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 firm as a Partner in its St. Louis office. “We are thrilled...
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 of Elisabeth R. Bala who joins the firm’s Philadelphia...
The Cook Group’s Meredith Hudgens Recognized as one of the Top 20 Most Successful Women Leaders of 2021
The Cook Group is pleased to share that Meredith Hudgens, a partner in the Chicago office, was recently featured in The Corporate Magazine's “Top 20 Most Successful Women Leaders of 2021″ edition. A skilled litigator, Meredith has been named an Illinois Rising Star for five consecutive years and is experienced in creating,...
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 New York’s Fourth Department of the Appellate Division; there,...
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 Rule of Civil Procedure 1.280, No. SC21-929 (Aug. 26, 2021)....
Important Statutory Update: New Illinois Law Allowing Pre-Judgment Interest in Personal Injury/Wrongful Death cases Effective 7/1/21
As a cutting-edge firm always tuned in to the latest developments of the law across the country, The Cook Group brings news of an Illinois law going into effect this summer, with a significant impact on Illinois cases and clients. For the first time in Illinois history, Pre-Judgment Interest has been enacted, applying to all...
Florida Amends State Summary Judgment Rule To Match Federal Standard
The Florida Supreme Court has amended the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure to adopt the federal summary judgment standard. The new standard is expected to make it easier for judges to grant summary judgment motions and should improve the fairness and efficiency of Florida’s civil justice system. The Supreme Court approved the...
The Cook Group Wins Appeal For Special Electric Company in New York’s Fourth Department Appellate Division
The Cook Group’s Alysa Koloms and Armand Kalfayan have successfully fought off an attempt at the appellate level to overturn three separate motions to dismiss granted to our client, Special Electric Company. On November 13, 2020, New York’s Fourth Department of the Appellate Division unanimously affirmed the decisions of...
Florida Court Vacates $9M Award in Asbestos-Talc Case against J&J
On August 5, 2020, the Florida 11th Judicial Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County ordered a new trial on damages in an asbestos-talcum powder case that resulted in a $9 million verdict against defendants associated with Johnson & Johnson earlier this year. In vacating the jury’s verdict, the Court concluded that the “jury’s...
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 Chief Justice Charles Canady authorized in five circuits. The...
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