trial lawyers News

Debate Over Liability Holds Up Self-Driving Car Legislation in Senate

A debate over who to blame — or sue — when a self-driven car hits someone is holding up legislation the industry says it needs to advance. “If another driver hits you, it’s clear who the driver is,” Sarah Rooney, …

GM Report Helps Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Build Negligence Case

Plaintiffs’ lawyers scouring General Motors Co.’s report on its handling of faulty ignition switches that have been tied to 13 deaths say they are finding details that could bolster their negligence cases. Last Thursday, GM released the results of an …

Delaware Court Allows Blockbuster $305 Million Attorneys’ Fee

Two law firms were poised on Friday to collect a blockbuster $305 million in legal fees for their work on a lawsuit, after Delaware’s Supreme Court declined to consider a challenge to the payout. The fee award to law firms …

Corporations Win Key Product Liability Trials; More Victories to Come?

A string of courtroom victories by drugmakers in key product liability trials could be a signal that these and other companies can beat back claims in upcoming cases against them. AstraZeneca Plc, Merck & Co. and Pfizer Inc. are among …

Texas Gov. Perry’s ‘Loser Pays’ Law Seen Having Limited Effect

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s latest plan to kick trial lawyers out of his state may not send them packing after all. The so-called “loser pays” law that Perry has touted as he seeks the Republican nomination for U.S. president will …

Imprisoned Trial Attorney Scruggs Wants Corruption Conviction Tossed

Imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs asked a federal court last week to throw out his conviction in the judicial corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. Scruggs’ legal argument in the motion, filed in U.S. District …

North Carolina Lawmakers Urged to Preserve Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Injured workers’ groups, trial lawyers and others are sending a clear message to North Carolina lawmakers — leave the state’s workers’ compensation law alone. Hundreds of people descended on the North Carolina Legislature recently as part of the North Carolina …

Workers’ Compensation Research Group Defends Work in North Carolina

A non-profit workers’ compensation research organization that maintains its work is independent of the industry and objective has found itself at the center of a controversy in North Carolina over whether to trim workers’ compensation benefits. A group of trial …