A railroad foreman told the Third Circuit on Tuesday that NJ Transit cannot claim immunity to dodge his Federal Rail Safety Act suit alleging he was retaliated against for reporting an injury, saying the court's validation that NJ Transit has immunity would trigger “catastrophic ramifications” for workers and passengers.
A California federal judge has found that The Hertz Corporation could be held liable for its subcontractor’s failure to screen its employees for criminal histories, in a suit brought by relatives of a man murdered by his co-worker.
BNSF Railway Co. was unable to convince a Wyoming federal court Friday to grant a new trial after a former worker won $1.3 million when he was injured on the job.
The founder of a celebrity talent booking agency is seeking “many millions of dollars” for permanent brain, spine and knee injuries he allegedly suffered when a nearly 400-pound sign blew over in a gust of wind and fell on him outside the Mandalay Bay’s poolside concert venue, the man’s attorney told a Las Vegas jury during Monday opening statements.
Toyota must pay $209 million to a family after two children suffered head trauma when the front seats in a Lexus collapsed on them in a collision, a Dallas judge has ruled in a decision that pared more than $30 million from a jury verdict to stay within a Texas cap on damages.
A split California appellate panel has tossed a $1.6 million award against a purported supplier of asbestos-containing pipes that caused a construction worker’s mesothelioma, saying the only evidence presented at trial that the company actually supplied the pipes was inadmissible hearsay.
A former elite gymnastics coach has asked a Massachusetts federal court to dismiss claims he sexually molested a teenager he was training for the 1980 Olympics, arguing that the statute of limitations on the alleged acts has expired.
Sisters Tasha Schwikert-Warren and Jordan Cobbs sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics on Monday, alleging that the organizations maintained a “culture of abuse” that made them and hundreds of other girls and young women easy targets for Larry Nassar, a sexual abuser and former sports doctor.
Banned USA Volleyball coach Rick Butler has urged an Illinois federal judge to reject a bid for class certification by a woman who claims the sports club employing Butler covered up his previous sexual assault allegations, saying the proposed class would be unmanageable.
The Tenth Circuit on Monday declined to revisit its revival of a whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit alleging a doctor performed unnecessary heart procedures, rejecting Intermountain Healthcare Inc.’s argument that the court applied an “unprecedented” view of how much specificity FCA suits must contain.
The federal government has paid $21.1 million to end a suit accusing a Native American hospital in Alaska of misdiagnosing a woman's medical condition, which ultimately resulted in the amputation of all four of her limbs.
A Louisiana federal court awarded some $1 million plus interest on Friday to an oil rig worker injured in a helicopter crash, saying his physical and mental injuries continue affecting him to this day.
A Virginia federal jury on Thursday awarded $473,000 plus interest to a welder who alleged that he was permanently injured from a near-electrocution he suffered while performing contract work at Axalta Coating Systems, finding that the industrial coatings giant negligently set up the man’s equipment.
A Louisiana appeals court has reopened a medical-malpractice action against University Hospital in New Orleans, saying expert testimony may be unneeded to support claims that a patient died in part because he was left unattended and unmonitored.
An Idaho federal judge has allowed to move forward a suit accusing a doctor of using his own sperm to successfully perform an artificial insemination on a patient nearly 40 years ago, saying the patient plausibly asserted she is entitled to an exception to the statute of limitations.
A former Napoli Bern Ripka & Associates partner has won a California federal court's sign-off on a $4 million award he won in arbitration over referral fees he claimed the now-defunct plaintiffs firm owed him.
A woman who was denied benefits under her personal injury protection policy with State Farm filed a putative class suit Friday challenging a Florida statute that allows an insurer to deny a claim if the person injured in a car crash does not receive medical treatment within 14 days of the accident.
The New Jersey state appeals court on Friday overturned a lower court’s order giving a medical malpractice insurer access to communications between counsel representing a doctor and a patient who sued the practitioner over unspecified injuries, ruling the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege.
A California appeals court has ruled that Scottsdale Insurance Co. must pay a $923,000 judgment against a security contractor blamed for a 2007 fatal nightclub shooting that cost the club its permit, finding that the venue owner’s claim for lost value falls under Scottsdale’s policy.
A New Jersey state appeals court ruled Friday that a Newark driver suing an auto cab company over an ankle injury he sustained while picking up a customer could be considered an employee of the company for the purposes of his workers’ compensation claim.
Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.
Some asbestos plaintiffs have obtained full recovery from viable defendants and simultaneously, or later, recovered more money for the same injury from asbestos bankruptcy trusts established by those same entities. Recognizing this problem, more and more states are turning to asbestos transparency laws as a solution, say Scott Hunsaker and Karl Borgsmiller of Tucker Ellis LLP.
Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.
The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.
Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.
Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.
Scooters and mopeds are all the rage across the country, but these cheap rides can be costly in terms of public safety. It’s a perfect storm from a safety and liability standpoint. States and cities must enact laws that protect drivers and pedestrians, including licensing and insurance requirements, says Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers.
Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.
The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.
As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.