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Spokeo decision leads to dismissal of Lyft class action

Karen Kidd Dec. 9, 2016, 10:18am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Though a district judge used a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last spring to dismiss a Lyft driver's proposed class action over alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, that high court ruling hasn't killed all such putative actions, a Tampa, Florida-based attorney says.

Legal associations send letter to President-Elect Trump

Christopher Knoll Dec. 9, 2016, 10:08am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The heads of five national legal associations have written an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump, asking the incoming president to bring unity and inclusion to not only his inchoate administration but to the nation as well.

IMDb lawsuit over celebrities' ages sparks First Amendment issues

S. Laney Griffo Dec. 9, 2016, 10:03am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - IMDb.com has sued the State of California for enforcing a bill that prohibits the website from publishing celebrities’ ages and birthdays.

Michigan attorney general intervenes in Consumer Reports case to defend state law

Glenn Minnis Dec. 9, 2016, 9:42am

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has thrown his support behind a federal lawsuit filed by a Michigan man against the publishers of Consumer Reports magazine accusing publication owners of violating state privacy laws in the way the company systematically profits from the unauthorized sale of subscriber information.  

Rhode Island settles with Compass School over alleged APRA violations

Mark Iandolo Dec. 9, 2016, 9:34am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Dec. 2 that The Compass School has agreed to settle and pay a $1,000 fine after allegations of violating the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).

Florida travel company Grand Incentives settles deceptive business practices allegations

Mark Iandolo Dec. 9, 2016, 9:33am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Dec. 1 that Grand Incentives, a Sarasota-based corporation doing business as Coast to Coast Giveaways, Take Two Nights and Jose L. Martinez, has agreed to settle allegations of unfair and deceptive business practices.

EPA plan seeks to protect taxpayers from financial woes linked to hardrock mining contamination

Mark Iandolo Dec. 9, 2016, 9:33am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 2 that it will take action to protect U.S. taxpayers by proposing financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining industry.

Medical technician accuses South Carolina business of retaliation

Jenie Mallari-Torres Dec. 9, 2016, 9:28am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — A medical clinician is suing a South Carolina corporation, alleging retaliation.

Alabama consumer accuses cell phone manufacturer of invasion of privacy

Jenie Mallari-Torres Dec. 9, 2016, 9:20am

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — An Alabama man is suing cell phone manufacturers, alleging violations of the Wiretap Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, as well as invasion of privacy and trespass to chattels.

MedRite settles claims it paid writers for good reviews

Mark Iandolo Dec. 9, 2016, 9:19am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Dec. 2 that MedRite Care LLC (MedRite) has agreed to settle for $100,000 after allegations it paid for positive reviews on consumer-review websites.

Slawson settles with EPA, agrees to upgrade vapor control systems at North Dakota facilities

Mark Iandolo Dec. 9, 2016, 9:17am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 1 that Slawson Exploration Company Inc. will settle allegations of violating the Clean Air Act during its oil and gas production activities in North Dakota.

SEC announces settlement with United Airlines' parent company over flight reinstatement for public official

Mark Iandolo Dec. 7, 2016, 10:09pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Dec. 2 that United Airlines’ parent company will pay $2.4 million to resolve allegations that shareholders had to foot the bill for a public official securing convenient flights.

SEC files charges against Expedia employee for allegedly hacking executives

Mark Iandolo Dec. 7, 2016, 10:08pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Dec. 5 that it has filed insider trading charges against Jonathan Ly, an Expedia employee, for allegations of hacking senior executives in order to trade on company secrets.

DOJ settles for $350,000 with developers that allegedly violated ADA at six housing complexes in Mississippi

Mark Iandolo Dec. 7, 2016, 10:07pm

GULFPORT, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 5 that a group of development companies responsible for six multi-family housing complexes in southern Mississippi will pay $350,000 after allegations of violating the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

UT law professor calls attorney general's union firefigher contract suit uninformed

Robert Lawson Dec. 7, 2016, 2:25pm

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) — Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced a lawsuit against the city of Austin over firefighters who allegedly engaged in union activities at taxpayer expense, but a law professor from the University of Texas in Austin is skeptical of the allegation. 

Consumer files class action over L'Oreal hair care product

Louie Torres Dec. 7, 2016, 9:11am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — A New York woman is suing L'Oreal, alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation.