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Former owners of medical marijuana business file fraud suit against Washington attorney

By John Sammon | Nov 13, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – The former owners of a medical pot-growing business that went belly-up are asking the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington for a jury trial and more than $2 million in damages, claiming they were fleeced by an attorney and his client.

Nev. newspaper to get docs relating to allegations of hostile behavior by Clark County School District trustee

By John Sammon | Nov 13, 2018

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) – The Nevada Supreme Court on Oct. 25 affirmed a district court decision ordering release of documents to a newspaper reporter investigating allegations of abuse by a school trustee, but ruled further names of victims to be redacted.

AbbVie asks California court to dismiss case over allegations of Humira kickbacks

By John Sammon | Nov 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for a Chicago-based biopharmaceutical company on Oct. 26 asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to drop a lawsuit over allegations that the company concocted a kickback scheme to help sell its drug Humira.

Fort Lauderdale considers suing Big Oil amidst federal court rulings rejecting climate change theories

By John Sammon | Nov 2, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE (Legal Newsline) – The Fort Lauderdale City Commission is considering suing oil companies over the climate change activists say could raise sea coastal levels to catastrophic proportions.

More info on Donziger released; Lawyer gained multibillion-dollar verdict against Chevron through fraud, judge has ruled

By John Sammon | Oct 29, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for Chevron on Oct. 24 asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to hold disbarred attorney Steven R. Donziger in contempt for his alleged continued efforts to personally profit off a pollution scam in the South American country of Ecuador.

Supreme Court case to decide issue of class action funds directed to 'pet causes'

By John Sammon | Oct 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 31 will hear arguments in what could become a landmark case to decide whether attorneys in class action lawsuits can send class funds under the cy pres doctrine to the causes of their choosing.

Meritless claims clog courts, lawyers’ group calls for more teeth amending Rule 26

By John Sammon | Oct 6, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. (Legal Newsline) - A new report issued on Oct. 4 by the Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) said pending meritless product liability claims backing up like a logjam in the multi-district litigation (MDL) court system, unfairly puts the onus of cost on defendants and their attorneys and needs reform.

Dept. of Justice objects to appointment of asbestos trust fund protector, calls for greater scrutiny

By John Sammon | Sep 27, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. (Legal Newsline) – Officials of the U.S. Dept. of Justice on Sept. 26 objected to the appointment of Lawrence Fitzpatrick as a “future claim representative” (FCR) trustee to protect trust funding designed to help pay damages for future victims of asbestos exposure----stating the New Jersey-based attorney had potential conflicts of interest from relationships with plaintiff attorneys in asbestos litigation.

New Jersey man fights to keep his house, seeks reversal of $12.5M ruling in junk fax suit

By John Sammon | Sep 5, 2018

A New Jersey man whose business is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and who might lose his home is fighting a $12.5 million judgment against him in an Arkansas court because of what he maintains was the innocent sending of a single fax.

Whistleblower's lawyer asking for more than $400K from $10.6M judgment against BestCare Laboratory Services

By John Sammon | Aug 22, 2018

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – A whistleblower who brought suit resulting in a $10.6 million partial judgment against a medical laboratory for allegedly charging false mileage fees to pick up medical specimens is seeking $424,370 in attorney fees, which includes $4,335 in out-of-pocket expenses.

Federal judge cuts vaginal mesh punitive award; Woman must take lesser amount or go through new trial

By John Sammon | Aug 15, 2018

HAMMOND, Ind. (Legal Newsline) – An Indiana federal judge on Aug. 8 gave a choice to a woman who won a case that alleged the pelvic mesh device made by Johnson & Johnson caused her severe injury. She could submit to a lesser amount of punitive damages or face a new punitive damages trial, the judge ruled.

Ag and state reps say nuisance lawyers trying to put farmers out of business

By John Sammon | Aug 7, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Representatives of agriculture in North Carolina accuse lawyers and their plaintiffs of attempting to put farmers out of business in the wake of a lawsuit targeting a hog ranch.

Sheldon Silver sentenced to jail, but asbestos system still invites shenanigans, attorney says

By John Sammon | Aug 3, 2018

While the recent sentencing to prison of a once-powerful politician should help discourage abuse in the realm of asbestos litigation, an attorney following the issue says reform of the system is ultimately necessary.

Maryland court rules state law reigns over federal in suit over woman’s Medicare payments

By John Sammon | Jul 26, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The Maryland Court of Special Appeals on July 5 turned back the appeal of a representative of a deceased woman who claimed the state’s Maryland Act should be pre-empted by a federally run Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act.

Transport company’s appeal of $490K oil spill award turned back by Maine Supreme Court

By John Sammon | Jul 25, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on July 12 denied the appeal of a trucking company, affirming an earlier trial court judgment of $490,000 in favor of a Maine couple for an oil spill that degraded their property.

California court denies appeal of snowboarder whose leg was amputated after striking snowcat

By John Sammon | Jul 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeals for the State of California 3rd District on June 27 denied the appeal of a woman who sued the ski run where she was severely injured in a snowboarding accident.

Fla. court keeps TCPA case alive; Texting a 'risky venture' for companies

By John Sammon | Jul 24, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on June 7 dismissed a motion by a defendant to dismiss a case alleging a man’s privacy rights were violated when he received texts that were marketing ploys.

From Northern California Record

Companies petition U.S. Supreme Court for review of California lead-based paint judgment

By John Sammon | Jul 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Three companies on the hook for a potential billion dollar judgment have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a public nuisance case filed by 10 counties and cities in California mandating they clean up lead-based paint in dwellings.

From St. Louis Record

Jurors pound Johnson & Johnson with $4.69 billion judgment; Company vows to appeal

By John Sammon | Jul 12, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Jurors on July 12 handed Johnson & Johnson a body-blow, levying a total $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to 22 women who claimed its talcum powder contained asbestos that caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

Kentucky judge allows disbarred attorney Lerach to stay on case

By John Sammon | May 11, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Judge Phillip Shepherd of Kentucky's Franklin Circuit Court rejected a motion April 17 by defendants asking whether disbarred attorney William S. Lerach should be prevented from working as a “pension consultant” in a major investment-gone-wrong lawsuit.

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