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California trial lawyers tout legislative gains

Montevideo SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) A group representing trial lawyers in California says they're gaining traction with consumer-minded legislation.

Expert calls AAJ's confidentiality agreement into question

von Spakovsky WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A legal expert says it's suspicious that the American Association for Justice would impose a confidentiality agreement on members to attend the group's winter convention.

AAJ convention coming to Miami

A campaign event is scheduled for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) at the AAJ Winter Conference on Feb. 6. MIAMI (Legal Newsline) - Trial lawyers from across the country will be descending on Miami for five days as part of the American Association for Justice Winter Convention.

AAJ convention coming to Miami

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) - Trial lawyers from across the country will be descending on Miami for five days as part of the American Association for Justice Winter Convention.

AAJ convention coming to Miami

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) - Trial lawyers from across the country will be descending on Miami for five days as part of the American Association for Justice Winter Convention.

Critics of EPA's Jackson say she bows to both extremes

Jackson WASHINGTON (Legal Newslin) - Soon after President Barack Obama tapped Lisa Jackson to take the reins at the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the agency announced it would be re-reviewing the commonly used farming pesticide atrazine and its potential health effects.

Ban on atrazine would stagger agriculture, experts say

Frank Critics of the federal Environmental Protection Agency's ongoing re-review of the commonly used pesticide atrazine and pending lawsuits against its makers say the potential ramifications could be staggering if the pesticide was ever banned.

EPA, pesticide maker at odds over study

Jackson WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The federal Environmental Protection Agency says a new review of atrazine, a commonly used agricultural pesticide, is rooted in a statutory mandate and prompted by new evidence about the effects of the pesticide to humans and animals.

Merck, Shering-Plough settle with 36 AGs

McGraw WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Thirty-six attorneys general announced a major settlement on Wednesday with two drug companies that delayed negative findings from a clinical trial.

Arguments set in Massey appeal

Blankenship CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Arguments have been set in the West Virginia Supreme Court for the third round of Massey Energy's appeal of a $50 million verdict against it.

W.Va. SC says state must arbitrate tobacco dispute

McGraw CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a Kanawha Circuit Court judge's ruling that Attorney General Darrell McGraw's office has to participate in a nationwide arbitration related to a monumental settlement with big tobacco companies.

Former U.S. justice will serve on governor's court commission

O'Connor CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has agreed to serve as the honorary chairwoman of West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's special commission on state courts, his office announced today.

Judge appointed in Massey rehearing

Benjamin CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - A former Putnam County circuit judge will stand in for West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin in the reconsideration of a controversial Massey Energy appeal.

U.S. Supreme Court says Benjamin should have recused

Benjamin WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision released Monday, said West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin should have stepped aside in a case involving Massey Energy.

W. Va. Supreme Court agrees to review $4 million medmal verdict

Chief Justice Brent Benjamin CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Supreme Court justices has agreed to review a $4 million verdict in a Wetzel County medical malpractice case.

AP still going after Maynard's e-mails

Maynard CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Though former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elliott "Spike" Maynard lost the election, The Associated Press still is going after eight of his e-mails to Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

Panel debates W.Va.'s 'hellhole' status

Hughes CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - It wasn't hard to see the ideological division between the plaintiff and defense bars during a panel discussion over whether West Virginia deserves to be called a "judicial hellhole."

Massey lawyers want justices to review Benjamin's voting record

Benjamin WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Lawyers for Massey Energy are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider West Virginia Chief Justice Brent Benjamin's voting record when it comes to the coal giant.

Chesapeake partly blames verdict for W.Va. exit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) -- Chesapeake Energy Corp. says a huge verdict against it in a Roane County case over natural gas royalties is one of the reasons the energy giant is moving the majority of its Charleston-based jobs.