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News from May 2019

Alabama Supreme Court reverses $75,000 award to victim of dog attack in Montgomery

By Charmaine Little | May 20, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alabama recently reversed a $75,000 award granted by the Montgomery County Circuit Court to the victim of a three-dog attack.

From West Virginia Record

Capito sponsors another bill to regulate widely used industrial PFAS chemicals

By Chris Dickerson | May 20, 2019

West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito has sponsored three bills in recent months would regulate the use of widely used industrial chemicals known as PFAS.

It's up to the Kansas Senate to reject a judicial nominee over his social media posts

By Charmaine Little | May 21, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – The Kansas Supreme Court recently determined the state Senate will have to reject the appointment of a judge to the Kansas Court of Appeals after the governor’s appointee withdrew following a controversy over the appointee's posting on social media.

Massachusetts Supreme Court reverses judgment in negligence case filed by injured cyclist

By Takesha Thomas | May 21, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Massachusetts has reversed a lower court's ruling that granted judgment to an energy company in a negligence suit filed against it by an injured cyclist.

Judges overseeing giant Roundup verdicts have been 'derelict in their duty,' law prof says

By John Breslin | May 21, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Following the more than $2 billion awarded to a California couple who claimed the use of Monsanto's Roundup weed killer caused their cancer, one legal expert is arguing that the judges presiding over the cases were "derelict in their duty" for not granting summary judgment against the plaintiffs.

Massachusetts Supreme Court rules employees working on commission were entitled to Sunday pay, overtime

By Takesha Thomas | May 21, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Massachusetts has found that retail employees who are paid via commission or draws are entitled to Sunday pay or additional overtime.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Davis Smith Joins Bradley's Montgomery Office as a Corporate & Securities and Tax Partner

By Press release submission | May 21, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that Davis H. Smith has joined the firm’s Montgomery office as a partner in the Corporate and Securities and Tax practice groups.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Holland & Knight Partner John Pritchard Honored as “Aviation Finance Lawyer of the Year”

By Press release submission | May 21, 2019

John Pritchard, the global chair of Holland & Knight's Transportation Finance Team, has been named the 2019 "Aviation Finance Lawyer of the Year" by Law Business Research Limited as part of its Who's Who Legal Awards program. It is the fourth time that he has been honored with this award.

J&J faces $25M-plus verdict in NYC talcum powder case, says key witness made 'falsities in his testimony'

By John O'Brien | May 21, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The first result for plaintiffs lawyers banking on talcum powder lawsuits in New York City’s controversial asbestos court is a positive one, as a jury has hit Johnson & Johnson with a $25 million verdict.

From Pennsylvania Record

Consumer advocates, business interests form rare alliance to block American Law Institute project

By Daniel Fisher | May 21, 2019

WASHINGTON - An unusual coalition of consumer advocates and business interests joined to delay and possibly defeat a controversial “restatement” of consumer contract law that critics said presents a misleading picture of how courts are actually deciding cases in the rapidly evolving area of “clickwrap” and “browsewrap” agreements.

Oklahoma's opioid case heads into trial after similar public nuisance argument fails in North Dakota

By Karen Kidd | May 22, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) – The nation's leading manufacturer of prescription opioids, including OxyContin, got some breathing room earlier this month when a federal judge in North Dakota dismissed one of dozens of cases against it, a university law school chair said during a recent interview.

Court says Ohio gun owner cannot be subjected to litigation over New York shooting

By Takesha Thomas | May 22, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The New York Court of Appeals has ruled that an Ohio gun dealer cannot be subjected to litigation in New York after a gun he sold was involved in a New York shooting.

New York's highest court reverses $1 million ruling involving death of Bobcat skid steer operator

By Takesha Thomas | May 22, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The New York Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court's ruling that found a rental center and equipment manufacturer liable for a man's death after he rented a Bobcat skid steer loader.

Same day, different verdicts: Why do some juries think there is asbestos in talcum powder and others don't?

By John O'Brien | May 22, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Judges continue to play a crucial role in the sprawling, possibly multibillion-dollar talcum powder litigation facing Johnson & Johnson by choosing how jurors will view the plaintiffs’ key expert.

Impact still being studied months after federal sentencing act signed

By John Breslin | May 22, 2019

An El Paso criminal defense attorney believes a man he represented who was sentenced to 20 years for drug conspiracy should serve half the time because of a recently signed law.

Heartland Institute: North Carolina's lawsuit against e-cigarette maker is 'frivolous' and 'grandstanding'

By Karen Kidd | May 22, 2019

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein's lawsuit filed last week against e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL isn't all it seems, a government relations expert for an Illinois-based free-market think tank said during a recent interview.

Texas Supreme Court tosses defamation suit against Dallas newspaper

By Takesha Thomas | May 23, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Texas has reversed an appellate court's ruling and dismissed a defamation case against The Dallas Morning News.

Amazon seeks confirmation of $26K arbitration award against man who allegedly abused Kindle platform

By Payton Kuhn | May 23, 2019

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – Amazon Digital Services has submitted a request to the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington for confirmation of an arbitration award against Nilmer Rubio, a Filipino man who the company alleges abused the Kindle platform to increase reviews and royalties on a number of ebooks.

Mass Roundup settlement could test the limits of tort law

By Dan Fisher | May 24, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) In a court hearing earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria announced he had hired Kenneth Feinberg to oversee mediation talks between Bayer AG and lawyers for thousands of plaintiffs claiming the popular herbicide Roundup causes cancer.

40 Under 40 winner Chris Stoy helps client to $1.3 million settlement in injury claim

By Robert Hadley | May 24, 2019

Imagine waking up after a blow to the head with little visible damage but the uncanny feeling something isn’t right.

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