In $5.5B Trial Against PwC, Ex-Taylor Bean General Counsel Defends Sales Agreements, Details Financial Devastation

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Aug 25, 2016 12:16:10 PM


Taylor, Bean & Whitaker former general counsel, Jeffery Cavender, engages in a heated exchange on cross exam over provisions of an agreement between the company and Colonial Bancgroup.

Miami—As the $5.5 billion accounting negligence trial against PricewaterhouseCoopers entered its third week Monday, the former general counsel of failed mortgage giant Taylor, Bean & Whitaker wrapped up two days of testimony over agreements that led to the company’s collapse, and caused one of the biggest bank failures of the Great Recession era.  Taylor Bean & Whitaker Plan Trust v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 2013-033964-CA-01.

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Topics: Negligence, Florida, Malpractice, Accounting, Taylor Bean Plan Trust v. PricewaterhouseCoopers

|Video Vault| En Route to $4.75M Verdict, Cale Conley Counts 7 Ways Steel Company Could Allegedly Have Avoided Deadly Mill Accident

Posted by Courtroom View Network on Aug 24, 2016 11:52:52 PM

Safety procedures used by a steel manufacturing giant played a central role at the 2015 trial over the death of a 24-year-old electrical worker, and Conley Griggs & Partin's Cale Conley opened the proceeding with a powerful list of ways he believed the steel company could have prevented the deadly accident. Lanier v. Gerdau Ameristeel. 

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Topics: Negligence, Georgia, Lanier v. Gerdau Ameristeel

Addiction or Choice? Sides Focus on Health Department Worker's Drive to Smoke in Cancer Trial Against R.J. Reynolds

Posted by Meghan Gourley on Aug 24, 2016 11:48:06 PM


Dr. David Burns tells jurors he believes Rebecca Fredenhagen was addicted to nicotine. Fredenhagen, who smoked for decades, died of lung cancer seven years after quitting. 

Daytona Beach, FL—A Florida health department employee smoked throughout each day for decades—while working, doing laundry, cooking, gardening, even crocheting. But she was also strong-willed and independent, and successfully quit smoking in her first serious attempt, according to testimony at trial against R.J. Reynolds, accused of addicting her to the cigarettes that caused her fatal cancer. Coursey v. R.J. Reynolds, 2013-30656-CICI. 

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Coursey v. R.J. Reynolds

|Video Vault| Casino Mogul Sheldon Adelson Bristles in Pre-Trial Exam of Exec’s Wrongful Termination Suit

Posted by Teresa Lo on Aug 23, 2016 6:42:32 PM

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Topics: Jacobs v. Las Vegas Sands

Trial Begins Over Lung Cancer Death of Chain Smoking Health Dept. Worker

Posted by Meghan Gourley on Aug 19, 2016 5:10:50 PM



Daytona Beach, FL—Trial opened Thursday against R.J. Reynolds over the death of a Florida health department worker who chain smoked for years. Coursey v. R.J. Reynolds, 2013-30656-CICI. 

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, tobacco, engle, Florida, Coursey v. R.J. Reynolds