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Texting about veal parmigiana dinner while driving = $235,000 settlement

  Saw this story by Robert Storace online recently.   Dasantila Rook was driving home from her job at a Connecticut restaurant in July of 2015.  She was taking food home to have dinner with her husband.  All well and good.  Dasantila got into trouble when she decided to text her husband about dinner. She was describing what sounded like a delicious… Read More
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Illinois Appellate Court squashes "one free rape" argument after guest attacked at Holiday Inn.

    I read the opinion in Gress v. Lakhani Hospitality quite some time ago and meant to post about it.  But the opinion got buried with other papers and  finally resurfaced the other day.  The opinion provides much needed clarity to what a plaintiff must show – and perhaps more importantly what a plaintiff is NOT obligated to show – w… Read More
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Au pairs strike back.

  Colleen Slevin of the Denver Post had an article in the Denver Post the other day about $65.5 million dollar settlement against several companies that bring young women to the United States to work as au pairs.  [An au pair is typically a young woman, from outside the United States who comes here to provide live-in child care to families].   The und… Read More
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Illinois Appellate Court gives green light to asbestos case alleging conspiracy amongst manufacturers to hide the risks.

Jones v. Pneumo Abex, LLC is an interesting asbestos decision out of the Fifth Appellate District in Illinois.  And it likely has asbestos manufacturers concerned.  In Jones, the plaintiffs, John and Deborah Jones, sued Pneumo Abex and Owens-Illinois for injuries John suffered due to asbestos exposure when he worked in construction.  John Jones never worke… Read More
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Illinois Appellate Court sticks yet another fork in the phantom injury defense.

    Defense lawyers have been suggesting other causes of injuries since the Stone Age.  The Fifth Appellate District, in Campbell v. Autenrieb recently handed down a decision that does a nice job of explaining exactly when such testimony is permissible.  In Campbell, the plaintiff was injured when an unleashed dog lunged at Campbell and caused… Read More
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Tort of retaliatory discharge just got a little broader in Illinois.

A decision out of the Federal District Court in Chicago appears to have broadened the tort of retaliatory discharge a bit. In Van Pelt v. BonaDent, plaintiff Tad Van Pelt had been recruited to work as a sales representative for BonaDent, Inc.  a dental lab.  Van Pelt was hired as an at will employee.  In 2015, Bonadent purchased a laboratory in Chicago. … Read More
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Can woman recover when a friendly dog moves closer and causes her to fall off a porch and suffer a bad injury? Nope.

  The Fifth Appellate District downstate issued an interesting opinion yesterday involving a friendly dog and a bad fall. In 2012, Paulette Crosson was a certified nursing assistant who provided home health care to patients.  In August and September, 2012, she made multiple visits to a home owned by Pam and Bob Ruzich to provide health services to a Pam… Read More
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Johnson & Johnson hammered again with $4.7 billion dollar verdict in baby powder case

  Yesterday, a St. Louis jury just absolutely crushed Johnson & Johnson again in another baby powder lawsuit.  Twenty two women[and their families] filed suit claiming that the baby powder they had used for years was the source of their ovarian cancer.  The jury agreed and awarded the group $550 million dollars in compensatory damages AND $4.14 bil… Read More
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Chipotle wrongfully accuses worker of theft and fires her. Then Chipotle pays dearly.

  I saw this online story by Rachel Seigel of the Washington Post a couple weeks ago.   Jeanette Ortiz worked at a California Chipotle for 14 years.  She had moved up to a General Manager position and was making around $72,000 a year.  Chipotle’s practice going back several years, was to have armored cars swing by and swap out large bills for s… Read More
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Pork producer sprays hog waste in air - and neighbors secure a $50 million dollar punitive damages verdict. And same defendant looking at DOZENS of similar cases

    Wow.  A North Carolina jury absolutely walloped the worlds largest pork producer last week over its disposal practices. Ten neighbors filed suit against Kinlaw Farms, a large pork production facility located in North Carolina.  Kinlaw is owned by Murphy-Brown LLC  [a subsidiary of Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods].   The focus of the plaintif… Read More
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