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
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
Some lawyers and Texas counties who have teamed to sue the opioid industry have not received the required approval from a state official.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Jersey judges must require plaintiffs lawyers who flock to their courts to come up with more than junk science if they want jurors to hear their arguments.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – Vermont has enacted the toughest law in the country related to the automatic renewal of goods and services, a move called "superfluous" by one attorney specializing in the field.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – California's new Consumer Privacy Act will affect businesses as it introduces a limited private right of action and other penalties for violations.
BATON ROUGE (Legal Newsline) — Gov. John Bel Edwards recently signed a bill that allows Louisiana courts to take judicial notice of laws in other states.
A bill that punishes attorneys who mislead prospective clients passed California's Assembly with no opposition, but the state Senate won't even consider it. So, what happened?
A California federal judge has rejected the efforts of municipal officials who teamed with private lawyers to seek to hold the energy industry liable for the alleged future effects of climate change.