Articles by Brendan Pierson

GM to Fight $1B Settlement over Faulty Ignition Switches

Plaintiffs suing General Motors Co. over faulty ignition switches and other alleged vehicle defects have reached a $1 billion settlement requiring the automaker to turn over that amount of stock, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said in a court hearing …

In Biggest Data Breach Settlement Yet, Anthem to Pay $115 Million

Anthem Inc., the largest U.S. health insurance company, has agreed to settle litigation over hacking in 2015 that compromised about 79 million people’s personal information for $115 million, which lawyers said would be the largest settlement ever for a data …

Cosby Still Faces Multiple Civil Suits

Although Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial ended in a mistrial on Saturday, his legal problems persist as he faces assault and defamation claims in civil lawsuits, where the bar for evidence is lower than in criminal cases. In civil lawsuits …

$11M Verdict Against Toyota Over Fatal Crash Upheld

A federal appeals court on June 9 upheld an $11 million verdict against Toyota Motor Corp. over a fatal 2006 car crash in Minnesota, which a jury found was caused by an accelerator defect in a 1996 Camry. A three-judge …

$11M Verdict Against Toyota Over Fatal Crash Upheld

A federal appeals court on June 9 upheld an $11 million verdict against Toyota Motor Corp. over a fatal 2006 car crash in Minnesota, which a jury found was caused by an accelerator defect in a 1996 Camry. A three-judge …

Uber Tells U.S. Appeals Court in New York Customers Must Arbitrate Disputes

A U.S. appeals court in New York on Friday weighed arguments over whether Uber Technologies Inc. customers gave up their right to sue the company when they registered for its popular taxi hailing service. The case could have wider implications …

Supreme Court to Hear Hospitals’ Religious Exemption from ERISA

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear appeals by Christian-affiliated hospital systems of lower court rulings that gave the green light to employee lawsuits accusing them of wrongly claiming a religious exemption from federal pension law. New Jersey-based …

J&J Tries to Switch to Court Outside Missouri After $195 Million in Talc Verdicts

After a $67.5 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson on Oct. 27 marked its third straight trial defeat in an onslaught of lawsuits claiming its talc-based products cause ovarian cancer, the company is hoping to reverse the trend by …

Dewey Judge Declines to Order Mistrial as Jury Deliberations Continue

The attorney representing Joel Sanders, the former chief financial officer of bankrupt law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, renewed his call for a mistrial on Thursday, saying he was worried the jury was feeling pressure to convict after 20 days of …

Update: Ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf Execs Acquitted of Some Additional Counts

A Manhattan jury on Tuesday acquitted three former executives of bankrupt law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf of several criminal charges but remained deadlocked on most of the charges, including the most serious, grand larceny. Former Dewey Chairman Steven Davis and …