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EDNY Rejects Successor Liability in Hip Implant Case

by Reed Smith on

Happy birthday, Christopher Plummer. The great Canadian actor turns 88 today, and seems as vibrant as ever. What a marvelous career Plummer has had. He is a preeminent Shakespearean actor. We saw him play Iago to James...more

The Second Circuit is Tasked with Reviewing the Plausibility of an Iqbal Hearing

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In what may result in a fundamental transformation of pleadings challenges, the Second Circuit is set to address the propriety of a so-called Iqbal hearing – an apparent first of its kind....more

Tennessee Supreme Court Rejects Efforts to Alter Existing Law on the Collateral Source Rule in Personal Injury Cases

Last month the Tennessee Supreme Court, in Dedmon v. Steelman, affirmed the long-standing collateral source rule in personal injury cases. As long as an injured plaintiff can establish that the medical expenses they incurred...more

Note to Experts: Do Not Cruelly Disparage Your Client’s Decedent, Curse Out Your Judge, and Flout the Court’s Orders, or You May...

by Reed Smith on

Those of us who practice in the mass tort space spend vast portions of our professional lives dealing with our opponents’ experts. In our minds, we seek only to enforce the dictates of the Federal Rules and of the United...more

Federal Pre-emption and Aircraft Certification: You Have to Read This Opinion!!

by LeClairRyan on

Originally posted August 11, 2017 - Today, we turn our attention to the latest chapter in a long saga concerning the scope of federal preemption over product liability claims made against manufacturers of certificated...more

Charges By Law Firm-Owned Vendors Challenged In Putative Client Class

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs signed engagement letters with the law firm Finkelstein & Partners (the “law firm”) to represent them in two separate personal injury lawsuits on a contingency basis. ...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Preemption of HRT Complaint

by Reed Smith on

Today, December 1, 2017, is the birthday of Gilbert O’Sullivan, who scored a hit back in 1972 with “Alone Again, Naturally,” the saddest song we can think of this side of Albinoni’s Adagio. That is fitting, given our...more

United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation: November Meeting Overview

The next hearing session of the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is scheduled for November 30, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Eight matters are set for oral argument to consider motions to transfer each...more

Drivers Beware: A Seemingly Safe And Legal Driving Maneuver Could Come With Potentially Life-Changing Hazards

by Fraser Trebilcock on

For more than 30 years, Fraser Trebilcock attorney Gary Rogers has handled automobile negligence litigation. Recently, he has litigated a number of claims arising out of what you might think would be a rather safe driving...more

Supreme Court of Canada holds banks liable in fraud scheme

by Dentons on

In a recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision, the SCC reinforced its position regarding the allocation of liability in cases involving fraudulent cheque schemes. In a narrow 5-4 decision, the majority held that...more

Long-Time Reinsurance Attorney Ruled Not Qualified To Arbitrate 9/11 World Trade Center Reinsurance Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

An attorney with “considerably more than ten years’ experience of insurance and reinsurance law” has been deemed unqualified to arbitrate a reinsurance dispute stemming from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the...more

The Dead Man's Act - Staying Alive And Well

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Numerous states have enacted statues (commonly known as the Dead Man’s Act 735 ILCS 5/8-201 in Illinois) aimed to remove temptations of a survivor to testify regarding matters that cannot be rebutted because of the death of...more

Indiana Supreme Court Finds Negligent Hiring Claims Are Improper When Employers Admit Employee Was Acting Within Scope Of...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Indiana Supreme Court overturned a Court of Appeals decision issued earlier this year when, on October 31, 2017, it found that employers cannot be liable for negligent hiring when they admit that their employees were...more

Defence & Indemnity - October 2017: IV. PRACTICE ISSUES B.

by Field Law on

IV. PRACTICE ISSUES - B. The trial judge was held to have erred in allowing an expert witness, who the judge had reservations about, to testify when said expert was clearly not independent. Judges have a role as gatekeeper...more

Defence & Indemnity - October 2017: II. LIABILITY ISSUES A.

by Field Law on

II. LIABILITY ISSUES - A. The Master allowed a claim for a sports injury to be amended to add breach of fiduciary duty as a cause of action in the teacher-student situation, and held that while sports participants are...more

Mistake #1 about Michigan No Fault replacement services

by Michigan Auto Law on

Be warned — submitting false replacement services forms will forfeit a car crash victim from receiving Michigan auto No Fault benefits. I’ve represented several hundred Michigan car crash victims in my 22 years as an auto...more

Personal Jurisdiction Defense Gaining Traction in Mass Tort Litigation

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

For the past several years the United States Supreme Court has sought to clarify the proper exercise of specific personal jurisdiction over foreign corporate defendants. This issue is particularly applicable in mass tort...more

Assumption of Risk Continues To Be A Reliable Liability Shield For Participants In Recreational Activities

by Selman Breitman LLP on

California courts continue to apply the assumption of risk doctrine at the summary judgment level in decisions that preserve the rights of Californians to participate in recreational activities without the threat of adverse...more

CA Supreme Court Limits Duty Owed to Visitors Using Offsite Parking Lots

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Businesses and other property owners owe a duty of care to individuals they invite onto their premises. If someone gets hurt on property that you own or control, you may be responsible for the injuries sustained. You...more

California Employment Law Notes - November 2017

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Statewide "Ban-the-Box" Legislation - Known as "Ban-the-Box" legislation in reference to the box applicants are asked to check if they have any prior criminal convictions, the new...more

A Year-End Summary of Recent Railroad Preemption Cases

by Lane Powell PC on

Railroads have long defended certain state law tort claims in crossing accident and trespasser cases by invoking the doctrine of federal preemption. The past year is no exception. Although the discussion of the cases below is...more

Property Ownership and Water Supply Sources Matter in PFOA Contamination Lawsuits

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Illustrating some limitations on common law claims for groundwater contamination, a federal court in New York partially granted and partially denied a motion to dismiss in a cluster of sixteen lawsuits alleging...more

Bad Faith – Another Angle

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In August 2011, Jeffrey Vanderhall was riding his bicycle when he was hit by a car and seriously injured. It is now six years, three courts and two bad faith attempts later... To describe the procedural history of this...more

Second Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Plaintiffs’ Experts – and Summary Judgment for Defendant – in Mirena MDL

by Reed Smith on

As we write this, our fair city remains in a blissful haze following our Eagles’ 33-10 rout of the 49’ers to go 7-1 in the NFC East, so it might be appropriate to call today’s opinion a “touchdown.” On the other hand, the...more

A Corporate Law Takeaway From Judge Nelson’s Ruling In The Talcum Powder Case

by Allen Matkins on

After a three week trial that included extensive expert testimony, a Los Angeles jury returned a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson ($68 million non-economic and $340 million punitive damages) and its subsidiary...more

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