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Seeger Weiss investigates coll…

March 30th, 2010

Seeger Weiss investigates collapsed building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: http://www.seegerweiss.com/news/brooklyn-building-collapse.aspx


As First Drywall Trial Concludes, Media Takes Notice

March 25th, 2010

Business Weekly: “Chinese Drywall Maker Should Pay for Home Damage, Lawyer Argues”

Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., a Chinese drywall manufacturer, should pay to restore a Louisiana house to its original condition, before corrosive gases from the product “shattered the dreams” of the family that lived in it, their lawyer said.

“Let’s just give them the house that they had, that they built until they installed the defective Chinese dry wall,” Chris Seeger, the lawyer for Tatum and Charlene Hernandez, said today in a closing statement at the end of a weeklong trial in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.

Seeger asked U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon, who will determine the case without a jury, to approve a $200,000 remediation plan for the home.

Sarasota Herald Tribune: “Drywall repair estimates for one house vary by $142,000″

But during a bruising cross-examination, the details of Carubba [the expert hired by KPT]’s own methods — and even his truthfulness — were called into question by Chris Seeger, one of the lead plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Sarasota Herald Tribune: Louisiana man testifies about drywall in his “dream house”

All the family wants, he said, is their house fixed.

“We just want to drive up at home like we used to, and say we’re home, this is our safe place,” he said.


Wildcats News Update

March 24th, 2010

Livingston County News: “Bus crash damages could be capped”

“We don’t see how Canadian law should apply to a motor vehicle accident in New York,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Marc Albert. “We are confident that New York law applies and we think we will prevail.”
“This will be a test to determine which law — the New York or Canadian — is adhered to,” Albert continued. “A lot of different factors play into it including the location of the accident and the parties involved.”
“In this case you have [Canadian] plaintiffs on a Canadian bus hitting a Pennsylvania tractor trailer. The coach company is a common carrier that makes millions upon millions of dollars availing themselves of New York roadways, constantly bringing charters in — then saying they want to not be held to the responsibilities of New York law.”


Wildcats News Roundup

March 10th, 2010

Wildcats Crash

Five years later, the tragic story of the Windsor Wildcat’s deadly bus crash still strikes a cord. National and especially local news outlets have picked up the story of this first verdict awarding damages to three victims of that terrible accident. You can read some of that coverage below.

Windsor Star: “Windsor Wildcats win court battle” (March 10, 2010)

“The verdict demonstrates how seriously the jury was moved by the experiences of having witnessed the deaths of their close friends and teammates,” said Wildcats’ lawyer Moshe Horn. “While these courageous young women and man were fortunate to have survived the crash, their lives haven’t been the same since.”

Windsor Star: “Windsor Wildcats win court battle – Cash cap for crash under appeal” (March 11, 2010)

“We do not understand why Canadian law should apply in a motor vehicle accident in New York,” said lawyer Marc Albert. “We are so confident that New York law applies here, that we think we will prevail.”

Gault said, to her, the monetary sum is irrelevant. “No amount of money is ever going to change what happened.”

Law360: “Jury Awards $2.25M Survivors Of Deadly Bus Crash”

“This probably has been the most painful testimony I’ve seen in my 16-year career as a trial lawyer,” Horn said. “The verdict demonstrates how seriously the jury was moved by their experiences of having witnessed the deaths of their close friends and teammates.”

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“All my life savings, it all went into Madoff and it is all gone.”

March 10th, 2010

“Madoff Judge Endorses Trustee’s Rule on Losses,” from the New York Times:

The ruling is a setback for investors like Adele Fox of Tamarac, Fla., an 87-year-old retired school secretary who was widowed in 1986. Mrs. Fox withdrew more than her original capital for living expenses, but still had nearly $3 million on her account statement when the fraud was discovered.

Under Judge Lifland’s ruling, she is not eligible for cash from the Securities Investors Protection Corporation, the industry-financed organization that provides limited protection for customers of failed Wall Street firms.

“My health has been a mess,” Mrs. Fox said on Monday. “I can manage, more or less, but if I have to go into a facility, what would I do? All my life savings, it all went into Madoff and it is all gone.”


Hog Farm News Roundup

March 4th, 2010

Seeger Weiss wins another victory against corporate agriculture, when a Jackson County, Missouri jury awarded $11 million to small, family farms overrun by waste this week. Read our press release for more information.

Hog CAFO

This case has garnered significant media attention, from major news outlets, to local papers, to legal blogs.

Associated Press (via Washington Post):

“If we sit down and talk, we can include more than money,” [plaintiff co-counsel Charlie Speer] told The Associated Press on Thursday. “It’s common sense. Nobody wants to live across the street from 80,000 hogs.”

AmLaw Daily:

“You can’t simply come into these environs, decimate the land, and expect not to be held accountable,” said plaintiffs counsel Stephen Weiss of Seeger Weiss.  “We don’t want to put them out of business. We just want them to reform how they do business.” Weiss told us residents and Premium Standard began negotiating a global settlement after the company won a defense verdict in a 2007 trial, but those talks ended when a memo from the company was leaked to the Kansas City Star. “That chilled the discussions for reasons I don’t understand,” Weiss told us. “[Premium Standard's parent company] chose to walk away from any global settlement.”

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