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|VIDEO| How These Lawyers' Closing Argument Stories Set Up Major Verdicts

Jul 23, 2021

While trial is first and foremost about telling your client’s story, weaving anecdotes from your own life into closings, where allowed, adds a different perspective to your case that can resonate powerfully with jurors.  

BREAKING: California Jury Clears Kia In $83M+ Trial Over Allegedly Defective Seat Belt

Jul 22, 2021

Orange County jury begins deliberations in long-running automotive products liability trial


|VIDEO| The Closing Theme That Set Up a Blockbuster Verdict in Trial Over Fatal Crash

Jul 20, 2021

In can be tempting to simply repeat your case’s key testimony during closing arguments. But, in a webinar detailing her approach to closings that set up a $123 million verdict at trial over a deadly 2015 crash, Stritmatter's Karen Koehler said that approach is a mistake.


$2.4B+ “Baby Doe” Opioid Trial Begins July 26 in TN, CVN To Webcast Gavel-to-Gavel

Jul 15, 2021

A lawsuit seeking more than $2.4 billion in damages from Endo Pharmaceuticals filed on behalf of an anonymous infant born addicted to opioids goes to trial July 26th in Tennessee state court.

Florida News

$2M Punitive Verdict Against RJR Wraps $2.54M Total Award for Smoker's COPD

Jun 15, 2021

Jurors Monday handed down a $2 million punitive verdict against R.J. Reynolds for the role they found the tobacco giant played in a long-time smoker’s respiratory disease, wrapping a $2.54 million total award in the in-person trial.


$540K Verdict + Potential Punitives at Trial Against RJR Over Smoker's Lung Disease

Jun 11, 2021

Jurors Thursday awarded more than $540,000 to the family of a Florida man whose respiratory disease they found was caused by smoking R.J. Reynolds cigarettes, and they concluded punitive damages were potentially warranted against the tobacco giant for its part in causing the disease.


Ex-Smoker Awarded $3M In Florida Tobacco Trial Against RJ Reynolds

May 25, 2021

A man suffering from chronic lung disease after decades of smoking was awarded roughly $3 million on Monday in Florida state court.


RJ Reynolds Faces In-Person Florida Tobacco Trial, CVN Webcasting Live

May 19, 2021

A Florida state court jury heard opening statements Tuesday at an in-person trial over liability for a smoker’s lung disease.

Georgia News

Georgia Appeals Court Throws Out Directed Verdict for Doc Accused of Med Mal That Cost Patient Her Leg

Jul 12, 2021

The Georgia Court of Appeals reversed a directed verdict in favor of an emergency room doctor accused of negligence that cost a patient her leg. 


Georgia Appeals Court Ruling in Med Mal Case Clarifies Effect of Arbitration Clauses

Jun 7, 2021

The Georgia Court of Appeals last week upheld the denial of a motion to compel arbitration in a medical malpractice claim, in a decision that clarifies the boundaries of healthcare arbitration clauses.


Appeals Court Reverses $8M+ Award for Stuntman's Death on The Walking Dead Set

Mar 17, 2021

The Georgia Court of Appeals last week reversed an $8 million award for the family of a stunt man who fell to his death while filming a scene for the zombie TV series The Walking Dead, finding the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act barred recovery in the personal injury claim.


|VIDEO| Veteran Attorneys Detail How Forward-Thinking Client Communication Strengthens a Solo Practice

Mar 12, 2021

Efficient client communication is crucial for solo practices and small firms where time and other resources are precious. And during a CVN webinar devoted to advice on how to strengthen a solo practice or small firm, veteran attorneys Michael Geoffroy and Gordon Glover detailed the proactive, tech-forward communication initiatives that can streamline workflow and improve client satisfaction. 

Tobacco News

Bellwether Juul E-Cig Marketing Lawsuit Has Final Pre-Trial Hearing Monday, CVN To Webcast Live

Jun 25, 2021

A North Carolina state court judge will hold a final pre-trial motion hearing Monday in a closely-watched case accusing top e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs Inc. of engaging in deceptive marketing to minors.


$2M Punitive Verdict Against RJR Wraps $2.54M Total Award for Smoker's COPD

Jun 15, 2021

Jurors Monday handed down a $2 million punitive verdict against R.J. Reynolds for the role they found the tobacco giant played in a long-time smoker’s respiratory disease, wrapping a $2.54 million total award in the in-person trial.


$540K Verdict + Potential Punitives at Trial Against RJR Over Smoker's Lung Disease

Jun 11, 2021

Jurors Thursday awarded more than $540,000 to the family of a Florida man whose respiratory disease they found was caused by smoking R.J. Reynolds cigarettes, and they concluded punitive damages were potentially warranted against the tobacco giant for its part in causing the disease.


Ex-Smoker Awarded $3M In Florida Tobacco Trial Against RJ Reynolds

May 25, 2021

A man suffering from chronic lung disease after decades of smoking was awarded roughly $3 million on Monday in Florida state court.

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