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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 $148M to Paralyzed Woman

Aug 2017 24

A Chicago state court jury awarded $148M to a 24 year-old woman who was left paraplegic when a pedestrian shelter at O’Hare airport collapsed and fell on her.

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.

Supreme Court Ruling on Disparaging Trademark Name Case

Aug 2017 09

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that words may be registered as trademarks in the United States Trademark Office even if the words are offensive and disparaging. A federal law that prohibited registration of offensive or disparaging words as…

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Trademark Case

Jan 2017 19

1/19/17 - UPDATE - The United States Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a case that will probably determine whether the Washington Redskins football club will be allowed to re-register “Redskins” as its federal trademark.

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…

Trial Judge Reduces Jury’s Punitive Damages Award

Jan 2017 05

The federal judge who presided over trial against Johnson & Johnson has now reduced the $1 billion punitive damage award by nearly one-half, to approximately $510 million.

Oregon Supreme Court rules witness to injury or death of family member can bring suit

Dec 2016 31

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a person who witnesses injury to or death of a family member caused by the negligence of another may bring suit to recover money damages for serious emotional distress caused by the event.

$21 Million Judgment in Pipeline Explosion Being Appealed

Dec 2016 07

A man working at a Texas oil storage facility was killed and several of his co-workers were seriously injured when a pipeline on which they were working exploded because the storage company that owned the pipeline had not cleared the line of dangerous…

Federal Jury Awards More Than $1 Billion in Case Involving Artificial Hips

Dec 2016 05

A federal jury in Dallas has entered a verdict of $1.04 billion dollars against the giant pharmaceutical corporation, Johnson & Johnson, in favor of six patients with artificial hips that were manufactured by a subsidiary of the corporation.