Politicians and regulators should admit when the limits they’re setting on chemicals known as PFAS aren’t products of scientific consensus but rather the results of the political process, a scientist/law professor says.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – The federal judge overseeing about 2,000 opioid lawsuits has rejected the argument that his planned seven-week trial will be a free-for-all of evidence and legal theories that will feature dozens of defendants and confused jurors.
JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiffs lawyers have pegged a Republican candidate as their favorite to replace Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat noted for his close ties to the trial bar during his years in office, as they fight another Republican who has vowed to stop giving them lucrative contracts.
CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – New Hampshire lawmakers are betting big on private lawyers and the state attorney general to provide budget relief – not long after officials found the AG unsuited to serve on the state Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – When a House subcommittee holds a hearing Wednesday on the history of chemicals known as PFAS, companies that used them in their products figure to get bashed, considering the witness list is full of activists and regulators, as well as a researcher used by plaintiffs lawyers as an expert.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Last week, a U.S. Senate committee strengthened one of the many bills that attempt to regulate chemicals known as PFAS, as critics continue to fight the idea that enough is known about them to pass legislation.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – They have a catchy, sinister-sounding nickname and have caught the attention of lawyers and politicians. But what these “forever chemicals” don’t have is a known toxicity level.
CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – New Hampshire’s attorney general either will be hiring or has already hired a mystery law firm to handle the State’s lawsuits in the burgeoning field of PFAS litigation.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Judges continue to play a crucial role in the sprawling, possibly multibillion-dollar talcum powder litigation facing Johnson & Johnson by choosing how jurors will view the plaintiffs’ key expert.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The first result for plaintiffs lawyers banking on talcum powder lawsuits in New York City’s controversial asbestos court is a positive one, as a jury has hit Johnson & Johnson with a $25 million verdict.
LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiffs lawyers likely have their eyes on Michigan, as the new attorney general there wants to sue companies over chemicals known as PFAS but doesn’t think her staff will be able to handle it.
INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Chicago class action law firm used a contract that would have left its client liable for thousands in attorneys fees if she chose to settle her case against its wishes.
It’s a world that the public rarely catches a glimpse of, but the competition for clients can lead to nasty disputes among plaintiffs attorneys and lawyer referral services who question whether the rules are being followed by everyone.
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – Oklahoma’s attorney general and the private lawyers he hired – who are earning millions from a lawsuit over the nation’s addiction crisis – are using a mangled interpretation of state law as they seek to generate headlines, one of the sued companies says.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.