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Ten Years of Rules of the Road

Ten Years of Rules of the Road

Ten years ago, Trial Guides first published its best selling book: Rules of the Road, by Rick Friedman and Patrick Malone. As we approach the holidays, we wanted to take a moment and give thanks for the past ten years. We are proud not only of all our authors and the wonderful work they do, but of each and every one of our customers. The work you do representing the injured, bereaved, and downtrodden—though it may be hard, demanding, and often thankless—is vital our society. You are the reason we come to work everyday and the reason we strive to create...

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$6.4 Million Verdict Against Tobacco Company

$6.4 Million Verdict Against Tobacco Company

Keith Mitnik, senior trial counsel at Morgan & Morgan and author of Don’t Eat the Bruises, recently obtained a $6.4 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds on behalf of the family of a Florida man who died in 2010 from emphysema. Mitnik argued that Reynolds had profited from his deceased client’s addiction and was at fault for the nicotine dependency that led to his client’s untimely death. “Nothing that happened from this time period we’re talking about, and happened to [my client], happened by accident,” Mitnik asserted in court. “It was engineered for at the highest level. It was studied at the highest level....

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Framing a Case from Beginning to End

Framing a Case from Beginning to End

By Tony LaizureOriginally published in the July 2016 issue of Trial. In the introduction to his book, Mark Mandell writes that Case Framing is a “working model for trying a case from beginning to end.” How many times have trial lawyers picked up a book that made similar pronouncements, only to find that it was a collection of the author’s personal anecdotes—offering no real help to the average trial lawyer? This book, however, delivers as promised. In part one, Mandell describes case frames in plain language and explains how they can affect the outcome of your case. A case frame is the most...

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$1.7 Million Verdict on A Zero Offer Case

$1.7 Million Verdict on A Zero Offer Case

Trial Guides congratulates Minnesota attorney Joe Crosby for his recent $1.7 million verdict in a no offer medical malpractice case. Crosby and Liz Fors, his paralegal who co-chaired the trial with him, spent six years fighting against a defense that repeatedly claimed they would never make an offer. Crosby’s client was permanently paralyzed on the right side of his face during what should have been the routine removal of a small benign tumor. Trial Guides asked Crosby if he gained any insights from this case that might help other lawyers. Crosby was kind enough to share some of the story, including...

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$15 Million Verdict on a $100K Offer

$15 Million Verdict on a $100K Offer

Here are the details from Benjamin Cloward: Harvey, my clients’ son and brother, was a kind and loving fifty-one-year-old who was diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. Throughout his life, his loving parents and brother had provided every opportunity possible to give him an independent life. Part of that required them to trust others to watch over and protect Harvey. First Transit is a Nevada transportation company that focuses on disabled people, and claims a world-class safety program. On July 29, 2011, Harvey boarded a First Transit paratransit bus to go to his volunteer job. There were rules that First Transit was...

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