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Michael C. Scanlon, Jr

Sedgwick LLP


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New Hampshire Supreme Court reverses “light cigarette” class certification

USA - September 18 2012 In Karen L. Lawrence v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., No. 2011-574 (N.H. August 21, 2012), the New Hampshire Supreme Court overturned a class certification that had been granted in a case brought under the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act on behalf of state residents who had purchased Marlboro Lights cigarettes....

Protection against punitive damage claims at pleading stage denied to California health plan

USA - April 18 2012 California Code of Civil Procedure section 425.13 precludes a claim for punitive damages in an action seeking damages arising out of a health care provider's negligence unless the plaintiff first obtains a court order....

California anti-SLAPP statute protection applies to hospital's termination of physician staff contract

USA - April 18 2012 California Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16 known as the anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) statute provides a procedural mechanism to test, before costly discovery and pre-trial proceedings, the viability of certain lawsuits....