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Tennessee SC overturns decision in workers' compensation case after man dies from overdose

The Tennessee Supreme Court this month decided to overturn a chancery court's decision, instead ruling that workers' compensation could not cover a man's overdose-induced death.

Retired Alaska judge praises state's merit-based selection process, lack of politics

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – Retired Alaska Superior Court Judge Elaine Andrews likes that Alaska's judicial-selection system is currently based on merit, calling it the most transparent in the country.

Court: Burning of trees caused damage to vehicles, but wasn't covered by insurance

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a First Judicial District Court's decision regarding insurance coverage, ruling that Robert Fitte's Mountain West automobile insurance policy did not provide coverage for the losses he suffered to work vehicles from a fire that Fitte started to burn trees.

Pre-K teacher loses wrongful termination, slander case against Catholic school

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Feb. 24 decided to uphold the decision of the Hillsborough Superior Court to dismiss allegations against the Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester, or Saint Christopher School, in the case of Beverly A. Cluff-Landry v. the Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester.

Ark. police, firefighters notch important win in class action

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Arkansas on Feb. 16 decided to uphold a Faulkner County Circuit Court certified a class of Conway police and firefighters who are seeking salary increases.

Ninth Circuit rejects class action settlement approved by magistrate

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court has ruled a magistrate judge abused her discretion to approve a class action settlement by giving the green light to an agreement that required members to give up their rights to seek damages in exchange for injunctive relief that had no value.

Defendant makes unusual move in class action, embraces more discovery

CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) – A defendant in an Ohio class action was successful in an unusual discovery move seeking to identify the scope of a possible class, which will affect its defense strategy, a Carlton Fields attorney says.