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With bipartisan support, asbestos transparency bill passes in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – North Carolina appears to be the next state to pass legislation targeting asbestos attorneys who attempt to game the compensation system by telling conflicting stories about their clients’ exposures.

Even after eight years, criticisms of American Law Institute's insurance project remain

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Pennsylvania Record

WASHINGTON – Not everyone is as excited as those who drafted new guidance for judges about its passage.

Op-Ed: Attorneys general as political ambulance chasers: America’s energy policy should be decided by legislation, not litigation

Attorneys general have become ideological ambulance chasers, racing to court to file politically motivated lawsuits seeking to mandate policies too extreme and unpopular to win the support of Congress, state legislatures, or the public.

GOP states, Trump admin and energy sector to ask for dismissal of climate change lawsuits

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Lawsuits accusing some of the world’s biggest oil companies of causing climate change face a crucial test Thursday, when a federal judge in California hears arguments on whether to dismiss cases brought by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland.

Plaintiffs firm represented whistleblower in secret to avoid paying referral fee from multimillion-dollar case, lawsuit claims

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Pennsylvania Record

PHILADELPHIA – A Texas personal injury law firm claims it is owed part of $16 million awarded to a corporate whistleblower because colleagues effectively poached the client and represented him in secret.

New guidance for judges handling insurance issues finally passes after resistance

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Pennsylvania Record

WASHINGTON – New guidance for judges handling insurance issues finally passes after resistance

Exxon: Climate change plaintiffs' response to dismissal argument a 'distraction'

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – ExxonMobil's motion to dismiss a climate change lawsuit filed against it by two California cities makes a jurisdictional argument while it pursues a possible lawsuit against city officials in Texas.

Preliminary approval granted of $10 million settlement in Outer Banks power outage case; Attorneys get up to $3.4 million

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Several businesses, vacationers, and residents impacted by a major power outage have been granted preliminary approval of a $10 million class action settlement.

Sirius XM says 'same lawyers' are bringing 'same suit,' ask judge to dismiss TCPA class action

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – Sirius XM Radio Inc. has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that it says "epitomizes abusive class action litigation."

Weinstein Co. seeks to dismiss RICO suit over sexual harassment allegations

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A major film studio has requested a lawsuit against it related to sexual harassment in Hollywood be dismissed.

Trump: Climate change lawsuits interfere with policy, should be dismissed

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Trump administration disapproves of climate change litigation initiated by cities and counties in California and the private attorneys they hired on a contingency fee.

California Assembly takes on lawyer ads, unanimously passes bill that would punish misleading claims

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Northern California Record

SACRAMENTO - California's lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at combating what supporters claim is misleading advertising by plaintiffs attorneys.

Judge tosses TCPA claim over texts from Anthem, calls suit 'unwarranted'

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Anthem Inc. and others that alleged the company sent unwanted text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Phoney Lawsuits: RICO case settled with TCPA firm accused of teaching former students to avoid paying loans by suing

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Law firms accused of running a scheme in which they taught former students how to sue their way out of college debt have settled the racketeering claims against them.

Details, criticism of how class action lawyers charged $75M might be kept from public

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The public might not get to view the findings of a special master tasked with examining why a $300 million class action settlement included inflated hourly rates and a suspicious $200,000 payment to a public defender who is the brother of one of the lead plaintiffs lawyers.

Dispute between former NFL player and concussion-litigation funder might not make it to arbitration

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Pennsylvania Record

PHILADELPHIA – A ruling from a federal judge in Pennsylvania remains pending on whether or not compulsory arbitration will be permanently prohibited, in the case of a litigation funder that pursued financial recovery against a former National Football League player who allegedly failed to repay it a loan.

Hockey player has second chance to prove respiratory problems from zamboni fumes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – A court was wrong to issue summary judgment in a case filed by a former college hockey player who claimed he was poisoned by noxious gases at a sports arena, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has found.

Arizona Supreme Court: Defendants in secondary asbestos exposure cases should not be held liable

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled companies should not be held liable for damages allegedly related to secondary asbestos exposure.

Two trials, same result: Sheldon Silver guilty of using public office to make millions from asbestos lawsuits

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – For a second time, a jury has convicted former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of corruption for using his status as a lawmaker and asbestos attorney to rake in millions of dollars.

Hagens Berman reduces fee for latest government client to sue over climate change

Hagens Berman reduces fee for latest government client to sue over climate change