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Matthew L. Sharp Assists in $104M Verdict in Propofol-Hepatitis Case

Published on March 6, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

News, Verdict

Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp. were ordered to pay $90 million in punitive damages and $14 million in compensatory damages to a man who alleged he contracted Hepatitis C from a reused vial. According to the lawsuit, Michael Washington, a retired U.S. Air Force mechanic, was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2007 following a colonoscopy in which the anesthetic Propofol was taken from a vial that had already been used. Lawyers for Washington and his wife argued that Teva intentionally sold Propofol in vials that [...]
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Construction Defects and Business Disputes

Published on March 6, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

News, Product Liability

Business disputes can arise between construction companies, contractors, product manufacturers and customers if a project falls short or if one party fails to live up to his or her end of the contract. In Nevada, a construction defect is defined as “A defect in the design, construction, manufacture, repair or landscaping of a new residence, of an alteration of or addition to an existing residence, or of an appurtenance and includes, without limitation, the design, construction, manufacture, repair or landscaping of a new residence, of an alteration of or addition to an [...]
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A Message Regarding Class-Action Lawsuit from Arthur Bryant of the Public Justice Foundation

Published on March 6, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

News

Arbitration is supposed to be a forum where anyone with a valid legal claim can be heard fairly. At least that’s what the U.S. Supreme Court and pro-business advocates say. For years, the Supreme Court has been pushing more and more cases into arbitration. Now, the Court’s promise that arbitration is fair is being put to the test: a new case will determine if the Court really means what it said. In re American Express Merchants Litigation involves a number of small merchants who brought a class action alleging [...]
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Defective Airbags Result in Vehicle Recalls

Published on March 6, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

News

While air bags are designed to save lives in a vehicle crash, the bags themselves are creating injuries as they become more complex and because there are more of them. Consequently, more vehicle recalls were made in 2012 because of faulty airbags than in any previous year, according to an article in the Feb. 10 USA Today. Since 2011, more than 7.75 million vehicles have been recalled due to some type of auto defect. Air bags aren’t worse than they used to be, there are just more of them being installed into vehicles. [...]
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The Frightening Reality of Unreliable Testing [infographic]

Published on March 1, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

Infographic, Press Release, Product Liability

Patients and physicians rely upon the accuracy of laboratory testing when making decisions about medical care. Inaccurate tests can cause patients to forego medical procedures when they get the “all clear,” or lead to unnecessary treatment when diagnosed with diseases and medical conditions they do not have. (Article continues below infographic) Regulatory compliance of test manufacturers is lax and not actively enforced by the FDA. The agency has a hodgepodge of regulations that allow tests to be utilized even though the veracity of their results and testing procedures [...]
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Nevada Court Sides with Sands in Wrongful Termination Case

Published on February 24, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

News

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled that Las Vegas Sands Corp., owners of the Venetian and Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas, doesn’t have to provide confidential documents to an executive who is suing the corporation for wrongful termination. According to reports, Steven Jacobs, former Sands China chief, is suing the company for wrongful dismal and breach of contract in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.Jacob’s lawyers requested emails that were in a computer hard drive, but Sands refused to provide the documents. District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez sanctioned the [...]
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Trucking Co. Alleges Evidence Tampering in Deadly Amtrak Crash

Published on February 24, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

News

In a lawsuit against two railroad companies, lawyers for a trucking company are claiming that evidence was tampered with regarding a collision that killed six people in northern Nevada. KOLO 8 News Now reports that attorneys for the John Davis Trucking Co. claim to have evidence that Amtrak and Union Pacific are either hiding or have destroyed the crossing gate arm involved in the crash, and that video footage of the crash has been tampered with. The collision occurred in June 2011, when a John Davis-owned Peterbilt tractor-trailer, [...]
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Strip Clubs Sue the State of Nevada Over Entertainment Taxes

Published on February 24, 2015, by Matthew Sharp

News

A lawsuit filed by a number of Las Vegas strip clubs, alleging a violation of their dancers’ First Amendment rights, will be heard by the Nevada Supreme Court. The Washington Post reports that eight strip clubs have joined in filing the lawsuit against the Nevada Department of Taxation, concerning a 2003 tax levied by the state legislature. The “entertainment tax” was placed on food and drinks sold at the clubs, as well as cover fees for entrance. Under the threat of criminal prosecution for non-payment, the strip clubs [...]
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$1.3 Million Awarded in Entertainer’s Personal Injury Lawsuit

Published on May 1, 2014, by Matthew Sharp

Verdict

A stand-up comic will receive $1.3 million from a Las Vegas hotel and casino where he suffered a leg injury during a 2007 performance. The Grio reports that 61-year-old George Wallace, a comedian known for his friendship and professional relationship with comic and television star Jerry Seinfeld, has seen a 2-week hearing end in his favor, after testifying about the injury that left him permanently hobbled. Wallace was performing at a private corporate event, sponsored by HSBC Card Services, Inc., at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the [...]
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