A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of March 28-April 2.
Bread Lawsuit Half-Baked, Federal Judge Says
Thomas Zambito | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
A federal judge has tossed out lawsuits filed by health-conscious New Jersey consumers who claimed their supermarkets duped them into paying extra for bread by claiming that it was made from scratch in their stores.
5 Things to Know about Christie’s Exxon Settlement
S.P. Sullivan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
New Jersey’s decade-long fight over contamination at former Exxon Mobil industrial sites in the state came to a close Tuesday when a judge approved a controversial settlement agreement between the oil giant and Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.
A Case Against Southwest Airlines Reveals the Biggest Problem with Consumer Lawsuits in America
Jacob Shamsian | Business Insider
Big consumer lawsuits are frequently a big win for lawyers but don’t do much for consumers or anybody else, and a recent lawsuit that objected to the way Southwest Airlines issued its drink coupons reveals just that.
Do Supreme Court Decisions Move Markets?
Nicole Hong | Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog
Stock traders might want to start paying a bit more attention to the Supreme Court. That’s according to one research report published this week that says Supreme Court decisions moved the market value of publicly traded companies by a net $140 billion between 1999 and 2014.
Supermarket Chain Must Pay Michael Jordan $8.9 Million for Using Name to Sell Steak
The Associated Press
Jurors at a civil trial focused on the market value of Michael Jordan’s identity handed him a major win Friday, ordering a grocery-store chain to pay him $8.9 million for invoking his name in a steak ad without his permission.
NJ Group Wants To Keep Time Limit On Asbestos Suits
Jeannie O’Sullivan | Law360
The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute has raised concerns that a bill by Sen. Robert Singer, R-Ocean, to remove the statute of limitations on mesothelioma lawsuits would make the state “a magnet for asbestos litigation.”
The Sad Story of How “Never Events” Prevent Obese Patients From Getting New Hips
Thomas D. Guastavino, MD | kevinmd.com
Daytime TV advertising is dominated by two players. Pharmaceutical companies with direct to consumer pitches and the so-called “toxic tort.” How confusing it must be to the average person to see a new drug pushed by one commercial, to be immediately followed by another commercial from a lawyer trying to sue for the known side effects of the exact same drug. It doesn’t take much for a toxic tort to get started, and the last thing we need is to feed this monstrosity.
Poker Pro Says Sexy Borgata Waitresses Are Too Distracting
Bruce Golding | New York Post
One of the world’s best poker players is trying to turn the tables on card-cheat accusations from the Borgata — arguing that the Atlantic City casino stacks the deck all the time by distracting players with scantily clad cocktail waitresses.
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