A Pennsylvania state judge who has faced questions over family connections to individuals involved in a medical malpractice case she'd been handling has agreed to step aside from the litigation after revealing that a relative was treated by one of the physicians targeted in the lawsuit.
The NCAA has urged a New Jersey federal court to send back to state court a wrongful death suit against the sports association, a Massachusetts college and insurers from the parents of a football player who died after a workout, rejecting the school’s claims of diversity jurisdiction.
In its first complete term back at full strength since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the top U.S. court took on several cases that revealed deep divisions among its members. Here are the most stinging dissents.
A divided California Supreme Court on Monday reversed a lower court’s order that Yelp take down defamatory reviews of a personal injury attorney posted by a former client, saying the consumer review website is protected by a federal law shielding publishers of third-party content.
Amy Coney Barrett has been sitting on the Seventh Circuit bench for only eight months, but she is rumored to be on President Donald Trump’s shortlist for potential picks to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
With the Supreme Court largely punting on deciding the issues at the center of some of its biggest cases this term, the justices turned to concurrences to fight for the future of the law.
While the justices tend to join most often with colleagues whose philosophy they share, even politically charged cases can create groupings that defy easy categorization. Here are a few from the latest term.
From a raucous house party to the often-disappointing taste of wedding cake, the justices found plenty to laugh about in the latest term. Here are the top moments of legal levity.
A Michigan jury on Monday awarded a 17-year-old girl and her family $135 million in a suit accusing a Detroit Medical Center hospital of botching her spinal surgery causing severe and permanent injuries, in what is being touted as a record medical malpractice verdict.
A New York federal judge on Monday greenlighted a multipronged attack by former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam on the credibility of former insurance boss and government witness Anthony Bonomo, saying she would allow the defense to probe claims of misconduct at Bonomo’s company.
Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. has removed to California federal court a crew member’s suit stemming from a traumatic brain injury he suffered after slipping at work, asserting that the matter belongs in arbitration in Bermuda.
President Donald Trump is ramping up the process of replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, interviewing four candidates Monday and revealing the White House staffers who are leading the selection effort.
An Illinois federal judge Friday sent a former New York Yankees outfielder’s suit alleging he was injured at a June 2017 game at the Chicago White Sox’s Guaranteed Rate Field back to state court, saying the White Sox can’t claim the case is a federal labor dispute.
A South Carolina federal judge ruled Monday that Scottsdale Insurance Co. has no duty to defend or indemnify a pair of bars in a suit alleging they overserved alcohol to a woman accused of mortally wounding a man with her car while fleeing the scene of a brawl, holding that a policy exclusion for claims arising out of assault and battery forecloses coverage.
A California appeals court has reversed a bench trial verdict in favor of an attorney being sued for fraud in connection with his alleged malpractice in an auto injury case, finding the attorney's former clients were entitled to a jury trial and were inexplicably denied one at the last minute.
A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Monday that a drug rehabilitation center facing claims over the death of a patient whose mental health had come into question could take advantage of a law limiting the liability of individuals and facilities involved in treatment of the mentally ill.
Once again, Justice Stephen Breyer was the most talkative member of the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments, but another member of the court turned heads by speaking out 50 percent more than she did in the prior term.
A handful of law firms argued multiple cases during the latest high court term — with varying degrees of success. Here’s how the familiar law firms fared in some of the most high-profile cases of the year.
Back at full strength, the justices worked their way through a docket full of blockbusters. Here’s our data-driven look at the term that was.
Over three decades on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy perhaps became best known for upholding the constitutional right to abortions and to same-sex marriage, but his deference to states’ rights and his inclination to take a race-blind approach to legal analysis have complicated his civil rights legacy.
The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.
Last month a Rhode Island court addressed for the first time whether an entity has a duty of care to protect nonemployees from exposure to the asbestos-tainted work clothes of the entity’s employee. The decision reveals a willingness of the court to extend an employer’s duty to household members of employees, says Thaddeus Lenkiewicz of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.
Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
The most obvious takeaway from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank is that non-U.S. corporations no longer need to fear Alien Tort Statute liability. But tucked within the decision’s holding and its various concurring opinions are other key points, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Sometimes words with multiple definitions can cause interpretive problems for an insurance policy. One solution is the define-by-association approach, which was used in Kostin v. Pacific recently to determine whether a bankruptcy trustee's action to avoid a transfer of funds can qualify as a claim for personal injury, says Robert Helfand of Pullman & Comley LLC.
Those seeking to stop gun violence should focus on convincing their elected representatives to enact thoughtful gun regulation, not creating new lawsuits. Repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, as some have called for, would trample the rights of product manufacturers and siphon the blame away from criminals, says Victor Schwartz, co-chair of the public policy group at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.
In the age of e-commerce, counterfeit cosmetics present a growing challenge — not only do they pose significant health risks to consumers, but they raise serious legal concerns for brand manufacturers, distributors and retailers, say Aliza Karetnick and Kelly Bonner of Duane Morris LLP.
How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.
One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.
Can an unauthorized immigrant living in the U.S. who is injured at work due to inadequate equipment or facilities or lack of appropriate safety protocols seek legal redress? The U.S. Constitution says undoubtedly yes, while years of practice cloud that position with doubt, say Agota Peterfy and Tyler Schwettman of Brown and James PC.