A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of August 8-14.
The Employer Handbook | Eric B. Meyer
About 3 years ago, after a 6-day trial, a Colorado federal jury concluded that a plaintiff had been retaliated against for participating in a discrimination complaint process. But, the jury didn’t award her much: $14,000 for out-of-pocket expenses, and $5,000 for emotional distress, pain, suffering, embarrassment, humiliation or damages to reputation. Then, her lawyers filed a motion for attorney’s fees and costs. They requested $575,683.83.
Martin Bricketto | Law360
A 2014 New Jersey Supreme Court decision upping requirements for consumer arbitration agreements has made it easier for some plaintiffs to pursue claims in court and spurred companies to retrofit their contracts. Now, almost a year after Atalese v. U.S. Legal Services Group LP, the justices are considering another arbitration case that could bring even more changes.
Matt Friedman | Politico New Jersey
Essex County is about to get some judicial relief. The state Senate on Monday confirmed eight new Superior Court judges who are likely to be assigned to the county, which for years has suffered from a severe judge shortage.
Charles Toutant | New Jersey Law Journal
After a school district that was sued by an ex-student for bullying was granted permission to pursue third-party claims against some of the alleged bullies, the idea of a school district pursuing legal claims against students who misbehave is getting mixed reviews from lawyers.
Sindhu Sundar | Law360
Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc.’s defeat of a $25 million verdict over its Accutane drug extends its perfect record challenging judgments in the long-running consolidated litigation, marked by what attorneys say is the drugmaker’s unusually aggressive strategy of whittling down suits and challenging trial losses rather than capitulating to a settlement.
Kathianne Boniello | New York Post
And this little piggy . . . limped all the way to court. A Manhattan man claims a botched pedicure at a Harlem nail salon has made him paranoid and unable to walk normally or have sex — after a worker cut his pinky toe with a prohibited tool, leaving him with a painful limp, according to a lawsuit.
Wall Street Journal
Hipsters in the Internet economy like to think of themselves as progressives, but we wonder how they’re enjoying being mugged by reality. The plaintiffs lawyers who finance progressive politicians are now assailing Web start ups with class actions the way they do the rest of business.
David Ham | KIRO
Earlier this year a story about an 8-year-old Seattle girl’s relationship with crows went viral. Gabi Mann started feeding crows daily two years ago and the birds would leave her trinkets. However, her Portage Bay neighbors said the murder of crows would caw and leave droppings throughout the neighborhood.
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