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  • Walker Mayor: Louisiana Flooding event was man-made (Youtube Video)

    08/22/2016 7:11:40 PM PDT · by OneVike · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | YouTube
    "WALKER, LA - The frustrated mayor of Walker, Louisiana said Tuesday that the flooding event in his city was "man-made" and announced plans to file suit against the state of Louisiana and federal government. Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey said a six-foot tall concrete barrier that was put along I-12 when the interstate was expanded last year essentially put the city of Walker "into a bowl" because he said the barrier prevents water from draining out of Walker. "When the Amite River went up, it hit that wall," Ramsey said. "We have video evidence that shows the concrete barrier and...
  • Texting woman falls in fountain, files lawsuit

    01/20/2011 1:09:07 PM PST · by speciallybland · 102 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01/19/2011
    FRESNO, California (KFSN) -- Earlier this week ABC30 showed you video of a woman who mistakenly fell into the fountain at a Pennsylvania mall, because she was distracted by text messaging. Well now that woman is suing the mall for not helping her. The video has received more than 1.5 million views since it went viral on YouTube last week. The woman in the video, Cathy Cruz Marrero, doesn't think the video is very funny. She claims she could have gotten seriously hurt and that the security guards should have helped instead of laugh. "I'm just like dumbfounded. And all...
  • Time to stop with the roadside memorials

    09/27/2010 9:50:57 AM PDT · by PA BOOKEND · 106 replies
    Is anyone else tired of all the elaborate roadside memorials? I believe the whole thing has gotten completely out of hand. Years ago I said we would soon being seeing regulation tombstones in place of homemade crosses, etc. Well, last week it happened. I didn't stop to see if it was engraved (or whatever the process of writing on a tombstone is called), but I'll bet it was. Enough, already. That's what cemetaries are for! Obviously, it has nothing to do with the deceased; it's all about the survivors. I guess the problem with confining such remembrances to a cemetary...
  • $30M award to 'popcorn lung' victim is most ever (Illinois)

    09/06/2010 1:17:02 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 6, 2010 | Maureen O'Donnell
    A Cook County jury has delivered the biggest verdict ever in a "popcorn lung" case: $30.4 million. Factory worker Gerardo Solis, 45, of South Elgin, won the award after alleging his lung disease was caused by exposure to diacetyl, a chemical used in the making of butter-flavored microwave popcorn and other foods. It has been linked to health problems by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. » Click to enlarge image Gerardo Solis Solis has bronchiolitis obliterans, which makes it difficult to breathe. He is awaiting a lung transplant, said his lawyer, Ken McClain. Last month's verdict is against BASF...
  • Judge's daughter sues driver she ran into during crash

    12/18/2008 10:01:29 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 72 replies · 3,324+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12-18-08 | BRIAN ROGERS
    Convicted last year of intoxication manslaughter for the death of her boyfriend, the 21-year-old daughter of a state district judge is suing the truck driver she ran into during a drunken driving crash. Elizabeth Shelton, the daughter of juvenile judge Pat Shelton, is accusing truck driver Lance Bennett of negligence in the Oct. 23, 2007, wreck that killed her boyfriend Matthew McNiece. Bennett was driving the box truck that Shelton rear-ended on the Southwest Freeway near Kirby around 2 a.m. Shelton had a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the legal limit, two tests showed. She was sentenced to...
  • After I-35W bridge collapse, lawyers promptly pounced

    09/03/2007 8:34:20 AM PDT · by rhema · 43 replies · 1,192+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | September 02, 2007 | Katherine Kersten
    The last victim of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse has been recovered from the water. The long, complex search for the disaster's cause is ramping up in earnest. It's about the time we'd expect the lawyers to descend. But the pinstripes are already out of the gate, setting new records for jumping the gun in a disaster. Just days after the collapse, while recovery crews were still battling treacherous waters, Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben -- one of the state's highest profile personal injury firms -- petitioned for access to the site for three attorneys and two expert witnesses. An immediate...
  • Merck Loss Likely to Increase Lawsuits

