MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alabama told the Jefferson Circuit Court to void its July 2019 decision denying a partial summary judgment to the owners of a bar named as defendants in a lawsuit because a two-year statute of limits to do so had expired.
GEORGETOWN, Del. (Legal Newsline) - The Superior Court of Delaware has denied a request for judgment from an insurance company but ordered a new trial because a $500,000 punitive damages award against it "shocks the court's conscience."
PASADENA, Calif. – A potentially precedent-setting hearing on Wednesday saw Northern California communities seeking relief against oil companies whose fossil fuel emissions plaintiff attorneys contend are damaging residents with rising sea levels and environmental degradation.
PASADENA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Two potentially precedent-setting hearings Wednesday, Feb. 5 involving Bay Area communities will seek to decide who has jurisdiction, federal or state courts, in appealed lawsuits over allegations that oil companies Chevron and Exxon Mobil Corp. injured plaintiffs by promoting fossil fuel emissions.
PASADENA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is set on Feb. 5 to hear an appeal by oil companies asking it to overturn a ruling in favor of San Mateo and other California cities and counties that let them pursue their climate change lawsuits in state court.
SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Jan. 17 turned back a lawsuit filed by a group of youth climate activists suing the federal government over alleged inaction on climate change, saying the court lacks jurisdiction in the matter.
LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – The state of Michigan is suing DuPont, 3M and 15 other defendants for allegedly contaminating water supplies with PFAS chemicals used in applications including firefighting retardant and Teflon nonstick cookware, causing a widespread health hazard.
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – The state of Oklahoma is asking the Cleveland County District Court to levy nearly a half-million dollars against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for court costs after winning a $465 million victory over the company in August for allegedly causing the state’s opioid crisis.
ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The New York Court of Appeals on Nov. 25 reversed a lower court's decision and concluded that an injury to a corrections officer while transporting a prisoner did qualify for performance-of-duty disability benefits because it was an accident and not deliberate.
DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – The Michigan Court of Appeals on Nov. 26 affirmed a lower court decision in favor of a doctor sued by a woman over allegations of malpractice, citing that the statute of limitations had expired.
DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – The Michigan Court of Appeals on Nov. 26 reversed a lower court ruling saying a store was not to blame for an accident when shelved tiles fell on a woman’s foot because prior knowledge of a dangerous situation was unknown to store employees.
LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – The state of Michigan Court of Appeals last week decided in favor of Ford Motor Co., reversing a decision of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court (Detroit) and remanding for further proceedings a lawsuit brought against Ford over allegations of faulty transmissions.
ST. LOUIS - A jury on Friday decided that Johnson & Johnson was not responsible for development of a St. Louis woman’s stage-two ovarian cancer from the use of its baby powder, which the plaintiff alleged had been contaminated with asbestos.
LOS ANGELES – A 12-member jury on Monday decided Johnson & Johnson was not responsible for Amy Fong’s mesothelioma, rejecting a lawsuit in which it was alleged baby powder Fong had breathed in Hong Kong during the 1970’s caused her to contract the deadly lung disease.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The president of the American Tort Reform Association told members of Congress on Tuesday that litigation could get out of hand unless federal regulators adopt a commonsense, fair approach to dealing with the PFAS chemicals that activists claim are poisoning the nation’s water supplies.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Closing arguments were made Thursday in a historic civil trial in New York Supreme Court in which the state’s attorney general alleges the oil giant Exxon Mobil deceived investors by minimizing the future cost impacts of climate change to paint a rosier fiscal picture.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A historic civil trial in New York Supreme Court opened Tuesday to decide if oil conglomerate Exxon allegedly deceived its own stockholders – understating the future risks of stricter government regulation and increasing costs to develop fossil fuels – in order to prop up market shares and maintain economic viability.
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – In a hearing Tuesday to clarify disagreements over a $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson for allegedly helping create an opioid epidemic in Oklahoma, attorneys for the state argued more money was needed to fully abate the problem, while lawyers for J&J requested joint liability credits to ease its burden.