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Kansas finalizes negotiation details with tobacco companies

Mark Iandolo Nov. 15, 2017, 8:33am

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

Dee Thompson Aug. 30, 2017, 8:21am

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

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 21, 2017, 3:25pm

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

Mark Iandolo Aug. 8, 2017, 7:58am

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

Christopher Mobley Jul. 31, 2017, 8:00am

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

Daniel Fisher Jul. 6, 2017, 9:37am

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

Mark Iandolo Jun. 27, 2017, 12:54pm

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

John Myers Jun. 21, 2017, 9:47am

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

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:25pm

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

Kacie Whaley Jun. 13, 2017, 11:37am

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

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:17am

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

Louie Torres May 1, 2017, 9:10am

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

Mark Iandolo Apr. 28, 2017, 9:28am

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

Kansas SC affirms decision awarding employee injury benefits despite fraudulent application

Sara McCleary Apr. 4, 2017, 11:53am

The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld a state Court of Appeals decision that a fraudulent employment application does not preclude a person from being considered an employee under the Kansas Workers Compensation Act.

Kansas attorney general files suit against three individuals for allegedly rigging lottery tickets

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:50am

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt recently filed lawsuits against three individuals for allegedly submitting false or fraudulent claims for Kansas Lottery payments.

Kansas Supreme Court orders back pay to fired country appraiser

Tricia Erickson Mar. 27, 2017, 1:04pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – The Kansas Supreme Court recently issued a ruling stating that the firing of a former county appraiser was in violation of state law.

Kansas executes settlement with city of Independence after alleged KORA violations

Mark Iandolo Mar. 13, 2017, 12:09pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced March 8 that he has executed a settlement with the city of Independence after allegations of violating the state’s Open Records Act (KORA).

Kansas officials negotiate cigarette accounting agreement with Kickapoo Tribe

Mark Iandolo Mar. 9, 2017, 8:52am

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Gov. Sam Brownback announced Feb. 23 that the state has negotiated an agreement with the Kickapoo Tribe to improve accounting for cigarettes and tobacco products sold on tribal lands.

Shareholder alleges BATS Global Market, board members violated law

Louie Torres Jan. 31, 2017, 9:20am

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — A shareholder is suing a Kansas company and its board members, alleging violation of federal law.

Kansas sues company that allegedly trashed, instead of shredding, personal documents

Mark Iandolo Jan. 24, 2017, 11:56am

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced a lawsuit Jan. 12 against Searchtec Inc., alleging the company repeatedly disposed of documents containing personal information of consumers by dumping them in trash receptacles.