On March 6, 2018, the Missouri Supreme Court declined to review the October 17, 2017 decision by Missouri’s Eastern District Court of Appeals in Fox v. Johnson & Johnson, which had overturned the trial court’s $72-million talc verdict against the defendant. The Eastern District found that the trial court lacked personal jurisdiction over Johnson & Johnson for the claims filed by Jacqueline Fox. The decision by Missouri’s highest court, which concerned the first of five major talc verdicts entered against Johnson & Johnson, not only clears the way for Johnson & Johnson’s success in the pending appeals of three other multimillion-dollar verdicts issued by St. Louis City jurors and supports a California trial judge’s October 2017 decision to vacate a fifth $417 million verdict, but could herald a fundamental change in how mass tort cases may be litigated.
Monthly Archives: March 2018
Missouri Supreme Court Decision in Talc Case Could Herald Change in Where Mass Tort Litigation May Be Filed
CLOC is a movement.
You’ve heard me mention this before, that CLOC (also known as the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) is a community, a movement. It’s a drumbeat. And it’s not going away. But why is it so important for lawyers and law firms to be paying attention? Three reasons.
On March 19, 2018, the SEC issued an Order jointly awarding two whistleblowers more than $49 million, and awarding a third whistleblower more than $33 million, for reporting information to the SEC that led to its successful prosecution of an enforcement action against the perpetrators of securities violations.
Enforcing an Ontario Judgment in Mexico
Fogler, Rubinoff LLP, Toronto
Nowadays, intellectual property rights constitute very important assets of the companies. Therefore, in order to avoid conflicts and uncertainty, Greek legislation offers specific provisions concerning the ownership of inventions, designs and the copyright on a work created in the course of an employment relationship. These provisions could be of interest of any company operating in Greece and governed by Greek Law.
Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police v Hart; Commonwealth of Australia v Yak 3 Investments Pty Ltd; Commonwealth of Australia v Flying Fighters Pty Ltd  HCA 1
State taxation has become increasingly harsh. Developments beyond the reach of governors and legislators have made the ideal of progressive taxation more elusive.
DETROIT– McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, has once again been nominated by Advisen as a finalist for their 2018 Cyber Risk Awards in the category of Cyber Law Firm of the Year. The firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, led by co-chairs James J. Giszczak and Dominic A. Paluzzi, was previously nominated as a finalist for Advisen’s Cyber Risk Awards in 2017 and 2015 in the categories of Cyber Law Firm of the Year and Cyber Risk Pre-Breach Team of the Year, respectively.
Since the start of the year there have been new laws in place regulating tax audits and tax lawsuits. The stakes are pretty high: the National Tax and Customs Administration (NAV) conducts almost 30,000 audits annually, assessing tax deficiencies of about HUF 500 billion and imposing fines of almost the same amount. Therefore it is important to know the rights taxpayers have under the new rules and the most efficient ways to fight NAV.
Fladgate LLP has advised London residential developer Strawberry Star on the acquisition of a 6.9 acre development site in Luton. The site has the benefit of planning permission for a mixed-use scheme, including 685 new homes together with a 200-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities, a medical and wellness centre and public realm improvements.