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'Easy grandstanding': Congress backs trial lawyers' effort to condemn chemicals, win lawsuits while science debated

By John O'Brien | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – As Congress vilifies chemicals known as PFAS, some question whether the research upon which lawmakers – and trial lawyers – are relying shows that anyone has actually been harmed by them.

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Blame the criminals, pharmacies facing opioid lawsuits say

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – Large pharmacy chains are asking why they are being sued by hundreds of cities and counties over the opioid crisis instead of the criminals who pushed drugs to addicts.

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States against climate change lawsuits ask for dismissal of NYC's

By John O'Brien | Jun 5, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The top lawyers of 15 states are again asking a federal judge to reject the legal strategy used by public officials and the private attorneys with whom they’ve teamed to sue the energy industry over alleged effects of climate change.

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As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Apr 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

CFPB's new rule 'large gift for class action lawyers'; Court challenges coming

By John O'Brien | Jul 13, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – As the director of a federal consumer protection agency seemingly fights for his job, he has gone forth with plans to finalize a controversial rule – and a court challenge seems imminent.

Asbestos/class action reform bill passes U.S. House

By John O'Brien | Jan 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – Under threat of a presidential veto, the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 8 passed a bill that targets class action lawsuits and the asbestos injury compensation system. H.R. 1927 combines the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act and the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, or FACT Act. After hours of debate and the rejection of several Democrat-proposed amendments, the Republican-controlled House passed the bill in a 211-188.

Purdue Pharma says plaintiffs attorney fed info to new whistleblowers after first suit failed

By John O'Brien | Jan 7, 2015

BECKLEY – In demanding two whistleblowers in what it feels was a frivolous lawsuit pay its legal fees, the maker of the painkiller OxyContin says a Virginia attorney supplied the information that the two were blowing the whistle on.

Former WVU recruit sues NCAA

By John O'Brien | Nov 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – Three former college athletes are the latest to file a class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, claiming it and 11 athletic conferences have created a monopsony over college athletes.

App block calls, evaluates Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims

By John O'Brien | Sep 5, 2014

STAMFORD, Conn. – A prolific-filing law firm specializing in debt collection harassment cases has helped develop an app that it says could help those who download it make up to $1,500 per robocall or debt collection call.

General Electric agrees to $500K settlement with children injured after standing on oven door

By John O'Brien | Apr 17, 2014

BECKLEY – Two children who suffered burns when they stood on the door of a General Electric oven will receive nearly $500,000 from the company from a recently approved settlement.

Holzer Clinic wins lawsuit brought by former employee who alleged discrimination

By John O'Brien | Apr 17, 2014

HUNTINGTON – Holzer Clinic of West Virginia has been awarded summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by a former employee who claimed violations of the Family Medical Leave Act and age discrimination.

Pa. couple settle suit against Walmart, alleged metal spikes split husband's head open

By John O'Brien | Apr 17, 2014

WHEELING – Just before a trial could start, a Pennsylvania couple have settled their lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores.

Case alleging fire starter gel exploded, caused severe burns to child settled

By John O'Brien | Apr 16, 2014

ELKINS – The parents of a then-7-year-old child who burned himself when he allegedly attempted to use fire starter gel left near a fireplace at their Randolph County home have settled their claims.

Trial lawyers argue against RICO claims over baseless lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Mar 17, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – A national association representing the interests of trial lawyers has filed a brief that argues against corporate defendants’ use of racketeering laws in lawsuits against plaintiffs attorneys alleged to have committed fraud.

Miley says False Claims Act could get tweaked after session

By John O'Brien | Feb 26, 2014

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia House Speaker Tim Miley is considering assigning failed False Claims Act legislation to a committee for further study.

State False Claims Act dies in House

By John O'Brien | Feb 25, 2014

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia’s version of the federal False Claims Act, which is designed to provide incentives to whistleblowers who feel government programs are being cheated, died Tuesday in the House of Delegates.

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