Supreme Court sends suit against city of Portales to trial

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Supreme Court has sent a breach of contract lawsuit against the city of Portales back to District Court for a jury trial. The lawsuit alleges that without approval, Portales City Manager Debi Lee canceled retiree health benefits stipulated by a personnel ordinance. City representatives said the […]

Feds settle Clovis nursing home lawsuit

The Associated Press The owners of a now-defunct Clovis nursing home have agreed to pay more than $1.2 million to settle a false claims lawsuit. The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced the settlement with Dr. Ali Ghaffari Sr., the medical director of the Buena Vista Retirement Center, and Linda Rose Ghaffari, the nursing home’s […]

NM investment lawsuit names former governor aide

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former state investment officer claims Gov. Bill Richardson’s former chief of staff pressured board members to support $90 million in failed investments because of political considerations. Frank Foy on Tuesday identified David Contarino as the previously undisclosed “John Doe 2” in his lawsuit. Contarino later issued […]

Settlement reached in lawsuit over death of Allsup’s clerk

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A lawsuit filed over the abduction and slaying of a Hobbs convenience store clerk was settled minutes before a jury was to award her three children $51 million in damages. Allegra Carpenter, an attorney representing Elizabeth Garcia’s children — Xavier Mendoza, 13; Jerome Mendoza, 11; and Cene Mendoza, 10 […]

Free choices work better than litigation

Freedom New Mexico It’s not often that the classroom style of a high school teacher brings hundreds of people out in the rain to rallies, but that has been the result of a First Amendment lawsuit filed by a California high school student against longtime history teacher James Corbett. Sophomore Chad Farnan filed the suit, […]

Retailers’ lottery lawsuit dismissed

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by eastern New Mexico retailers against the New Mexico Lottery, and now the lottery is seeking attorneys’ fees for the cost of defending itself against the complaint. State District Judge Nan G. Nash dismissed the lawsuit on Nov. 29 with prejudice, meaning it cannot […]

Judge dismisses emissions case

The Associated Press LAS CRUCES — A state district judge decided Monday that he would not hear a lawsuit over the state Environmental Improvement Board’s recent adoption of more stringent emission standards for new vehicles in New Mexico. In dismissing the case, state District Judge Robert Robles in Las Cruces ruled that the lawsuit should […]

Emission standards prompt lawsuit

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — A group of Democratic legislators, car dealers and a Curry County farmer filed a lawsuit in state district court Tuesday in Las Cruces challenging the state’s power to adopt more stringent vehicle emissions standards for new cars, light trucks and sport utility vehicles. The standards mandate cleaner-burning cars […]

Doctor named in lawsuit

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An emergency room doctor with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit hanging over his head worked briefly at Plains Regional Medical Center and Roosevelt General Hospital, hospital representatives said this week. Dr. Theodore Collins worked briefly in PRMC and RGH’s emergency rooms as a contract physician before the administrations became aware of […]

Telecom ruling likely to reduce frivolous suits

Freedom Newspapers T he U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 ruling Monday rejected an antitrust class-action lawsuit brought against Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and four other phone companies. Basically, the high court decided that before an antitrust case can be brought, there must at least be some evidence beyond what antitrust scholars call “parallel behavior” […]