When it hired outside lawyers to represent it in lawsuits against the opioid industry, Harris County agreed to pay a contingency fee of 35%, more than double the rate in Dallas County and equal to the highest in the state.
Several Pennsylvania counties are fighting to keep control of their opioid lawsuits as the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, with the active support of the companies it is suing, seeks to create what a rival attorney calls a litigation "cesspool."
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.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.
BECKLEY – The administrator of the estates of two Ohio residents and another Ohio man are seeking damages from an allegedly intoxicated driver involved in a fatal wrong-way collision on Interstate 77 in Raleigh County.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.
New book details attorney’s frustrations with MDL: Handling of cases becoming ‘more and more deplorable’
TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Nearly 40 percent of civil cases pending in federal courts across the country are consolidated into multidistrict litigation, resulting in “a shift away from the rule of law to a system of arbitrary justice,” says Tampa attorney Brian Donovan in his new book on his experience and frustrations with MDL.
BLUEFIELD – A Texas-based water management company alleges it was not paid in full for services it provided to Charleston corporations.
HUNTINGTON – Red Lobster Hospitality is suing the city of Huntington, the Huntington Municipal Development Authority and Batra Hospitality Group for breaching an agreement made more than 30 years ago.
CHARLESTON – The average number of companies targeted by some of the biggest asbestos firms in their lawsuits is in the triple-figures, according to recent statistics, forcing some, especially those in claims management, to question the strategy of plaintiffs’ lawyers.
CLARKSBURG – Five employees are suing the Schwan Food Company after they claim it continues to violate the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act. Schwan's Shared Services LLC; Schwan's Home Service Inc.; and Carlton Spare Jr. were also named as defendants in the suit. Amy J.
BLUEFIELD – A woman is suing Outback Steakhouse after she claims she was injured at its restaurant in Princeton. Two unknown and unnamed general and shift managers were also named as defendants. On March 7, 2013, Linda Kearnes was a patron of Outback in Princeton she slipped and fell on liquid in the floor while being led to a table, according to a complaint filed March 4 in Mercer Circuit Court and removed to federal court. Kearnes claims was injured when she fell and her injuries were sever