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William Quin

Legal News Line Jan. 3, 2008, 3:39pm

Attorney at The Langston Law Firm in Booneville, Miss. University of Mississippi (B.B.A. 1994); Louisiana State University (J.D. 1997). Played football for Ole Miss. Formerly a partner at Lundy & Davis before joining the Langston firm in 2007

Brian Ford

Legal News Line Jan. 3, 2008, 10:37am

-Former engineer at Forensic Analysis and Engineering Corp.

Schedule produced in lead paint appeal

John O'Brien Jan. 2, 2008, 4:37pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Ten days after meeting with Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank Williams, the two sides in the State's landmark suit against paint manufacturers received their schedule for the appeal.

Brown will challenge EPA decision

John O'Brien Jan. 2, 2008, 3:44pm

Brown WASHINGTON, D.C. - Frustrated with the federal government's decision to block his state's greenhouse gas emission standards, California Attorney General Jerry Brown will lead a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.

Scruggs' attorneys want all evidence

John O'Brien Dec. 31, 2007, 2:18pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - The defense team of prominent trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs says the federal government has not produced all evidence it has obtained in the judicial bribery case against Scruggs and three others.

Ohio S.C. makes another pro-business ruling

John O'Brien Dec. 28, 2007, 1:59pm

Moyer COLUMBUS, Ohio - Tort reformers recently earned their second major victory in the Ohio Supreme Court this year, as the justices upheld a law that puts caps on non-economic damages in personal injury lawsuits.

Miss. Auditor asks federal court to do nothing in $14 million fight, files state suit

John O'Brien Dec. 27, 2007, 4:46pm

NEW YORK - Mississippi State Auditor Phil Bryant has asked a federal bankruptcy court to abstain from making any decisions in a dispute over $14 million in fees given to a private law firm in the State's lawsuit against MCI, Inc.

Dann loses high-ranking assistant

John O'Brien Dec. 27, 2007, 2:59pm

Laliberte COLUMBUS, Ohio - One of Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann's top aides will head back to private practice after the New Year.

Trial lawyers offering input on Fla. insurance lawsuit

John O'Brien Dec. 26, 2007, 3:20pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Former Florida Attorney General and current Gov. Charlie Crist has hired three private attorneys to possibly pursue a lawsuit against property insurers.

Scruggs gets extra month before trial

John O'Brien Dec. 26, 2007, 1:51pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Though the deadline for discovery will stay the same, U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers has pushed the bribery trial of prominent trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, back more than a month.

Hood aide takes aim at prominent blogger

John O'Brien Dec. 21, 2007, 4:00pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - The director of Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's Insurance Fraud Unit responded Friday to the thoughts of an insurance attorney who focuses his blog on Hurricane Katrina issues and has been quoted in several LegalNewsline.com stories.

Hood won't comment on State Farm motion

John O'Brien Dec. 20, 2007, 6:00pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - Even the most eye-opening, jaw-dropping allegations remain, merely, allegations until proven otherwise.

Rhode Island case will highlight another year of lead paint litigation

John O'Brien Dec. 20, 2007, 3:39pm

Campbell As far as the paint industry is concerned, 2008 will be dedicated to preventing any more hypothetical setbacks from producing a very real loss of money.

Starcher won't run for re-election in W. Va.

John O'Brien Dec. 20, 2007, 3:17pm

Starcher CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Larry Starcher on Thursday ended speculation by announcing that he will not be seeking re-election to a second term on the State's highest Court.

Car makers hail, Brown to sue EPA on state-based GHGs

Legal News Line Dec. 20, 2007, 3:23am

Jerry Brown (L) & Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger SACRAMENTO -- The auto industry has hailed a federal EPA refusal to grant California and 16 other states a 'waiver' to regulate tailpipe greenhouse gases.

McGraw settlement again irks feds

John O'Brien Dec. 19, 2007, 6:20pm

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The federal government is unhappy with another settlement engineered by West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw and is planning to make the State pay up.

State Farm wants all former Scruggs Katrina Group attorneys off lawsuits

John O'Brien Dec. 19, 2007, 4:40pm

Don Barrett GULFPORT, Miss. - State Farm Insurance Cos. feels it has brought its argument against the Katrina Litigation Group up to date and on Tuesday filed a motion to disqualify the group's firms from all Hurricane Katrina lawsuits.

After unsure beginning, public nuisance provided Motley Rice with staying power in Rhode Island

John O'Brien Dec. 19, 2007, 9:00am

Fitzpatrick In 1999, plaintiffs firm Motley Rice threw handfuls of legal theories against a courtroom wall to see if any would stick.

All or nothing at all: Sides debating benefits of Lynch's lead abatement plan

John O'Brien Dec. 18, 2007, 1:54pm

Could it be that the best way to avoid the health risks associated with lead paint is to preserve its presence rather than eliminate it?

Madison County, Ill. ascends from ATRA's 'hellhole'

Ann Maher Dec. 18, 2007, 9:00am

For the first time since the American Tort Reform Association started ranking the nation's most unfair civil court jurisdictions, Madison County, Ill. no longer makes the list.