A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of July 25-31.


The Top Product Liability Cases Of 2015: Midyear Report

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.

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Justices OK Use of Recall Judges

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.

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Frivolous Serial Pro Se Litigant Upset Journalists Portrayed Him As A Frivolous Serial Litigant

Techdirt | Above the Law

It’s extremely difficult to win a defamation suit when the allegedly defamatory statements are things that actually happened.

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Professor Takes His Issues With Merger Lawsuits to Court

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.”

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Mom Throws Dream Party for Personal Injury Lawyer-Obsessed Toddler

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.

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