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Makers of Dangerous Lye Cleaner Face Product Liability Lawsuit

June 10, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

The New York Court of Appeals reinstated a plaintiff’s product liability lawsuit last month stemming from injuries he suffered from a lye-crystal drain cleaner. In 2001, the Vietnamese plaintiff was a restaurant employee in Manhattan and used Lewis Red Devil Lye to unclog a floor drain. Unable to read the English directions, he mixed three...[…] Read More »

Michael’s Stores Facing Possible Class Action Suits for Security Breach

June 9, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Michael’s Stores Inc., is facing two possible class action lawsuits from customers who had their debit and credit card information stolen from compromised checkout line PIN pads in 20 states. The plaintiffs requested class action status earlier this month, alleging that Michael’s failed to safeguard their credit and debit card information. One plaintiff in Illinois...[…] Read More »

Two Florida Teens Killed in Two-Vehicle Car Crash

June 8, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Two Florida teenagers lost their lives last week in a tragic car accident in Immokalee. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 17-year-old male was driving a 2004 Hyundai Elantra on Westclox Street at about 5:00 a.m. He attempted to pass a 2010 Dodge Charger driven by a 22-year-old female with a 17-year-old female...[…] Read More »

Hedge-Fund Founder Guilty of Insider Trading

June 7, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Galleon Group hedge-fund founder Raj Rajaratnam could spend the rest of his life in prison for insider trading. Last month, a jury found Rajaratnam guilty on all 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. According to prosecutors, he received confidential stock tips from insiders at public companies and then used the inside information to make...[…] Read More »

Florida Businesses Receive Portion of $4.9 Million Class Action Settlement

June 6, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Some businesses in South Florida will share in a $4.9 class action settlement that consisted of approximately nine thousand class members. The class action alleged that GE Capital IT Solutions and IKON Financial Services & Office Solutions raised the lease agreements on their copiers by five percent, in violation of the written lease agreements. According...[…] Read More »

Women Suffer Most from Medical Misdiagnosis

June 3, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

A study from the Institute of Medicine showed that the majority of the tens of thousands of people medically misdiagnosed each year are women. One doctor said that part of the reason is that some female symptoms are vague and associated with less serious conditions. The doctor went on to comment that women should be...[…] Read More »

Insurance Company Wants to Walk Away from Controversial Insured

June 2, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

An insurance company wants out if its policy with the insured, a controversial caffeinated alcohol drink, according to the insurer’s request for declaratory judgment in federal court. Selective Insurance claims it does not have a duty to defend or indemnify Phusion Projects from lawsuits over Phusion’s “Four Loko” brand beverage. Families of several people filed...[…] Read More »

Florida Governor Axes State Supreme Court Study

June 1, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Using his line-item veto power, Florida Governor Rick Scott cut the $400,000 set aside for a study of Florida’s Supreme Court out of the state’s budget. The $400,000 would have gone to the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability to examine the court’s workload, staff and quality of work. The veto was part...[…] Read More »

New York City Bicyclists Seek to File Class Action Suit for Over-Ticketing

May 31, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Bicyclists in the Big Apple are tired of getting tickets from the police, so they have decided to go to court to try to stop it. Their frustration stems from the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) increased ticketing of bicyclists for running red lights, running stop signs, riding on sidewalks, not wearing helmets and hanging...[…] Read More »

Connecticut Jury Awards $58 Million to Victims in Medical Malpractice Case

May 30, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Last week, a Connecticut jury awarded $58 million to the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case against a gynecologist. The award marks the highest medical malpractice award in Connecticut’s history. The plaintiffs’ attorneys successfully convinced the jury that the doctor breached the standard of care by failing to start a caesarian section delivery in time....[…] Read More »