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Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice

  • August 7, 2018

    Fumes Seeping Into Boeing Plane Cabin Hurt Pilot, Suit Says

    A commercial airline pilot has sued the Boeing Co. in Illinois state court claiming he has neurological damage after he was exposed to toxic fumes from jet engine oil while aboard one of the company's planes.

  • August 7, 2018

    Law Firm's Site Covered By Fair Report Privilege, Panel Says

    A Washington state appeals court has affirmed a lower court's dismissal of a woman's defamation suit against a law firm for summarizing on its website allegations against her from a wrongful death suit filed by firm clients, ruling the statements are covered by the same fair report privilege afforded to news organizations.

  • August 7, 2018

    5th Circ. Told Bankruptcy Can't Touch $5M Crash Settlement

    An attorney who reached a $5 million settlement for his clients who were injured in a bus crash told a panel of Fifth Circuit judges during oral arguments in Houston Tuesday that the law doesn't support a bankruptcy judge's decision to pull those insurance policy proceeds into the bankruptcy estate of the now-defunct bus company.

  • August 6, 2018

    NJ Firm Ducks Malpractice Action Over Fall Case

    The New Jersey law firm Dario Yacker properly won summary judgment in a suit brought by an unsatisfied personal injury client stemming from a 2009 fall, an appeals court ruled Monday, saying there was no evidence of negligence on the firm's part.

  • August 6, 2018

    Media Outlets Want Expedited Appeal In Parkland Video Fight

    Media organizations fighting the Broward County (Florida) School Board and the local state attorney's office over security camera footage taken during the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School asked the Florida Supreme Court Monday to expedite the government's appeal of a decision ordering the release of the videos.

  • August 6, 2018

    Minn. Court Reinstates $1.5M Award To Injured BNSF Worker

    A Minnesota appellate panel on Monday reinstated a $1.5 million judgment in a suit brought by a former BNSF Railway Co. conductor who claimed the railroad giant violated federal law and caused his back injury, saying the evidence supported a jury verdict in the worker's favor.

  • August 6, 2018

    Insurer Says It Has No Duty To Cover Go-Kart Accident

    Cincinnati Insurance Co. says it has no duty to defend a go-kart center from a lawsuit by the parents of a child who was thrown from one of its carts, arguing that exclusions in the policy for amusement rides bar coverage, according to a lawsuit filed in an Iowa federal court on Friday.

  • August 6, 2018

    Plaintiffs Bar Is Steering Truck Crash Cases To Mega Verdicts

    Trucking accident victims have reaped some huge awards at trial this past year, with one Texas jury recently awarding $101 million, which experts say is a reflection of an increasingly sophisticated plaintiffs bar utilizing technology and courtroom techniques to target heavily insured and heavily regulated trucking companies.

  • August 6, 2018

    Journalist Hits CenterPoint With $1M Suit Over Electric Shock

    A British journalist who suffered an electric shock when he came into close proximity to live power lines submerged during Hurricane Harvey filed a $1 million lawsuit against CenterPoint Energy Inc. in state district court in Houston Monday, arguing the power company should have killed the lines in light of the catastrophic flooding.

  • August 6, 2018

    Travelers Sues Hospital's Insurer Over Sex Abuse Coverage

    An insurance company providing underlying excess liability coverage to a hospital where a staff doctor allegedly sexually abused more than 100 children is dodging its share of costs to resolve resulting lawsuits, Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. said in a suit filed in Connecticut federal court.

  • August 6, 2018

    WWE Seeks Attys' Fees After Sanctions In Concussion Suit

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has asked a Connecticut federal judge to order an attorney for two former wrestlers to pay the entertainment company's $176,486 legal bill for attorneys' fees and costs associated with an earlier sanctions order over an evidence dispute in the wrestlers' concussion suit.

  • August 3, 2018

    Wrongful Death Suit Against Marlins Pitcher's Estate Is Settled

    Family members of the two men who perished alongside Jose Fernandez in a 2016 boating accident have settled their wrongful death and negligence suit against the former Miami Marlins star pitcher for an undisclosed amount.

  • August 3, 2018

    Ind. Court Tosses Surgery-Privacy Suit Against Stryker

    An Indiana appeals court on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a suit against the medical device maker Stryker Corp. over privacy concerns from Stryker employees’ observation of a knee operation, citing statutes of limitations.

  • August 3, 2018

    Jury Awards $473.5M In Nuisance Suit Over Hog Farm

    A federal jury awarded six North Carolina residents a total of $473.5 million Friday on their nuisance claims against a pork company over the feces, urine, foul odors, flies and rumbling trucks associated with hog farms near their properties.

  • August 3, 2018

    Gov't Can't Shake Negligence Suit Over Crash On BW Parkway

    A Maryland federal judge on Thursday denied the federal government’s bid to dismiss a suit alleging its failure to maintain the painted white lane line, or fog line, on the side of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway caused an accident that killed a man and injured his fiancee.

  • August 3, 2018

    Texas Atty Can't Send Malpractice Suit To Arbitration

    A federal judge in Rhode Island has rejected a Texas attorney’s attempt to force into arbitration a lawsuit filed by a couple alleging he mishandled their medical malpractice case, agreeing with a federal magistrate’s recommendation that an attorney representation agreement signed by the couple was not binding.

  • August 3, 2018

    Cuisinart Hit With Suit Over Exploding Pressure Cooker

    A South Dakota woman who says she was sprayed with scalding chili because of a defective lid lock on her Cuisinart pressure cooker has filed a proposed class action against the appliance company in Connecticut federal court.

  • August 3, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Row With Hospital Over ASL Interpreter

    The Eleventh Circuit reversed a win for a Florida hospital Thursday in a dispute with a deaf man who says he was not provided an American Sign Language translator during an involuntary commitment evaluation, finding that the issue should go to a jury.

  • August 3, 2018

    USOC, Trainers Must Sit For Depositions In Nassar Suits

    The U.S. Olympic Committee and gymnastics trainers Bela and Martha Karolyi can’t stop a handful of former athletes suing over ex-USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar’s decades of sexual abuse from conducting limited discovery ahead of a decision on a pending motion to dismiss, a California federal court ruled Thursday.

  • August 3, 2018

    Chicago Man Files Suit Over Aeromexico Crash

    What appears to be the first lawsuit over the crash of an Aeromexico flight in Durango, Mexico, has been filed in Illinois state court by a Chicago-area man who was aboard the plane when it went down.

Expert Analysis

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    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.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    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.