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Industry unhappy with risk of higher verdicts in New York's asbestos court

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 18, 2017, 12:00pm

The order, released in June, holds, among other things, that punitive damages awards are no longer deferred for cases placed on the trial calendar after the CMO’s effective date.

Calif. appeals court upholds cap-and-trade program under state’s global warming law, says it’s not a tax

Jessica Karmasek May 5, 2017, 10:28am

In 2006, the state Legislature passed and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the California Global Warming Solutions Act, which requires that covered entities reduce greenhouse gas, or GHG, emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The California Chamber of Commerce and Morning Star Packing Company were among those who sued the State Air Resources Board over a cap-and-trade aspect of the law.

After NLRB gives job back to man fired for racism, appeal follows

S. Laney Griffo Dec. 1, 2016, 1:00pm

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is preparing to hear the appeal of a company being forced to rehire a striking employee who was fired for yelling racist comments at replacement workers.

Groups want Third Circuit to enforce Flonase class action settlement against Louisiana AG

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 7, 2016, 2:54pm

The Washington Legal Foundation is among those calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to overturn a Pennsylvania federal court’s decision that, they argue, would undermine class-wide settlements by permitting plaintiff states to file copycat lawsuits despite benefiting from a settlement.

Texas judge temporarily blocks U.S. Department of Labor’s ‘persuader rule’

Jessica Karmasek Jun. 28, 2016, 3:16pm

The new Persuader Advice Exemption Rule requires that employers and the consultants they hire file reports not only for direct persuader activities -- i.e. consultants talking to workers -- but also for indirect persuader activities -- consultants scripting what managers and supervisors say to workers.

Vermont GMO labeling law could have widespread effects

Rick Fahr May 5, 2016, 3:31pm

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – A law set to take effect in Vermont on July 1 has food producers considering effects that could extend far beyond one small state.

U.S. House passes resolution nullifying EPA ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 14, 2016, 10:25am

House Speaker Paul Ryan contends the new rule -- which extends the agency’s authority to all bodies of water, no matter the size -- hurts farmers and could result in higher fees for small businesses. The White House has said it will veto the resolution, which already has passed the Senate.

Federal court grants states’ injunction, delays EPA ‘Waters’ rule

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 1, 2015, 12:01pm

A North Dakota federal judge said in his order, issued Thursday, that it “appears likely” the federal Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with certain requirements in promoting its “Waters of the United States” rule.

U.S. SC to review case over class action certification

Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 9, 2015, 12:45pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a federal appeals court ruling that some claim improperly certified a wage and hour class action lawsuit.

Ala. governor signs bill reversing state SC’s ‘innovator liability’ ruling

Jessica M. Karmasek May 4, 2015, 8:30am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed into law a bill overturning a state Supreme Court ruling that held a brand-name drug manufacturer can be liable for physical injuries caused by a generic drug product that it neither made nor sold.

Ala. lawmakers send bill reversing state SC’s ‘innovator liability’ decision to governor

Jessica M. Karmasek Apr. 29, 2015, 9:00am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill that would overturn a state Supreme Court ruling that held a brand-name drug manufacturer can be liable for physical injuries caused by a generic drug product that it neither made nor sold.

Okla. AG sues Chinese oil equipment company, alleges piracy

Bryan Cohen Mar. 17, 2014, 2:18pm


ABA hosting AG panel on IP theft

Jessica M. Karmasek Feb. 25, 2014, 5:25pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The American Bar Association, one of the nation's largest voluntary bar associations, is hosting a panel discussion Wednesday on intellectual property theft.

Manufacturers file lawsuit over posting requirement for federal contractors

Jessica M. Karmasek Dec. 18, 2013, 8:30pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The National Association of Manufacturers and the Virginia Manufacturers Association have filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs from requiring federal contractors to post union notices.

Manufacturers, business groups join AGs in challenge to EPA ruling

Jessica M. Karmasek Dec. 18, 2013, 6:15pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Manufacturers and business groups are joining more than 20 state attorneys general in challenging the federal Environmental Protection Agency over its decision to rescind parts of a Clean Water Act permit issued to a West Virginia coal mining company.

Fifth Circuit overturns NLRB ruling on employer arbitration agreements

Jessica M. Karmasek Dec. 5, 2013, 3:00pm

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) -- A federal appeals court this week overturned a National Labor Relations Board ruling that class-action waivers in employment arbitration agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act.

Manufacturers, business groups challenge EPA debarment ruling

Jessica M. Karmasek Dec. 3, 2013, 8:05pm

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) -- This week, a group of manufacturers joined other business groups in supporting BP's efforts to fight the federal Environmental Protection Agency's debarment ruling.

Lawsuit abuse bill passes U.S. House

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 14, 2013, 9:35pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill aimed at reducing the number of frivolous lawsuits plaguing the nation's legal system.

U.S. SC to hear challenge to EPA's greenhouse gas regulations

Jessica M. Karmasek Oct. 15, 2013, 7:30pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the Obama administration's greenhouse gas regulations.

Legal reform group, manufacturers urge U.S. SC to uphold ruling over federal jurisdiction

Jessica M. Karmasek Sep. 16, 2013, 8:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- A group of veteran legal reform advocates, in an amicus brief filed last week, want the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a November ruling by a federal appeals court in a case over federal jurisdiction.