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Emerson Electric units lose companies' first asbestos trial; Jury orders $300K to meso victim

Carrie Salls Aug. 23, 2017, 1:22pm

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – An attorney for a former nuclear plant employee with mesothelioma said a $300,000 Aug. 3 jury verdict against Emerson Electric Co. units Fisher Controls International and Crosby Valve will help other asbestos plaintiffs with claims against the companies..

Calif. SC affirms medical board's investigation of prescription drug records

Carrie Salls Aug. 15, 2017, 12:38pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of California ruled on July 17 that the Medical Board of California did not violate a patients’ rights clause of the state’s constitution when it secured information from the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) regarding patients who had been prescribed a controlled substance without a court order allowing the release of the information.

Accident victim gets new trial in Arkansas amid allegations of defense misconduct

Carrie Salls May 15, 2017, 9:57am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – A case related to back injuries allegedly sustained in an automobile accident is headed for a new trial following a ruling made by the Supreme Court of Arkansas on May 11.

Foreclosure action involving fill-in judge upheld by Montana high court

Carrie Salls Apr. 18, 2017, 9:39am

&&& HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the state of Montana said a retired judge who was temporarily hearing some cases in the District Court of the 11th Judicial District, in and for the County of Flathead was right to grant summary judgment to Capital One, NA in a mortgage foreclosure proceeding.

De-recognized Dartmouth fraternity loses another round in frat house zoning fight

Carrie Salls Apr. 18, 2017, 8:51am

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – A de-recognized fraternity at Dartmouth College lost yet another round in a dispute with the town of Hanover related to the zoning status of its house when the Supreme Court of New Hampshire ruled April 11 that the house was no longer “grandfathered” to comply with updated zoning regulations.

Late notice deemed to be no issue in D&O insurance coverage case

Carrie Salls Mar. 27, 2017, 1:58pm

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has lost its appeal of a Maryland decision that hinged on whether late notice of a Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations case against Fund for Animals Inc. (FFA) hurt National Union in related litigation. 

Expert: Moose Munch packaging lawsuit not Harry & David's first

Carrie Salls Mar. 10, 2017, 11:27am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A class action lawsuit filed against Harry and David LLC is part of a growing trend of litigation related to the amount of actual product contained in consumer packaging, according to the executive director of truthinadvertising.org.

Spokeo impact remains to be seen as lawsuits over N.J. law advance

Carrie Salls Oct. 4, 2016, 1:22pm

A recent class action lawsuit filed against Facebook Inc. in connection with the social media site’s requirement that users agree to the company’s conditions is one of many suits being filed under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer, Contract Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA).

Official: MTBE contamination cleanup left Rhode Island 'out a lot of money'

Carrie Salls Sep. 27, 2016, 12:10pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Although a lawsuit filed by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) against 34 gasoline manufacturers is still in its early stages, similar cases filed in other jurisdictions have resulted in positive results for plaintiffs looking to recover the costs related to the cleanup of gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

Fight over airline e-cigarette ban focuses on 'agency overreach'

Carrie Salls Aug. 23, 2016, 10:42am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) are continuing their fight against a final rule enacted by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes on airplanes. The groups have filed an opening brief in response to a petition for review of the rule that was filed in April.

Appeals court poised to weigh in on class certification criteria debate

Carrie Salls Aug. 15, 2016, 9:20am

?SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Rulings to be made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on cases related to class certification could have a significant impact on a split between federal court stances on how strict the criteria for certification should be, especially for suppliers of dietary supplements faced with lawsuits in California courts.

Proactive HR department leads to dismissal of Autozone sexual harassment case

Carrie Salls Aug. 15, 2016, 9:20am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A swift response by the human resources department of Autozone has led to the dismissal of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the company by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of three female employees.

LogMeIn case dismissal good news for consumer protection claim defendants

Carrie Salls Jul. 26, 2016, 10:04am

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — An order by an Eastern District of California magistrate judge dismissing a class action filed against LogMeIn over the termination of the company’s free app could be good news for defendants facing fraud-based consumer protection claims in California.

Group tracking 61 federal class actions over alleged fictitious pricing

Carrie Salls Jul. 12, 2016, 9:12am

CALABASAS, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Fictitious pricing lawsuits, like the one filed recently against Harbor Freight Tools USA by a class of customers “appear to be trending,” according to TruthinAdvertising.org executive director Bonnie Patten.

Cease-and-desist order follows Calif. Workers' Comp ruling

Carrie Salls Jul. 6, 2016, 11:53am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – California employers may be forced to find alternate Workers’ Compensation insurance programs following a ruling from the California Department of Insurance.

CFPB proposes new rules targeting payday loan fees

Carrie Salls Jun. 20, 2016, 3:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released proposed new rules designed to regulate payday, automobile title and some high-cost installment loans in an effort to protect consumers from the financial woes associated with frequent loan and overdraft fees.

McDonald's ADA class action part of growing trend in Illinois

Carrie Salls Jun. 15, 2016, 12:08pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Chicago has become a destination for out-of-state plaintiffs who wish to file certain Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits, a state civil justice reform group says.

Massage Envy, facing another class action, won't comment

Carrie Salls Jun. 15, 2016, 12:04pm

SAN DIEGO  (Legal Newsline) – Massage Envy, facing a California class action lawsuit, could benefit from the type of reform enacted in a neighboring state, according to an official from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Attorney: Class actions over 'natural' food driven by plaintiffs lawyers

Carrie Salls Jun. 13, 2016, 12:04pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Los Angeles-based attorney who focuses on mass tort litigation and consumer class actions in connection with food, supplements and other consumer packaged goods said a lawsuit filed in May against Utz Quality Foods Inc. is one of numerous actions of its kind that are “unjustified.”

Rising shareholder class actions an 'important issue'

Carrie Salls May 25, 2016, 9:34am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – With a Cornerstone Research report recently revealing that the number of accounting securities class action lawsuits went up again in 2015, Dorsey & Whitney LLP partner Thomas O. Gorman told Legal Newsline that “firms would be well advised to carefully evaluate their compliance programs and internal controls to ensure they are effective.”