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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.

Mass. Super Fund site to be cleaned up following agreement‏

By Nick Rees | Dec 28, 2009

Martha Coakley (D) BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Forty-nine parties have agreed to a settlement with Attorney General Martha Coakley and several government agencies to clean up the Tewksbury, Mass., Sutton Brook Disposal Area Superfund Site.

Jefferson County cases keep Texas on Judicial Hellhole 'Watch List'

By Marilyn Tennissen | Dec 15, 2009

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - When a Jefferson County, Texas, judge granted a losing plaintiff a new trial "do-over" without giving his reason, it was enough to keep the watchful eyes of tort reformers focused on Southeast Texas for another year.

W.Va. drops from top spot in 'Judicial Hellholes' report

By John O'Brien | Dec 15, 2009

Manchin WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The American Tort Reform Foundation was less critical of West Virginia's legal system this year, but still ranked it as the No. 2 Judicial Hellhole in the country in their annual report Tuesday.

O'Connor leads push against judicial elections

By Chris Rizo | Dec 11, 2009

Sandra Day O'Connor DENVER (Legal Newsline)- Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is leading the push against the election of judges, saying the process taints jurists who depend on political contributions to keep their places on the bench.

Paper explores medical monitoring in Illinois

By John O'Brien | Dec 1, 2009

Herbert Zarov CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Allowing medical monitoring claims in Illinois would be a risky move if the state Supreme Court ever decides to, a paper recently published in the DePaul University Journal of Health Care Law says.

Mass. SC sides with smokers in medical monitoring issue

By John O'Brien | Oct 20, 2009

Spina BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The Massachusetts Supreme Court has allowed cigarette smokers in a federal class action lawsuit to continue pursuing medical monitoring costs from tobacco giant Philip Morris.

W.Va. Chamber pushes tort reform for next legislative session

By John O'Brien | Oct 5, 2009

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Civil justice reform is one of the many areas the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce would like to see state lawmakers focus their efforts.

Argentinians invoke 1853 treaty in Delaware asbestos suit

By Steve Korris | Aug 5, 2009

WILMINGTON, Del. - Three men from Argentina accusing chemical maker DuPont of exposing them to asbestos in Argentina have invoked American jurisdiction pursuant to a treaty that President Franklin Pierce signed in 1853.

Paint industry beats back defective design argument in Wisc.

By John O'Brien | Jul 14, 2009

MADISON, Wisc. (Legal Newsline) - After a setback in Mississippi, the paint industry earned another victory Tuesday when the Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with it in the case of a minor who claimed it was liable for his lead poisoning.

W.Va. Court hears $381M appeal

By John O'Brien | Apr 8, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in the appeal of a nearly $400 million verdict against industrial giant DuPont.

More filed in Calif. outside counsel case

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2009

Morris SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - The California Supreme Court must ensure that counsel representing a government entity remain only interested in justice, not money, attorneys for several paint companies argued in a recently filed brief.

New wave of W.Va. asbestos cases thrive

By Legal News Line | Mar 30, 2009

Kearse CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Last April, a single plaintiff filed an asbestos-related lawsuit against 50 different defendants in West Virginia's Kanawha Circuit Court.

Chesapeake partly blames verdict for W.Va. exit

By Justin Anderson | Feb 26, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) -- Chesapeake Energy Corp. says a huge verdict against it in a Roane County case over natural gas royalties is one of the reasons the energy giant is moving the majority of its Charleston-based jobs.

La. justices to U.S. SC: Don't believe everything you read

By John O'Brien | Feb 18, 2009

Louisiana's Supreme Court justices, from left: Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll, Justice Jeffrey P. Victory, Justice Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimball, Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr., Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Justice Chet D. Traylor, Justice John L. Weimer WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Louisiana Supreme Court wants to make sure its name isn't dragged through the mud during a key judicial recusal case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lynch receiving 47 percent approval

By John O'Brien | Feb 17, 2009

Lynch PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Less than half of Rhode Islanders think state Attorney General Patrick Lynch is doing a good job in office, a poll released Tuesday by his alma mater says.

AG King files brief in W.Va. recusal issue

By John O'Brien | Feb 5, 2009

King CHARLESTON (Legal Newsline) - Five more amicus briefs were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday in West Virginia's judicial recusal issue, including one by Alabama Attorney General Troy King.

Benjamin recuses himself from Massey cases

By John O'Brien | Feb 2, 2009

Benjamin CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - While he waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to make a decision on his recusal policy, West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin is disqualifying himself from any cases involving a major campaign contributor.

Caperton always opposed Benjamin being on W.Va. SC

By John O'Brien | Jan 28, 2009

Benjamin CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The man challenging West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin's ability to hear certain cases apparently never wanted Benjamin on the Court anyway.

AGs to weigh in on recusal case

By John O'Brien | Jan 21, 2009

King CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - A group of state attorneys general may soon come to the aid of West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin.

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