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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.

AG candidate Baker says Mississippi should end its alliance with private lawyers

By Brian Brueggemann | Apr 9, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – A candidate for attorney general of Mississippi says the office needs to quit the practice of letting outside law firms sue businesses on behalf of the state.

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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

Family of drive-by shooting victim can't sue Cabela's for selling the gun

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 8, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Cabela’s Wholesale Inc., a sporting and recreation goods store, filed by the family of a woman killed in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting.

Chicago sues Marriott over data breach claiming hotel chain failed to protect personal information

By Gabriel Neves | Apr 8, 2019

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The City of Chicago is suing hotel chain Marriott regarding a data breach that affected millions of customers worldwide.

Ark. SC rejects attempted tie to slip-and-fall lawsuit against Louisiana's Simmons Sporting Goods

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 8, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Arkansas has affirmed a lower court’s ruling against a woman who appealed the circuit court’s dismissal of her premises-liability suit against a Louisiana sporting goods store.

Free speech group supports conservative activist Eyman in battle with Washington attorney general

By Karen Kidd | Apr 4, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A First Amendment advocacy group's amicus brief and more details from Washington's attorney general are among recent filings ahead of Friday's hearing over a possible punishment for longtime conservative activist Tim Eyman.

Lawsuit: Boot Gorsuch from SCOTUS, put Garland on and let next Dem president stack the court

By Brian Brueggemann | Apr 4, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – It's a lawsuit that a constitutional law expert says doesn't stand much of a chance, but a New York man is suing two U.S. senators over allegations his rights were violated because they didn't conduct a confirmation process for Merrick Garland to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Jury won't pin blame for nurse's lung cancer on R.J. Reynolds; Company argued she never tried to quit smoking

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 3, 2019

DEDHAM, Mass. (Legal Newsline) - A state court jury in Massachusetts has absolved R.J. Reynolds of all liability in the death of 54-year-old nurse Dawn O’Toole after lawyers for the tobacco industry giant stressed to jurors her habit of smoking was predicated on choice and she never really tried quitting.

Okla. AG's $260M opioid settlement could foreshadow future settlements and fights over who gets the money

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 3, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) - A week after Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced a $270 million settlement with Purdue Pharma, lawmakers are questioning why they weren’t consulted on the deal or how to distribute the money.

Webinar on intellectual property available for entrepreneurs, business owners

By Charmaine Little | Apr 2, 2019

Founders and entrepreneurs of blooming businesses are encouraged to get educated on all things intellectual property in one of Financial Poise’s latest webinars, IP-101: What Every Founder/Entrepreneur Must Know. The on-demand webinar, which is sponsored by EisnerAmper, is slated to give special advice for those who have launched their own startup businesses.

Working With Experts webinar planned for April 24

By Charmaine Little | Apr 2, 2019

The Working With Experts course will soon be available for Financial Poise Webinars' Newbie Litigator School’s Winter/Spring 2019 session. It will take place Wednesday, April 24 from 1-2 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Former Google exec's company gets caught in 'rent-a-tribe' class action lawsuits; Interest rates allegedly as high as 490%

By Brian Brueggemann | Apr 2, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - While it awaits the results of an appeal, ZestFinance - a company founded by the former chief information officer of Google - is facing another claim over payday loans that allegedly featured triple-digit interest rates.

Kamala Harris, other Dems condemn Big Oil's lobbying but support lawsuits brought by campaign donors

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Democratic U.S. Senators are complaining that Big Oil’s lobbying efforts have stifled climate change measures and are supporting lawsuits against it – but they have also accepted more than $30,000 in donations from the private lawyers who would benefit financially.

Mother sues Weather Channel for $125 million over storm chaser's death

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 1, 2019

LUBBOCK, Texas (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for the mother of a man killed in a violent Texas Panhandle collision caused by two Weather Channel storm chasers have filed a $125 million wrongful death suit.

Class action alleges online ticket vendor ran 'bait-and-switch scheme' with deceptive pricing

By Marian Johns | Mar 29, 2019

CHICAGO — An Illinois man has filed a class action lawsuit against an online ticket vendor, alleging the company uses deceptive pricing and advertising as part of a consumer "bait-and-switch scheme."

OurBus alleges Ithaca permit system violates federal law

By Marian Johns | Mar 29, 2019

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — OurBus, a passenger motor carriers broker based in New York, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Ithaca, alleging it established a permit system for motor carriers that violates federal law.

Welch's fruit snacks make misleading nutrition claims, class action says

By Marian Johns | Mar 29, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — A class action lawsuit has been filed against Welch Foods, alleging the food producer's fruit snacks have deceptive and misleading labels regarding the nutritional value of their products.

When it comes to Roundup and cancer, everybody's lobbying the regulators

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 28, 2019

The federal jury that this week ordered Monsanto to pay $80 million for allegedly causing a man’s cancer likely was swayed by internal documents suggesting the unit of Bayer AG had improperly influenced regulators to keep its Roundup weedkiller from being classified a carcinogen.

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