NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The fair report privilege does not apply to a one-on-one conversation between a detective and reporter, the Supreme Court of Tennessee ruled in a case against a newspaper over allegations of defamation.
WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Firemen’s Retirement System of St. Louis, a stockholder in Oracle Corp., was granted in part and denied in part its motion in its lawsuit against Oracle and several of its officers amid claims that it organized an acquisition that would leave the corporation at a disadvantage.
WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - A Delaware judge has ordered pharmaceutical distributor AmerisourceBergen to open its books and records to lawyers investigating a possible lawsuit over the company’s allegedly improper sales of opioids, opening a potentially expensive new front in litigation that has already cost the industry billions.
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – The state of Oklahoma is asking the Cleveland County District Court to levy nearly a half-million dollars against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for court costs after winning a $465 million victory over the company in August for allegedly causing the state’s opioid crisis.
ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The New York Court of Appeals on Nov. 25 reversed a lower court's decision and concluded that an injury to a corrections officer while transporting a prisoner did qualify for performance-of-duty disability benefits because it was an accident and not deliberate.
DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – The Michigan Court of Appeals on Nov. 26 affirmed a lower court decision in favor of a doctor sued by a woman over allegations of malpractice, citing that the statute of limitations had expired.
DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – The Michigan Court of Appeals on Nov. 26 reversed a lower court ruling saying a store was not to blame for an accident when shelved tiles fell on a woman’s foot because prior knowledge of a dangerous situation was unknown to store employees.
ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 23, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that Federal Railroad Safety Act claims don’t cancel out the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) in a lawsuit against Norfolk Southern Railway.
BOSTON, Mass. (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 31, the Massachusetts Supreme Court determined that a student publication cannot be liable for republishing a police log and photo that asked for the public’s help in identifying a man who was suspected to have taken part in suspicious activity.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alabama has denied a petition for writ mandamus from several out-of-state companies that allegedly discharged toxic chemicals from their Georgia plants into industrial wastewater.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit against a fantasy sports site was dismissed after a plaintiff failed to actually state an injury he received by being persuaded by the company’s alleged advertisement.
WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – An indemnity dispute between a contractor and its subcontractor was dismissed amid both of their settlement agreements with plaintiffs who first named them as co-defendants.
WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware ruled on Dec. 18 that a company was not entitled to terminate a merger agreement after learning a vice president of the company it agreed to purchase falsified reports.