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California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

Pharmaceutical company SpecGx alleges New York's Opioid Stewardship Act is unconstitutional

By Bree Gonzales | Nov 6, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A Missouri pharmaceutical company has filed suit in a New York federal court over allegations the state's Opioid Stewardship Act (OSA) is unconstitutional.

Facebook sued for allegedly over-estimating potential reach of ads

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 31, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Individuals have filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook Inc. and Does 1-25, citing alleged breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation.

California court rules state board must revise waiver in water code regarding agriculture discharge

By Takesha Thomas | Oct 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A group of environmental entities has won an appeal in a case involving the state of California's water code.

Critics: Computer era 'intruding' on bail decisions, producing 'devastating results'

By Amanda Robert | Oct 29, 2018

As the use of risk assessment to make pre-trial decisions like bail increases across the country, concerns over the tools used and their potential to hinder judicial discretion and perpetuate racial biases have also grown among criminal justice researchers, leaders and organizations.

Boulder's gun ban challenged by Second Amendment advocates; Federal case on hold while state lawsuit sorted out

By William Sassani | Oct 17, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge will take a step back from the lawsuit filed against the city of Boulder, Colorado, by gun owners and an organization over the city’s assault weapons ban.

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Judge rejects ALI's controversial Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance theory

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 15, 2018

TOPEKA, Kansas – A recent decision reached in a federal court pertaining to breach of contract and bad faith claims in a fatal auto accident case rejects a theory from the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance, and its recommendations for insurer liability for defense counsel conduct as “premature.”

Report details how Bloomberg, NYU influence environmental policy at state level

By John Breslin | Sep 25, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A program placing environmental advocates in state offices - while paying their salaries - has drawn criticism, though the New York law center running it defends it as legal and transparent.

Newspapers fight Md. law on political ads; Attorney said lawmakers 'didn't care' about free speech concerns

By Carrie Salls | Sep 21, 2018

Newspapers like the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun filed a lawsuit Aug. 17 against the members of the Maryland State Board of Elections and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, challenging a new state law that imposes strict guidelines on publishers that publish political advertisements.

Trump admin makes use of Medicare law in blunt warning to asbestos lawyers

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 19, 2018

In the Trump administration, at least, the government will no longer look the other way as asbestos lawyers negotiate lenient terms that make it easy for their current clients to get money at the expense of future claimants and federal entitlement programs.

Lawyers for Texas counties in opioid cases may not have valid contracts

By Daniel Fisher | Aug 24, 2018

Some lawyers and Texas counties who have teamed to sue the opioid industry have not received the required approval from a state official.

Trump administration files appeal in ongoing case against California over 'sanctuary' laws

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 22, 2018

SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) – The United States of America has filed an appeal in federal court in an ongoing case in which it claims that the state of California overstepped its authority in its “sanctuary” state laws and violated the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Just sue it: Fla. AG candidate wants to use office to avoid red tape, file lawsuits

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 6, 2018

A Florida Democrat running for attorney general recently expressed an eye-opening take on what it means to be a state attorney general, showing his desire to file lawsuits with impunity.

Sheldon Silver sentenced to jail, but asbestos system still invites shenanigans, attorney says

By John Sammon | Aug 3, 2018

While the recent sentencing to prison of a once-powerful politician should help discourage abuse in the realm of asbestos litigation, an attorney following the issue says reform of the system is ultimately necessary.

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Ohio lawmakers send first-of-its-kind rejection to powerful legal group

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 3, 2018

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Through a bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday, the State of Ohio has legislatively opposed the American Law Institute’s long-debated and recently-passed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance wholesale, an unprecedented development in the 95-year history of the ALI.

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