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Simmons Appointed to DRI Philanthropic Activities Committee

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Jana Simmons (Of Counsel-Michigan) was appointed to the Philanthropic Activities Committee of DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar, effective immediately. DRI President Philip L. Willman stated that “The future viability and performance of the organization is dependent in large part on the vision, energy and focus of our volunteers as they promulgate DRI’s Core Values: Education, Justice, Balance, Economics, Professionalism and Diversity. We very much appreciate your willingness to serve DRI in this way.”

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John Eads Named to 2020 Top Lawyers by DBusiness Magazine

John Eads (RMP-Michigan) was selected as a 2020 Top Lawyer by Detroit’s DBusiness Magazine. Eads was selected by 19,000 attorneys within Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston Counties in Michigan who were asked to nominate lawyers among 50 legal specialties. John took the top honors in the Personal Injury Law category. He also continues to be a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.

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Case Studies

$1 Million Punitive Damages Award in New Jersey Asbestos Case

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In a recent asbestos case before New Jersey’s Superior Court in Middlesex County, the court levied a $1 million punitive damages award against a manufacturer of products for residential and commercial boiler applications. . Punitive damages are designed to punish a wrongdoer for particularly egregious conduct and to deter that party from future misconduct.

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Claims against Accounting Firms Dismissed in Chinese Reverse Merger-related Case

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The decision in this case, one of the first addressing auditor scienter in the Chinese reverse merger context, will provide important precedent in future cases.

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