News from March 2019

Researcher and witness for Johnson & Johnson says plaintiff had cancer in 2013

By John Sammon | Mar 8, 2019

ALAMEDA – A British pathologist told a jury on Thursday that plaintiff Terry Leavitt had an identifiable cancer reported in 2013, but treatment did not take place until 2017.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: U.S. EPA settles with three California auto parts companies over Clean Air Act violations

By Press release submission | Mar 11, 2019

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced settlements with three automotive parts manufacturers, headquartered in California, for violations of the Clean Air Act.

Closing arguments held in talc trial against J&J: Was it a conspiracy or spontaneous?

By John Sammon | Mar 11, 2019

ALAMEDA – Closing arguments on Monday in the trial to decide if Terry Leavitt’s mesothelioma was caused by Johnson & Johnson baby powder pitted plaintiff attorneys accusing the company of conspiracy, against defense attorneys contending Leavitt’s disease was spontaneous in nature---not from talc powder.

CLARK HILL: Member Bradford Hughes to Present at the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section 2019 Transportation Megaconference XIV Trucking and Motor Carrier Litigation

By Press release submission | Mar 12, 2019

Member Bradford Hughes will be co-presenting a session titled “Winning Strategies for Litigation and Trial” at American Bar Association’s [ABA] Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Transportation Megaconference XIV Trucking and Motor Carrier Litigation on March 21.

CLARK HILL: Member Pam Palmer to Present at the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section 2019 Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Conference

By Press release submission | Mar 12, 2019

Member Pam Palmer will be moderating a session titled “Broker, Insurer and Insured Relationships: Successfully Tackling a Natural Disaster Large Loss Event” on March 22 at the American Bar Association’s [ABA] Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section 2019 Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Conference.

BALLARD SPAHR LLP: Real Estate Attorney Tamara Osborne Joins Ballard Spahr in L.A.

By Press release submission | Mar 12, 2019

Tamara L. Osborne, an attorney with more than 20 years' experience in affordable housing and community development law, has joined Ballard Spahr in the firm's Los Angeles office.

FOLEY & LARDNER LLP: Foley & Lardner Adds Real Estate and Litigation Attorneys to Los Angeles Office

By Press release submission | Mar 12, 2019

Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that Kathleen Smalley and Phillip Hosp have joined the firm’s Los Angeles office.

From Legal Newsline

In the wake of previous failures, Michigan lawyer again sues social media companies over alleged terrorist links

By John Breslin | Mar 12, 2019

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – An attorney gaining a reputation for representing plaintiffs suing social media organizations over claims they aided and abetted terrorists is involved in yet another case against the companies.

Monsanto Roundup trial in jury’s hands after phase one closing arguments are made

By Rich Peters | Mar 13, 2019

Closing arguments of the opening phase of the bellwether Monsanto Roundup trial were made after a road map was laid out to the jury by U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria of the Northern District of California.

Jury finds Johnson & Johnson liable for $29.4 million in woman’s mesothelioma suit

By John Sammon | Mar 13, 2019

ALAMEDA – A jury on Wednesday handed baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson a $29.4 million hit deciding that asbestos in the company’s baby powder had caused plaintiff Terry Leavitt to develop the deadly disease mesothelioma.

From Legal Newsline

Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

Brian Cummings helps patients, families find justice in malpractice cases

By Sponsored Content | Mar 14, 2019

A resident physician’s undetected error may have cost a patient her life during treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center – just the type of case Nashville attorney Brian Cummings seeks to address.

CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Becerra Announces Multistate Settlements Targeting “No-Poach” Policies that Harm Workers

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Mar 18, 2019

California Attorney General issued the following announcement on March 12.alifornia Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that the State of California, as part of a multistate effort, has entered into agreements with four major fast food companies that prohibit those franchise corporations from continuing to employ “no-poach” policies.

Summary judgment awarded to Noble House Hotels and Resorts over restaurant surcharge case

By Keri Carbaugh | Mar 18, 2019

SAN DIEGO – Judge Michael M. Anello of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California awarded summary judgment in favor of the operator of four San Diego restaurants in a suit over a surcharge added to guest checks.

ATTORNEY'S OFFICE OF CALIFORNIA: Sacramento Area Pain Clinic and Its Owner to Pay $860,000 to Settle Allegations of Improper MediCal Billings

By Press release submission | Mar 18, 2019

Advanced Pain Diagnostic & Solutions Inc. and owner Kayvan Haddadan, M.D. have agreed to pay $860,000 to resolve allegations that the clinics violated the federal False Claims Act by knowingly submitting claims for reimbursement to California’s Medi‑Cal program for services rendered by a provider who was excluded from participation in the Medi-Cal program, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

LEWIS BRISBOIS: Steven Gatley to Speak at Kala Labor & Employment Seminar

By Press release submission | Mar 18, 2019

Los Angeles Partner Steven G. Gatley will speak at the 2019 Labor & Employment Seminar hosted by the Korean American Logistics Association (KALA) on Tuesday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Torrance, California.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Holland & Knight’s Chelsea Maclean Honored as One of San Francisco’s Top 40 Young Leaders

By Press release submission | Mar 18, 2019

Holland & Knight issued the following announcement on March 14.Holland & Knight Partner Chelsea Maclean has been named to the San Francisco Business Times 2019 "40 Under 40" list. Now in its eighth year, the San Francisco Business Times "40 Under 40" list highlights the Bay Area's best and brightest young business and community leaders.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Holland & Knight Grows Litigation Practice on West Coast

By Press release submission | Mar 18, 2019

Holland & Knight announced today that Ashley L. Shively has joined the firm as a partner in its West Coast Litigation Group. Ms. Shively, who will reside in the San Francisco office, previously was a partner at Reed Smith.

Jury finds Roundup was substantial factor in causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; But Bayer stands by product heading into phase 2

By Rich Peters | Mar 19, 2019

After nearly a week of deliberation, a San Francisco federal jury found that the Monsanto product Roundup was a “substantial factor” in causing a Northern California man’s non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Emissions case against VW remanded back to state court despite company's attempts to keep it in federal

By Charmaine Little | Mar 21, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled it does not have proper jurisdiction over an ongoing fraud, unfair competition law and warranty case against Volkswagen and remanded the case back to state court on March 8.

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