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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....

  • 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...

  • Alleged troll that sued eBay over PTO reexamination dismisses lawsuit

    MARSHALL, Texas (Legal Newsline) – An alleged “patent troll” that sued eBay earlier this year for daring to ask the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a reexamination of three patents has dismissed its lawsuit. On Monday, a judge with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of...

  • Attorney says Garlock’s estimation ‘pales in comparison’ to importance of disclosure

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – With the unsealing process in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy proceeding ongoing, attorney Mark Plevin has detailed the importance of access to the protected evidence that led to Bankruptcy Judge George Hodges’ landmark decision. Plevin’s article,...

  • Ky. Consumer Protection Division obtains indictment against contractor

    Conway FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – A Jefferson County grand jury returned an indictment on Thursday against contractor Kevin Carter on one count of theft by deception over $10,000 — a class C felony — for allegedly failing to perform home repair services for a Louisville resident....

  • Delaware receiving $51K in national J.P. Morgan settlement

    Biden DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) – J.P. Morgan Securities recently paid $51,400 to the Delaware Department of Justice for allegedly failing to ensure its agents were properly registered and failing to properly record trade data. The settlement agreement spans multiple states, and J.P....

  • PTO extends comment period on new trial proceedings under AIA

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is extending the deadline for comments on new administrative trial proceedings under the America Invents Act. In a June 27 request in the Federal Register, the PTO stated it was seeking public comment on “all aspects” of...

  • Motions ask bankruptcy judge to keep Garlock evidence sealed

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Thirteen motions to seal were filed in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy proceeding before the deadline ended on Thursday, meaning Bankruptcy Judge George Hodges will release all sealed documents without pending motions to the public no later than...

  • Disney, Pixar named in class action alleging antitrust law violations

    SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A former senior character effects artist is suing DreamWorks Animation and other companies he claims “conspired to systematically suppress the wages and salaries of those who they claim to prize as their greatest assets.” Robert A. Nitsch Jr.,...

  • Health insurer paying $3.8M in settlement with Schneiderman

    Schneiderman ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on Tuesday that his office reached a settlement with New York’s largest health insurer, GHI. The agreement requires improved member communications for New Yorkers, including...

  • Injunction entered against Texas pool company

    Abbott AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – Based on Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s suit alleging multiple violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, a Hidalgo County district court has frozen the assets of and entered a temporary injunction against RGV Flamingo Pools...



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