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Entities under Nebraska Native American tribe challenge tobacco agreement

OMAHA, Neb. (Legal Newsline) – Two entities established under Native American law allege that a state's Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement cannot be enforced against it.

In Wisconsin legal reform debate, GOP lawmakers split from party while lobbyist firm with corporate clients stumps for trial lawyers

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – As Wisconsin Republicans and their governor push a legal reform agenda that includes a bill that would reform the state’s electronic discovery and class action rules, a lobbying firm seeking to derail it on behalf of the state's trial lawyers may be at odds on this one with other clients it has represented.

$1B 'retroactive liability' lead paint case vs paint makers could pave way for overreach, Calif. appeals panel told

Lawyers for three current and former paint manufacturers on the hook for a $1.15 billion judgment over the presence of lead paint in more than 3 million California homes have asked a California appeals court to overturn that judgment, saying the judge overreached and trespassed on legal turf more properly reserved for lawmakers, and to rule otherwise would open a virtual Pandora’s box of further judicial abuses and other unforeseen harms on homeowners, businesses and taxpayers, alike.

Illinois Supreme Court rules in favor of Union Pacific in closely watched case of injured worker

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – A recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling came down in favor of the defense in construction accident cases when it ruled that Union Pacific Railroad was not liable for the injuries suffered by a subcontractor while demolishing a railroad bridge in Chicago in 2006.

Nebraska beef group accuses state agency of violating law

OMAHA, Neb. (Legal Newsline) — A Nebraska beef association is suing a state agency and official, alleging violation of federal law.

Nebraska Supreme Court turns back railroad brakeman’s injury appeal

LINCOLN, Neb. (Legal Newsline) – The Nebraska Supreme Court on May 5 turned back an appeal made by a railroad brakeman who claimed damages after allegedly suffering injuries when he attempted to turn the wheel of a handbrake on a railroad car.

Nebraska alleges Stabl Inc. has not paid more than $1 million in penalties

OMAHA, Neb. (Legal Newsline) – A Nebraska corporation is alleged to have not paid penalties to the state for environmental violations and instead fraudulently transferred assets.

Lawsuit filed over balloons released after Cornhuskers score; School says they are biodegradable

OMAHA, Neb. (Legal Newsline) – A Nebraska man has filed a lawsuit against the University of Nebraska, claiming that the school’s tradition of releasing thousands of red balloons into the air after its Cornhuskers football team scores litters the planet with pieces of latex and ribbon that are harmful to wildlife.

Del. judge rejects Union Pacific's claim-splitting argument in asbestos case

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware judge has held that a plaintiff is allowed to bring two separate asbestos actions making the same allegations against different defendants years apart without violating the claim-splitting doctrine.

ExxonMobil, Ill. AG Madigan agree to order in oil mist case


Ill. AG Madigan files complaint, seeks injunction against ExxonMobil


Ark. SC reinstates man's complaint against Union Pacific

Brown LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court last month reversed a lower court's dismissal of a man's complaint against Union Pacific Railroad Company for work-related injuries.

Ill. appelate court says Madison judge got it wrong

Matoesian EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A $1.25 million plaintiff's verdict has been reversed at the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court and remanded to Madison County for a new trial.

Neb. SC: No preemption on plaintiff's claim

Stephan LINCOLN, Neb. (Legal Newsline) - The Nebraska Supreme Court last week partially reversed a district court's judgment in favor of Union Pacific Railroad Co.

Nebraska SC revives injured UP conductor's lawsuit

Michael McCormack LINCOLN, Neb. (Legal Newsline) -- A Union Pacific Railroad conductor who sued the company for injuries he suffered while walking to work may sue his employer, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Judges breathe life into Union Pacific FELA lawsuit

Richard Sievers OMAHA, Neb. (Legal Newsline)-A Nebraska woman's lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad Company, claiming she should have been better protected from West Nile virus, has been given new life.

DOJ seeks $37M from Union Pacific

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Federal Government was Union Pacific Railroad Co. to pay more than $37 million in penalties for not stopping drug smugglers on trips from Mexico to the United States.

Plaintiffs' attorneys weathered the asbestos political storm

Behrens The window of opportunity for sweeping federal tort reform that started to close in 2006, has effectively been shut.

Railroad to pay $102 million to settle lawsuit over Calif. wildfire

McGregor Scott SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-Union Pacific Railroad Co. has agreed to pay a $102 million settlement for a 52,000-acre wildfire in the Plumas and Lassen national forests that was believed to be sparked by its workers.