Rhode Island Supreme Court News

Sorrell faces little resistance in victory

By John O'Brien | Nov 4, 2008

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) - President Bush won't have to worry about being tried for murder in Vermont.

Opening briefs filed in Calif. contingency fee case

By John O'Brien | Oct 7, 2008

Morris SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A state Court of Appeals decision allowing contingency fee counsel to be hired by public officials is inconsistent with a past California Supreme Court decision, according to attorneys for a paint company.

Public nuisance bringing AGs and lawyers together, attorney says

By John O'Brien | Oct 3, 2008

Speelman WASHINGTON, D.C. (Legal Newsline) - Some state attorneys general have become too involved with the plaintiffs bar and its possible "super-tort," a member of a group against the broadening of public nuisance claims recently said.

Caffeine: The next Big Bad Wolf?

By Aricka Flowers | Aug 24, 2008

Timothy Sandefur CHICAGO (Legal Newsline)-Timothy Sandefur has a theory. When California Lawyer magazine asked him what product or industry would face the next major tort lawsuit, he replied with two words: Big Caffeine.

Motley Rice gripe appears in Providence paper

By John O'Brien | Aug 19, 2008

Fitzpatrick PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Seven weeks after a devastating loss before the Rhode Island Supreme Court, prominent plaintiffs firm Motley Rice is criticizing the Court's decision to side with the former makers of lead paint.

Not just AGs sicking outside counsel on big business

By John O'Brien | Jul 22, 2008

Rendell PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Attorneys for Janssen Pharmaceutica, fighting a collection of suits over the company's antipsychotic drug Risperdal, are trying to make sure a major Houston-based plaintiffs firm isn't steering the Governor's office in Pennsylvania.

Power company faces N.C.'s nuisance suit

By John O'Brien | Jul 14, 2008

Cooper ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - The emissions of the largest public power company in the country are being put to the controversial public-nuisance test Monday in a federal court in North Carolina.

Another paint suit brushed away

By John O'Brien | Jul 9, 2008

Moellenberg COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - The Fall of the Public Nuisance Empire continued Wednesday with the voluntary dismissal of one of the remaining lawsuits against the former manufacturers of lead-based paint.

Money matters may not be settled in lead paint case

By John O'Brien | Jul 1, 2008

Ron Motley PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - In Rhode Island, there's still the matter of the checks - a hypothetical one and a very real, probably very large one.

On biggest battleground, public nuisance beaten back

By John O'Brien | Jul 1, 2008

Nilan PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - If a judge or jury ruled companies were not responsible for the effects of the lead paint they manufactured before it was outlawed, defense attorneys always had to restrain their celebrations - until Tuesday.

Sorrell's sights on lead paint issues

By John O'Brien | Jun 2, 2008

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) - Property management has been a hot topic in Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell's office lately.

R.I. justices reject Canadian asbestos cases

By Chris Rizo | May 14, 2008

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) -The Rhode Island Supreme Court has ordered 39 asbestos cases that Canadian residents had filed in the state to be dismissed.

Landmark lead paint appeal to be Webcast

By John O'Brien | Apr 25, 2008

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The closely watched appeal of a lead paint verdict in Rhode Island will also be watched easily.

AGs argue their right to file lead paint suits

By John O'Brien | Apr 15, 2008

Dann PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Initially being a day late proved to be no problem for the group of state attorneys general closely watching Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch's lawsuit against the former manufacturers of lead paint.

R.I. SC receives lead paint arguments

By John O'Brien | Jan 31, 2008

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Each of the parties in the landmark appeal of a public nuisance lawsuit brought over lead-based paint submitted their arguments to the Rhode Island Supreme Court Thursday.

Rhode Island case will highlight another year of lead paint litigation

By John O'Brien | Dec 20, 2007

Campbell As far as the paint industry is concerned, 2008 will be dedicated to preventing any more hypothetical setbacks from producing a very real loss of money.

Paint companies respond to Lynch's lead plan

By John O'Brien | Sep 20, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Counsel for the three Rhode Island lead paint defendants recently said the companies will wait until their appeal to the state's Supreme Court is heard before going forward with the State's $2.4 billion lead abatement plan.

Missouri SC rules for paint companies in St. Louis' lead-paint case

By Ann Maher | Jun 12, 2007

The Missouri Supreme Court has narrowly rejected an appeal from the city of St. Louis over its public nuisance suit against former manufacturers of lead based paint.

Lead paint lawsuit tide follows landmark Supreme Court ruling

By Legal News Line | May 1, 2007

Justice Louis B. Butler MADISON -- Last month's Wisconsin Supreme Court election that replaced Jon P. Wilcox with controversial fellow-conservative Annette Ziegler is rumored to have cost over $6 million.

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