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Wording in Maine overtime law ambiguous, First Circuit says in class action ruling

Dee Thompson Apr. 10, 2017, 12:10pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals issued a decision March 13 that impacted Maine’s overtime law and at issue was the use of a simple comma.

Calif. appeals court decides property owner is not an affiliate of lessee in spine injury case

Dee Thompson Apr. 5, 2017, 1:22pm

The question of whether a property owner and business lessee are “affiliated” has been decided by the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal.

Seventh Circuit to address alleged civil rights violations in Wisconsin's controversial John Doe raids

Dee Thompson Mar. 31, 2017, 9:37am

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) –The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is considering the appeal in a Wisconsin civil rights case brought by Cindy Archer, former assistant to Gov. Scott Walker. Walker was the target of two John Doe investigations by Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisolm in 2010 and 2011.

Arizona Supreme Court to decide liability in take-home asbestos exposure case

Dee Thompson Mar. 16, 2017, 9:25am

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – The Arizona Supreme Court is considering whether a company should be liable for injuries caused by an employee taking home asbestos fibers on his clothing, years ago. It will hear oral arguments on April 25 in the case of Quiroz v. Alcoa.

Georgia Supreme Court rules timing is key in settling cases according to 2013 statute

Dee Thompson Mar. 12, 2017, 9:49pm

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — A recently-enacted Georgia law regarding the timing of deadlines in settlement offers has resulted in the Georgia Supreme Court siding with a couple whose daughter died in a car wreck, and against an insurance company.

California Supreme Court rules on summary judgment and expert opinion admissibility

Dee Thompson Mar. 10, 2017, 11:23am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – On Feb. 23 the Supreme Court of California issued an opinion in the case of Wilson Dante Perry v. Bakewell Hawthorne LLC. The conclusions reached specify what information may be used when one side is asking for the court for summary judgment.

New class action seeks to help veterans get Combat-Related Special Compensation benefits

Dee Thompson Mar. 10, 2017, 8:50am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The federal government was named as defendant in a class action filed March 2 by the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) on behalf of combat-disabled veterans who say they were not given their fair share of disability benefits.

Widow loses out on $6M verdict; Attorneys fees can't be recovered on top of $1M agreement

Dee Thompson Mar. 3, 2017, 12:08pm

TRENTON, N.J (Legal Newsline) – An appellate court rejected a New Jersey widow’s request for attorneys fees on Feb. 16, stating it was not part of an agreement negotiated by her attorneys that cost her a $6 million verdict.

Ga. SC overturns $3.7M verdict of girl sexually assaulted at dentist's office

Dee Thompson Mar. 3, 2017, 10:24am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – Is a dental practice liable if a patient is sexually assaulted by a contractor while under anesthesia? The Georgia Supreme Court recently decided, in the case of Goldstein Garber & Salama v. J.B., that it is not.

Goodwill chapter, facing EEOC lawsuit, says it acted properly after harassment allegations

Dee Thompson Jan. 5, 2017, 9:37am

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Goodwill Industries is the defendant in a lawsuit filed Dec. 13 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging a pattern of sexual harassment and disability discrimination at its facilities in the East Bay Area of Northern California. The suit also claims managers who tried to help victims faced retaliation.

Class action over disputed text messages continues despite no messages

Dee Thompson Dec. 22, 2016, 9:40am

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Legal Newsline) -- A Florida class action case that has been ongoing since 2012 continues, despite the plaintiff’s deletion of disputed text messages on his phone.

Florida woman accuses Bed Bath & Beyond of false advertising

Dee Thompson Dec. 15, 2016, 12:00pm

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) -- A class action lawsuit alleges Bed Bath and Beyond sold Egyptian cotton sheets that were only 10 percent Egyptian cotton, not 100 percent as stated on the label.

Sugar class action against Dole a 'policy-oriented brief,' law prof says

Dee Thompson Nov. 28, 2016, 9:36am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) -- A new class action lawsuit against Dole Foods alleges two of its products are advertised as healthy but, in reality, they are high-sugar in content and not healthy at all.

Ninth Circuit doesn't order pay for employees' time spent calling in

Dee Thompson Nov. 18, 2016, 9:43am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A recently decided case that involved California employers revisited a question of whether employers are responsible for paying employees who are asked to “call in” to see if they need to come to work.

Attorney skeptical of securities fraud claim against Twitter

Dee Thompson Nov. 11, 2016, 11:03am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Social media giant Twitter is facing a class action lawsuit regarding its stock prices, but a Texas securities attorney doesn't expect the plaintiffs will have much success.

Companies could face criminal prosecution for illegal employee agreements

Dee Thompson Nov. 10, 2016, 12:21pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Companies that enter into non-compete agreements regarding employees could face criminal prosecution, including possibly jail.

Class action allows everyone to sing Happy Birthday

Dee Thompson Nov. 2, 2016, 3:15pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - Up until this past August, two California music companies were enforcing the copyright of the song “Happy Birthday” and requiring television shows and movies to pay royalties to use the song.

Brief questions if plaintiffs in class action suits are being treated fairly

Dee Thompson Nov. 2, 2016, 2:22pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A friend-of-the court brief recently filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Joshua Blackman v. Amber Gascho asks if it is fair for attorneys in class action settlements to receive more in fees than the class members receive in settlement.

California attorney general seeks help in locating violators of CalOPPA

Dee Thompson Oct. 28, 2016, 1:06pm

SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking members of the public to help locate companies that violate the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA). 

Faced with class action, Hormel defends "100 percent natural" labeling

Dee Thompson Oct. 26, 2016, 9:08am

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) -  Hormel says a class action lawsuit alleging its products aren't "100 percent natural" is wrong.