Major Reduction in Injury Compensation: Cedar Rapids Teen’s Settlement Cut to $26.1M, Trucking Company Seeks New Trial

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – In a recent decision that captured statewide attention, Linn County District Judge Justin Lightfoot revised a jury’s compensation award from over $35.7 million to $26.1 million. The award pertains to a lawsuit filed after a severe 2020 car crash in Anamosa that left a teenager gravely injured. The decision follows the discovery that the victim shared partial responsibility for the accident. On March 19, 2020, amidst heavy fog, Margaret McQuillen, then 18, suffered devastating injuries when she collided with a Freightliner semitractor-trailer. The truck, owned by Westside Transport and operated by … Read more

Bayer’s Monsanto Unit Receives $1 Billion Reduction in Roundup Cancer Verdict, Providing Relief Amidst Legal Battles

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – A judge in Missouri has reduced a $1.5 billion jury verdict against Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit by nearly $1 billion, marking a significant victory for the company in its ongoing legal battle over the cancer risks associated with its Roundup weedkiller. Judge Daniel Green refused to grant Monsanto’s requests for a new trial or to dismiss the entire verdict, but he did reduce the punitive damages portion of the award by over 60% to approximately $550 million. This reduction in the Missouri award comes as a relief for Bayer, which has … Read more

Trump’s Attorneys Push for New Trial and Reduction of $83.3 Million Defamation Judgment

NEW YORK – Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys have filed a motion for a new trial in writer E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case and are seeking a substantial reduction in the judgment of $83.3 million. Trump’s legal team, Alina Habba and John Sauer, argued in a federal court filing that relevant evidence was excluded and the jury was given erroneous instructions. They contend that the court’s decision to limit the scope of Trump’s testimony influenced the jury’s verdict and thus, a new trial is warranted. The attorneys claimed that efforts to restrict the scope of … Read more

Sen. Chris Murphy Credits Bipartisan Safer Communities Act with 12% Reduction in Urban Homicides

Hartford, Connecticut – President Joe Biden’s age has been a subject of speculation regarding his ability to govern, but his allies are refuting claims that it hinders his effectiveness. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut highlighted the president’s involvement in passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which he asserts contributed to a 12% decrease in urban homicides in the United States. The legislation, signed by President Biden in June 2022, combined gun safety measures with mental health and school security resources, marking the first major gun control law in nearly 30 years. Experts and criminologists have … Read more