A Florida appellate panel ruled Wednesday that a license suspension for a nursing home where 12 patients died last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma was proper, saying the emergency suspension imposed by state health officials was supported by detailed allegations of an immediate and serious danger to patients.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a jury's award of $10.7 million in a suit accusing BNSF Railway Co. of failing to maintain adequate warning devices at a railroad crossing that purportedly contributed to a fatal train-vehicle collision, saying competent evidence supported the jury's decision.
A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that a trial court should have entered judgment in favor of Bechtel Corp. in a dispute with a former worker who won a $21 million jury verdict against the company and Florida Power & Light Co. over asbestos exposure.
A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday said a police officer receiving the low amount in a high-low agreement with parties he sued for malpractice after being injured in a work-related accident owes some of that money toward a workers' compensation lien, despite an arbitrator finding no cause in his case.
A Texas appellate court has rejected Wal-Mart Stores Texas LLC's request to toss a $1.39 million verdict awarded to a woman who was injured in a store when a box fell on her head, holding that the retail giant had not shown that the verdict and amount of the damages award were reached in error.
Medical device maker C.R. Bard is stuck with a $3.6 million jury verdict awarded in a multidistrict litigation test trial over the safety of its clot-stopping vein filters, after an Arizona federal court denied Bard’s requests for a new trial or judgment as a matter of law.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the state's workers' compensation law doesn't entitle a butcher or its insurer to recover the cost of providing ongoing medical care from an employee's injury settlement.
A New Jersey state appellate court ruled Wednesday that Middlesex County couldn’t require a construction company and an engineering consultant to cover its legal expenses in a suit brought by the family of a worker who died after an accident at a bridge construction site.
A woman who was electrocuted by downed power lines during Superstorm Sandy and whose family sued Consolidated Edison of New York Inc. for negligence in not taking precautions they argue could have saved her life was killed by her own recklessness and therefore has no case, a New York state appellate court has ruled.
A Missouri federal judge recently struck down as unconstitutional the state prison system's "freeze-frame" policy of denying hormone treatment and other health care to certain transgender inmates, a first-of-its-kind ruling that Robins Kaplan LLP attorneys helped obtain despite prison officials' insistence that no such formal policy was in place.
A Dallas appeals court has backed a ruling that a K. Hovnanian unit couldn't be held responsible for a worker's death, saying the lower court rightfully concluded the building contractor did not have direct control over the worker's activities and thus didn't have a duty to ensure his safety.
Former executives at Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. argued Tuesday that a False Claims Act case against them ignores a federal regulatory program that gave marketers and doctors explicit permission to recommend an expensive cholesterol drug to people who did not have the rare genetic disorder it was created for.
Former NFL running back Reggie Bush's $12.5 million award for a knee injury suffered at the Los Angeles Rams' former stadium in St. Louis could embolden players to bring more personal injury suits against teams, a tide the league will attempt to stem in the upcoming round of labor negotiations.
Milwaukee police’s use of a taser to arrest NBA player Sterling Brown for a parking violation in January was an excessive use of force and he was targeted because he is black, the Milwaukee Bucks guard said in a suit filed Tuesday in Wisconsin federal court.
The Third Circuit on Tuesday refused to overturn a former Philadelphia doctor's convictions on charges of causing a patient's death and taking part in a drug trafficking conspiracy with members of a motorcycle gang in which he wrote bogus prescriptions in exchange for cash and sexual favors.
Despite slamming the federal background check system for "glaring weaknesses," a South Carolina federal judge has dismissed 16 lawsuits filed by surviving victims and the estates of those who died when Dylann Roof entered a Charleston church in 2015 and opened fire on a bible study group, killing nine.
A doctor accused of running a $240 million health care fraud has urged a Texas federal court to throw out charges that he prescribed unnecessary treatments, saying that many of the charges are too old and that the U.S. government deliberately delayed action to prejudice the jury against him.
The families of five patients who were allegedly killed by a hospital employee’s intentionally lethal injections can pursue a suit against the hospital after a Missouri appeals court ruled Tuesday that their fraud claims were wrongly tossed as duplicative of those in a previously dismissed wrongful death suit.
Pennsylvania's highest court on Tuesday cleared the way for patients of a Kansas hospital to pursue negligence claims against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after they allegedly contracted hepatitis from an employee in the Sunflower State who UPMC had caught stealing fentanyl syringes years before but whose conduct went unreported to federal authorities.
After a Maine woman’s birth control implantation went awry and turned her into a mother, the First Circuit ruled Monday she cannot sue implant maker Merck or her U.S.-funded doctors, saying she failed to pursue what could have been a worthwhile argument to apply the most exigent level of review to the Maine law blocking her path.
While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.
In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.
The Ninth Circuit’s decision last month in Planned Parenthood v. Center for Medical Progress has effectively turned the anti-SLAPP motion into a hybrid of typical motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. As a result, defendants have lost the primary benefit of the anti-SLAPP process, says Joseph Gjonola of Roxborough Pomerance Nye & Adreani LLP.
In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California — limiting where plaintiffs can bring claims and curbing forum-shopping in mass tort litigation — courts have grappled with questions that the ruling did not address, and defendants have pursued jurisdictional defenses in class actions and federal cases that were not previously available, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.
For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
The more procedural tools a mediator can offer, the higher the likelihood that a mediation will be successful. Mediators should be prepared to employ pre-mediation initial caucuses in appropriate cases, says JAMS mediator and arbitrator Thomas Elkind.
The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
At last month's U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission hearing on connected devices and product safety, presenters raised issues ranging from health and privacy concerns to terrorism risks, insurance requirements and product standards. Stakeholders must closely monitor regulatory developments, but also prepare for possible action from Congress, say Heather Capell Bramble and Thomasina Poirot of Venable LLP.
Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
Established case law holds that a sports participant has no claim against another participant for injuries sustained during play, unless the co-participant intentionally or recklessly injured the other. In the context of concussion-based litigation, courts have grappled with how to apply that standard to entities far removed from the field of play, say Amy Crouch and Kerensa Cassis of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.