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News 2007

  • Welding industry lawsuits have not stopped quarter profits for one company named in class action products liability litigation.
  • Families of the 17 sailors killed in the October 2000 USS Cole bombing are suing the Sudanese government for $105 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Borat lawsuits still going strong as the latest litigation involves an Israeli comedian sueing for copyright infringement.
  • Convicted murderer Michael Peterson settles with step-daughter over wrongful death of her mother for $25 million.
  • Notre Dame's head coach is suing Massachusetts General Hospital doctors for medical malpractice after gastric bypass surgery left him in a coma for two weeks.
  • A New Jersey court of appeals has given new life to a Vioxx lawsuit against Merck Company, Inc. The lawsuit seeks court-ordered medical monitoring for the plaintiffs to screen out heart problems as a result of taking the painkiller.
  • The Groom Lake hazardous waste lawsuit is stalled yearly by presidential decree. Becauseo of national security privileges that case has never been allowed to go forward.

 

News 2006

  • Provocative CNN host Nancy Grace has been hit with a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of Melinda Duckett for unspecified damages.
  • Recent tobacco lawsuits against Philip Morris and R. J. Reynolds reap split decision.
  • Fred Goldman sues O. J. Simpson for fraud in federal court. Fred Goldman, father of murdered son Ronald Goldman, is claiming that Simpson set up a shell corporation in order to defraud Goldman for $1.1 million from a book advance.
  • The criminal portion of the McDonald's strip search incident from 2004 has been settled, though a $200 million personal injury lawsuit against the fast food chain is expected to go forward. The victim, who was an 18-year-old employee at the time of the incident has stated that McDonalds did not do enough to protect her or knew of the hoaxes and failed to warn its employees.
  • As W. R. Grace lawsuits continue in the civil and criminal courts, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency is unsure that the cleanup efforts are adequate to insure no future asbestos-related illnesses are contracted. The EPA declared Libby, Montana a Superfund site in 2002.
  • The Johns-Manville Corporation is still being mentioned in current asbestos-related lawsuits, years after the company set up a trust fund for claimants. Johns-Manville has claimed responsibility for cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses in its former employees.
  • The shooting and death of groom-to-be Sean Bell in Queens, New York has outraged the community and raised the possibility of police misconduct in the incident. Reverend Al Sharpton has stepped to the forefront to mobilize a protect over the event.
  • California archdiocese run by Cardinal Roger Mahony has settled with 45 victims of clergy sexual abuse. The lawsuit for $60 million covers victims from the 1940s through the 1990s.
  • A former lawn care worker is suing Scotts Company for being fired for smoking off the job. The company policy is intended to keep down healthcare costs and the former employee is claiming invasion of privacy.
  • Big Dig highway tunnel lawsuits have been filed against the construction companies by the family of a woman crushed to death by a falling ceiling panel and the Massachusetts State Attorney General. Legal authorities are expecting record punitive damages to be awarded in this case.
  • United States wheat farmers are reviving a class action lawsuit worth over $1 billion against the Australian Wheat Board (AWB). The AWB is accused of bribing Saddam Hussein's regime for lucrative and exlusionary under-the-table dealings.
  • A circuit court judge in northeastern Kentucky granted class action status in a labor dispute against Wal-Mart. Potentially 140,000 or more employees may now join in the litigation involving allegations of being forced to work on break time without pay.
  • The 13th Sago Mine lawsuit has been filed in West Virginia against the International Coal Group (ICG) and others deemed responsible for the accident. ICG is also said to have inflicted emotional distress upon the families by not correcting initial reports, in a timely manner, that all miners had survived.
  • Five defendants from Hewlitt-Packard are being tried for fraud and invasion of privacy in the corporate spying case that has rocked one of the nation's largest employers. The scandal has already cost Patricia C. Dunn her job as chairwoman for HP.
  • The Jessica Lunsford Act is being extended to California in several weeks as Jessica's Law or Proposition 83 goes before the voters asking for increased sentences for serial pedophiles and electronic tracking once sex offenders have gotten out of prison.
  • Sony is conducting an unprecedented $400 million recall of lithium-ion batteries mainly from Dell laptop computers. The batteries have been shown to spontaneously burst into flame and Sony hopes to avoid personal injury lawsuits with the recall.
  • A new round of personal injury lawsuits have been filed against pharmeceutical company, Pfizer charging that the drug-maker concealed health risks for its blockbuster cholesterol drug, Lipitor. A total of 17 personal injury lawsuits have been filed that accuse Pfizer of deceptive marketing practices for not informing doctors or patients about the risks.
  • Chicago-based USG Corporation emerged from bankruptcy after 5 years in Chapter 11, when mounting legal claims from asbestos injuries forced it to restructure. USG paid out more than $450 million in claims and will now fund a trust in order to compensate others for currently pending claims.
  • Clinical psychologist Janis Abrahms Spring says that forgiving others for a personal injury is not mandatory for healing from a therapeutic vantage point. With 30 years of experience treating patients, Dr. Spring says that the choice of whether or not to forgive someone is more important than the act.
  • In Winona, Minnesota a 38-year-old man has sued the Diocese of Winona with the claim he was sexually abused as a teenager by former priest Thomas Adamson. Adamson was relieved of his duties in 1975 after multiple lawsuits revealed a history of abuse. The lawsuit accuses both the Archdiocese and Winona Diocese of negligence and fraud.
  • Notwithstanding some isolated (but rapidly dwindling) agreement that Merck is following a sound business policy in not attempting to negotiate a global Vioxx settlement, most financial and legal experts are now convinced of the imprudence of that strategy. The same jury that awarded $4.5 million in compensatory damages against Merck only last week, has now returned an additional $9 million punitive damage award in the same New Jersey case.
  • With insurance companies lined up on one side, lawyers and doctors on the other, Florida political leaders are on the fence over what to do about the state's no-fault auto insurance law. The Personal Injury Protection law - PIP in political parlance - dies next year if the Legislature fails to re-approve it.
  • Merck faces 9,650 personal injury suits in the U.S. and about 190 class-action claims for personal injury or economic damages. Merck has lost one personal-injury case, which it is appealing, and it has won two other cases. Another personal-injury case, involving two plaintiffs who allege that the arthritis drug Vioxx caused their heart attacks, is being deliberated by a New Jersey state court jury.
  • A $12 million settlement, with some 300 class-action plaintiffs, involving Zicam and its manufacturer, Matrix Corp., has not stopped people from coming forward with additional personal injury claims alleging the over-the-counter (OTC) nasal spray has caused them to lose their sense of smell and/or taste.

