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Rushed asbestos bill runs out of time in Maryland; Angelos firm called on lawmakers to get thousands of cases moving

By John O'Brien | Apr 9, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Legislation introduced in the figurative 11th hour died in the literal 11th hour Monday as Maryland senators decided not to approve a bill originally supported by a powerful asbestos law firm after the House changed it.

Lindsey Graham says 'litigation abuse is real,' class action reform should be considered

By John O'Brien | Apr 3, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and receives backing from trial lawyers, said in a Tuesday hearing that lawsuit abuse “is real” and reform in the class action system should be explored.

Kamala Harris, other Dems condemn Big Oil's lobbying but support lawsuits brought by campaign donors

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Democratic U.S. Senators are complaining that Big Oil’s lobbying efforts have stifled climate change measures and are supporting lawsuits against it – but they have also accepted more than $30,000 in donations from the private lawyers who would benefit financially.

Okla. opioid settlement: Most to OSU, lawyers, and small percentage to cities and counties

By John O'Brien | Mar 29, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) – A small portion of the $270 million settlement reached by Purdue Pharma and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter “directly” addresses the opioid crisis around the state, while the bulk goes to lawyers and a treatment center at Oklahoma State University.

'Easy grandstanding': Congress backs trial lawyers' effort to condemn chemicals, win lawsuits while science debated

By John O'Brien | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – As Congress vilifies chemicals known as PFAS, some question whether the research upon which lawmakers – and trial lawyers – are relying shows that anyone has actually been harmed by them.

From Pennsylvania Record

Pennsylvania opioid lawsuits are homeless while trial lawyers take shots at each other

By John O'Brien | Mar 6, 2019

Seven appeals and plenty of in-fighting have Pennsylvania counties behind schedule in their quest to hold dozens of companies liable for the nation's painkiller crisis

From Pennsylvania Record

This Pennsylvania committee is proposing changes that benefit five of its members' law firms

By John O'Brien | Feb 20, 2019

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court committee is proposing a new rule that will help medical malpractice lawyers, but a look at the makeup of the committee shows five lawyers, including its chair, who work at firms that file medical malpractice cases.

Click, then sue: Call-blocking app was meet market for lawyers seeking clients

By John O'Brien | Jan 31, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Court records in Florida show how easy it is for people to get swept up in a figurative machine that generates lawsuits. In fact, it all started for one man with the push of a button.

Using Bloomberg's activists to sue Exxon is ethics violation, group complains of N.Y. AG

By John O'Brien | Dec 10, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A controversial program arming states with environmental activist prosecutors has led to an ethics complaint being filed against New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood.

Defendants get major NYC asbestos win, also fighting a 'ploy' used by plaintiffs lawyers

By John O'Brien | Dec 7, 2018

Defendants are celebrating a rare win in an asbestos case originating from New York City’s controversial asbestos court while also appealing a judge’s order that exposes them to even bigger verdicts there.

Weitz firm wants 24 NYC asbestos cases consolidated into 12 trials; Group includes 13 mesothelioma claims

By John O'Brien | Nov 14, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The main asbestos law firm in New York City is asking a judge there to schedule joint trials that would consolidate 24 cases into 12 trials.

Man lived in Kansas, so kick his asbestos claims out of NYC court, defendants say

By John O'Brien | Nov 8, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Companies facing lawsuits in New York City’s controversial asbestos court are using U.S. Supreme Court decisions from recent years that prevented plaintiffs lawyers from suing in whatever court they felt like.

Floor maker says lawyers' theories fall short in NYC asbestos case

By John O'Brien | Nov 2, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The maker of floor tiles sued for a man’s asbestos-caused disease says all exposures to the deadly substance are not equal, using a 2015 state court decision that favored companies sued in the long-running mass tort.

From Pennsylvania Record

Attack on paint industry spreads to Pennsylvania; Sherwin-Williams asks judge for help

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania will be the next battleground in historically hard-fought litigation over lead paint, as private lawyers seeking one-third of possible multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements are teaming with county officials on lawsuits.

New York sues Exxon over climate change disclosures; Move called 'waste of taxpayer dollars' by legal reform group

By John O'Brien | Oct 24, 2018

​​​​​NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Years in the making, the New York Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday sued ExxonMobil, alleging the company misled investors regarding climate change.

Burnham isn't ready to present appeal of $7M NYC asbestos verdict; Arguments postponed to '19

By John O'Brien | Oct 18, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The appeal of a once-$22 million asbestos verdict in New York City is delayed until February, as an appeals court has granted Burnham LLC’s request for more time to prepare it.

World Trade Center contractor says it doesn't belong in worker's asbestos lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Oct 12, 2018

A company that helped build the World Trade Center is telling a New York City judge to dismiss it from the lawsuit of a carpenter who also worked on the site and now has mesothelioma, the serious disease caused by asbestos that often leads to the highest verdicts and settlements.

With punitive damages on the table, NYC asbestos lawyers push for $50 million in one case

By John O'Brien | Oct 5, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A staggering amount of money is at stake as New York’s top court is asked to decide if New York City’s controversial asbestos court is treating defendants fairly.

From Pennsylvania Record

Lawyer thrown off toxic chemical cases had client pay six-figure punishment

By John O'Brien | Sep 19, 2018

More than 30 lawsuits blame Armstrong World Industries, once Lancaster’s largest employer, for exposing workers to chemicals that led to sickness, suffering and death. But they’ve been pursued by a lawyer who, a judge says, “made a mockery of the law” and whose clients are paying, figuratively and literally, for his actions.

Billionaire mega-donor Steyer picks favorite AG hopefuls; More global warming cases possible

By John O'Brien | Sep 13, 2018

Democrat challengers aspiring to become the top lawyers in their states have received financial boosts from Tom Steyer, a billionaire investor and environmental activist who some feel is a driving force behind the recent string of climate change lawsuits struggling to persuade judges to punish the energy industry.

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