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KANSAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Derek Schmidt: Kansas Supreme Court clarifies scope of open records law

By Press release submission | Aug 28, 2018

In a first-of-its-kind decision, the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday decided that a corporation contracting with a county to operate a county hospital is an “instrumentality” of the county that is covered by the Kansas Open Records Act, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Lawsuit alleging attorney Mikal Watts deceived farmers, badmouthed class actions sent to Syngenta MDL

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 27, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – The Multidistrict Litigation Panel ordered that a lawsuit involving Texas attorney Mikal Watts and Syngenta will be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

Kansas, Colorado agree to settlement over past Republican River water usage

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

DENVER — The states of Kansas and Colorado have agreed to a settlement regarding Colorado's previous water usage of the Republican River.

Raytheon seeks declaration regarding liability to remediate contaminated Kansas site

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 16, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts company alleges it did not cause the contamination of soil and groundwater at a site in Kansas and that it should bear no liability for its remediation.

Delaware Chancery Court appoints monitor in Oxbow Carbon exit sale suit

By Sandra Lane | Aug 10, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A multi-part remedy to settle a dispute between defendants identified as the "Koch parties" and Oxbow Carbon LLC was delivered by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster on Aug. 1 in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

U.S. district court rules against UPS Ground Freight union's contract policy

By Marian Johns | Aug 7, 2018

ST. LOUIS — The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas has ruled that a UPS Ground Freight union contract policy of paying disabled drivers less than non-disabled drivers violates federal law.

KANSAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Derek Schmidt reaches settlement with Marshall County Board of County Commissioners over KOMA violation

By Press release submission | Jun 23, 2018

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today executed a settlement with the Marshall County Board of County Commissioners to resolve a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA).

Kansas court rules use of AMA guide is unconstitutional in case of twice-injured UPS driver

By Karen Kidd | Jun 15, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – Use of an American Medical Association guide to rate disability for work-related injuries is unconstitutional as applied to a case, the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled recently in the case of a parcel delivery driver who twice injured his shoulder.

Woman alleges Neil Armstrong gave her vial of moon dust and that she, not NASA, is rightful owner

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 14, 2018

KANSAS CITY (Legal Newsline) – A woman is seeking declaration from a federal court that a vial allegedly containing moon dust rightfully belongs to her.

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

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

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

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 6, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 21, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 20, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 28, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 19, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 15, 2017

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

By Dee Thompson | Aug 30, 2017

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 21, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 8, 2017

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.

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