2005

  • SickofLawsuits.org today launched a national television advertising campaign as part of Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week (LAAW), October 3-7, to educate the public about the consequences of frivolous lawsuits. Titled "The Game," the advertisement highlights the costs we all pay for meritless lawsuits and outrageous jury awards.
  • Attorney General Eliot Spitzer today announced the conviction of A Nassau County personal injury attorney and his law firm for offering false instruments for filing and for scheming to defraud insurance companies under New York State’s No-Fault Insurance Law, which provides for payment to people injured in motor vehicle accidents. Daivery Taylor, 37, of Freeport, and his law firm, Silverman & Taylor, were found guilty after a two-week trial before Nassau County Court Judge Jeffrey Brown. Sentencing is set for November.
  • L. Dennis Kozlowski, the former CEO of Tyco International Ltd., and former Tyco finance chief Mark Swartz were sentenced Monday to up to 25 years in prison for stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the company. State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus ordered Kozlowski and Swartz to pay a total of $134 million in restitution; in addition, Kozlowski was fined $70 million, Swartz $35 million. The sentences end a case that exposed the executives' extravagant lifestyle after they pilfered some $600 million from the company including a $2 million toga birthday party for Kozlowski's wife on a Mediterranean island and an $18 million Manhattan apartment with a $6,000 shower curtain.
  • Merck & Co. must pay more than $253 million to the family of a Texas man who died after taking the company's Vioxx painkiller, a jury ruled in the first personal-injury case over the drug to come to trial. Jurors awarded $24.4 million in actual damages and $229 million in punitive damages to the family of Robert Ernst. Merck will appeal, spokesman Kent Jarrell said. The company's shares fell as much as 6.8 percent.
  • In Wichita, Kansas, on Thursday serial killer Dennis Rader was sentenced to ten life terms. He had confessed to torturing and killing ten people, saying that demons drove him to do it. Rader called himself BTK, for Bind, Torture and Kill. He will not be eligible for parole for at least 40 years.
  • The number of personal injury cases that were decided by a trial in federal courts has declined by almost 80% since 1985 as more suits have been settled, a Justice Department report said Wednesday. In 2003, the most recent year of the study, there were 768 trials, down from 3,604 in 1985. The annual number of personal-injury cases in the federal court system varied over the 33 years of the study, averaging 44,770. There were 49,166 cases in 2003.
  • Owners of thousands of Ford light trucks have a bigger concern than high fuel prices, their vehicles could catch fire. Even though they've been warned and offered a repair, CBS News reports that some of the owners are not doing anything about it.
  • Another Ford truck in Houston, TX burst into flames in Pearland late Tuesday, seven months after Ford announced a massive recall because a cruise control problem could lead to fires. "It's scary. It could have burned down my house," said Laura Voos, who owned the truck.
  • Following a six week trial, a Los Angeles jury returned a defense verdict in a closely watched case involving claims of bodily injury from exposure to mold in a single family residence located in West Covina, California.
  • Strip club lawsuit is settled in Michigan. The first honeymoon didn’t go so well, so 28-year-old Justin Scheidt plans to take a second honeymoon with his wife, Elizabeth, using money he received in a settlement with a local strip club. The couple, married in 2002, weren’t able to consummate their marriage during their first honeymoon on Mackinac Island – a lifetime event that was ruined because of an injury Scheidt suffered during his bachelor party at Showgirl III.
  • An island teen filed a lawsuit Thursday against the owners of the car wash where he worked, charging negligence by management caused him a disfiguring injury. John Thomas was 15 in July 2003 when he worked at Ritz Car Wash, 2712 61st Street. The lawsuit claims the car wash manager told Thomas to work on a chain system that lay beneath the car wash works. While Thomas was working on the chains, the manager turned the system on, the lawsuit charges.
  • A spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford was arrested after he kicked open the door at his home and shoved his fiancee into furniture, police said. Will Folks, 30, turned himself in to police Saturday and was charged with criminal domestic violence. He was released on a personal recognizance bond.
