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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Spokeo Speedwagon: Employers Forced To Take Privacy Breach Cases On The Run

by Fisher Phillips on

By now, most everyone has heard it from a friend who, heard it from a friend who, heard it from another about the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. It is the case being cited across the country in...more

Illinois Supreme Court Fundamentally Limits the Ability to Sue Non-Illinois Corporations

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Following recent precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court limited the circumstances in which a non-resident corporate defendant can be subject to suit in Illinois on claims with no connection to the...more

Was the Guy who hit you on a “Special Errand” for his Employer?

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg analyzes serious car accident cases on a daily basis. Often, the issue is not whether the defendant was at fault or whether the plaintiff was seriously injured. ...more

Products Liability? Prove It

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Under South Carolina law, a products liability case may be founded in several theories, including warranty. Regardless of the chosen theory, however, a plaintiff must establish (1) he was injured by the product; (2) at the...more

Awful Missouri Venue and Warnings Opinion Affirmed—But Maybe Some Hope

by Reed Smith on

Hope springs eternal. At least that is what the optimists say, and while we would like to see the bright side of the Missouri Supreme Court’s split opinion on venue in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., No. SC 96151, 2017...more

Sixth Circuit Expands Air Carrier Liability Under the Montreal Convention: How Should Air Carriers Respond?

by Benesch on

In Doe v. Etihad Airways, No. 16-1042 (6th Cir. Aug. 30, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit radically altered the scope of an air carrier’s liability under the Montreal Convention, the...more

Rehearing Sought of Sixth Circuit’s Montreal Convention Holding on Recoverability of Mental Injuries

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Defendant-appellee Etihad Airways recently petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for panel rehearing and rehearing en banc of Doe v. Etihad Airways, P.J.S.C., a decision by a panel of that court that...more

UK Defamation: when words seriously harm

by Hogan Lovells on

Evidencing in court that a defamatory statement has caused harm to your reputation can be notoriously difficult. The courts in the UK have therefore traditionally proceeded on the basis that, where a statement is proven to be...more

Aviations Happenings - Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 edition of Schnader’s Aviation Group newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: ·$2.8 Million Verdict Upheld Against Engine...more

Duties Owed to All by a Healthcare Provider Sound in Premises Liability, Not Medical Malpractice

In Johnson v. Open Door Community Health Centers, No. A143992, the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Four, recently held that MICRA did not apply where a patient who was attempting to exit a clinic after the...more

Extreme Weather Fuels Increasing Trend of New Climate Change Litigation

As federal efforts to roll back environmental regulations from the Obama era continue, environmental groups have been increasingly filing lawsuits against industry alleging damages related to climate change impacts, using the...more

Open and Obvious Dangers; New Evidence Submitted in Reply Briefs

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Jacques Jacobs, et al. v. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company - Court of Appeal, Second District (July 25, 2017) - Defendant Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company (Coldwell) marketed for sale a vacant,...more

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