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Foreseeability Law
 
SOMVANG CHANTHASALO Vs. MELISSA DESHOTEL, DEBRA SCHUM, STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY, RONALD J. MITCHELL, USAA CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY, AND PROGRESSIVE SECURITY INSURANCE COMPANY

On January 17, 2014, while traveling on Interstate-10, near the Williams
Boulevard and Loyola Street exits in Kenner, Louisiana, Ms. Deshotel’s vehicle
rear-ended Mr. Chanthasalo’s truck (“Accident No. 1”). After the collision, Mr.
Chanthasalo and Ms. Deshotel pulled their respective vehicles onto the shoulder of
the road to assess property damages and report the accident to t... More...
   $0 (01-06-2018 - LA)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. ANTHONY BAUMAN State of Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit

By bill of information dated December 1, 2015, the defendant was charged
with one count of purse snatching, a violation of La. R.S. 14:65.1.1 The defendant
pled not guilty to the charges and proceeded to a jury trial on June 1, 2016. On the
day of trial, the defendant filed numerous motions, including a motion for a twelve
person jury and a motion for the court to instruct th... More...
   $0 (12-26-2017 - LA)

T.H., a Minor, etc. v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation California Supreme Court Building - Sacamento, California

Under California law, a brand-name drug manufacturer has a duty to warn
of known or reasonably knowable adverse effects arising from an individual’s use
of its drug. (See Stevens v. Parke, Davis & Co. (1973) 9 Cal.3d 51, 65.) In this
case, we examine whether — and if so, under what circumstances — a brandname
drug manufacturer may be sued under a theory of “warning label” liability... More...
   $0 (12-25-2017 - CA)

Antoinette Rossetta v. Citimortgage, Inc.

Plaintiff Antoinette Rossetta appeals from a judgment dismissing her second
amended complaint1 after the trial court sustained a demurrer by defendants
CitiMortgage, Inc. (CitiMortgage) and U.S. Bank National Association as Trustee for
Citicorp Residential Trust Series 2006-1 (2006-1 Trust). The complaint asserts causes of
action for intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepr... More...
   $0 (12-18-2017 - CA)

In re Patti J. Wagner, as Guardian of Jenny Wagner, an Incapacitated Adult

Real parties in interest, Four J’s Community Living Center, Inc. (“Four J’s) and Anthonia Uduma (“Uduma”), have filed motions for rehearing and for en banc reconsideration of our April 27, 2017 opinion. We deny the motion for rehearing, but withdraw our opinion and issue the following opinion in its stead. Because we issue a new opinion in connection with the denial of rehearing, the motion for en... More...   $0 (12-18-2017 - TX)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company v. Hart High-Voltage Apparatus Repair and Testing Co., Inc.

Plaintiff Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) sued defendant HART HighVoltage
Apparatus Repair and Testing Co., Inc. (HART) for negligently servicing a large
transformer at a hydroelectric power plant and for damages under Public Utilities Code1
section 7952. PG&E alleged it incurred dirct and indirect costs of approximately $8.1
million.
HART filed a motion for summary adj... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - CA)

Town of Westport v. Monsanto Company, Solutia, Inc. and Pharmacia Corporation District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

This is an appeal from the entry
of judgment for the defendants in a products liability case brought
by the plaintiff, Town of Westport ("Westport"). The defendants
are Monsanto Company, Solutia, Inc., and Pharmacia Corporation
(collectively "Pharmacia"). Westport filed suit under
Massachusetts law against Pharmacia, seeking to recover the cost
of remediating Westport Middl... More...
   $0 (12-12-2017 - MA)

Joseph R. Elliott v. Board of School Trustees of Madison Consolidate Schools and State of Indiana Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

The Contract Clause of the United States Constitution prohibits States from passing laws “impairing the Obligation of Contracts.” Art. I, § 10, cl. 1. The prohibition is not absolute, but it imposes substantial limits on laws that would undermine existing contractual rights. In 2012, an Indiana law took effect amending the State’s teacher tenure law to cut back on the rights of tenured teachers in... More...   $0 (12-05-2017 - IN)

Jana Lee Flanagan and Lucas Matthew Flanagan v. RBD San Antonio LP, Davidson Hotel Company LLC and G4S Bexar County Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

