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Railroads avoid $6B Iowa class action over 2008 flood

By Erianne Leatherman | Jul 10, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a district court ruling that prohibits a group of property owners from suing railways for damages related to a 2008 Iowa flood.

Texas Supreme Court rules city's single-use bag ban violates statute

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 9, 2018

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) – On June 22, the Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling that affirmed the city of Laredo’s ordinance banning single-use plastic or paper bags by merchants violates a Texas statute, a ruling that could end the state-wide single-bag bans.

Okla. Supreme Court upholds $10 million wrongful death ruling against BNSF Railway; Train collided with man's vehicle in 2008

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 9, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) – The Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld a trial court judgment in a suit over wrongful death allegations after a man was killed when a BNSF train collided with his vehicle.

Ohio attorney suspended a second time on misconduct allegations

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 9, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed a recommendation that Ohio attorney Debra Kay Horton be suspended for two years for allegedly violating professional code while working a minor’s personal injury case.

TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT: New rates for counsel representing indigent defendants and families

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

For the first time in over 20 years, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered an increase in the amount paid to lawyers representing indigent parties in criminal and child welfare cases.

Minnesota Supreme Court rules trustee cannot sue over legal malpractice allegations in late man's estate

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 6, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – An appellate court decision was struck down by the Minnesota Supreme Court on June 27 over its finding that a trustee lacked standing to sue an attorney for legal malpractice during a deceased client’s estate-planning.

Md. high court affirms statute of repose in wrongful death lawsuit over fall at Chuck E. Cheese

By Sandra Lane | Jul 6, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – A judge in the Maryland Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of the Court of Special Appeals that the statute of repose extends to the property owner of the shopping center and the other defendants listed in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Texas Supreme Court says it doesn't have jurisdiction in alleged Medicaid fraud case

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 5, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Texas affirmed an appeals court's decision in a case involving alleged Medicaid fraud, stating that it does not have interlocutory jurisdiction in the matter.

Texas Supreme Court denies writ of mandamus in Xerox Medicaid case

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 5, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Texas denied a petition for writ of mandamus relief in an appeal involving Xerox Corp. and Xerox State Healthcare and allegations of Medicaid fraud.

Rhode Island sues over climate change, using similar claims the state Supreme Court has already rejected

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 3, 2018

R.I. AG Peter Kilmartin better hope Rhode Island courts import California’s concept of public nuisance law, since the last time a Rhode Island AG tried this tactic, over lead paint, the state Supreme Court rejected the claim entirely.

Mass. court: Creditors that don't leave voicemails still open to lawsuits

By Sandra Lane | Jul 3, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled June 25 that regulations regarding phone calls to consumers applies to creditors who use automatic dialing devices or voluntarily do not leave a voicemail message.

Supreme Court returns Arlene's Flowers v. Washington State to state high court for review

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

OLYMPIA — The U. S. States Supreme Court has issued a grant, vacate and remand ruling in Arlene's Flowers Inc. v. Washington State, a case involving a Washington state flower shop that refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, which sends the case back to Washington Supreme Court for review.

Insurers to feel brunt of New Jersey asbestos ruling, while Delaware hits employers on same day

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 28, 2018

A decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court forces Honeywell’s insurers to pay for thousands of asbestos claims even though the company, through its Bendix unit, continued to make asbestos-containing brake products for more than a decade after it could no longer obtain insurance coverage for such products.

Massachusetts public housing owner liable for fall under Torts Claim Act, high court rules

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 28, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court affirmed a Superior Court ruling that the managers of a public housing apartment building cannot claim to be pubic employers to sidestep claims under the Torts Claim Act.

Employer can't be ordered to pay for medical marijuana, Maine SC rules; Dissent says workers could be pushed to opioids

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 28, 2018

The Maine Supreme Court has issued a ruling that a company cannot be required to pay for an injured employee's medical marijuana. The dissenting justices argued that this decision ignores what’s best for the injured worker.

Font in arbitration agreement good enough, despite not being in bold, Colo. SC rules

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 28, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – In a June 11 opinion, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that arbitration agreements under the Health Care Availability Act can still be enforced even if they do not strictly follow the statute requirements for the language.

Legal finance companies descend on Florida convention to build relationships with trial lawyers

By Maya Siobhan Redding | Jun 27, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - As Florida trial lawyers gathered last week for an annual meeting featuring an array of trending litigation seminars, another industry set up shop in a big way at the convention hall site.

Judge boots global warming cases of San Francisco, Oakland against oil industry

By John O'Brien | Jun 26, 2018

A California federal judge has rejected the efforts of municipal officials who teamed with private lawyers to seek to hold the energy industry liable for the alleged future effects of climate change.

Montana Supreme Court rules Carlyle Infrastructure Partners entitled to fees in Missoula's water system case

By Charmaine Little | Jun 26, 2018

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – The parent company of the former owner of Missoula, Montana’s water supply system is entitled to legal fees, the Montana Supreme Court determined June 5.

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