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Defendants limited in ways to fight Newport News asbestos suits, ATRA claims

Rulings in the Newport News, Va., asbestos docket are handcuffing defendants that attempt to fight lawsuits, a national legal reform group feels.

Causation standard in Newport News asbestos cases draws attention to court

A defense attorney at a Washington, D.C., firm says the causation standard in Newport News asbestos cases is too low, but a plaintiffs attorney practicing there claims that isn't the case.

ATRA, plaintiffs lawyer dispute status of asbestos docket in Newport News

This year, a national legal reform group shed more light on an asbestos docket in Virginia by downgrading Newport News to a “Judicial Hellhole,” though an asbestos attorney there claims the report is propaganda.

Maryland facing backlog of 30,000 asbestos cases

Defense attorney says past practices of consolidation were fiascos, and a judge in 2014 denied the Law Offices of Peter Angelos' request to institute a third consolidation phase.

Ford to Pa. SC: Unfair consolidation of three cases led to $1M Philadelphia asbestos verdict

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – For years, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas employed an improper practice of mandatory consolidation in asbestos cases despite restrictions being in place on the process, an asbestos defendant hit with a $1 million verdict is arguing.

Study shows $24M per NYC asbestos plaintiff in consolidated trials

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Asbestos cases that are consolidated for trial in New York City’s asbestos docket result in larger jury awards, according to a study by an economic consulting firm.

Amedisys settles False Claims Act allegations with federal government for $150 million

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Louisiana-based home health services company Amedisys Inc. has agreed to pay the federal government $150 million to settle allegations that it and its affiliates violated the False Claims Act by submitting false home healthcare billings to Medicare, federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh medical center settles False Claim Act allegations for $1.5M


Endo Pharmaceuticals paying $172M False Claims Act settlement over Lidoderm patch

U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger

N.J. democrat leaving Congress to join law firm


Judge rejects settlement between former players, NFL in concussion case

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody

Pennsylvania to share in $40M settlement with CareFusion


Philly hospital settles False Claims Act allegations for $2.3M

U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger

Phila. judge affirms $2.3 million plaintiff's verdict in asbestos wrongful death case

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) -- A trial court judge recently upheld a $2.3 million plaintiff's verdict in an asbestos mass tort case out of Philadelphia, disputing defense assertions that the defendants were entitled to a new trial because the plaintiff's case for causation failed as a matter of law.

Jury awards $11 million verdict in Topamax mass tort

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) -- A Philadelphia jury recently returned a verdict of nearly $11 million in a Topamax mass tort case brought by the mother of a 5-year-old boy born with a cleft palate and lip, a condition the woman blamed on her use of the anticonvulsant.

Pa. AG challenges ruling withholding tobacco money

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) -- Following an arbitration panel's recent ruling allowing tobacco companies to withhold from the commonwealth a large amount of funds from the multi-state Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, lawyers representing the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office this week filed a motion seeking to maintain full funding from the agreement.

Lawyer recalls first meeting with woman who started Risperdal litigation

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) -- Brian McCormick remembers meeting Victoria Starr back in 2007 when he first started working for Sheller P.C.

Penn State to pay Sandusky victims nearly $60 million

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) -- Twenty-six victims of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach jailed for child molestation, have agreed to settle civil claims with the central Pennsylvania university for nearly $60 million, the school announced Monday.

Philly legal reform noted; advocates say more could be done

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Legal Newsline) -- Philadelphia once was highlighted as among the worst judicial jurisdictions in the nation as far as civil court reform, or lack thereof, was concerned.

False Claims Act overused, reform advocates say

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Legal Newsline) -- The United States has come a long way since the Civil War era.