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Maker of Scott flushable wipes, defending itself in lawsuit, says it never claimed they were synthetic-free

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 13, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Kimberly-Clark Corp. has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit over allegations that the "natural" label on Scott flushable wipes is misleading.

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Jurors pound Johnson & Johnson with $4.69 billion judgment; Company vows to appeal

By John Sammon | Jul 12, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Jurors on July 12 handed Johnson & Johnson a body-blow, levying a total $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to 22 women who claimed its talcum powder contained asbestos that caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

Amazon, remote manufacturer named in suit after toddler ingests button battery

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 12, 2018

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Texas mother alleges her toddler was injured after ingesting a button battery from an Apple TV remote.

From SE Texas Record

Calif. cities file appeal in effort to avoid possible lawsuit from Exxon

By David Yates | Jul 12, 2018

Potential defendants argue Texas court lacks jurisdiction.

&&& Texas Supreme Court rules city's single-use bag ban violates statute

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 9, 2018

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) – On June 22, the Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling that affirmed the city of Laredo’s ordinance banning single-use plastic or paper bags by merchants violates a Texas statute, a ruling that could end the state-wide single-bag bans.

After amendment, Boulder's climate change lawsuit headed to federal court

By John O'Brien | Jul 9, 2018

The City of Boulder’s decision to add new claims to its climate change lawsuit has afforded defendants Exxon and Suncor the chance to transfer the case to federal court.

Former DeVry University students file suit over fraud allegations

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 6, 2018

SAN ANTONIO (Legal Newsline) – Former students of a for-profit educational institution allege that the university misrepresented the benefits of its degrees.

Lawsuits do nothing to stop mass shootings, say those sued over Vegas massacre

By John O'Brien | Jul 6, 2018

Lawsuits won’t prevent mass shootings – they will only create a nanny state that still won’t deter the country’s sickest individuals from carrying out their attacks, says the owner of a Las Vegas resort where dozens were gunned down in 2017.

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.

Texas Supreme Court says it doesn't have jurisdiction in alleged Medicaid fraud case

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 5, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Texas affirmed an appeals court's decision in a case involving alleged Medicaid fraud, stating that it does not have interlocutory jurisdiction in the matter.

Texas Supreme Court denies writ of mandamus in Xerox Medicaid case

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 5, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Texas denied a petition for writ of mandamus relief in an appeal involving Xerox Corp. and Xerox State Healthcare and allegations of Medicaid fraud.

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.

Texas nonprofit challenges redefinition of US waters

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 28, 2018

GALVESTON, Texas (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit organization in Texas alleges that a rule published by two federal agencies violates the constitution.

A closely watched climate case is dismissed; Will the others survive?

By Dan Fisher | Jun 27, 2018

The private lawyers who engineered the latest round of municipal lawsuits over climate change hoped they’d found a path through the thicket of precedents blocking their way by suing oil companies for selling hydrocarbons instead of burning them and by citing state instead of federal law.

Judge boots global warming cases of San Francisco, Oakland against oil industry

By John O'Brien | Jun 26, 2018

A California federal judge has rejected the efforts of municipal officials who teamed with private lawyers to seek to hold the energy industry liable for the alleged future effects of climate change.

Motley Rice hit with RICO lawsuit by jailed ex-billionaire it accused of funding terrorism

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 26, 2018

Six days after the FBI arrested billionaire Raj Rajaratnam on insider-trading charges in October 2009, lawyers at Motley Rice hit him with their own charge: Financing terror.

New York school teachers file action against union over agency fees

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 22, 2018

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (Legal Newsline) – Two New York public school teachers allege they must pay agency fees to a union as a condition of their employment.

From Pennsylvania Record

A dissident emerges in Pennsylvania's opioid litigation: Lehigh Co. claims its case has been highjacked

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2018

The fight for control of Pennsylvania’s opioid litigation is not over, as Lehigh County is not happy that its case has been grouped in with more than 30 others and that lawyers it previously rejected have been tasked with overseeing the proceedings.

'They're always wrong': NYC's hired guns cite overturned case as authority for climate change lawsuit

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 19, 2018

It was a surprising opening move, to say the least. Arguing for the City of New York in its climate lawsuit against five major oil companies, attorney Michael Pawa cited AEP v. Connecticut, a 2009 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as “persuasive authority” in his clients’ favor.

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