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Archives : 2010 : September

Scope widens in Chinese drywall case

September 27th, 2010

Sarasota Herald-Tribune:

Drywall produced by Knauf Tianjin Plasterboard Co. Ltd. — one of the problematic manufacturers identified so far — made it to the inland town of Sebring, about 90 miles east of Sarasota in Highlands County, the Herald-Tribune has confirmed.

Meanwhile, a national consumer advocacy group is claiming that the scope is much broader. The Washington, D.C.-based America’s Watchdog, which is partnering with high-powered attorneys across the country, says that its own investigation has found defective Chinese drywall in Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Texas.

“We think this could literally turn out to be the worst case of sick houses in U.S. history,” said Thomas Martin, the organization’s president.

Seeger Weiss LLP recently filed a new Chinese drywall case in Bergen County, NJ. For more information on Chinese drywall, visit our Legal Resource Center.

“Lawyer training fighter”

September 23rd, 2010

Philadelphia Daily News:

Ex-boxer Chris Seeger, whose law firm Seeger Weiss has an office in town, has been coaching mixed-martial-arts fighter Wayne Hargrove in boxing. Hargrove KO’d Victor Romero in five seconds a little while back at Atlantic City’s Resorts, and Seeger plans to catch Hargrove competing at Resorts in the New Breed Fighters Ultimate MMA competition Oct. 8 and 9.

U.S. Joins Pfizer Suit Over Drug’s Marketing

September 22nd, 2010

New York Times:

The filing continued a crackdown on drug industry fraud. Over the last three years, the government has also settled false claims suits against Bristol-Myers Squibb for $515 million, AstraZeneca for $520 million, Eli Lilly for $1.4 billion, and last week, a unit of Forest Laboratories for $313 million.

Toy recall, report signal small-battery dangers

September 21st, 2010

Associated Press:

Swallowing button batteries can be fatal or cause serious harm, and research suggests that severe injuries in children, though relatively scarce, are on the rise.

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Oil Spill’s Other Victims: The Animals

September 20th, 2010

Wall Street Journal Law Blog :

It is an age old question for animal activists, but one that the BP oil spill has raised anew: Should wildlife enjoy some legal rights that, while perhaps subordinate to those of humans, would elevate a turtle or a pelican above a wetland or a tree?

Learn more at the BP Oil Spill Network or Seeger Weiss’s own Gulf Oil Spill Legal Resource Center.

How Apple plays the pricing game

September 16th, 2010

Bloomberg Businessweek:

Next time you’re sitting at an airport bar and hear two businesspeople debate whether Apple is a technology or design company, chime in: “Nope. What Steve Jobs sells is pricing.”

Pricing? You bet.

Jobs is a master of using pricing decoys, reference prices, bundling and obscurity to make you think his shiny aluminum toys are a good deal.

Learn more about Seeger Weiss’s investigation of AT&T Data Plan Tax Overcharges, wherein AT&T improperly charges data plan customers taxes for internet connectivity for their iPhone, Blackberry, other smart phone, or for their 3G-capable laptop.

Alumnus Stephen Weiss ’90 gives advice to 1st year law students

September 9th, 2010