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

Dee Thompson Nov. 1, 2017, 12:23pm

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

Mark Iandolo Oct. 4, 2017, 4:03pm

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

Wadi Reformado Sep. 8, 2017, 9:14am

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

Chandra Lye Jul. 12, 2017, 12:15pm

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

Mark Iandolo Jul. 5, 2017, 12:19pm

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

Melissa Busch Jun. 20, 2017, 10:09am

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

Chandra Lye Jun. 20, 2017, 9:33am

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

David Hutton Jun. 14, 2017, 9:38am

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

Mike Torres May 18, 2017, 9:37am

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

Charmaine Little Apr. 18, 2017, 9:41am

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

John Myers Apr. 18, 2017, 9:29am

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

Glenn Minnis Apr. 14, 2017, 11:58am

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

Mark Iandolo Apr. 5, 2017, 11:15am

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

Marian Johns Feb. 21, 2017, 8:33am

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

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:30am

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

Chandra Lye Dec. 20, 2016, 9:32am

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.

Rhode Island settles with Compass School over alleged APRA violations

Mark Iandolo Dec. 9, 2016, 9:34am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Dec. 2 that The Compass School has agreed to settle and pay a $1,000 fine after allegations of violating the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).

Official: MTBE contamination cleanup left Rhode Island 'out a lot of money'

Carrie Salls Sep. 27, 2016, 12:10pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Although a lawsuit filed by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) against 34 gasoline manufacturers is still in its early stages, similar cases filed in other jurisdictions have resulted in positive results for plaintiffs looking to recover the costs related to the cleanup of gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

Calif. cities' pollution claims against Monsanto dismissed, but amended complaint filed

Caleb Murphy Sep. 23, 2016, 2:08pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- A federal court recently dismissed claims three cities brought against Monsanto, claiming the seed giant was polluting the San Francisco Bay with polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB).

Rhode Island attorney general OKs affiliation between Westerly Hospital, Yale-New Haven

Mark Iandolo Sep. 11, 2016, 12:47pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has announced the approval of the proposed affiliation between LMW Healthcare (Westerly Hospital) and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation.