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Friday, October 17, 2008

Personal Injury Roundup No. 11 (10/17/08)

I have no pithy introduction to this week's Roundup.  Here it is:

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • AAJ sent out a press release on October 15 entitled "FOIAs Reveal How Bush Administration Made Complete Immunity for Negligent Corporations a Top Priority."  The Report (pdf) is here: Download preemption_report_final1.pdf .
  • More preemption on the way?  (The Pop Tort)
  • Tort Deform links preemption and the financial crisis here.

New Lawsuits

  • Police in Sandpoint, ID accused of misconduct in the search of personal employee business records at a local bar.  (Bonner County Daily Bee.com)

Trials, Settlements & Other Ends

  • Large settlement reached in pet food contaminated food cases.  Ron Miller questions whether only the lawyers won.  (The Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer Blog)
  • Canadian breast implant litigation against the government for lax regulation was dismissed on sovereign immunity grounds by Ontario's highest court.  (Point of Law)

Appeals

  • Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit appears skeptical about upholding landmark tobacco judgment (HealthLawProf Blog)

Damages

  • Should Racial Differences in Life Span Factor in Damages Calculations? (WSJ Law Blog)  This is an editorial about Judge Jack Weinstein's opinion in McMillan v. City of New York, 2008 WL 4555550, 10/14/08.  Weinstein cited extensively Martha Chamallas (Ohio State) and Jennifer Wriggins (Maine), and also cited John C.P. Goldberg (Harvard).
  • Plaintiff's Amicus Briefs in Williams III Now Available (Cal Punitive Damages)

Miscellaneous

--CJR (with assistance from BC)

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