A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of Nov. 1-7.
Wall Street Journal | Jacob Gershman
It’s said that one ought do unto others as you would have them do unto you. A less idealistic, but perhaps more commonly applied version of that ethical code counsels in favor of doing unto others exactly as they have done unto you.
Sindhu Sundar | Law360
With a new majority in the U.S. Senate, Republicans will likely seek to block the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to allow generic-drug manufacturers to change the labeling of their products, and propel product liability initiatives such as legislation to boost transparency in asbestos injury litigation.
Voters on Tuesday soundly defeated a proposal to lift a decades-old cap on courtroom damages for medical negligence, after a multimillion-dollar political duel pitting trial lawyers against doctors and insurers.
Seth Augenstein | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
A teenager’s drumming in his family garage during the daytime is not a nuisance to a neighbor, a judge has ruled.
Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal
One of the more-than 350 asbestos plaintiffs in the New Jersey state courts is a retired Passaic County Superior Court judge, who claims he got cancer as a result of coming into contact with asbestos at the courthouse during his time on the bench.
Bob Dorigo Jones | Let’s Be Fair!
There are a lot of things you can learn by dropping your iPod into a bucket of water. The first thing is pretty obvious: electronic devices and water don’t mix well. The second thing is that the old “put-the-device-in-a-bag-of-rice-until-it-dries-out” trick doesn’t always work. However, if you wait long enough, you might also learn something about the American legal system…even if you were perfectly willing to accept responsibility for your waterlogged iPod.
Sindhu Sundar | Law360
Stryker Corp.’s agreement to pay at least $1 billion to resolve litigation over defective metal hip replacement parts followed an unusual “bellwether mediation” approach that involved negotiations, rather than trials, over selected cases, offering a model that other MDL defendants wary of outsize jury verdicts will likely begin to adopt, attorneys say.
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