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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Top News Clips for the Week of April 26 - May 2

A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of April 26 - May 2.


Woman Sues Live Nation After Seat Full of Splinters

Julia Marsh | New York Post

A woman got a rude surprise when she politely slid to the other side of a bench to make room for a fellow Westbury concertgoer — a backside full of splinters.


Linda Vanston, a schoolteacher from New Jersey, is suing the NYCB Theater at Westbury on Long Island over the injury.

Full Story.



How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target

Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz | New York Times

Four years ago the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 men, spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and staining, seemingly indelibly, the image of BP, the international energy giant responsible for the well.


Its reputation in free fall, the company set aside billions of dollars and saturated the airwaves with contrite pledges to make thousands of businesses and workers whole, from shrimpers to hotel owners to charter boat operators.

Full Story.



Judge Refuses to Dismiss Highland Park Man's 'Reverse Discrimination' Suit Against Petco

Sue Epstein | The Star-Ledger

U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson has rejected efforts by Petco, the pet care giant, to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former employee who said he was a victim of “reverse discrimination.”


Wolfson, sitting in Trenton, issued a 20-page decision on Monday in which she said Frank McQuillan of Highland Park, who is white, made a strong enough argument that he was discriminated against because of his race to allow the lawsuit to proceed.

Full Story.



GM Slams 'Forum Shopping' In Ignition Defect Class Actions

Andrew Scurria | Law360

General Motors Co. on Friday fought back against “forum shopping” consumers trying to pull dozens of ignition switch recall lawsuits nationwide into the Central District of California, saying any consolidated litigation belongs in New York, where GM's bankruptcy court is considering whether to shut down the suits.

Full Story.



Auto Dealership Loses Appeal in Tire-Blowout Lawsuit

Tire Review

Flemington Car & Truck Country, an auto dealership in central New Jersey, lost its appeal in a tire-blowout lawsuit.

The dealership is required to pay $3.9 million to a family injured in a car accident that, according to court documents, was caused by a blown out tire that the dealership's service department repeatedly failed to replace. The company was sued in 2009.

Full Story.



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