Wrongful Death

Mass Torts -CAFA

Briggs v. Merck Sharp & Dohme (United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, August 6, 2015)  — F.3d —-, 2015 WL 4645605 Five groups of plaintiffs filed personal injury and wrongful death actions in California state court, asserting various tort claims against manufacturers and a distributor of diabetes drugs. Each of the five cases has…

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General Jurisdiction — Continuous and Systematic Affiliation

BNSF Railway Company v. Superior Court (Second District, March 27, 2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 591, 185 Cal.Rptr.3d 391, 15 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 3088, 2015 Daily Journal D.A.R. 3506, 2015 Daily Journal 4049 The relatives of a former railway worker who died from malignant pleural mesothelioma filed a wrongful death action against a railway company. The…

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Medical Malpractice — Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress

Phyllis Keys v. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (1st Dist., February 23, 2015/March 25, 2015)    — Cal.Rptr.3d. —- The sister and daughters of a woman who died following thyroid surgery, filed an action for wrongful death against the medical centerwhere the surgery was performed.  One of the daughters and the decedent’s sister also asserted…

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