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Biloxi Bus Crash Lawsuit Alleges CSX freight Train Had Ample Time To Stop

Fifteen passengers of a Texas tour bus struck by a CSX freight train in Biloxi, Mississippi, last month have joined a lawsuit along with some of their family members against the railroad company seeking $250 million in damages. The Biloxi bus crash lawsuit, filed in Harris County state court in Houston, claims that the conductor of the CSX train had more than adequate time to bring the freight train to a stop when he became aware of the bus straddling the tracks. The Texas tour bus was carrying 46 people from the Austin, Texas, area, most of them members of ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson suffers record courtroom losses in 2016

“Johnson & Johnson had a year for the record books — it lost six of 2016’s seven largest jury verdicts in the U.S. over product defect claims. This year may be no better,” wrote Bloomberg in an article titled “Why Johnson & Johnson Would Like to Forget 2016: QuickTake Q&A.” The news site discusses the harsh realities of J&J’s courtroom losses last year. Johnson and Johnson’s losses far exceeded $20 million. Bloomberg reports that most companies only suffer two or three verdicts exceeding $20 million related to product defects in a year. Losses are more than merely a verdict, as the ... Read More

Texas Woman Suffers Eye Injury When Takata Airbag Deploys In Honda Fender Bender

A South Texas woman says she suffered eye damage when a minor low-speed fender bender caused the Takata airbag inside her 2012 Honda Civic to deploy with violent force. Mary Lou Rodriguez, a resident of the Rio Grande Valley city of Harlingen, Texas, told LawyersAndSettlements.com that she was driving her Honda in her neighborhood no more than 15 mph when she clipped a parked truck. Although the impact was slight, it triggered the airbags in her Honda. Ms. Rodriguez said there was a loud bang and she was forcefully thrust backward into her seat when the airbag deployed. “I was ... Read More

Access to justice: Bills To Strip Citizens of Rights to Sue Corporations Introduced to House

House Republicans have introduced a series of new bills that threaten access to justice, aiming to make it very difficult, and in some cases impossible, for an American citizen to sue a corporation, even in cases of serious injury and death. House Resolution 985, the so-called “Fairness in Class Action Litigation” Act, is one of two proposed laws that could effectively dismantle citizens’ rights to hold companies accountable under the law. The bill introduces several new restrictions and qualifications that take aim at class actions by fettering them with complications, such as barring judges from certifying class actions if any ... Read More

Analysis: ‘Judicial Hellhole’ designation motivated by big business, not accurate assessment of talc litigation

Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently talked to Thomas Stewart, director of the trial advocacy program at Saint Louis University School of Law about his city’s reputation and tort reform in regard to the recent talc litigation. “So much of this tort reform business is based on the idea that you file your case in the city of St. Louis, and the jury automatically gives you money. Of course that’s nonsense,” Stewart said. “City judges and juries analyze on a case by case basis.” St. Louis drew the ire of tort reform groups last year, when three separate juries returned verdicts for plaintiffs ... Read More

Whistleblower Set to Receive $4.3 Million From Chicago State University

After years of fending off a whistleblower lawsuit, Chicago State University is set to pay $4.3 million to a former administrator who successfully sued the school in 2010, alleging he was wrongfully fired for exposing questionable contracts. James Crowley’s whistleblower-retaliation lawsuit was the first to be tried under Illinois’ new state ethics act. His complaint alleged that Chicago State University fired him after he refused to withhold documents about former university president Wayne Watson’s employment that a faculty member had sought under the Illinois Open Records Law and for reporting dubious contracts to the state attorney general’s office. Jurors awarded Mr. Crowley ... Read More

Whistleblower Complaint Leads To $115 Million Jury Verdict Against Florida Nursing Home Facilities

A federal jury in Tampa, Florida, returned a $115 million verdict in a False Claims Act complaint brought by a nurse against a nursing home facility, its parent company, and other defendants. Plaintiff Angela Ruckh filed the False Claims Act suit in 2011, naming Governor’s Creek and Marshall nursing facilities; management company, LaVie Management; LaVie Rehab; and CMC II, the new corporate owner of the facilities, as defendants. Ms. Ruckh’s lawyer told Corporate Crime Reporter that his client started working for the companies to help train the nurses that fill out the forms, which are used to bill Medicare and ... Read More

Whistleblowers Fired For Reporting Destruction of Environmental Records, California Lawsuit Alleges

The California agency charged with protecting the Bay Area from industrial air pollution faces a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit filed by two former employees who claim they were wrongfully terminated for trying to prevent sensitive records from being illegally destroyed. Plaintiffs Michael Bachmann and Sarah Steele filed the wrongful termination complaint against the Bay Area Quality Management District in state court. The pair worked in the agency’s Information Systems Services Division and were responsible for collecting, inventorying and digitizing more than half a century of physical documents ahead of the agency’s move to a new building in San Francisco. Mr. Bachmann, ... Read More

FBI Launches Investigation After Busting Lawyer For Selling Sealed Whistleblower lawsuit

The FBI has launched a sweeping investigation into the circumstances surrounding a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney who was arrested in January after he was caught trying to sell a secret whistleblower lawsuit. According to Bloomberg, FBI agents are questioning Justice Department lawyers about Jeffrey Wertkin, their former colleague who left the agency last April to work for a private D.C. firm. Investigators are trying to determine whether someone within the Justice Department provided Mr. Wertkin a copy of the False Claims Act lawsuit or if he took a copy with him when he left the agency. An FBI ... Read More

Salvation Army Reaches $227 Million Settlement With Philly Building Collapse Victims

Lawyers for victims of a deadly Philadelphia building collapse that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store in 2013 have reached a record $227 million settlement with the owner of a New York real estate company and the Salvation Army. The Feb. 22 settlement concludes a civil trial of lawsuits that ran that for more than 17 weeks, the longest civil trial in Philadelphia history, according to Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who oversaw the litigation. An attorney for plaintiffs in the case said the settlement was the largest personal injury settlement in Pennsylvania state court history, the Philadelphia ... Read More