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Robert Picardo’s ‘meth-addict’ wife, 62, sued over 2014 murder

Linda Pawlik is being sued by the family of her murdered friend Edward Mello Mello was shot in the head in 2014 in an L.A.


Jim Carrey to give sworn deposition in wrongful death trial

After months of stalling, Jim Carrey will finally be forced to answer questions about his late girlfriend and her suicide in a sworn deposition next week. The actor, who is being sued for wrongful death, is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court on Oct.


CDC “quarantines” its own equipment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it has “quarantined” some of its own stock-piled equipment following a 60 Minutes report that questioned whether the gear, recommended for protection against the Ebola virus, was defective. The 60 Minutes story quoted former employees and internal company documents regarding MICROCOOL surgical gowns made by Halyard Health (formerly a division of Kimberly-Clark).


Jim Carrey’s Ex-Girlfriend Claimed He Introduced Her to ‘Cocaine, Prostitutes, Mental Abuse and Disease’

In a recently unearthed letter, Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend allegedly accused him of introducing her to drugs, prostitutes and disease


Jim Carrey must face trial over drug suicide

Jim Carrey has failed in his attempt to get a wrongful death lawsuit over his Irish former girlfriend’s suicide thrown out of court. A judge confirmed that a trial would go ahead next year over claims that the actor, 55, used his “wealth, influence and celebrity status” to provide the prescription drugs on which Cathriona White, 30, overdosed.


Kimberly-Clark Can’t Redo $454M Fraud Trial, Court Told – Law360

Kimberly-Clark Corp. shouldn’t get a new trial as it looks to avoid a $454 million fraud verdict for misleading buyers about the quality of its MicroCool surgical gowns, the buyer class told a California federal court Friday, saying the company had no one to blame but itself.


Latham ‘Hoodwinked’ IP Suit Judge, Calif. High Court Told – Law360

Two ex-Flir Systems executives urged the California Supreme Court Tuesday to revive their malicious prosecution claims against Latham & Watkins LLP for bringing a trade secrets suit in bad faith, arguing Latham’s initial success “hoodwinking” a lower court judge can’t now preclude suing the firm.


A World of Hurt for King & Spalding in $454M Trial Loss | Litigation Daily | The American Lawyer

Say ouch. Kimberly-Clark Corp. and spin-off Halyard Health Inc. were hit with a $454 million fraud verdict in Los Angeles federal court on Friday in a lawsuit over surgical gowns that allegedly failed to protect medical personnel from infection.


Hospital gowns didn’t protect as promised, jury says in $454-million fraud verdict

Kimberly-Clark Corp. and its spinoff medical technology firm Halyard Health have been hit with $454 million in compensatory and punitive damages, after a federal jury found the companies misled California buyers about the impermeability of their MicroCool surgical gowns.


Kimberly-Clark Gowns Failed Quality Tests, Jury Told – Law360

A former Kimberly-Clark plant manager testifying Friday in a California class action trial over the permeability of its surgical gowns told jurors that after some gowns failed quality control testing, a company scientist asked to create a pretext for rerunning tests, telling him “something, anything” would do.


Kimberly-Clark’s Cost-Cutting Caused Gown Issues, Jury Told – Law360

A former Kimberly-Clark director testified in California federal court Wednesday as the first witness in a class action trial alleging the health care products maker passed off porous surgery gowns as essentially impermeable, saying in a recorded video that the problems resulted from product changes made “to improve the bottom line.”


HOF Game lawyer: “I know fraud occurred”

On Monday, the first tangible suggestion emerged that fraud occurred in connection with the cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game, with quotes from Colts punter Pat McAfee coupled with a statement from lawyer Michael Avenatti making it clear that, eventually, the lawsuit filed two weeks ago will be …


STD test filed in Jim Carrey lawsuit confirms positive results

DailyMail.com has seen the STD test submitted on Thursday in the wrongful death suit against Jim Carrey The test shows that ‘Jose Lopez,’ who has the same birth date as Jim Carrey, tested positive for Herpes, Chlamydia and Hepatitis A in Jan.


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones testifies in Super Bowl lawsuit

DALLAS – Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday he regretted the fact that some fans ended up without seats during the 2011 Super Bowl at his billion-dollar showplace stadium as he testified in a lawsuit by fans who sued the NFL.


