A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of Feb. 21-27.
Benjamin Weiser | New York Times
A long-fought legal battle to recover $8.9 billion in damages from Exxon Mobil Corporation for the contamination and loss of use of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes, meadows and waters in New Jersey has been quietly settled by the state for around $250 million.
Faces of Lawsuit Abuse
A California woman seems to want to have her gluten-free lo mein and eat it, too. Anna Marie Phillips is attempting to file a class action against the popular Asian-American restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s for charging more for items on a gluten-free menu — a practice that Phillips claims is a discriminatory violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
John O’Brien | Legal Newsline
Mass tort filings in Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center jumped more than 150 percent from 2013 to 2014.
Jodi Kantor | New York Times
Intimate, often painful allegations in lawsuits — intended for the scrutiny of judges and juries — are increasingly drawing in mass online audiences far from the courthouses where they are filed.
Charles Toutant | New Jersey Law Journal
State law claims against Medtronic Inc. for products liability and negligence concerning its Activa deep brain stimulation system are preempted by federal law because the device received premarket approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a federal judge in Camden, New Jersey, has ruled.