CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has asked a federal appeals court to halt or dismiss the first two bellwether trials in opioid multidistrict litigation, in a major escalation of the long-brewing fight between state AGs and cities/counties seeking their own share of opioid lawsuit proceeds.
Sixteen years ago in a case involving gunmaker Sturm, Ruger & Co., a New York appeals court refused to apply public nuisance law against the manufacturer of a legal product, saying that doing so would transform nuisance law “into a monster that would devour in one gulp the entire law of tort.”
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - A state judge in Oklahoma has blamed Johnson & Johnson for the state's opioid crisis and ordered it to pay $572 million in damages, extending public nuisance law beyond its traditional boundaries into what may become an all-purpose tool for government lawsuits against product manufacturers.
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court has decided it will not hear a case on a controversial insurance matter, citing a recently passed law that the court says eliminates the need for a judicial review.
FORT MYERS — A Naples golf club that is suing its insurer over a dispute related to a Hurricane Irma damage claim, for which portions of the club's property are covered under its policy, has been denied its motion for partial judgment on the pleadings.
ORLANDO — A federal court has ruled that the plaintiffs in a breach of contract class action lawsuit whose cars were declared total losses by Geico Insurance are entitled to title and license plate transfer fees as part of the "actual cash value" replacement for their vehicles.
MIAMI — A federal judge has granted Broward County-based BeSweets Creations a default judgment as well as a permanent injunction in its "Sugarbearhair" trademark infringement case but has postponed the awarding of the company's proposed relief of $1,000 per unit of copy cat products that were sold.
ORLANDO — Walgreens has been granted its motion to dismiss one of four counts filed by a former employee who alleges she was fired and denied family medical leave requests to care for her disabled son because she reported violations and issues taking place at the store.
MIAMI — A lawsuit filed by the mother of a disabled middle school student alleging the School Board of Miami-Dade County refuses to assign her son a paraprofessional has been dismissed by a federal judge who ruled she did not follow the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) "mandatory administrative process."
TALLAHASSEE -- The chairman of a judicial nominating committee has resigned because he believes Gov. Ron DeSantis and officials in his office have "invaded the autonomy" of the process of selecting judges in Florida