1692 HB 1692 is intended to curb the practice...more

California Court Addresses Products-Completed Operations Hazard

In its recent decision in Atlantic Cas. Ins. Co. v. LTA Distributor, LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70462 (S.D. Fla. June 1, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida had occasion to consider...more

Arizona Civil Verdicts 2014

Courage. Trial lawyers have lots of important traits and skills, and courage is at the top of the list. To be able to speak confidently to the jury who holds your client’s case in its hands, to tell that story in a way that...more

No Cause of Action for Wrongful Death by Suicide, Illinois Supreme Court Holds

In the closing days of the May term, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously declined an invitation to create a tort cause of action for wrongful death in cases where the decedent committed suicide. ...more

Appellate Court Rejects Reliance on Document Retention Policy; Justifies Harsh Sanctions (Washington)

Crews v. Avco Corp., 2015 WL 1541179 (Wash. Ct. App. Apr. 6, 2015). In this wrongful death action, the plaintiffs sought discovery concerning the design and manufacture of a carburetor that was believed to be the cause...more

Court Reaffirms Preemptive Effect of Statute Protecting Aircraft Lessors

The District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands has reaffirmed the proposition that an aircraft lessor is shielded from liability for injuries to persons on board an accident aircraft when the lessor is not in possession...more

Nursing home deaths: When to suspect something isn’t quite right

Some nursing homes try to offer their residents good personal and medical care, but these reputable facilities are often overshadowed by the lack of care given at many other homes. Nursing homes are notorious for not...more

The California Supreme Court - What to Expect in 2015

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT, Sedgwick attorneys Kirk Jenkins (Chicago), Hall Marston (Los Angeles) and Michael Walsh (Los Angeles) presented a webinar titled “The California Supreme Court: What to...more

Pa. Toxic Tort Settlement Shows Potential Danger in Benzene Exposure Lawsuits

A settlement recently reached between U.S. Steel Corp. and the widow of a Pennsylvania man allegedly exposed to benzene may fuel use of toxic tort lawsuits to sue over benzene exposures. ...more

Illinois Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Wrongful Death Claim Arising From Suicide

Earlier this month, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Turcios v. The DeBruler Company. Turcios poses a simple question: can a plaintiff state a claim for wrongful death arising from a suicide? Our detailed...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

Judge rejects consumer claim concerning evaporated cane juice - On March 12, a US district judge in the Northern District of Illinois dismissed with prejudice a consumer lawsuit against the manufacturer of Healthy Grains...more

Xarelto Litigation Update – Jacksonville Filing

Brenda S. Fulmer, a 21-year veteran of drug and medical device litigation and a partner with Searcy Denney, filed an indivdual lawsuit against the manufacturers of Xarelto in federal court in Jacksonvillle this week. The case...more

Appellate Court Notes

- AC35807 - Llera v. Commissioner of Correction [Not summarized.] - AC36240 - Customers Bank v. Tomonto Industries, LLC Plaintiff bank acquired the assets of a defunct bank from the FDIC, including the $3...more

WWE Faces Wrongful Death Suit for Alleged Concealment of Risks Associated with Concussions

Memphis, Tennessee is the most recent arena in which the WWE is defending itself against concussion-related claims brought by former professional wrestlers. On February 18, 2015, the widow of deceased wrestler Nelson Lee...more

Judge Protects GM Against Most, But Not All, Ignition Switch Claims

Judge Robert Gerber ruled last week that General Motors LLC (“New GM”), the entity formed in 2009 to acquire the assets of General Motors Corporation (“Old GM”), is shielded from a substantial portion of the lawsuits based on...more

California Court of Appeals Upholds a Minor’s Release of Liability for Equestrian Trainer in Parents’ Wrongful Death Action

Karan Eriksson, et al., v. Kristi Nunnink - California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (January 27, 2015) - The California Court of Appeals recently held that a minor’s release of liability was...more

Case Update: Families of Factory Workers Awarded Punitive Damages to the Tune of Almost $40 Million

A few weeks ago, we told you about a jury awarding over eight million dollars to the families of two factory workers who were killed by a co-worker in 2010. As it turns out, that award was just the beginning. Last week, a...more

8 biggest medical mistakes patients face today

According to a recent study in the Journal of Patient Safety, between 210,000 and 440,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to preventable medical mistakes in hospitals. If this staggering number is accurate, medical...more

What Illinois workers’ comp benefits are available to families after a fatal accident?

When a worker dies after a job-related accident, the consequences can be tragic and severe for families. Workers’ compensation law offers a range of benefits for the survivors of industrial accidents....more

Illinois Supreme Court Declines to Recognize Self-Critical Analysis Privilege

The self-critical analysis privilege – the notion that organizations should be able to take a candid look at their own procedures and performance without fear of being forced to disclose the results in discovery – has been...more

Court Rules on “Principal and Permanent Residence” Under MC Article 33

In personal injury or death cases, Article 33 of the Montreal Convention provides five jurisdictions in which an action against the airline can be brought: (1) an air carrier’s place of domicile; (2) an air carrier’s...more

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