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Request for full court hearing in Trump immigration case is 'encouraging,' observer says

Dawn Geske Feb. 17, 2017, 10:34am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A sua sponte request for a vote has been made by the chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit begging the question that something was missed in the initial decision to deny the restraining order in the immigration suit brought forth by the states of Washington and Minnesota against President Donald Trump.

Tinder 'likes' class action reinstated by 11th Circuit

Dawn Geske Feb. 8, 2017, 8:43am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – A Florida man's second lawsuit over the additional charges he incurred to have more “likes” for use on the dating app Tinder was recently reinstated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

EPA's regional haze rule beaten back by lawsuit

Dawn Geske Jan. 24, 2017, 12:05pm

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional haze regulations in Texas and Oklahoma has been put on hold by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth District.

Staffing firm not on hook for employers' possible ADA violations

Dawn Geske Jan. 3, 2017, 10:22am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – A case regarding the use of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for deaf job applicants found the employer, not the staffing firm, responsible for following the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Lead plaintiff tasked with choosing lead counsel in LendingClub class action

Dawn Geske Oct. 11, 2016, 10:07am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A judge has ordered that attorneys hoping to be named lead counsel in a class action case against LendingClub must submit an application - but the lead plaintiff still chose its own attorneys.

Unnamed company wins ruling against Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dawn Geske Oct. 4, 2016, 4:40pm

A judge has ruled against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's efforts to release the identity of a John Doe company under investigation by the organization.

Wayne Farms to defend itself against EEOC lawsuit over firing policy

Dawn Geske Sep. 27, 2016, 3:25pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – Wayne Farms has denied any wrongdoing in a case filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging it discriminated against its employees because of their disabilities.

Punitive damages of $500,000 awarded In Lexus dealership's sexual harassment lawsuit

Dawn Geske Sep. 13, 2016, 10:05am

MIDDLESEX, Mass. (Legal Newsline) – In an unusual measure, punitive damages were awarded in a workplace sexual harassment lawsuit against a car dealership for $500,000.

Led Zeppelin loses battle for recovery of attorney fees in 'Stairway to Heaven' suit

Dawn Geske Sep. 9, 2016, 9:51am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Rock group Led Zeppelin was turned down in court for recovery of its attorney fees in its much publicized “Stairway to Heaven” copyright infringement case.

EEOC says poultry farm's attendance policy prevents hiring of disabled individuals

Dawn Geske Sep. 8, 2016, 1:47pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against a poultry farm for allegedly violating the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

TransAm Trucking denied appeal in alleged retaliation case

Dawn Geske Sep. 6, 2016, 9:44am

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has denied a trucking company's request to overturn a decision that said it retaliated against a former employee who left a trailer on the side of the road.

Five attorneys sanctioned in Ark. class action suit

Dawn Geske Sep. 1, 2016, 10:05am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – While initially calling out 16 lawyers for possible sanctions on both sides of a class action settlement, a federal judge has ordered five of those attorneys to be sanctioned.

Fired Wis. employee not a whistleblower; Decision part of circuit split

Dawn Geske Aug. 26, 2016, 12:11pm

MILWAUKEE (Legal Newsline) – A recent Wisconsin decision attempting to determine who is a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation protection provision is part of a growing split among circuits, a New York attorney says.

Emergency physicians organization fights for fair payment from insurance companies

Dawn Geske Aug. 12, 2016, 9:36am

An emergency physicians’ organization is taking aim at a ruling that decides how much insurance companies compensate emergency physicians for their services.

DOJ appealing FCA loss to AseraCare after unusual trial

Dawn Geske Aug. 9, 2016, 1:59pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will appeal three orders in a lawsuit against a hospice chain that allegedly submitted fraudulent claims on the eligibility of patients needing hospice care.

Attorney: FCC exempting federal government from TCPA lawsuits ‘hypocritical’

Dawn Geske Aug. 9, 2016, 1:11pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The federal government has made a declaration exempting itself from lawsuits brought through the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a law at the center of numerous class actions filed every week against businesses.

Labor board finds T-Mobile in violation of requiring positive workplace

Dawn Geske Aug. 1, 2016, 3:01pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)  — The National Labor Relations Board has found that a mobile phone company has violated the National Labor Relations Act by expecting employees to maintain a positive work environment.

Ninth Circuit upholds ban on mobile ads in Los Angeles, other Calif. cities

Dawn Geske Aug. 1, 2016, 2:35pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — A federal appeals court has upheld ordinances enacted by cities in California, banning mobile billboards in their cities.

Church bookkeeper loses ADA claim after full-time position eliminated

Dawn Geske Jul. 27, 2016, 9:39am

PASADENA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — A federal court has dismissed a bookkeeper’s lawsuit against a small parish church for an alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Chief of SEC whistleblower program departs after 'pro-employee' tenure

Dawn Geske Jul. 21, 2016, 1:54pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced the departure of its chief of the Whistleblower Program.