  • It’s only a few pages of court filings but it’s the biggest lawsuit against Dennis Rader so far. Kevin Bright is suing the BTK killer for shooting him three times and the agony that followed. “He had to have his skull opened up and had to have a bullet removed from his brain,” said Mark Hutton, Bright’s attorney.
  • In the midst of the cloud surrounding Duke University Hospital in which thousands of patients underwent surgery with instruments bathed in hydraulic fluid, a former patient of Duke University Medical Center has hired personal injury law firm, Brent Adams & Associates, to pursue a claim against the North Carolina hospital.
  • A new study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates that overweight individuals are at a higher risk for injury than people who are physically fit. Obese people were found to be twice as likely to injure themselves, with more than 1 out of 4 extremely overweight men reporting injury in the last year as opposed to less than 1 in 5 normal weight men.
  • Reilly Industries in Granite Cit, IL faces a $50,000 lawsuit by a former worker claiming permanent injuries from a Jan. 28, 2004 tank explosion. Santel Underwood, a pipe fitter, filed the complaint July 18 in Madison County Circuit Court claiming Reilly was negligent for failing to remove hazardous or flammable fumes from the tank and de-pressurizing it.AUSTIN, Texas -(Dow Jones)- The Texas attorney general is suing Merck & Co. (MRK), alleging the pharmaceutical giant bilked Texas out of millions of dollars in Medicaid payments by misrepresenting the safety of its Vioxx painkiller.
  • The CPSC said approximately 12,500 firework-related injuries were treated in 1992. The CPSC said the number of fireworks-related injuries treated in 2004 dropped to 9,600. The numbers represent a 70-percent decline in fireworks-related injuries for the past decade. Injury rates have dramatically decreased in the last decade because safety precautions are being followed.
  • Seven personal injury lawsuits seeking a combined total of $33.7 million were filed in Madison County Circuit Court on behalf of plaintiffs claiming they were exposed to manganese-containing welding fumes which resulted in their neurological injuries.
  • After falling through an opening at the entrance of Maxwell's Restaurant in Belleville, IL Michael Payeur filed suit seeking in excess of $150,000 for injuries he suffered to his right arm.
  • WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- A possible fire-igniting switch in more than 3.7 million Ford vehicles is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ford, which has made two recalls related to the problem, says it is cooperating in the investigation. The federal agency says it has received 559 complaints of spontaneous fires, 253 of them in unrecalled models, and its latest investigation includes the 1995 model years of the F-150, Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles.
  • A Kansas City jury yesterday found that Ford Motor Co. wasn’t liable in the May 2003 death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper when his Crown Victoria was struck from behind and caught fire.
  • A 24-year-old babysitter has been charged with Injury to a Child after a pair of 23-month-old twins drowned while in her care.
  • Bisnar & Chase, a law firm specializing in complex personal injury cases, announced a $704,663 jury verdict for damages against Southern California Edison for an accident in which a 14-year-old boy was blinded in one eye. The incident involved a Southern California Edison employee who shot a boy with a paint ball gun while on duty outside the town of Big Creek.
  • In Michigan, mold exposure has jumped to the forefront of significant personal injury claims with a recent $925,000 award in Wayne County Circuit Court to an apartment resident.
  • The Cochran Firm, founded by famed attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., and one of America's largest personal injury plaintiff's law firms, has announced it will combine its practice with Imhoff and Associates, one of the nation's largest and foremost criminal defense firms.
  • Attorny John D. O'Connor identifies FBI second-in-command as "Deep Throat" in the Watergate hearings. Journalist Bob Woodward has confirmed this.
  • Police believe it was a freak accident that killed a Weslaco, TX woman Friday morning. They said she backed out her driveway before stopping to open a gate. Police said as she tried to close the gate, her car somehow rolled backward and over her.
