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Friday, March 4, 2011

Personal Injury Roundup No. 95 (3/4/11)

New Cases

  • Charlie Sheen plans to sue CBS for "mental anguish" following the cancellation of Two and A Half Men. (NY Post)
  • And also from Hollywood:  Katie Holmes has filed a libel suit against American Media. (The Wrap, ABA Journal)
  • Deepwater Horizon Spill claimants sue Feinberg and BP seeking to renounce settlements. (ABA Journal)

Appeals

  • U.S. Supreme Court holds First Amendment protects anti-gay protests at military funerals and thus bars tort claims against protestors.  (TortsProf)
  • Louisiana Supreme Court holds riding an oil pump was not a reasonable foreseeable use.  (Mass Tort Defense)

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • House holds hearings on Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.  (Mass Tort Defense)
  • NY Medicaid Redesign Team proposes $250k cap on non-economic losses in med mal cases, NY State Bar Association voices objection.  (NY Law Journal/law.com, Turkewitz)
  • NC Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Medical Liability Reforms Act, which limits noneconomic damages in med mal actions to $500k; the full NC Senate is expected to consider the bill this week.  (Civitas)
  • OK Senate passes bill eliminating joint and several liability.  (The State)

Trials, Settlements and Other Ends

  • Medical device preemption summary judgment in Texas.  (Drug & Device)

Miscellaneous

  • Good luck to Bill and the Western New England team at the Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court competition.  (TortsProf)

--SBS

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