Jana Lee and Lucas Matthew Flanagan appeal traditional and no-evidence summary judgments granted in favor of RBD San Antonio L.P., Davidson Hotel Company LLC, and G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc. in a premises liability case based on an alleged aggravated assault at a hotel. The Flanagans contend the trial court erred in granting the summary judgments and in sustaining objections to their summary j... More...   $0 (11-23-2017 - TX)

Aleksandr Vasilenko v. Grace Family Church

Plaintiff Aleksandr Vasilenko was struck by a car as he crossed a public
street between the main premises of defendant Grace Family Church (the Church)
and the Church’s overflow parking area. Vasilenko contends that the Church
owed him a duty of care to assist him in safely crossing the public street and that
the Church was negligent in failing to do so. The Church argues that it h... More...
   $0 (11-19-2017 - CA)

Forest Walker v. Ford Motor Company

¶1 In this products liability case, we consider whether the trial court erred when it gave a jury instruction that allowed the jury to apply either the consumer expectation test or the risk-benefit test to determine whether a driver’s car seat was unreasonably
dangerous due to a design defect. The court of appeals concluded that the trial court

did err by instructing the jury se... More...
   $0 (11-13-2017 - CO)

Heather Tenini Kuentz, Individually, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Robert Michael Kuentz, deceased, and as Next Friend of B.M.K., a Minor, Larry Michael "Robert" Kuentz and Sandra Kuentz v. Cole Systems Group, Inc. D/B/A The Cole Group Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Three months after being rehired by a car dealership, a salesman shot and killed his sales manager at work. The appellants, the manager’s family, sued the salesman, several dealership-related entities, and the appellee, an employment screening company that performed a pre-employment background check on the salesman. The trial court granted the employment screening company’s traditional and no-evid... More...   $0 (11-09-2017 - TX)

Michael Boyle v. ASAP Energy, Inc., Fast Lane Stores, Inc. d/b/a Fast Lane 3 Oklahoma Supreme Court Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

¶1 Plaintiffs brought an action in the District Court for Custer County and claimed a convenience store negligently and recklessly sold low-point beer to a noticeably intoxicated person who injured plaintiffs in a vehicle collision several hours later. Defendant filed a motion for summary judgment which was granted by the trial court.1 We reverse the judgment of the District Court.

¶2 Two... More...
   $0 (10-24-2017 - OK)

In Re: Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (No. VI) Third Circuit Court of Appeals - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

These asbestos cases involve the availability of the
“bare-metal defense” under maritime law. The defense’s basic
idea is that a manufacturer who delivers a product “bare
metal”—that is without the insulation or other material that
must be added for the product’s proper operation—is not
generally liable for injuries caused by asbestos in later-added
materials. A classic sce... More...
   $0 (10-13-2017 - PA)

Edward Bujnoch v. National Oilwell Varco, L.P. Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Amanda Bujnoch was a passenger in a vehicle that slid off the roadway and
rolled over after the vehicle encountered some oil-based mud cuttings. Amanda was
ejected from the vehicle and killed. National Oilwell Varco, L.P (NOV) had loaded
the mud into an open-top dump trailer that
2
company (Big Red). Neither Big Red nor NOV ensured that the truckload of mud
had been secured... More...
   $0 (09-23-2017 - TX)

Erika Grotheer v. Escape Adventures, Inc.

Plaintiff and appellant Erika Grotheer is a non-English speaking German citizen
who took a hot air balloon ride in the Temecula wine country and suffered a fractured leg
when the basket carrying her and seven or eight others crash landed into a fence.
Grotheer sued three defendants for her injuries: the balloon tour company, Escape
Adventures, Inc. (Escape), the pilot and Escape’s ... More...
   $0 (09-01-2017 - CA)

Staci Russell v. Lisa May, M.D., Victoria W. Kindel, M.D. and Tana Goering, M.D.

