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Supreme Court orders new trial in 13-year-old Ala. wrongful death lawsuit over stillborn child

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 24, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled a woman is entitled to a new trial in a wrongful death suit against a physician and medical group over her stillborn son.

Colorado SC says commission did not abuse discretion when it declined engaging rule regarding permits

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 23, 2019

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that the state commission that oversees oil and gas resources that declined to engage in rulemaking regarding new permits for oil and gas drilling in the state properly declined to do so.

New Jersey Supreme Court: NFL did not violate law with 2014 Super Bowl ticket sales

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 18, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A panel of New Jersey Supreme Court judges has found that the NFL did not violate a state statute when it sold tickets for the 2014 Super Bowl.

Alabama Supreme Court grants Mercedes-Benz a change of venue in Workers' Comp case

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 17, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Alabama Supreme Court has granted Mercedes-Benz's petition for writ of mandamus for a change of venue in a Workers' Compensation lawsuit.

Alaska Supreme Court reverses ruling that let attorney withdraw in case over alleged in utero injuries

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 17, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The Alaska Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's ruling that granted an attorney the right to withdraw from a case over a boating accident that occurred in 1993.

Washington Supreme Court says legal services provided by Evergreen Freedom Foundation were reportable

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 17, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that pro bono legal services provided by an organization were reportable to the Public Disclosure Commission.

Texas Supreme Court reverses ruling in malpractice case over infant's birth injuries

By Carrie Salls | Jan 14, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Texas Supreme Court said in a Dec. 21 opinion that the parents of a baby born at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Denton must prove willful and wanton negligence under the Texas Medical Liability Act’s emergency-medical care provision in their suit against the hospital and a physician.

Tennessee Supreme Court: Patient allowed to sue MedicOne after signing waiver

By Carrie Salls | Jan 14, 2019

NASHVILLE (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Tennessee ruled in a Dec. 20 opinion that, based on the wording and circumstances surrounding the accident, an agreement signed by a rehabilitation center patient who fell getting into a van operated by a third-party medical transportation company does not prohibit the patient from suing the transport company.

Conn. judge rejects opioid claims, says allowing them would lead to 'junk justice'

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 14, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - A Connecticut judge has dismissed lawsuits by four cities against the opioid industry, saying there is no logical way for the plaintiffs to calculate damages or distribute any money they might win in the litigation.

New York Court of Appeals: NYPD does not have to turn over department personnel records

By Carrie Salls | Jan 11, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The state of New York Court of Appeals ruled in a Dec. 11 opinion that the New York City Police Department does not have to turn over personnel records requested by the New York Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

Medical malpractice case against Southern New Hampshire Medical Center revived by N.H. Supreme Court

By Carrie Salls | Jan 10, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of New Hampshire overturned a superior court ruling that dismissed a medical malpractice case filed against Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Eliot Hospital and three doctors, according to a Dec. 21 opinion.

Alabama court rules insurance company did not have duty to advise manufacturer concerning coverage before fire

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 21, the Supreme Court of Alabama sided with an insurance company in a lawsuit over insurance coverage for a fire at a factory.

Arizona Supreme Court upholds dismissal of suit against Medtronic, citing preemption under federal law

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court for the State of Arizona held on Dec. 18 that federal law does block a lawsuit arising from allegations concerning the state’s common law failure-to-warn claim after a medical device company allegedly didn’t inform the Food and Drug Administration about unfavorable conditions in a medical device.

Arizona Supreme Court says law of state where Workers' Comp was paid determines assignment rights

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – Because a woman was awarded Workers’ Compensation benefits in a different state that doesn’t have automatic assignment provision, on Jan. 2, the Supreme Court for the State of Arizona reversed the decisions of two lower courts.

Supreme Court of Ohio reverses $800,000 judgment in defamation case, rules caps on damages apply

By Charmaine Little | Jan 7, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 7, the Supreme Court of Ohio reversed an $800,000 judgment in compensatory damages in a defamation case.

Mississippi Supreme Court reverses order requiring attorneys' signatures on settlement

By Charmaine Little | Jan 3, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 13, the Supreme Court of Mississippi decided that a lower court abused its discretion when it enforced an order that required the signatures of two attorneys on a settlement agreement.

'Panic mode': Attorney must respond to disciplinary complaint despite claimed mental illness

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jan 3, 2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsine) – The Supreme Court of Tennessee at Knoxville has upheld the Chancery Court for Knox County’s ruling that a North Carolina attorney wasn’t incapacitated from responding or defending against a disciplinary complaint.

Alabama Supreme Court reverses summary judgment ruling in case over fire at body shop

By Charmaine Little | Dec 31, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 7, the Supreme Court of Alabama reversed a decision for summary judgment in a case over a fire at an auto body shop.

Alabama Supreme Court upholds dismissal of state's case against Volkswagen AG over tampering claims

By Charmaine Little | Dec 27, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alabama determined one of the state of Alabama’s claims against Volkswagen AG was blocked by the Clean Air Act and affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the complaint on Dec. 14.

Washington Supreme Court affirms lower court was right to enjoin safe injection site initiative from ballot

By Takesha Thomas | Dec 18, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Washington has affirmed a lower court's ruling that the King County Council overstepped its authority with a ballot initiative involving funding for safe injection sites throughout the county.

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