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Oil companies again urge judge to reject Calif. global warming lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Chevron, in a renewed motion to dismiss climate change litigation against it filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, described the case as a futile attempt to get around numerous prior court decisions preventing similar lawsuits over the sale of legal products.

Kansas intervenes in civil case to defend constitutionality of state's cap on non-economic damages

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced March 26 that he has filed a brief with the Kansas Supreme Court arguing that the state’s cap on non-economic damages in civil lawsuits is not a violation of the U.S. or Kansas constitutions.

Becnel Law Firm alleges firm in Puerto Rico failed to disburse funds as agreed

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (Legal Newsline) – A Louisiana law firm alleges a law firm in Puerto Rico failed to pay attorney's fees relating to litigation in the country.

Kansas urges Supreme Court to support states' ban on electioneering near polling places

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Feb. 14 that he has joined a coalition of 11 state attorneys general in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to find that states may lawfully ban electioneering near polls.

Kansas secures $39,000 from company that deceived students about loan consolidation

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Feb. 8 that Brelvis Consulting, a Florida company that does business as The Student Loan Help Center, will pay $39,000 to a consumer after allegations of violating consumer protection laws in Kansas.

Kansas leads coalition supporting president's authority to select CFPB acting director

TOPEKA, Kansas (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Dec. 20 that he joined 12 other attorneys general in filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia arguing that only the president has the legal authority to select the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Kansas attorney general: Nursing home failed to dispose of patient records at vacant facility

INDEPENDENCE, Kansas (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced a lawsuit Dec. 12 against Caney Guest Home Inc., doing business as Caney Nursing Center, and James R. Laidler, owner of the facility, for allegations of failing to properly secure or dispose of patient records containing sensitive personal information.

Kansas finalizes negotiation details with tobacco companies

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Nov. 6 that his office has finally resolved a years-long negotiation over a dispute with tobacco companies related to how the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) should be implemented.

Kansas court orders gas well owner's case against Oxy USA to stay in federal court

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – A gas well owner’s class action lawsuit against Oxy USA will stay in federal court despite the plaintiff’s wish that it be remanded back to state court.

Kansas law firm alleges competitor engaged in false advertising

Plaintiff Brave Law Firm LLC, based in Wichita, filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas last month. Brave alleges a group of Wichita-based law firms owned by attorney Bradley Pistotnik have been engaging in false advertising for years, in turn hurting Brave’s business.

Kansas joins coalition in backing Congress' use of CRA to overturn agency regulations

TOPEKA (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced July 31 he has joined the attorneys general of 14 states in supporting a federal law that allows Congress to review and overturn agency regulations.

Kansas court defines 'cargo' in Midwest Crane & Rigging appeal of fine

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a crane permanently bolted to a truck chassis does not qualify as cargo, nor does it make the truck a commercial motor vehicle under the Unified Carrier Registration Act.

$218 million Syngenta verdict exposes biotech firms to whims of foreign regulators

Jurors in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas applied centuries-old concepts of negligence and liability to find that Syngenta should have known China would reject imports of any farm products tainted with its Viptera seed.

Federal appeals court strikes down FCC limits on intrastate inmate calling services

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced June 15 that a federal appeals court struck down federal limits on the price for inmate calling services.

Kan. SC overturns decision on contingency fee; Terminated lawyer entitled to percentage of recovery

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – A Kansas appeals court ruling in a dispute over a fee from a personal injury lawsuit has been overturned by the state Supreme Court .

Attorney general urges Kansas Supreme Court to approve new school finance plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced June 16 that he has urged the state’s Supreme Court to move quickly and approve the new school finance plan that Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed into law.

Military housing company Corvias wins appeal to sue in bathroom fan fire case

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – A Kansas military housing company won its appeal after suing two companies responsible for constructing a bathroom fan that allegedly caused two fires.

Kansas announces debt collection ban for a deceptive practices

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced May 26 that Jacobs Marsh LLC and owner Joseph Arena of Williamsville, New York, have been banned from the debt collection and debt enforcement business in the state.

Oil well royalty owner alleges Texas business failed to pay

WICHITA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — An oil well royalty owner has filed a class action lawsuit against a Texas business, alleging breach of contract regarding the payment of royalties.

Kansas receives $62 million in annual payout from tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced April 20 that the state received $62 million in its annual tobacco settlement payout.