Karen Kidd News

School officials have immunity in case over alleged sexual abuse, Kentucky Supreme Court rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 16, 2018

Breathitt County Schools officials are shielded by qualified immunity in litigation brought by the victim of alleged sexual abuse by a former teacher, the Kentucky Supreme Court recently ruled.

Kentucky Supreme Court upholds ruling in case over inmate's death

By Karen Kidd | Nov 15, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Over a lone justice's dissent that concerns over qualified immunity remain in the case of a 36-year-old woman who died in a Russell County detox cell in 2011, a Kentucky Supreme Court majority recently upheld a decision that granted summary judgment in the favor of jail personnel.

Indiana SC: If a product is misused, its maker can't be sued for resulting injuries

By Karen Kidd | Nov 15, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – An Ohio tool manufacturer is not liable for the injuries a man suffered when he misused one of its power tools and eventually lost an eye, the Indiana Supreme Court recently ruled.

Delaware judge denies motion for judgment in lawsuit over Pandur, an armored fighting vehicle

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware Superior Court judge recently denied a Washington, D.C.-based energy and security company's motion in its breach of contract litigation with a defense company, saying the motion was premature.

Delaware couple who lost chicken house in blizzard failed to prove insurance coverage was available, judge rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Greenwood, Delaware couple who sued their insurance company over the denial of their claim for loss of a new chicken house in a 2016 blizzard failed to prove snow and ice coverage was generally available to them, a state superior court judge recently ruled.

Injunction entered against Cabela's competitor founded by former employees

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware chancellor recently granted a Nebraska-based sporting goods retailer's request for a preliminary injunction against a group of the retailer's former managers who allegedly started their own competing company in the same town where the retailer is headquartered.

Sandy Hook shooter's journals to be released, per Conn. SC ruling

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – Connecticut will not appeal the state's Supreme Court's recent unanimous decision that journals and other documents belonging to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza should be released to the public.

State board did not forfeit review authority in California attorney's 2010 dismissal, appeals court says

By Karen Kidd | Nov 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The California State Personnel Board could not - and did not - forfeit its authority in its review of discipline against a former corrections attorney when it initially referred the matter to an administrative law judge, a state appeals court recently ruled.

California appeals court sends long-running wage and hour litigation against Ralphs Grocery back to Superior Court

By Karen Kidd | Nov 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – After about a decade of litigation against a southern California grocery store chain, a wage and hour lawsuit is headed back to Los Angeles Superior Court after a state appeals court found that at least some new claims in the case should be heard.

Arizona Supreme Court leaves Proposition 306 on Tuesday's ballot

By Karen Kidd | Nov 5, 2018

PHOENIX — Proposition 306, the "Clean Election Account Uses and Commission Rulemaking Measure," will remain on Tuesday's ballot in Arizona, following a decision handed down by that state Supreme Court.

Alabama Supreme Court: Daughter in wrongful death case didn't have authority to sign arbitration agreement

By Karen Kidd | Oct 30, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The daughter of a deceased dementia patient will not have to submit to arbitration in her wrongful death lawsuit against a Huntsville, Alabama nursing and rehabilitation center following an Alabama Supreme Court opinion issued earlier this month.

Blind man's lawsuit will continue; Case alleges repeated attacks on his guide dog by trucking company's guard dog

By Karen Kidd | Oct 30, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The case of a blind man and his guide dog repeatedly attacked by a Bell Gardens, California truck hauling company's guard dog is headed back to a Los Angeles court after a three-justice appeals panel found earlier this month that a demurrer should not have been sustained.

Mississippi Supreme Court reverses lower court ruling in medical malpractice case over expert testimony

By Karen Kidd | Oct 17, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Mississippi Supreme Court recently found in favor of a group of health care defendants in the medical malpractice case of a woman who ended up on a ventilator days after knee surgery.

Split Va. SC says employers owed 'duty of care' to family members of employees with asbestos claims

By Karen Kidd | Oct 16, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Employers owe a duty of care when an employee's family members are exposed to asbestos the employee brings home from the job, a split Virginia Supreme Court ruled Oct. 11.

N.J. Supreme Court ends more than 500 Accutane cases after Daubert ruling

By Karen Kidd | Oct 16, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – More than 500 product liability cases against New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company Hoffman-La Roche over the prescription acne drug Accutane were ended by a state Supreme Court opinion issued earlier this month.

California appeals court upholds USC student's suspension in cheating case

By Karen Kidd | Oct 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A superior court judge's ruling that there wasn't enough evidence for a University of Southern California student to be disciplined for allegedly cheating on an exam has been reversed by a state appeals court.

AG wins Brnovich-Contreras debate, chamber official says

By Karen Kidd | Oct 12, 2018

Republican incumbent Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich was the clear winner of this week's debate with Democrat challenger, January Contreras, a chamber of commerce official said during a recent interview.

Brnovich-Contreras AG debate scheduled today

By Karen Kidd | Oct 10, 2018

Republican incumbent state Attorney General Mark Brnovich is shortly expected to begin debating with his Democrat challenger January Contreras in a live Arizona PBS event.

N.J. lawmakers need to address meritless, copycat lawsuits against gyms, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Jul 25, 2018

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Who knew "gym suits" could be so classy?

Lawsuit is 'trivial,' say diet supplement companies facing class action

By Karen Kidd | Jul 24, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Three diet supplement companies defending themselves against allegations of fraud and other charges told a federal judge in New Jersey July 19 that plaintiffs are barred from prevailing in the case because they can't prove injury or loss and that their claims are "de minimis," or trivial.

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