Our Experience Litigating Seat Belt Defects

When I worked with my Father, we had a case involving catastrophic injuries in a Ford pickup rollover caused by an inoperable seatbelt. We won that case at trial and, to fully recover, we had to take the case to the Florida Supreme Court. I wrote about that case in a prior post linked just […]

How Juries Tend To Perceive Corporations

Jury Selection inevitably raises interesting social issues that can affect the outcome of your case. The article linked below reveals a relevant issue when a large corporation is a party. To those involved in corporate litigation, the public’s shifting views toward company loyalty and the employer-employee relationship beg the question: How might experiences and attitudes […]

There’s No Course For Fist-Fighting In Law School

Lawyers aren’t supposed to fight each other physically. The system wasn’t designed that way. In fact, it is built as a replacement to combat. A California state judge declared a mistrial Monday in a contentious legal malpractice case over allegations Geragos & Geragos botched a medical malpractice suit, an outcome that a Geragos attorney attributed […]

Iowa Court Overturns $6M Nursing Home Negligence Verdict

On appeal, Timely Mission argues that a new trial is warranted because the jury heard improper testimony from nursing home staff members that a certified nursing assistant, Melanie Blakesley, had physically and verbally abused residents other than Weaver. Read more at: https://www.law360.com/personal-injury-medical-malpractice/articles/1691891?nl_pk=029cff45-637f-44e3-babf-75563f8e0bfd&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=personal-injury-medical-malpractice&utm_content=2023-06-23&nlsidx=0&nlaidx=6?copied=1 From the website page summarizing my experience in nursing home injuries The health […]

Defense Raises New Argument After Trial To Escape $12M Verdict, Blaming a “Prejudicial” Animation

Evidentiary issues during the trial need to be preserved in order to be protected on appeal. In oral argument before a three-judge panel in Miami, Discount Rock & Sand’s attorney Andrea Cox told the appeals court that the district court judge erred in allowing jurors to view what she called a “horror show of an […]

The ‘Win At Any Cost’ Mentality of Insurance Defense

Over one hundred thousand dollars in sanctions upheld against an insurance defense lawyer for deliberately poisoning a trial to benefit his client. And it worked – at least for his client, if not for him. I am not surprised in the least. Plaintiffs: Choose your lawyer carefully, and this won’t happen. Hurt was representing the […]

When Your Lawyer Walks Into The Courthouse and You’re Going To Jail

Sure, its superficial but there’s a reason things become a meme. In every endeavor, the most effective participants are often the best prepared. That preparation often includes taking care to protect a routine of putting your best professional foot forward – regardless of the situation. Make it real – every time – and expect nothing […]

Temporary Like Achilles

Yield not to misfortunes, but advance all the more boldly against them. Virgil Like all else, misfortunes are temporary but not fleeting. They are often not necessary or destined. Many are preventable. Those that could have been prevented are often caused by negligence. Rather than submit passively to them like a victim, fight them boldly. […]

“(Judge) Smith said he wouldn’t consent to delaying the trial for any reason “up to and including a zombie apocalypse”.

Federal District Court judges wield an awful lot of unappreciated power. I was joking with a colleague about the “tells” they use – a ‘menacing cough’ came up more than once. Early in my career, I hadn’t been able to read a room that well. One judge actually told me to “stop talking” because “you’re […]