DuPont News

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.

Settlement approved in DuPont case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 4, 2011

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Harrison County Circuit Judge Thomas A. Bedell has approved a $70 million settlement in a case involving DuPont and its alleged contamination of a West Virginia community.

U.S. SC mulling Calif. contingency fee suit

By John O'Brien | Dec 28, 2010

George WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to hear the appeal of a paint company upset that it has been sued by private lawyers representing public entities.

W.Va. DuPont case remanded

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 9, 2010

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge has remanded the lawsuit of 15 West Virginia families who say their illnesses are the result of a former DuPont plant to Harrison County Circuit Court.

DuPont offers $70M settlement in smelter case

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 23, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) -- DuPont is offering to pay $70 million to settle a toxic exposure case in Harrison County involving a DuPont smelter.

DuPont wants handwritten documents from 8,500 plaintiffs

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 18, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The chemical giant DuPont now wants the 8,500 people who brought a pollution case against the company to provide it with handwritten documents.

New trial scheduled in once-$381M case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 19, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - A West Virginia circuit court judge has ruled that the retrial of part of a case involving the alleged contamination of a Harrison County community by DuPont will start in March.

Third Circuit won't make Del. SC's mind up for it

By John O'Brien | Aug 24, 2010

Rendell PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court has decided not to predict whether the Delaware Supreme Court would recognize medical monitoring claims as valid, overturning a lower court decision that said it would.

Contingency fees OK for public suits, Calif. SC decides

By John O'Brien | Jul 26, 2010

George SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - The California Supreme Court has decided its stance on contingency fee agreements between public entities and private attorneys should be loosened.

Punitives will stay cut in W.Va. class action

By John O'Brien | Jul 13, 2010

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiffs in a once-$381 million class action lawsuit against DuPont have accepted the West Virginia Supreme Court's decision to reduce the award by nearly $100 million.

Group seeks help getting records from McConnell settlement

By John O'Brien | Jun 29, 2010

McConnell PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - A Rhode Island group wants the details of the state's lead paint settlement with DuPont that was negotiated by attorney Jack McConnell, currently being considered for a federal judgeship by the U.S. Senate.

W.Va. SC stays with original opinion in DuPont case

By John O'Brien | Jun 2, 2010

Chief Justice Robin Davis CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court will not second-guess its stance on punitive damages in a once-$381 million case against DuPont.

W.Va. justices to reconsider DuPont verdict

By John O'Brien | Jun 1, 2010

Chief Justice Robin Davis CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court are holding a rehearing conference Wednesday to discuss their rulings in a once-$381 million verdict against DuPont.

DuPont asks for rehearing of punitives issue

By John O'Brien | Apr 26, 2010

Hill CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - DuPont has asked the West Virginia Supreme Court for a rehearing of the once-$381 million case against it.

The incentives of a class action

By John O'Brien | Apr 11, 2010

Hill CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - When Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Bedell asked for any objections to $127 million being paid to attorneys in a class action lawsuit against DuPont during a 2008 hearing, no class member in attendance responded.

Attorney responds to Justice Ketchum's medical monitoring dissent

By John O'Brien | Apr 7, 2010

Hill CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum's forceful dissent in a $381 million case wasn't a total shock to Charleston attorney Ed Hill.

Arguments set for contingency fee dispute in California

By John O'Brien | Mar 31, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - The California Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a group of paint companies' challenge of the contingency fee contracts entered into by the lawyers and governments suing it.

West Virginia should be wary of plaintiffs lawyers, SC justice warns

By John O'Brien | Mar 29, 2010

Ketchum CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum recently wrote that the plaintiffs lawyers in a $381 million case against DuPont will harm the state's economy if a medical monitoring law is not abolished or revised.

DuPont wins new trial in W. Va. environmental case

By Chris Rizo | Mar 26, 2010

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Legal Newsline)- The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia on Friday reduced the punitive damages award won by residents of Spelter in a pollution class action lawsuit against DuPont Co.

Del. SC's stance on medical monitoring debated

By John O'Brien | Mar 16, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - A brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit says the Delaware Supreme Court would not recognize a claim for medical monitoring.

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