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  • Texas Appeals Panel Reduces $8.4 Million Refinery Explosion Verdict
    HOUSTON - A panel of the 14th District Texas Court of Appeals on March 29 reduced an $8.4 million award by approximately $1 million in a negligence suit stemming from an explosion at an oil refinery after finding that some of the damages were not supported by the evidence (Richard Cuevas, et al. v. Critical Path Resources Inc., No. 14-16-00036-CV, Tex. App. 14th Dist., 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 2253).

  • Suit Filed Over Nursing Home Fire Deaths
    PHILADELPHIA - The family of a woman who was killed in a fire at a nursing home sued the nursing home, the company that owns it and the company that maintains the sprinkler system on March 22, claiming that they were negligent and could have prevented the woman's death if they properly maintained the sprinkler system (Martin J. Malloy v. Barclay Friends, et al., No. 4274, Pa. Comm. Pls., Philadelphia Co.).

  • Missouri Appeals Panel Affirms $5.2 Million Verdict In Tent Injury Suit
    ST. LOUIS - An appellate panel in Missouri on April 3 affirmed a $5.2 million verdict for a group of people who were injured by a tent that came out of the ground during a storm because there was enough evidence to show that the owners of a bar who put up the tent were negligent (Janet Martinez, et al. v. Kilroy Was Here LLC, et al., No. ED104708, Mo. App., Eastern Dist.).

  • Kentucky Appeals Panel Reverses Summary Judgment In Air Freshener Injury Suit
    LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Kentucky appeals panel on April 6 reversed summary judgment in a suit where a man filed suit against his wife claiming that he was injured after being sprayed in the face by a motion-sensor air freshener she put in their bathroom and that his wife should have warned him about the dangers of the device (Charles William Pearson v. Paula Pearson, et al., No. 2016-CA-001391-MR, Ky. App., 2018 Ky. App. LEXIS 112).

  • Summary Judgment Granted For Defendants In Fatal Apartment Fire Lawsuit
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A federal judge in Arkansas on March 31 issued three opinions granting motions for summary judgement for an apartment building owner, the maker of a smoke detector and a city's fire department and ultimately dismissing claims including negligence, premises liability and product defect with prejudice brought by surviving family members of five people who were killed in an apartment fire (Furlandare Singleton, et al. v. Arkansas Housing Authorities & Casualty Self-Insured Fund Inc., et al., No. 4:15-cv-205-KGB, E.D. Ark., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55688 [smoke detector opinion]).


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