Tort Law

5077 ABA Journal Tort Law articles.

New trial motion says lawyer’s insults and ‘incurable character assassinations’ prejudiced the jury

A new trial motion filed on behalf of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. argues that a lawyer who sued the company prejudiced jurors through a “steady stream of insults” and…

9th Circuit allows suit against border patrol agent on US soil when he fatally shot teen in Mexico

A federal appeals court has ruled that a border patrol agent who was on U.S. soil when he shot and killed a teenager in Mexico can be sued for the…

Judge tosses 2 suits against Fox News over retracted story about slain DNC staffer

A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed two lawsuits against Fox News for a retracted story that claimed Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich had leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks…

Judge tosses New York City’s climate change lawsuit against major oil companies

A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed New York City’s nuisance lawsuit seeking to hold five major oil companies liable for the effects of climate change caused by greenhouse gases.

Remainder of product liability group from Quinn Emanuel follows Sheila Birnbaum to Dechert

Dechert has added the remainder of the products liability group from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan after acquiring its two co-chairs and another partner in May.

The entire group consists…

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay nearly $4.7B in talcum powder case

Jurors in St. Louis awarded nearly $4.7 billion in damages on Thursday in a suit that claimed Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused 22 women to get ovarian cancer, including…

Courts can’t order Yelp to take down negative review of law firm, California Supreme Court rules

The California Supreme Court has ruled that Yelp can’t be required to remove negative reviews of a San Francisco law firm.

Judge awards $5 to Charlottesville rally organizer who said cursing woman violated anti-dueling law
A judge in Charlottesville, Virginia, awarded $5 on Friday to the organizer of last summer’s “Unite the Right” rally of white supremacists in a suit against a woman who cursed at him.
Court tosses disbarred lawyer’s suit over newspaper article on his ethics case with a ‘crime’ header
An appeals court in California has tossed a suit filed against the San Francisco Chronicle by a now-disbarred lawyer who claimed the newspaper defamed him partly by putting a “crime” header caption on a story about his ethics case.
Suspect in Capital Gazette shooting lost pro se case; court said he misunderstood defamation law

A Maryland man who was a losing pro se plaintiff in a defamation suit against the Capital Gazette newspaper chain has been charged with five counts of murder in the Thursday shooting deaths of five newsroom employees. Jarrod Ramos of Laurel is accused of firing a shotgun through the doors of the newsroom and opening fire, killing two editors, a reporter, a community correspondent and a sales assistant, report the Washington Post and the Capital Gazette in stories here and here.

Hedge funds clamor to finance mass tort cases; some call for disclosure
Hedge funds and private equity firms are jumping into another aspect of litigation finance with loans that finance mass tort cases against drug companies and medical device manufacturers.
Federal judge tosses nuisance suits seeking to hold oil companies liable for climate change
A federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed lawsuits by two California cities that seek to hold five of the nation’s largest oil companies liable for climate change.
Texas lawyer’s wife settles suit claiming woman seduced her husband and induced money transfers

The wife of a Texas lawyer and the family’s limited partnership have settled a lawsuit targeting a woman said to have seduced the lawyer and induced him to transfer more…

Court: Law firm accused of having an on-site bar not liable for death of intoxicated paralegal

A Florida law firm accused of having a bar on its premises to encourage employees to work longer hours isn’t liable for the death of an intoxicated paralegal, a Florida…

Woman who sued lawyer over injuries from flung pasta is awarded more than $85K
A Connecticut woman has been awarded more than $85,000 in her lawsuit claiming she was hit in the face with pasta in a spicy sauce flung by a lawyer during an argument with another man at a restaurant.

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