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Rhode Island Supreme Court overturns defense judgment in case against pool seller over boy's drowning

By Brian Brueggemann | May 2, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has vacated a judge's decision to grant summary judgment in a family's claim that a swimming pool seller is responsible for the 2012 drowning death of a 4-year-old boy.

Rhode Island Supreme Court affirms judgment for Pare Engineering in sewer project dispute

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 21, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Ruling that the record presented to it lacked any indication of an intent to harm, the Vermont Supreme Court affirmed a lower court's judgment in a company's suit against an engineering consultant company over bids for a sewer infrastructure expansion project.

Rhode Island sues over climate change, using similar claims the state Supreme Court has already rejected

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 3, 2018

R.I. AG Peter Kilmartin better hope Rhode Island courts import California’s concept of public nuisance law, since the last time a Rhode Island AG tried this tactic, over lead paint, the state Supreme Court rejected the claim entirely.

Rite Aid won't face liability after customer tripped over parking barrier in the snow

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 20, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed a superior court decision that a Rite Aid drug store isn’t liable for a customer’s injuries that he sustained falling over a cement parking stop while it was snowing.

Woman's personal injury suit against Price Rite over fall in grocery store aisle continues after court ruling

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 4, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed in part and vacated in part the Superior Court’s judgment in a slip-and-fall lawsuit against PriceRite.

Hockey player has second chance to prove respiratory problems from zamboni fumes

By John Breslin | May 15, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – A court was wrong to issue summary judgment in a case filed by a former college hockey player who claimed he was poisoned by noxious gases at a sports arena, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has found.

R.I. court rules man serving life sentence is legally dead, but entitled to hearing on amended complaint

By John Breslin | May 15, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – An inmate serving life for murder cannot sue over an alleged behind-bars attack because he is, by almost all legal standards, dead, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled.

Rhode Island community center cleared after teen stole van, caused fatal accident

By Carol Ostrow | Feb 21, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Exonerating a Providence community center in a tragic 2010 accident involving a stolen vehicle, the Supreme Court of Rhode Island recently upheld a Providence County Superior Court’s opinion that the facility had no liability in the incident.

R.I. Supreme Court affirms judgment for nurses sued for negligence

By Sara McCleary | Dec 28, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court affirmed the Superior Court’s summary judgment dismissing a negligence case against two nurses.

R.I. Supreme Court allows couple to challenge Brown University's field hockey plans

By Chandra Lye | Jul 12, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has granted a couple another chance to challenge construction plans for a field hockey space at Brown University.

R.I. Supreme Court upholds ruling in allegedly faulty stairs case

By Melissa Busch | Jun 20, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently upheld a summary judgment in a premises liability case in which a woman claimed she was injured when she fell through faulty stairs.

Rhode Island Supreme Court sides with Wells Fargo in foreclosure case

By David Hutton | Jun 14, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court on May 25 upheld a lower court's ruling that cleared Wells Fargo Bank of any wrongdoing in a home foreclosure that began in 2009.

Rhode Island court reinstates man's lawsuit over work injury

By Charmaine Little | Apr 18, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – A former Rhode Island state employee won his latest battle in a negligence case based on a Supreme Court opinion; but he still has a war to fight.

Courts overrule jury's verdict in $78K lawsuit blaming property owner for fall

By John Myers | Apr 18, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed a Superior Court's ruling to overturn a jury's finding of $78,101 in a personal injury lawsuit.

R.I. Supreme Court affirms decision in fatal accident case

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 14, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s decision stipulating that no basis exists for holding a defendant individually liable in a case where the plaintiffs had already accrued $395,000 from other defendants.

Rhode Island Supreme Court shuts down appeal based on 'mode of operation' theory

By Marian Johns | Feb 21, 2017

PROVIDENCE, RI (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently upheld a jury’s verdict in a case involving a slip-and-fall at a West Warwick market, with the court striking down the plaintiff’s adoption of the “mode of operation” theory.

Rhode Island Senate advances bill aimed at fighting 'patent trolls'

By Mark Iandolo | May 13, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — The Rhode Island state Senate has unanimously advanced legislation that bars “patent trolls” in the state.  

Pfizer challenges agreement between Nev. AG, contingency fee attorneys

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 31, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline) - Pfizer, Inc., is asking the Nevada Supreme Court to hear its argument against the contingency fee agreement entered into by private attorneys who are representing the state Attorney General's Office in a lawsuit against it.

R.I. SC dismisses negligence count in class action against Dell

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court has held that Dell was not negligent by collecting sales taxes on certain services purchased in conjunction with the sale of its computer products.

R.I. judge rejects claim of wrongful foreclosure against mortgage registry

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 29, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) -- A Rhode Island judge, in a ruling last week, rejected a claim of wrongful foreclosure against the national mortgage registry known as MERS.

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