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Hockey player has second chance to prove respiratory problems from zamboni fumes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – A court was wrong to issue summary judgment in a case filed by a former college hockey player who claimed he was poisoned by noxious gases at a sports arena, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has found.

R.I. court rules man serving life sentence is legally dead, but entitled to hearing on amended complaint

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – An inmate serving life for murder cannot sue over an alleged behind-bars attack because he is, by almost all legal standards, dead, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled.

Baby powder caused mesothelioma, N.J. jury finds in issuing $37M verdict

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey jury has found in favor of a Vernoa couple and ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay them $37 million following a trial over traces of asbestos in the company’s baby powder.

Rhode Island attorney general backs Minnesota in anti-discrimination case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced March 14 that he has has joined a coalition of attorneys general in an amicus brief that supports an anti-discrimination law in Minnesota.

Rhode Island opposes 2019-2024 National Outer Continent Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Feb. 28 that he has submitted formal comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in opposition to the 2019-2024 National Outer Continent Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

Rhode Island community center cleared after teen stole van, caused fatal accident

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Exonerating a Providence community center in a tragic 2010 accident involving a stolen vehicle, the Supreme Court of Rhode Island recently upheld a Providence County Superior Court’s opinion that the facility had no liability in the incident.

Rhode Island attorney general seeks to challenge proposed Invenergy power plant

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says he will seek permission to file an amicus brief in the state's superior court to challenge the water supply plan for the proposed Invenergy power plant in Burrillville.

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.