The Seventh Circuit has reversed an Indiana jury’s finding that CVS Pharmacy Inc. owed $1 million to a doctor who claimed the pharmacy defamed him when it refused to fill his prescriptions, ruling the trial judge blocked key evidence supporting suspicions the doctor ran an opioid mill and sending part of the case back for retrial.
A nurse at a Presbyterian Senior Living facility in Philadelphia was slapped with criminal charges on Thursday for her alleged role in the death of the 84-year-old father of ex-Trump administration national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster Jr.
A state judge has shot down what he said were the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s efforts to relitigate the scope of its alleged duties to protect high school athletes from concussions after an October appeals court ruling in an ongoing class action.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers made their closing arguments to a Manhattan federal jury on Thursday in the retrial of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on charges that he used the powers of his office to take in $5 million in bribes and fraud proceeds.
National Football League teams told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday former players can’t revive their Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations claim alleging the teams encouraged painkiller abuse because the athletes knew of their alleged injuries about a decade before bringing the claim.
Rhode Island’s high court has revived claims by a former college hockey player that an arena’s release of toxic fumes injured him, saying there’s a clear-cut factual dispute over the arena’s knowledge, or lack thereof, of the allegedly dangerous condition.
An Indiana appeals court on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing a hotel and casino operator of being responsible for the rape of a hotel guest in her room, saying the attack was not foreseeable by the hotel given the circumstances.
A New York appeals court ruled Wednesday that a jury's $5 million award was excessive in a suit accusing a hospital of causing an infant's bowel injury stemming from an infection, saying the jury had determined that the hospital exacerbated the injury but didn't cause it.
A New Jersey appellate court Wednesday upheld the tossing of a woman’s malpractice suit against a plastic surgeon for what she alleges was negligently executed liposuction, thigh fat grafting and nose work, saying her case rested on an expert specializing in the wrong field.
Counsel for the class in the National Football League’s uncapped concussion settlement Tuesday asked a Pennsylvania federal court for sanctions against a group of related financial firms they say have failed to account for funds invested by class members.
The Second Circuit directed a lower court Wednesday to reassess whether Global Reinsurance Corp. of America must cover Century Indemnity Co.’s costs to defend Caterpillar in asbestos litigation beyond the reinsurer’s total liability limits, after New York’s highest court clarified how reinsurance contracts should be interpreted.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has found a trial is necessary in a suit accusing Big Boulder of negligence in a snowboarder's accident, saying there are questions of where personal responsibility ended for the snowboarder and where negligence — if there was any — began for the resort.
A Massachusetts federal court reiterated Wednesday that a pharmacist convicted of 77 counts for manufacturing deadly drugs in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak cannot pursue an acquittal bid while simultaneously appealing the verdict.
A Connecticut state judge has ruled that the town of Newtown and its school district are immune to liability in a suit alleging negligence in connection with the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, saying school officials are shielded from claims that certain security protocols were not properly implemented.
A Florida federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation alleging Chiquita funded right-wing Colombian paramilitaries on Tuesday denied the company’s bid to escape Anti-Terrorism Act claims from the family of a man who was kidnapped for ransom and eventually killed by a paramilitary group.
A third-party claims funder asked a Pennsylvania federal court on Tuesday to allow arbitration proceedings against a former National Football League player who is refusing to repay an advance of a portion of his potential recovery from an uncapped settlement in multidistrict litigation over brain injuries.
A New York appeals court on Tuesday revived the claim of an attending physician in Lincoln Hospital's Department of Infectious Diseases alleging he was fired in retaliation for refusing to comply with an alleged policy of not testing the residential drinking water of patients with Legionnaires’ disease.
The Ninth Circuit on Monday refused to revive a widower’s suit over his Navy officer wife’s death in childbirth at a military hospital, saying the court is “regretfully” bound by a controversial 68-year-old U.S. Supreme Court decision that bars service members from suing the government.
A public Pennsylvania university accused of being responsible for a baseball player’s head injury asked a federal court to toss the suit on Tuesday, saying the claims are subject to state court jurisdiction and are otherwise barred under the doctrine of sovereign immunity.
The Appeals Court of Massachusetts on Tuesday was skeptical about whether it was within its power to revisit and possibly raise a pair of personal injury judgments entered against 50 Cent in a suit brought by a pair of women who said they were injured after the rapper sparked a melee by leaping into a concert crowd.
To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.
Two California legislators recently announced a bill designed to prevent brain injuries during youth football games by restricting tackle football programs to the high school level. Organizations with youth football programs should anticipate that jurisdictions throughout the country will begin advancing similar restrictions, say Anne Marie Ellis and Paul Alarcon of Buchalter PC.
A federal judge in New York, in Alford v. CBS Corporation, recently held that the federal officer removal statute overrides the statute prohibiting removal of Jones Act claims. The ruling stands to have far-reaching impact in litigation in which the federal government’s involvement has been a factor, say Dennis Vega and Afigo Okpewho-Fadahunsi of Tanenbaum Keale LLP.
In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise. What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.
For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.
The Eighth Circuit’s decision in Dahlin v. Lyondell Chemical Co., addressing what a debtor needs to include in a claim bar date notice to unknown creditors, makes clear that due process in the notice context is rooted in reasonableness, say Robert Millner and Geoffrey Miller of Dentons.
Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.
Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.
Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.
In Liberty v. Ledesma and Travelers v. Actavis, the California Supreme Court should stand by its long, if not uniform, history of requiring an insurer to provide defense if there is even a remote possibility that the insured's conduct or its effects were accidental, say Kurt Melchior and Joan Cotkin of Nossaman LLP.