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Alaska joins 13 other states to defend EPA decision

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

ANCHORAGE — Alaska, along with 13 other states, has partnered to defend the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent decision for no additional bonding requirements for hazardous gas release under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Woman loses Workers' Comp case in Alaska Supreme Court over daughter's death

By Charmaine Little | May 29, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – A woman whose daughter died on the job has failed to convince the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska she should receive additional compensation.

Alaska court: Conservation groups can challenge Trump's reversal of drilling ban

By Amanda Thomas | May 8, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s reversal of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans drilling ban.

California organization challenges decision not to list walrus as threatened or endangered

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 16, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – An environmental organization based in California is challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision not to list the Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species.

Court partially grants Nordstrom's motion to dismiss in pricing class action

By Erianne Leatherman | Mar 8, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska has dismissed some claims in a lawsuit filed against Nordstrom Inc., which is facing a class action lawsuit there over alleged fraud and false advertising.

FTC staff supports repealing Alaska's certificate-of-need laws

By Marian Johns | Feb 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In recent testimony to the Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff recommended repeal of Alaska's certificate-of-need (CON) laws requiring health care providers to obtain the state's approval prior to their expansion, establishment of new facilities/services and for certain large capital expenditures.

Alaska Supreme Court rules law firm owes Leisnoi thousands in decades-long dispute

By Dee Thompson | Nov 29, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The Alaska Supreme Court has found that a native corporation is owed hundreds of thousands of dollars by a law firm over a land deal litigated for decades.

Alaska Supreme Court affirms ruling in car accident case involving Peter Pan Seafood

By Elizabeth Alt | Oct 18, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The Alaska Supreme Court has affirmed a ruling after a plaintiff claimed she beat the offer of judgment by the defendant sea food company and alleged that the Superior Court wrongly excluded costs for her award.

Family of woman killed in Alaska house fire lose case for filing nine days after statute ran out

By Kacie Whaley | Sep 21, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The family of a woman who was killed in a house fire lost their suit against their neighbor due to filing the complaint after the statute of limitations had run out.

Alaska Supreme Court rejects claim from opponent of state office building

By John Sammon | Sep 5, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The Alaska Supreme Court rejected a compensation claim made by a property owner in Anchorage who opposed plans by a state agency to expand and renovate a building to be used as government offices.

Senate Obamacare repeal failures warning sign for business and banking communities on rescinding anti-arbitration rule

By W.J. Kennedy | Jul 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Business and banking interests are working to ensure that an upcoming Senate attempt to rescind the Consumer Financial Bureau Protection’s (CFPB) anti-arbitration rule plays out differently than repeated failures by Senate Republicans to repeal any or all of Obamacare. And they are enlisting help on the state level to do it.

Alaska high court reverses ruling of attorneys fees in Alaska Miners Association case

By Shanice Harris | Jul 19, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The Alaska Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's granting of full attorneys fees as petitioned by the Alaska Miners Association.

Alaska Supreme Court upholds enforcement of agreement between Calais Co., shareholder

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 8, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alaska has ruled in favor of Alaskan real estate company Calais after a former shareholder alleged that her dissolution dividends were appraised incorrectly.

Conservation groups accuse Trump administration of violating federal law

By Wadi Reformado | May 15, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) — A group of conservation organizations are suing Non profit organization are suing President Trump and other administration officials, alleging violation of federal law.

Alaska sues U.S. for ownership of land underneath portions of Knik River

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 25, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) — Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth announced April 19 that the state is suing the United States to assert ownership of the land underlying portions of Knik River.

Alaska SC says company looking to make outdoors smartphone entitled to nominal damages

By Jessica Karmasek | Apr 17, 2017

The state’s high court, in a ruling last month, concluded the state’s Third District Superior Court erred in granting defendant Trimble Navigation Limited a judgment notwithstanding the verdict but said the lower court was correct in concluding that plaintiff Recreational Data Services Inc. failed to prove any amount of lost profits to a reasonable certainty.

Alaska Supreme Court decision upholds Fairbanks hotel defamation case

By Tabitha Fleming | Apr 10, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska. (Legal Newsline) – The Alaska Supreme Court handed down a decision March 17 affirming the rulings of a lower court in a case that involved a hotel and a tour company.

Alaska high court rules jury trial should have been awarded in stolen prescription case

By Laura Halleman | Apr 7, 2017

An elderly woman whose jewelry and prescription medication was stolen after hiring an in-home care company had her case heard on appeal by the Alaska Supreme Court, who annulled the superior court’s decision and remanded the case back to the lower court for further proceedings.

Retired Alaska judge praises state's merit-based selection process, lack of politics

By Nicholas Gueguen | Mar 30, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – Retired Alaska Superior Court Judge Elaine Andrews likes that Alaska's judicial-selection system is currently based on merit, calling it the most transparent in the country.

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