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Mafia reference in racketeering lawsuit used to lure reporters, accused attorneys say

John O'Brien Mar. 24, 2017, 8:50am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Attorneys accused of a “Mafia-style” racketeering scheme are fighting allegations they conspired to develop professional plaintiffs for the purpose of bringing class action lawsuits.

Phoney Lawsuits: A federal law is giving litigious people a new income stream

John O'Brien Mar. 15, 2017, 8:32am

More than 25 years after its passage, a federal telemarketing law hasn’t just created a cottage industry for lawyers – it has spawned a group of professional plaintiffs like Stoops who are armed with several cell phones for the purpose of receiving debt collection calls often intended for other individuals.

Phoney Lawsuits: How a Polish immigrant apparently sued his way to $800K

John O'Brien Mar. 15, 2017, 8:31am

FDS Bank says the man no longer qualifies for Social Security disability benefits because he has made approximately $800,000 from filing 31 lawsuits. FDS says he made less than $30,000 in 2009 working construction before creating a scheme to manufacture claims under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Phoney Lawsuits: Attorneys accused of racketeering, manufacturing claims

John O'Brien Mar. 15, 2017, 8:30am

One company recently brought into the world of litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act doesn’t like what it sees. BrandRep is taking its anger out on Beverly Hills, CA, attorney Todd Friedman, one of the most prolific lawsuit-filers in the country.

Health care fraud efforts ramped up under Obama

John O'Brien Jan. 6, 2017, 1:14pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A federal program that was implemented in 1997 and designed to target health care fraud took off under President Obama.

Alere's troubles, stock drop leave Abbott Labs attempting to terminate merger

John O'Brien Dec. 13, 2016, 2:03pm

WILMINGTON,Del. (Legal Newsline) – Global health care company Abbott Laboratories is asking a Delaware court to terminate its proposed merger with Alere because, it says, the company has been so poorly run that it no longer resembles its former self.

Monsanto fighting 'super tort' brought by West Coast cities and trial lawyers

John O'Brien Jun. 23, 2016, 2:14pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - Federal judges are being asked to reject the latest efforts by California cities that have partnered with trial lawyers to possibly impose millions of dollars of liability on corporations over products they haven’t made since the 1970s.

Despite Garlock settlement, asbestos lawyers can't shake racketeering claims yet

John O'Brien Jun. 8, 2016, 9:20am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - A company that frequently finds itself targeted by asbestos attorneys is taking the reins on racketeering claims that allege those lawyers manipulated the system to unfairly drive up the costs of settlements and verdicts.

Woman dropping lawsuit over gluten-free surcharges at P.F. Chang's

John O'Brien May 12, 2016, 9:21am

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The restaurant industry seemingly will not face a ruling sought by a woman with celiac disease who claimed she was discriminated against when she was charged extra for gluten-free items at P.F. Chang’s.

Hearing held, judge weighing sanctions against Goodson, fellow class action lawyers and USAA's defense team

John O'Brien Mar. 2, 2016, 4:06pm

FORT SMITH, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – An Arkansas federal judge recently held a hearing to weigh sanctioning class action attorneys, including John Goodson of Keil & Goodson, and attorneys for the company they sued who he says wasted his court's time while colluding to push through a controversial settlement in a different court.

Trump Your Competition, in effort to preserve name, files appeal hoping to force Donald Trump to testify

John O'Brien Mar. 2, 2016, 8:43am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Trump Your Competition, a Nevada sales consulting firm fighting to preserve its name against opposition from Presidential candidate Donald Trump, has appealed a federal court order that said Trump does not have to testify in the matter.

AAJ panned companies' method of fighting class actions as unfair, though member accused it of using the same strategy

John O'Brien Feb. 29, 2016, 1:48pm

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – Weeks before the head of a national trial lawyers group condemned a legal maneuver used by businesses in attempts to fight class action lawsuits, the group was accused of using the same move – by one of its own members.

Unsealed complaint against class action firm says wife of Miss. AG staffer given unnecessary work, more than $100K from settlement

John O'Brien Feb. 25, 2016, 2:38pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court has unsealed a lawsuit filed by a former member against a prominent class action firm that he claims fired him for exposing unethical conduct regarding the firm’s contract with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

Asbestos firm attempting to block racketeering claims by John Crane Inc.

John O'Brien Feb. 24, 2016, 11:45am

On Friday, the plaintiffs firm Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett filed a breach of contract lawsuit against John Crane Inc. in Los Angeles federal court. The firm, which has an office in that city, is also asking a judge to rule that JCI is breaching previous settlement agreements.

Attorneys, sanctioned for frivolous FCA lawsuit, reached settlement minutes before $170K penalty suggested

John O'Brien Jan. 29, 2016, 2:07pm

Just as attorneys who were warned not to pursue a frivolous False Claims Act lawsuit were about to be assessed a suggested $170,000 penalty, they came to a settlement with the companies they’d been suing for five years.

Another company making racketeering claims against asbestos lawyers

John O'Brien Jan. 26, 2016, 11:57am

A company that is frequently targeted in asbestos lawsuits wants to add its own racketeering claims to those already pending against a prominent plaintiffs law firm.

Asbestos/class action reform bill passes House of Representatives

John O'Brien Jan. 8, 2016, 11:57am

Under threat of a presidential veto, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that targets class action lawsuits and the asbestos injury compensation system.

NYC asbestos firm seeks info behind study on lucrative consolidated trials, will drop it if defendants stop mentioning it

John O'Brien Dec. 3, 2015, 2:31pm

Plaintiffs lawyers practicing in New York City’s controversial asbestos court are attempting to subpoena the authors of a recent study that showed trials featuring multiple plaintiffs result in larger per-claimant verdicts than individual trials.

Sheldon Silver, a high-ranking N.Y. politician and asbestos lawyer, found guilty of corruption

John O'Brien Nov. 30, 2015, 3:54pm

Sheldon Silver, a once-powerful politician who worked at one of the most prominent asbestos law firms in the country, was found guilty of corruption by a federal jury on Monday.

Asbestos firm goes on attack in response to Garlock's RICO suit against it

John O'Brien Nov. 17, 2015, 8:31am

Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, one of five plaintiffs firms facing racketeering lawsuits from Garlock Sealing Technologies, has filed a counterclaim that maintains Garlock is the one that engaged in racketeering.