October 27, 2021

GM mosquito expansion announced

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From BBC A company producing GM mosquitoes says it is to open a new factory in Brazil as it expand its operations. Small-scale studies in parts of Brazil, Panama and the Cayman Islands suggest engineered sterile mosquitoes can reduce wild insect populations by more than 90% when released into the wild. Intrexon said the facility […]

Judge tosses bid to remove plaintiffs lawyers in GM litigation

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By Amanda Bronstad, From New York Law Journal A federal judge struck down a bid to remove lead plaintiffs attorneys in the GM ignition switch litigation, saying the request smacked of “Monday morning quarterbacking.” Southern District Judge Jesse Furman on Wednesday found that a motion filed by attorney Lance Cooper to eject attorneys leading the […]

US Jury hears two vastly different portrayals of GM plaintiff

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By Mark Hamblett, From New York Law Journal Plaintiff Robert Scheuer is either the victim of a heartless General Motors cover-up of faulty ignition switches or a man trying to blame GM for injuries he suffered long before his 2014 car crash in Oklahoma, attorneys argued Tuesday. These competing portrayals were unveiled in Southern District Judge […]

‘Bellwether’ Trial to Provide Template for GM Litigation

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By Mark Hamblett, From New York Law Journal There will be a lot on the line for General Motors Monday when lawyers for plaintiff Robert Scheuer try to prove the car crash that sent him to surgery was caused by a defective ignition switch that prevented air bags from deploying. Southern District Judge Jesse Furman will […]

GM pact doesn’t mean its legal woes are in the rear-view mirror

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By Sue Reisinger, From Corporate Counsel General Motors Co. unloaded a truckload of legal problems Thursday by agreeing to pay $900 million in criminal penalties and $575 million in civil settlements related to an ignition switch defect that led to more than 100 deaths. But critics were quick to say the penalties are not enough. […]

iNews Briefs, More & Community Events

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Cayman Islands Community Events        WED JUNE 3 National Workforce Development Agency in Bodden Town The National Workforce Development Agency will be at the Bodden Town Library on Wednesday (3 Jun) from 2 — 5pm. Quiz Night is next Wednesday have you booked your table yet? CARE – Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts Why not get a […]

New bill to create financial rogues’ register makes perfect sense US Outlook

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By Andrew Dewson from the Independent UK Some might say that American justice is a little skewed in favour of white-collar criminals. Compare the fate of your average rogue Wall Street trader with that of Junior Allen, a North Carolina man who was released from prison in 2005 after serving 35 years for stealing a […]

More conflict than resolution

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From The National Law Journal 2014 has been a year of disruption and division, public protests and congressional sparring, notable deaths and departures, and an insistent warning light of more conflict ahead. Discord culminated in the wake of a ­federal grand jury’s decision not to indict a white policeman for the death of Michael Brown […]

Plaintiffs culled, but defect claims advance against GM

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By Amanda Bronstad, From The National Law Journal A federal judge in New York has allowed a consolidated consumer class action to go forward against General Motors Co. over its ignition switch recalls—although on a limited basis. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York ruled on Friday that briefing should […]

GM hit with recall class actions for 30 million consumers

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By Amanda Bronstad, The National Law Journal Plaintiffs lawyers leading the fight against General Motors Co. over its ignition-switch recalls have filed two consolidated class actions on behalf of 30 million consumers across the country. The complaints, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, allege GM lied about […]