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It's up to the Kansas Senate to reject a judicial nominee over his social media posts

By Charmaine Little | May 21, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – The Kansas Supreme Court recently determined the state Senate will have to reject the appointment of a judge to the Kansas Court of Appeals after the governor’s appointee withdrew following a controversy over the appointee's posting on social media.

New York AG compares climate lawyer to whistleblower in fight over emails

By Daniel Fisher | May 16, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The New York Attorney General has compared Matt Pawa, the private attorney suing ExxonMobil and other oil companies over climate change, to a whistleblower in filings seeking to seal the record of private emails between Pawa and former New York AG Eric Schneiderman.

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West Virginia, four other states filing suits against Purdue Pharma for opioid marketing

By Kyla Asbury | May 16, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced a lawsuit May 16 against Purdue Pharma and its former CEO for the marketing of opioids. West Virginia is one of five states to sue Purdue for its actions.

Judge tosses North Dakota's opioid lawsuit against Purdue Pharma; Appeal coming

By Karen Kidd | May 16, 2019

BISMARCK, North Dakota (Legal Newsline) – A North Dakota judge has tossed the state attorney general's claims against Purdue Pharma that blame it for the opioid crisis - a decision that will be appealed.

House Dems get screening of anti-PFAS movie, seek regulation as trial lawyers and states use litigation

By Daniel Fisher | May 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Congressional Democrats launched their latest push for blanket regulations on widely used industrial chemicals by screening a highly critical documentary film the night before, where invited guests included a partner at a law firm that has filed a lawsuit that seeks damages on behalf of every U.S. citizen.

Plaintiffs lawyers - and their experts - are gaining power in Michigan on PFAS issue

By John O'Brien | May 14, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiffs lawyers likely have their eyes on Michigan, as the new attorney general there wants to sue companies over chemicals known as PFAS but doesn’t think her staff will be able to handle it.

Nevada AG's old law firm can make up to $350 million on his opioid lawsuit; GOP decries 'cronyism'

By Dan Fisher | May 8, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline) - Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford’s former law firm stands to earn as much as $350 million in fees under a generous contract to handle the state’s opioid lawsuit that also provides for the separate reimbursement of expenses.

Lawsuit challenges South Dakota's new ban on out-of-state political spending

By Carrie Bradon | May 6, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - Journalism, business and free speech groups are suing the South Dakota attorney general and secretary of state, alleging that their free speech was violated.

At Univ. of Colorado, climate change plaintiffs present their side; Energy industry says event was 'one-sided'

By William Sassani | Apr 29, 2019

BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) – “This has nothing to do with national climate policy.”

While admissions scandal rages elsewhere, watchdog fights for records from University of Texas

By Record News | Apr 26, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – As Americans learn about current favoritism in college admissions, they still can’t learn about past favoritism at the University of Texas.

Oklahoma's AG is twisting the law to suit his high-profile opioid case, Johnson & Johnson says

By John O'Brien | Apr 24, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – Oklahoma’s attorney general and the private lawyers he hired – who are earning millions from a lawsuit over the nation’s addiction crisis – are using a mangled interpretation of state law as they seek to generate headlines, one of the sued companies says.

New York announces plans to sue EPA over issue of certificate of completion for Hudson River cleanup

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 24, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced April 11 that New York State will be suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the cleanup of the Hudson River.

New York attorney general announces lawsuit will continue against jeweler over allegations of selling overpriced items

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 24, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Letitia James announced April 12 that a lawsuit against Hauppauge, New York-based Harris Jewelry over allegations of illegal and fraudulent practices will proceed.

Just before trial, Washington AG Ferguson's Ethicon case against Johnson & Johnson settles

By John Sammon | Apr 22, 2019

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit launched by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson against Johnson & Johnson for a pelvic mesh implant it sold called the “Ethicon” has been settled out of court according to a report from Courtroom View Network (CVN).

Washington suit against Ethicon over pelvic mesh implant begins Monday

By John Sammon | Apr 18, 2019

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – The lawsuit of Washington State’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon for selling a pelvic mesh implant to women that allegedly caused chronic pain, infections and medical complications will begin on Monday, April 22, another in a long line of lawsuits over the past several years that contend the implants are dangerous.

Opioid plaintiff lawyers sanctioned over key witness as defendants decry lack of evidence

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 9, 2019

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff attorneys have been sanctioned over their failure to disclose a consulting agreement with a key witness in the opioid multidistrict litigation, as defendant companies complain they are being stonewalled on other evidence critical to the case.

New Jersey using contingency fee lawyers to take lead in PFAS litigation

By Karen Kidd | Apr 9, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – New Jersey is ahead of the rest of the country in using private lawyers to sue manufacturing companies over chemicals known as PFAS, whose toxicity levels are still being determined by federal regulators while lawsuits stack up.

AG candidate Baker says Mississippi should end its alliance with private lawyers

By Brian Brueggemann | Apr 9, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – A candidate for attorney general of Mississippi says the office needs to quit the practice of letting outside law firms sue businesses on behalf of the state.

Conservative activist Eyman 'in a quandary' following judge's decision in Wash. AG's lifetime ban request

By Karen Kidd | Apr 8, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – Longtime Washington conservative activist Tim Eyman says he is unsure of his next move following a decision by a judge in the state's capital late last week to not rule out punishing him with what Eyman feels is a lifetime ban on political activity.

Free speech group supports conservative activist Eyman in battle with Washington attorney general

By Karen Kidd | Apr 4, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A First Amendment advocacy group's amicus brief and more details from Washington's attorney general are among recent filings ahead of Friday's hearing over a possible punishment for longtime conservative activist Tim Eyman.

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