State of Rhode Island News

Using Bloomberg's activists to sue Exxon is ethics violation, group complains of N.Y. AG

By John O'Brien | Dec 10, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A controversial program arming states with environmental activist prosecutors has led to an ethics complaint being filed against New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood.

Rhode Island alleges Black & Decker, Emhart Industries liable for cleanup of site

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 22, 2018

PROVIDENCE, RI (Legal Newsline) – The state of Rhode Island is seeking to recover costs of the cleanup of a site from two companies who formerly used the property.

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

By Dee Thompson | Nov 1, 2017

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 15, 2015

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 2, 2015

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.

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

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 12, 2013

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

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 10, 2013

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

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 12, 2013

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

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 14, 2013

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

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 3, 2012

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

By Bryan Cohen | Oct 20, 2011

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

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 5, 2011

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

By John O'Brien | Jun 14, 2011

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

By John O'Brien | May 6, 2011

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

By Keith Loria | Nov 16, 2010

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

By John O'Brien | Jul 19, 2010

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

By John O'Brien | Jun 10, 2010

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

By John O'Brien | Jun 9, 2010

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

By John O'Brien | May 10, 2010

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.

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