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$1B 'retroactive liability' lead paint case vs paint makers could pave way for overreach, Calif. appeals panel told

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 24, 2017, 6:31pm

Lawyers for three current and former paint manufacturers on the hook for a $1.15 billion judgment over the presence of lead paint in more than 3 million California homes have asked a California appeals court to overturn that judgment, saying the judge overreached and trespassed on legal turf more properly reserved for lawmakers, and to rule otherwise would open a virtual Pandora’s box of further judicial abuses and other unforeseen harms on homeowners, businesses and taxpayers, alike.

Oral arguments set Aug. 24 in $1.15 billion lead paint public nuisance case

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 15, 2017, 4:05pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Nearly three years ago, a California judge ordered a group of three paint makers to pay $1.15 billion to 10 California cities and counties to remediate what the judge decided was the “public nuisance” of lead paint in homes.

Jury finds cigarettes, not asbestos, cause of pipefitter’s lung cancer in asbestos case

Jonathan Bilyk May 8, 2015, 8:56am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - After a federal judge denied the plaintiff the ability to use the “any exposure” theory to press his asbestos-related claim, a federal jury has ruled a pipefitter’s lung cancer may have been caused by his pack-and-a-half a day cigarette smoking habit, rather than asbestos exposure, handing a win at trial to a group of industrial defendants.

Ill. AG's lawsuit against Westwood College will continue in federal court

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 16, 2014, 3:56pm

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Seventh Circuit revives class action over payday loans, calls arbitration clause 'unconscionable' and process 'a sham'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 25, 2014, 1:13pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - An embattled provider of online payday loans who allegedly used his standing as a member of a Sioux Indian tribe to tailor loan agreement terms to skirt state and federal law will need to defend yet more of those loans in federal court after the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals panel determined arbitration procedures designed to give jurisdiction over the contracts to tribal

Wifi litigation has some calling for patent reform legislation

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 15, 2013, 7:17pm

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Patent litigation has chilling effect on innovation and services, says critic of Wifi case

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 14, 2013, 12:25pm

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End users align with big tech in Wifi patent litigation

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 11, 2013, 12:59pm

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