NJ Court Voids Arbitration Clause in Home Construction Contract

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that a "consumer cannot be required to arbitrate when it cannot fairly be ascertained from the contract's language that [he or] she knowingly assented to the provision's terms or knew that arbitration was the exclusive forum for dispute resolution."
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A Public Entity’s Snow and Ice Removal is a Discretionary Act, Connecticut Court Concludes

Recently, the Connecticut Appellate Division affirmed a trial court’s prior decision to grant summary judgment on behalf of the City of Norwich with respect to the City’s duty to remove snow. In Kusy v. City of Norwich, et al. (AC 41721), the plaintiff sought to recover damages from the defendants, the city of Norwich, its board of education and several city employees, for negligence in connection with injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell on snow and ice while delivering milk for his employer at a Norwich middle school.
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Johnson and Johnson Picks Up Victories in Talc Litigation

The past few years have seen a significant increase in toxic tort litigation against Johnson and Johnson, alleging their talcum powder products, mainly Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, cause mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Some of these suits have resulted in significant damage awards against Johnson and Johnson.
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Juries in St. Louis, Missouri, home of Monsanto, will not hear Roundup claims this year after last trial scheduled for 2019 is postponed

With yet another trial postponed, a St. Louis, Missouri jury has yet to weigh in on allegations that the popular weed killer Roundup, made by Monsanto (now Bayer AG), causes cancer. St. Louis was the home of Monsanto for over 100 years. It is also a venue with a reputation of being plaintiff-friendly, and a sought-after location for those bringing complex litigation claims.
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New Jersey Hospitals Are Not Shielded From Obligation to Identify “Adverse Events” in Treatment Records by Privilege for Self-Critical Analysis

New Jersey hospitals are required by the Patient Safety Act (“PSA”) to establish multidisciplinary patient safety committees, to help evaluate the facilities’ patient care and safety practices. Among these committees’ obligations are to perform self-critical analyses, called a “Root Cause Analysis,” when there is a “serious preventable adverse event.”
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