    08/19/2005 4:51:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies · 464+ views
    AP Business ^ | 2 hours, 13 minutes ago | THERESA AGOVINO,
    ANGLETON, Texas - Merck & Co.'s first wrongful-death verdict over its painkiller Vioxx came in a case that was not seen as especially strong, and is likely to inspire thousands of more suits on top of the 4,200 already filed against the drug maker, analysts say. Analysts have already estimated Merck's liability could be as high as $18 billion and that number could now rise. Merck & Co.'s stock sank $2.35, or 7.7 percent, to close at $28.06. The jury awarded $253.4 million in damages to a widow of a man who died in 2001 of heart arrhythmia, or irregular...
  • Jury: Merck negligent ($253 million award Vioxx case)

    08/19/2005 1:19:34 PM PDT · by dogbyte12 · 6 replies · 435+ views
    CNN ^ | 8-19-05 | Aaron Smith
    NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Merck has been held liable by a Texas jury in the first lawsuit involving its former blockbuster drug Vioxx, in a case that could have a profound effect on thousands of other cases filed against the company. Plaintiff Carol Ernst has won her lawsuit in Texas Superior Court, which blames Vioxx for the 2001 death of her husband, Robert Ernst, a 59-year-old marathon runner and Wal-Mart worker who was taking the arthritis painkiller at the time of his death. Ernst died of a heart attack. The verdict held Merck liable for the death. The jury awarded...
  • Vioxx jury finds Merck liable (253.4 MILLION dollars)

    08/19/2005 1:32:11 PM PDT · by Dog Gone · 352 replies · 5,655+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 19, 2005
    ANGLETON -- The Brazoria County jury in the nation's first Vioxx-related civil trial has found pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. liable for the death of a man who took the painkiller.Jurors awarded Robert Ernst's widow, Carol, $253.4 million in damages, which is a combination of his lost pay as a Wal-Mart produce manager, mental anguish, loss of companionship and punitive damages. Carol Ernst began to cry when the verdict was read while her attorneys jumped up and shouted, "Amen!" The plaintiffs team huddled and hugged and repeated, "Amen, amen," while plaintiff's lawyer Ben Morelli told Ernst, "It's your jury." "Anyone who said they...
  • Edwards: 'When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk.

    10/12/2004 11:52:42 AM PDT · by Jackass70130 · 117 replies · 3,657+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 10/12/04 | Drudge Report
  • High court to rule on tuna can case (Another, "What the .......?)

    10/12/2004 9:19:35 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 30 replies · 933+ views
    modbee ^ | 10-12-04
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court agreed to consider Tuesday whether family members can sue in federal court after a 14-year-old girl cut her finger on a Star-Kist tuna can and suffered permanent damage. snip.. Beatriz Blanco-Ortega, then 9, was at school in Puerto Rico when she cut her finger on the tuna can and bled profusely for nearly 30 minutes. After a nurse stopped the bleeding, her mother took her in for surgery. The doctor reported she suffered scarring and a minor permanent impairment that could get worse over time. Blanco-Ortega and her family then filed separate lawsuits in...
  • Jury awards $7.3 million in [cellphon related] crash lawsuit

    06/03/2003 8:50:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 301+ views
    Antelope Valley ^ | June 3, 2003 | JESSICA LOGAN
    PALMDALE -- In a judgment against a 17-year-old girl and her father's automobile dealership, a jury has awarded $7.3 million to a seriously injured Los Angeles Police Department patrolman for a traffic accident caused by the teen as she talked on a cellular telephone. A car driven by plaintiff Robert Jewett collided with defendant Kelly Johnson's sport-utility vehicle at 42nd Street West and Avenue N as Johnson made an illegal U-turn while talking on a cellular telephone, according to court testimony. The three-week trial in front of Judge John Doyle in the North District Palmdale Courthouse ended Monday with the...