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  • Jury awards $417M to woman who says she got cancer from talc in baby powder

    08/23/2017 4:51:00 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 78 replies
    Ars Technica ^ | 8/22/2017 | Joe Mullin
    A Los Angeles jury awarded a woman a $417 million verdict yesterday. The jury found that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn users of the cancer risks of the talc in its baby powder. The jury's 9-3 vote to hold J&J liable for not warning Eva Echeverria about cancer risks is a huge blow to the company, which is facing thousands of such claims across the country. The verdict consists of $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages, according to Reuters. No clear link connects talcum powder to ovarian cancer. Some case-control studies, based on...
  • Subcommittee Examines Lawyers Who Approved Harsh Methods (Senate- LIVE THREAD- 10 AM)

    05/13/2009 6:30:40 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 59 replies · 4,595+ views
    C-span ^ | 13 May 2009
    A Senate Judiciary Subcmte. looks into the legal conduct of Justice Dept. lawyers who approved harsh interrogation techniques. One of the witnesses, fmr. FBI agent Ali Soufan, interrogated Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah.
  • San Francisco Music Company Sued By Fox Over "Empire" Name

    03/24/2015 11:04:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 | Tamara Palmer
    Fox is suing a San Francisco digital music distribution company because of its name. According to TMZ, Twentieth Century Fox Television filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against EMPIRE Distribution over the name it shares with Fox's popular television series "Empire." Founded in 2010, EMPIRE Distribution releases digital music from urban artists including leading hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Kendrick Lamar. Fox's fictional Empire Records releases urban music including hip-hop and R&B, but in a real life twist, songs from the series are actually available for sale. Columbia Records released songs from each episode for the duration of the...
  • Denver company's tests on wine triggers lawsuit (Arsenic in CA wines)

    03/19/2015 9:18:05 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 23 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | March 19, 2015 | Staff, DBJ
    A lawsuit is expected to be filed in California today over the amount of arsenic in some of the best-selling wines in the country. CBS News reports laboratory testing by Denver's BeverageGrades found some wines have as much as time times the maximum level of arsenic the Environmental Protection Agency allows for drinking water. The EPA doesn't regulate wine as it does water, and there are no federal labeling requirements to disclose what's in wine.
  • The Mystery of Millionaire Donor Steve Mostyn: Why Charlie Crist, Why Florida?

    11/22/2014 5:25:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 11/21/14 | Nancy Smith
    The biggest mystery that never unraveled in Florida Election 2014 has to be super-uber trial attorney Steve Mostyn. Why would a Houston multimillionaire with no current business in the Sunshine State out-donate billionaire George Soros, giving it to Democrat Charlie Crist's Florida gubernatorial campaign and the Florida Democratic Party? We never did get to the bottom of it. Crist and Mostyn didn't really know each other before the campaign. What did Mostyn want? Soros, founder of the far-left Open Society Institute, who advocates bringing European social democracy to the United States, only gave Crist a smidgen over $1 million. But...
  • Study: Lawyers Rake In Billions From Federal Disability Program

    11/21/2014 4:25:02 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/21/2014 | John Merline
    Lawyers have raked in more than $7.5 billion in fees from the federal Disability Insurance program since 2009, according to a Manhattan Institute report issued Friday. And that money has come directly out of the pockets of workers through the Social Security payroll tax.
  • An Ad With a Wheelchair Shakes Up the Texas Governor’s Race (NY Slimes DEFENDS Abortion Barbie)

    But Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said that the initial outpouring of negative reaction may be giving way to a more receptive response as the ad continues to air. “I think opinion has shifted over the past couple of days,” he said. “It is a galvanizing ad, and it stops and commands attention.” By referring to his disability in his political campaign, some analysts say, Mr. Abbott effectively opened the door for Ms. Davis’s depiction of the wheelchair in her ad. “Greg Abbott has made the wheelchair a representation of his strength and his...
  • Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages (no, that was not a typo)

    07/19/2014 2:06:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    AP ^ | 7/19/2014 | JENNIFER KAY
    A Florida jury has slammed the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict. That ruling also said smokers and their families need only prove addiction and that smoking caused their illnesses or deaths. Last year, Florida's highest court re-approved that decision, which made it easier for sick smokers or their survivors to pursue lawsuits against...
  • Willie Nelson Singing at Wendy Davis Fundraiser

    04/11/2014 10:04:14 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 54 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 | Christy Hope
    Legendary singer Willie Nelson will be featured at a high-dollar fundraiser for Democratic governor nominee Wendy Davis. The event will be held April 27 in the Houston backyard of plaintiff’s lawyer Steve and Amber Mostyn, featuring barbecue, Nelson and — for those who stay overnight at the Hotel ZaZa — a campaign briefing on Monday morning.
  • McDonald's napkin lawsuit: Man suing McDonald's for only giving one napkin

