Facebook Photos Are Fair Game in Injury Cases

Today it’s reported that 58% of American adults use Facebook, 17.5% use Instagram, and 50% use tumblr. Social media websites sometimes offer users the option of disclosing postings, including photographs, to different sets of other users. On Facebook, for instance, … Continue reading

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What’s The “Internet of Things” and What Are Its Legal Challenges?

The “Internet of Things” is the universe of smart devices that talk to the internet or to one another. The devices have unique identifiers and the ability to automatically transfer data over a network on their own, without human interaction. Some examples … Continue reading

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How Do You Prove Juror Misconduct After a Trial?

Every trial attorney’s worst fear is a saboteur juror, lying in wait to poison the jury’s assumed impartiality. Think John Cusack’s character in The Runaway Jury. Voir dire is supposed to allow a trial attorney to ferret out any bias … Continue reading

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3-D Printing – Game Changer for Products Liability Litigation?

3-D printing is emerging as a highly versatile, broad-based litigation technology. Who wouldn’t want to be able to quickly and efficiently create 3-D product representations for use at trial? But the idea of modeling products for trial is not new, … Continue reading

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Drivers, Here’s Another Good Reason to Put Down the Cell Phone

If you needed any more reason to put down the cell phone and focus on your driving, please read on. Driver distraction is a major contributor to vehicle crashes, including fatal crashes. New studies and statistics prove this. Data is … Continue reading

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Snell & Wilmer Defends SUV Rollover Claims in Los Angeles Trial

Snell & Wilmer lawyers Dan Rodman and Alina Mooradian represented Ford Motor Company in a product liability and negligence case tried in Los Angeles, California. The lawsuit arose from a 2010 rollover accident in which the seat-belted driver of a … Continue reading

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Top Product Verdicts of the First Half of 2014

The first half of 2014 has proven to be a hotbed for large product liability verdicts. Many of the largest verdicts from January 2014 to June 2014 include significant punitive damages. Some of the largest product verdicts are as follows: … Continue reading

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The Need for a Statute of Repose in Autonomous Vehicle Liability

Reprinted and/or posted with the permission of the American Bar Association, July 23, 2014 Fifty years ago, movie magic brought us the story of Jim Douglas, a down-on-his-luck race car driver who woke up to find a white Volkswagen Beetle … Continue reading

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Getting What You Want From a Jury: Lessons Learned From Top Jury Trial Verdicts

At the Arizona State Bar’s continuing legal education conference, I had the honor of being the featured speaker about lessons learned from top jury verdicts in Arizona. Here are some highlights of what we discussed. The largest 2013 Arizona verdict … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Distributing New Risk Information for Approved Drugs and Biologics

In June 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance for the distribution of new risk information for approved prescription drugs to healthcare professionals and healthcare entities. The draft guidance, entitled Guidance for Industry Distributing Scientific … Continue reading

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