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Court grants authority of New York entity to begin clean-up of FMC Corp. site, recover costs

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The New York Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court’s decision in a dispute between the state environmental agency and a chemical manufacturing plant, paving the way for the clean up of a hazardous waste site in Niagara County.

New Jersey court rules eBossWatch defamation suit was properly dismissed

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The New Jersey Supreme Court has ended a defamation lawsuit by mandating that “the single publication rule” applies to a article posted online.

Plaintiff in Cirque du Soleil junk fax suit seeks reconsideration of Illinois-only class members

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The plaintiffs in a pending lawsuit before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division have filed a motion with the court to reconsider an order that partly granted class certification even as it found that class must be limited to Illinois class members.

New Jersey city seeks to dismiss environmental group's suit over emergency planning act

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The New Jersey city of Linden, its Local Emergency Planning Committee and the State Emergency Response Commission have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the trio by an environmental group alleging state and federal violations in the required implementation of the Emergency Planning Committee Right to Know Act.

TCPA defendant wants access to plaintiff's cell phone; Attorneys resisting Royal Sea Cruise's effort

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – Royal Sea Cruise has filed a memorandum of points and authorities in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California aimed at bolstering its motion seeking to compel arbitration in a telephone harassment suit.

Recent verdict awarding $1.8 million to man's family in asbestos lung cancer case largest in Michigan's history

SAGINAW, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Attorney James Bedortha seems convinced there was a method in the reasoning of a pool of jurors who on March 16 awarded the largest wrongful death award in an asbestos cancer victim case in Michigan state history.

Baby powder caused mesothelioma, N.J. jury finds in issuing $37M verdict

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey jury has found in favor of a Vernoa couple and ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay them $37 million following a trial over traces of asbestos in the company’s baby powder.

Retailers get help from lawsuits when new Prop 65 regulations take effect

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A list of products that require warning labels because they contain possible cancer-causing ingredients continues to grow in California, though retailers will be gaining some protection from litigation that stems from them.

Leahy's CREATES Act left out of budget; Would have thrilled trial lawyers but hurt patients, economist says

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite support from a few Republicans, a measure championed by Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., targeting health care costs did not make its way into the budget passed by Congress earlier this month.

Lawyer: Spokeo ruling not turning out like defendants hoped

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite optimism from the defense side, a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to again consider a high-profile class action lawsuit is a boost to plaintiffs lawyer, a Philadelphia attorney says.

Ohio Supreme Court: Punitive damages not recoverable in breach of contract case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that punitive damages are not recoverable in a breach of contract action in which the alleged violation stems from conduct that also constitutes a wrongful act.

Johnson & Johnson, facing meso claim in New Jersey, points to plaintiff's childhood home, schools

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Lawyers for a non-smoker who are alleging Johnson's Baby Powder created his mesothelioma will face a defense strategy that says the man's childhood home, as well as the schools he attended, could have caused the illness.

Boulder's climate change suit 'pretty crazy,' group says; City will hire unnamed D.C. law firm

BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) - The Colorado city of Boulder is ready to sue the energy sector over climate change, joining a group of other government entities that have already done the same. Now, it has to prove its case.

Benecol adheres to federal regulations, J&J says as it fights class action

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The makers of Benecol food products have filed motion to dismiss a class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Court affirms request for logs in Riddell football helmet case

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California Appeals Court ruling has affirmed that a trial court correctly granted a request to compel a football helmet maker to produce privilege logs previously withheld.

Hanesbrands seeks dismissal of fraud suit over L'eggs 'run resistant' hosiery

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Hanesbrands Inc. has filed a motion to dismiss an amended class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of New York regarding a brand of hosiery.

Napoli firm's Actos suit tossed because of paralegal's mix-up

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Delaware Superior Court has rejected a woman’s lawsuit over the prescription drug Actos because of a mix-up at the law firm representing her.

Med-mal plaintiffs lose attempt to disqualify juror; Rehearing requested at Missouri Supreme Court

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri has affirmed a lower court’s verdict in favor of the defendant in a medical negligence case in which two plaintiffs claimed a juror should have been disqualified.

California court reverses $48.1 million verdict reversal against Motrin maker, remands for retrial

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appeals court has reversed a $48.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Motrin, after the pain-relieving drug allegedly caused a man’s severe and near fatal skin condition.

DOL files brief in challenge to Obama overtime rule

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed notice with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, asserting that the government has presently “decided not to advocate” for a specific salary level in its ongoing dispute with states over what workers should be eligible for overtime pay.