Appeals Rulings Signal Punishment is Easing for Big Tobacco

  5/26/2015 Perhaps no industry besides investment banks has been hit as hard by the federal court system than tobacco over the past several years. A pair of recent appeals rulings, however, indicates a substantial turn in the industry’s decades-long financial flogging. On Friday, the D.C. Court of Appeals delivered a mixed-ruling, in which some


Walgreen Company Settles a Class Action Suit

5/26/2015 Walgreen Company settles a class action suit that alleged it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by calling customers via automated dialing system to remind them their prescriptions were due for refills. The mistake, it seems, is that Walgreen failed to get customer consent to receive these “robocalls,” thus forcing those who did


Banks: Target, Mastercard Data Breach Settlement is Insufficient

5/25/2015 A lawsuit will continue in U.S. District Court in Minnesota regarding Target’s widespread 2013 pre-holiday data breach as banks rejected a $19 million settlement proposed last month. Over 40 million debit and credit cards were compromised during the breach, putting millions of cardholders’ information at risk. The settlement set aside by Target would have


Will Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption Survive the Supreme Court?

5/20/2015 Baseball is a game of eternal youth, and nothing may be more evident of that than listening to 95 year-old retired Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens talk passionately about the future course of the sport. In a May 15th speech in front of the Sports Lawyers Association in Baltimore, Justice Stevens recalled his




Fiat Chrysler Wants New Trial in Remi Walden Case

  5/16/2015 Fiat Chrysler wants new trial in the case of Remi Walden, a four-year-old boy who died in flames after his parents’ Jeep was rear-ended. I wrote last month about the $150M verdict the jury delivered in this case. The Walden’s 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with an improperly placed gas tank, was little Remi’s


Hot Coffee, Hot Cop, Cold Jury

 5/6/15 Stuff happens, it’s axiomatic. Sometimes people have legitimate complaints when stuff happens and other times… not so much. This is the story of Hot Coffee, Hot Cop, Cold Jury. Lt. Matt Kohr, a Raleigh, NC police officer, was enjoy a complimentary cup o’ Joe as do all uniformed officers at this particular Starbucks. Taking


TPP: Corporate Liability, Monsanto, and the Alien Tort Statute

5/15/2015 Now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has apparently survived a near coup d’etat led by Democratic Senators Harry Reid and Elizabeth Warren, pending a successful re-vote, the battle over the large-scale trade deal will soon be heading to the House of Representatives. The vote in the House may be even more troublesome for the


Jury Gives Injured High School Football Player Almost $1M

5/14/2015 After a weeklong trial, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff in a football-related head injury case. The jury awarded the injured high school football player almost $1M, finding that the school district and the school nurse had acted negligently in allowing the student to continue playing after he complained of a head