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W.Va. SC to hear arguments against private lawyers representing AG's office

By John O'Brien | May 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Companies that have been sued by private lawyers hired by the State of West Virginia will have their chance to argue against the agreements on May 15.

R.I. SC says state not required to pay lead industries' court costs

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 10, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) -- The Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state does not have to pay more than $10 million in litigation costs to a group of companies sued by the state over lead paint exposure.

Report: Nightclub owners want R.I. SC to vacate $1 million workers' comp fine

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 25, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) -- The owners of a nightclub where 100 people died in a 2003 fire are asking the Rhode Island Supreme Court to vacate a workers' compensation court's judgment of $1 million against them.

R.I. man who hit own home with dump truck must pay insurance company

By Nathan Bass | Feb 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that a man who ran into his own house in his own company's vehicle has to pay back his homeowners insurance company under the insurer's right of subrogation.

R.I. SC ruling cuts amount health facility must pay estate

By Nathan Bass | Jan 18, 2013

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Legal Newsline) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled that a health care facility is obligated to pay the statutory minimum of $100,000 to the estate of a women who died due to negligence at the facility even though the facility was supposed to pay the first $2 million under the terms of the policy.

R.I. SC sides with radio host, reporter in lawsuit over 'roast'

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 11, 2012

Flaherty PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court last week upheld a lower court's judgment in favor of a well-known local radio talk show host who engaged in an on-air rant over a "roast" of local public figures.

R.I. SC: 'Shiny floor' allegation in suit against retailer not enough

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 24, 2012

Flaherty PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court said last week that a lower court did not err when it ruled in favor of one of the nation's largest retailers of arts and crafts supplies in a lawsuit brought against the company for a customer's fall.

McConnell event came at no extra cost, court says

By Jon Campisi | Jun 28, 2011

McConnell PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - A who's who of Rhode Island politicos looked on Monday as Jack McConnell was sworn in during a public investiture ceremony that was a marked departure from similar ceremonies involving U.S. District Court nominees.

Motley Rice files class action against Nuclear Fuel Services

By John O'Brien | Jun 14, 2011

Fitzpatrick PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The architect of the lead paint lawsuit filed by the state of Rhode Island has filed a class action over a Nuclear Fuel Services materials processing facility in Tennessee.

R.I. SC vacates default judgment

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court, in a ruling Monday, vacated a lower court's judgment in a case spanning more than four years.

Insurer had authority to settle malpractice case over doctor's wishes

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 22, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court says an insurance company "fully performed its duties" by defending, and settling quickly, a medical malpractice lawsuit against its insured doctor.

R.I. SC rules for boy injured in pickup football game

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Feb 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court has allowed a lawsuit against a company after a boy hurt himself playing football on its property to proceed.

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.

R.I. SC could force State to pay up

By John O'Brien | Jul 19, 2010

Lynch PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - The companies that successfully defended themselves against the state of Rhode Island still want the costs of doing so paid for.

Rhode Island not ordered to pay up in failed lead paint suit

By John O'Brien | May 26, 2010

Lynch PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein is not forcing the State to pay for the defendants' court costs incurred during unsuccessful litigation against the former makers of lead paint, though an appeal is planned.

Public nuisance makes a comeback in global warming suits

By John O'Brien | Oct 29, 2009

Gifford WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - University of Maryland law professor Donald Gifford said Wednesday that it is time to start paying attention to public nuisance global warming lawsuits again.

McConnell tapped tobacco war chest to fund 9-year lead paint battle

By Steve Korris | Oct 21, 2009

McConnell PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Special from PublicNuisanceWire.com)- For nine years prospective federal judge nominee Jack McConnell battled paint makers with boundless powers he received from attorneys general he helped elect.

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.

Cordray dismisses lead paint lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Feb 9, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio's new attorney general is giving up on the lead paint lawsuit filed by its old one.

Federal judge sides with AG Cooper in pollution fight

By John O'Brien | Jan 15, 2009

Cooper ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - Federally owned power provider Tennessee Valley Authority's emissions are crossing state lines and causing a public nuisance in North Carolina, a federal judge recently ruled.

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