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  • Order allowing punitive damages in NYC asbestos cases violated state law, defendants say

    NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Asbestos defendants opposing punitive damages in the New York City Asbestos Litigation court have requested a stay on the order in order to renew and reargue the issue. Punitive damages had been deferred in all NYCAL cases since September 1996 until Justice Sherry...

  • W.Va. SC drew line on enforcing arbitration agreements in U-Haul case, attorneys say

    Majestro CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsilne) – While the West Virginia Supreme Court has recently found three types of arbitration agreements enforceable, the court may have actually found more room to determine that arbitration agreements never existed at all. In November, in U-Haul v....

  • AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney...

  • House passes 'no welfare for weed' bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the "no welfare for weed" bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued...

  • Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country's rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began to flesh out the emerging...

  • US senator to ask Congress to suspend coal sales

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. senator said Tuesday he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said the Interior Department moved too...

  • Natural gas company seeks federal OK for pipeline

    BOSTON (AP) — An energy company is seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday. The company is...

  • Things to know about California groundwater law

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will require the first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Why lawmakers and the governor acted, and what the new laws mean: WHAT IS GROUNDWATER? It's the water that accumulates below the earth's surface,...

  • CMS spending $1 billion to settle pollution case

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that CMS Energy Corp. will undertake an estimated $1 billion program to cut emissions from five coal-fired power plants in Michigan to settle air pollution complaints. The government said that the utility's Consumers Energy subsidiary...

  • Federal Circuit: BlackBerry did not infringe on company’s patents

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Last month, a federal appeals court ruled against a Delaware company that sued the once-popular smartphone maker BlackBerry for patent infringement. Prost The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which handles all U.S. patent appeals, sided with...

  • Ill. AG’s lawsuit against Westwood College will continue in federal court

    Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office will be allowed to continue to press its case against a for-profit college it claims deceived students into enrolling in programs that result in virtually worthless degrees and taking on large amounts of...

  • Ohio SC: Asbestos testimony used in tort claims inadmissible in Workers’ Comp claims

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – The Ohio Supreme Court has held that depositions used in asbestos lawsuits cannot also be used in Workers’ Compensation claims if the employer was not a defendant in the tort action. In its decision, the Supreme Court addressed whether asbestos manufacturers...

  • New Jersey reaches $190M settlement with Occidental Chemical

    Hoffman TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin recently reached a $190 million settlement agreement with Occidental Chemical for cleanup and damages related to alleged...

  • Senators ask Obama to name highway safety chief

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators are calling on the White House to hire a permanent chief of the agency that keeps the nation's roadways safe. Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republican Dean Heller of Nevada made the request Tuesday at the start of a hearing on how the agency handles...

  • New rules established for NY debt collection cases

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York court administrators have adopted new filing requirements for debt collectors meant to prevent unfair claims and defaults in credit card collection cases against consumers. New rules announced Tuesday require creditors to submit affidavits with detailed proof of the...



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