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Montana attorney general targets Purdue Pharma for role in opioid crisis

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced a consumer protection lawsuit Dec. 4 against Purdue Pharma LLC for allegations of deceiving consumers about its prescription opioids such as OxyContin.

Mont. taxpayers lose class action; Courts rule they lack standing to sue

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – The Montana Supreme Court affirmed a lower court's ruling throwing out a potential class action suit of individuals who paid property taxes “under protest” because of alleged government deficiencies.

Montana Supreme Court reverses $2.7 million ruling in Billings police union case

BILLINGS, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a district court's ruling holding that the city of Billings incorrectly paid longevity wage benefits under a negotiated collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

Montana attorney general elected vice president of national association

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — The office of Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced June 22 that Fox was unanimously elected vice president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).

Montana seeks to intervene in multistate lawsuit over Interior Department coal leases

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced June 29 that he has filed for intervention on behalf of Montana in a lawsuit filed in federal court against the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Federal government and Iowa, Mississippi and Montana say DuPont-Dow merger violates Clayton Act

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The federal government and several states are suing The Dow Chemical Company and E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, alleging the proposed merger between the two companies would violate federal law.

SCOTUS: Mont. SC wrong to take in out-of-state lawsuits against railroad

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court on May 30 reversed the judgment of the Montana Supreme Court decision in a case concerning jurisdiction.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies alleges EPA broke federal law

MISSOULA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — An environmental organization is suing the Environmental Protection Agency, alleging violation of federal law.

Montana backs federal appeals court postponement of EPA oil, natural gas rule decision

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced May 19 that he supports a federal appeals court after its decision effectively postpones any decision regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s overreaching oil and natural gas rule.

Montana joins 36 other states in urging expansion of Medicaid fraud authority

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced May 10 that he has joined 36 other states and the District of Columbia in urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to expand the Medicaid fraud authority so it can address more resident abuse and neglect cases.

Foreclosure action involving fill-in judge upheld by Montana high court

&&& HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the state of Montana said a retired judge who was temporarily hearing some cases in the District Court of the 11th Judicial District, in and for the County of Flathead was right to grant summary judgment to Capital One, NA in a mortgage foreclosure proceeding.

Mont. SC overturns $1.5M default judgment in Workers' Comp case

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – On March 21, the Supreme Court of Montana released a memorandum opinion on a Workers' Compensation case filed against the state’s Workers' Compensation administrator Liberty Northwest Insurance.

Montana Supreme Court denies former inmate’s denial of Hydrocodone claim

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newswire) – The Montana Supreme Court upheld the 13th Judicial District Court’s decision to dismiss a case filed by a former inmate incarcerated at Yellowstone County Detention Facility on March 21.

Montana high court agrees Consumer Direct not responsible in wrongful death case

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the state of Montana recently upheld a district court’s ruling in a wrongful death case brought against Consumer Direct, a provider agency of a personal assistance program.

Court: Burning of trees caused damage to vehicles, but wasn't covered by insurance

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a First Judicial District Court's decision regarding insurance coverage, ruling that Robert Fitte's Mountain West automobile insurance policy did not provide coverage for the losses he suffered to work vehicles from a fire that Fitte started to burn trees.

Montana to seek damages from Bridger after alleged 2015 oil spill

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) ­— Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, Gov. Steve Bullock and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) recently announced an attempt to pursue natural resource damages from Bridger Pipeline LLC (Bridger).

Montana, Crow Nation agree to settlement involving coal taxes

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, and Crow Nation Chairman Darrin Old Coyote recently signed an agreement to resolve a case involving assessment of taxes on coal owned by the Crow Nation.

Montana and ExxonMobil reach settlement in case related to 2011 oil spill

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Attorney General Tim Fox, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Interior have announced a proposed $12 million settlement with ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. after a Yellowstone River oil spill in 2011.

Montana Supreme Court rules boulder crash into home is considered a landslide

HELENA (Legal Newsline) – The Montana Supreme Court issued a decision July 19 ruling that a boulder that thundered down a hillside and crashed into a house was to be considered a landslide.

Montana farmers sue company over low-quality bull semen

The Big Horn County residents filed their lawsuit against Genex Cooperative Inc. in state court in February. The company, in a filing this month, requested the lawsuit be moved to federal court.