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Supreme Court considers limiting class-action lawsuits

By Michelle Keahey | Jan 8, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The Supreme Court on Monday considered efforts by lawyers to place monetary limits on class actions in an effort to keep the class actions in "hellhole" or plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions.

UPDATE: Ark. judge says class action ruling could take 'a little while'

By Michelle Keahey | Oct 4, 2012

Johnson TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - At a hearing held Thursday in Miller County, Ark., Circuit Court, Judge Kirk Johnson stated it could take him "a little while" to form his opinion on the defendant's motion to stay a class action pending before his Court.

Ark. judge puts class action ruling on backburner while mulling murder case

By Michelle Keahey | Oct 4, 2012

Johnson TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - Miller County, Ark., Circuit Court Judge Kirk Johnson said Thursday it could take him a couple of weeks to form his opinion on the defendant's motion to stay a class action pending in his court.

Hearing scheduled for contested Ark. class action

By Michelle Keahey | Oct 4, 2012

Johnson TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - On Thursday, Miller County, Ark., Judge Kirk Johnson is scheduled to hear arguments on a motion to stay a class action case that is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Colossus class action sent back to Ark. court

By Michelle Keahey | Sep 27, 2012

Hickey TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge has sent a class action lawsuit against several insurance companies back to an Arkansas state court

Supreme Court agrees to review class action case involving issues of federal jurisdiction

By Michelle Keahey | Sep 4, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a writ of certiorari to an insurance company seeking clarification of federal jurisdiction involving class action litigation.

Insurers note 'forum shopping' issue going before Supreme Court

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 31, 2012

TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - A group of insurance companies have filed notice with U.S. District Judge Susan O. Hickey that the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled for conference next month on a "forum shopping" issue related to their defense in a class action lawsuit.

Arkansas attorneys sue to enforce Chinese patent infringement judgment against Microsoft

By Michelle Keahey | Jul 31, 2012

Hickey TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - In an effort to enforce a Chinese Court judgment over patent infringement, Texarkana attorneys John C. Goodson and Matt Keil have filed suit against Wal-Mart and Microsoft over their use of Chinese characters in computers.

Colossus defendants want McDaniel to intervene in class action

By Michelle Keahey | Jul 16, 2012

McDaniel TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - Insurance companies battling class action litigation in Miller County, Ark. are asking state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to intervene.

District judge in Arkansas sides with plaintiff in Miller County remand

By Michelle Keahey | Jun 19, 2012

District Judge Susan O. Hickey TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - In a pending class action lawsuit against Mona Vie juice products, U.S. District Judge Susan O. Hickey has granted plaintiff's motion to remand the case back to Miller County Circuit Court in Arkansas.

Insurance companies want judge to adopt fellow court's forum shopping decision

By Michelle Keahey | Jun 11, 2012

Hickey TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - Defendants fighting a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas are asking a judge to adopt a fellow Court's ruling on forum shopping.

ANPAC group chose to fight rather than settle in Miller County, Ark.

By Michelle Keahey | May 18, 2012

TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - Rather than battle it out in a rural Arkansas court, most insurance companies targeted in a 2005 class action lawsuit forked over millions to settle conspiracy and fraud allegations involving the claims adjusting software Colossus.

Defendants mount arguments for keeping Colossus in federal court

By Michelle Keahey | May 8, 2012

Plaintiff attorney Brad Seidel TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - A group of insurance companies fighting high stakes litigation involving computer software known as "Colossus" say the plaintiffs' choice of venue is "blatant forum shopping."

Judge in Ark. Colossus class action did not 'play'

By Michelle Keahey | Apr 25, 2012

Justice Goodson FORT SMITH, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - A Sebastian County, Ark., judge known for being a no-nonsense jurist apparently had no patience for class action attorneys who asked him to be more like Miller County Circuit Court Judge Kirk Johnson.

EPA sued over pollution petition

By Michelle Keahey | Apr 4, 2012

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Several environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency alleging the agency failed to approve a petition to lower pollution into the Mississippi River Basin and the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Woman takes another shot at Wal-Mart class action

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 1, 2011

Scalia DALLAS (Legal Newsline) - Four months after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to certify a nationwide class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart, a former plaintiff has initiated a class action against the retail giant that could include up to 45,000 female Texas employees.

Law grad sues La. SC for denying bar admission

By Michelle Keahey | Jul 20, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - An applicant for admission to the Louisiana bar has filed a lawsuit claiming his constitutional rights were violated after he was denied admission to the bar because of alcohol-related incidents which included two DWIs.

Former La. assistant AG alleges discrimination

By Michelle Keahey | Jul 12, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - A former Louisiana assistant attorney general has filed a racial and gender discrimination lawsuit against the state that claims she was terminated after making a complaint about gender-based pay discrimination.

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