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  • March 14, 2016 | In the Media
    From the ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP): "Board OK'd 38 Studios settlement without knowing who'd pay" by Michelle R. Smith PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP), March 11, 2016 — Rhode Island's economic development agency says officials who approved a partial $12.5 million settlement last year in the agency's lawsuit over its $75 million deal with ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios did so without knowing where exactly the money would come from. [...] Open-government advocates criticized the decision,...
  • January 14, 2016 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Lawsuit over fatal motorcycle crash not barred by settlement,” by Noah Schaffer. January 7, 2016: A defendant’s responses to settlement offers over claims arising from a fatal motorcycle accident included additional conditions that precluded the formation of the mutual assent necessary for a binding agreement, a Superior Court judge has found. […] The 14-page decision is Greenhalgh, et al. v. Keegan […] Professor Tanya Monestier of Roger Williams University...
  • December 28, 2015 | In the Media
      From The National Law Journal: “Feds Snag Significant Tort Wins: Massive civil, criminal fines mark 2015 cases,” by Amanda Bronstad December 28, 2015: Mass torts were at the heart of colossal legal settlements in 2015, particularly involving the federal government. In October, BP PLC agreed to an unprecedented $20 billion deal with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve environmental violations that stemmed from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One month earlier, the Justice...
  • January 19, 2015 | In the Media
    From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:  “Could BP, Feds settle in massive 2010 oil spill civil case?” by Jennifer Larino NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 16, 2015 - BP faces a top fine of $13.7 billion for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, down from a possible $18 billion after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the spill was smaller than the federal government had estimated. […] But could the latest ruling push both sides into settlement talks? "Lawyers are intrinsically conservative,"...
  • June 11, 2014 | In the Media
    From the NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE: "Supreme Court: BP must pay claims during appeal" by Richard Thompson NEW ORLEANS, June 09, 2014: British oil giant BP will have to continue paying claims from its multibillion-dollar oil spill settlement while it tries to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to tighten the rules governing which businesses can get money. BP had asked the nation’s highest court to issue a stay on those claims while it pursued its appeal of a lower court ruling. But the court declined...
  • May 22, 2014 | In the Media
    From the ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Payments from BP claims settlement could resume soon — or maybe not” by Richard Thompson May 21, 2014: Now that a federal appeals court in New Orleans has decided not to reconsider its stance that businesses can collect money from BP’s multibillion-dollar oil-spill settlement fund without having to show that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster actually caused their losses, some experts following the case believe it is only a matter of days before long-stalled...
  • May 22, 2014 | In the Media
    From the ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Payments from BP claims settlement could resume soon — or maybe not” by Richard Thompson May 21, 2014: Now that a federal appeals court in New Orleans has decided not to reconsider its stance that businesses can collect money from BP’s multibillion-dollar oil-spill settlement fund without having to show that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster actually caused their losses, some experts following the case believe it is only a matter of days before long-stalled...
  • May 12, 2014 | In the Media
    From WPRI Channel 12 Newsmakers: "Yelnosky on pensions" May 11, 2014: Join WPRI's Tim White and Ted Nesi for a crisp, high-level discussion with RWU Law Dean Designate Michael Yelnosky about the current status pension reform litigation, both in Rhode Island and nationally.  For full story, click here.
  • April 28, 2014 | In the Media
    From the NEW YORK TIMES: "How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target" by Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz NEW ORLEANS, April 26, 2014 — Four years ago the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 men, spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and staining, seemingly indelibly, the image of BP, the international energy giant responsible for the well. Its reputation in free fall, the company set aside billions of dollars and saturated...
  • March 17, 2014 | In the Media
    From VOICE OF RUSSIA: "EPA lets BP back in the offshore game, with some strings attached" by David Kerans WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 (VR) — BP’s public relations nightmare from the colossal 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is slowly winding down, and the EPA’s decision to allow the company once again to bid for licenses to drill for oil and gas offshore in US territorial waters is another step towards normalcy. Speaking with Radio VR’s David Kerans, David A. Logan, dean of Roger Williams...
  • February 25, 2014 | In the Media
    From PROIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: “Pension settlement leaves future benefits uncertain” by Patrick Anderson, PBN Staff Writer PROVIDENCE (Feb. 24, 2014):  The nation has watched Rhode Island’s long struggle to repair its public pension system as a possible prologue to retirement overhaul efforts across the country. The resolution, however, may leave as many questions open as answered. […] So if the pension settlement is approved, will it tilt the legal and political landscape toward future...
  • February 12, 2014 | In the Media
    From WRNI/Rhode Island's Public Radio: "Pension Mediation to Continue; Judge Sets September 15th Court Date" by Ian Donnis  Click here to read the Associated Press story. PROVIDENCE, Feb. 12, 2014: A news conference to unveil a pension settlement Wednesday afternoon was abruptly postponed, although closed-door mediation in the case will continue. Meanwhile, the judge overseeing the dispute has also set a trial for September 15, in the event that a settlement can’t be reached. [...]...
  • July 09, 2013 |
    From the NewOrleans Times-Picayune: “BP to challenge oil spill settlement payments Monday in 5th Circuit” by Richard Thompson, NOLA.com July 06, 2013: Lawyers for BP will argue Monday before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that what could amount to billions of dollars in settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who lost money in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill should be halted, contending that the terms of the deal are being misinterpreted. […] David Logan, the law...