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Truck-Bicycle Collision on Sanibel Causeway Kills Bicyclist

May 25, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

A truck-bicycle collision earlier this month on the Sanibel Causeway killed a 46-year-old woman, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). At approximately 11:00 a.m., the victim and her husband were riding their bikes on the causeway. A truck swerved and struck the woman, causing her to fall over the guardrail and into the water....[…] Read More »

Former Bloggers Sue Thomson Reuters Findlaw

May 24, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

A former writer is petitioning a California court for class action status in a lawsuit against Thomson Reuters Findlaw (TRF) and the staffing company Adecco. The plaintiff and 50 other writers seek back pay and attorney’s fees from alleged conduct at TRF’s Sunnyvale, California office. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim insufficient overtime pay and lack of...[…] Read More »

Tobacco Industry Lawyers Argue that Damages in Smoker’s Death are Excessive

May 23, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Last week, attorneys for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. challenged a $15.75 million jury award in a case of a man who died from lung cancer in 1995. An R.J. Reynolds lawyer argued to the First District Court of Appeal that the compensatory and punitive damages awarded to the man’s widow were excessive. It is one...[…] Read More »

Florida Pharmacist Sued for Mishandling Prescription

May 20, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

A 64-year-old woman filed suit against a pharmacist and his store in Winter Park, Florida, claiming the pharmacist gave her the wrong prescription for her rheumatoid arthritis. The pharmaceutical litigation names The Medicine Shoppe and its owner Mehrdad Hairi as defendants. Mr. Hairi is also a pharmacist. The woman alleges that in May 2009, she...[…] Read More »

Insurance Company Tries to Sue Its Own Insured to Recover Settlement Pay-Out

May 19, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Is it bad faith for an insurance company to sue its insured in an attempt to recover what it paid out in a settlement on behalf of the insured? Attorneys for the insured think so in one particular federal court case, which the insurance company is now backing away from without comment. In November 2008,...[…] Read More »

FBI Hopes Criminal Profiling Will Catch More White-Collar Criminals

May 17, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now using behavioral profiling in hopes of targeting white-collar criminals. Agents from the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) are analyzing securities fraud cases to get into the minds of white-collar criminals in the same way as serial killers and violent criminals. Infamous cases such as Bernie Madoff and Hassan Nemazee,...[…] Read More »

Florida Governor Expected to Sign Bill Limiting Lawsuits against Car Makers

May 16, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Lawmakers expect Florida Governor Rick Scott to sign a bill that would make it more difficult for injured plaintiffs to win product liability damages in lawsuits against automakers and manufacturers of defective products. Under the proposed law, juries would have to consider the fault of all persons who contributed to a car accident when deciding damages in the products...[…] Read More »

Smith Barney Municipal Bond Funds Arbitration Award is Largest Securities Arbitration Award Ever

May 9, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Sunday’s New York Times business article, “A Crack in Wall Street’s Defenses,” discusses the largest ever securities product arbitration award to individuals. The award, against Smith Barney, compensates individuals who wanted relatively safe investments, municipal bonds, but were sold highly risky arbitraged municipal bond fund portfolios. The only ones benefiting were the brokers, whose commissions were 40 percent of the total fee....[…] Read More »

Florida Jury Awards $2.8 Million to Victim’s Family in Wrongful Death Suit

May 5, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Earlier this month, a Florida jury awarded $2.8 million to the family of a 23-year-old man killed in a motorcycle accident in Daytona Beach. On May 30, 2007, the victim was riding his motorcycle near Halifax Health Medical Center. The defendant failed to yield the right of way in his Ford Mustang and struck the motorcycle, according...[…] Read More »

DePuy Hip Replacement Patient Testifies before Senate Panel

May 5, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

“Recalls were for dishwashers and cars, not body parts.” Those were the words of a DePuy hip replacement patient as she testified before a U.S. Senate hearing on medical device safety earlier this month. In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics voluntarily recalled its ASR hip replacement system. Since then, class action lawsuits have sprung-up across the country over the defective...[…] Read More »