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California appellate court overturns Alameda Judge’s denial of motion for preference given “absence of contrary evidence”

USA - December 9 2014 A recent decision suggests that opposing motions for California trial preference by an allegedly dying plaintiff over 70 may have just gotten more…

Alameda Judge enforces “no-PID” stipulation against plaintiffs

USA - August 25 2014 On August 15, 2014, Alameda Superior Court Asbestos Coordination Judge Jo-Lynne Q. Lee enforced a "no-PID" stipulation that a plaintiff spouse would…

$17.7 million verdict in Los Angeles smoking lung cancer case

USA - August 18 2014 On July 30, a Los Angeles County jury found that Lorillard Tobacco Co.'s cigarettes contributed to the 1998 death from lung cancer of smoker William…