Minnesota Supreme Court abandons limits on tort liability

Last week, in Montemayor v. Sebright Products, Inc., a 4-3 majority of the Minnesota Supreme Court held that any “close” tort case must go to a jury. This case involves … ›

NY Court of Appeals: No control = no tort liability

Last Thursday, the New York Court of Appeals unanimously relieved a drug-treatment halfway house of liability for a former resident’s subsequent assault on his mother’s boyfriend. The case, Oddo v. … ›

Is a halfway house liable for a former resident’s crimes?

Sean Velentzas resided at Queens Village Committee for Mental Health for Jamaica Community Adolescent Program as an alternative to incarceration. He violated the facility’s rules by drinking alcohol and assaulting … ›

Extending tort liability on the basis of indirect economic benefit

In Sherman v. Hennessy Industries, the California Court of Appeal held that the manufacturer of an “arcing machine”—essentially a highly calibrated saw used to customize brake linings—is liable for injuries … ›

President's weekly report — March 20, 2015

Environment & Endangered Species Act — 60-day notice filed for the Kangaroo Rat As required by the Endangered Species Act, we filed a sixty-day notice on intent to sue with the … ›

Will the California Supreme Court expand asbestos take-home liability?

Johnny Kesner was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011.  Because this is an asbestos-related illness, he cast a wide net and sued 19 companies, most of whom were Kesner’s former employers … ›

Texas Supreme Court requires proof of causation in asbestos cases

Timothy Bostic died from mesothelioma, which he alleged was caused by his exposure to asbestos from a variety of sources, including his use of asbestos-containing joint compound manufactured by Georgia-Pacific … ›

N.M. court abdicates responsibility to define tort duties

Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court decided in Rodriguez v. Del Sol Shopping Center that when a court decides whether a property owner has a duty to protect people from … ›

Drawing a line

Tort law allows injured people to sue the person or company that caused the injury.  The question of who “caused” the injury, however, has filled volumes of legal reports.  In … ›

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Minnesota Supreme Court abandons limits on tort liability

Last week, in Montemayor v. Sebright Products, Inc., a 4-3 majority of the Minnesota Supreme Court held that any “close” tort case must go to a jury. This case involves … ›

NY Court of Appeals: No control = no tort liability

Last Thursday, the New York Court of Appeals unanimously relieved a drug-treatment halfway house of liability for a former resident’s subsequent assault on his mother’s boyfriend. The case, Oddo v. … ›

Is a halfway house liable for a former resident’s crimes?

Sean Velentzas resided at Queens Village Committee for Mental Health for Jamaica Community Adolescent Program as an alternative to incarceration. He violated the facility’s rules by drinking alcohol and assaulting … ›

Extending tort liability on the basis of indirect economic benefit

In Sherman v. Hennessy Industries, the California Court of Appeal held that the manufacturer of an “arcing machine”—essentially a highly calibrated saw used to customize brake linings—is liable for injuries … ›

President's weekly report — March 20, 2015

Environment & Endangered Species Act — 60-day notice filed for the Kangaroo Rat As required by the Endangered Species Act, we filed a sixty-day notice on intent to sue with the … ›

Will the California Supreme Court expand asbestos take-home liability?

Johnny Kesner was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011.  Because this is an asbestos-related illness, he cast a wide net and sued 19 companies, most of whom were Kesner’s former employers … ›

Texas Supreme Court requires proof of causation in asbestos cases

Timothy Bostic died from mesothelioma, which he alleged was caused by his exposure to asbestos from a variety of sources, including his use of asbestos-containing joint compound manufactured by Georgia-Pacific … ›

N.M. court abdicates responsibility to define tort duties

Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court decided in Rodriguez v. Del Sol Shopping Center that when a court decides whether a property owner has a duty to protect people from … ›

Drawing a line

Tort law allows injured people to sue the person or company that caused the injury.  The question of who “caused” the injury, however, has filled volumes of legal reports.  In … ›

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Minnesota Supreme Court abandons limits on tort liability

Last week, in Montemayor v. Sebright Products, Inc., a 4-3 majority of the Minnesota Supreme Court held that any “close” tort case must go to a jury. This case involves … ›

NY Court of Appeals: No control = no tort liability

Last Thursday, the New York Court of Appeals unanimously relieved a drug-treatment halfway house of liability for a former resident’s subsequent assault on his mother’s boyfriend. The case, Oddo v. … ›

Is a halfway house liable for a former resident’s crimes?

