December 10, 2010
Personal Injury Roundup No. 88 (12/10/2010)
My exam's written and now I'm just counting down the days to get to start reading 70 answers. But we've got the Roundup to keep us warm, right?
- Suit brought in connection with metal bats in Little League (Sun Times). (Here's a page summarizing the data as of 2006 on the increased speed of hits from metal bats.)
- Parents allege that Four Loko (energy/alcohol drink) led to son's accidentally shooting himself (ABC News).
- $20 million sought in suit against transit authority for running over two pedestrians (one of whom died) (OregonLive.com).
- Excessive force defense verdict upheld in case where police officer shot at suspect 14 times (Reuters).
- Cert. granted in climate change nuisance suit against utilities (ABA Journal).
Reform, Legislation, Policy
- FDA loses appeal, so can't regulate electronic cigarettes (Business Week)
- Interesting look at settlement mills (Drug & Device Law Blog discussing Engstrom piece available here)
- $1 in punitive damages against parish for sex abuse case ($30 million in punitives against the individual defendant) (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- $66 million verdict against exercise equipment manufacturer in case where machine fell on physical therapy assistant (Boston Herald)
Trials, Settlements and Other Ends
- First Levaquin trial ends in $1.82 million verdict against J&J (NY Times).
- Class certification denied in McDonald's obesity litigation (Mass Tort Defense).
Have a great break, and happy grading!
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