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Mississippi Supreme Court reverses lower court ruling in medical malpractice case over expert testimony

By Karen Kidd | Oct 17, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Mississippi Supreme Court recently found in favor of a group of health care defendants in the medical malpractice case of a woman who ended up on a ventilator days after knee surgery.

Split Va. SC says employers owed 'duty of care' to family members of employees with asbestos claims

By Karen Kidd | Oct 16, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Employers owe a duty of care when an employee's family members are exposed to asbestos the employee brings home from the job, a split Virginia Supreme Court ruled Oct. 11.

N.J. Supreme Court ends more than 500 Accutane cases after Daubert ruling

By Karen Kidd | Oct 16, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – More than 500 product liability cases against New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company Hoffman-La Roche over the prescription acne drug Accutane were ended by a state Supreme Court opinion issued earlier this month.

South Dakota Supreme Court affirms city isn't liable in suit filed by cyclist injured at park

By Asia Mayfield | Oct 16, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) – The South Dakota Supreme Court affirmed Oct. 3 that the city of Sioux Falls is immune from liability in a lawsuit filed by injured cyclist Robert Fischer.

Miss. SC protects Fresenius from having to give privileged docs to AG Hood

By Tomas Kassahun | Oct 16, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Mississippi has overturned a chancery court’s order that required a medical company to show privileged documents.

Cab company not liable for driver's death; He was shot by a passenger after threatening phone calls

By Charmaine Little | Oct 11, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – On Sept. 27, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled a cab company wasn't responsible for the death of a driver after he was shot by a passenger.

Alaska Supreme Court affirms dismissal of suit over marijuana business prohibition initiative

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 11, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The dismissal of a lawsuit over a ballot initiative that attempted to prohibit marijuana business in the borough of Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska, has been affirmed by the state's high court.

Attorney can't be sued by non-client, Colo. court rules; Dispute arose over condo parking spaces

By Asia Mayfield | Oct 10, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Colorado Supreme Court determined that a non-client plaintiff was barred from suing an attorney because he lacked standing to assert his claim.

Colorado Supreme Court rules conversation with late doctor is inadmissible in malpractice case

By Asia Mayfield | Oct 10, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Colorado Supreme Court used the state's Dead Man’s Statute to reverse an earlier ruling in a medical malpractice suit.

Alabama Supreme Court reverses $20 million malpractice award, orders new trial

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 10, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The family of a Gadsden woman who allegedly died as a result of malpractice and negligence had a $20 million decision in their favor reversed.

Ohio Supreme Court sends asbestos case back to trial court to determine if plaintiff is a smoker

By Charmaine Little | Oct 10, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – On Sept. 27, the Supreme Court of Ohio reversed an appeals court judgment that denied Union Carbide Corp.’s motion for administrative dismissal amid a case that challenges whether a man’s alleged smoking status contributed to his lung cancer diagnosis.

With punitive damages on the table, NYC asbestos lawyers push for $50 million in one case

By John O'Brien | Oct 5, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A staggering amount of money is at stake as New York’s top court is asked to decide if New York City’s controversial asbestos court is treating defendants fairly.

Discovery still stayed in defamation case against the Presbyterian Church by fired reverend

By Charmaine Little | Oct 4, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Kentucky affirmed the Court of Appeals’ decision to grant in part and deny in part the Presbyterian Church’s request for an order to block a trial court from removing its stay of discovery amid a former worker’s defamation lawsuit against it.

Indiana Supreme Court rules in favor of Norfolk Southern Railway over state's blocked crossing regulations

By Charmaine Little | Oct 3, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – The Indiana Supreme Court affirmed a summary judgement for Norfolk Southern Railway Co. on Sept. 24 after the state of Indiana handed the transportation entity nearly more than 20 blocked-crossing citations.

Supreme Court of Florida rules loaders are 'dangerous instrumentalities' in case over man's severed finger

By Charmaine Little | Oct 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – On Sept. 27, the Supreme Court of Florida stated a company’s 8,000-pound piece of equipment really is dangerous, voiding the ruling of a lower court as the ruling infringed on decisions the Court and other district courts have made in the past.

Connecticut Supreme Court rules family in wrongful death suit was improperly denied discovery

By Charmaine Little | Oct 3, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Connecticut Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s judgment and determined the family of a woman who died after allegedly not being notified about her medical condition should get more discovery options in their lawsuit against Radiologic Associates of Middletown PC on Sept. 25.

Connecticut Supreme Court sides with widow in Workers' Comp case over husband's alleged asbestos-related death

By Charmaine Little | Oct 3, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – On Sept. 18, the Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed a Compensation Review Board’s decision that would award a widow with workers’ compensation benefits after it was determined her husband’s passing from lung cancer was work-related.

Washington Supreme Court rules employer's payment plan is not a piecework plan under state code in Xerox case

By Chandra Lye | Oct 3, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the state of Washington has responded no to a question posed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case over employee pay.

N.H. Supreme Court upholds trial court decision in case of 13-year-old stepped on by horse

By Chandra Lye | Oct 3, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of New Hampshire affirmed a trial court decision that granted immunity from liability to the defendant in a case where a minor was seriously injured in a horseback riding incident.

Alternate juror joining in on deliberations is 'harmless' in personal injury case, Colorado Supreme Court rules

By Charmaine Little | Oct 2, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – On Sept.17, the Colorado Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling that a trial court erred when it permitted an alternate juror to take part in jury deliberations despite objections.

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