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InsideCounsel Magazine April 2007









  • Trust Busters

    Brooklyn-born plaintiffs' attorney Michael Hausfeld is a betting man. He's banking that the legal environment overseas is ripe for private antitrust litigation. That's why in March, his firm--Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll--opened an office in London, making it the first U.S. plaintiffs' firm to set up shop in Europe. "There's...

In Review

From The Editor

  • Showing Off

    I wasn't around when we christened our conference the "SuperConference." I've heard rumors it was the brainchild of the same people who thought the name "Ford Probe" would appeal to women drivers. What I don't like about the name is that it doesn't tell you what the conference is about....

Inside Perspective


  • N.J. Court Tosses 'Culture of Intoxication' Verdict

    When testimony about a "culture of intoxication" at Giants Stadium led to a $110 million jury award for a drunk-driving victim, the verdict made headlines nationwide. Victims'-rights advocates praised the court for holding alcohol vendors accountable for the actions of drunk patrons while defense attorneys criticized its expansive interpretation of...

  • High Court to Hear "Cat's Paw" Liability Case

    Pat Edgar has never met Stephen Peters. In fact, Edgar, who fired Peters from his post as a salesman at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. (BCI), didn't even work in same state as Peters, let alone know he was black. However, that didn't stop Peters from filing suit against the company alleging...

  • Progressive Hit With $60 Jury Verdict

    When Progressive Halcyon Insurance Co. branch manager Jerry Johnson informed employee Kelly Hackworth that her position was to be "re-leveled," she considered it just another blow in an already hostile work environment. A jury agreed and entered a $60 million verdict Feb. 22 against the Ohio-based insurance behemoth. Hackworth, who...

  • Texas Technology Firm Beats Canon

    Austin, Texas-based Nano-Proprietary Inc., a small research and patent licensing firm, scored a major victory Feb. 22 against the world's third-largest patent holder, Tokyo-based Canon Inc. The ruling, which concludes a long-fought contract dispute, may thwart Canon's plans to enter the high-end TV market. At issue was Nano-Proprietary's patent for...

  • N.Y. Couple Files Salmonella Suit

    If two-year-old Nicholas Avalone doesn't request a Peter Pan-themed birthday party next year, his parents won't be too surprised. Nicholas, along with about 300 other people across the country, contracted Salmonella poisoning after eating tainted Peter Pan peanut butter in February. Nicholas' parents filed suit in the Western District of...

  • IBM Faces Second Overtime Suit

    After reaching a $65 million settlement in November 2006 with a group of IT workers who claimed they didn't receive overtime pay, IBM Corp. is in the hot seat again facing similar allegations. But this time it's the company's salesmen crying foul. On Feb. 6, Marc Barowsky, a former IBM...

  • Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Superfund Suit

    A lot of people weren't happy with the Supreme Court when it decided Cooper Industries Inc. v. Aviall Services Inc. in 2004. In that case, the High Court overturned the precedents of nine circuit courts and ruled that a landowner who voluntarily paid to clean up a polluted site couldn't...

  • California Considers 'Fair-Share' Insurance Initiative

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is forging ahead with a universal health care initiative that opponents contend is a ticking legal time bomb. He unveiled a package of proposals Jan. 8 aimed at securing health care for 4 million uninsured Californians. The proposal places some of the burden of funding that...

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