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Beaumont attorneys show financial support for local judge up for re-election

By David Yates | Aug 8, 2014

BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) – Beaumont plaintiffs attorneys are donating thousands of dollars to the re-election campaign of one the local judges who routinely presides over their civil lawsuits.

More than 100 companies, business associations say they're against possible expansion of CBM program

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Feb 3, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Last week, a group of more than 100 companies and business associations urged federal lawmakers to reject efforts to expand the Transitional Program for Covered Business Patents, also known as the CBM program.

Housing and real estate group says Calif. judge's final decision in lead paint case will hurt home values

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) -- A Los Angeles County-based housing and real estate group says last week's decision against a group of former lead paint manufacturers, raising the cost of a required abatement fund by $50 million, will send California home values "in a freefall."

Calif. judge increases cost of lead paint abatement fund by $50 million

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 10, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A California judge issued his final statement of decision against a group of former lead paint manufacturers Tuesday, raising the cost of a required abatement fund by $50 million.

Law school dean weighs in on Calif. lead paint ruling

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 18, 2013

BRISTOL, R.I. (Legal Newsline) -- A law school dean and expert in class-action lawsuits and mass torts said Tuesday he wouldn't be surprised if a $1.1 billion ruling against one-time paint and pigment manufacturers isn't upheld at the next level.

Update: NL, ConAgra, Sherwin-Williams to file objections to Calif. judge's lead paint ruling

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 17, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- A spokeswoman for NL Industries, ConAgra Grocery Products and The Sherwin-Williams Company says the companies will file objections with the California judge who, on Monday, ordered them to pay $1.1 billion to replace or maintain lead paint in millions of homes.

Calif. judge says NL, ConAgra, Sherwin Williams must pay $1.1 billion in lead paint case

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 17, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A California judge on Monday ordered NL Industries, ConAgra and Sherwin Williams to pay $1.1 billion to replace or maintain lead paint in millions of homes.

Phila. judge affirms $2.3 million plaintiff's verdict in asbestos wrongful death case

By Jon Campisi | Dec 5, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) -- A trial court judge recently upheld a $2.3 million plaintiff's verdict in an asbestos mass tort case out of Philadelphia, disputing defense assertions that the defendants were entitled to a new trial because the plaintiff's case for causation failed as a matter of law.

DuPont agrees to settle with feds, W.Va. over alleged Clean Air Act violations

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 30, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) -- This week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced that E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, otherwise known as DuPont, has agreed to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations at the company's Washington Works Facility.

Lead paint decision now in hands of judge

By Ann Maher | Sep 24, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- Whether childhood lead poisoning in 10 California cities and counties can be blamed on one-time lead paint and pigment manufacturers is a decision that rests solely in the hands of Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg after a six-week trial that concluded in closing arguments Monday.

In closing arguments, defendant companies say lead paint plaintiffs failed to prove case

By Ann Maher | Sep 24, 2013

UPDATED: SAN JOSE (Legal Newsline) - Attorneys for one-time lead paint and pigment manufacturers argued during closing arguments Monday that plaintiffs failed to prove their case brought on behalf of 10 California cities and counties.

Judge again asks sides to settle in Calif. lead paint case

By Ann Maher | Sep 24, 2013

SAN JOSE (Legal Newsline) - Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg on Monday ended proceedings in a 13-year-old case against paint companies by admonishing both sides, again, to settle.

Plaintiffs win in Calif. lead paint case could threaten business, hit homeowners hard

By Amanda Robert | Sep 17, 2013

CoplandSAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - From Timothy Hardy's perspective, all companies should be worried if a California judge finds that old, lead-based paint in private homes constitutes a public nuisance.He contends that 10 of the state's largest cities and counties are using today's science to characterize the dangers of lead-based paint. However, he says, that science has changed dramatically

Plaintiffs in Calif. lead paint case say companies' witnesses were 'not persuasive'

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 16, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- The plaintiffs in a six-week trial over lead paint -- 10 cities and counties in California -- argue that the one-time paint and pigment manufacturers they're suing have not presented a "persuasive" case.

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