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S.D. Supreme Court rules for man who sued ex-wife's lover over affair

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 13, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) – The South Dakota Supreme Court partially upheld a ruling in a suit filed by a man against his ex-wife's lover.

Mississippi Supreme Court upholds ruling that power plant's tax expert used unacceptable method to calculate value

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 13, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that a tax expert hired by a company in a case over property taxes on a power plant used an unacceptable method to calculate taxes.

Virginia Supreme Court reverses ruling regarding dentist's request over redacted records

By Takesha Thomas | Dec 13, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Virginia's Supreme Court has reversed a lower court ruling denying a dentist's request to compel a city to limit the scope of redaction in certain billing records he requested in connection with a lawsuit.

Vermont Supreme Court reverses ruling over MyWebGrocer phantom shares

By Takesha Thomas | Dec 13, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Vermont has reversed a trial court ruling in a dispute between a man and his former employer over the payment of phantom shares.

Ariz. SC: Using wastewater for fake snow at Snowbowl is not a 'public nuisance'

By Chandra Lye | Dec 13, 2018

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – Despite the dissent of two Justices, the Supreme Court of Arizona has upheld a lower court decision over a public nuisance claim filed by the Hopi Tribe against a resort’s use of wastewater for snow making.

Ariz. SC explains its decision on defeated renewable energy ballot measure

By Chandra Lye | Dec 11, 2018

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – Arizona’s Supreme Court has issued a written explanation of its decision in a case that called into question the validity of a petition regarding a rejected renewable energy ballot measure.

Illinois high court: Circuit courts should decide cases on nonconstitutional grounds 'whenever possible'

By Karen Kidd | Dec 11, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – A wrongful death suit that the Cook County Circuit Court declined to dismiss is on its way back after the Illinois Supreme Court's recent ruling that the lower court should limit itself to deciding cases on nonconstitutional grounds.

Split Colorado Supreme Court says stroke victim's recording not protected by attorney-client privilege

By Karen Kidd | Dec 11, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – A stroke victim must turn over to the chiropractic practice she is suing a recording of her initial consultation with her attorney following a sharply spit Colorado Supreme Court opinion that the tape is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

Alabama Supreme Court grants venue change for case against Tyson Chicken

By Chandra Lye | Dec 11, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – In a 4-4 decision, the Supreme Court of Alabama has granted a writ of mandamus, ordering that a case against Tyson Chicken Inc. be moved from Marshall Circuit Court to Cullman Circuit Court.

Defendants get major NYC asbestos win, also fighting a 'ploy' used by plaintiffs lawyers

By John O'Brien | Dec 7, 2018

Defendants are celebrating a rare win in an asbestos case originating from New York City’s controversial asbestos court while also appealing a judge’s order that exposes them to even bigger verdicts there.

Alabama Supreme Court partially agrees with trial court in case involving pay to Space Science Exhibit commissioners

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Dec 6, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part a writ of mandamus filed by Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission officers in a case of alleged noncompliance with compensation laws.

Alabama Supreme Court denies petition as 'moot' in dispute over arbitration award

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Dec 5, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alabama has denied a petition for a writ of mandamus regarding the appeal of an arbitration award.

Florida Supreme Court justice 'strongly' urges judges to get off Facebook

By Charmaine Little | Dec 4, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – A Facebook friendship between a judge and an attorney isn’t enough to legally disqualify the judge from ruling on the case, the Supreme Court of Florida decided on Nov. 15.

Petition circulators have to appear in court for subpoenas, Arizona Supreme Court rules

By Tomas Kassahun | Dec 4, 2018

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the State of Arizona has affirmed a trial court’s decision, saying petition circulators for a disqualified amendment should appear in court when they are given a subpoena.

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.

Connecticut Supreme Court rules appellate court incorrectly ruled on sovereign immunity in black ice case

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 3, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – A decision in the case of an accident allegedly caused by an untreated icy bridge in New London, Connecticut was partially reversed by the state's high court.

Oregon Supreme Court remands Starbucks wage and hour case

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 30, 2018

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the state of Oregon has the remanded a case filed by Starbucks employees who sued the company for allegedly improperly calculating tax withholdings.

Md. court rules John Crane Inc. did not owe duty to warn wife who handled husband's asbestos-containing work clothes

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 23, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Special Appeals in Maryland has affirmed the Circuit Court for Baltimore City's ruling favoring a company accused of causing death due to mesothelioma.

Alabama high court orders dismissal so case over sports complex can be moved to Missouri court

By Carrie Salls | Nov 21, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alabama granted a request by a Missouri construction company to vacate an order that denied its motion to dismiss the case over allegations of improper venue.

Washington Supreme Court reinstates ruling in favor of school in student's saw injury case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 20, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the State of Washington ruled on Nov. 1 that since school districts aren’t expected to fulfill a heightened duty of care, a jury’s verdict that found the school district negligent but not the cause of the woman’s injuries should be reinstated.

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