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Head of DOJ Criminal Division admits oversight of prosecutors in some districts lacking

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 8, 2016, 5:59pm

“The Limits of Federal Criminal Law,” a panel discussion held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Thursday, included Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, and attorneys Cristina Arguedas, Ben Hatch, John Richter and Joseph Savage.

Boston financing company accuses debt elimination companies of swindling merchants

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 7, 2016, 11:57am

Forward Financing LLC filed its lawsuit in a Massachusetts federal court last month, alleging Protection Legal Group LLC and Corporate Bailout LLC are scamming businesses and keeping payments from its company.

Attorneys for plaintiffs in lawsuit brought over DOL ‘persuader rule’ seek nearly $480,000 in fees

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 5, 2016, 12:14pm

Houston law firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Steward PC, Lubbock firm Bustos Law Firm PC and El Paso firm Kemp Smith LLP are hoping to recover a maximum of $479,834.50 in fees, but said in their motion they also would accept $323,442.63 or $222,645, depending on the rate used by the Texas federal court.

Cyber security expert: More companies require ‘reasonable security’

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 2, 2016, 11:36am

DENVER (Legal Newsline) -- David Willson, a retired Army officer, attorney and currently owner of Titan Info Security Group, travels the country, educating CEOs and executives on how to assess and protect their companies from data breaches, which have become increasingly common in recent years.

Wells Fargo wants plaintiffs in class action over sales practices to submit claims to arbitration

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 1, 2016, 4:36pm

The bank filed its motion to compel and a 16-page memorandum in support in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division, Nov. 23.

Class counsel seek $9 million in fees, expenses for Wells Fargo class action settlement

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 29, 2016, 11:33am

The attorneys also are seeking an incentive award of $15,000 for the named plaintiff.

Texas federal judge issues nationwide permanent injunction against U.S. Department of Labor’s ‘persuader rule’

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 18, 2016, 7:19am

The persuader rule, or Persuader Advice Exemption Rule, was meant to effectively eliminate the “advice exemption” under the Labor-Management Reporting Disclosure Act, or LMRDA. Basically, LMRDA requires employers to report each time they engage a consultant to persuade employees on how to use their collective bargaining rights.

California federal judge dismisses Dallas asbestos firm’s lawsuit against John Crane Inc.

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 17, 2016, 11:48am

Judge Consuelo B. Marshall for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, in an order last week, said the plaintiffs, Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC, failed to file an amended complaint.

Pharmaceutical wholesale group says accreditation policy will ‘irreparably damage’ the nation’s prescription drug delivery system

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 17, 2016, 11:47am

The Association of Independent Pharmaceutical Wholesalers Inc. filed its complaint against a pharmacy benefit manager and the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia earlier this month. It contends the Verified-Accredited-Wholesale Distributor policy violates various state and federal laws.

Law professor calls FTC report on patent assertion entities ‘totally flawed,’ takes issue with its design

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 16, 2016, 11:42am

The Federal Trade Commission report, released last month, looks at patent assertion entities and their business practices.

Comments sought on proposed changes to federal class action rule

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 14, 2016, 1:33pm

Civil Rule 23, which governs class action lawsuits, has been amended four times since its adoption in 1934. Most recently, it was revised in 2003.

Non-profit group pushes Congress to stop new labor rules, including DOL’s potentially costly fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 14, 2016, 8:36am

Those within the financial services community seem hopeful, with Donald Trump’s presidential win Tuesday, that the U.S. Department of Labor’s conflicts of interest rule is in play.

Groups want Third Circuit to enforce Flonase class action settlement against Louisiana AG

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 7, 2016, 2:54pm

The Washington Legal Foundation is among those calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to overturn a Pennsylvania federal court’s decision that, they argue, would undermine class-wide settlements by permitting plaintiff states to file copycat lawsuits despite benefiting from a settlement.

Group claims Illinois AG is trying to stymie its early voting program to help father, fellow Democrats

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 7, 2016, 8:29am

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the office received a number of complaints regarding vote-by-mail ballot applications.

Dallas asbestos firm argues it hasn’t failed to obey federal judge’s orders

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 4, 2016, 10:04am

Judge Consuelo B. Marshall for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a one-page order last week, asking Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC to show cause why its case against John Crane Inc. over the company’s allegations of racketeering shouldn’t be dismissed for failure to prosecute.

Asbestos firm's political donations draw attention as trial lawyers eye Democratic Senate

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 3, 2016, 10:08am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - As trial lawyers seek a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, as well as a Democratic president, a major asbestos firm in Massachusetts is catching flak for doling out bonuses to its attorneys that match their contributions to various political campaigns -- mostly Democratic.

State AGs ask U.S. SC to review lawyer payout in class action settlement

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 28, 2016, 10:29am

The original dispute involved allegations of consumer fraud over gym membership contracts with fitness club company Global Fitness Holdings LLC. In particular, plaintiffs alleged that between 2006 and 2012, the company sold memberships and incorrectly charged fees pertaining to cancellation, facility maintenance and personal-training contracts.

Hillary-supporting trial lawyer says she's up for 'dream job' at Clinton White House

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 28, 2016, 9:31am

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) - Last week, at the largest gathering of mass torts plaintiffs attorneys in the nation, prominent Dallas attorney Lisa Blue Baron announced she is interviewing for her “dream job” at the White House as a member of a panel that would help vet federal judges.

Federal judge approves $14.7 billion settlement in Volkswagen emissions class actions

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 27, 2016, 11:04am

Under the settlement, the German automaker is required to spend up to $10 billion on vehicle buybacks and owner compensation. It also must pay $2.7 billion into a trust to support environmental programs and reduce emissions, and spend an additional $2 billion on investments and promotion of zero emissions vehicles.

Sixth Circuit denies rehearing in Nationwide data breach class actions

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 25, 2016, 11:23am

Nationwide Insurance filed a motion for rehearing en banc, or a rehearing by the full court, after a majority of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit sided with the plaintiffs last month, saying it would be “unreasonable” to expect customers to wait for “actual misuse.”