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R.I. Supreme Court upholds ruling in allegedly faulty stairs case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently upheld a summary judgment in a premises liability case in which a woman claimed she was injured when she fell through faulty stairs.

Maryland court rules statute of repose bars man's estate from suing CBS in asbestos case

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld a judgment in favor of CBS Corp., contending that a statute of repose barred a man from suing the company in an asbestos case.

GNC seeks dismissal of aloe vera product suit, claims consumer fails to state claim

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – General Nutrition Corp. (GNC) wants a class action lawsuit filed by an Illinois consumer, alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation over an aloe vera product, dismissed.

Settlement with Orbit over car seats causes class action to be dismissed

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A man who sued car seat manufacturers, claiming they failed to disclose the amount of harmful flame-retardant chemicals contained in their products, has agreed to voluntarily dismiss the case.

Alabama Supreme Court sends eight Family Security Credit Union cases to arbitration

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – Eight separate claims filed against a credit union for allegedly failing to perfect its security interest in vehicles before financing the purchasers of the vehicles will head arbitration, according to a court ruling.

Mo. Supreme Court gives new life to medical malpractice case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri has overturned a jury verdict against a woman whose esophageal lining allegedly was torn during a medical procedure.

Under Armour must pay $62K to architectural firm over Baltimore project

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – A Maryland appeals court recently affirmed that an architectural firm will receive more than $60,000 for the income-producing time it lost enforcing a project management service contract connected to the construction of a visitor center in Baltimore.

Eddie Bauer spokesman says company will fight data breach suit filed by credit company

Eddie Bauer LLC plans to fight a class action lawsuit filed by a credit company that claims the negligence of the outdoor clothing chain led to a large data breach.

Connecticut high court gives mixed ruling in common law duty of loyalty case

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Connecticut Supreme Court recently upheld in part and reversed in part the judgment of a trial court in a lawsuit that involved an employee secretly working for a competitor of his employer.

Nevada Supreme Court denies Minimum Wage Amendment relief to cab company

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline) – The Nevada Supreme Court on March 16 denied Western Cab's petition for extraordinary relief under the state’s Minimum Wage Amendment, which allows employers to pay lower wages to employees when they also offer them health benefits.

Alabama high court won't rehear FELA case against Norfolk Southern

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Alabama Supreme Court has denied Norfolk Southern Railway's request to rehear a case in which the railroad was deemed negligent for not discovering a defective switch during track inspections.

Montana high court agrees Consumer Direct not responsible in wrongful death case

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the state of Montana recently upheld a district court’s ruling in a wrongful death case brought against Consumer Direct, a provider agency of a personal assistance program.

Calif. SC says high school football player missed window to sue school district over alleged injury

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The California Supreme Court ruled March 6 to affirm a decision ruling that a high school football player who was allegedly injured during a game can’t file a claim because he waited too long.

Alabama Supreme Court reverses order compelling arbitration in boat sale case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Alabama Supreme Court on March 3 overturned a trial court’s order compelling arbitration in a case involving the financing of a boat.

N.D. Supreme Court awards attorney fees to defendants in 'frivolous' lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) – The North Dakota Supreme Court recently awarded attorney fees to defendants in a Native American tort claim case, overturning a district court decision.

Court grants former Heartland Payment employee jury trial in whistleblower suit

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey appeals court has ruled Heartland Payment Systems Inc. will again face a former employee’s whistleblower claim, overturning a $2 million attorneys’ fee that was previously awarded to the credit and debit card processing services firm.

Court imposes shorter suspension for nurse who discharged patient during snowstorm; Patient died from hypothermia

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Court recently refused to uphold a two-year suspension against a nurse who was accused of professional misconduct for releasing a disoriented, sparsely dressed patient into a snowstorm in 2008. The patient died just feet from the hospital.

Business group hopeful legislation targeting frivolous lawsuits will pass

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – For the first time in years, small business advocates believe there is a chance Congress could approve imposing mandatory penalties on those who file frivolous lawsuits.

Fla. AG Bondi files suit alleging companies reduced competition for water treatment chemical

TALLAHASSEE (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Office of the Attorney General is just one of several businesses and agencies going after liquid aluminum sulfate producers General Chemical Corp. and its successor and affiliated companies, GEO Specialty Chemicals Inc. and C&S Chemicals Inc., for allegedly violating federal antitrust laws. 

Honeywell retirees appeal dismissal of lifetime health care benefits suit

TOLEDO, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Retirees of Honeywell International Inc. have appealed an Ohio federal judge's ruling that found the company did not need to pay them lifetime health care benefits.