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Attorney: U.S. SC review of arbitration agreements to impact businesses

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 31, 2017, 1:59pm

The Supreme Court must consider whether the National Labor Relations Act bars enforcement under the Federal Arbitration Act, of class action waiver provisions in an arbitration clause in an employment contract.

Former Calif. federal judge now serves on litigation funding company’s investment committee

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 31, 2017, 1:58pm

Vaughn Walker, the retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, was appointed to IMF Bentham’s U.S. investment committee in October. The committee considers and approves cases for funding.

House Republicans target 'slush funds' created by DOJ for 'liberal friends'

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 27, 2017, 9:56am

The House Judiciary Chairman submitted the Stop Settlements Slush Funds Act of 2017, or H.R. 522, last week. An identical bill passed the House in the last Congress by a vote of 241-174, but failed to move.

Consumers have until the end of month to claim part of $52 million milk class action settlement

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 25, 2017, 10:20am

Defendants National Milk Producers Federation a.k.a. Cooperatives Working Together, Dairy Farmers of America Inc., Land O’Lakes Inc., Dairylea Cooperative Inc. and Agri-Mark Inc. agreed to settle the antitrust class action lawsuit to avoid a trial.

Structured settlement company argues CFPB shouldn’t bring action against it in light of D.C. Circuit ruling

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 24, 2017, 12:15pm

The company, listed on the lawsuit as John Doe Company, filed the lawsuit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Director Richard Cordray in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Jan. 10.

Maker of coconut water settles class action lawsuit for nearly $1 million

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 11, 2017, 12:04pm

Harmless Harvest Inc. has agreed to make changes to its labels and to ongoing third-party monitoring of the accuracy of its product labels, among other things.

Law firm’s former partner files second lawsuit over allegedly diverted fees

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 10, 2017, 11:19am

The defendants -- partners at Schiller Kessler & Gomez PLLC -- also want this lawsuit dismissed. They argue their former managing partner has asserted nearly identical claims in his newest lawsuit, originally filed in a Kentucky state court in November.

GOP lawmaker introduces federal legislation aimed at delaying DOL’s fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 9, 2017, 11:33am

The legislation, introduced by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina Friday, would provide for a two-year delay of the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule’s effective date. The rule mandates financial professionals who service individual retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k) plans, to serve the “best interest” of the savers and disclose conflicts of interest.

Law firms butt heads over share of fees in Vioxx class action settlement

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 6, 2017, 10:10am

Kahn Swick & Foti LLC, considered one of the nation’s premier boutique securities litigation law firms, filed its lawsuit against Milberg LLP in November. The Louisiana firm contends Milberg owes it millions in fees from work it did on litigation concerning Merck’s painkiller Vioxx.

J.G. Wentworth Company sued over alleged misrepresentations related to stock purchase deal

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 6, 2017, 8:36am

The plaintiff, the owner of a privately-held residential mortgage company, argues JGW was in possession of “material non-public information” and made “misrepresentations and omissions of material fact” regarding JGW’s business in connection with a March 2015 stock purchase agreement.

Public-interest firm calls $5.5 million settlement with Google over privacy settings ‘unacceptable’

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 3, 2017, 5:30pm

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Class Action Fairness’ filing last month, class counsel negotiated a settlement that provided zero dollars to class members and $5.5 million to be divided between class counsel and third-party charities.

Plaintiffs attorney says food, beverage companies simply need to comply to avoid class action lawsuits

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 30, 2016, 10:48am

Consumer advocacy group agrees compliance, along with better government regulation, would help curb litigation.

Attorney: ‘Very likely’ CFPB will finalize proposed arbitration rules before Obama’s departure

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 29, 2016, 9:01am

President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence are to be inaugurated Jan. 20. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to issue its final set of rules prohibiting arbitration clauses that prevent class action lawsuits by then.

Will FDA guidance, or lack thereof, affect food and beverage litigation?

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 23, 2016, 9:47am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it does not approve food labels before they are put on the market.

Why are consumers unhappy with their food and drink filing class action lawsuits?

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 21, 2016, 10:05am

Increased consumer interest and more plaintiff-friendly consumer statutes and consumer-friendly courts also have contributed to the increase in filings since 2008.

Plaintiffs attorneys argue tort reform group’s ‘judicial hellholes’ report is ‘rigged’

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 16, 2016, 11:24am

The Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis is the nation’s No. 1 “judicial hellhole,” according to the American Tort Reform Association’s 2016-17 report, meaning it is the “most unfair” in the nation in terms of handling civil litigation.

St. Louis court tops list of ‘judicial hellholes’ by tort reform group

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 15, 2016, 8:39am

California, New York City’s asbestos court, Florida’s Supreme Court and South Florida, and New Jersey rounded out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.

Head of DOJ Criminal Division issues apology to prosecutors for panel comments

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 14, 2016, 11:42am

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said during a panel discussion last week that some criminal cases brought by the federal government don’t necessarily have merit and that oversight of federal prosecutors, in some districts, is not what it should be.

‘UnSettled’ documentary, on asbestos lawsuits brought against businesses, to hold screening

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 13, 2016, 4:55pm

A so-called “work-in-progress” screening of “UnSettled: Inside The Strange World of Asbestos Lawsuits” will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and online Wednesday afternoon.

CEI, in agenda for new Congress, pushes lawmakers to rein in federal agencies

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 13, 2016, 1:19pm

The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s congressional agenda, which was released last week, focuses on eight policy areas, including regulatory reform and agency oversight, banking and finance, and labor and employment, among other topics.