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Bayer exec: Growth of MDLs has resulted in meritless claims

Ann Maher Oct. 27, 2016, 10:58am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Have the benefits of processing mass tort injury claims through multidistrict litigation (MDLs) worn thin?

Romney: Legal system needs to encourage innovation

Ann Maher Oct. 26, 2016, 3:25pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took aim at an ineffective Congress that he says lacks the will to tackle perpetual challenges including the national debt, income inequality, poverty and foreign threats. Yet, he said he remains optimistic.

AG Madigan sued over refusal to fight work comp claims brought by 'personal assistants'; CMS director says millions have been improperly paid

Ann Maher Nov. 17, 2015, 8:22am

Over the past five years, more than 200 personal assistants have received $5.8 million in workers' compensation benefits, according to a spokesperson with Illinois Central Management Services, which averages $29,000 per claim.

Asbestos filings in Madison County down from 2013

Ann Maher Jan. 12, 2015, 1:36pm

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Madison County, Ill., asbestos filings in 2014 were down from the previous record-setting year by approximately 20 percent.

Two of 207 Madison County asbestos claims set for trial this week filed by in-county plaintiffs

Ann Maher Dec. 9, 2014, 10:48am

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Among the 207 asbestos cases set for trial in Madison County, Ill., this week, just two of the plaintiffs are from Madison County.

Ill. SC justice fends off class action attorneys' campaign, wins second term

Ann Maher Nov. 7, 2014, 7:44am


Consumers will pay and 'lawyer barons' will get pay day; Stakes are high in Karmeier retention, professor observes

Ann Maher Nov. 3, 2014, 8:09am

KarmeierEDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A law professor who studies the effects of lawyer contingency fees on the civil justice system said the real focus of the movement to oust Justice Lloyd Karmeier from the Illinois Supreme Court is to restore a $1.1 billion judgment against State Farm Insurance.

Lead paint decision now in hands of judge

Ann Maher Sep. 24, 2013, 11:54pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- Whether childhood lead poisoning in 10 California cities and counties can be blamed on one-time lead paint and pigment manufacturers is a decision that rests solely in the hands of Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg after a six-week trial that concluded in closing arguments Monday.

In closing arguments, defendant companies say lead paint plaintiffs failed to prove case

Ann Maher Sep. 24, 2013, 3:58am

UPDATED: SAN JOSE (Legal Newsline) - Attorneys for one-time lead paint and pigment manufacturers argued during closing arguments Monday that plaintiffs failed to prove their case brought on behalf of 10 California cities and counties.

Judge again asks sides to settle in Calif. lead paint case

Ann Maher Sep. 24, 2013, 1:45am

SAN JOSE (Legal Newsline) - Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg on Monday ended proceedings in a 13-year-old case against paint companies by admonishing both sides, again, to settle.

Closing arguments in Calif. lead paint trial take place Monday

Ann Maher Sep. 20, 2013, 11:32pm


Lots of data to process for Calif. lead paint judge

Ann Maher Aug. 23, 2013, 3:43pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- A watershed decision expected before the end of the year may come down to how one individual processes volumes of complex analyses of complex data relating to the use, promotion and manufacture of lead paint in the last century and its impact on children today.

Sides rest in Calif. lead paint trial

Ann Maher Aug. 22, 2013, 11:00pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg on Thursday praised lawyers prosecuting and defending a 13-year-old lead paint public nuisance case after both sides rested at trial.

White lead not from Sherwin Williams, historian testifies

Ann Maher Aug. 22, 2013, 1:01pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- Historian Dr. Colleen Dunlavy testified Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court that if someone has white lead carbonate on their California painted wall it did not come from a Sherwin Williams product.

There's no lead paint 'public nuisance,' spokeswoman says

Ann Maher Aug. 21, 2013, 5:28pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- Proving that lead paint manufacturers created a public nuisance in 10 California cities and counties is difficult for plaintiffs on a number of fronts, according to former Iowa attorney general and spokeswoman for paint manufacturers Bonnie Campbell.

Lead paint defense witness attacks plaintiffs witness' research

Ann Maher Aug. 21, 2013, 1:13am

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- Defense witness Dr. David Garabrant on Tuesday continued to try to discredit research conducted by a key plaintiff witness in the lead paint public nuisance trial now into its sixth week in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Doctor says lead paint knowledge has changed 'radically'

Ann Maher Aug. 20, 2013, 1:51am

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - Defense witness Dr. Peter English, testifying in the sixth week of a public nuisance trial under way in Santa Clara County Superior Court, said that knowledge of the risks of lead paint evolved in the 20th century -- and changed "radically" in the 1970s.

Calif. judge denies Sherwin Williams motion in lead paint trial

Ann Maher Aug. 19, 2013, 7:29pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- A California judge denied paint maker Sherwin Williams' motion for summary judgment at the opening of trial Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Jindal's ties to trial bar noted

Ann Maher Apr. 20, 2012, 8:00am

Jindal BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) - A collection of national news outlets have taken an interest in Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's relationship with trial lawyers, according to a report today in

Judge eliminates advance asbestos trial setting in Madison County

Ann Maher Mar. 30, 2012, 11:21am

Harrison EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Madison County, Ill., Associate Judge Clarence Harrison has entered an order terminating the court's 2013 advance setting of asbestos trial weeks.