Litigation Financing Agreements Affirmed by NY Appellate Court

The New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Department recently confirmed the legality of properly structured litigation financing agreements. In Cash4Cases, Inc. v. Brunetti, 90 N.Y.S.3d 154, 155 (1st Dep’t 2018), the defendant, appealing from the grant of summary judgment in favor of plaintiff Cash4Cases, Inc., which was seeking to enforce the agreement pursuant to which it purchased an interest in the defendant’s personal injury litigation, argued that the agreement was usurious and unconscionable given the excessive interest rate. However, the appellate court unanimously affirmed the Supreme Court’s judgment in favor of …

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Dozens of women claim they were secretly recorded by hidden cameras at California hospital, suit says

Dozens of women are suing Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, Calif. for allegedly recording them without their knowledge as they received medical attention.

The lawsuit, filed last week in a state superior court, alleges Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa installed hidden, motion-sensing cameras in three operating rooms in the hospital’s women’s center, allegedly in a bid to catch anyone stealing medicine.

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Split Over Impact of Bristol-Myers Squibb Class Jurisdictiion

Bakov v. Consolidated World Travel, Inc. is the latest salvo in the conflict over whether the Supreme Court’s personal jurisdiction decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb applies in the class action context. As we have blogged in the past, Bristol-Myers concerned claims in California state court made by non-California residents, claims that were not sufficiently connected to California to qualify for specific personal jurisdiction on their own.

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Shakira defends her song against plagiarism case in court

Shakira and Carlos Vives appeared in a Spanish court to testify in a plagiarism case against them on Wednesday. Cuban musician Livan Rafael Castellanos Valdes, known as Livam, filed a lawsuit in a court in Spain, where Shakira lives, in March 2017, claiming that the Hips Don’t Lie singer and Colombian singer-songwriter lifted lyrics and a portion of the chorus’ melody from his 1997 track Yo Te Quiero Tanto, or I Love You So Much, for their 2017 collaboration La Bicicleta, or The Bicycle.

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Panel to Decide if Car Insurer Can Dodge Punitive Damages

HOUSTON (CN) – “Is the term drunk-driving accident an oxymoron?” one judge asked Tuesday as a Fifth Circuit panel considered when a car wreck is intentional or accidental in a case that could transform insurance coverage in Texas.

At issue is $207,000 in punitive damages a Bexar County jury ordered Carlos Sanchez to pay Richard Frederking for a September 2014 accident in which Sanchez failed to yield at a San Antonio intersection and crashed into Frederking’s car.

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Atlanta Jury Awards $8 Million for Attorney’s Brain Injury

Aja Diamond Moore was awarded an $8 million verdict by an Atlanta Jury as compensation for a disabling traumatic brain injury she suffered after striking her head in a Midtown parking garage owned by defendant JPMCC.

Ms. Moore – who has since married and changed her last name to McCoy – was a young attorney at Hunton & Williams before suffering her traumatic brain injury on December 10, 2013. She hit her head on a low-hanging sprinkler pipe after parking her car in the garage which serviced the Hunton & Williams office.


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Sackler family donated to anti-Muslim groups: report

The Sackler family, owners of opioid-producer Purdue Pharma, has donated to several anti-Muslim groups in the past, a report shows.

Richard and Beth Sackler Foundation donated to four anti-Muslim hate groups — as considered so by the Southern Poverty Law Center — from 2014-2016, according to Sludge, an independent, reader-funded investigative publication.

The groups were the American Freedom Law Center, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Jihad Watch — a spin-off of the David Horowitz Freedom Center — and the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

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California jail pays out $1.4M as video shows brutal beating

Security camera footage showing a mentally ill man being beaten by prison officers has been released after a California county settled a class action lawsuit.It appears to show Auburn Main Jail inmate Beau Bangert, who reportedly suffers from schizophrenia, getting tasered, punched and smacked the face with a plastic body shield as he is restrained by four officers inside a small cell.Civil right attorney Mark Merin shared the video of the May 2017 incident with media outlets after a Sacramento judge approved a $1.4 million settlement against Placer County – the local authority which runs the prison.From …

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