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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.

Pittsburgh's hired guns move in on Philadelphia's turf as opioid lawyers jostle for power

By John O'Brien | Aug 29, 2018

The fighting in Pennsylvania among plaintiffs lawyers working on contingency fees has escalated this summer

Boulder got things rolling, but momentum for suing Big Oil lacking in the rest of Colorado

By John O'Brien | Aug 7, 2018

The rest of Colorado seems to have little interest in following the lead of three communities in the state that have sued Big Oil over the alleged effects of global warming.

With millions at stake, New Jersey judges won't accept junk science against pharma companies

By John O'Brien | Aug 2, 2018

New Jersey judges must require plaintiffs lawyers who flock to their courts to come up with more than junk science if they want jurors to hear their arguments.

Climate change roundup: NYC appeals loss, Big Oil attacks Wash. county’s lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Jul 30, 2018

New York City and the private lawyers it hired to sue the fossil fuel industry over alleged effects of climate change will not accept a federal judge’s recent decision to throw the lawsuit out of court.

Losing streak emerges as NYC, hired guns lose climate change case against Big Oil

By John O'Brien | Jul 20, 2018

Federal judges continue to reject the efforts of private lawyers who hold a financial stake in lawsuits brought by government officials against the oil industry over the alleged effects of climate change.

State Street settlement fiasco has Ark. lawmakers questioning state's role in class actions

By John O'Brien | Jul 17, 2018

State Street settlement fiasco has Ark. lawmakers questioning state's role in class actions

From policy to payday: Focus in environmental causes like Boulder's shifts, former Interior Secretary says

By John O'Brien | Jul 17, 2018

Protecting the environment has long been an objective in lawsuits filed by activists in Colorado courts, but a recent, ambitious effort from the City of Boulder includes another goal - profit.

Calif. lawmaker kills bill that punishes lying lawyers after major donor opposes it, group says

By John O'Brien | Jul 12, 2018

A bill that punishes attorneys who mislead prospective clients passed California's Assembly with no opposition, but the state Senate won't even consider it. So, what happened?

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