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Rhode Island settles decade-long case targeting state's Department of Children, Youth, Families

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Jan. 8 that the state has settled a decade-long civil action brought forth by Children’s Rights Inc. over the quality of care at the Rhode Island Island Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF).

Rhode Island attorney general joins lawsuit against EPA for protection against downwind pollution

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has joined seven other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), seeking to force the agency to protect upwind states from downwind state's pollution, in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

Rhode Island attorney general seeks to ban credit bureaus from charging 'credit freeze' fees

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Nov. 20 that his office will file legislation to ban credit bureaus from charging consumers in the state to place, temporarily lift, or remove security freezes on their accounts.

Rhode Island settles with U.S. after 2014 suit regarding Department of Corrections entrance exams

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and A.T. Wall, director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (DOC), announced Sept. 19 that the state has settled with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over a 2014 Justice Department lawsuit regarding DOC entrance exams.

Rhode Island mortgage fraud bill advances in House, Senate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced June 29 that his legislation prohibiting illegal practices in the mortgage industry has been advanced by both the state House and Senate, and will go before Gov. Gina Raimondo's desk for signature.

Rhode Island settles in principle with tobacco companies in MSA dispute

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin said his office has reached a settlement with various tobacco companies.

Rhode Island, 16 other states, D.C. intervene in appeal to defend CFPB's structure

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Jan. 23 that he would join a group of 17 other attorneys general in claiming the structure of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is constitutional.

Rhode Island settles with Compass School over alleged APRA violations

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Dec. 2 that The Compass School has agreed to settle and pay a $1,000 fine after allegations of violating the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).

Official: MTBE contamination cleanup left Rhode Island 'out a lot of money'

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Although a lawsuit filed by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) against 34 gasoline manufacturers is still in its early stages, similar cases filed in other jurisdictions have resulted in positive results for plaintiffs looking to recover the costs related to the cleanup of gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

Rhode Island attorney general OKs affiliation between Westerly Hospital, Yale-New Haven

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has announced the approval of the proposed affiliation between LMW Healthcare (Westerly Hospital) and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation.

Rhode Island targets gasoline manufactures for alleged role in MTBE problems

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) have announced a lawsuit against gasoline manufacturers in order to recover expenses associated with the cleanup of the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

Rhode Island General Assembly advances 'patent troll' legislation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that the Rhode Island General Assembly has advanced legislation developed at his request that bans “patent trolls” in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island legislation regarding e-cig packaging advances in House of Representatives

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that legislation filed on his behalf that would require e-liquid packaging used in electronic nicotine-delivery systems such as e-cigarettes to be child resistant has been advanced by the State House of Representatives.

Rhode Island Senate advances bill aimed at fighting 'patent trolls'

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — The Rhode Island state Senate has unanimously advanced legislation that bars “patent trolls” in the state.  

Rhode Island House committee examines e-cigarette legislation

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Legal Newsline) — The Rhode Island House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare recently examined legislation filed on behalf of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin that would require child-resistant packaging for e-cigarettes and similar products.

New Rhode Island bill could mandate insurance companies cover substance abuse disorders

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley, D-District 16-Central Falls, Pawtucket, is sponsoring a bill that would mandate insurance companies must cover at least 90 days of residential or inpatient services for medical health and substance abuse disorders.

Rhode Island Attorney General seeks to hold unlicensed contractors accountable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Legislation requested by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin to hold unlicensed and bad contractors accountable recently went before the state House Committee on Judiciary.

Proposed legislation seeks to expand health insurance benefits in R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin filed legislation to expand health insurance coverage for disabling or life-threatening chronic diseases by including off-label products.

Appeal filed for Blue Cross Blue Shield increased rates

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin recently filed an administrative appeal with the Rhode Island Superior Court to request the review of the Rhode Island Office of Health Insurance Commissioner's (OHIC) decision and amended decision concerning raising the rates of Blue Cross Blue Shield in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island attorney general joins call to end billing adjustments by electric companies

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee are calling on the Public Utilities Commission to eliminate the “billing adjustment” practice, which recalculates electric bills to cover any differences between the variable rate and the fixed-rate.