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Activists Target States With Climate Change Lawsuits

BILLINGS, Mont. - (AP) A group of attorneys using children and young adults as plaintiffs plans to file legal actions in every state and the District of Columbia on Wednesday in an effort to force government intervention on climate change. The courtroom ploy is backed by high-profile activists looking...

Massey: West Virginia Mine Families Offered $3 Million Deals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (AP) Massey Energy Co. has offered families of the 29 miners killed in the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion $3 million apiece to settle their claims, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The detail included in the filing is Massey's...

Massey Faces More Lawsuits From West Virginia Explosion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (AP) Massey Energy Co. says it is facing more lawsuits filed by miners and the families of miners killed in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion last year. The Richmond, Va.-based mining company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that the number of wrongful death suits has risen....

Pennsylvania Lawsuits: Whites Told They Can't Teach Blacks

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) Four white Philadelphia teachers filed federal race-bias lawsuits that accuse a black principal of creating a hostile work environment and suggesting they were unfit to teach black children. The teachers work at a predominantly black elementary school that has a recent history of...

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits In Pennsylvania Drop For 6th Year

HARRISBURG, Pa. - (AP) The number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed against doctors and hospitals in Pennsylvania dropped last year for the sixth year in a row. A total of 1,491 malpractice lawsuits were filed in 2010, according to a report released last week by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania...

Actor Jude Law Takes Center Stage In Tabloid Spying Lawsuit

LONDON - (AP) Actor Jude Law is taking a lead role in a court battle over the wide-ranging spying campaign mounted by a British tabloid newspaper. Law was one of many people allegedly targeted by the scandal-hungry News of The World, which listened in on voicemails to get its scoops. Full version available...

High Court Reverses 2nd Circuit Ruling Allowing States' Lawsuits Over Greenhouse Gases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 unanimously reversed a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that allowed five states to pursue lawsuits under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that sought court-imposed limits on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions discharged by a number...

BP: Don't Give Gulf Fail-Safe Device To Transocean

ATLANTA - (AP) BP and Transocean are at odds over who should get possession of a key piece of evidence in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill investigation once additional testing is complete. Transocean, responsible for maintaining the blowout preventer that failed to stop last year's oil spill, argues...

Conservatives Limit Consumer, Rights Class Action Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court's conservative majority made it harder for people to band together to sue the nation's largest businesses in the two most far-reaching rulings of the term the justices are wrapping up on Monday. The two cases putting new limits on class-action lawsuits...

U.S. Rep To Renew Bill Over Military Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

TAMPA, Fla. - (AP) A congressman said Tuesday he'll renew efforts to strip military hospitals of their protection against lawsuits over mistakes made in treating service members, now that the U. S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case that could have done away with the protections. The Supreme...

Bank Of America's $8.5 Billion Settlement Won't Be Its Last

NEW YORK - (AP) Bank of America's $8.5 billion settlement with investors is the largest any bank has ever paid. It might help assuage worries about how deep the bank's mortgage problems might be and how long it might take to settle them. But for the nation's largest bank and its CEO Brian...

Bayer To Pay $750 Million In Genetic Rice Settlement

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - (AP) German conglomerate Bayer CropScience agreed Friday to pay up to $750 million to settle several lawsuits with U.S. farmers who claimed a strain of the company's unapproved genetically modified rice contaminated the food supply and hurt their crop prices. The litigation goes...

Some Securities Class Action Lawsuits Still Being Filed After Considerable Delay

Among other things, Cornerstone Research's mid-year 2011 analysis of securities class action lawsuit filings reported that during the year's first half lawsuits were filed more quickly. The report said that in the first six months of 2011 "the median lag between the end of the class periods...

Phenomenon Of Securities Class Action Opt-Out Cases May Be Back

Settlement opt-outs have been always been a feature of securities class action litigation. However, as part of the settlements of the huge cases filed during the era of corporate scandals at the beginning of the last decade, opt outs became more prevalent and they represented an increasingly significant...

Lawsuits Follow Diabetes Drug Actos' Link To Cancer Risk

TRENTON, N.J. - (AP) The maker of the world's best-selling diabetes drug is facing hundreds of lawsuits and likely a big sales drop as suspicion grows that taking the pill for more than a year raises the risk of bladder cancer. In June, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. halted sales of Actos. . . ...

EPA Orders DuPont To Halt Imprelis Sales

DOVER, Del. - (AP) Environmental regulators have ordered the DuPont Co. to halt sales of a new herbicide blamed in several lawsuits for damaging trees in many parts of the country. The Environmental Protection Agency issued the order Thursday, one week after DuPont informed distributors that it was voluntarily...

Plaintiff, Defense Bars Gear Up For Litigation Over Shale Gas Drilling

PHILADELPHIA - Shale drilling for natural gas is big business in several states, but will it be "the next big thing" for litigators? It may be too early to tell, but the plaintiff and defense bars are gearing up. About 110 attorneys, insurance professionals and gas industry reps from 22...

Harrisburg, Pa., Files For Bankruptcy, Citing $310 Million Incinerator Debt, Lawsuits

HARRISBURG, Pa. - (Mealey's) The City of Harrisburg filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Oct. 11, citing a $310 million debt from projected budget deficits combined with outstanding bond issues related to financing the city obtained for its trash incinerator, which processes waste into steam and electrical...

The Rise of Stranger-Originated Life Insurance Lawsuits And The Legal Issues

In this Analysis, Brian T. Casey and Rachel B. Coan focus on "stranger-originated life insurance" or "STOLI"- in which a life insurance policy is originated primarily or solely for the purpose of resale. They chronicle how the clash of the insurable interest requirement and the evolving...

6th Circuit Upholds Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

CINCINNATI - (Mealey's) The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 22 affirmed the dismissal of antitrust and constitutional challenges brought by General Tobacco to the national tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between tobacco manufacturers and numerous states ( VIBO Corp., Inc., d...

Vandeventer Black LLP: Ending Lawsuits

By Ned Nicholas Hundreds of thousands of lawsuits are filed in the United States every year. The bulk of these are routine collection matters, so it is not surprising that relatively few of these cases end with a trial. But thousands of hotly-contested business and personal injury lawsuits are...

Duane Morris LLP: Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Issues General Court Regulation On Mass Tort And Asbestos Programs

On February 15, 2012, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas issued General Court Regulation No. 2012-01 , significantly altering the protocol governing mass tort cases. The order reflects the court's challenge of keeping its case disposition rate in line with American Bar Association (ABA) standards...

Abbey Spanier: Court Finds That Dukes Does Not Bar Consumer Class Action

As we have discussed several times in this blog, since the Supreme Court's decision last June in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], defendants in lawsuits throughout the country have asked the courts to de-certify previously...

Defendant Monsanto Announces Settlement Preliminarily Approved In West Virginia Dioxin Lawsuits

WINFIELD, W.Va. - (Mealey's) Monsanto Co. announced that preliminary approval of the settlement was granted Feb. 24 in the Putnam County, W. Va., Circuit Court in medical monitoring and property contamination lawsuits related to the alleged dioxin contamination of the town of Nitro ( Vada Zitzelsberger...

Fosamax Jaw Injury Claims Not Tolled By Class Action, Virginia Supreme Court Says

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) Virginia does not recognize either equitable or statutory tolling for class actions brought by different plaintiffs in another jurisdiction, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled March 2 in an appeal by four Fosamax jaw injury plaintiffs ( John Casey, et al. v. Merck & Co...