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News from May 2019

From Northern California Record

EPA reaffirms the safety of herbicide glyphosate - 'no risk to public health'

By Rich Peters | May 1, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a statement Tuesday that there are “no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label” and that “glyphosate is not a carcinogen.”

From Pennsylvania Record

'This doesn't help': Law profs say influential group's take on Internet agreements is based on faulty analysis

By Daniel Fisher | May 1, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - One of the latest projects from a legal group that influences judges relies upon a faulty analysis of case law to support its conclusion that courts have developed new ways to interpret “clickwrap,” “browsewrap” and other standardized consumer agreements, some law professors say in a pair of recent articles.

Mesothelioma lawsuit against Union Carbide dismissed; Delaware judge says jury could not determine asbestos source

By Brian Brueggemann | May 1, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware judge has dismissed a couple's claim against an asbestos company, ruling they could not prove the original source of the fibers with which the wife allegedly had contact.

New Jersey Supreme Court affirms $4.5M judgment in truckers' class action over diesel fuel taxes

By Brian Brueggemann | May 2, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The New Jersey Supreme Court recently upheld judgments in a class action lawsuit that accused a company of violating lease agreements with truckers by failing to reimburse their diesel fuel taxes.

Rhode Island Supreme Court overturns defense judgment in case against pool seller over boy's drowning

By Brian Brueggemann | May 2, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has vacated a judge's decision to grant summary judgment in a family's claim that a swimming pool seller is responsible for the 2012 drowning death of a 4-year-old boy.

More customers sue over litigation finance agreements, allege illegal interest rates in Missouri

By John Severance | May 2, 2019

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – Two Missouri residents have filed suit against a litigation finance company in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri on April 17 over claims the defendant charged exorbitant interest rates.

From Pennsylvania Record

Money piles up for serial TCPA lawsuit-filer from King of Prussia; This week's trial looks like a win

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 2, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – The Telephone Consumer Protection Act: Enacted in 1991, its purpose is to protect the public from unwanted telemarketing calls. However, for some professional plaintiffs, it has also proven to be a source of serial litigation generating settlement payoffs.

Delmarva Power and Light, others granted summary judgment in carpenter's suit over alleged asbestos exposure

By Brian Brueggemann | May 3, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware court has granted summary judgment to the defendants in a former carpenter's claim that various companies are responsible for his alleged exposure to asbestos at their worksites.

Maryland's highest court orders retrial on damages after debt collector was hit with $25M verdict

By Brian Brueggemann | May 3, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The Maryland Court of Appeals has remanded a case against a debt collector that previously resulted in a $25 million judgment back for a retrial on the issue of damages.

California couple alleges they were repeatedly called by debt collection agency

By Carrie Bradon | May 3, 2019

LOS ANGELES — A California couple is suing a debt collection agency, alleging that they were repeatedly called.

CLARK HILL: Clark Hill CEO John Hern to Receive Honorary Degree from the University of Kent

By Press release submission | May 6, 2019

Clark Hill Chief Executive Officer, John J. Hern, Jr. is one of four University of Kent alumni set to receive honorary degrees during the institution's congregation ceremonies at Rochester and Canterbury Cathedrals this July.

Lawsuit challenges South Dakota's new ban on out-of-state political spending

By Carrie Bradon | May 6, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - Journalism, business and free speech groups are suing the South Dakota attorney general and secretary of state, alleging that their free speech was violated.

Litigation breaks out over fees from Missouri wrongful death lawsuit

By John Suayan | May 6, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The A.W. Smith Law Firm, P.C., of Columbia, Mo., is suing Seattle-based attorney Jaime M. Olander; Tiger Mountain Law Group, P.S., doing business as Washington Law Group; and former attorney Komron “Mike” Allahyari over attorney’s fees generated from a local wrongful death case.

From Northern California Record

Monsanto expert witness says human body repels glyphosate - 'confident there's no hazard'

By Rich Peters | May 6, 2019

OAKLAND – The third trial against Monsanto wrapped its sixth week as the discussion of whether or not Roundup use was a substantial factor in causing a Northern California couple’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma continued, bringing Monsanto’s expert witnesses to the stand.

Government alleges Honeywell discharged contaminated water

By Carrie Bradon | May 6, 2019

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — The federal government is suing Honeywell, alleging it discharged contaminated water in North Carolina.

Mitsubishi alleges PPG refused to honor 20-year warranty on paint job at Purdue

By John Suayan | May 6, 2019

NORFOLK, Va. (Legal Newsline) – A Pittsburgh-based coatings company is accused in a federal lawsuit of refusing to honor a warranty associated with one of its products.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Bradley Attorneys Chris Lam and Ben Milam Named to North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society

By Press release submission | May 7, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that Christopher C. Lam and G. Benjamin Milam, attorneys in the firm’s Charlotte office, have been named to the 2018 class of the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society.

LOCKE LORD LLP: Brian Devine Joins Locke Lord as Partner in Boston Office; ‎Strengthens Firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal ‎Investigations Capabilities

By Press release submission | May 7, 2019

Brian Devine has joined Locke Lord’s Boston office as a Partner in the Firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations Practice Group.

Johnson & Johnson says crucial expert for talc plaintiffs lied on stand

By Daniel Fisher | May 7, 2019

A prolific expert whose testimony is vital to asbestos lawsuits over talcum powder lied on the stand and failed to disclose the questionable history behind his most important samples, Johnson & Johnson said in a motion to dismiss a lawsuit currently in trial in New York.

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