A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for September 30-October 6.


Mouse Attacked, Traumatized Me in Home Depot, Woman Says in Suit

Anthony G. Attrino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

A woman delivering plants to a Home Depot store claims the retailer was overrun by rodents and that a mouse jumped on her, leaving her traumatized and with physical injuries.

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Amid Push for ‘Daubert’ in NJ, Plaintiffs Lawyers See No Need for Change

Charles Toutant | New Jersey Law Journal

While a host of parties is urging the New Jersey Supreme Court to adopt the Daubert standard for admissibility of expert testimony, some lawyers say a change is unnecessary.

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Lawyer Sues to End Bottomless Brunches

Walter Olson | Overlawyered

Manhattan attorney Robert Halpern, a “public interest lawyer” — says who? — fancies himself a scourge of the weekend mimosa and Bloody Mary crowd. “Bottomless brunches lead to more drinking in the neighborhood, which leads to more noise, more crowds and more uncivil behavior,” he complains in court papers.

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Third Circuit Invalidates ‘Bare Metal’ Defense in Asbestos Cases

P.J. Dannunzio | The Legal Intelligencer

If a manufacturer ships an engine without a gasket and the buyer replaces it with an asbestos-laden part, is the manufacturer liable for any resulting injuries? In an apparent issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit said yes.

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