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Republican AGs who railed against CFPB anti-arbitration rule, now on board with banning arbitration #MeToo

WASHINGTON - A group of Republican attorneys general who railed against an effort to outlaw arbitration clauses so that consumers could bring class actions against financial services companies now appear to be on board with legislation that would eliminate arbitration from workplace sexual harassment claims.

California Supreme Court denies review of public nuisance lead paint decision

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Northern California Record

SACRAMENTO - The Supreme Court of California has denied review of an approximate $600 million judgment that holds major paint companies responsible for remediating lead paint across the state.

SEC asked to investigate potential fraud in California bond offerings over climate change risk

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Lawyers for the Competitive Enterprise Institute are asking the Securities Exchange Commission to investigate potential fraud involving inconsistent climate change claims of California cities and counties in their bond offerings.

Ballot initiative would provide $2 billion fund for statewide remediation of wide range of hazards

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Northern California Record

SACRAMENTO - A ballot initiative to fund a $2 billion bond for statewide remediation of lead paint, mold, asbestos, radon, pests, and other environmental hazards in homes, schools and senior citizen facilities will protect home values and alleviate a state housing crisis, supporters believe.

Lawsuit lenders Oasis and LawCash to pay $2.3 million in Colorado predatory lending settlement

DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Lawsuit lenders Oasis Legal Finance and LawCash (Plaintiff Funding Holding, Inc.) have been ordered to pay in excess of $2 million to settle claims they charged Colorado consumers excessive interest rates.

Manufacturers' group calls ExxonMobil's move toward counter-suing a 'win'

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Northern California Record

A group that backs the interests of energy producers calls ExxonMobil's recent move toward counter-suing parties involved in California climate change litigation a "win" for manufacturers.

Seeds of anti-Exxon campaign were planted at 2012 climate change conference, company says

From
Northern California Record

LA JOLLA - A 2012 climate change conference in La Jolla, Calif., was designed to impose a uniform perspective on climate policy that has resulted in abuses of government power, according to a major oil producer that says it's been unfairly targeted.

Court will decide $10 billion State Dept. contract by Oct. 31

WASHINGTON - Oral arguments were held Friday at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) in a case brought by DynCorp International against AAR Airlift Group over alleged misappropriation of trade secrets involving a high stakes government contract worth $10 billion.

Disruptive tech sector advised to self-regulate while policy makers and regulators try to catch up

MENLO PARK, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes laid out terms of an accord with innovators of the U.S. tech industry on Wednesday, advising them that self-regulation will go a long way in keeping law enforcers away.

Poll shows consumers against patchwork of state data breach laws

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Democrats, Republicans and Independents don't agree much on which direction the country should go in these days, but one thing they have in common is support for a single national standard for data breach notification.

Bayer exec: Growth of MDLs has resulted in meritless claims

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.