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Arkansas AG, GOP colleagues criticized litigation strategy on climate, embrace it on opioids

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was a vocal critic of the aggressive litigation tactics her Democratic colleagues used against the oil industry over climate change. But she’s taken a different approach toward the opioid crisis.

SCOTUS decision changes everything in Missouri mass tort cases; Once-$72M verdict will stay vacated

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to not review a talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, leaving vacated a once-$72 million verdict signals that the "Show-Me State is now a less tort-friendly place," a mass tort litigator says.

Ice ages, the atmosphere and what Trump thinks: Climate change judge questions it all

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has big questions regarding global warming for the private lawyers pushing lawsuits on behalf of California cities and counties – and about how President Donald Trump feels about blaming the energy industry for climate change.

Woman alleges child, slave labor is involved in production of Hershey chocolate products

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts consumer claims that she would not have purchased Hershey chocolate products or paid as much for them if Hershey had disclosed alleged child and slave labor in the production of its chocolate.

Consumer files suit against maker of Snickers, Milky Way over allegations child labor is involved in supply chain

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts woman alleges a food conglomerate fails to disclose that child labor is involved in the cocoa beans it uses in its products.

Judge delays release of critical report on $75 million State Street class action fee

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge in Boston has delayed for another month the release of a special master’s report on allegations that class action lawyers submitted inflated bills to obtain $75 million in fees for negotiating a $300 million settlement of a securities class action against State Street Bank and Trust.

Exxon-funded analysis criticizes study that claimed company misled public about climate change

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Harvard professors who say their analysis proves ExxonMobil misled the public about climate change were obviously biased, a colleague says, and the company says that data shouldn't be used to help a “corrupt enterprise” of private lawyers and California officials suing the energy sector.

Consumer claims child, slave labor involved in production of Nestle chocolate products

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts woman alleges a food conglomerate does not disclose on its packaging for chocolate products that child and/or slave labor is purportedly involved in the supply chain.

Opioid judge orders companies to pay bulk of special master costs because they have 'greater discretionary funding'

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors has ordered defendant companies to pay three-quarters of the costs of special masters who are overseeing settlement negotiations.

Climate lawyers hope 'public nuisance' strategy reverses years of failure

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - First they tried suing the utility companies. Then they tried suing the automakers. They even tried suing oil companies on behalf of an Alaskan village in danger of being inundated by oil-fueled rising sea levels.

Johnson & Johnson, facing meso claim in New Jersey, points to plaintiff's childhood home, schools

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Lawyers for a non-smoker who are alleging Johnson's Baby Powder created his mesothelioma will face a defense strategy that says the man's childhood home, as well as the schools he attended, could have caused the illness.

Judge upholds unfair competition claims in suits against Uber by Mass. taxi companies, dismisses antitrust claim

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A federal magistrate judge has ruled in more than seven consolidated actions combining more than 30 lawsuits filed by dozens of cab companies against Uber.

T-Mobile Northeast files suit against Massachusetts city over denial of permit for facility

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts city is facing a suit from a telecommunications provider over its denial of a permit to construct a facility.

Exxon prepares to sue Calif. cities, says they contradict themselves on climate change

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Some government officials in California are hypocrites pushing a political agenda that involves using private lawyers to sue and demonize ExxonMobil, the company is now arguing in a Texas state court.

Seeds of anti-Exxon campaign were planted at 2012 climate change conference, company says

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LA JOLLA - A 2012 climate change conference in La Jolla, Calif., was designed to impose a uniform perspective on climate policy that has resulted in abuses of government power, according to a major oil producer that says it's been unfairly targeted.

Massachusetts law firm alleges competitors put up similar billboard

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts personal injury law firm alleges that two other competing law firms in the state put up a confusingly similar billboard. asks court to dismiss latest complaint related to alleged sex trafficking

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – LLC, Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacy and James Larkin are asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to dismiss a lawsuit filed June 12 against them by three Jane Doe plaintiffs who allege that the defendants’ website was used to force them to participate in sex trafficking.

Pfizer sues Johnson & Johnson over alleged anti-competitive practices

Pfizer’s lawsuit, filed in a Pennsylvania federal court in September, alleges Johnson & Johnson’s exclusionary contracts and other anti-competitive practices have denied U.S. patients access to therapeutic options and undermined the benefits of “robust” price competition in the “innovative and growing” biologics marketplace for patients.

Rhode Island sues companies involved in 2003 oil spill

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The state of Rhode Island and its Department of Environmental Management are suing a vessel owner and its operators over environmental damage stemming from an oil spill.

Calif. judge reverses $417 million award in talc powder case

In her Oct. 20 ruling, Judge Maren Nelson for the Los Angeles Superior Court pointed to insufficient evidence on both sides, various errors and some jury misconduct during the trial.