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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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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.


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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Accutane News Roundup

February 18th, 2010

Accutane BottlesThe news articles rolled in after Seeger Weiss secured an enormous victory for a victim of Accutane.

Associated Press (via ABC): “NJ Jury Awards $25M to Ala. Man in Accutane Suit”

A New Jersey jury has hit the pharmaceutical company that makes Accutane with a $25.16 million judgment…

National Law Journal – “This Time Roche’s Loss to Accutane Suit Is Big, Real Big”

“This drug is awful, and the warnings were inadequate. [Roche] warned about things like pregnancy and those problems, but everything else they really ignored,” said Christopher Seeger of New York’s Seeger Weiss, one of four plaintiffs’ firms that is handling the scores of Accutane lawsuits. The others are Hook Bolton, Beggs & Lane, and Levin Papantonio — all in Pensacola, Fla.

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Toyota Recall News Roundup

February 4th, 2010
Toyota Crisis Mounts as U.S. Steps Up Pressure to Fix Vehicles

February 4, 2010
Washington Post: “2007 federal probe of Toyota complaints resolved nothing”
LA Times: “U.S. safety agency to investigate possible Toyota Prius braking problems”
CNN: “Toyota Recall Costs: $2 Billion”
Time: “Behind Toyota’s Recall: Focusing More on Quantity than Quality”

February 1, 2010
New York Times: “With Eye on Its Reputation, Toyota Issues Repair for Pedal”

January 31, 2010
New York Times: “Toyota’s Slow Awakening to a Deadly Problem”

Also check out our earlier post on the Toyota recall, featuring a groundbreaking story from the LA Times, which got the in depth scoop early on Toyota’s acceleration problems.

Chinese-Manufactured Drywall News Roundup

October 9th, 2009

Media coverage of Chinese-manufactured drywall has really heated up in the past few days. It’s no surprise that the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Miami Herald have been on this story for months, but since the New York Times’s article yesterday, which shot up into the top 10 most emailed news items for several hours, the word has spread farther than the affected states:

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