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Same day, different verdicts: Why do some juries think there is asbestos in talcum powder and others don't?

By John O'Brien | May 22, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Judges continue to play a crucial role in the sprawling, possibly multibillion-dollar talcum powder litigation facing Johnson & Johnson by choosing how jurors will view the plaintiffs’ key expert.

From Legal Newsline

'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.

From Pennsylvania Record

A dissident emerges in Pennsylvania's opioid litigation: Lehigh Co. claims its case has been highjacked

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2018

The fight for control of Pennsylvania’s opioid litigation is not over, as Lehigh County is not happy that its case has been grouped in with more than 30 others and that lawyers it previously rejected have been tasked with overseeing the proceedings.

From Legal Newsline

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.

From Legal Newsline

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.

From Pennsylvania Record

Plaintiffs firm represented whistleblower in secret to avoid paying referral fee from multimillion-dollar case, lawsuit claims

By John O'Brien | May 24, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Texas personal injury law firm claims it is owed part of $16 million awarded to a corporate whistleblower because colleagues effectively poached the client and represented him in secret.

From Legal Newsline

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.

From Legal Newsline

Exxon-funded analysis criticizes study that claimed company misled public about climate change

By John O'Brien | Mar 3, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Harvard professors who say their analysis proves ExxonMobil misled the public about climate change were obviously biased, a colleague says, and the company says that data shouldn't be used to help a “corrupt enterprise” of private lawyers and California officials suing the energy sector.

From Legal Newsline

Exxon prepares to sue Calif. cities, says they contradict themselves on climate change

By John O'Brien | Jan 10, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - 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.

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 House of Representatives

By John O'Brien | Jan 8, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Under threat of a presidential veto, the U.S.

Dallas asbestos firm goes on attack in response to Garlock's RICO suit against it

By John O'Brien | Nov 18, 2015

A Dallas asbestos firm facing a racketeering lawsuit is attempting to turn the tables on its accuser.

Garlock: Asbestos claimants committee obstructing fraud case against Houston lawyers

By John O'Brien | Nov 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Garlock Sealing Technologies, as it pursues a fraud case against asbestos attorneys, has harsh words for a group representing those with claims against the company.

Fifth Circuit: Whistleblowers didn’t blow whistle properly, entitled to nothing from criminal penalty

By John O'Brien | Nov 29, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Two whistleblowers won’t share in a once-$43 million penalty against a husband and wife who have been sentenced to federal prison for defrauding the federal government by submitting false claims at their pain clinics.

Trial lawyers group: RICO claims not appropriate recourse against baseless lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Nov 29, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – 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.

Panel explores attorney fraud, lack of repercussions

By John O'Brien | Oct 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Though judges have so far mostly declined to do so, they play a major role in disciplining attorneys who game the asbestos compensation system, a panel told those in attendance at the 2014 Legal Reform Summit.

Canadian honeybee lawsuit quickly attracts critics

By John O'Brien | Sep 9, 2014

WINDSOR, Ontario (Legal Newsline) – Claims made in a recently filed class action lawsuit alleging pesticides are harming Canada’s honeybee population are not true, says an Alberta commercial beekeeper who has seen no ill effects on his colonies.

Law firm’s app block calls, evaluates Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims

By John O'Brien | Sep 8, 2014

STAMFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – 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.

LNL reporter turned away from N.Y. trial lawyers event featuring Braley

By John O'Brien | May 6, 2014

NEW YORK – A New York State Trial Lawyers Association event featuring U.S. Rep. and Senate-hopeful Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, was not open to the media.

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