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Vatican Pleased U.S. Plaintiffs Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit

VATICAN CITY - (AP) The Vatican said Tuesday it was satisfied that three men who had sought to hold the Vatican liable in an American court for sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests have decided to abandon the case. The Kentucky case was being closely watched as the clerical abuse scandal. . . . Full...

Tough Mining Law Survives Court Test In Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (AP) Federal regulators have used an enforcement provision of the 33-year-old mine safety law for the first time to win a legal battle involving a troubled Kentucky mine owned by Massey Energy Co. Mine safety experts say the case demonstrates to the mining industry that the law can...

Judge: $7.8 Million For Family Of Kentucky Plane Crash Victim

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (AP) A judge on Thursday ordered the family of a victim of the 2006 Comair crash to divide nearly $8 million in damages in the last lawsuit from the Kentucky crash. U.S. District Judge Karl Forester ordered the wife and two daughters of Bryan Keith Woodward to split $7.1 million. ....

TVA Paring Coal Operations, Paying $10M To Settle Lawsuits

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - (AP) The Tennessee Valley Authority over the next five years will shutter operations that account for about 16 percent if its coal-fired capacity to settle lawsuits from several states over air quality, its board said Thursday. TVA chief executive Tom Kilgore said the nation's...

Supreme Court Rejects Suit Alleging Burn Injuries From Defective Lighter

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13 denied a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by a man who claims that a child suffered burn injuries due to an allegedly defective cigarette lighter ( David R. Cummins v. Bic USA Inc., et al. , No. 13-574, U.S. Sup.). David...

Texas Federal Court Is Latest To Strike Down State Prohibitions On Same-Sex Marriage

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia of the Western District of Texas struck down the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. This ruling was the latest in a series of federal rulings handed down in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675...

Michigan Federal Judge Is 6th To Strike Down Prohibition On Same-Sex Marriage In Wake Of United States v. Windsor

On March 21, Senior U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan struck down MCLS Const. Art. I, § 25 , an amendment to the Michigan Constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage, Deboer v. Snyder, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37274 ( E.D. Mich. Mar...