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South Dakota SC rules lower court erred in granting judgment to Big Stone Therapies in case over broken femur

By Davion Smith | Aug 13, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) – The South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed a summary judgment in favor of a hospital and reversed another in favor of a physical therapy company in a medical negligence case.

Idaho SC revives Rug Doctor slip-and-fall case against Walmart

By Sandra Lane | Aug 13, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – A judgment by the Fourth Judicial District Court of Idaho absolving Walmart of any liability related to an accident in one of its stores was vacated by the Idaho Supreme Court, according to a ruling filed July 30.

North Dakota high court rules that one of governor's challenged vetoes was 'valid and effective'

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 10, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) – The North Dakota Supreme Court found that one of Gov. Doug Burgum’s vetoes challenged by the Legislative Assembly was “valid and effective” on July 30.

Wrongful death case against nursing home to be heard in Ala. court, not arbitration

By John Breslin | Aug 10, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – A woman suing a nursing home company on behalf of her late mother has won one round of her action after the Alabama Supreme Court dismissed a motion to compel arbitration.

'Intermeddlers' lose case against Delaware greenhouse gas initiative

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 6, 2018

GEORGETOWN, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A case that was filed in response to the Delaware’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Co2 Emission Trading Program Act (RGGI Act) was dismissed on June 26 by the Superior Court of the State of Delaware.

Colorado ruling in water case goes against Coors Brewing

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 6, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Colorado upheld a water court’s ruling in a lawsuit against Coors Brewing Co. on June 25, specifying that the company's "native" water use is limited and that it can no longer lease its return-flow water to other companies downstream without a new water right.

Employers in California must pay employees for time spent clocking out

By John Breslin | Aug 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Employers in California must take into account when evaluating pay the time taken to perform certain tasks after clocking out, the state's Supreme Court has ruled.

N.J. courts have to now consider if science is "advocacy-driven," lawyers in landmark Accutane ruling say

By Angela Underwood | Aug 6, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Two New Jersey attorneys discussed the scientific reliability and New Jersey Supreme Court's Aug. 1 ruling regarding evidence in a case filed by 2,000 plaintiffs who allege acne medication Accutane could cause Crohn's disease.

With millions at stake, New Jersey judges won't accept junk science against pharma companies

By John O'Brien | Aug 2, 2018

New Jersey judges must require plaintiffs lawyers who flock to their courts to come up with more than junk science if they want jurors to hear their arguments.

N.H. Supreme Court affirms $750,000 judgment against Applebee’s owner in salmonella lawsuit

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 30, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – The New Hampshire Supreme Court issued an opinion July 18 that a trial court and jury did not err in awarding a man $750,000 in his suit over allegations he contracted salmonella after eating at an Applebee’s restaurant.

Md. hospital free from $2.3M verdict over patient's suicide

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 30, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – In an opinion published July 12, the Maryland Court of Appeals reversed a judgment against a hospital in a woman’s suit alleging her son committed suicide because the hospital and doctors released him early.

Transport company’s appeal of $490K oil spill award turned back by Maine Supreme Court

By John Sammon | Jul 25, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on July 12 denied the appeal of a trucking company, affirming an earlier trial court judgment of $490,000 in favor of a Maine couple for an oil spill that degraded their property.

Med-mal claim against Tempe hospital to proceed after settlement with surgeon

By John Breslin | Jul 24, 2018

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – Three patients who claimed negligence by a doctor during surgery can continue their independent claim against the hospital where the procedure took place, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled.

Port of Seattle not required to pay entire $40M verdict to worker injured during wreck of luggage vehicle

By Chandra Lye | Jul 24, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – Washington’s Supreme Court has decided the Port of Seattle is not liable for three-quarters of a $40 million verdict in favor of a worker seriously injured in a baggage cart wreck.

Yelp isn't required to remove negative review of law firm, California Supreme Court rules

By Tomas Kassahun | Jul 23, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of California has overturned a San Francisco Superior Court ruling, saying Yelp Inc. doesn’t have to remove certain consumer reviews posted on its website.

Alaska Supreme Court affirms decision to terminate man's employment over statements of threatening harm

By John Breslin | Jul 22, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – An employee of a municipal government in Alaska has failed in a bid to reverse his firing over allegedly making statements co-workers interpreted as threats.

Climate change activists allowed to use 'necessity' defense after Minn. Supreme Court declines to hear appeal by state

By John Breslin | Jul 22, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – Climate change activists in Minnesota will be able to mount a defense that their actions were justified because they were designed to prevent a worse harm.

Calif. lawmaker kills bill that punishes lying lawyers after major donor opposes it, group says

By John O'Brien | Jul 12, 2018

A bill that punishes attorneys who mislead prospective clients passed California's Assembly with no opposition, but the state Senate won't even consider it. So, what happened?

Iowa Supreme Court reverses ruling in property owners' case against animal feeding production operators

By Erianne Leatherman | Jul 11, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a summary judgment in a case filed by property owners against animal feeding production operators they allege have damaged their property and quality of life.

High-low settlement cancels $36M Ga. verdict, but plaintiffs can relitigate pain and suffering claims

By Erianne Leatherman | Jul 10, 2018

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that damages sought in a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota Motor Co. are limited by a rule against double recovery.

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