Friday, December 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!