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As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

Denver environmental and personal injury lawyer files Boulder's climate change lawsuit against energy companies

BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) – Two environmental groups and a Denver personal injury lawyer are outside counsel for the latest lawsuit filed by public officials against the energy sector over alleged past and future effects of global warming.

Two prominent plaintiffs firms are trying to drown each other in Flint water crisis litigation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – In the litigation over the water crisis in Flint, Mich., a nasty battle has broken out between nationally known plaintiffs firms that are each accusing the other of greedy behavior during the fight for clients.

Arkansas' attorney general uses five private law firms to file opioid lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Another Republican has officially joined forces with the trial bar to sue the makers of prescription painkillers, as Arkansas’ Leslie Rutledge recently filed her anticipated lawsuit through five different private law firms.

Ice ages, the atmosphere and what Trump thinks: Climate change judge questions it all

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has big questions regarding global warming for the private lawyers pushing lawsuits on behalf of California cities and counties – and about how President Donald Trump feels about blaming the energy industry for climate change.

Exxon-funded analysis criticizes study that claimed company misled public about climate change

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Harvard professors who say their analysis proves ExxonMobil misled the public about climate change were obviously biased, a colleague says, and the company says that data shouldn't be used to help a “corrupt enterprise” of private lawyers and California officials suing the energy sector.

First came fire, next water: Calif. city again sues Chevron, its largest employer/taxpayer

RICHMOND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Without Chevron, the California city of Richmond wouldn’t exist as it does today. But even though the company is sustaining Richmond's current economy, city officials say it is also destroying its future.

With judge's approval, insurers are looking for double-dipping in case they're forced to pay for asbestos claims

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Insurers looking for evidence of double-dipping in the asbestos recovery system won a legal battle earlier this month when a federal bankruptcy judge refused to strike the subpoenas they issued to the body that processes asbestos personal injury claims.

State AGs united for #MeToo, but changing federal law could be slippery slope

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – State attorneys general are united in championing a new cause – abolishing clauses that require sexual harassment claims to be heard in arbitration. But would it set a bad precedent for changing federal law while scoring political points for its supporters?

Wis. Assembly passes legal reform bill

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – Legal reform in Wisconsin is now in the hands of its state senators, following passage of an amended version of the bill on Feb. 22.

Oakland would pay 23.5% to private lawyers it hired for global warming lawsuit

OAKLAND (Legal Newsline) – The City of Oakland – one of eight California governments going big-game hunting by suing the energy industry over climate change – will pay private lawyers almost one-quarter of any recovery and says it does not have to disclose any communication with the firm it hired.

House Judiciary Dems attempt hijacking of legal reform hearing to debate role in Trump/Russia

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Ahead of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee attempted a hijacking of sorts Tuesday against Republican leadership during a hearing on legislation that targets insurance costs for infrastructure projects in New York.

Scaffold Law reform considered by House Judiciary; N.Y. law covers construction falls

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A New York congressman is frustrated with one of his state’s laws that he says unnecessarily costs homeowners and taxpayers millions of dollars per year in order to line the pockets of trial lawyers.

Exxon prepares to sue Calif. cities, says they contradict themselves on climate change

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Some government officials in California are hypocrites pushing a political agenda that involves using private lawyers to sue and demonize ExxonMobil, the company is now arguing in a Texas state court.

Litigation funder spending cash on political candidates like AGs of New York and Pennsylvania

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Companies that fund lawsuits can find themselves in the crosshairs of state regulators, and a recent New York Post article revealed that one such business has given tens of thousands of dollars to one of the nation’s most important public officials – who happens to have sued a competing company.

How to stack Swedish Fish: Food companies simplify while fighting class action lawyers

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Though it might look like the world’s worst attempt at a bribe, Herr’s had a reason to send a couple of empty potato chip bags to a federal judge presiding over a class action lawsuit against it.

Media beware: 'Shakedown' lawyer hits industry over videos that lack closed captioning

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A lawyer accused by his opponents of exploiting the blind to recover millions of dollars from shakedown lawsuits is now representing a deaf man who has sued a dozen media outlets.

Phoney Lawsuits: So what if it's probably a scheme? Man allowed to pursue more TCPA riches

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - It’s likely that a Polish immigrant is taking advantage of a federal law to score hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be allowed to.

Use your phone to schedule your DVR? Not anymore, after ruling in patent dispute

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Comcast customers won’t be able to use their cell phones to schedule recordings because of a decision reached Tuesday by the International Trade Commission.

Phoney Lawsuits: How to sue your way out of college debt

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Former students still saddled with college loans were urged by lawyers and debt-relief companies to stop making payments because filing a lawsuit was an easier way to get out of debt, according to racketeering allegations against two law firms.