Drywall Cases Moving Along

STAFF REPORT For the second time in less than a month, a federal judge in Louisiana has awarded major damages to homeowners who installed Chinese-made drywall that corroded and degraded interior fixtures and appliances. This time the award went to a New Orleans family who built a new home after Hurricane Katrina only to see their house rendered uninhabitable by the toxic sulfur fumes and corrosive chemicals emitted from the defective wallboard. As with a $2.6 million judgment for seven Virginia families on April 8 the first U.S. verdict in a drywall case this latest trial was won by leading New York plaintiffs firm Seeger Weiss, along with New Orleans-based Herman, Herman, Katz & Collar. The two verdicts rendered in succession, establish a major precedent as the two trials were considered bellwether cases selected for early trial by Judge Eldon Fallon, who is overseeing numerous … [Read more...]

Lowndes Drosdick holds Volunteer Day

STAFF REPORT On Saturday, April 24th more than 40 Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, & Reed, P.A. employees, their families and friends volunteered to help three Central Florida organizations: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area, Inc., Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless. Three attorneys served as the firm champions, and they acted as the main points of contact for the three non-profit organizations. Attorney Quino Martinez, a partner with the firm who also serves as the Board of Directors President for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area, Inc., helped build townhouses at the Staghorn Villas Townhome Community. Attorney Jim Toscano, a partner with the firm who also serves on the Board of Directors of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, led a team of employees who participated by sorting donations in the … [Read more...]

Battle of the Bar set for May 15

The Battle of the Bar 2010, an attorney basketball tournament to benefit the Track Shack Foundation will be held on May 15 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Teams are forming now. For more information on Battle of the Bar go to www.cfrcpa.com/battle … [Read more...]

Frey Symposium on Bipartisanship

Lou Frey

By LOU FREY The 15th Lou Frey Institute Symposium recently took place. The title was Congress and Bipartisanship: Cant We All Just Get Along? We are required to select the topic six months to a year ahead of time because of scheduling restraints at the University of Central Florida. This symposium could not have come at a more significant time, as the healthcare legislation had passed just the day before. There were over 800 students, mostly high school, in attendance with several thousand more attending via the Internet live webcast. The afternoon ended with a panel answering questions for an hour and a half from the students. All the speakers had some idea of how to make it better. All the speakers felt that the basic problem is that members dont know each other and there is no chance to build up respect or trust that is needed for bipartisan activities. One of the problems that … [Read more...]

Guest Opinion: The Greatest Generation, By Russell Troutman

Russell Troutman, Guest Opinion -- Recently I was reading Tom Brokaws The Greatest Generation, a book that heaps praise on the generation born between 1901 and 1924, whose members endured the Great Depression and survived World War II. There should be a sequel titled An Even Greater Generation in honor of the following generation our generation whose fights for justice and civil rights inspired monumental and lasting social changes that have improved life for all Americans. I remember what it was like before those changes occurred. It was November 1958, and I had bumped into a law school classmate at the Orange County Courthouse. He invited me inside to meet the judge. When we reached the courtroom, my mischievous friend suddenly announced: Judge, I have found the attorney for the Defendant. I stammered that not only had I never tried a case, I had never seen a trial. … [Read more...]