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Florida Supreme Court says appeals court erred when it reversed $4.5 million award over smoking-related death

By Charmaine Little | Oct 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Florida rejected the state's 4th District Court of Appeal’s decision to reverse a multimillion-dollar award for a woman whose mother died of lung cancer.

Illinois Supreme Court says law firm can't collect fees in My Pillow case for work it did itself

By Chandra Lye | Oct 2, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Illinois has declined a law firm’s request to collect legal fees for work it did itself.

New trial ordered in case over man's skull fracture allegedly caused by bartender's push

By Charmaine Little | Sep 28, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – On Sept. 21, the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska vacated a judgment that prevented a woman from bringing an officer in as a witness in a lawsuit over a man's injuries after he was allegedly pushed by a bartender, ordering a new trial.

Alaska court upholds dismissal of woman's allegation that BioLife falsified her cancer recovery in brochure

By Charmaine Little | Sep 27, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – On Sept. 14, it was a lack of jurisdiction that caused the Supreme Court of the state of Alaska to affirm the Alaska Superior Court, Third Judicial District’s ruling dismiss a suit in favor of a company that was sued for allegedly falsifying a woman’s cancer recovery in a brochure.

Court rejects appeal of companies sweating new rules in NYC's controversial asbestos docket

By Dan Fisher | Sep 27, 2018

Asbestos defendants failed to convince New York’s highest court to intervene in a long-running fight over how the New York City asbestos court known as NYCAL does business, leaving them with few options as hundreds of lawsuits march toward trial in the plaintiff-friendly venue.

Washington Nationals lose $2M appeal after not paying for 'too slippery' floors at stadium

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Washington Nationals have been found to have breached their contract with a flooring company they said performed shoddy work at their stadium.

Washington Supreme Court upholds summary judgment for Gonzaga University in wrongful termination case

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 26, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that summary judgment was properly awarded to Gonzaga University in a wrongful termination case.

Washington Supreme Court upholds fine against cemetery that moved remains without notifying next of kin

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 26, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A cemetery operator has lost its appeal of a fine against it over disinterring cremains without notifying the next of kin.

Ill. Supreme Court reverses ruling in suit over amendment to state's Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 25, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Illinois Supreme Court reversed an appellate decision and affirmed the circuit court’s ruling in a lawsuit filed against the state attorney general and treasurer challenging an amendment to the Illinois Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act.

Mississippi high court affirms ruling against daughters who sued hospital over mother's fall

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 24, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Mississippi Supreme Court recently found that the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice suit against a Gulfport hospital failed to prove that the hospital was negligent.

Nevada Supreme Court: Workers' Comp only recourse for Harrah's employee who suffered stroke

By Carrie Salls | Sep 24, 2018

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the State of Nevada upheld a ruling by the Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County that granted a summary judgment in favor of Harrah’s Las Vegas LLC and Caesars Entertainment Corp. in a lawsuit filed by an employee who suffered a stroke on-the-job at Harrah’s, according to a Sept. 13 opinion.

Delaware Supreme Court affirms lower court’s decision in parking lot slip-and-fall case

By Sandra Lane | Sep 21, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit filed over injuries sustained in a fall on an icy parking lot was dismissed because the judge ruled that the plaintiff had failed to present enough evidence to prove her claims.

Massachusetts Supreme Court shoots down attempt to allow corporations to make political donations

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 21, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court rejected an appeal from two corporations that challenged the constitutionality of state law prohibiting political contributions.

Hospital loses appeal of $3.7 million medical malpractice award in Idaho Supreme Court

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 19, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – A hospital's appeal of a $3.7 million award in a medical malpractice suit was unsuccessful in the Idaho Supreme Court.

Florida Supreme Court puts proposed amendment prohibiting greyhound racing on November ballot

By Sandra Lane | Sep 19, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Supreme Court on Sept. 7 reversed an opinion by the Circuit Court for the 2nd Judicial Circuit that had ruled that the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment to be voted on in November was defective and could not appear on the ballot.

Wrongful death plaintiff can try for nurse's personnel file again, Ala. SC rules

By William Sassani | Sep 18, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alabama has ruled in favor of the estate of Frederick O’Brian Elliot, who died in 2015 while in the care of Baptist Health Systems.

Georgia SC takes on case of fired firefighter

By Charmaine Little | Sep 11, 2018

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Georgia reversed and remanded a case for a former College Park firefighter who claimed one of the officials that fired her wasn’t legally permitted to be in the role.

Thanks to statute of repose, contractor escapes blame in Mass. Supreme Court ruling over house fire

By Charmaine Little | Sep 10, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – On Aug. 29, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of a contracting company after it determined a woman was outside of the statute of repose following a fire in her home.

New Illinois law to strengthen protections for service members' employment

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – A new Illinois law designed to strengthen protections for service members' employment and rights while they are serving has been signed into state law.

Hawaii Supreme Court rules Ige is Democrat gubernatorial primary winner

By Charmaine Little | Sep 7, 2018

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) – On Aug. 27, the Supreme Court of Hawaii determined a candidate for governor who was upset by an incumbent in a primary election couldn’t prove the primary winner committed election fraud and bribery.

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