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AGs For 5 States Talk Legal Strategy For Oil Spill

MOBILE, Ala. – (AP) The attorneys general from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas want BP PLC to sign an agreement spelling out exactly what "legitimate expenses" they'll cover from the spill. Florida AG Bill McCollum said after Sunday's meeting in Mobile, Ala...

High Court Adopts Recommendations On Interstate Waste Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 1 adopted recommendations by a court-appointed special master in litigation brought by four states and an interstate commission challenging North Carolina's alleged breach of a radioactive waste management agreement ( State of Alabama...

New Guidelines Could Rule Out Many Gulf Oil Spill Claims

MIAMI - (AP) A flower shop in Florida that saw a drop-off in weddings this summer is probably out of luck. So is a restaurant in Idaho that had to switch seafood suppliers. A hardware store on the Mississippi coast may be left out, too. The latest guidelines for BP's. . . . Full version available...

Chinese Drywall Manufacturer Agrees To Remediate Homes Affected By Defective Product

NEW ORLEANS -- (Mealey's) The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) in the Chinese Drywall multidistrict litigation and defendant Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) on Oct. 14 announced a settlement to remediate up to 300 homes in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida impacted by KPT's...

Judge: Lawsuit Over Health Overhaul Can Go To Trial

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) Crucial pieces of a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's health care overhaul can go to trial, with a judge ruling Thursday he wants to hear more arguments over whether it's constitutional to force citizens to buy health insurance. In a written ruling, U.S. District...

Florida Judge Finds Individual Mandate In Health Care Act Unconstitutional

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- (Mealey's) A Florida federal judge on Jan. 31 struck down as unconstitutional the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and, finding that the provision is not severable, held that the entire act must be declared void ( State of Florida...

Govt. Sues Tax Preparers In 5 states On Tax Credits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Justice Department says it has sued seven tax preparers in five states to stop them from fraudulently claiming tax credits for first-time homebuyer and earned-income. The department also has obtained an indictment of a Philadelphia man in the law enforcement initiative, charging...

The March 2015 Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Personal Injury Verdicts

During March, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts and settlements from across the country. This informal list of top five cases captured our attention this past month, so we thought you might like to hear about them. If you are interested...

Jury Verdict Round-Up: April Top Personal Injury Suits

During April, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts from across the country. Every month, we try to make a list of the top five cases that captured our attention. This month, however, we covered so many really interesting cases, we decided...

BP Agrees To Pay $18.7 Billion To Resolve Claims Over Gulf Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) BP Exploration & Production Inc. will pay $18.7 billion over the course of 18 years to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) and natural resource damages claims from the federal government and states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas stemming from...

State Net Capitol Journal: Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Swells

The U.S. Justice Department has reached a $20.8 billion final settlement with BP over its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. That sum is $2.1 billion bigger than the $18.7 billion initial settlement announced in July, which was already the largest environmental settlement, as well as the largest...