Lawsuits & Litigation
Barclays lawsuit settlement agreement with the attorney general’s of 44 states was entered on August 8, 2016, according to a press release by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Barclays PLC is a global company with headquarters in London, England, that has offices in New York. The settlement agreement was reached after an investigation of
Bill Cosby, the once-beloved comedian, sitcom star and “family” man has recently been embroiled in a mass of controversy over allegations he sexually assaulted numerous women beginning in the late 1960s. I know, this isn’t exactly breaking news. What is new, however, is the number of women who have accused him of vile sexual misconduct.
Taxotere, the synthetic version Taxol, is a drug used for the treatment of many types of cancer, including lung, breast, prostrate, stomach, and head/neck. It is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, a global pharmaceutical company that has a United States based headquarters in New Jersey. The drug was approved for use in the treatment of breast cancer
On August 1st, 2016, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office revealed in a press release that Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against corporate giant Comcast in the King County Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that the company violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act, CPA, more than 1.8 million times. Ferguson stated in his
Earlier this month, plaintiffs firm Don Barret filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consolidate the many suits against Johnson & Johnson regarding its talc-powder products. Plaintiffs want MDL status for J&J talc-ovarian cancer suits as an MDL would make pre-trial items, such as discovery, much easier and convenient. If approved, the MDL would be overseen by U.S. District Judge David Herndon in the Southern District of Illinois. The venue was chosen as it “would permit convenient travel for the parties and counsel as compared to the east or west coast,” according to the motion. Plaintiffs reside in multiple states.
Takata Corporation confirmed that a Florida suit over Takata air bags settled recently. The suit pertained to Patricia Mincey and her 2001 Honda Civic. Ms. Mincey was involved in an accident in June 2014, during which her Takata air bag deployed with excessive force, leaving her a quadriplegic. Ms. Mincey passed away in April after almost two years in the hospital. She was 77.
The Pound Civil Justice Institute announces 2016 Appellate Advocacy Award. According to its website, the Institute “is a national legal ‘think tank’ created by pioneering members of the trial bar and dedicated to ensuring access to justice for ordinary citizens. Through its activities, the Institute works to give lawyers, judges, legal educators and the public a balanced view of the issues affecting the U.S. civil justice system.” This year’s winners of the award have certainly accomplished the mission of the Pound Civil Justice Institute.
Pastor Jordan Brown of Austin, Texas is dropping his suit against Whole Food Market over a homophobic slur on a cake. While not saying who really wrote the word “Fag” under “Love Wins” on the cake he ordered, he has publicly stated it wasn’t Whole Foods. The cake was, in fact, a lie. In other words, the “promised reward [was] merely a fictitious motivator.”
Baggett McCall and Unglesby Law Firm joined forces to win a $7M verdict for family in take-home asbestos exposure case in Louisiana. The case was decided in the family’s favor on April 29, 2016. In this case, the victim was not the asbestos-exposed employee, but rather, his wife.