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Pittsburgh's hired guns move in on Philadelphia's turf as opioid lawyers jostle for power

By John O'Brien | Aug 29, 2018

The fighting in Pennsylvania among plaintiffs lawyers working on contingency fees has escalated this summer

Citing 'character assassinations' of witnesses, Goodyear asks for new trial in $40 million asbestos case

By John Breslin | Aug 21, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A lawyer for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which was ordered by pay $40.1 million to a man who claimed he developed mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos, is asking a judge for a new trial.

Texas officials were 'in over their heads' when they struck deals with opioid lawyers

By Dan Fisher | Aug 16, 2018

When it hired outside lawyers to represent it in lawsuits against the opioid industry, Harris County agreed to pay a contingency fee of 35%, more than double the rate in Dallas County and equal to the highest in the state.

Opioid lawyer trying to avoid 'cesspool' asked for by major national firm

By Dan Fisher | Aug 9, 2018

Several Pennsylvania counties are fighting to keep control of their opioid lawsuits as the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, with the active support of the companies it is suing, seeks to create what a rival attorney calls a litigation "cesspool."

A dissident emerges in Pennsylvania's opioid litigation: Lehigh Co. claims its case has been highjacked

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2018

The fight for control of Pennsylvania’s opioid litigation is not over, as Lehigh County is not happy that its case has been grouped in with more than 30 others and that lawyers it previously rejected have been tasked with overseeing the proceedings.

Consumers allege Spring Valley supplement sold at Walmart has misleading labeling

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 5, 2018

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – Four consumers allege that Walmart sells a supplement that is falsely mislabeled.

Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 7, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 9, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 24, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Senate urged to pass legal reform bills; Dems opposed, still mourning arbitration rule

By John O'Brien | Nov 10, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A two-hour hearing on frivolous lawsuits before a U.S. Senate committee may have lacked focus on pending legislation but did produce a few noteworthy moments - including Sen. Al Franken’s assertion that there are “bad actors” filing meritless lawsuits, though he is opposed to the reforms presented.

Net carbs count on Atkins products is misleading, consumer claims

By Wadi Reformado | Aug 23, 2017

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A California consumer claims Atkins Nutritionals Inc. misrepresents the number of net carbs in its product labels.

Gel Spice says woman didn't prove loss in tumeric case, files motion to dismiss

By Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Jun 6, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A food manufacturer faced with a class action lawsuit for allegedly selling a highly lead-tainted product filed a motion to dismiss in April.

Turmeric sold at Big Lots, Grocery Outlet stores allegedly contained high levels of lead

By Louie Torres | Dec 20, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A San Francisco consumer has filed a class action lawsuit over allegations that a spice product contained high levels of lead.

W.Va. firm blames almost 300 companies in each asbestos lawsuit

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 29, 2016

The average number of companies targeted by some of the biggest asbestos firms in their lawsuits is in the triple-figures, according to recent statistics, leading some, especially those in claims management, to question the strategy of plaintiffs’ lawyers.

2 New York consumers allege Dollar General, Dolgencorp sell obsolete oil

By Robbie Hargett | May 19, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - Two New York customers are suing a Dollar General and Dolgencorp, alleging they deceive customers into buying potentially harmful motor oil.

Robo-calls lead to suit against Uber

By Robbie Hargett | Dec 8, 2015

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York woman is suing Uber after the company allegedly placed pre-recorded robo-calls to her and other New Yorkers.

Garlock bankruptcy plan includes national ads targeting asbestos victims

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 25, 2015

Garlock Sealing Technologies has employed a nationally recognized firm to provide notice -- by way of newspaper supplements, magazines, television and even the Internet -- to potential asbestos claimants as part of its bankruptcy proceeding.

Madison County has 181 asbestos trials scheduled for this week

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 1, 2014

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – As the end of the year approaches, there are approximately 181 asbestos cases scheduled for trial on Dec. 1 in a single Madison County, Ill., courtroom, with only one claimant residing in the local jurisdiction.

American farmers and ag businesses adopt Chinese position in corn suits

By Legal News Line | Nov 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – American farmers and agricultural businesses claim an American pesticide contaminates corn, and for proof they plead that Chinese communists say so.

Asbestos attorneys discuss opposing arguments in government contractor defense

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 30, 2014

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – As more and more asbestos cases are filed by former Navy sailors and their families, asbestos attorneys from both sides of the litigation have expressed the importance of documents establishing Navy specifications in relation to the government contractor defense.

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