A Pennsylvania federal judge determined Ski Shawnee must produce discovery documents relating to past accidents at the mountain after a young boy was allegedly seriously injured when he crashed into a light pole.
"Even were we to reach a contrary conclusion as to the defamatory nature of the statements in question, we would conclude the respondent judge erred in denying the motion for summary judgment based on a lack of actual malice," Judge Michael F. Kelly said.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania determined freight transportation company Estes Express Lines was excluded from receiving damages after it failed to produce an expert opinion requesting nearly $11 million before the discovery deadline, which had already been extended multiple times.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit determined that the abstention doctrine barred it from exercising jurisdiction over a doctor's lawsuit seeking declaratory and injunctive relief in response to being charged for violating Iowa law.
The plaintiffs' attorney, Stampone O'Brien Dilsheimer partner Kevin O'Brien, said he made the case that Wilson would not have caused the accident if he were not following the instructions of his employers at the time.
"Among other things, the Appellate Court in its opinion compared Belton—an African American man—to Grendel, the mythical monster in the Old English epic, Beowulf," stated Justice Jonathan Biran, in his written opinion for the court. "Belton asserts that this analogy evokes racist tropes of African Americans as subhuman. He raises similar objections concerning several other passages in the Appellate Court's dicta."