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Koch Industries puts Bestwall unit, a small player in asbestos, in bankruptcy

By Daniel Fisher | Nov 4, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - Koch Industries has put a division of its Georgia-Pacific unit in Chapter 11 bankruptcy after failing to stem a rising tide of lawsuits by mesothelioma victims who attribute their disease to asbestos-containing drywall compound.

New York contingency fee lawyers not offering discounts, study shows

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 30, 2017

CLAREMONT, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A trove of data revealing the contingency fees charged by New York City lawyers suggests that in virtually every tort case, lawyers charge the full one-third allowed under state regulations.

PwC lawsuit tests whether auditors must guarantee against fraud

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Auditors are paid to make sure a company’s books are accurate. Fraud artists specialize in misleading auditors. So should an auditor pay for the damages caused by a fraud artist?

Will Jerry Brown tilt California Supreme Court against business?

By Daniel Fisher | Aug 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - At the end of this month, California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar is scheduled to retire, giving Gov. Jerry Brown the opportunity to appoint his fourth justice to the highest court in the nation’s most populous state, ending a Republican majority and sealing his influence over the court for decades.

Connecticut trial pits trespasser against taxpayer-owned railroad

By Daniel Fisher | Aug 16, 2017

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The facts in Colon v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad are as clear as a jolt from a high-tension power line: Plaintiff Omar Milton Colon trespassed on a railroad right-of-way and illegally climbed high on an electrical pole, where he suffered a shock that left him badly burned and with the loss of both legs below the knees.

$218 million Syngenta verdict exposes biotech firms to whims of foreign regulators

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 6, 2017

Jurors in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas applied centuries-old concepts of negligence and liability to find that Syngenta should have known China would reject imports of any farm products tainted with its Viptera seed.

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