Our Engle cards, spotlighting some of the best attorneys in Florida’s ongoing tobacco litigation, have been a CVN tradition that dates back to 2011. It’s a different way to track some of the major cases and statistics across more than a decade of courtroom battles spun from a decertified class action against the nation’s cigarette makers. This week’s Engle card features James Gustafson, whose Engle trial record puts him among the litigation’s preeminent attorneys.
As state courts transition back to broader operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Courtroom View Network is tracking courthouse reopening procedures and trial calendars across the country.
From time to time, CVN shares content it believes will be of particular interest to our readers. Here, Dan Sandman, Esq., President of American Medical Forensic Specialists, AMFS, details his company’s predictions on which legal practice areas will see the most coronavirus-related litigation in the wake of the pandemic.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our nation cannot be overstated. As with many industries and governmental functions, the legal system faces unprecedented challenges. Courtrooms across the country are dark. Depositions, IMEs and dispute resolution efforts have been largely suspended. While some jurisdictions are moving toward opening for business, others are not anywhere close. Coronavirus was practically unheard of outside of public health circles just two months ago. Now, it is the only thing many can think about. The virus has changed many aspects of our personal and professional lives. Already we see the first shots fired in what will very likely be an onslaught of COVID-19 related litigation.
Our Engle card series continues, spotlighting some of the best attorneys across more than a decade of Florida’s “Engle progeny” tobacco litigation. That litigation includes thousands of cases spun from a class action against the nation's tobacco companies, which was ultimately decertified by the state’s supreme court. This week we feature Frank Bayuk, a leading Engle vet who has cleared R.J. Reynolds in more than a half-dozen Engle trials CVN has covered.
With unprecedented court closures now entering their third month, many of you have been using that time to study some of the biggest trials and best attorneys we have covered. Our 10 most-watched trials over the last several weeks include a slate of headline-grabbing product liability cases, as well as a blockbuster truck crash case.