In January, a Michigan lawyer won a $645,388 verdict for a client, who suffered leg and knee injuries in a farming vehicle accident at age 17.
Michigan attorney Lawrence Nolan used large, colored charts to explain to a jury the effects that a traumatic brain injury had on his client, who was hit by a police cruiser.
On one side, Christopher Armstrong, an openly gay former University of Michigan student body president, claimed that a series of blog attacks and stalking incidents from a then-assistant attorney general was defamatory, and constituted invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
On the other side, defendant Andrew Shirvell, who represented himself, maintained he was within his First Amendment rights to say what he did about Armstrong’s supposed “radical homosexual agenda.”
A federal court jury found that Shirvell was wrong and his actions were enough to merit $4.5 million in damages.
A U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in Cleveland heard arguments last week on the possible consolidation and coordination of a half-dozen product liability cases involving the da Vinci surgical robot.
A Michigan jury has awarded Dr. Micheil Hanczaryk and his practice, Bristol Chiropractic Centre, nearly $7 million on claims of breach of contract, negligence, failure to honor good faith duties and false light invasion of privacy against his carrier, Podiatry Insurance Co. of America (PICA).
Walter Polomski died in 2008 after choking on a golf ball-sized meatball at a nursing care facility. His family had to relive that nightmare during the ensuing negligence trial.
But in trying to get answers as to who was ultimately responsible, John M. Perrin, the attorney for Polomski’s estate, was having nightmares of his own.
In terms of employee classification, does an IRS determination letter trump the Fair Labor Standards Act in a jury’s eyes?
That’s the issue Karl P. Numinen was up against in fighting claims that three independent contractors who worked for his client, an entertainment group, were entitled to overtime pay and employee benefits.
A Michigan jury has awarded $725,000 in damages to a respiratory therapy manager at a Detroit-based nursing facility who claimed that her cooperation in a state investigation was the basis for her firing.
Over the last two years, patent attorneys have seen marked differences in the way patent applications are handled, and how a backlog of 700,000-plus filed patent applications are being tackled, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.