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Pennsylvania, seeking $1.2M in fees from court fight over Hershey Medical Center merger, gets support

Pennsylvania Record

PHILADELPHIA — The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has gained support from several states that say a federal district court made a mistake by denying reimbursement for attorneys’ fees following its successful challenge to the proposed merger between Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health System.

Legal reform advocates point to medical malpractice figures in New York, Pennsylvania

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Experts who have watched medical malpractice lawsuits skyrocket in states like New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey say government has made it too easy and attractive to sue and reform must happen.

New Mexico Supreme Court upholds state's Copper Rule after challenge from environmentalists, AG's office

SANTA FE, N.M. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of New Mexico has rejected a challenge to groundwater quality regulations adopted in 2013 known as the Copper Rule.

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.

Life after the Chicago Bears: Ex-players have collected $12.8M in Workers' Comp since 2000

Cook County Record

Former Bears running back Matt Forte racked up $43 million in pay before retiring after the 2017-18 season at age 32 because of knee injuries. Now, Forte is trying to get money for those injuries through the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.

Asbestos report shows St. Clair County taking spot on list of 'top 10' jurisdictions; 96 percent are lung cancer cases

Madison County Record

While the number of new asbestos cases in hotspot jurisdictions across the country is declining overall - and in all types of diseases - the docket in St. Clair County is surging almost exclusively with lung cancer cases.

Controversial class action settlement changed after intervention from AGs, DOJ and CCAF

CAMDEN, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Representatives for the Department of Justice and a group of state attorneys general showed up to a New Jersey courtroom March 19 to voice concerns with a controversial class action settlement that initially paid plaintiffs attorneys $1.7 million while providing $2 per bottle-sold coupons to class members.

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.

SCOTUS decision changes everything in Missouri mass tort cases; Once-$72M verdict will stay vacated

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to not review a talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, leaving vacated a once-$72 million verdict signals that the "Show-Me State is now a less tort-friendly place," a mass tort litigator says.

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%.

N.Y. opioid litigation won't be stayed; Lawyers seeking 1,000 more county-plaintiffs

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - A New York judge has refused to stay lawsuits by a number of New York counties against opioid manufacturers and distributors, rejecting arguments that the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet determined whether narcotic painkillers are unnecessarily dangerous - a central question in any litigation.

Proposed settlement in Cuisinart class action: $300K for attorneys, replacement blades and warranties for customers

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A class action lawsuit over blades for Cuisinart food processors has reached a settlement, with consumers receiving $15 and plaintiffs attorneys seeking $300,000 in fees.

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.

Monsanto wants Oregon's $100M PCB lawsuit dismissed, says it is 'fundamentally flawed'

PORTLAND, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – A federal court in Oregon is considering a request by Monsanto to dismiss the State's $100 million PCB lawsuit, saying the State and the private lawyers representing it have failed to make their case.

Federal judge rules 1,200 Xarelto lawsuits will be removed from MDL for disposition in separate trials

Pennsylvania Record

NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge has ruled that 1,200 product liability lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of anti-coagulant drug Xarelto will soon be removed from their multi-district litigation (MDL) status, for resolution in separate jury trials.

Woman suffers aneurism at Calif. hotel; Company faces lawsuit over not finding her

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeal of the State of California, 4th Appellate District Division Three reversed an Orange County summary judgment in favor of maintenance staffing company whose employee allegedly was negligent in checking on the welfare of a hotel guest who later was found to have suffered an aneurism, according to an opinion entered on Jan. 31.

Citing 'barriers' to settlement, judge orders opioid foes to prepare for trial

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors ordered both sides to prepare for trials, citing unspecified “barriers” to a global settlement that became apparent after a conference Tuesday.

Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

NYU Law sending free help to 10 Dem AGs for environmental causes; Marcellus Shale group 'alarmed' at message

Pennsylvania Record

NEW YORK – Democratic state attorneys general, like Pennsylvania's Josh Shapiro, are getting free help from New York University School of Law to bolster their environmental causes, though a Commonwealth business advocacy group worries this results in important work being outsourced to an out-of-state entity.

N.J. court dismisses RICO lawsuit against plaintiffs firm, says accuser was close to being sanctioned

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey federal judge on Jan. 8 dismissed an amended complaint that accused a law firm of running a “racketeering-style” scam operation designed to generate bogus legal fees in class action lawsuits.