How protected is the president from lawsuits?

President Bill Clinton claimed in the 1990s that he couldn’t be sued for his actions as a private citizen until after his presidency ended. That comment drew criticism, as Clinton was involved in a legal battle with Paula Jones, who accused the former Arkansas governor of sexual harassment. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the president in 1997. Now, President Trump’s lawyers are asking a New York judge if he should face a lawsuit brought late last year. Matt Ford has more on this story at The Atlantic.

Neiman Marcus Hacked, Class Action Claims

Courthouse News Service; January 14, 2014

BROOKLYN (CN) – Neiman Marcus waited for weeks to tell its customers their credit and debit card information may have been stolen, a class action claims in Federal Court.
Lead plaintiff Melissa Frank claims her debit card information was stolen in December and fraudulent charges were run up on it-but Neiman Marcus did not tell its customers about the hack attack until Jan. 10.
And, as in the well-publicized Target fiasco , Neiman Marcus did not publicize the attack, but a blogger was the first to alert the public, Frank says in the lawsuit.

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Insurer Wants No Part of Attorneys’ Brawl

Courthouse News Service; January 14, 2014

CHICAGO (CN) – State Farm wants no part in defending a public defender who allegedly jumped on a prosecutor’s back, twisted his neck, slammed him to the ground and sat on him.
State Farm Fire & Casualty Company sued Henry Hams and Michael McCormick in Cook County Court.
The insurer claims policy exclusions allow it to bow out of the affair that began 3½ years ago between Hams, a Cook County public defender, and McCormick, an assistant state’s attorney.

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Slain Dad’s Texting to Daughter Cited as Motive in Shooting

ABC News; January 14, 2014

A retired Tampa police captain is expected to appear in court later today, accused of fatally shooting a man and injuring his wife during an argument over cellphone texting in front of horrified moviegoers.

“Someone throws popcorn,” eyewitness Charles Cummings said Monday after the shooting inside the theater, according to ABC News Radio. “I’m not sure who threw the popcorn and then bang, he was shot. He staggered two seats over and fell on my son and I.

“The guy who was shot said something; ‘I just was texting my … three-year-old daughter,'” Cummings added.

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NCAA’s Supreme Court Petition Is an Air Ball

Courthouse News Service; January 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (CN) – The Supreme Court battle over college athletes’ image rights may be over before it even started after the justices rejected key motions Monday.
Brewing since 2009, the case at hand involves a group of former student-athletes challenging the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s use of their images in video games, merchandise and other promotional materials.
Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon filed the first complaint in the case, alleging that the NCAA violated his and other athletes’ right to make money off their likenesses.
The NCAA’s licensing arm, Collegiate Licensing Co., and the video game company Electronic Arts were also named as defendants.

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Two Drugs Linked to Stevens Johnson Syndrome


Lawyersandsettlements.com; January 13, 2014

Toronto, Canada: Two drugs have recently been linked to a potentially fatal condition known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome. One of the drugs, capecitabine, was linked to SJS in a letter by Hoffman-La Roche and Health Canada (similar to the US Food and Drug Administration) following reports by the drug’s maker that Stevens Johnson syndrome symptoms had been seen in patients using the drug.

Capecitabine (Xeloda) is a drug used to treat certain cancers. In a Dear Healthcare Professional letter dated December 3, 2013, and sent out by the drug’s maker Hoffman-La Roche, with an endorsement by Health Canada, the pharmaceutical company noted that “very rare cases of severe cutaneous reactions such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), in some cases with fatal outcome, have been reported during treatment with XELODA.”

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Investigation Confirms Water Contamination in PA, OH, WVA & TX linked to Fracking

News Inferno; January 8, 2014

An Associated Press (AP) investigation has confirmed complaints about well-water contamination from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other oil and gas drilling in four states.

The boom in hydraulic fracturing in the last ten years has produced an accompanying increase in concern about water contamination and other forms of pollution. The AP examined data on drilling-related water-contamination complaints in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas, states with numerous fracking sites, Aljazeera America reports.

To read the complete article, please click here: http://www.newsinferno.com/investigation-confirms-water-pollution-in-pennslyvania-ohio-west-virginia-and-texas-linked-to-fracking/

Class Action Lawsuit Filed by W.Va. Businesses over Contamination from Chemical Spill

News Inferno; January 13, 2014

Freedom Industries, Inc., the West Virginia chemical company responsible for the January 9th chemical spill that contaminated the water in nine counties, has been named as a defendant, along with West Virginia American Water Company, in a class action lawsuit by businesses affected by the spill.

The suit was filed on January 10 in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia (Civil Action No. 14C55). According to the lawsuit, businesses located along the Elk River, were subjected to toxic water when the hazardous substance, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, spilled into the river. The chemical is used in coal processing. The “Material Safety Data Sheet” for 4-methylcyclohexane methanol indicates that it is harmful if swallowed and can cause irritation to the skin and eyes.

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The Trial Lawyers Summit Starts This Sunday!

It’s almost here!  The third annual Trial Lawyers Summit begins this Sunday, January 19 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and continues through Wednesday, January 22.  We hope you’ve made plans to join us at what promises to be our biggest and best Summit ever!  For more information or to register, go to http://ntlsummit.com.  For a schedule of events, go to http://ntlsummit.com/agenda/.  For conference materials and information, go to http://ntlsummit.com/conference-materials/.  Please note that if you’re planning to bring a guest, you must register and pay for them. No guests will be admitted to events without a badge. Please call our office to register your guest (866)665-2852.

The Trial Lawyers Summit provides great networking opportunities, even if you don’t need the CLEs.  There are last minute, limited on site opportunties with full room block and conference capacity.  A small number of rooms have been held for last minute attendees.  Register and reserve your room today!  Only five days remaining until the 2014 Trial Lawyers Summit begins!  We’ll see you at the Summit this Sunday!

US Legal Market Hit by Better Technology

Financial Times; January 13, 2014

The US legal market may be out of the doldrums, but a fundamental shift since the financial crisis means its old ways of working must be jettisoned to survive.

Better technology and more sophisticated purchasing of legal services by large companies are squeezing firms’ profit margins across America – the world’s largest legal market – even as the demand for their advice is beginning to increase, the findings of Citigroup and Hildebrandt Consulting’s annual survey of the biggest US firms show.

To read the complete article, please click here:http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ef7a9478-7a24-11e3-8211-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2qI5UhFWT