Florida Enacts Sweeping Tort Reform

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) recently signed into law comprehensive legal reforms that significantly change the legal landscape in Florida.  Under the new law, which is aimed at improving lawsuit abuse, the following changes have been made: Replaces pure...

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ST. LOUIS - FEBRUARY 28, 2023 The Cook Group is pleased to announce the addition of Partner John Beseau to the firm’s St. Louis office. John is a skilled attorney who focuses his practice on construction and commercial litigation, including real estate disputes, in...

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St. Louis Attorneys Contribute Pro-Bono To SAIL Program

  The USDC Eastern District of Missouri operates a post plea, pre-sentence diversion program known as SAIL (Sentencing Alternatives Improving Lives) for select defendants.  The Court recently reached out to The Cook Group in St. Louis for support through our...

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The Cook Group Adds Partner in its St. Louis Office

ST. LOUIS – DECEMBER 1, 2021 - The Cook Group, PLLC, a multi-state litigation law firm with key practices in products liability, general liability, commercial litigation, appellate issues and sports management, is pleased to announce that Brian Wacker has joined the...

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Elisabeth Bala Joins The Cook Group’s Philadelphia Office

The Cook Group, PLLC, a multi-state litigation law firm with key practices in products liability, general liability, commercial litigation, appellate issues and sports management, is pleased to announce the expansion of its Delaware Valley presence with the addition...

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The Cook Group Prevails in New York Court of Appeals

On September 9, 2021, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, sided with The Cook Group in refusing to grant Lipsitz & Ponterio’s Motion for Leave in three collective appeals: Brenon, Schreiber, and Henderson. The Cook Group was originally successful in...

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Florida Supreme Court Adopts Apex Doctrine

On August 26, 2021, the Florida Supreme Court issued an order, on its own motion, amending the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure by adopting new Rule of Civil Procedure 1.280(h) and codifying the “apex” doctrine in the corporate context. See In re Amendment to Florida...

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Florida Conducts First Socially Distanced Trials

During the month of July, jury trials “resumed” in both state and federal courts in Florida, albeit with several restrictions. Florida’s first civil jury trial, People’s Trust Insurance Company vs. Yusem Corchero et al., was part of a voluntary pilot program that...

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Supreme Court Defends LGBTQ Rights in Historic Decision

On Monday, the Supreme Court released its decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, holding that an employer who fires an individual for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The opinion was the product of three separate...

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New Jersey Supreme Court Rules on Failure to Warn Standard

On June 3, 2020, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued its decision affirming the New Jersey Appellate Division’s reversal of defendants’ summary judgment in the matter of Whelan v. Armstrong International, Inc., et al.  The Court reinforced that product...

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NEW YORK CITY, NY (June 8, 2020) - Kevin Hannemann, formerly Associate Claims Counsel at The RiverStone Group and previously Senior Asbestos Claims Analyst at Resolute Management, Inc., has joined The Cook Group in its New York City office.  A graduate of New York...

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Florida to Experiment with Virtual Jury Trials

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the legal profession with a wide range of issues, particularly for areas of litigation with an increasing backlog of cases in already bottle-necked trial dockets. In an attempt to mitigate those issues, Florida Chief Justice Charles...

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The Future of Forum Non Conveniens in Question in IL

Proposed House Bill 5044, which is currently in committee in the Illinois General Assembly, seeks to amend the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure to expressly abolish the doctrine of intrastate forum non conveniens, a development that would further solidify Illinois as...

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Welding Fumes Risk Factor For Lung Cancer

According to the annual KCIC 2019 Asbestos Litigation report, Madison County, Illinois remained the nation’s busiest jurisdiction for asbestos filings with “28 percent of all filings in the country, 1,150 last year, and a 41 percent...

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