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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 appeals in factually similar cases.  Each plaintiff was fired...

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 manufacturers and distributors can be held strictly liable for failure...

INSURANCE INDUSTRY VETERAN JOINS THE COOK GROUP

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 University and St. Johns University School of Law, Hannemann...

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 Canady has authorized the use of remote technology in civil...

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 a prime venue for plaintiffs seeking a friendly forum....

NEWS FLASH: Florida Supreme Court Extends Jury Trials Suspension Until July

The Florida Supreme Court announced that due to the COVID-19 virus, the current suspension of all jury trials in state courts is extended until July 2, 2020.  Future extensions will be considered if needed.  All Florida state court COVID-19 emergency orders and advisories are linked on the Florida Supreme Court's website:...

Florida’s Fourth DCA Upholds Summary Judgment On Causation For Defendants

Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal in Robert J. O’Donnell and Sandra O’Donnell v. W.F. Taylor Co., Inc., et al., recently  upheld a Palm County Circuit Court’s final judgment granting five defendants’ companion motion for summary judgment on causation. The Fourth DCA found the lawsuit didn’t meet the state’s causation...

Welding Fumes Risk Factor For Lung Cancer

According to the annual KCIC 2019 Asbestos Litigation report https://www.kcic.com/asbestos, 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 increase in lung cancer filings.” [1] The number of lung cancer...

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