The City of Boulder is suing energy companies over climate change, but the state’s attorney general has voiced her displeasure with its legal theory.
Fossil fuel companies have filed to dismiss a climate change lawsuit as they prepare to deliver an unusual “tutorial” on climate science to the federal judge overseeing the case.
A federal judge is curious about global warming and President Trump’s views on lawsuits against the energy sector.
Harvard professors who claim their analysis proves ExxonMobil misled the public about climate change were obviously biased, a colleague says, and the company says their data shouldn’t be used to help a “corrupt enterprise” of private lawyers and California officials suing the energy sector.
Without Chevron, the California city of Richmond wouldn’t exist as it does today. But even though the company is sustaining Richmond’s present, city officials claim it is also destroying is future.
State attorneys general are united in championing a new cause – abolishing clauses that require sexual harassment claims to be heard in arbitration. But would it set a bad precedent for changing federal law while scoring political points for its supporters?
The U.S. DOJ has yet to release long-promised clarifications on the Americans with Disabilities Act that would help judges handle lawsuits that claim businesses’ websites are not handicap-accessible – and the blame isn’t on just one of the country’s last two very different presidents.
California officials who made dire climate change predictions about their localities’ futures in litigation against energy companies, but not in bond offerings, probably know by now their litigation is doomed, a New York University law professor says.
San Francisco and several other California cities and counties have sued five major oil companies under the theory of “public nuisance,” claiming they knowingly sell products that, when burned, emit greenhouse gases.
The City of Oakland – one of eight California governments going big-game hunting by suing the energy industry over climate change – will pay private lawyers almost one-quarter of any recovery and says it does not have to disclose any communication with the firm it hired.
Chevron Corp. has filed a third-party complaint against Norway’s state-owned oil company Statoil, seeking to include it in lawsuits by California and several cities over global warming.
After more than four years of litigation and two court victories, it looks like an airplane cleaning service might finally be clear from the federal agency that pushed the case all the way to a federal appeals court.
“Everyone in America knows that the TCPA isn’t stopping unwanted calls,” a Kelley Drye & Warren attorney says. “Most of the spam calls we receive… are coming from intentional bad actors in other countries who are beyond the reach of private lawsuits.”
By presenting experts who say human-induced climate change is threatening the world’s population and ordinary citizens can’t use the political system to prevent it, lawyers hope to convince jurors their clients had no reasonable alternative but to break the law.
Some government officials in California are hypocrites pushing a political agenda that involves using private lawyers to sue and demonize ExxonMobil, the company is now arguing in a Texas state court.
Sometimes making a scientific discovery is only half the battle, as Dr. Aaron Carroll found out after researching and writing an article on the effects of artificial sweeteners.
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected arguments by Leandra English, who was named the deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by outgoing director Richard Cordray, in a lawsuit she brought over the agency’s interim leadership.
It’s likely that a Polish immigrant is taking advantage of a federal law to score hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be allowed to.
A California appeals court has upheld the bulk of a judge’s reasoning in ordering the paint companies to pay more than $1 billion for their alleged contributions to a “public nuisance” caused by the continued presence of lead paint in old homes.
Former students still saddled with college loans were urged by lawyers and debt-relief companies to stop making payments because filing a lawsuit was an easier way to get out of debt, according to racketeering allegations against two law firms.
The Maryland Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear an appeal of a 2015 decision that applied Maryland’s 20-year statute of repose to an asbestos lawsuit. If the decision is upheld, thousands of plaintiffs claiming they were injured by breathing asbestos dust will have their cases dismissed.
A two-hour hearing on frivolous lawsuits before a U.S. Senate committee may have lacked focus on pending legislation but did produce a few noteworthy moments – including Sen. Al Franken’s assertion that there are “bad actors” filing meritless lawsuits, though he is opposed to the reforms presented.
Bestwall said joint compound in total never amounted to more than 1.5 percent of asbestos-containing products sold in the U.S., yet the company is now named in 70-80 percent of all lawsuits over mesothelioma, a cancer that can be caused by asbestos exp…
A Tennessee man, described as both a professional plaintiff and sleuth with three cell phones, is allowed to continue one of his many lawsuits after faking interest in a free home security system to identify whom he wanted to sue for calling him about it.
A trove of data revealing the contingency fees charged by New York City lawyers suggests that in virtually every tort case, lawyers charge the full one-third allowed under state regulations.
