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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....

Government Urges Dismissal Of Carbon Dioxide Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The federal government on Aug. 25 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a lower court decision to reinstate two lawsuits seeking to limit carbon dioxide emissions, arguing that new greenhouse gas regulations have displaced public nuisance cause of actions ( American...

L.A. Teachers Union Will Challenge Layoff Pact

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The Los Angeles teachers union is promising to challenge a proposed agreement that would change how teachers are laid off in the nation's second-largest school district, while education experts hail it as a landmark that could pave the way for changes in urban districts across...

Minnesota's Pawlenty Ups Challenge To Health Care Reform Law

ST. PAUL, Minn. - (AP) Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential GOP presidential candidate, stepped up his attack Thursday on President Barack Obama's federal health care law with a court filing challenging its cost to states. Pawlenty and Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri, both Republicans leaving...

U.S. High Court Agrees To Take Up Case Over Energy Companies' Emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (Mealey's) The nation's high court on Dec. 6 granted a petition for certiorari filed by five power companies seeking review of a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling reinstating two Clean Air Act (CAA) lawsuits brought by eight states seeking to limit the companies'...

Palestinian Authority Settles Rhode Island Lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (AP) The Palestinian Authority has settled a federal lawsuit in Rhode Island over the shooting deaths 15 years ago of a couple returning home from a wedding in Israel, according to court papers filed Monday. The documents don't reveal the terms of the settlement, and it's unclear...

Rhode Island Judge Recuses Self In Brown University Rape Lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (AP) A federal judge in Rhode Island recused himself Wednesday from a lawsuit brought by a former Brown University student who says he was falsely accused of raping a classmate and unfairly pressured to leave school, a move likely to send the case to a judge in New Hampshire. Full...

ACLU Sues Over Rhode Island School Prayer Banner

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (AP) The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of Cranston over a Christian prayer banner displayed in a high school auditorium. The ACLU announced the lawsuit Monday. It seeks monetary damages and demands that the banner be removed from Cranston...