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Feb 28
2014
A Louisiana couple claims that contamination from a nearby landfill has led to the development of chronic medical conditions, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

An Ascension Parish couple whose home was built next to a former landfill in Louisiana filed a lawsuit alleging that toxic chemicals from the landfill had seeped onto their property, causing them chronic health conditions. The couple discovered in March 2013 that their property contained contaminants, including toluene tar, and that the chemicals are present in both the soil and the groundwater.

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Personal Injury
Feb 27
2014

The United States Department of Justice is c iting precedence in a civil case filed by the family of slain ICE special agent, Jaime J. Zapata. According to court documents, the DOJ is using the dismissal of a case in which a Mexican physician, Dr. Humberto Alvarez-Machain— whose suit against the department was dismissed by the Supreme Court because the harm occurred in Mexico—as the basis in requesting dismissal of the Zapata suit.

Zapata Death In 2011, Zapata was ordered to travel a dangerous Mexican highway with another agent, Victor Avila, for reasons the department refuses to...

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Wrongful Death
Feb 26
2014

Lawyers for BP have targeted Patrick Juneau, the Special Master appointed to administer claims as part of a settlement between BP and businesses along the Gulf Coast injured by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The oil company sent a letter to FBI Director, Louis Freeh, requesting hundreds of documents, including any that may indicate that Mr. Juneau was aware of alleged wrongdoing. Claims Investigation

BP’s latest tactic to block claim payments in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement is to question the ethics of the Special Master.

The FBI is investigating...

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Negligence
Feb 25
2014

The family of a second man killed in a construction accident on Highway 80 East near Montgomery, Ala., has filed a wrongful death lawsuit . The family of Lomax Phillips filed a lawsuit in January 2014, just a few days after the family of David Lee White filed a similar lawsuit. Accident Details

The family of an Alabama man who died in a bridge construction accident has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The two men were working at a new overpass crossing Interstate 85, when an aerial lift they were in malfunctioned and fell 90 feet, according to the Montgomery County Sherriff...

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Wrongful Death
Feb 24
2014

The family of a man who died after routine surgery has sued Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif., alleging that the hospital was negligent and conspired to cover up the negligence with false pathology reports. The hospital claims that the family’s allegations are “preposterous.”

Patient Death

A lawsuit has been filed alleging conspiracy and negligence after a California man died following routine surgery.

On January 27, 2010, Tyrone Taylor, 42, of Arroyo Grande, had surgery to remove a problematic disk in his spine. According to the...

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Negligence
Feb 22
2014
The brokerage firm, Cantor Fitzgerald, who lost a significant number of employees on 9/11 have settled with American Airlines.

Cantor Fitzgerald, a brokerage company that lost 658 of 950 workers when the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001, settled a lawsuit against American Airlines , whose flight struck the towers on that day. The terms of the settlement were not released as it is still pending court approval.

Terrorist Attack

On September 11, Cantor Fitzgerald's offices occupied the 101st to 105th floors in the North Tower...

Feb 21
2014

The widow of a prominent tax attorney refiled a $100 million lawsuit against a Florida billionaire regarding the 2012 helicopter crash that killed her husband. Lance Valdez was killed in Great Guana Cay when the helicopter he was in, piloted by Jeffrey Soffer, crashed . Originally, a lawsuit was filed in federal court alleging that Soffer was piloting the helicopter when it crashed, but that suit was withdrawn on December 9. On Friday, January 10, 2014, the suit was filed again in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

The widow of a man who died in a Bahamas helicopter crash refilled a lawsuit in...
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Wrongful Death
Feb 20
2014
A gas leak at a Jacksonville (Md.) gas station which led to multiple lawsuits has reached a settlement.

After a gas leak poured more than 26,000 gallons of fuel into the ground in an area near Jacksonville, Md., where the majority of homeowners get their water from wells, multiple lawsuits were filed against Exxon Mobil Corporation. A settlement was reached in January regarding those lawsuits. Fuel Leak The leak, which began in January 2006, was not discovered until five weeks after it started when a discrepancy in inventory at a gas station revealed a problem. Exxon claimed that...

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Settlements
Feb 18
2014

The family of Niclas Waschle, a German exchange student living with a Montana family when he died in a skiing accident, filed suit against the ski resort , the host family and the company that arranged for his exchange student experience. Niclas' mother, Patricia Birkhold-Waschle, his father, Raimund Waschle and his brother, Philip Waschle, are named as plaintiffs in the suit, which is requesting compensation for damages, medical and other expenses.

Skiing Accident

The parents of a German exchange student who died while skiing in Montana have filed suit against the resort and...
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Wrongful Death
Feb 17
2014

Evan and Ashley Boyle, the parents of a 3-year old girl who died in early January after going into cardiac arrest during a dental procedure , have filed a negligence lawsuit against the dentist. The parents allege that their daughter Finley received excessive amounts of medication and that proper medical procedures were not followed, leading to their daughter’s oxygen deprivation, brain damage and eventual death. A wrongful death lawsuit is expected to follow as well. Routine Dental Procedure

The parents of a 3-year old child who died during root canals have filed a negligence suit...
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Negligence