Judges' Confirmation Vote Met With Relief, Surprise in Delaware: Colm Connolly and Maryellen Noreika were confirmed Aug. 1 to serve as judges on Delaware’s federal bench, in a sudden move that was expected to bring much-needed relief to a shorthanded district court amid a surge of filings. The Senate’s confirmation vote came as a surprise to many judges and lawyers in the district, who had been preparing for an extended shortage. (Photo: Shutterstock) READ MORE
New Judges Take Oath, as District Court Starts Reassigning Cases: The week after their confirmation to Delaware’s federal bench, Colm Connolly and Maryellen Noreika both took the oath of office in private ceremonies and were set to begin taking new cases Aug. 15. (Photo: Shutterstock) READ MORE
Del. Supreme Court: Trial Judge Misinterpreted Expert Testimony Precedent: The Delaware Supreme Court revived medical negligence claims against a doctor and a women’s health clinic, finding a lower court judge improperly excluded expert testimony regarding a procedure gone wrong. READ MORE
Third Circ. Revives Asbestos Claims Against Insurers in W.R. Grace Bankruptcy: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit said that insurers of bankrupt mining company W.R. Grace & Co. could be on the hook for asbestos exposure claims, leaving the issue to a bankruptcy judge to decide. The precedential ruling from a three-member panel of the appeals court revived claims from workers suffering from asbestos-related illnesses, after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross of the District of Delaware held they were barred by an injunction that channels claims against third parties to a trust. READ MORE
Wilmington, Former City Officials Targeted in Lawsuit Over Deadly Fire: The families of three firefighters killed in a 2016 blaze and several of their injured colleagues filed a civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Wilmington on Aug. 16 accusing four former officials of constitutional violations in enacting a controversial policy that allegedly prevented needed water from arriving. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM) READ MORE

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Muslim School Accuses Wilmington of Discrimination at City Pool: A Muslim school in Wilmington sued the city, alleging a “pattern of discriminatory treatment” after children were asked to leave a public pool for wearing cotton clothing. The lawsuit, filed Aug. 22 in the Delaware Court of Chancery, claimed “ongoing discrimination” by municipal employees at the Foster M. Brown Community Pool, and faulted Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and the city’s parks and recreation director for enforcing a policy that allegedly singled out Muslim students for dressing according to their religious beliefs. (Photo: Photo: Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.com) READ MORE
Judge OKs Attorneys' Testimony in State Suit Over Alleged Scheme to Evade Unclaimed Property Laws: A state Superior Court judge on Aug. 29 allowed two lawyers to testify on behalf of a company accused of orchestrating a scheme to circumvent Delaware's unclaimed property laws, saying that a lack of guidance from state officials had led experts to rely on each other to advise clients. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons) READ MORE
Del. Officials Seek Dismissal of Last-Chance Federal Suit Alleging Abuse of Prisoners: Attorneys from the Delaware Department of Justice on Aug. 24 asked a federal judge to dismiss the remaining claims in a prisoner lawsuit accusing state officials of abuses in the wake of last year’s deadly uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. The filing came in response to inmate Donald Parkell’s latest—and likely final—attempt to hold two JTVCC wardens and commissioners of the Delaware Department of Corrections responsible for the aftermath of the February 2017 incident, which left one corrections officer dead and two others injured. (Photo: Skyward Kick Productions/Shutterstock.com) READ MORE
A Crack in the Wall: Elite Wall Street Firms Are Being Put to the Test: The once-impenetrable facade of some of the country's sturdiest law firms is showing signs of wear in the face of shifting financial markets. Now they are forced to confront a once-foreign concept: competition. ( Credit: Taylor Callery) READ MORE
Family of Murdered Wilmington Woman Sues Cabela's Over Alleged 'Straw' Purchase of Gun: The family of a Wilmington woman killed in a 2016 drive-by shooting sued Cabela’s Inc. in Delaware state court in late July, accusing the outdoor sporting retailer of negligence in selling the murder weapon in a straw purchase. The lawsuit, filed by the family of 19-year-old Keshall “KeKe” Anderson, alleged that Cabela’s violated state and federal laws when its Wilmington store sold a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol to Brilena Hardwick, who then turned the weapon over to her boyfriend, John Kuligowski. Kuligowski, a convicted felon, was barred from purchasing firearms, court documents said. READ MORE

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