Friday, 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?

New Suits

  • 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).

Appeals

  • 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

Damages

  • $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).

Miscellaneous

  • Need a res ipsa example?  Here you go (WXVT.com).
  • Bed bugs as a niche (FindLaw)

Have a great break, and happy grading!

--BC

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