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Latest project from American Law Institute 'an abandonment of important principles,' 23 state AGs feel

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – The attorneys general of 23 states, led by the State of New York, have sent a letter to the American Law Institute (ALI) opposing a proposed Restatement of Consumer Contract Law, set to be voted on at the ALI’s annual meeting this week.

House Dems get screening of anti-PFAS movie, seek regulation as trial lawyers and states use litigation

By Daniel Fisher | May 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Congressional Democrats launched their latest push for blanket regulations on widely used industrial chemicals by screening a highly critical documentary film the night before, where invited guests included a partner at a law firm that has filed a lawsuit that seeks damages on behalf of every U.S. citizen.

Companies sue over Baltimore's own version of Clean Air Act

By Carrie Bradon | May 13, 2019

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — A group of companies is suing the mayor and city council of Baltimore, alleging that they are being unfairly limited in their operations by the new Baltimore Clean Air Act.

Lawsuit challenges South Dakota's new ban on out-of-state political spending

By Carrie Bradon | May 6, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - Journalism, business and free speech groups are suing the South Dakota attorney general and secretary of state, alleging that their free speech was violated.

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Money piles up for serial TCPA lawsuit-filer from King of Prussia; This week's trial looks like a win

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 2, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – The Telephone Consumer Protection Act: Enacted in 1991, its purpose is to protect the public from unwanted telemarketing calls. However, for some professional plaintiffs, it has also proven to be a source of serial litigation generating settlement payoffs.

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'This doesn't help': Law profs say influential group's take on Internet agreements is based on faulty analysis

By Daniel Fisher | May 1, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - One of the latest projects from a legal group that influences judges relies upon a faulty analysis of case law to support its conclusion that courts have developed new ways to interpret “clickwrap,” “browsewrap” and other standardized consumer agreements, some law professors say in a pair of recent articles.

At Univ. of Colorado, climate change plaintiffs present their side; Energy industry says event was 'one-sided'

By William Sassani | Apr 29, 2019

BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) – “This has nothing to do with national climate policy.”

Could regulation of PFAS chemicals affect efficient firefighting?

By Rich Peters | Apr 29, 2019

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – As the push to ban chemicals key to fighting fires continues across the country, it remains to be seen how successful alternatives will be.

Libertarian Party of Kentucky, others challenge deadline for statement of candidacy

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 24, 2019

COVINGTON, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Third-party candidates in Kentucky allege two bills are unconstitutional and are seeking relief to prohibit their enforcement.

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Legal observers say ALI's pending Copyright Law Restatement encroaches on federal decision-making territory

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 24, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – The American Law Institute’s pending Restatement of the Law, Copyright has some law scholars questioning its compilation, merits and intentions as to its given subject, while the ALI stands by the integrity of its Restatement-drafting process.

Rushed asbestos bill runs out of time in Maryland; Angelos firm called on lawmakers to get thousands of cases moving

By John O'Brien | Apr 9, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Legislation introduced in the figurative 11th hour died in the literal 11th hour Monday as Maryland senators decided not to approve a bill originally supported by a powerful asbestos law firm after the House changed it.

New Jersey using contingency fee lawyers to take lead in PFAS litigation

By Karen Kidd | Apr 9, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – New Jersey is ahead of the rest of the country in using private lawyers to sue manufacturing companies over chemicals known as PFAS, whose toxicity levels are still being determined by federal regulators while lawsuits stack up.

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Beware of even the fine print, attorneys warn of ALI's insurance law Restatement

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 8, 2019

Beware of even the fine print, attorneys warn of ALI's insurance law Restatement

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Another state rejects ALI's controversial insurance Restatement; North Dakota joins Ohio as other states mull similar moves

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 4, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – State opposition to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance continues to accumulate, as North Dakota recently passed a law striking down the document and Arkansas introduced similar legislation in its state senate.

Lindsey Graham says 'litigation abuse is real,' class action reform should be considered

By John O'Brien | Apr 3, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and receives backing from trial lawyers, said in a Tuesday hearing that lawsuit abuse “is real” and reform in the class action system should be explored.

Making money out of spam: 'Excessively punitive' Calif. law allows $1K per email

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 27, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Instead of clearing out their spam folder, some email users are instead using a California law - one that a telecommunications attorney thinks is possibly unconstitutional - to file lawsuits.

Democrat-led Senate in Colorado OKs overhaul of oil and gas regulations; Bill would give local governments power

By Rich Peters | Mar 19, 2019

DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Democrats in the Colorado Senate recently approved a partisan bill that would reform regulations regarding gas and oil industry operations in the state.

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Texas lawmakers say the ALI's insurance law project 'not worthy of recognition by the courts'

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 18, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas – In response to the controversial passage of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance last year, legislation has recently been filed by Texas lawmakers to discourage its being relied upon by courts.

Dissent in Sandy Hook decision says Conn. SC misread federal law, victims shouldn't be allowed to sue Remington

By Dan Fisher | Mar 15, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - The Connecticut Supreme Court has said family members of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre can sue the manufacturer of the Bushmaster rifle used in the assault under a theory the company’s advertising violated the state consumer protection statute.

Class action lawyers can benefit from new push for automatic renewal laws; Two states and D.C. follow California's lead

By Charmaine Little | Mar 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Class action lawyers can take advantage of a recent trend in state legislation to adopt measures similar to a California law that prevents the automatic renewal of certain memberships and subscriptions, like to gyms and magazines.

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