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Rhode Island Supreme Court affirms judgment for Pare Engineering in sewer project dispute

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 21, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Ruling that the record presented to it lacked any indication of an intent to harm, the Vermont Supreme Court affirmed a lower court's judgment in a company's suit against an engineering consultant company over bids for a sewer infrastructure expansion project.

Rhode Island joins states reaching $575 million nationwide settlement with Wells Fargo

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

PROVIDENCE — The state of Rhode Island is part of a $575 million nationwide settlement https://www.ri.gov/press/view/34934 over the alleged fraudulent opening of millions of accounts and other illegal practices by Wells Fargo, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

Using Bloomberg's activists to sue Exxon is ethics violation, group complains of N.Y. AG

By John O'Brien | Dec 10, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A controversial program arming states with environmental activist prosecutors has led to an ethics complaint being filed against New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood.

Woman blames junk mail on Hearst Communication's alleged disclosure of her reading information

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 8, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – A magazine subscriber alleges she receives junk mail because the magazine retailer disclosed her information to third parties without her consent.

Rhode Island consumer blames junk mail on Reader's Digest subscription

By Bree Gonzales | Sep 29, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – A Reader's Digest subscriber residing in Rhode Island alleges his information was disclosed to data aggregators without his permission.

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Former State Representative John Carnevale Pleads to Perjury

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that John Carnevale (age 56), of Providence, RI, pleaded nolo contendere to one count of perjury before Superior Court Justice Bennett Gallo.

Others 0 for 2, but Rhode Island joining climate change litigation anyway

By John O'Brien | Jul 5, 2018

A judge on the other side of the country has ruled that it isn’t an issue for the courts, but that is not stopping Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and the private lawyers he has hired, from suing the oil industry over alleged effects of climate change.

Rhode Island accuses opioid manufacturers, distributors of deceptive marketing

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General has filed a civil lawsuit against several prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging deceptive and fraudulent marketing of opioids in the state.

Rhode Island sues over climate change, using similar claims the state Supreme Court has already rejected

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 3, 2018

R.I. AG Peter Kilmartin better hope Rhode Island courts import California’s concept of public nuisance law, since the last time a Rhode Island AG tried this tactic, over lead paint, the state Supreme Court rejected the claim entirely.

Rhode Island attorney general lauds legislature's passage of bad contractors bill

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has applauded the state legislature's recent passage of a bill that increases penalties for licensed contractors who are convicted of failing to comply with Contractors' Registration and License Board (CRLB) orders.

Rhode Island alleges Black & Decker, Emhart Industries liable for cleanup of site

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 22, 2018

PROVIDENCE, RI (Legal Newsline) – The state of Rhode Island is seeking to recover costs of the cleanup of a site from two companies who formerly used the property.

Rite Aid won't face liability after customer tripped over parking barrier in the snow

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 20, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed a superior court decision that a Rite Aid drug store isn’t liable for a customer’s injuries that he sustained falling over a cement parking stop while it was snowing.

Blame the criminals, pharmacies facing opioid lawsuits say

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – Large pharmacy chains are asking why they are being sued by hundreds of cities and counties over the opioid crisis instead of the criminals who pushed drugs to addicts.

Woman's personal injury suit against Price Rite over fall in grocery store aisle continues after court ruling

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 4, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed in part and vacated in part the Superior Court’s judgment in a slip-and-fall lawsuit against PriceRite.

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

By John Breslin | May 15, 2018

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

By John Breslin | May 15, 2018

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

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 10, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 27, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 6, 2018

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

By Carol Ostrow | Feb 21, 2018

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.

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