  • Derrick Ketchum, an employee of Owens Brockway Glass Container in Godfrey, filed a 12-count, $600,000 suit against his employer and Castrol Inc. claiming he was sickened from exposure to Syntilo 9918 and other “metal working fluids.”
  • Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr, who was involved in a severe motorcycle accident,. might also have violated Paragraph 3 of the standard NFL player contract that forbids engaging in any activity that ''may involve a significant risk of personal injury.''
  • Two Mobile radiologists who worked for companies that tested people for asbestosis and silicosis have received subpoenas from New York-based federal prosecutors investigating the testing industry, the doctors said, one through his attorney.
  • APPLE VALLEY, CA— An Apple Valley man died after he was Tasered at least twice by sheriff's deputies, once while in custody in the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
  • SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A jury Wednesday awarded nearly $5.8 million in damages to three men and a woman who were childhood victims of sexual abuse by a Roman Catholic priest. The archdiocese acknowledged at the start of the 2 1/2-week trial that church officials knew in the 1970s the Rev. Joseph Pritchard had been accused of molesting young parishioners in San Jose, but did not investigate the claims or take steps to protect the children. - by Lisa Leff Associated Press Writer
  • Plaintiff's attorney and Illinois State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-112) filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of his client Gurvir Grewal in St. Clair County Circuit Court April 6--a day in which the state legislature was in session. According to the suit filed by Hoffman, Grewal claims that Jimmy Hamilton carelessly crossed into his lane of traffic on Interstate 55/70 near the 10th mile marker in East St. Louis and caused a collision. Grewal was driving a 1998 Freightliner semi-truck and Hamilton, a 1993 Dodge Dakota. - by By Steve Gonzalez - Belleville Bureau
  • A final settlement of $3,990,000 will be paid by BNSF Railway in the civil case of those claiming property damage and personal injury resulting from Mandan diesel fuel contamination. The personal injury awards ranged from $22,500 to $32,800. In the jury decision, BNSF was found 90 percent to 95 percent liable in the property damage cases, but only 51 percent liable in the personal injury cases. - by Gordon Weixel, Bismarck Tribune
  • Attorneys representing patients who claim to have suffered injury as a result of using Pfizer's arthritis painkiller Bextra on Friday asked a judicial panel in Washington, D.C., to move all the related lawsuits in the US to one federal court in New Orleans for consolidation and management. The action came in the wake of Pfizer's announcement on Thursday that it would suspend sales and marketing of Bextra. - by Ron Gara, Daily News Central
  • Many people have lost most or all of their personal injury compensation in legal costs while defending insurance company appeals. Amid a public liability crisis in 2002, with excessive payouts and frivolous claims sending premiums skyrocketing, reforms were introduced to cap legal costs and payouts. But the caps are allowing insurance companies to drag out cases through exhaustive appeals, forcing people to either drop claims or settle for less. - by Anna Patty, The Daily Telegraph
  • Merck & Co., the nation's third-largest drug maker, is in talks with U.S. regulators about resuming sales of the withdrawn Vioxx painkiller, Chief Executive Officer Raymond Gilmartin said Friday. A nod by the FDA to resume selling the drug may help Merck fight personal-injury lawsuits more than it would lift profit, analysts said in February after the company's Peter Kim declined to rule out a return. The FDA said April 7 that it ``will carefully review any proposal from Merck'' for clearance. - JULIANN WALSH and ERIN BURNETT Bloomberg News
  • A group of alleged clergy-abuse victims has asked a bankruptcy judge to block the use of church donations to pay attorneys representing parishes and individual church members in the bankruptcy of a Catholic archdiocese in Oregon. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland filed for bankruptcy protection last July to halt lawsuits filed by alleged abuse victims who are demanding compensation from the church. The case is pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon before Judge Elizabeth L. Perris. - by MATTHEW C. MCNALLY, ESQ., Andrews Publications

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