Two partners from Schiff Hardin LLP’s Product Liability & Mass Torts Practice Group spoke about the future of mass tort litigation in the United States at the Lloyd’s Old Library in London on October 20, 2015.  Paul A. Scrudato and Edward Casmere discussed the state of mass tort litigation and its future with a group of London-based insurance professionals in the historic Old Library at Lloyds on Lime Street in London.  The topics included nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, e-cigarettes, wearable technology, and fracking.

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The American Bar Association Journal is seeking recommendations from law blog users about which blogs to include on its 2015 list of the 100 best legal blogs.  Inclusion in the ABA’s Blawg 100 is a prestigious honor that is earned through a rigorous review and voting process.

The ABA is soliciting “friend-of-the-blawg briefs” from readers for its 2015 list through this link right here.

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Two partners from Schiff Hardin LLP’s Product Liability and Mass Torts Group received separate awards for their pro bono work earlier this month. Edward Casmere, a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, received the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Joshua D. Lee, also a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, received the prestigious Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Service Award from the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.
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A team of Schiff Hardin attorneys compiled the chapter on “Recent Developments in Toxic Torts and Environmental Law” for the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal published in the winter of 2015 (Vol. 50:2) on the evolving landscape of the environmental and toxic tort areas of law. The Schiff team was led by partners Edward Casmere, Joshua R. More, and J. Michael Showalter.  The article covers new court decisions, proposed and final regulations, and interpretations of regulations in ten areas: class actions, medical monitoring, asbestos, hydraulic fracturing, emerging product regulations and tort claims, punitive damages, the Resource Conservation Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act.
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Driverless cars could soon become a reality on our streets and highways. The technology for autonomous vehicles is developing quickly and states are beginning to enact regulation in anticipation of the arrival of driverless cars. Several major companies are developing prototype autonomous vehicles including General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Google, Audi AG, Toyota Motor Company and Oxford University. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has estimated that up to 75 percent of all vehicles will be autonomous by 2040.

But, in the last year, various news sources have reported that fear of increased liability may limit the roll out of driverless cars. As the Wall Street Journal explained, when there is no driver, the possible targets of a lawsuit expands to the company that designed the technology, the car’s owner, the passenger who failed to intervene, or the auto maker, to name a few. U-T San Diego reported that some experts believe the issue of liability, if not solved, could delay or even prevent the widespread use of driverless cars.
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