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Friday, February 20, 2009

Personal Injury Roundup No. 25 (2/20/09)

I am considering suing the snow if it returns.  Is spring coming?  Is snow judgment-proof?

Anyway: This week in torts...

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • Eric Turkewitz, as usual, is the go-to source for information about sketchy client solicitation after the Buffalo plane crash [NY Personal Injury Attorney Blog]
  • Restatement (Third) of Torts symposium takes on, well, everything [TortsProf]
  • Video of David Michaels's lecture at WNEC Law [WNEC Law]
  • Walter Olson on CPSIA [Overlawyered]

New Lawsuits

  • Suit filed to force detergent manufacturers to disclose ingredients [LA Times]
  • Lawsuit alleges lead levels covered up in DC water system, challenging study done by GWU professor (whose contract required approval by water system) [GW Hatchet, MSNBC]

Trials, Settlements & Other Ends

  • $2.3 million for person who fell, intoxicated, in front of a subway [Overlawyered, Tort Deform]
  • $8 million in post-Engle case [TortsProf]
  • Vicki Iseman drops suit against NYT; NYT says it didn't imply an affair or unethical behavior [Politico]

Appeals

  • Truth a defense to defamation claim?  Apparently not always.  [Citizen Media Law Project]
  • Possibility of recusal for Justice Roberts in Levine? [Writ]
  • NJ Supreme Court hear sex abuse case implicating discovery rule [NJ.com]

Damages

  • What drives damage caps? [SSRN]

Miscellaneous

--BC

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