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Archive for January, 2009

Bloomberg. com reports that billion dollar verdicts are vanishing from U.S. courtrooms. In 2008 no such verdict was rendered by a jury, and there was only one in 2007. But in the previous 14 years, there were a total of 26 billion-dollar verdicts.
One reason for this is that the Supreme Court and lower appeals courts have limited [...]

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I’ve been busy as of late. My apologies for the infrequent postings. Here are are a couple of recent law-related articles worth reading:

Las Vegas Sun, “Employers finding way around OSHA’s tougher stance” - this paper has been great about highlighting the failures of government to ensure safe workplaces.
“Class Status Denied in Suit Against DuPont Over Chemical-Tainted [...]

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Simon Property Group, the owner of the Crystal Mall in Waterford, Connecticut, recently agreed to pay nearly $309k to settle a lawsuit brought by the Connecticut Attorney General alleging that inactivity fees that applied to its gift cards violated state consumer law.
Most of the money that will be paid out by Simon will be in [...]

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Long Island Business News recently published an article concerning new laws that are going into effect this year that will affect business and consumers. Here they are in capsule summary form, but you can also check out the article for more detail:

Repeal of the no-prejudice rule that allowed insurers to deny coverage if the insured failed [...]

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Perhaps no other public agency is the butt of as many jokes as the post office. But the mailing, and alleged late receipt of, a premium payment was no laughing matter for the petitioners in a Long Island based life insurance dispute. (See Fidelity Nat’l Title Ins. Co. v. Regent Abstract Serivces Ltd., N.Y. Cty. 110144/08, [...]

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Starbucks, that ubiquitous high-end coffee company based in Seattle, has long tried to convey an image of corporate social responsibility. But that reputation is being put through the wringer by a messy labor dispute with workers – known as baristas – who wish to unionize. According to Businessweek:
The National Labor Relations Board found on Dec. 23 that [...]

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A lawsuit was filed in Texas on December 28, 2008 against Southern Hardwood Company, the owner of a sawmill, by the widow of a worker who died as a result of a board edger that “shot back” a board into his chest. The worker, Jose Luis Flores Guadarrama, was pronounced dead at the hospital due to blunt force [...]

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Although I have been out of commission during the past week or so, seeing that it is the holidays, there have in the meanwhile been tragic accidents that have occurred as a result of unsafe products, insufficient warnings, and corporate negligence. Bringing them to your attention, I realize, is in a way Scrooge-like and the antithesis of spreading holiday cheer, but for [...]

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