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Docket Digest - May 7th, 2021

Docket Digest - May 7th, 2021
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday!
This week’s Digest includes three legal-related stories #InTheNews.
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Without further ado… All rise.

#InTheNews - LOUD loss for 3M.
Three Army veterans were awarded $7.1 million in damages by a federal jury in Florida on Friday, ruling that 3M Co. refused to advise of product defects in earplugs routinely distributed to the US military that resulted in hearing loss. The case is the first in thousands of lawsuits to go to trial, and it could provide precedent on how such cases are resolved in the future. More than 230,000 military members have filed a lawsuit against 3M. According to the litigation, the Maplewood-based company realized that Combat Arms earplugs (CAEv2) were faulty, but continued to sell them without notice. Plaintiff lawyers said that the proof is clear: 3M knew their earplugs were flawed, and they enabled service members to endure these life-altering injuries. A second trial on the same claims is set for later this month, followed by a third trial next month.
#InTheNews - Speeding w/ Snapchat
A panel of the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals has held that Snap Inc. would face a complaint from the relatives of two teenagers injured in a high-speed auto accident. The court ruled that the corporation behind Snapchat was not exempt from liability under the Communications Decency Act, which shields corporations from liability as publishers of material found on their websites. The ruling overturns a lower court’s rejection of the case. Jason Davis, the vehicle’s driver, as well as Hunter Morby and Landen Brown, were killed in Wisconsin in 2017 when they drove off the road at a pace of 113 miles per hour. Brown had opened Snapchat on his phone just before the deadly crash to use the so-called “speed filter,” a feature of the accident that acts as the foundation for the lawsuit filed by Morby and Brown’s parents. The families’ biggest claim is that Snap, Inc. encouraged their sons to travel at dangerous speeds and triggered the boys’ deaths due to the negligent design of the Snapchat app.
#InTheNews - Downloading Discrimination
On behalf of PlayStation users, a class action complaint has been brought against Sony Interactive Entertainment, alleging that the corporation is behaving illegally by restricting access to some downloadable PS4 and PS5 software to the PlayStation Store. If the litigation is effective, Sony will be pressured to adjust its digital game distribution business model, resulting in cheaper rates for customers. According to the case, Sony is operating a monopoly by excluding third-party stores such as Amazon, Walmart, and others from offering downloadable copies of PlayStation games as part of a scheme that the corporation claims was made “to coordinate core companies worldwide.” As per the lawsuit, Sony’s monopoly allows the company to offer super competitive rates for downloadable PlayStation titles, considerably higher than their traditional equivalents offered in a competitive retail sector.
Thank you for reading! Have a great weekend!
Credits For Today’s Digest:
Various Content - curated by Alexander M. Baron
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