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Mississippi Supreme Court cautiously resolving lung injury claims; objections to jurisdiction, bias and fault ignored

By Steve Korris | Dec 20, 2013

WallerJACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) -Without confronting massive matters of jurisdiction, bias and fault, the Mississippi Supreme Court is resolving lung injury claims one by one.Last year the Court overturned judgments of $15.2 million and $2.6 million, on grounds that let them reject and ignore deeper objections of defendants.In the bigger case, Justices ruled that Jones County Circuit Judge Billy

Jurors' decision in silica claim at odds with Mississippi judge

By Steve Korris | Dec 12, 2013

LAUREL, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Jones County jurors rejected a sandblaster's silica claim eight months ago, but a judge's decision to give the plaintiff a second shot may yet result in a verdict against former sand supplier Dependable Abrasives.

Fannie Mae offers examples of routine dishonesty in its fight against lenders

By Steve Korris | Feb 3, 2012

Michael Williams, president and CEO of Fannie Mae NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Summaries of 24 mortgage loans paint a heart-breaking picture of routine dishonesty that brought down America's house of cards.

Ill. court will hear $17.8M asbestos appeal

By Steve Korris | Jan 30, 2012

Wylder SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Fourth District appellate judges will review a $17.8 million jury verdict from a McLean County asbestos conspiracy trial at oral arguments on Feb. 7.

Scruggs gets hearing in effort to shave sentence

By Steve Korris | Jan 27, 2012

Scruggs ABERDEEN, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Tort king Dickie Scruggs has won a chance to shorten his prison sentence at a hearing much like the trial he waived.

Judge tells asbestos firm to hand over documents in fraud case

By Steve Korris | Jan 27, 2012

Peirce WHEELING, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Pittsburgh asbestos lawyer Robert Peirce must deliver documents about radiologist Ray Harron to CSX Transportation for the railroad's racketeering and fraud suit, a judge has ruled.

U.S. SC issues stay in W.Va. redistricting case

By Steve Korris | Jan 23, 2012

Roberts WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Supreme Court justices have plunged West Virginia elections more deeply into uncertainty.

Article: Navy put emphasis on asbestos

By Steve Korris | Jan 12, 2012

Paustenbach BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) - Businesses that asbestos lawsuits have destroyed, deformed and depleted for decades supplied much of the fiber in obedience to Navy rules for winning a war, a new research article shows.

La. AG lashes back after authority stripped in BP litigation

By Steve Korris | Jan 10, 2012

Caldwell NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell protests to appellate judges that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange snatched away his authority in Deepwater Horizon litigation.

Ill. court overturns $5.5M asbestos conspiracy verdict

By Steve Korris | Jan 9, 2012

Knecht SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Five months after Illinois Fourth District appellate judges reversed a McLean County jury's asbestos conspiracy verdict against Honeywell International, another panel of the same court tossed out another conspiracy verdict against Honeywell.

Judge grants 6 percent charge to lawyers for oil spill settlements

By Steve Korris | Jan 5, 2012

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier exiled Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell from Deepwater Horizon litigation and granted plaintiff lawyers a 6 percent charge on $14 billion in future settlements at BP's Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

Asbestos MDL stops taking tag along cases in Philadelphia federal court

By Steve Korris | Dec 21, 2011

Robreno WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Asbestos litigation that stacked millions of flimsy claims in a single court and lasted 20 years died quietly on Dec. 13.

BP receives $250M from contractor for oil spill

By Steve Korris | Dec 20, 2011

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) Deepwater Horizon blowout prevention contractor Cameron International will pay BP $250 million to settle a dispute over liability for last year's explosion and oil spill.

Barbier rejects state, city government damage claims against BP

By Steve Korris | Dec 14, 2011

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - In a recent ruling, U. S. District Judge Carl Barbier rejected most Deepwater Horizon damage claims of state and local governments and deflected many remaining claims to a BP agency outside his jurisdiction.

Simmons firm gets 185 trial slots on 2013 Madison County asbestos docket

By Steve Korris | Dec 12, 2011

Crowder EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Madison County, Ill., Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder has provided Simmons Browder law firm of East Alton with 185 valuable trial slots in her asbestos court for 2013.

Company using recent Ill. SC decision from $43M case

By Steve Korris | Dec 6, 2011

Theis EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Georgia trailer maker Cottrell Inc., constantly defending Madison County injury suits, aims to test the strength of an Illinois Supreme Court decision that overturned a $43 million judgment in a car crash.

W.Va. SC rejects claim for medical monitoring

By Steve Korris | Dec 2, 2011

Chief Justice Margaret Workman CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Seven years of searching for witnesses and evidence didn't turn up enough of either to save a suit for medical monitoring of everyone who worked or played at Omar Elementary School in Chauncey, W.Va., since 1964.

Halliburton wants oil spill judge to disqualify engineer for 'switching sides'

By Steve Korris | Nov 22, 2011

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Halliburton Energy Services Inc. claims an employee who helped develop strategy for litigation over the Deepwater Horizon explosion quit his job and joined a firm that helps rig operator BP develop an opposing strategy.

Keystone auditors can't shift costs to lawyers, W.Va. SC rules

By Steve Korris | Nov 17, 2011

Ketchum CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Accountants who owe Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation about $23 million for failing to detect a big fraud at little Keystone Bank can't shift part of the cost to Keystone's lawyers, the West Virginia Supreme Court has decided.

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