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Is attorney liable for defamatory statements in draft complaint?

An absolute privilege protects attorneys from being sued for defamatory statements made in the course of litigation. But what about defamatory materials appearing in a draft complaint circulated before a lawsuit is even filed?

The Virginia Supreme Court answered that question earlier this month.

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When alligators attack!

According to some experts, you have a better chance of being killed by an asteroid than an alligator if you live in the Southeast United States.

Unfortunately, one 83-year-old woman managed to beat the odds. And now her family claims that the golfing community where the alligator attack occurred must pay for her death.

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Can ‘sympathetic’ plaintiff be excluded from courtroom?

A party’s right to be present at trial is about as fundamental as it gets. But one young girl with severe cerebral palsy was excluded from most of the medical malpractice trial over her birth injuries. Yesterday, the Georgia Supreme Court had to decide whether such an extraordinary measure was justified by the risk of undue juror sympathy.

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N.J. court upholds Novartis win in Zometa bellwether trial

A New Jersey appeals court yesterday upheld a defense verdict for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in a product liability lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she developed osteonecrosis of the jaw after taking Aredia and Zometa. Wednesday’s decision upholds key pretrial rulings in the first bellwether trial in consolidated litigation in New Jersey over the drug maker’s bone strengthening medications.

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