TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — The New Jersey Supreme Court held that a retainer agreement should be invalidated because the attorney made oral assurances that were different from what was in the contract he provided to the client.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A conservative energy-policy group has sued to unseal parts of ExxonMobil’s defense in a failed climate lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James, saying “the public has an absolute right to know” about communications between the New York AG and a private lawyer pushing potentially lucrative climate change lawsuits around the country.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The prominent asbestos law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy has been sanctioned by a New York judge for violating a protective order after it leaked the deposition of Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky to reporters at the Reuters news service.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Attorneys can expect a $30 million payday once the dust finally settles in Yahoo's $117.5 million settlement of a data breach class action, approved by a federal judge in California last summer.
DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) - Delaware's full Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a dispute between a software company and a law firm accused of delivering wrong advice that caused the firm to overpay by $66 million in a share buy-back - with a notable disagreement occurring between one justice and the law firm's attorney.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has concurred with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in ruling that abiding by state and federal design standards for aircraft components without federal pre-emption is permissible.
BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Harvard University law students protesting against a firm that represents Exxon are unlikely to be hired by any large practice if they are picking and choosing which clients to work for, according to one lawyer who argues she would never hire them.
PHILADELPHIA – After a Philadelphia jury rendered a staggering $8 billion punitive damages verdict at the end of a recent trial surrounding anti-psychotic drug Risperdal in October, the judge who presided over the trial reduced the verdict to $6.8 million on Friday.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – Chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been in the headlines a lot lately, from congressional hearings to a new film starring Mark Ruffalo that follows the class action lawsuit against DuPont in the Parkersburg area.
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (Legal Newsline) – Dollard Evans Whalin LLP, which this month celebrates its first anniversary of opening its doors in the Indianapolis suburb of Noblesville, has faced some tough choices but the toughest was to start at all, firm partner Trampas A. Whalin said during a recent interview.
CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – City, county and tribal governments' strategy of hiring private plaintiff's attorneys in opioid and other litigation is causing a "misalignment of the values" between those entities and the traditional primacy of state attorneys general, a government litigation expert said.
WASHINGTON – In an annual report of “Judicial Hellholes” released today by the American Tort Reform Association, Philadelphia has claimed the No. 1 ranking – in part due to a historic $8 billion punitive damages verdict rendered this year in litigation connected to Johnson & Johnson’s anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Pharmacy companies facing thousands of lawsuits over allegedly improper opioid prescriptions failed to convince the federal judge to prohibit out-of-court discussions with plaintiff lawyers that some defendants believe have affected them unfairly.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - The lawyers representing Purdue Pharma in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings have submitted their first two bills to the court and they show how expensive this multibillion-dollar restructuring will be: Nearly $8 million for seven weeks of work, with one partner billing almost a half-million dollars for the month of October alone.
BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – An ugly disagreement over a portion of $3.7 million in attorneys' fees and expenses from the $10 million settlement reached last spring in a class action against Bank of New York Mellon probably won't be decided this year.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiffs lawyers filing PFAS lawsuits are lobbying Congress as it mulls whether to designate the chemicals as hazardous under the Superfund law – a move that would give those lawyers more companies to target with litigation.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - More than 500 cities and counties opted out of the unprecedented “negotiation class” proposed by plaintiff lawyers to settle sprawling opioid litigation, leaving 98% of the 34,458 U.S. cities and counties technically still in the class.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The president of the American Tort Reform Association told members of Congress on Tuesday that litigation could get out of hand unless federal regulators adopt a commonsense, fair approach to dealing with the PFAS chemicals that activists claim are poisoning the nation’s water supplies.