Tobacco companies ordered to pay $35M in Florida case

Pointing to “intentional” wrongdoing in the past by the tobacco industry, a Florida appeals court ordered two cigarette makers to pay a full $35 million jury award in a case involving a man who had to undergo two double-lung transplants. … Continue reading

Those with criminal backgrounds now have a better chance at a job

The impact of this bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Chairman Cummings, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), is monumental. It opens up tens of thousands of federal government and contractor jobs to the more than 70 … Continue reading

Florida Justices Rule ‘Stand Your Ground’ Changes Are Not Retroactive

Changes made two years ago to Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” self-defense law that switched the burden of proof cannot be applied retroactively, the state’s high court ruled Thursday. The long-anticipated ruling affects several Floridians who face charges after losing … Continue reading

$10.5M settlement with New York utilities over storm prep

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a $10.5 million settlement with two upstate utilities, New York State Electric & Gas Corp. and Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. As part of the settlement announced today, NYSEG acknowledges and admits … Continue reading

Judge approves $27M settlement in Lyft class-action lawsuit

Ride-hailing company Lyft will pay $27 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by drivers who sought to be classified as employees, after a judge gave the agreement final approval Thursday. Though the settlement results in payment to drivers and … Continue reading

Jury Awards $15M in Motocross Accident Injury

A jury in eastern Georgia awarded nearly $15 million to a young man who nearly lost a leg when he ran off a popular motocross track and hit an exposed steel culvert. The award was apportioned between a half-dozen defendants associated with … Continue reading

Mercedes reaches $20M settlement with federal auto safety agency

Mercedes-Benz has agreed to pay $13 million to the nation’s top highway safety regulator to resolve an investigation into how the luxury German automaker handled recalls on defective cars. The company also faces $7 million in additional penalties if it doesn’t meet … Continue reading

New trial for Ford in $40M asbestos case

The Supreme Court of Delaware has ruled that Ford Motor Co.’s appeal that a $40.6 million ruling in an asbestos case was excessive has merit and has remanded the case back to a lower court for a new trial or remittitur.  In … Continue reading

13 banks agree to pay $337M for rigging bond prices

Thirteen prominent banks and financial services companies agreed to pay $337 million to resolve claims by investors that they conspired to rig prices of bonds issued by mortgage companies Fannie Mae (FNMA.PK) and Freddie Mac (FMCC.PK) for a decade. The … Continue reading

Hospital Liable for $14M for Missing Infection

A jury’s award against Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center is thought to be one of the largest damage amounts for a Coles County civil trial. After a trial lasting more than a week, the jury awarded $14 million in damages … Continue reading