    03/04/2014 7:41:21 AM PST · by chessplayer · 69 replies
    A man named Webster Lucas is so upset with McDonald's that he has decided to file a lawsuit against them for $1.5 million, but it's not for any reason you could possibly imagine. TMZ reported on Feb. 27, 2014, that the California man is suing McDonald's because they gave him only one napkin with the meal that he ordered and received. Lucas contacted the general manager via email and said that he was suffering from "undue mental anguish" and that stopped him from going to work. He also says that the general manager tried to make amends by offering him...
  • Alliance sees more lack of diversity on bench--Wants broader backgrounds

    02/11/2014 6:33:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 11, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    Not satisfied with President Obama for appointing record numbers of gay, female and minority judges, liberal groups and labor unions are now pressuring the president to nominate more jurists who have backgrounds working for unions and public-interest organizations. The Alliance for Justice, a coalition of more than 100 liberal groups, is lobbying the White House to “broaden the bench” with more judicial nominees who represent what it calls “professional diversity” — judges who are more likely to be aligned with the coalition’s liberal agenda. “We face a federal bench that has a striking lack of diversity,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts...
  • HHS: 8,300 Words About the Dangers of Tobacco Smoking, But Not a Single Word About Pot Smoking

    01/21/2014 6:07:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "We're still a country very much addicted to tobacco," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a news conference last Friday, as she urged communities, schools and businesses to "help make the next generation a tobacco-free generation." A transcript of that news conference runs around 8,300 words, but there isn't a single word about the adverse health effects of marijuana smoking -- even as more states jump on the pot-legalization bandwagon. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana smoke is an irritant to the lungs, and "frequent marijuana smokers can have many of the same...
  • Wendy Davis has two million-dollar donors

    01/16/2014 12:55:46 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 72 replies
    State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has reported two million-dollar donors to her campaign for governor: Austinite Carolyn Oliver and Houston’s Mostyn Law Firm.
  • US seeks to fine websites if disabled are unable to use

    11/27/2013 3:44:27 AM PST · by AstralisLux · 53 replies
    Spero News ^ | 11/27/13 | Spero News
    The US Justice Department is intervening in a private lawsuit against H&R Block for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. H&R Block is a large provider of American tax services and informational services for tax payers.
  • The Koch brothers aren't the ones dumping the most into state elections

    11/14/2013 5:48:09 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/13/2013 | Alex Pappas
    Do you think the Koch brothers and other super-rich conservatives are the ones spending more money than anyone else to influence elections in states across the country? You’re wrong.
  • Clothing Store Fined $3.9 Million by Feds Over Drawstrings

    08/26/2013 9:10:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/26/13
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wanted to send a “message” by fining a department store almost $4 million after they failed to “report immediately” to the federal government that they were selling children’s clothing with drawstrings. Ross Stores, Inc. settled with the agency in June, agreeing to pay a $3.9 million civil penalty after they “knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that it sold or held for sale, about 23,000 children’s upper outerwear garments with drawstrings at the neck or waist.” The company said it settled to avoid costly litigation and denies...
  • Fundraising central: big national trial lawyers convention in SF is a political bonanza

    07/23/2013 4:45:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/23/13 | Carla Marinucci
    The American Association for Justice Convention at the Hilton in San Francisco this week has brought hords to town — hords of politicians. And we’re betting they’re not so much interested in AAJC’s panel discussions on more kinds of litigation than you ever thought possible — from Super Storm Sandy to bladder cancer, antidepressants to motorcycle lawsuits — than they are in being here in the Mother Lode of political fundraising. After all, the convention is conveniently located just a stone’s throw from Google, Facebook, Twitter, and all that Silicon Valley money — not to mention America’s Cup action that...
  • Former FBI Director Freeh to Probe BP Spill Claims Payouts

    07/03/2013 4:47:18 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/03/13
    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh will investigate possible misconduct by a lawyer involved in making payments to settle claims by people and businesses affected by the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the judge in the spill damages case said on Tuesday.
  • Federal Judge Spares Mel Weiss From More Jail

    05/04/2013 5:41:13 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/04/13 | Friends of Ours
    Disgraced lawyer Melvyn Weiss violated his parole by drinking and driving but a federal judge isn't sending the sad sack back to jail as reported by Dana Feldman and Nate Raymond for Reuters: "Weiss, 77, reached a deal with federal prosecutors on the eve of a Friday hearing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on whether to revoke his release following an arrest in December for driving under the influence in Boynton Beach, Florida. The agreement came after Weiss pleaded guilty to the DUI charge on April 18 in Florida and was sentenced to 12 months probation and 50...
  • Corporate Counsel Trade Group Challenges Use Of Temp Lawyers By Plaintiff Class Action Firms

    04/17/2013 8:15:19 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/17/13 | Friends of Ours
    The Association of Corporate Counsel is challenging the apparent practice by at least some plaintiffs' firms of using temporary attorneys as profit centers in class actions as reported by Daniel Fisher for Forbes. The 30,000-member trade group has filed a letter with a Manhattan federal court which must approve a $100 million fee request by trial lawyers who negotiated a $590 million settlement in a securities action against Citigroup, and contends that the high rates sought for the temporary lawyers are "beyond what a reasonable, paying client would be willing to pay." In class action lawsuits a substantial portion of...