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Boulder's climate change suit 'pretty crazy,' group says; City will hire unnamed D.C. law firm

BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) - The Colorado city of Boulder is ready to sue the energy sector over climate change, joining a group of other government entities that have already done the same. Now, it has to prove its case.

DOJ wants dismissal of lawsuit alleging uncertainty over Mulvaney's CFPB appointment

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to maintain that a New York credit union shouldn’t be able to file a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

New book details attorney’s frustrations with MDL: Handling of cases becoming ‘more and more deplorable’

TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Nearly 40 percent of civil cases pending in federal courts across the country are consolidated into multidistrict litigation, resulting in “a shift away from the rule of law to a system of arbitrary justice,” says Tampa attorney Brian Donovan in his new book on his experience and frustrations with MDL.

Much on the line as Disney seeks injunction against Redbox

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Mickey Mouse will likely prevail in a lawsuit against Redbox if he can obtain the preliminary injunction he's asking a federal judge for, according to entertainment law attorney Jody Simon.

Navient says it is the victim of a pointless, copycat lawsuit from Pennsylvania's AG

From
Penn Record

HARRISBURG – Student loan provider Navient has filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by the state of Pennsylvania, calling it a copycat lawsuit that is "pointless" and legally deficient.

Philly judge voids third-party funding in NFL concussion litigation, but company hopes N.Y. colleague disagrees

From
Penn Record

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia federal judge says agreements in which RD Legal Funding advanced money to plaintiffs in the pending NFL concussion litigation are void, but the attorney representing RD Legal has asked a judge in New York to ignore that finding.

Climate change made me do it: Activists press the 'necessity defense'

SPOKANE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - On Sept. 23, 2016, a group of protesters blocked a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train carrying coal in Spokane, Wash., to prevent the earth from warming up. From a scientific standpoint, the action was absurd: Stopping a single trainload of coal could hardly have any more impact on global climate change than the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings in Tanzania.

Manufacturers' group calls ExxonMobil's move toward counter-suing a 'win'

From
Northern California Record

A group that backs the interests of energy producers calls ExxonMobil's recent move toward counter-suing parties involved in California climate change litigation a "win" for manufacturers.

Exxon prepares to sue Calif. cities, says they contradict themselves on climate change

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Some government officials in California are hypocrites pushing a political agenda that involves using private lawyers to sue and demonize ExxonMobil, the company is now arguing in a Texas state court.

Seeds of anti-Exxon campaign were planted at 2012 climate change conference, company says

From
Northern California Record

LA JOLLA - A 2012 climate change conference in La Jolla, Calif., was designed to impose a uniform perspective on climate policy that has resulted in abuses of government power, according to a major oil producer that says it's been unfairly targeted.

Panel: Chapter 15 eases the way for cross-border bankruptcy proceedings

SANTA MONICA (Legal Newsline) – A panel of experts on Chapter 15 cross-border bankruptcy proceeding indicated the increasing use of the legal option allows a greater harmony and coordination between foreign and U.S. courts.

Victims of IRS's tea party bias - and taxpayers - must see Lois Lerner's testimony, lawyer says

CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - Lois Lerner, formerly of the Internal Revenue Service when it discriminated against applicants for tax exemptions based on their viewpoints, claims Americans have no right to read statements she made under oath about why she did it.

Litigation funder spending cash on political candidates like AGs of New York and Pennsylvania

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Companies that fund lawsuits can find themselves in the crosshairs of state regulators, and a recent New York Post article revealed that one such business has given tens of thousands of dollars to one of the nation’s most important public officials – who happens to have sued a competing company.

Judge finds PwC liable to FDIC - only the FDIC - over Colonial fraud

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge in Washington has found accounting giant PwC liable to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. for failing to catch the multibillion-dollar fraud that took down Colonial Bank, even as she rejected similar claims by the bank and its holding company because they were complicit in the fraud.

Investor fails to prove he'd been misled by DuPont, judge says in ruling

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Connecticut man's lawsuit claiming he and other shareholders had been intentionally misled by DuPont executives about the potential of the company's chemicals division spinoff Chemours Co. has been tossed out by a state judge who said he failed to make his case.

Freedom of information advocates baffled by state Supreme Court justice's ruling

DES MOINES (Legal Newsline) - Freedom of information advocates remain baffled by the decision from a state Supreme Court justice to bar a newspaper from publishing publicly available information.

‘Problematic’ lawsuits pose danger to science, researcher says

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Sometimes making a scientific discovery is only half the battle, as Dr. Aaron Carroll found out after researching and writing an article on the effects of artificial sweeteners.

UPDATE: W.Va. SOS has questions about probe of Davis' 2012 contributions

From
wvrecord.com

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office is questioning how the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office handled an investigation into some campaign contributions to Justice Robin Jean Davis’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Christian pro-life singer loses libel case against YouTube

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A Christian pro-life singer and songwriter who claimed she was libeled when YouTube removed her video in 2014 on an alleged terms of service violation has failed to state a claim in her libel case against the online video service, an appeals court recently ruled.

How to stack Swedish Fish: Food companies simplify while fighting class action lawyers

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Though it might look like the world’s worst attempt at a bribe, Herr’s had a reason to send a couple of empty potato chip bags to a federal judge presiding over a class action lawsuit against it.