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Bevin’s legal team files briefs on pension reform bill ahead of September Supreme Court hearing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal team filed briefs Monday ahead of the Kentucky Supreme Court hearing next month on their appeal of a Franklin Circuit Court ruling that declared the public pension reform bill passed by the 2018 General Assembly unconstitutional and began their paperwork with a quote from a character from the old Popeye cartoons. “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday...

Supreme Court this week: To hear pension bill in Sept.; reverses L’ville election; hears right to work

Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court acted quickly Friday to accept the direct appeal of a Franklin Circuit Court ruling on the public pension reform bill passed by the 2018 General Assembly and scheduled the case to be heard in September. 
Earlier in the day, Gov. Matt Bevin’s general counsel filed a notice of appeal of a ruling by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd that declared the...

Franklin Circuit Court rules against disqualifying attorney general’s office from pension lawsuit

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A motion to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office from pursuing the lawsuit he filed to throw out the pension reform bill was denied in Franklin Circuit Court on Wednesday. Steve Pitt, counsel to Gov. Matt Bevin, sought to disqualify Beshear and his office because he sent a letter to each legislator warning them that Senate Bill 1, the original pension reform...

Bevin files another suit against attorney general Andy Beshear in back and forth over pension reform bill

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s a new wrinkle in the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear seeking that the public pension reform bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin be thrown out.   An important part of the suit alleged Senate Bill 151 is unconstitutional because it was signed by House Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne, who Beshear argued is not...

Attorney General Andy Beshear sues opioid distributor McKesson Corp. for ‘flooding Kentucky’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against a national opioid distributor alleging they are violating state law and “flooding Kentucky with massive amounts of opioids.” The suit, filed at Franklin Circuit Court on Monday, accuses San Francisco-based McKesson Corporation of “unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices, for excessively distributing...

Louisville investment adviser ordered to pay more than $830,000 is restitution for fraudulent activity

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced Tuesday that it has entered a Final Order to stop fraudulent activity by an investment adviser representative and his firm. The respondents have been ordered to pay more than $830,000 in restitution and $575,000 in fines. DFI stated that Louisville investment adviser representative Derek Burcham and his firm, Cornerstone Benefit Advisors LLC,...

Appeals court rules in favor of Bevin administration, allows medical review panels to proceed

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled in favor of the Bevin Administration by granting a stay of the Franklin Circuit Court’s Oct. 30, 2017 ruling in the Medical Review Panels case. The Circuit Court’s opinion ruled that the new Medical Review Panel law was unconstitutional. As a result of today’s decision, 89 current cases will proceed, and all prospective malpractice...

Franklin Circuit Court says Bevin can reorganize Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission

Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order reorganizing the former seven-person Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission, which resulted in a five-member board with all new members, was upheld by the Franklin Circuit Court. Gov. Matt Bevin This decision further supports that the Governor has the legal authority to reorganize executive boards, says the Governor’s office. “Today’s court order...

Kentucky by Heart: Corns, ‘poor boy from Lewis County,’ made historic impact on education system

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Judge Ray Corns, of the Franklin County Circuit Court, handed down one of the most far-reaching judicial decisions ever rendered in the state of Kentucky—precipitating a dramatic change in the state’s education system. It was the passing of the Kentucky Educational Reform Act (KERA) in 1990. The legislative act occurred after the judge’s 1988 decision ruling...

Franklin Circuit Judge Shepherd suspends Bevin’s reorganization of workers comp commission

Staff report Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd has suspended Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order re-creating the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission. In a 16-page order, Shepherd prohibits Bevin from appointing any workers’ comp judges other than those nominated by the old commission, pending final judgment by the court. He described the Governor’s...

A closer look at the Governor’s reorganization of the Workers Compensation Nominating Commission

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor In keeping with his campaign promises to “change Frankfort,” Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has moved quickly in his first few months in office to restructure several state boards and commissions, among them the Kentucky Racing Commission, the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and the Kentucky Workers Compensation Nominating Commission. He has even put a hold...

Beshear files lawsuit challenging Bevin’s authority to seek immediate higher education cuts

Attorney General Andy Beshear Monday filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Circuit Court challenging the authority by which Gov. Matt Bevin recently ordered 4.5 percent cuts in the current fiscal year to Kentucky’s public colleges and universities. The lawsuit outlines how Bevin’s March 31 letter unilaterally cutting Kentucky’s postsecondary institutions is illegal – violating Kentucky’s constitutional...

Bevin seeks to withdraw legal challenge to suit involving composition of Louisville Board of Trustees

Pleadings were filed Thursday with the Franklin Circuit Court by Gov. Matt Bevin expressing his agreement that the composition of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees is not in compliance with Kentucky law because it lacks the minimum number of racial minority members required by state statutes. “We took a necessary step to resolve the case regarding racial imbalance on the University of...

Kentucky leaders vow to continue fight against unlicensed gambling websites

Fresh off its $6 million settlement with federal agencies in an online gambling lawsuit, Kentucky leaders pledged to continue its legal battle against unlicensed, unregulated gambling websites.   An early version of yesterday’s announcement erroneously stated that Kentucky had settled its lawsuits against PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. The state actually settled with the U.S. government, not...