Super Bowl Ticket Trial Begins In Dallas

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It has taken four years, but the seven fans suing the NFL finally had their day in court Monday. They sued the NFL after the 2011 Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington after they discovered their seats had obstructed views or had no seats at all.


Verdict in cemetery deal: $6 million plus possibly huge punitive award

Lies and double-dealing between wealthy developers and a prominent attorney who is pushing a huge government-backed transit project downtown cost two elderly widows dearly when they sold a Boca Raton cemetery 11 years ago, a jury ruled Friday.


L.A. cemetery settles lawsuit alleging body dumping

Owners of Eden Memorial Park agreed to the deal about a week ago and a judge approved it. LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles cemetery has agreed to an estimated $80.5 million settlement of a lawsuit that claimed it dumped human remains from hundreds of graves.


Judge finds 11th largest U.S. accounting firm in contempt over audit documents

May 20 — Seattle accounting firm Moss Adams was ordered Friday to pay $180,000 over a judge’s earlier contempt ruling for not fully complying with a subpoena for audit documents from Meridian Mortgage investment funds and its founder, Frederick Darren Berg.


CPA firm Moss Adams sued for $150 million over Meridian founder’s Ponzi scheme

The trustee for the bankrupt Meridian Mortgage funds has sued Seattle-based accounting firm Moss Adams for $150 million, claiming negligent audits allowed Meridian founder Frederick Darren Berg to pull off what prosecutors called the biggest Ponzi scheme in Pacific Northwest history.


FLIR to pay $39M to settle lawsuit – Portland Business Journal

FLIR Systems Inc. on Friday said it has agreed to pay $39 million to settle a long-time court battle with the two men who founded its Indigo Systems Corp. subsidiary. William J. Parrish and E. Timothy Fitzgibbons founded Indigo, a Goleto, Calif.-based developer of infrared cameras and components, in 1996 before selling it in 2004 for $190 million to Portland-based FLIR (NASDAQ: FLIR).


Michael J.Avenatti – California Lawyers – The Scourge of KPMG

Michael Avenatti recently had his Perry Mason Moment. It came in the midst of an accounting negligence trial in which he was working on behalf of gift manufacturer Cast Art Industries, which was claiming its business was destroyed by the failures of the accounting firm KPMG.


Vitesse, KPMG Settle Negligence Suit For $22.5M – Law360

Booted from the Nasdaq stock exchange in 2006 because of problems with its stock options grants, software maker Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. said Monday it had reached a $22.5 million settlement with its former auditor in a lawsuit stemming from the irregularities.


KPMG Assessed $41 Million for Failing to Divulge Fraud Revealed in Audit | New Jersey Law Journal

A New Jersey jury has tagged KPMG with a $41 million verdict finding the national accounting firm was negligent in auditing a ceramic collectibles company that was up for sale. The jury found that KPMG in advising the would-be buyer failed to mention large-scale accounting irregularities that undercut the target company’s value.


Paris Hilton Settles $10M Defamation Lawsuit With Zeta Graff

It appears Paris Hilton’s pockets are about to get a whole lot lighter. Paris has settled her defamation lawsuit with fellow socialite Zeta Graff, according to the Santa Monica County court clerk, although the official paperwork has yet to reach Superior Court.


KPMG Reports Some Progress On Shelters

The accounting firm KPMG has enticed enough investors back into a revised settlement over tax shelters, and will now pay out around $150 million to 209 eligible investors. An earlier $195 million deal, brokered last September through the securities class-action law firm of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman, collapsed after 64 of the 284 investors chose not to take part, saying the agreement did not offer them enough compensation.


KPMG Settles Targus Audit Case

KPMG agreed to pay a former audit client $22.5 million as part of a legal settlement that also calls for a California judge to set aside a sanctions order imposed on the accounting giant.


KPMG Revises Settlement on Tax Shelters

KPMG reaches revised settlement under which some 60 tax shelter investors who chose not to join can come back in and those who are currently in deal can elect not to participate; final amount available is unlikely to exceed $155 million, and may drop to $125 million or lower (M)


Law Firm Said to Offer Incentives to Advance KPMG Settlement

The law firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman has been offering some unusual incentives to try to push through a $195 million settlement between the accounting firm KPMG and certain tax shelter investors, according to lawyers for some former clients of KPMG.