The U.S. Supreme Court this week rejected a request from General Motors to curb lawsuits from its ignition-switch defect.
Partner Kent Emison was a featured speaker yesterday at the Western District of Missouri's CLE presentation on Innovation in Litigation. Kent spoke on "Issues in High Profile Trials," including publicity, technology in the courtroom, strategy with opening/closing arguments, depositions, and more.
The first edition of the Langdon & Emison newsletter has been printed and is available for viewing here. The firm issues this quarterly brochure to anyone interested in news from the firm and hot topics from the worlds of civil litigation, public safety and consumer products.
A Cook County, Illinois jury awarded Christopher Cravatta $5.3 million in a unanimous verdict after a five-week trial in Chicago after he sustained devastating injuries while working as an engineer for Metra. Cravatta sustained an annular tear in his L4-5 disc requiring surgery and was unable to return to work as an engineer after Metra medically disqualified him from the job. He was injured when he slipped on a combination of oil, snow, and ice while stepping from the locomotive to a passenger car at Chicago’s Union Station.
The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys has continued its Emergency Response program in conjunction with the American Red Cross, counting on volunteers from member firms like Langdon & Emison. The latest chapter in the disaster relief program has been helping victims from communities affected by recent tornadoes, like Oak Grove, Mo., and much of Boone County. Langdon & Emison attorney Brennan Delaney was one of the volunteer lawyers onhand in this most recent meeting, following the early March severe weather.
The Wall Street Journal published an in-depth article on the nation's shortage of truck drivers. It has often been reported that the companies that manage and employ drivers cause perpetually high turnover among truck drivers. This leads to unsafe drivers behind the wheels of big rigs.
Takata has finally pleaded guilty to deceiving automakers about the safety of its airbags. This week's guilty plea by Takata in federal court, as well as the new accusations against automakers in a separate lawsuit, show that legal proceedings in the airbag scandal continue to move forward.
The Lexington Minutemen Special Athletes will participate in the Special Olympics Missouri State Games March 17-19, and businesses from the area are showing their support. Langdon & Emison is one of the groups who is supporting the Special Athletes program with a gift to their trip to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., for the state Games.
Langdon & Emison continues to accept potential cases on behalf of patients who suffered serious infections after a knee, hip or other joint replacement surgery. These lawsuits over 3M Bair Hugger blankets allege the device, which is used in hospitals across the country, exposed patients to contaminated air from the operating room, causing MRSA, sepsis and other serious infections.
Langdon & Emison was a proud sponsor of several 2016 Health and Resource Fairs that served more than 1,500 Latino and ethnic families that lack health insurance and related resources.
Langdon & Emison was pleased to host the University of Missouri-Kansas City Hispanic Law Student Association (UMKC HLSA) at a Missouri Mavericks game Jan. 27, 2017, at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
A mother who tirelessly advocated for automotive safety after losing her daughter in the crash of a vehicle with a defective General Motors ignition switch is being honored for the first Clarence M. Ditlow III Safety Champion Award.
Langdon & Emison partner Brett Emison offered commentary for a recent article on Missouri tort reform published in The National Law Journal. Emison serves on the executive committee of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, an advocacy organization dedicated to consumer rights protection and equality.
The Attorneys Information Exchange Group’s Paralegals Seminar will take place this January 12-13 in Orlando, Fla., and paralegals from Langdon & Emison are again playing a key role in this annual event. Two presentations will be led by L&E paralegals, and the conference’s agenda and substantive sessions were shaped by the firm’s paralegal team.
Langdon & Emison attorney Mark Emison published an article recently on establishing liability in roadway signage cases. The article, “Signage and Traffic Control Defects in Catastrophic Injury Cases,” appeared in the 2016 Winter Edition of AIEGVoice, a publication of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group.
Defective seat backs are a common flaw, even in modern-day vehicles. Rarely do consumers give a second thought to the design or utility of seat backs in a crash. Unfortunately, the seat back mechanism in most passenger vehicles traveling on U.S. roads is less structurally sound than a lawn chair you can purchase from a discount retailer.
Langdon & Emison partner Kent Emison published an article recently on courtroom strategies for representing clients in traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases. The article, “Issues in Litigating ‘The Invisible Injury:’' Presenting Clients in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases” appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of the Trial Journal, a publication of the Illinois Association of Trial Lawyers.
Langdon & Emison partner Adam Graves in a recent blog post offered tips for consumers when injured in an auto accident.
Langdon & Emison partner David Brose authored a blog post about the dangers of overhead power lines and the commonality of electrocutions and electrical injuries. The article was published on The Kansas City Legal Examiner.
Nursing homes can no longer force elder abuse or wrongful death claims to private arbitration, thanks to a new rule passed by the federal agency that oversees nursing homes with 1.5 million residents.
An 11th person has died in a car crash involving a rupture of a recalled Takata airbag inflator, federal regulators recently confirmed. A national leader in auto product defect cases, Langdon & Emison represents clients nationwide in Takata airbag cases.
The Takata airbag recall is an unprecedented automotive crisis. A record 64 million defective airbags have been subject to recall and more recalls are to come. David Brose, partner at Langdon & Emison, said in a recent blog post that Takata isn’t the sole entity to blame, but automakers were also complicit in this crisis.
Michael Politte is serving a life sentence for the death of his mother, who was found dead in their home in December 1998 after suffering blunt force trauma to the head and being set on fire. Michael was arrested days later at the age of 14. Michael has consistently maintained his innocence. Today, the Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) and the law firm of Langdon & Emison are working together to prove it.
Langdon & Emison attorney Mark Emison was recognized as one of Missouri’s top lawyers under 40 at the annual Up & Coming Awards ceremony hosted by Missouri Lawyers Weekly on Oct. 7, 2016. Mark was honored for his work in personal injury litigation in his first 10 years of practice as well as his pro bono work on the Michael Politte wrongful conviction case.