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Rhode Island settles decade-long case targeting state's Department of Children, Youth, Families

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Jan. 8 that the state has settled a decade-long civil action brought forth by Children’s Rights Inc. over the quality of care at the Rhode Island Island Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF).

Rhode Island attorney general joins lawsuit against EPA for protection against downwind pollution

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has joined seven other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), seeking to force the agency to protect upwind states from downwind state's pollution, in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

R.I. Supreme Court affirms judgment for nurses sued for negligence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court affirmed the Superior Court’s summary judgment dismissing a negligence case against two nurses.

Rhode Island attorney general seeks to ban credit bureaus from charging 'credit freeze' fees

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Nov. 20 that his office will file legislation to ban credit bureaus from charging consumers in the state to place, temporarily lift, or remove security freezes on their accounts.

Details of new Rhode Island sick leave law will leave employers scratching heads, attorney says

PROVIDENCE, R.I (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act was signed into law in September with the intent of giving employees more paid time off, but some attorneys feel the new law is confusing and will cause more headaches for employers.

Rhode Island settles with U.S. after 2014 suit regarding Department of Corrections entrance exams

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and A.T. Wall, director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (DOC), announced Sept. 19 that the state has settled with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over a 2014 Justice Department lawsuit regarding DOC entrance exams.

Conservation Law Foundation Inc. claims Shell terminal violates Water Pollution Control Act

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit organization that works to protect New England waterways alleges a bulk storage and fuel terminal on the shore of the Providence River does not comply with a permit.

R.I. Supreme Court allows couple to challenge Brown University's field hockey plans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has granted a couple another chance to challenge construction plans for a field hockey space at Brown University.

Rhode Island mortgage fraud bill advances in House, Senate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced June 29 that his legislation prohibiting illegal practices in the mortgage industry has been advanced by both the state House and Senate, and will go before Gov. Gina Raimondo's desk for signature.

R.I. Supreme Court upholds ruling in allegedly faulty stairs case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently upheld a summary judgment in a premises liability case in which a woman claimed she was injured when she fell through faulty stairs.

Judge rules law firm was acting as debt collector in FDCPA case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge on May 10 denied a law firm's claim to dismiss a complaint that it is acting as a debt collector.

Rhode Island Supreme Court sides with Wells Fargo in foreclosure case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court on May 25 upheld a lower court's ruling that cleared Wells Fargo Bank of any wrongdoing in a home foreclosure that began in 2009.

Rhode Island accuses multiple oil companies of contaminating groundwater

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island is suing dozens of oil companies, alleging violation of state and federal law.

Rhode Island court reinstates man's lawsuit over work injury

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – A former Rhode Island state employee won his latest battle in a negligence case based on a Supreme Court opinion; but he still has a war to fight.

Courts overrule jury's verdict in $78K lawsuit blaming property owner for fall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed a Superior Court's ruling to overturn a jury's finding of $78,101 in a personal injury lawsuit.

R.I. Supreme Court affirms decision in fatal accident case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s decision stipulating that no basis exists for holding a defendant individually liable in a case where the plaintiffs had already accrued $395,000 from other defendants.

Rhode Island settles in principle with tobacco companies in MSA dispute

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin said his office has reached a settlement with various tobacco companies.

Rhode Island Supreme Court shuts down appeal based on 'mode of operation' theory

PROVIDENCE, RI (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently upheld a jury’s verdict in a case involving a slip-and-fall at a West Warwick market, with the court striking down the plaintiff’s adoption of the “mode of operation” theory.

Rhode Island, 16 other states, D.C. intervene in appeal to defend CFPB's structure

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Jan. 23 that he would join a group of 17 other attorneys general in claiming the structure of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is constitutional.

Data breaches likely to cost Yahoo in major ways

PROVIDENCE, R.I (Legal Newsline) — Yahoo’s data breaches are a wake-up call to users that online information needs to be protected, a data privacy lawyer says.