By Jeffrey V. Mehalic on Posted in Attorney Fees
Over the next few posts, I want to follow up on some earlier posts and also talk about Supreme Court of Appeals decisions that, for one reason or another, I have overlooked.
You may remember that a couple of years ago, as a result of criminal charges that a trio of plaintiffs’
By Jeffrey V. Mehalic on Posted in Criminal Litigation
You may remember that Kentucky lawyers Melbourne Mills, Jr., Shirley A. Cunningham, Jr., and William J. Gallion, who were accused of taking an extra $65 million from the settlements of 440 clients they represented in Fen-Phen litigation, were scheduled to go on trial last year.
Last summer, a federal jury acquitted Mills,
By Jeffrey V. Mehalic on Posted in Insurance
I want to get to a few things that have accumulated on my desk over the past few days, so I’ll start with the ongoing legal problems of a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania law firm that has represented thousands of plaintiffs in asbestos litigation in West Virginia, among other states.
By Jeffrey V. Mehalic on Posted in Appeals
I had intended to write this post a few weeks ago, and because the issues have been back in the news recently, I have another chance to discuss them.
Last year, a Harrison County, West Virginia jury returned a verdict for $196.2 million in punitive damages against DuPont in a
By Jeffrey V. Mehalic on Posted in AppealsIn an order entered today, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected a request by tobacco companies to get involved in a mass tort action pending in the Circuit Court of Ohio County, West Virginia. Philip Morris USA, Inc. v. Accord, No. 07-860.
The tobacco companies had
By Jeffrey V. Mehalic on Posted in Class Actions
Yesterday the jury has returned a verdict for punitive damages of $196.2 million against DuPont in the fourth and final phase of the class action trial in Harrison County, West Virginia, in which 7,000 area residents claim that DuPont injured them and contaminated their property by releasing substances
By Jeffrey V. Mehalic on Posted in Litigation
Trial started this week in a class action against DuPont and other defendants in the Circuit Court of Harrison County (Clarksburg), West Virginia. Perrine, et al. v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 04-C-296-2. There are approximately 7,000 class members, who seek damages