SAN FRANCISCO - As Monsanto appeals a closely-watched case over its leading weed-killer Roundup, and readies several more cases for trial in both federal and state courts, a looming question is whether the company’s conduct is truly worthy of large punitive damages, one legal expert says.
As the use of risk assessment to make pre-trial decisions like bail increases across the country, concerns over the tools used and their potential to hinder judicial discretion and perpetuate racial biases have also grown among criminal justice researchers, leaders and organizations.
SACRAMENTO - As the Supreme Court of California considers whether to review a ruling that holds major paint companies responsible for remediating lead paint across the state, it will weigh several amicus letters filed by community and business organizations that also request a different outcome in the case.
TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Nearly 40 percent of civil cases pending in federal courts across the country are consolidated into multidistrict litigation, resulting in “a shift away from the rule of law to a system of arbitrary justice,” says Tampa attorney Brian Donovan in his new book on his experience and frustrations with MDL.
CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Sometimes making a scientific discovery is only half the battle, as Dr. Aaron Carroll found out after researching and writing an article on the effects of artificial sweeteners.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - How does one establish proper policy and regulation without stymying innovation in the space travel industry? That’s a question scientists, legal experts and lawmakers from around the world have been working to answer since the 1960s.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A highly anticipated decision from the Washington, D.C., federal appellate court in a dispute between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a New Jersey mortgage company may not only affect that particular industry, but also significantly impact the actions of the federal agency, attorneys say.
PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has again infiltrated an area where its jurisdiction may be questionable, despite a reprimand in a recent case involving the accreditation of for-profit colleges.
Only four school districts have declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the past 62 years, and two of those abandoned the process, says a municipal bankruptcy expert asked about the possibility of Chicago Public Schools doing the same.
For the first time, a court has ruled the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau attempted to exceed the power given to it by Congress -- but the ruling may not prevent it from continuing an investigation into the accreditation of for-profit colleges.
CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.
While companies continue a years-long wait for guidance from the Department of Justice on how to make their websites compliant with federal disabilities law, judges aren’t hitting the pause button on a growing area of litigation.
The Department of Justice’s recent activity is pushing private attorneys to file more lawsuits alleging companies’ websites aren’t accessible to the disabled, while its overall inactivity is creating uncertainty for businesses facing those lawsuits, attorneys say.
Defense attorneys say there has been an “explosion of activity” from payment-seeking plaintiffs lawyers and their blind clients who are alleging violations of federal disabilities law in lawsuits over companies’ websites – particularly in three jurisdictions.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers in the pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation have been competing for claims because of their tremendous monetary value, according to a memorandum filed earlier this year by one of the seven defendants in the massive MDL.