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California court reverses $48.1 million verdict reversal against Motrin maker, remands for retrial

Glenn Minnis Jul. 13, 2017, 9:44am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appeals court has reversed a $48.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Motrin, after the pain-relieving drug allegedly caused a man’s severe and near fatal skin condition.

DOL files brief in challenge to Obama overtime rule

Glenn Minnis Jul. 12, 2017, 12:06pm

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed notice with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, asserting that the government has presently “decided not to advocate” for a specific salary level in its ongoing dispute with states over what workers should be eligible for overtime pay.

Fourth Circuit finds in favor of coal miner in 'mark of the beast' case

Glenn Minnis Jun. 21, 2017, 10:05am

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court in Virginia has affirmed a $586,861 jury award handed to a man who says he was forced to retire from his mining job when religious principles prevented him from using a biometric hand scanner.

MGM Resorts, Costco seek to have gift card fee suit tossed

Glenn Minnis Jun. 7, 2017, 9:29am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – MGM Resorts International and Costco Wholesale are seeking to have some claims dismissed in a class action complaint in which the two are accused of slapping consumers with inactivity fees on gift cards purchased for MGM properties.

R.I. Supreme Court affirms decision in fatal accident case

Glenn Minnis Apr. 14, 2017, 11:58am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s decision stipulating that no basis exists for holding a defendant individually liable in a case where the plaintiffs had already accrued $395,000 from other defendants.

Alabama Supreme Court rules officers immune to charges over fatal chase

Glenn Minnis Apr. 7, 2017, 12:49pm

The state's high court ruled that a woman injured in a police chase where another person was killed cannot sue the officers involved in the incident or the city that employs them.

North Dakota Supreme Court denies construction company new trial over faulty structure

Glenn Minnis Mar. 22, 2017, 9:53am

BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) – The North Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s decision denying a local construction company a new trial after it was ordered to pay out nearly $900,000 for one of its structures found to be faulty.

Dole products not as healthy as it claims, class action says

Glenn Minnis Feb. 7, 2017, 9:51am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California man has slapped Dole Foods with a class action lawsuit alleging its foods fraudulently contain excessive amounts of sugar while being advertised as health-conscious options.

Public policy group sees First Amendment liberties at risk in case

Glenn Minnis Feb. 2, 2017, 11:43am

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Critics continue to argue that actions like those that recently forced classified-ad website to shutter its “adult” section are unconstitutional and in violation of freedom of speech rights.

Class actions follow FTC lawsuit against Qualcomm

Glenn Minnis Feb. 2, 2017, 11:35am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission’s two-year probe of Qualcomm has led to the government filing suit against the California-based company, accusing executives of employing “onerous” tactics allowing it to “maintain a monopoly on baseband processors.”

Slack fill suits sharply on rise in 2017, FDA regulations triggering uptick

Glenn Minnis Jan. 26, 2017, 12:35pm

SILVER SPRING, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The number of slack-fill complaints are sharply on the rise, triggered by new, sweeping Food and Drug Administration regulations aimed at protecting consumers from product manufacturers.

Wisconsin court dismisses defamation suit naming Megyn Kelly as defendant

Glenn Minnis Jan. 24, 2017, 12:09pm

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a defamation suit filed by a firefighter naming former Fox News host Megyn Kelly as a defendant.

Federal Trade Commission launches class action study amid growing fairness skepticism

Glenn Minnis Jan. 19, 2017, 10:03am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Claim handlers from eight different entities have been ordered by the Federal Trade Commission to provide the government with data illustrating the way they notify class members about settlement agreements and other developments related to their cases.

Galectin defeats shareholder lawsuit over truthful, complimentary articles

Glenn Minnis Jan. 5, 2017, 9:15am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that a company does not have to disclose that it hired outside firms to publish promotional material regarding a company and its stock evaluations. The ruling confirmed that the third party has the duty to disclose the payments

Consumer claims makers of Old Charter bourbon falsely advertises spirit's age

Glenn Minnis Dec. 23, 2016, 9:44am

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York City man has filed suit against three major liquor manufacturers alleging that they strategically utilized inferior ingredients to make their product but continued to charge consumers and advertise the spirits as if it was of the same premium quality.

Calif. lawmaker glad to see advocates targeting alleged use of trans fats

Glenn Minnis Dec. 23, 2016, 9:33am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- Pinnacle Foods - the maker of such well-known products as Swanson pot pies, Hungry-Man frozen meals and Duncan Hines cake mixes - is facing a class action suit in California, alleging the company engages in false advertising in the promotion of some of its food products.

Plaintiffs in Harley-Davidson class action 'duped,' their attorney says

Glenn Minnis Dec. 21, 2016, 9:56am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) -- Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Inc. faces a class action lawsuit alleging the engine on one of its most popular motorcycles has a common design defect that could pose a danger to riders stemming from excessive overheating.

Missouri trial lawyers respond to St. Louis' 'hellhole' designation

Glenn Minnis Dec. 20, 2016, 2:19pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The president of Missouri's plaintiffs lawyer organization says an annual report that this year singled out St. Louis as the jurisdiction most in need of legal reform is designed to scare state lawmakers.

Michigan attorney general intervenes in Consumer Reports case to defend state law

Glenn Minnis Dec. 9, 2016, 9:42am

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has thrown his support behind a federal lawsuit filed by a Michigan man against the publishers of Consumer Reports magazine accusing publication owners of violating state privacy laws in the way the company systematically profits from the unauthorized sale of subscriber information.