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Appeals court OKs Wal-Mart class action

By Kathy Woods | Apr 27, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-A federal appeals court ruling this week has opened the door for thousands of female Wal-Mart employees to sue the retail giant in a single class action lawsuit for alleged gender discrimination.

Georgia governor taps seasoned lawyer for Obamacare challenge

By Kathy Woods | Apr 19, 2010

Frank Jones ATLANTA, Ga. (Legal Newsline)-The trial attorney hired by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to represent the state in a lawsuit challenging the national health care law has had an expansive legal career.

Mississippi SC rules state can sue Bayer

By Kathy Woods | Apr 19, 2010

James Kitchens JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline)-The Mississippi Supreme Court has revived a lawsuit against Bayer AG, ruling the state can refile a claim the pharmaceutical giant defrauded its Medicaid program.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear 'sexting' case

By Kathy Woods | Apr 17, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will hear the case of whether employees' text messages sent by an employer-owned device are considered private.

Louisiana judge awards $2.6 million in Chinese drywall lawsuit

By Kathy Woods | Apr 13, 2010

NEW ORLEANS, La. (Legal Newsline)- A federal judge in Louisiana may have set the standards for thousands of homes tainted with sulfur-emitting drywall imported from China.

Hawaii justices want possible hotel expansion studied further

By Kathy Woods | Apr 12, 2010

Ronald Moon HONOLULU (Legal Newsline)- An updated environmental impact study is necessary before the controversial Turtle Bay resort expansion may continue, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled late last week.

Jailed Fen-Phen lawyer files new appeal

By Kathy Woods | Apr 9, 2010

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline)-A jailed plaintiffs' attorney convicted of bilking a pharmaceutical company out of millions of dollars in bogus Fen-Phen medical claims is asking for his convictions to be tossed.

New Mexico Supreme Court has new chief justice

By Kathy Woods | Apr 8, 2010

Charles Daniels (D) SANTA FE, N.M. (Legal Newsline)-Charles Daniels was sworn in Wednesday as New Mexico's new chief justice.

Health care lawsuit spurs Colo. AG's Democratic challenger

By Kathy Woods | Apr 8, 2010

John Suthers (R) BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers faces a Democratic challenger this year at least partly because of his decision to sue the federal government over its attempt to mandate health insurance for most Americans.

Indiana high court to hear blackjack case

By Kathy Woods | Apr 6, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline)-The Indiana Supreme Court this week will hear a contract dispute involving professional blackjack player Thomas Donovan.

Brown reaches settlement with SoCal drywall company

By Kathy Woods | Apr 5, 2010

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-More than 200 workers of a Southern California drywall company will receive $200,000 collectively in back pay, under a settlement state Attorney General Jerry Brown announced Monday.

Justices to take up case of fired medical marijuana user

By Kathy Woods | Apr 4, 2010

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-The Washington Supreme Court will hear the case of a medical marijuana card holder who was fired after her pre-employment drug test came back positive.

Microsoft dealt legal blow in patent dispute

By Kathy Woods | Apr 2, 2010

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)- Microsoft Corp. was dealt another major legal defeat this week when a federal appeals court denied the computer software giant's request that a full panel of judges hear their arguments in a long running patent dispute.

Texas SC rules against plaintiff who filed in wrong court

By Kathy Woods | Apr 1, 2010

Wallace Jefferson (R) AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline)-The Texas Supreme Court last week answered the question of whether or not a person may refile a lawsuit once the statute of limitations has expired if the original complaint was filed in the wrong court.

AGs reach agreement with American Spirit

By Kathy Woods | Mar 4, 2010

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General and 32 other attorneys general have reached an agreement with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. that the company must disclose that their natural cigarette is "no safer or healthier" than other tobacco products.

Brown investigation finds violations of labor laws

By Kathy Woods | Mar 4, 2010

Jerry Brown (D) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Country Builders Inc. for allegedly violating the state's labor laws.

Court ends long-running Cisco lawsuit

By Kathy Woods | Feb 26, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U. S. Supreme Court this week ended the long-running lawsuit between the co-founders of Cisco Systems Inc., Leonard Bosack and his ex-wife Sandra Lerner.

Colorado's Amendment 54 declared unconstitutional

By Kathy Woods | Feb 23, 2010

Nancy Rice DENVER (Legal Newsline)-The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday declared the state's landmark Amendment 54 unconstitutional because it violated free speech rights.

O'Connor seeks to be Ohio's first female chief justice

By Kathy Woods | Feb 19, 2010

Maureen O'Connor (R) COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline)-Ohio Justice Maureen O'Connor, a Republican, is running to become Ohio's first female chief justice.

New York judge admonished over campaign pledges

By Kathy Woods | Feb 17, 2010

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline)-New York Supreme Court Justice Patrick McGrath has been admonished by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct for misrepresenting his jurisdiction and making improper pledges or promises during his campaign for Supreme Court justice.

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