&&& 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
?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.
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.
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.”
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.”