JEFFERSON CITY – Speaking for the Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers in opposing a bill that would tighten jurisdiction over civil suits, injury attorney Brett Emison argued that cities produce better trials because jurors have time and resources to sit for weeks, whereas jury prospects in rural counties have to get their crops in.
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Judge approves $250 million State Farm settlement; Says plaintiffs likely would not have prevailed at trial
EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon, who designated Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier as a hostile witness for a trial accusing him of corruption, now admits jurors might have trusted him.
Kentucky GOP accuses AG Beshear of pay-to-play; Firm awarded contingency contract hosting fundraiser
FRANKFORT- The Republican Party of Kentucky is accusing Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear of engaging in "pay-to-play" politics in his campaign for governor due to his close ties to a law firm the AG hired on a contingency fee basis to pursue opioid litigation.
Houston lawyer Lanier opens trial against J&J in St. Louis alleging asbestos in talcum powder caused ovarian cancer
ST. LOUIS - Just before Houston plaintiff attorney Mark Lanier wrapped up opening arguments Wednesday morning on behalf of 77 women claiming asbestos in talcum powder caused ovarian cancer he told jurors about a study of infants who had been born dead.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Ellis has taken under advisement a motion that challenges the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller to investigate President Donald Trump.
Lawsuit: Prominent lawyer Watts bashed class actions to recruit farmers at 40% fee in GMO corn litigation
MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – Texas plaintiffs lawyer Mikal Watts is being accused by a colleague and farmers of shady behavior and criticizing the class action mechanism in massive litigation over genetically modified corn sold by Syngenta.
Lawyers to get 75 percent of $9.8 million whistleblower suit against K-Mart; Tillery's take - $5.7 million
EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel awarded three fourths of a $9.8 million settlement to lawyers who sued failing retailer K-Mart.
CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) – A conservative political group that funded watchdog litigation against Lois Lerner and the Internal Revenue Service won’t be making any money off its investment but has helped “correct a societal wrong,” court papers state.
Limbaugh assigned to Dicamba MDL over Herndon; Attorneys say SDIL disposition time nearly slowest of all
EAST ST. LOUIS – Multi district litigation against Monsanto involving weed killer Dicamba will go before District Judge Stephen Limbaugh at the Eastern District of Missouri, in spite of calls for the Southern District of Illinois.
EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon on Feb. 6 denied summary judgment to State Farm on a $9 billion racketeering claim.
CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - Lois Lerner, formerly of the Internal Revenue Service when it discriminated against applicants for tax exemptions based on their viewpoints, claims Americans have no right to read statements she made under oath about why she did it.
SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Feb. 9 that Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Western Nuclear Inc. have settled in separate agreements over allegations related to uranium mine waste at the Mariano Lake and Ruby Mines on the Navajo Nation.
OMAHA, Neb. (Legal Newsline) – A Nebraska corporation is alleged to have not paid penalties to the state for environmental violations and instead fraudulently transferred assets.
CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – An Illinois homeowner has filed a class action lawsuit against a mortgage service provider and its vendor over allegations he was subjected to unreasonable and unnecessary property inspections.
CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Two pension funds allege they suffered damages because of a company's fraudulent practices.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced a report highlighting various market developments that have the potential to produce benefits for consumers.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Oct. 31 a Supervisory Highlights report that shows how the agency’s recent supervisory actions have returned more than $11 million to more than 225,000 consumers allegedly harmed by college loan servicers.
DENVER (Legal Newsline) — Platte River Networks, email contractor for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, has never managed information any more than a car salesman fixes cars.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — Employees with a welfare and pension fund and all others similarly situated have filed a class-action lawsuit against several businesses for alleged conspiracy and violation of antitrust laws.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine has announced, according to the District’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), that D.C. residents are being targeted by an alleged “phishing” scam.