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School officials have immunity in case over alleged sexual abuse, Kentucky Supreme Court rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 16, 2018

Breathitt County Schools officials are shielded by qualified immunity in litigation brought by the victim of alleged sexual abuse by a former teacher, the Kentucky Supreme Court recently ruled.

Kentucky Supreme Court upholds ruling in case over inmate's death

By Karen Kidd | Nov 15, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Over a lone justice's dissent that concerns over qualified immunity remain in the case of a 36-year-old woman who died in a Russell County detox cell in 2011, a Kentucky Supreme Court majority recently upheld a decision that granted summary judgment in the favor of jail personnel.

Discovery still stayed in defamation case against the Presbyterian Church by fired reverend

By Charmaine Little | Oct 4, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Kentucky affirmed the Court of Appeals’ decision to grant in part and deny in part the Presbyterian Church’s request for an order to block a trial court from removing its stay of discovery amid a former worker’s defamation lawsuit against it.

New Kentucky ruling could cause more class actions over wage disputes

By John Sammon | Sep 29, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – A landmark ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court on Aug. 24 allowing class action lawsuits at the state level in cases involving wage and hour disputes could cause a spike in the number of such lawsuits.

Ky. Supreme Court tosses wrongful death lawsuit, says it was filed too late

By David Hutton | Jul 14, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – The Kentucky Supreme Court has sided with an appeals court ruling that reversed a trial court judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit over the 2005 shooting death of Christina Wittich.

Med-mal lawsuit can proceed; Plaintiff's attorney says no expert witness needed

By David Hutton | Jul 13, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that a medical malpractice lawsuit can move forward, siding with an appeals court’s decision that a trial court judge erred when he dismissed the case for lack of an expert witness.

Kentucky SC again takes up case over slip and fall in Speedway parking lot, this time reverses appeals court

By Jessica Karmasek | Apr 24, 2017

The Kentucky Supreme Court, in a ruling last month, said the state Court of Appeals read and applied past high court decisions too narrowly. The appeals court had reversed and remanded for entry of a defense judgment, invoking the common law’s “open and obvious” doctrine.

Ky. bill would prevent medical peer reviews from being used as evidence in malpractice cases

By S. Laney Griffo | Feb 22, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – A new bill that would limit access for plaintiffs in medical malpractice suits to hospital peer reviews as evidence has passed the Kentucky Senate.

Sixth Circuit declines to call off class action settlement over wage law allegations

By Erianne Leatherman | Jan 24, 2017

CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has declined to dissolve a class action settlement regarding alleged violations of the Kentucky Wage and Hour Act.

Ky. SC justice resigns, reportedly considering run for governor

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 5, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott resigned from the bench last week.

National College penalized until it responds to Kentucky AG subpoena

By Bryan Cohen | Dec 5, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced a court order Wednesday against National College that will penalize the for-profit school until it fully responds to a subpoena issued by Conway's office.

U.S. SC removes Chesley from its rolls

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Prominent plaintiffs lawyer Stanley Chesley can no longer practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ky. SC upholds $42M judgment against plaintiffs' attorneys at center of fen-phen class action

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 30, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a $42 million civil judgment against three plaintiffs' attorneys who allegedly stole from more than 400 clients in a class action over the diet drug fen-phen.

U.S. SC suspends Chesley for 40 days; says must show why he shouldn't be disbarred

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Prominent plaintiffs lawyer Stanley Chesley, who was disbarred in Kentucky in March, has been suspended by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Chesley informs Ohio SC he is retiring

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 23, 2013

CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) -- Prominent plaintiffs lawyer Stanley Chesley told the Ohio Supreme Court last week that he is retiring from practice in the state.

Report: Chesley resigns from UC board

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 18, 2013

CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) -- Prominent plaintiffs lawyer Stanley Chesley has resigned from the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.

Chesley declines to resign as trustee on UC board

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 16, 2013

CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) -- Prominent plaintiffs lawyer Stanley Chesley has reportedly declined to resign from the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.

Chesley pays more than $80,000 in costs

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 11, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) -- Prominent plaintiffs lawyer Stanley Chesley has paid more than $88,000 in legal costs for an investigation that led to his disbarment, according to a filing in Kentucky Supreme Court.

Ky. SC: Arbitration agreements controlled by FAA enforceable in state courts

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 28, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in a decision published this month that an arbitration agreement, which provides it is controlled by the Federal Arbitration Act, is enforceable in state courts.

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