A proposed “negotiation class” to settle all opioid litigation by U.S. cities and counties could be in deep trouble, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit considers an appeal of the order creating the controversial class and lawyers in two states with big claims urge their clients to opt out before a Nov. 22 deadline.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Closing arguments were made Thursday in a historic civil trial in New York Supreme Court in which the state’s attorney general alleges the oil giant Exxon Mobil deceived investors by minimizing the future cost impacts of climate change to paint a rosier fiscal picture.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – On Oct. 25, the Supreme Court of Alabama reversed a ruling in favor of GEICO Casualty Co. after the company refused to provide uninsured-motorist benefits to a woman whose husband ran her over with the Jeep he bought her.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – Forest Laboratories LLC can’t be held liable for a man’s murder-suicide crimes after he committed the actions while on a generic version of its anti-depressant medication, the Supreme Court of Alabama ruled on Oct. 25.
TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – On Oct. 10, a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Actavis Pharma Inc. was dismissed by the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Law Division in Camden County as the plaintiff failed to prove the opioid crisis was the reason his insurance premium increased.
AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Texas ruled that University of Texas at Austin does have immunity in a woman's negligence case that stems from an injury she suffered while biking on campus in 2015.
BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The sweeping lawsuit Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed against ExxonMobil represents a serious attack on the First Amendment by accusing the company of expressing views about science the state disagrees with, said a law professor prominent in the field of freedom of expression and corporate speech.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York taxpayers might want a refund on their $500,000 investment in a $1,050-an-hour expert after the judge hearing the state’s closely watched climate lawsuit against ExxonMobil repeatedly interrupted his testimony with skeptical questions about his methodology and assumptions.
Compounding the state’s problems is a series of courtroom miscues by its lawyers that have led Supreme Court Judge Barry Ostrager to criticize and belittle them multiple times since trial began Oct. 22.
LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – While a summary disposition in favor of a primary-care physician and the physician’s assistant was affirmed in a widow’s medical malpractice lawsuit, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed the ruling regarding a cardiologist in the case.
CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) — On Oct. 16, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire reversed in part a ruling in a suit filed by a nurse who slipped and fell in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) parking lot.
WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – On Oct. 23, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware ruled the McWane doctrine had no place in a case between previously linked companies over transactions of assets.
ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Georgia determined a provision in a tenant/landlord lease doesn’t apply to a resident’s premises liability lawsuit after she suffered an injury on the property.
BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – A Pocatello/Chubbock School District No. 25 parent was denied class certification in his lawsuit against the school district over allegations the district charged students illegal fees.
BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Idaho on Oct. 18 reversed a ruling that dismissed a woman's suit over allegations that the Idaho State Police and Payette County destroyed evidence before she could file a lawsuit against them over her father's death.
LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – A summary disposition ruling against Detroit Transportation Corp. was reversed in a negligence case that involved a man’s fatal fall between two trains at the Detroit People Mover’s Times Square Station in Detroit.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – A former Ohio judge accused of wrongdoing, including allegations of sexual misconduct, lost his appeal of a suspension and other consequences against him in the Ohio Supreme Court on Oct. 10.