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Closing arguments in Calif. lead paint trial take place Monday


Lots of data to process for Calif. lead paint judge

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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.

Philip Morris says no relief owed in suit over light cigarettes

Garman SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Lawyers for Philip Morris say that plaintiffs' arguments for reinstating a landmark $10.1 billion judgment arising out of a Madison County, Ill., court have not come close to showing and "cannot show" they meet any of the requirements for relief.

Secondhand asbestos suit sent back to Madison County

Garman SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court has remanded a secondhand asbestos exposure case to Madison County to decide whether CSX Transportation had a duty of care to a railroad worker's wife who suffered from mesothelioma.

Ill. appelate court says Madison judge got it wrong

Matoesian EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A $1.25 million plaintiff's verdict has been reversed at the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court and remanded to Madison County for a new trial.

Madison County asbestos rules are unfair to defendants, candidate says

Weber EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A former Illinois circuit judge says the Madison County asbestos docket suffers from a unique problem.

Madison County's chief judge responds to ATRA report

Callis EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis responded to the American Tort Reform Association's report released Tuesday that puts the Illinois county's court on a judicial "Watch List" due in part to a growing asbestos docket.

Justice Kilbride prevails in costly Ill. retention election

Kilbride SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride has been retained to a second 10-year term.

Madigan poised for third term as Ill. AG

Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Incumbent Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan appears to be coasting to an easy victory over Republican challenger Steve Kim.

Costly judicial retention race winds down in Illinois

Kilbride SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)- As one of the most expensive single-candidate campaigns winds down in Illinois, Justice Thomas Kilbride's chief detractor defends his group's anti-retention effort.

Illinois SC expected to release med-mal opinion

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-The Illinois Supreme Court is expected Thursday to file its opinion on the constitutionality of the state's landmark medical malpractice reform law.

Madison and St. Clair counties on 'Hellhole' watch list

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) The American Tort Reform Foundation's 2009 "Judicial Hellholes" report released Tuesday places Madison County and St. Clair counties on the group's "watch" list.