Internal U.S. Department of Justice documents confirm the existence of a department “slush fund” under the Obama Administration and that DOJ officials “went out of their way” to exclude conservative groups, the head of the House Judiciary Committee told fellow lawmakers Tuesday.
A federal agency is keeping its research secret as it pushes a controversial rule that will harm consumers and businesses alike, a fellow regulator is telling members of a U.S. Senate committee.
Testimony questioned the practices of the Law Offices of Peter Angelos, arguing it hasn’t taken advantage of open trial slots in the past.
The business community and legal reform groups are fighting a decision that exposes asbestos defendants to higher verdicts in New York City.
For the moment, a New York law firm upset with online reviews has dropped its lawsuit against the website pissedconsumer.com.
What’s it worth for plaintiffs attorneys suing companies over their websites on behalf of blind clients to take the case to trial? In the only example, those lawyers have been awarded more than $100,000 for their efforts.
The current co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation committee said he “wholeheartedly” agrees with the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent move to rescind its so-called “persuader rule,” saying the rule would’ve meant “real consequences” for employers.
A lawsuit that blames the fracking industry for increased earthquake activity in Oklahoma is back.
The leader of a California legal reform group sees “situational due process” as a growing concern in Sacramento.
At the end of this month California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar is scheduled to retire, giving Gov. Jerry Brown the opportunity to appoint his fourth justice to the highest court, ending a Republican majority and sealing his influence over t…
The Opportunity to Work Act, introduced several months ago in the California Assembly, would require businesses to offer extra hours to employees before hiring new ones – and create myriad problems in the process, a Los Angeles defense attorney says.
The convention is scheduled to take place in Boston from July 22-25 and will feature meetings on several areas of the law, including litigation over skiing and bicycling accidents.
How does one establish proper policy and regulation without stymying innovation in the space travel industry? That’s a question scientists, legal experts and lawmakers from around the world have been working to answer since the 1960s.
A frequent target of asbestos lawyers is seeking access to the ballots cast by holders of asbestos claims against one of the many companies forced into bankruptcy by the long-running litigation.
As courts are asked to provide guidance on the future of a federal telemarketing law that was written before the cell phone era, a House subcommittee is hearing suggestions on how to modernize it.
Spaceports are popping up over the country as private companies bet on a surge in commercial spaceflight and equally eager states maneuver to make room for them.
The idea of buying a ticket to space seems like something that would play out in a summer blockbuster movie. Companies like Virgin Galactic, XCOR Aerospace and Blue Origin have been working for several years to change that.
Last week, two Illinois federal judges dismissed lawsuits filed by John Crane Inc., an Illinois-based industrial manufacturer, against two out-of-state asbestos law firms, concluding both firms’ ties to the state were “insufficient.”
Attorneys accused of a “Mafia-style” racketeering scheme are fighting allegations they conspired to develop professional plaintiffs for the purpose of bringing class action lawsuits.
More than 25 years after its passage, a federal telemarketing law hasn’t just created a cottage industry for lawyers – it has spawned a group of professional plaintiffs who amass multiple cell phones for the purpose of receiving debt collection calls often intended for other individuals.
In a federal court in New Jersey, FDS Bank says a Polish immigrant no longer qualifies for Social Security disability benefits because he has made approximately $800,000 from filing 31 lawsuits.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has overturned a lower court in ruling that hugs and kisses between co-workers may create a sexually hostile work environment.
While President Donald Trump has not indicated whether he would veto legislation that targets the country’s current asbestos injury compensation system, the bill’s sponsor is fairly confident he has the president’s support.
One of the nation’s top employment and labor law firms found, in its most recent study, that New York and California courts lead the way in the number of class action certifications.
A Texas judge’s refusal to unseal testimony given by renowned plaintiff’s attorney Russell Budd on the “Terrell memo” was a “travesty,” says the lawyer who filed the motion to unseal it.
Republican lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that would prohibit the U.S. Department of Justice from keeping parts of fines and penalties and prevent federal agencies from requiring defendants to donate money to outside groups as part of settlement ag…
Shutterstock The U.S. Supreme Court last week agreed to review the validity of class action waiver clauses in employer/employee arbitration agreements, and one attorney says its decision could have “important implications” for businesses. In an order list Friday, the nation’s high court granted petitions for writ of certiorari, or review, in Epic […]