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‘Groundbreaking’ First Responder Negligence Verdict in New Jersey worth $6 Million
In the first verdict of its kind in the State of New Jersey, a jury awarded the estate of a young mother $6 million after finding that first responders were negligent in treating a patient who was in distress. The 20-year-old patient did not survive, leaving an infant without a mother. The verdict in the first responder negligence lawsuit
is considered groundbreaking.
New York State Risperdal Plaintiff Awarded $1 Million
One of the few Risperdal lawsuits
to be tried outside Philadelphia has resulted in a win for the plaintiff, a resident of Troy in New York State who was awarded $1 million in compensation. A jury in US District Court, Northern District of New York delivered their verdict in the trial on September 27, awarding 24-year-old Shaquil Byrd $500,000 for past and/or present pain and suffering, as well as an additional $500,000 for future pain and suffering.
California Workers Get Protection from Employer Retaliation
Fear of retaliation can be a major hurdle for workers considering filing a wage and hour lawsuit
against their employer. However, a new piece of legislation passed by the state of California, will make it much harder for companies to suddenly terminate employees under those circumstances.
Hyundai Appears to Have Escaped the Horror of Takata Air Bags, Others Not So Lucky
Amongst the millions of vehicles, 19 deaths globally and scores of horrific airbag injuries attributed to the Takata defective airbags recall, there appears to be little evidence that one manufacturer in particular, Hyundai, had been ensnared by the grievous Takata airbag debacle. While Hyundai has been waging a quiet war, since last year on the use of after-market, ‘counterfeit’ parts v. OEM (original equipment manufacturer), Hyundai appears to have been using airbags made in the US for its vehicles. There is no evidence of an airbag injuries lawsuit
involving Hyundai associated with defective airbags manufactured by Takata.
Court Order Means Potential Taxotere Plaintiffs Should Act ASAP
On September 7, 2017, the judge overseeing the multidistrict Taxotere hair loss
litigation (MDL) issued a pre-trial order
that compels attorneys to submit information about all pending and anticipated Taxotere lawsuits. The goal is to bring as many plaintiffs as possible into any settlement reached.
East Texas County Joins Legal War Against Opioid Manufacturers
Upshur, a small rural county in east Texas with a population of about 35,000, has filed a lawsuit against 17 pharmaceutical companies claiming the drug makers are directly responsible for the opioid epidemic
that has gripped its community. The lawsuit, put forward by the Upshur County District Attorney’s Office, alleges corporate marketing promoted drug addiction in the county and saddled the public with a huge financial burden and left a trail of human misery.
Woman Injured in Las Vegas Shooting Launches Lawsuit
A 21-year-old college student from California has filed a multi-defendant
lawsuit claiming their negligence is responsible for the injuries she sustained at a country music festival in Las Vegas as a deranged shooter fired a hail of automatic gunfire into a crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino Resort killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more on October 1, 2017.
Unum Group Appears as Innocent Bystander in Insurance Denial LawsuitUnum Group
is not isolated from incurring the wrath of policyholders having been denied what are thought to be legitimate claims. The insurance industry as a whole tends to view claims as nuisance, or false claims unless proven otherwise and either deny claims outright or simply stop benefits, allegedly without cause. Lawsuits alleging bad faith insurance have followed, including those launched against Unum after claimants have filed an Unum lawsuit alleging unfair treatment.
Are Actemra Claimants Headed for Multidistrict Litigation?
Some law firms and at least one organization that finances mass tort litigation seem to think so. But what does it mean for the little guy when big dogs start to circle around the likelihood that Actrema lawsuits
will be consolidated into multidistict litigation (MDL)? Is this a good thing or a bad thing for someone who has had a heart attack after being treated with Actemra? Here’s some background for talking to a lawyer about what happened to you.
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