MISSOULA, Mont. — Parents have plausibly alleged that a design defect in a Remington rifle caused the death of their 16-year-old son when it fired without him pulling the trigger, a Montana federal judge held April 11, refusing to dismiss their claims against gun manufacturers and others (Sharon Teague, et al v. Remington Arms Co. LLC, et al., No. 18-184, D. Mont., Missoula Div., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62711).
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court on April 12 partially reversed an appeals court ruling and dismissed all claims against a regional water authority brought by the parents of a woman who drowned after she slipped and fell off a dam while attempting to walk across it (Tarrant Regional Water District v. Richard Johnson, et al., No. 17-0095, Texas Sup., 2019 Tex. LEXIS 374).
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The estate of a 22-year-old woman who died after being infected by a microscopic amoeba while whitewater rafting reached a confidential settlement on April 16, ending a suit filed in a North Carolina federal court against a water park and its designers (James Seitz v. U.S. National Whitewater Center Inc., et al., No. 18-00044, W.D. N.C.).
SAN DIEGO — A hospital secretly recorded more than 1,800 women without obtaining their consent for more than a year as they underwent surgeries and other procedures, a plaintiff argues to a California federal court on April 17 in a proposed class action complaint seeking to represent a class of women who were filmed (Amber Snodgrass v. Sharp HealthCare, et al., No. 19-0702, S.D. Calif.).
LANSING, Mich. — A plaintiff who fell and broke her ankle after she left a lighted pathway at a music festival could have avoided injury if she had exercised ordinary care, the Michigan Court of Appeals said April 18 in affirming summary judgment for the venue and organizer (Brandi L. Roe v. Michigan International Speedway Inc., et al., No. 342857, Mich. App., 2019 Mich. App. LEXIS 1137).
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A New York justice on April 5 agreed to reduce a $34.8 million award to a child with severe deficits who was born prematurely after two physicians repeatedly failed to recommend a procedure that could have prevented the preterm delivery. He said the $20 million awarded for past and future pain and suffering deviated substantially from awards in similar actions and reduced it to $9 million (CLC Jr. v. Westchester Medical Center, et al., No. 51356/14, N.Y. Sup., Westchester Co., 2019 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 1635).
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The husband and four minor children of a woman who died as a result of undiagnosed placenta accreta following a cesarean section were awarded $24.5 million by a Florida jury on April 17 (Rodolfo Vargas Chavez, et al. v. Adolfo Gonzalez-Garcia, et al., No. 18-001011, Fla. Cir., 17th Jud. Cir., Broward Co.).
OLYMPIA, Wash. — As the landowner-lessor, a port is liable for injuries to a ramp operator that occurred when a ramp on property leased to the state of Alaska collapsed, the Washington Supreme Court concluded April 11. It pointed out that the port retained responsibility for repairs to the property in the lease (Shannon C. Adamson, et al. v. Port of Bellingham, No. 96187-5, Wash. Sup., 2019 Wash. LEXIS 262).
DANVILLE, Ill. — An Illinois jury awarded $4.8 million on March 27 to the estate of a woman who died seven years after surgery to remove a cyst damaged a urinary duct and resulted in the loss of a kidney (Amanda Reed v. Muthiah Thangavelu, et al., No. 2010-L-100, Ill. Cir., 5th Jud., Vermilion Co.).
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Twenty complaints were filed April 10 and 11 against school and law enforcement officials by 10 students injured and on behalf of a teacher and nine students killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., in 2018 (Samantha Mayor v. School Board of Broward County, et al., No. 19008071, Fla. Cir., 17th Jud., Broward Co.).
DES MOINES, Iowa — A man whose prostate was removed following a cancer diagnosis and who later found out he didn’t have cancer and his wife were awarded $12.2 million in compensatory damages by an Iowa jury April 5 (Rickie Lee Huitt, et al. v. Iowa Clinic, P.C., et al., No. 139726, Iowa Dist., Polk Co.).
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A Florida federal judge on April 18 entered final judgment on two $5 million jury awards to the parents of two teenage girls who were killed when an RV driven by a 99-year-old man the wrong way down a highway hit their vehicle (Yvonne Poindexter v. Joseph A. Zacharzewski, et al., No. 18-14155, and Stewart Feketa v. Joseph A. Zacharzewski, et al., No. 18-14156, S.D. Fla.).
NEW ORLEANS — Although the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 17 revised an opinion to correct inconsistent statements, it did not change its original holding that a trial court properly allowed a Texas state trooper who witnessed and investigated a fatal tractor-trailer crash to offer expert opinions on the cause of the accident (Alexandro Puga, et al. v. RCX Solutions, Inc., No. 17-41282, 5th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 11229).
LOS ANGELES — A California federal judge on April 12 denied a motion filed by the makers of blender products that argued that New Zealand law, rather than California law, should be applied to a consumer’s claims for compensatory and punitive damages in relation to injuries she suffered, holding that California’s interest in the case was greater because New Zealand does not allow litigation for compensatory damages and the state has a strong interest in deterring negligent conduct by businesses within the state (Elizabeth Flack v. Nutribullet, L.L.C., et al., No. 2:18-cv-05829, C.D. Calif., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64400).
SAN ANTONIO — An economics expert can testify about lost-wage damages a driver suffered after a tractor-trailer hit his car, but a trucking safety expert cannot opine that the driver of the rig caused the accident because the expert is not an accident reconstructionist, a Texas federal magistrate judge ruled April 16 (Sergio Alpizar v. John Christner Trucking, LLC, et al., No. 5:17-cv-00712, W.D. Texas, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64751).
NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana federal judge on April 11 excluded testimony from a slip-and-fall plaintiff’s liability expert for lack of reliability and relevance but allowed his two damages experts to testify on their calculations of the plaintiff’s lost wages due to his injuries (Joshua T. Lewis v. Marquette Transportation Company, LLC, et al., No. 17-10917, E.D. La., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62528).
WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware judge on April 8 refused to dismiss a man’s wrongful death and survival suit against an in-state nursing home over injuries his father sustained after falling four times at the facility, holding that health care providers in Pennsylvania who also treated the decedent were not indispensable parties (Richard O’Rangers v. Cadia Rehabilitation Silverside, et al., N18C-12-253 DCS, Del. Super., New Castle Co., 2019 Del. Super. LEXIS 181).
MIAMI — A chiropractor who treated a woman after she slipped and fell during a cruise can testify about his knowledge of spinal surgery but cannot opine that the fall caused her injury because he did not submit an expert report, a Florida federal magistrate judge decided April 10 (Julia Underwood v. NCL [Bahamas] Ltd., No. 17-24492, S.D. Fla., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61188).
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A New York jury awarded a bicyclist $110 million on April 9 after he was paralyzed by a falling 10-foot railroad tie from a New York City Transit Authority elevated train construction project (Robert Liciaga v. New York City Transit, No. 0513495/2016, N.Y. Sup., Kings Co.).
HACKENSACK, N.J. — A New Jersey pedestrian alleges in an April 8 complaint in a state trial court that the New Jersey Property-Liability Insurance Guaranty Association (NJPLIGA) is responsible for medical expenses incurred in an accident with a negligent unknown driver (Jonathan Frias-Rivas v. New Jersey Property-Liability Insurance Guaranty Association, et al., No. BER-L-002686-19, N.J. Super., Bergen Co.).