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Mass. High Court Applies 6-Year Limit to Asbestos Illness Claims

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a statute of repose barring many construction-related personal injury claims after a time limit of six years also applies to claims involving diseases with extended latency periods, such as asbestos-related illnesses. The …

R.I. Legislator Wants to Give Child Sex Abuse Victims 35 Years to File Suit

A state lawmaker will try to extend the time limit for filing child sex abuse lawsuits in Rhode Island, with support from the House speaker. Democratic Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee said Wednesday that she’ll introduce a bill next week to …

Pennsylvania Catholic Dioceses Sued Over Sex Abuse Allegations Disclosure

Parents of children in the Roman Catholic Church and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy filed a lawsuit Monday against Pennsylvania’s eight dioceses and their bishops asking a judge to compel them to release information about abuse allegations. The lawsuit …

Mississippi High Court: Pilot Waited too Long to File Lawsuit Over Crash

The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed over a 2009 helicopter accident that left its pilot partially paralyzed. Justices ruled 6-2 last week that a proper complaint was not filed by Rob Hammons of Greenwood …

Ohio High Court to Decide If Ex-Player Can Sue Over Concussions

The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether the widow of a former University of Notre Dame football player can sue the school and the NCAA over allegations her husband was disabled by concussions from his college career in the 1970s. …

Federal Medical Liability Reform Bill Pending Senate Judiciary Review

A bill introduced earlier this year provides tort caps and outlines a statute of limitations on claims against doctors and medical providers. The legislation, passed by the House of Representatives last month, is pending Senate judiciary review where a companion …

Massachusetts Law Applies in Rhode Island Contamination Claim: Court

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that Massachusetts law should apply in deciding whether Narragansett Electric Co. (NEC), a Rhode Island-based utilities provider, is entitled to insurance coverage for environmental contamination at several of its sites. The August 31 decision …

Manslaughter Charge Filed in California Train Crash

Prosecutors in Ventura County, California, filed a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter Monday against a man who drove his pickup truck onto train tracks last year, causing the deadly derailment of a Southern California commuter train. The charge, announced by …

New York Assembly Passes Bill to Allow 10 Year Period to File Medical Malpractice Claims

New York’s state Assembly has passed legislation that would let victims of medical malpractice file claims later than allowed now. Current law requires filing claims within two-and-a-half years after the act, omission or improper treatment. The legislation would start that …

Man Sues Archdiocese of Newark Alleging Sex Abuse

A man who’s suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, alleging a priest sexually molested him more than 30 years ago, wants the state to change the statute of limitations in such cases. Stephen Marlowe, of Hoboken, and members of …