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Bullied to death? PEI WCB awards benefits to widow after finding a link between workplace bullying and fatal heart attack

by Dentons on

The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island recently awarded WCB benefits to the widow of a worker who died of a heart attack in November 2013. The worker had suffered a workplace back injury a few months earlier...more

Product Liability Update: April 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Massachusetts Federal Court In Prescription Drug Case Holds “Learned Intermediary” Rule Requiring Warnings Only To Prescribing Physician Applied Even Though Patient and Caregiver Were Physicians, But Experts’ Affidavits of...more

No Excuses: Preventing Construction Site Accidents and Remembering the Dead

by Lewitt Hackman on

With Spring comes not only warmer weather, a change in time, and the start of baseball, but a return of construction projects as builders begin another season of home and commercial building. ...more

Corporations are People Too! Ontario Court Confirms that Corporations Have a Right to a Speedy Trial

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Corporate defendants have the right to a speedy trial, without requiring them to prove actual prejudice to their fair trial rights. In R v Stephensons Rental Services, a March 2017 decision of the Ontario Court of Justice,...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter - April 2017

by Wilson Elser on

Exceptions to California’s “Going and Coming” Rule - In Lynn v. Tatitlek Support Services, Inc., E063585, Super.Ct.No. CIVBS1200525, 2/22/17, the plaintiffs appealed a summary judgment at the California Court of Appeal...more

Is Your Arbitration Agreement Enforceable?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Health care providers may favor arbitration due to the perception that it is a faster, less expensive alternative to litigation. State and federal policy favors arbitration for the same reasons.  Because of the strong public...more

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Hoverboard Suspected in Fatal Fire

by Wilson Elser on

Since our last blog post on lithium-ion batteries, there has been a report that a self-balancing scooter, known as a hoverboard, is the suspected cause for a March 10, 2017, fatal fire that occurred in Harrisburg,...more

Why Should Class Action Matter to You?

According to a bill pending in the House of representatives, class actions are bad for you and multi-district litigation is not your friend. HR 985 is an example of our legislators acting out of complete ignorance or an...more

Fifth DCA Reaffirms Protections Against Surprise Tactics at Trial

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

This past January, Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal found that a trial court had committed reversible error by allowing a party to argue and present previously undisclosed expert testimony and evidence to the jury at...more

City Slickers and Airplane Litigation: Fight or Flight: Theobald v. Piper Aircraft, Inc.

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Sometimes venue challenges are successful. Sometimes the convenience of the lawyers is not the standard for judging the proper venue for a lawsuit. In Theobald v. Piper Aircraft, Inc., 208 So.3d 287 (Fl. 2016), Florida’s...more

City Slickers and Airplane Litigation: Fight or Flight: Theobald v. Piper Aircraft, Inc.

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Sometimes venue challenges are successful. Sometimes the convenience of the lawyers is not the standard for judging the proper venue for a lawsuit. In Theobald v. Piper Aircraft, Inc., 208 So.3d 287 (Fl. 2016), Florida’s...more

CDC Study Finds Mesothelioma Death Rates Higher Than Projections

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On March 3, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study assessing malignant mesothelioma mortality rates in the United States between the years 1999-2015. The Study – apparently the first of...more

February 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four of the eight court cases we report on below in our February 2017 monthly update of IC misclassification cases involve Uber, and each of those cases were victories for the ride-sharing, on-demand company. Although none of...more

One of Our Employees Died at Work – Am I Going to Jail?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Most know that lawsuits against an employer based on an employee’s workplace injury are barred by the applicable State’s Worker’s Compensation Act. However, did you know that in some circumstances, an employer may be...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Holds Plaintiff Cannot Use Savings Statute to Revive Dismissed Lawsuit Brought by Improper Plaintiff

Love v. Piatchek, No. 103690 (November 8, 2016) The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit as being time-barred. The court held that the plaintiff could not rely on...more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/ Act of State Doctrine - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US was not Directly Linked to Injuries...more

MOL Clarifies its Interpretation of “Critical Injury”

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The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to report fatalities and “critical injuries” to the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The Ministry of Labour has recently released clarification on its...more

Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death

The state of California, like other states, has its own version of a wrongful death statute. While many people confuse wrongful death with cold-blooded murder, in fact, a wrongful death happens due to the negligence or...more

Health and safety sentences: update on the sentencing guidelines one year on

by Dentons on

Employers have a general duty to ensure the safety of their employees under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. On 1 February 2016, the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences came into...more

Is compliance with industry standards enough to establish due diligence? Alberta Court of Appeal set to consider this issue

by Dentons on

We recently wrote about the decision in R. v. Precision Drilling Canada Ltd., where the Appeal Judge set aside the trial verdicts and ordered a new trial in a workplace fatality case. The Crown sought leave to appeal that...more

What is a hard fought battle for clients? — Legal Warriors

Someone asked what was one of the most challenging cases I have worked on as a drug and medical device litigator for the past 23 years. It was the Vioxx litigation....more

Florida Appellate Court Rejects Jury’s Bad Faith Verdict

by Carlton Fields on

It feels like a black swan event: last month, in GEICO Gen. Ins. Co. v. Harvey, No. 4D15-2724 (Fla. Ct. App. Jan. 4, 2017), a Florida appellate panel unanimously overturned a jury verdict, on the ground that the plaintiff’s...more

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES A.

by Field Law on

A. An insured killed by a thief driving the insured’s vehicle is entitled to coverage under his S.P.F. 44 Endorsement, notwithstanding that one part of the definition of “inadequately insured motorist” purports to exclude...more

Physician Liability for Death of Nonviable Fetus

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

If an obstetrician’s negligence causes the miscarriage of a nonviable fetus—i.e., one that couldn’t live outside the womb–does the patient have a cause of action for wrongful death? In Alabama the answer is yes, according to...more

Supreme Court Update: White V. Pauly (16-67)

by Wiggin and Dana LLP on

Greetings, Court Fans! And Happy New Year! Yes, most of us kicked off 2017 over a week ago, but The Eight reassembled for the new (calendar) year yesterday, and rang it in with a summary reversal. We'll cover that...more

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