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New state AG opioid lawsuits show diverging strategies, outside counsel pay scales

By Daniel Fisher | May 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - The latest wave of state lawsuits over the opioid crisis illustrates sharp differences emerging in how governments litigate these cases, both in whom they choose to sue and whether private lawyers stand to get a piece of the action.

Liberty Mutual Insurance, Rainbow International of St. Petersburg accused of breach of contract

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 19, 2017

An individual is suing Liberty Mutual Insurance and Rainbow International of St. Petersburg for alleged breach of contract, negligence, and unjust enrichment.

Bright Horizons Children’s Centers LLC employee accused of sexual abuse

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 6, 2017

Parents are suing Bright Horizons Children’s Centers LLC and its employee, Jayrico Hamilton, for alleged battery, negligence, sexual abuse and liability.

Choice Hotels International, Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance accused of negligence

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 28, 2017

A hotel guest is suing Choice Hotels International Inc. d/b/a Quality Inn & Suites and Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company for alleged negligence.

Jury awards plaintiff $70 million in Johnson & Johnson talc case

By Taryn Phaneuf | Oct 28, 2016

ST. LOUIS — A circuit court jury on Thursday awarded $70 million in damages over a woman’s claims that using Johnson & Johnson’s products containing talc, such as baby powder, contributed to her ovarian cancer.

Jury's one-hour decision surprises tobacco industry researcher

By Caleb Murphy | Sep 22, 2016

DELAND – Jurors spent less than an hour to rule in favor of R.J. Reynolds, a tobacco company recently blamed for the death of a former Florida health department worker.

Report: Duval County 'plagued by prosecutorial misconduct, bad lawyers and racial bias'

By Tara Mapes | Sep 7, 2016

JACKSONVILLE – A new report released Aug. 23 by a Harvard Law group contends that Duval County is among the country’s leaders in death sentences and it, along with the other counties, is “plagued by prosecutorial misconduct, bad lawyers and racial bias.”

Tennessee teenager awarded $70 million in Johnson & Johnson Risperdal case, more filings expected

By Andrew Burger | Aug 26, 2016

PHILADEPHIA -- A jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit to pay $70 million in compensatory damages to a 16-year-old Tennessee male who has developed large breasts as a result of being prescribed and ingesting the drug Risperdal.

Consumer claims Johnson & Johnson powder product allegedly led to her cancer diagnosis

By Wadi Reformado | Aug 23, 2016

FORT MYERS — A consumer has filed suit against Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Consumer Cos. Inc., Imerys Talc America Inc., Personal Care Products Council, John Does/Jane Does 1-30 and other business entities, alleging that the talc in a feminine hygiene product led to her ovarian cancer diagnosis. 

Talc lawsuits starting to pile up for Johnson & Johnson

By Mike Helenthal | Jul 1, 2016

ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs attorneys throughout the country, including in Florida, are working to bring alleged victims of talc to court following two multimillion-dollar judgments rendered in a St. Louis district court.

Fantasy sports sites gamble on Florida law

By Emma Gallimore | Mar 25, 2016

TAMPA – Fantasy sports sites are operating in Florida despite laws that seem to forbid them, but new legislation may turn the gamble into a sure thing.

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