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Proposed Restatement of consumer contract law could give trial bar new weapon

W.J. Kennedy Feb. 23, 2017, 11:40am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) -  American Law Institute (ALI) is cooking up new common law rules covering consumer contracts that would give courts an unprecedented range of reasons to invalidate or rewrite contract terms.

Court grants former Heartland Payment employee jury trial in whistleblower suit

Melissa Busch Feb. 23, 2017, 10:05am

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey appeals court has ruled Heartland Payment Systems Inc. will again face a former employee’s whistleblower claim, overturning a $2 million attorneys’ fee that was previously awarded to the credit and debit card processing services firm.

CEI paper: Attorneys general abuse power with relationships with trial lawyers

David Hutton Feb. 23, 2017, 10:02am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Dangling the prospect of taking on an unpopular industry, trial lawyers are getting state attorneys general to team up on cases.

EEOC targets three Hawaii tour companies for sexual harassment allegations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 22, 2017, 4:22pm

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Feb. 15 against three related Hawaii tour companies for allegations of sexual harassment of male employees.

United Staffing OKs $24,500 EEOC settlement after discrimination allegations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 22, 2017, 4:21pm

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Feb. 14 that United Staffing Associates LLC, a staffing agency in Visalia, Calif., will pay $24,500 after allegations of retaliatory discrimination.

Class action filed against Sprint over termination fees

Jenie Mallari-Torres Feb. 22, 2017, 4:21pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newswire) — A California woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Sprint, alleging false advertising and violation of Unfair Competition Law.

Policyholders accuse Farmers Insurance of violating Texas insurance code

Wadi Reformado Feb. 22, 2017, 4:20pm

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Two policyholders have filed a class action lawsuit against Farmers insurance, alleging discrimination and violation of state law.

Nordstrom sued over pricing

Louie Torres Feb. 22, 2017, 4:19pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) — An Alaska woman filed a class action lawsuit against Nordstrom, alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

California consumer alleges Re/Max violated phone harassment laws

Louie Torres Feb. 22, 2017, 4:18pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A California woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Re/Max, alleging violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Stockholder accuses pharmaceutical company, officers of fraud

Louie Torres Feb. 22, 2017, 4:17pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — A Tennessee stockholder has filed a class action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company and its officers, alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation and violation of federal law.

Class action filed over Jolly Ranchers

Louie Torres Feb. 22, 2017, 4:17pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A California man is suing Hershey, alleging fraud and unfair competition.

Attorney: Ruling in birthday reminder case against Facebook a blow to free speech

Karen Kidd Feb. 22, 2017, 12:49pm

A recent decision by a federal court in California not to dismiss a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case against Facebook is a blow to First Amendment freedom, a TCPA defense attorney based in Costa Mesa said during a recent interview.

Virginia Supreme Court rejects battery claim against spinal surgeon

Chandra Lye Feb. 22, 2017, 12:48pm

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed the decision of a trial court while making a distinction between tort of battery and tort of negligence in medical cases.

North Carolina customer accuses Walmart of phone violations

Louie Torres Feb. 22, 2017, 9:32am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — A North Carolina man has filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart, alleging violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Changes proposed to Virginia Bar's advertising rules

Deb Rogers Feb. 22, 2017, 9:31am

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Technology has changed the way almost everyone does business, and lawyers are no exception.

Consumers accuse Inventure Foods of false advertising

Wadi Reformado Feb. 22, 2017, 9:28am

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (Legal Newsline) — Residents of St. Clair County, Illinois, and St. Louis have filed a class action lawsuit against Inventure Foods Inc., citing alleged fraud, negligent misrepresentation and unfair competition.