Blast Injury

A Wisconsin judge ruled that a man may seek punitive damages against the Husky Superior Refinery after an explosion at the facility created a blast wave that caused him to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Allegations of a worn valve and presence of a hazardous chemical created a dangerous situation at the refinery, and its operators may have intentionally disregarded the danger to others.

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Raw Sewage

An appeals court in Georgia ruled against a flight attendant who was “drenched in raw sewage” at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, finding the lower court properly granted Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corp. partial summary judgment on her negligence claims because recovery of damages for emotional distress under the state’s impact rule is permitted only when there is a causal connection between the alleged negligence and a physical injury.

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French Court Hears Agent Orange Case Against Chemical Firms

A French court will on Monday hear a case against more than a dozen multinationals, accused by a French-Vietnamese woman of causing grievous harm to her and others by selling the Agent Orange defoliant to the U.S. government which used it to devastating effect in the Vietnam War.

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Damages

A California appeals court vacated a $30 million noneconomic damage award granted to the parents of a 20-year-old woman who died after she crashed into a tractor-trailer parked on the side of the highway when she swerved to avoid hitting a driver who made an illegal U-turn. The amount appears to have been influenced by the parents’ counsel, who said of the truck driver at the jury trial: “You can’t stone him to death,” but you can “make him pay.”

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