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Ninth Circuit vacates $10 million asbestos verdict, citing trial court’s failure to conduct Daubert hearing

USA - November 30 2012 The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently vacated a $10 million jury verdict and remanded Barabin v. AstenJohnson, Inc, et. al. back to Washington federal district court for a new trial after concluding that the district court abused its discretion by not conducing a Daubert hearing before permitting an expert witness to offer his "any exposure" theory....

Ninth Circuit upholds dismissal of a public nuisance lawsuit

USA - October 31 2012 On September 21, 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Alaskan village of Kivalina against 23 energy companies....

Washington appellate court limits liability for personal injury claims brought by contractor’s employee against landowners

USA - May 14 2012 The Washington State Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a landowner’s contractor’s employee for personal injuries that the plaintiff allegedly sustained while working on a construction site owned by the landowner....

Significant rulings from the Deepwater Horizon court on discovery and evidentiary matters

USA - April 6 2012 The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has been handling hundreds of consolidated cases (involving more than 100,000 individual plaintiffs) brought in the wake of the explosion, fire and capsizing of the Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010....

Marc Brainich.