1.
A party who does not raise an issue in a petition seeking review of a Kansas Court
of Appeals decision fails to preserve the issue for review by the Kansas Supreme Court.
2.
On appeal from a decision regarding a motion for judgment as a matter of law
under K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 60-260(a), an appellate court applies the same standard as did
the district court ... More...
   $0 (08-31-2017 - K)

City of Houston v. Frank Nicolai and Debora Nicolai as Parents of Caroline Nicolai, Deceased Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

In this interlocutory appeal,1 appellant, the City of Houston (the “City”), challenges the trial court’s order denying its plea to the jurisdiction in the suit by appellees, Frank Nicolai and Debora Nicolai, as parents of Caroline Nicolai, deceased (the “Nicolais”), against the City for negligence and wrongful death.2 In its sole issue,3 the City contends that the trial court lacks subject-matter ... More...   $0 (08-25-2017 - TX)

Coye Q. McMillan v. Joe Harris, Individually and as Representative of the Estate of Randi Harris

This interlocutory appeal concerns the adequacy of expert reports under the
standards that apply to health care liability claims. See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code.
Ann. § 74.351 (West 2017). Dr. Coye Q. McMillan appeals the trial court’s order
denying his motion to dismiss a health care liability claim brought by Joe Harris,
individually and as representative of the estate of Randi ... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - TX)

Jacques Jacobs v. Caldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company

Defendant Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Company (Coldwell) marketed for sale a vacant, bank-owned
property located in Simi Valley. The property had a backyard
with an empty swimming pool and diving board. While plaintiffs
Jacques Jacobs (Jacques) and his wife, Xenia Jacobs (Xenia),1
were viewing the property as potential buyers, Jacques stepped

1 Plaintiffs are... More...
   $0 (08-15-2017 - CA)

Surfinder Foundation v. Martins Beach 1, LLC

Nestled in a cove, sheltered on the north and south by high cliffs, Martins Beach
lacks lateral land access.
1
The only practical route to Martins Beach is down a road,
known as Martins Beach Road, that leads from Highway 1 in San Mateo County to the
beach.
Appellants are two LLCs, Martins Beach 1, LLC and Martins Beach 2, LLC, that
purchased Martins Beach and adjacent ... More...
   $0 (08-14-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Gabriel Seth Joseph

Gabriel Joseph purchased a home for $3.4 million through a company that he
controlled and then sold it to himself five days later for $7 million. Using the
fraudulently inflated value, he received a loan and line of credit from Washington
Mutual (“WaMu”) totaling $5,659,357.88. After Joseph defaulted, WaMu purchased
the property in foreclosure. With an outstanding principal balance... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - UT)

Berkel & Company Contractors, Inc. v. Tyler Lee and Leigh Ann Lee, Individually and as Next Friend of Sydney Rose Lee, Minor

This is an appeal from a final judgment rendered after a trial by jury in a personal-injury lawsuit. The injury occurred on a commercial construction site, following the collapse of a crane. The claimant was the general contractor’s superintendent, and he sued a subcontractor on claims of negligence, gross negligence, and intentional injury. The jury made findings in favor of the claimant, and the... More...   $0 (07-13-2017 - TX)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - v. RANDALL MARTINEZ, a/k/a Randall, a/k/a Jose Rodriguez, a/k/a Jose Rodriguez-Saez, a/k/a Rando Martinez, a/k/a Randall Martinez-Espinal, HENRY FIORENTINO, JOSE TEJADA, and MARCOS RODRIGUEZ, a/k/a Markito UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT

The present prosecutions arise out of a sprawling conspiracy in and around New York
City, spanning at least a decade, in which more than two dozen persons are alleged to have committed
1 more than 200 robberies of drug traffickers. One of the coconspirators' main stratagems was to
2 impersonate officers of the New York City Police Department ("NYPD") in order to stop or purport
3... More...
   $0 (07-08-2017 - NY)

Residences at Riverdale, L.P. and Residences at Riverdale GP. LLC. v. Dixie Carpet Installations, Inc.

This appeal arises from underlying contracts involving the installation of carpet at an
apartment complex. The jury returned a verdict in favor of appellee Dixie Carpet Installations,
Inc. (Dixie) on all of its claims against appellants Residences at Riverdale, LP and Residences at
Riverdale GP, LLC (Riverdale) and awarded Dixie $142,898 in tort damages and $285,796 in
exemplary da... More...
   $0 (07-07-2017 - TX)

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