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R.I. Judge: Lead Paint Firms Must Pay Own Legal Fees

PROVIDENCE R.I. - (AP) Three companies that sold lead-based paint and were sued by the state in a landmark case cannot recover money they spent defending themselves in the lawsuit, a judge ruled Tuesday. Rhode Island in February 2006 won a jury verdict that could have forced the three companies....

Lead Attorneys In Vioxx Settlement Get $315.3M

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The federal judge overseeing the thousands of lawsuits filed over withdrawn painkiller Vioxx has ruled that the lead lawyers in the case will get $315.3 million, while other lawyers who sued Merck & Co. will share $1.2 billion. U.S. District Judge Eldon J. Fallon, in a ruling Tuesday...

Judge OKs $70M DuPont Waste Pile Settlement In West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (AP) Chemical maker DuPont Co. will pay $70 million and fund long-term medical monitoring for residents of a West Virginia town who sued over pollution from a zinc smelter and its 100-foot-tall pile of waste. A state judge approved the settlement Tuesday that ends years of court battles...

$42 Million Judgment Against Fen-Phen Lawyers Vacated

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A $42 million summary judgment in favor of 431 fen-phen plaintiffs against a group attorneys, two of whom are serving lengthy prison sentences stemming from allegations that they pocketed twice what their fee agreements called for, has been vacated by the Kentucky Court of Appeals,...

Financier Stanford's Lawsuit Seeks $7.2 Billion

HOUSTON - (AP) Jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford has filed a lawsuit accusing prosecutors and federal agents of depriving him of his constitutional rights by using abusive law-enforcement tactics. He is asking for $7.2 billion in damages. The lawsuit filed Wednesday comes after Stanford was declared...

Prince Sued By New York Law Firm For $700,000 In Fees

NEW YORK - (AP) A New York City law firm says Prince owes more than $700,000 in legal fees for services that included helping to settle financial obligations to his former wife. The firm is suing the "Purple Rain" singer in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler...

Panel Hears Plan To Cap Attorney Fees In $3.4 Billion Settlement

(AP) Attorneys in the government's $3.4 billion settlement with American Indians over mismanaged royalties are "stonewalling" a congressional panel as they ask a judge to more than double their fees in the case, the committee's chairman said Tuesday. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is co...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Rise Of Predictive Coding For Pharmaceutical Companies

By Jessica Sykora | Pharmaceutical and medical device companies in the midst of costly e-discovery battles and high-dollar litigation have more than likely heard the buzzwords "predictive coding" and "computer-assisted review" at some point during strategy sessions over how to...