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Editor: Christopher J. Robinette
Southwestern Law School

Friday, March 20, 2009

Personal Injury Roundup No. 29 (3/20/09)

Happy first day of Spring!    Here's what happened in the world of torts in the last week of winter: 

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • Obama names Dr. Margaret Hamburger, former NYC Health Commissioner, as head of FDA.  (NY Newsday, Atlanta Journal Constitution, WSJ)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association criticizes tort reform proposals now pending before OK Senate.  (Seattle Times/AP)
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) sponsored a Republican Senate Conference on "Protecting Main Street from Law Suit Abuse" on Monday, March 16th.  (Point of Law).  Ted Frank testified at the conference.  (AEI, Overlawyered)
  • Democrat sponsored med-mal reform?  Obama advisor and other top Democrats raises possibility.  (Point of Law, WaPo, ABA Journal)

New Lawsuits

  • Promoter sues Japanese pop star "Rain" for fraud and breach of contract after Rain canceled his break out tour in the U.S. (LA Times)
  • Family of chimp attack victim sues owner.  (Law and More, Jonathan Turley)

Trials, Settlements & Other Ends


  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit denies en banc review in defamation case holding that truth is not an absolute defense to libel.  (Media Law)
  • Following December's Supreme Court decision in Altria v. Good, the Massachusetts Supreme Court gave the green light to a "lights cigarette case" alleging that use of the term "lights" on cigarettes was fraudulent under state consumer protection laws.  (AmLaw Lit Daily,, Consumer Class Actions)
  • New Jersey appellate court issues decision applying Wyeth.  (CL&P)
  • Chrysler loses appeal on its request to autopsy mesothelioma victim. (Am Law Lit Daily, NJ Law Journal/


  • Google mistrial:  Use of BlackBerrys and iPhones by jurors during trial causing mistrials across the nation.  (NY Times, Faculty Lounge)


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