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Paint and Pigment Manufacturers Appeal $1B Verdict

Aug 2017 25

Paint giant Sherwin-Williams and two companies that make pigments used in paints have appealed a judge’s verdict awarding $1.15 billion dollars to northern California municipalities in which residents' homes have been contaminated by lead used in the…

Jury Awards $13M Verdict In Asbestos Case

Aug 2017 23

A federal court jury in California awarded $13 million dollars to the surviving family members of a man who died as the result of years of exposure to asbestos in a sugar refinery near his home.

Ohio Federal Jury Awards $10.5 Million in Punitive Damages Against Dupont

Jan 2017 05

An Ohio federal jury has awarded $10.5 million in punitive damages in a case involving cancer caused by dumping chemicals into the Ohio River. An Ohio man brought suit against chemical giant, DuPont, showing that, for decades, the company had dumped an…

Be Aware of "Arbitration Agreements"

Nov 2016 02

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a Kentucky case to decide whether an "arbitration agreement" in a nursing home contract can be used to prevent a resident or a resident’s survivors from suing the nursing home for negligence that causes injury…

Federal Judge Emphasizes Jury's Role in Punishing Corporate Misconduct

Oct 2016 21

A federal judge in Georgia has made a strong statement supporting the role of citizen jurors in punishing corporations for reckless misconduct that injures consumers.

California Gas Utility Convicted of Crimes for Gas Line Explosion

Aug 2016 10

On August 10, 2016, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was found guilty by a California federal court jury of criminal activity for violating pipeline safety standards in a 2010 gas line explosion that killed eight people, injured many others, and caused…

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Jul 2016 21

On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 was signed into law and became effective immediately. The Act was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and creates a legal claim in federal court for theft or misappropriation of trade secrets.

Oil Rig Death in Gillette, Wyoming

Jul 2016 15

An oilfield worker was killed on an oil rig near Gillette, Wyoming on July 7, 2016. According to investigators, the derrick on an Anschutz Company well site moved unexpectedly, and struck and killed 25 year-old Joshua Adams. Mr. Adams was working for…

Corporate Coverup of Cancer-causing Chemicals

Jul 2016 07

July 11, 2016 UPDATE: In the punitive damages phase of the trial, the jury awarded an additional $500,000 against DuPont based on its actual malice in continuing to dump chemicals into the Ohio River even after it had become aware of its cancer-causing…

Three Workers Burned and Two Killed in Separate Oilfield Tragedies

Jul 2016 04

Three workers were burned and one was killed when a well site operated by XTO Energy exploded, engulfing the rig and the workers in a devastating fire. The explosion occurred on June 18, 2016 at the XTO well site outside of Watford City, North Dakota.