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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.

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Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 7, 2018

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.

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Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 9, 2018

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.

Damages sought from allegedly intoxicated driver involved in fatal wrong-way crash on I-77

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 30, 2018

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.

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Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 24, 2018

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.

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New book details attorney’s frustrations with MDL: Handling of cases becoming ‘more and more deplorable’

By Amanda Robert | Jan 18, 2018

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.

Fluid Delivery Solutions alleges it is still owed more than $162,000 for waterline work

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 19, 2017

BLUEFIELD – A Texas-based water management company alleges it was not paid in full for services it provided to Charleston corporations.

Red Lobster accuses Huntington of breach of 33-year-old agreement

By From staff reports | Nov 16, 2017

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.

Segal firm names almost 300 companies in each asbestos suit

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 29, 2016

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.

Five employees accuse Schwan's of wage payment violations

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 17, 2015

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.

Woman sues Outback Steakhouse for injuries

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 14, 2015

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

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