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Details of new Rhode Island sick leave law will leave employers scratching heads, attorney says

PROVIDENCE, R.I (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act was signed into law in September with the intent of giving employees more paid time off, but some attorneys feel the new law is confusing and will cause more headaches for employers.

Law professor: Antitrust lawsuits over ‘pay-for-delay’ settlements on the rise

An antitrust expert says lawsuits over generic drug delays, like those filed by the City of Providence, are becoming more prevalent following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that held such deals are subject to antitrust scrutiny.

Providence using plaintiffs bar to become player in antitrust cases

The prominent plaintiffs firm Motley Rice is representing the Solicitor's Office in several lawsuits after signing four contracts and stands to earn between 15 and 40 percent in various cases. The antitrust cases began the year after a former Motley Rice law clerk became deputy solicitor.

Litvin Law Firm settles R.I. AG's case


R.I. AG's Iran divestiture bill signed into law

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) -- Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Friday that his legislation to divest all state funds from Iran was signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

R.I. SC says state not required to pay lead industries' court costs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) -- The Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state does not have to pay more than $10 million in litigation costs to a group of companies sued by the state over lead paint exposure.

R.I. AG presents legislation for personal care assistant background checks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin presented legislation Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee to protect seniors and other vulnerable populations by regulating background checks for personal care attendants.

R.I. AG introduces Iran divestiture legislation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) -- Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Wednesday he has submitted legislation to the state's General Assembly that would divest any and all state pension funds from companies that directly -- or indirectly -- do business with Iran.

Companies settle dumping allegations

Kilmartin SMITHFIELD, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced a settlement on Friday between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several companies that allegedly dumped waste at a site in Smithfield.

Make bath salts illegal, R.I. AG says

Kilmartin PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - On Wednesday, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin requested that the state's Department of Health place the main chemicals in the drug known as "bath salts" on the list of Schedule I drugs.

N.Y. Comptroller says Chevron should settle Ecuador lawsuit

DiNapoli NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is urging Chevron to "do what's right for its investors" and "its future viability," and negotiate a fair settlement with a group of Ecuadorians suing the company.

Motley Rice files class action against Nuclear Fuel Services

Fitzpatrick PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The architect of the lead paint lawsuit filed by the state of Rhode Island has filed a class action over a Nuclear Fuel Services materials processing facility in Tennessee.

With McConnell confirmed, records request remains

McConnell PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The fight to reveal the details of DuPont's settlement with the state of Rhode Island will go on but will have to have a different objective now that attorney Jack McConnell has been confirmed as a federal judge.

R.I., Mass. settle with Buzzards Bay oil spill company

Coakley WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The Department of Justice, the commonwealth of Massachusetts and the state of Rhode Island have announced that they have settled with parties allegedly responsible for the Buzzards Bay oil spill.

R.I. SC could force State to pay up

Lynch PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The companies that successfully defended themselves against the state of Rhode Island still want the costs of doing so paid for.

McConnell hearing pushed back

McConnell WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiffs attorney Jack McConnell will have to wait a few days before the Senate Judiciary Committee debates his nomination to a federal judgeship.

Senate committee to consider McConnell nomination

McConnell WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Thursday on President Barack Obama's nomination of plaintiffs attorney Jack McConnell to a federal judgeship,.

Hearing set on McConnell's nomination to federal judgeship

McConnell WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss five judicial nominees Thursday, one of whom is a plaintiffs attorney who has donated to 13 current senators.

ABA says McConnell qualified for federal judgeship

McConnell CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - The American Bar Association believes Rhode Island plaintiffs attorney Jack McConnell is qualified to be a federal judge, though at least one of the 12 voters felt differently.

Obama nominates McConnell to federal bench

Obama WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - President Barack Obama has nominated a Rhode Island plaintiffs lawyer who gave him more than $4,000 in campaign contributions for a federal judgeship.