Articles by Dani Alexis Ryskamp, J.D.

Customers Reject United’s Force Majeure Defense in Ticket Refund Class Action

In Illinois federal court, United Airlines customers objected to the airline’s attempt to dismiss their suit with a claim that a force majeure event forced flight cancellations. The lead plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, initially filed in April 2020,…

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5 Reasons Why Treating Physicians Don’t Always Make the Best Expert Witnesses

In cases involving compensable physical injuries, it may be tempting to call the physician who treated the injured person as an expert witness. After all, the treating physician saw the injuries or illness soon after they initially happened and responded…

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty, Reaching $8.3 Billion Settlement

Purdue Pharma, makers of opioid painkiller OxyContin, recently reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), pending the approval of the bankruptcy court. The agreement is an important step towards resolving a long legal battle over the drugmaker’s…

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Robinhood Could Face Legal Action After Hack Targets 2,000 User Accounts

Stock trading and investing app, Robinhood, recently admitted that nearly 2,000 brokerage accounts were compromised in a data breach—two weeks after initially describing it as a limited attack. Hackers were able to access customer account information, including controlling trades and…

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NJ Court Finds No Merit in Dispute Over Virtual Jury Selection

The first COVID-19 era jury trial in New Jersey stalled after the defense raised concerns about screening potential jurors via videoconference. But after review from the state appellate court, there was no issue found in the protocols used in the…

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Sixth Circuit Rejects Negotiation Class Certification in Opioid MDL

In late September 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit declined to embrace a novel form of settlement class known as a “negotiation class.” The class had been proposed as an attempt to consolidate opioid lawsuit settlement…

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Pfizer & Regeneron Face Infringement Suits Over COVID-19 Vaccine Technology

In early October 2020, drugmakers Pfizer and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals were named in a pair of patent infringement lawsuits, filed in California and New York respectively, claiming the companies used patented technology in the development and testing of COVID-19 vaccines and…

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Maryland Plaintiff’s Expert is Invalidated, Costing $1 Million in Damages

A Maryland plaintiff was stripped of a medical malpractice damages award of nearly $1 million after her expert witness was disqualified for failing to meet the requirements of Maryland Code 3-2A-04(b)(4). In an unreported opinion for Brenda Brown v. Falik…

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Amazon Faces Lawsuit Over Sale of Counterfeit Face Masks

On September 3, 2020, a trademark infringement lawsuit alleging Amazon’s involvement in the sale of counterfeit face masks was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The suit was filed by counsel AU LLC on…

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Liability Waivers & Exculpatory Clauses in the Age of Coronavirus

As COVID-19 continues to spread, the question of viral transmission liability has been top of mind for all types of business and public venues. In response, several states have enacted laws to limit liability for certain industries or entities. The…

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