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$100,000 in Attorneys' Fees on $7,650 Damages Award OK: 1st Cir.

When opposing counsel turn a deaf ear to your settlement desires, pointing them to Diaz v. Jiten Hotel Management Inc. might help: an employer had to pay more than 10 times the damages award in attorney's fees.

The case is a good way to reinvigorate one's litigation sticker shock.

More specifically, the First Circuit's decision serves as an excellent reminder that a seemingly rinky-dink discrimination case can add up to a major expenditure of resources and staggering attorneys' fees for the loser.

CROCS: Weird Looking But Not Necessarily Dangerous, Says 1st Cir.

Personal injury attorneys may want to pay attention to a First Circuit ruling issued last month on products liability claims against CROCS shoes.

FindLaw favorite Judge Bruce Selya opens with an amusing observation about the clogs' fashion faux pas: "CROCS are odd looking shoes, known for their comfort."

Odd looking yes, but dangerous around escalators? It's not clear, the surprisingly fashion conscious panel ruled.

Massachusetts Settles Massey Mine Explosion Lawsuit for $264M

On Monday, Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman announced a $265 million deal with Alpha Appalachia Holdings Inc. The deal settles allegations that the coal miner misled investors, including the state's pension fund, by misrepresenting its safety record ahead of a deadly 2010 Massey Energy mine explosion that killed 29 people.

The settlement is good news for investors and state taxpayers alike.

Judge Halts Sale of Boston Globe to Red Sox Owner

A Massachusetts judge has temporarily blocked the sale of The Boston Globe and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette to Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry.

Henry inked a deal for the papers with The New York Times Company for an estimated $70 million but Judge Shannon Frison of Superior Court in Worcester halted the sale, citing a potential complication with a pending class action lawsuit involving the Worcester newspaper and its delivery workers.

Newspaper legal drama reported by the newspaper parties -- très meta!

It's common practice to sue doctors for medical malpractice -- why do you think healthcare (medical malpractice insurance) costs so much? But what if a patient's medical malpractice claims fail? Can they sue the doctors who wrote an article in a medical journal, which was admitted into evidence in the medical malpractice trial, on the theory that the article "caused" the juries to find against them?

The First Circuit said "no."

What's up with parents kidnapping their kids and taking them to different countries? Just last week, we gave a preview of an international custody dispute that the Supreme Court is hearing, while the First Circuit heard a case of its own. Though dealing with different issues, these cases highlight problems that no parent wants to worry about.

Matthew and Sondra Knowles ("the Knowleses") owned a mixed-use five-story rental property in Massachusetts. In 2008, they weathered a tropical storm that resulted in excess rain water pooling on the roof of the building, which in turn resulted in property damage because water leaked through two glass skylights.

Nova Casualty Company ("Nova"), the Knowleses' insurance provider denied the insurance claims citing "rain limitation" and "faulty workmanship" provisions. The Knowleses ended up having to vacate the building and couldn't afford repairs. As a result of the long vacancy, the building was vandalized and robbed of its copper piping, which led to even more water damage. Due to the lost income from the rental property, the Knowleses defaulted on their mortgage, and Fidelity Co-operative Bank ("Fidelity") foreclosed.

A high school graduate from a Massachusetts public school filed a $2 million federal suit against the school district, its officials, and the towns in which the school district is located, creating the first suit of its kind to be brought under Massachusetts' Anti-Bullying Law.

Eighteen-year-old Isabella "Belle" Hankey alleges that the bullying she experienced during her time at Concord-Carlisle High School, which included "death threats, crude slurs, . . . and feces smeared on her car," caused her to suffer a pulmonary embolism, reports The Boston Globe.

Hankey finished the rest of her senior year in an alternative school program following her embolism, but should the school be responsible?

First Circuit Won't Revive Barbara Walters Lawsuit

It will be a happier holiday for a veteran newswoman this year, thanks to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wednesday, the Boston-based federal court dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Barbara Walters.

Bickering Means Billables in Sexual Harassment Indemnity Dispute

Don't you just hate it when the boss-man at a company has been sexually harassing employees for so long that no one can pinpoint when the harassment started, and everyone starts bickering about whether or not the company's wrongful employment practices policy covers his saucy antics?

It's the worst.

But if you're a lawyer for either the boss-man's company or the insurance company, that bickering means billables because the case is unlikely to be resolved in summary judgment.