A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of July 25-31.
Law360 | Sindhu Sundar
A New Jersey judge departed from his predecessor in dismissing hundreds of suits in the consolidated Accutane litigation, General Motors Co. secured a Chapter 11 shield from certain ignition switch liability suits, and asbestos plaintiffs in New York City won a decision that will aid their fight for punitive damages. Here, Law360 looks at the year’s most significant product liability cases so far.
Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal
The New Jersey Supreme Court on July 30 rejected a constitutional challenge to the use of recall judges, where judges who have passed the mandatory retirement age of 70 are temporarily recalled to active service to help handle ever-increasing caseloads.
Techdirt | Above the Law
It’s extremely difficult to win a defamation suit when the allegedly defamatory statements are things that actually happened.
Liz Hoffman | Wall Street Journal
In the decade that Sean Griffith has taught law-school courses on mergers and acquisitions, one thing has gnawed at him. “The lawsuits,” Mr. Griffith, now a professor at Fordham University School of Law, said in a recent interview. “They never stop.”
Jacob Gershman | Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog
To celebrate her son’s first birthday, L’erin Dobra threw him a Mickey Mouse party. Planning out Grayson’s second birthday party, Ms. Dobra chose a different theme, one that reflected her little boy’s most passionate interest: New Orleans personal injury lawyer Morris Bart.