Jury Orders Exxon Mobil to Pay $725.5 Million for Cancer Claims Linked to Benzene Exposure

Philadelphia — A Philadelphia jury has ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay $725.5 million in damages to a former mechanic who argued that his exposure to benzene in the company’s petroleum products led to his cancer diagnosis. The decision came after Paul Gill, who worked at a Mobil service station from 1975 to 1980, accused Exxon of not adequately warning him about the carcinogenic risks associated with benzene found in gasoline and other solvents. The verdict marks a significant victory for workers seeking accountability from large corporations over health and safety disclosures. According to Patrick … Read more

Philadelphia Court Postpones Initial Glen Mills School Abuse Trials, Orders Mediation Amid Ongoing Legal Battle

Philadelphia, PA — The first scheduled trials in the city’s wide-reaching litigation involving allegations of abuse at the now-shuttered Glen Mills Schools have been postponed indefinitely. This abrupt decision came just weeks before the cases were to be initially presented before a jury. Judge Joshua Roberts of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas issued the halting order on June 14, impacting not only the inaugural trial that was set to commence on July 15 but also subsequent trials slated for August and October. The fourth trial, penciled in for December 9, still stands as scheduled … Read more

Federal Judge Orders Discovery in Challenge to Alabama’s Minority Representation Law on State Board

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal judge has ordered further examination of a contentious legal battle surrounding a 1989 Alabama law which mandates minority representation on the state’s Real Estate Appraisers Board. The statute’s requirement that two out of nine board members be from minority racial groups was not defended by the Alabama governor’s office. However, the requirement for the board’s composition to mirror the state’s diverse demographic in terms of race, gender, and economic status continues to be litigated. U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker dismissed one part of the lawsuit—entering into a broader examination … Read more

Jury Orders $15 Million Payout in Asbestos Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Norwalk Firm

Bridgeport, CT — In a significant court ruling, a Bridgeport jury has awarded $15 million to the family of a Milford man who died from cancer linked to asbestos exposure. The case was lodged against a Norwalk-based company, accused of negligence and improper handling of asbestos materials. The verdict came after a compelling trial where evidence was presented showing the man had been exposed to asbestos at his workplace, which was reportedly supplied by the Norwalk company. This exposure, the lawyers argued, directly led to the development of mesothelioma, a severe form of cancer typically … Read more