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Chevron says climate change lawsuit `not viable' as it participates in judge's science seminar

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Five of the world’s largest oil and gas producers filed a motion to dismiss a climate change lawsuit against them by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco even as they prepared to deliver an unusual “tutorial” on climate science to the federal judge overseeing the case.

Arkansas AG, GOP colleagues criticized litigation strategy on climate, embrace it on opioids

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was a vocal critic of the aggressive litigation tactics her Democratic colleagues used against the oil industry over climate change. But she’s taken a different approach toward the opioid crisis.

Study on consumer lawsuit loans finds high rates, confusing terms

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The broadest study yet of consumer litigation finance – money forwarded to lawsuit plaintiffs in anticipation of a victory in court or a legal settlement – found a “very complicated and circuitous” system in which some borrowers appear to subsidize others and the median interest rate exceeds 40%.

Ice ages, the atmosphere and what Trump thinks: Climate change judge questions it all

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has big questions regarding global warming for the private lawyers pushing lawsuits on behalf of California cities and counties – and about how President Donald Trump feels about blaming the energy industry for climate change.

Texas challenges lower court ruling invalidating 2 state congressional districts

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Feb. 26 that he will challenge a lower court ruling that invalidates two of Texas’ 36 congressional districts (27 and 35) and nine state Houston districts.

Tyson Poultry to pay $2 million after alleged Clean Water Act violations

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 27 that Tyson Poultry Inc. will pay $2 million after allegedly violating the Clean Water Act when it allowed discharges at its slaughter and processing facility in Monett, Missouri. The discharges purportedly led to a major loss of fish.

Chicky Tackle wants a judge to determine a pro fishing league was rigged

TYLER, Texas (Legal Newsline) – A company that sponsors a professional fishing team says the 2015 season was fixed to have a rival win Angler Team of the Year, while the defendants are asking a federal judge to toss the lawsuit.

Justice Department alleges Houston discriminated against 2 female firefighters

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 28 that it has filed a lawsuit against the city of Houston over allegations the city’s fire department (HFD) discriminated against two female firefighters.

Exxon-funded analysis criticizes study that claimed company misled public about climate change

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Harvard professors who say their analysis proves ExxonMobil misled the public about climate change were obviously biased, a colleague says, and the company says that data shouldn't be used to help a “corrupt enterprise” of private lawyers and California officials suing the energy sector.

Texas man alleges United Health Group Inc., others wrongfully denied coverage for daughter's in-patient treatment

SHERMAN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – A Van Zandt County, Texas father has filed a suit against his insurers over their denial of coverage for his daughter's in-patient treatment.

Final judgment reached after Kilgore ISD taxed citizens more than legal amount

AUSTIN — A final judgement has been reached allowing a Gregg County court's grant for relief in a homestead exemption case that involves the Kilgore Independent School District (ISD) taxing citizens at least $4 million more than the legally permitted amount.

New Jersey court upholds $225 million settlement regarding Bayway Refinery

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – An appeals court has upheld a settlement between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and ExxonMobil over damaged sites at the Bayway Refinery.

'Cross examination is going to be brutal': NYU law prof says climate change litigation is a loser

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – California officials who made dire climate change predictions about their localities' future in litigation against energy companies, but not in bond offerings, probably know by now their litigation is doomed, a New York University law professor said during a recent interview.

New York City mayor on podcast: 'Let's help bring the death knell' to the fossil fuel industry

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is unashamedly up-front about what he wants to see happen to the fossil fuel industry.

'Dispassionate analysis' lacking in California climate change litigation, environmental attorney says

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Government officials in California who made dire climate change predictions in lawsuits against energy companies but not to prospective bond investors didn't think hard enough before filing those cases, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental attorney said during a recent interview.

Texas attorney general urges district court to uphold Arizona law preventing Israel boycott

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Feb. 9 that he and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed an amicus brief in a U.S. District Court case regarding an Arizona law that prevents state-funded contractors from boycotting Israel.

Limbaugh assigned to Dicamba MDL over Herndon; Attorneys say SDIL disposition time nearly slowest of all

Madison County Record

EAST ST. LOUIS – Multi district litigation against Monsanto involving weed killer Dicamba will go before District Judge Stephen Limbaugh at the Eastern District of Missouri, in spite of calls for the Southern District of Illinois.

EEOC settles with Lowe's Home Centers over alleged demotion of employee with disability

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – Lowe's Home Centers LLC has agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit claiming the company demoted one of its department managers because he had a spinal cord injury, which limited the use of one arm.

Oakland would pay 23.5% to private lawyers it hired for global warming lawsuit

OAKLAND (Legal Newsline) – The City of Oakland – one of eight California governments going big-game hunting by suing the energy industry over climate change – will pay private lawyers almost one-quarter of any recovery and says it does not have to disclose any communication with the firm it hired.

DeVry University students allege school misrepresented employment, income rate of graduates

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Legal Newsline) – DeVry University students allege they were misled by the school's advertising and are seeking restitution.