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Business Fears Never Ending Liability From ‘Take-Home’ COVID-19 Lawsuits

As COVID-19 cases surge in the United States, businesses say they fear a California court ruling has increased the likelihood that companies will be sued for infections, even by people who are not employees or customers. The Dec. 21 ruling …

Calif. Supreme Court Affirms Strict Liability Standard For Wildfire Suppression Costs

The California Supreme Court refused to loosen the state’s strict liability standards for wildfires, ruling on Monday that a religious retreat may be held liable for the negligence of an employee. In a unanimous decision, the high court affirmed rulings …

Florida District to Pay $26 Million to Shooting Victims

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP)–The Broward County, Florida, school district will pay more than $26 million to the families of 17 people killed and some of those injured in the 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Board …

Refugees Lack COVID Shots Because Drugmakers Fear Lawsuits – Documents

BRUSSELS/BANGKOK — Tens of millions of migrants may be denied COVID-19 vaccines from a global program because some major manufacturers are worried about legal risks from harmful side effects, according to officials and internal documents from Gavi, the charity operating …

Swiss Re: Litigation Funders Driving Social Inflation, ‘Outsize’ Verdicts

Swiss Re said in a report released Thursday that litigation funding has become a $17 billion industry globally, with 52% of that money being spent in the United States. The reinsurer said third-party litigation funding (TPLF) is increasing the number …

Sackler Family Says Billions Collected From Purdue Not Abuse Of Bankruptcy Law

Members of the Sackler family on Monday said billions of dollars they collected from Purdue Pharma before the company filed for Chapter 11 was the result of extra cash, not part of a “secret plan” to abuse the bankruptcy system. …

Nevada Court Sides With Gunmakers in Las Vegas Shooting Suit

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP)–Nevada’s Supreme Court ruled gun manufacturers cannot be held responsible for the deaths in the 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip because a state law shields them from liability unless the weapon malfunctions. The parents …

Chemours Shareholder Suit Over DuPont Spinoff Liabilities Dismissed

A Delaware judge dismissed a suit by Chemours Co. shareholders alleging directors misled them about the company’s financial health and legal liabilities when it was spun off from a predecessor of DuPont de Nemours Inc. Chemours shareholders can’t show misleading …

Subrogation and the Sudden Emergency Doctrine

It’s happened at least once to every subrogation professional. A significant claim file involving an auto accident in which liability appears to be a lock, suddenly goes into a tailspin when the other side denies the claim because the tortfeasor …

J&J, Costco Settle Lawsuits Over Recalled Sunscreen

Johnson & Johnson and Costco Wholesale Corp have reached a tentative agreement to settle lawsuits over the presence of a cancer-causing substance in several recalled J&J sunscreen products. Lawyers for the companies and for plaintiffs suing over the Neutrogena and …