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July 2, 2014

In The News Today – July 2, 2014

CSX Transportation Inc. told the Fourth Circuit on Monday that the attorneys challenging its $1.3 million damages award had committed “gross fraud” by filing false asbestos claims. CSX argued there was “overwhelming evidence” that lawyers Robert Peirce and Louis Raimond, both previously of the defunct Pittsburgh law firm Peirce Raimond & Coulter PC, had committed the “fraud” as part of an “alleged scheme to fabricate asbestos claims on behalf of railroad workers.” (Law360.com)

BP has begun to pay medical claims filed by Gulf Coast residents and cleanup workers affected by the 2010 oil spill. The payments “should begin to flow in earnest over the next two to three months,” said Matt Garretson, the administrator appointed by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to process and pay those claims. (USA Today)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday added a number of new corporate cases to consider in the fall, including: A case involving United Parcel Service, Inc. that examines employer obligations to accommodate pregnant workers; a case which will decide whether to allow antitrust lawsuits under state law brought by commercial purchasers of natural gas who have accused natural gas companies of inflating prices; and, a suit between CSX Corp. and the state of Alabama over a state sales-and-use tax that applies to rail carriers using diesel fuel. (Wall Street Journal)

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