Sean Velentzas resided at Queens Village Committee for Mental Health for Jamaica Community Adolescent Program as an alternative to incarceration. He violated the facility’s rules by drinking alcohol and assaulting … ›

Extending tort liability on the basis of indirect economic benefit

In Sherman v. Hennessy Industries, the California Court of Appeal held that the manufacturer of an “arcing machine”—essentially a highly calibrated saw used to customize brake linings—is liable for injuries … ›

President's weekly report — March 20, 2015

Environment & Endangered Species Act — 60-day notice filed for the Kangaroo Rat As required by the Endangered Species Act, we filed a sixty-day notice on intent to sue with the … ›

Will the California Supreme Court expand asbestos take-home liability?

Johnny Kesner was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011.  Because this is an asbestos-related illness, he cast a wide net and sued 19 companies, most of whom were Kesner’s former employers … ›

Texas Supreme Court requires proof of causation in asbestos cases

Timothy Bostic died from mesothelioma, which he alleged was caused by his exposure to asbestos from a variety of sources, including his use of asbestos-containing joint compound manufactured by Georgia-Pacific … ›

N.M. court abdicates responsibility to define tort duties

Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court decided in Rodriguez v. Del Sol Shopping Center that when a court decides whether a property owner has a duty to protect people from … ›

Drawing a line

Tort law allows injured people to sue the person or company that caused the injury.  The question of who “caused” the injury, however, has filled volumes of legal reports.  In … ›

Minnesota Supreme Court abandons limits on tort liability

Last week, in Montemayor v. Sebright Products, Inc., a 4-3 majority of the Minnesota Supreme Court held that any “close” tort case must go to a jury. This case involves … ›

NY Court of Appeals: No control = no tort liability

Last Thursday, the New York Court of Appeals unanimously relieved a drug-treatment halfway house of liability for a former resident’s subsequent assault on his mother’s boyfriend. The case, Oddo v. … ›

Is a halfway house liable for a former resident’s crimes?

Sean Velentzas resided at Queens Village Committee for Mental Health for Jamaica Community Adolescent Program as an alternative to incarceration. He violated the facility’s rules by drinking alcohol and assaulting … ›

Extending tort liability on the basis of indirect economic benefit

In Sherman v. Hennessy Industries, the California Court of Appeal held that the manufacturer of an “arcing machine”—essentially a highly calibrated saw used to customize brake linings—is liable for injuries … ›

President's weekly report — March 20, 2015

Environment & Endangered Species Act — 60-day notice filed for the Kangaroo Rat As required by the Endangered Species Act, we filed a sixty-day notice on intent to sue with the … ›

Will the California Supreme Court expand asbestos take-home liability?

Johnny Kesner was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011.  Because this is an asbestos-related illness, he cast a wide net and sued 19 companies, most of whom were Kesner’s former employers … ›

Texas Supreme Court requires proof of causation in asbestos cases

Timothy Bostic died from mesothelioma, which he alleged was caused by his exposure to asbestos from a variety of sources, including his use of asbestos-containing joint compound manufactured by Georgia-Pacific … ›

N.M. court abdicates responsibility to define tort duties

Today, the New Mexico Supreme Court decided in Rodriguez v. Del Sol Shopping Center that when a court decides whether a property owner has a duty to protect people from … ›

Drawing a line

Tort law allows injured people to sue the person or company that caused the injury.  The question of who “caused” the injury, however, has filled volumes of legal reports.  In … ›