273 Water Street LLC and Fenwick Acquisitions LLC (“the Purchasers”) reportedly purchased a real property estate (“the Estate”) on Mohegan Avenue in the Borough of Fenwick, Old Saybrook, Conn., Sept. 27, 2004, for $6 million.
The Estate consisted of an 8,368 square foot house, approximately 3.5 acres of very private and secluded property, a deep water dock and a 680′ private beach.
A trial judge in an asbestos case erred in changing a jury’s answers to a verdict questionnaire when he thought the jurors misunderstood the court’s instructions, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has ruled.
The appeals court reversed the judge’s decision and remanded the case to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court to reinstate the jury’s verdict.
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A former Ohio state court judge has been tasked with overseeing the proposed $2.5 billion settlement offered by DePuy Orthopaedics to some 8,000 U.S. residents who had failed ASR hip implant systems replaced.
U.S. District Judge David A. Katz of the Northern District of Ohio approved retired judge James J. McMonigle as claims administrator three days after DePuy offered the settlement during a court hearing in Toledo. (more…)
Legal and political bloggers have asked the Texas Supreme Court to reverse a state appellate panel’s ruling that refused to allow a union to appeal an adverse order in a libel action because it was not a member of the professional media.
The general rule in Texas is that litigants need to wait for final rulings in cases before they can file an appeal. The state Legislature created an exception, Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 51.04(a)(6), for members of the electronic or print media to immediately appeal orders that affect their free speech or free press rights.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines that say an employer cannot categorically ban the hiring of a convicted felon violate a state’s sovereign rights and threaten the safety of its citizens, a suit filed by the Texas attorney general says.
Attorney General Greg Abbott’s suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, says the state, which employs hundreds of thousands of people, should be able to abide by state laws that ban the hiring of convicted felons for some positions.
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A federal appeals court should reverse a nearly $1 million verdict against Cleaver Brooks Co. because of a lack of proof of asbestos exposure, the company says.
The plaintiffs’ “entire case” consisted of showing the general hazards of asbestos and naming Cleaver Brooks as a company that sold boilers that contained some asbestos parts, the company says in a reply brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Several companies lied to the United States about the country of origin for imported aluminum products to avoid paying additional duties, the government says in a new complaint filed in a 2011 whistle-blower suit.
Whistle-blower James F. Valenti Jr. is the CEO of World Trade Group LLP, which helps American businesses buy aluminum from foreign countries.
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Bank of America has asked a North Carolina federal court to dismiss two lawsuits brought by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission over failed mortgage-backed security transactions.
In separate motions filed Nov. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, the bank says neither the federal government nor the SEC has brought viable allegations against it and therefore both suits should be dismissed in their entireties.
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Seven of the world’s largest banks agreed to fix foreign currency exchange rates to their benefit, affecting trillions of dollars of transactions in the United States, a federal class-action lawsuit says.
The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York claims the banks conspired to manipulate the exchange rates in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1.
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A Georgia trial court properly admitted evidence of a plaintiff’s prior abortions in a medical malpractice case over a uterine perforation but incorrectly excluded testimony by the plaintiff’s medical expert, the state appeals court has ruled.
Evidence of Emma Cartledge’s past abortions is admissible because it supports the defendant’s theory that Cartledge’s uterine walls were already weakened prior to the surgery at issue, Judge Stephen Dillard wrote for the unanimous three-judge appellate panel.
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