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Editor: Christopher J. Robinette
Southwestern Law School

Friday, September 25, 2009

Personal Injury Roundup No. 51 (9/25/09)

Here's what happened during the first week of fall in the world of torts:

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • Senate Finance Committee marked-up its health care reform bill.  (FDA Law Blog
  • Congressional Research Service issues report on health care reform. (Open CRS)
  • "Should Liability Damages Caps Be A Part of Health Reform?" (TortsProf)

New Lawsuits

  • Coyote Ugly Saloon patron slips while dancing on top of bar and sues.  (Day on Torts)
  • Eric Dane (McSteamy to Gray's Anatomy fans) sued for maliciously posting a video of Dane and two female friends in the buff.  (E! Online)

Trials, Settlements and Other Ends


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit allows suit against six power companies on the grounds that their greenhouse gas emissions constituted a public nuisance. (Warming Law, Warming Law Part I and Warming Law Part II, Point of Law, NY Law Journal/
  • Interlocutory appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will address viability of medical monitoring claim under Delaware law.  (Mass Torts Defense)
  • Georgia Court of Appeals addresses whether there’s a common-law duty to recall a product that's being legally sold.  (Drug & Device)
  • New York appellate court affirms dismissal of foul ball case.  (Hochfelder)


  • South Carolina Supreme Court uses potential harm to uphold punitive damages award 67 times larger than actual damages.  (Cal Punitive Damages)
  • California jury awards $49 million in compensatory damages in car accident case.  (The Recorder/



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