New Hanover County Schools Votes to Hire Additional Legal Counsel for Exceptional Children Caseload

Wilmington, North Carolina – The New Hanover County Schools board has voted to hire additional legal counsel to handle exceptional children (EC) matters, following a split between the current representative, Vogel Law Firm, and two attorneys who previously handled the caseload. The decision was prompted by a motion from board member Josie Barnhart, who advocated for seeking different legal counsel for EC cases. Ultimately, the board voted in favor of this move, with some members who had previously opposed hiring Vogel Law Firm now supporting the decision. Barnhart initially suggested hiring the law firm of … Read more

Environmental Group Expands Lawsuit to Include 4 Additional Pesticides, Highlighting Potential Threat to Endangered Species

PHOENIX, Arizona – The Center for Biological Diversity has amended its existing lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to include four more pesticides, alleging violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The lawsuit, originally filed in 2022, accuses the USFWS of failure to comply with the ESA in approving six pesticide registrations. The amended complaint adds atrazine, simazine, methomyl, and carbaryl to the list of pesticides in question. The legal action began after the USFWS missed a December 2017 deadline to finalize ESA consultations with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the … Read more

Lawyer Urges Judge to Prevent Chaos as Former President Faces Additional Damages in Sex Abuse Trial

NEW YORK (AP) — As a new jury prepares to consider whether former President Donald Trump owes additional damages to columnist E. Jean Carroll for sex abuse and defamation, her lawyer is urging the judge to take strong measures to prevent Trump from causing chaos during the upcoming trial. Attorney Roberta Kaplan expressed concern that Trump may seek to sow discord and poison the proceedings if he appears in court. She warned that there could be consequences if he violates court orders limiting what he and his lawyers can say at the trial. Trump has … Read more

Former President Trump Faces Civil Defamation Trial for Sexual Assault Allegations: What Additional Damages Does He Owe E. Jean Carroll?

New York, NY – Former President Donald Trump is facing a civil defamation trial brought by writer E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago. The trial, which began on Tuesday, will determine if Trump owes Carroll additional damages for comments he made about her. Last year, a separate civil case found Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming Carroll, resulting in a $5 million judgment against him. However, this trial will concentrate solely on the question of additional damages for the separate comments made by Trump. During the opening statements, … Read more