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CFPB, Dodd-Frank reforms won't happen soon, CFPB expert says

Karen Kidd Mar. 7, 2017, 9:54am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite legislation to increase the number of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's directors to five, and support noised by the White House, a consumer financial services attorney active in New York and Philadelphia says not to expect it soon.

Attorney: Ruling in birthday reminder case against Facebook a blow to free speech

Karen Kidd Feb. 22, 2017, 12:49pm

A recent decision by a federal court in California not to dismiss a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case against Facebook is a blow to First Amendment freedom, a TCPA defense attorney based in Costa Mesa said during a recent interview.

Class action against InterCoast Career Institute likely to turn on statutory violations, attorney says

Karen Kidd Feb. 14, 2017, 8:34am

BANGOR, Maine (Legal Newsline) – Lack of clearer allegations about accreditation could be a weak spot in the $5 million putative class action lawsuit filed in Maine by four former nursing students, a New York-based business law and litigation attorney said during a recent interview.

EPA complaint against Syngenta, other policies in doubt under new Trump pick, advocate says

Karen Kidd Jan. 11, 2017, 10:16am

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) – President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environment Protection Agency has many wondering what will become of the agency's activities, including a pesticide complaint filed last month over an incident on Kauai a year ago, a workplace advocate said.

Company that submitted Medicare claims for the deceased claims it was targeted by CMS

Karen Kidd Jan. 3, 2017, 9:32am

WALTHAM, Mass. (Legal Newsline) – An appeal by health diagnostics company Alere to get Medicare billing privileges reinstated for a subsidiary diabetes unit, Arriva Medical, claims that the unit was targeted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to clear an administrative backlog, according to an Alere press release.

Lawsuit by NYC conductor who fell asleep 'a travesty' to victims of derailment, advocate says

Karen Kidd Dec. 21, 2016, 1:15pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A complaint filed by the commuter rail engineer who caused a 2013 derailment that killed four in New York City is encouraged by the city's litigious environment and not without precedent, a litigation reform advocate says.

Spokeo decision leads to dismissal of Lyft class action

Karen Kidd Dec. 9, 2016, 10:18am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Though a district judge used a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last spring to dismiss a Lyft driver's proposed class action over alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, that high court ruling hasn't killed all such putative actions, a Tampa, Florida-based attorney says.

LBGTQ community watching transgender bathroom case before Supreme Court

Karen Kidd Nov. 15, 2016, 3:29pm

WASHINGTON (Florida Record) – The LBGTQ community has much riding on the outcome of a case the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed to hear regarding whether a 17-year-old Virginia high school student should be allowed to use the boys' restroom, said a transgender inclusion expert during a recent interview.

Papantonio's 'America's Lawyer' on Russian network seeks trial lawyer stories

Karen Kidd Nov. 7, 2016, 12:02pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – U.S.-based attorney Mike "Pap" Papantonio says his new weekly gig, airing later this month on a Russian state-sponsored news network, is about revealing corruption in corporate America.

Cordray letter about gender identity discrimination not a rule, former CFPB official says

Karen Kidd Nov. 3, 2016, 3:08pm

When Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray wrote a letter in August, giving the bureau's views about whether credit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation violates the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), it prompted speculation.

D.C. Circuit's 'unusual' ruling says CFPB director can be fired

Karen Kidd Oct. 26, 2016, 10:34am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – An appeals court's ruling that the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's structure is unconstitutional was surprising because of what it declared and for its language, two Washington, D.C.-based regulatory attorneys say.

Lead generators should be wary of federal oversight, CFPB legal specialist says

Karen Kidd Oct. 13, 2016, 1:21pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – When set up properly, a consumer shouldn't notice it was a lead generator that connected them with a professional or service

Attorney: L.A. plaintiff may have easier time in California court proving his lawsuit against Zara

Karen Kidd Oct. 4, 2016, 10:53am

A Los Angeles man may have a tough time proving deception in his class action lawsuit against the Spanish clothing manufacturer, but may have a better shot in California than in other jurisdictions, a Palo Alto attorney said in a recent interview.

Universities in the cross-hairs of million-dollar lawsuits

Karen Kidd Sep. 6, 2016, 1:44pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Three prestigious universities have been the targets of lawsuits filed earlier this month regarding their retirement plan fees. The lawsuits seek millions of dollars in damages.

U.S. Rep: Obamacare killing healthcare market, legal reform needed

Karen Kidd Sep. 1, 2016, 12:01pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Litigation reform should go hand-in-hand with healthcare reform, but don't expect any substantive reform of the Affordable Care Act anytime soon, says a congressman from North Carolina.

WLF: Disbarment, criminal charges should be possibilities for corrupt attorney

Karen Kidd Aug. 24, 2016, 8:42am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Federal prosecutors should consider criminal charges against the lawyer who pursued Chevron for alleged contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon after an appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling that it was all a fraud, a public interest attorney said during a recent interview.

Pokémon Go lawsuit filed shortly after attorney's 'any day now' prediction

Karen Kidd Aug. 17, 2016, 9:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The labor and employment attorney who said to expect a Pokémon Go lawsuit "any day now" did not have to wait long to see her prediction play out. 

Attorney: Michigan ruling over unprofessional conduct a plus for school districts

Karen Kidd Aug. 12, 2016, 9:31am

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – A recent Michigan Supreme Court decision that broadens the immunity schools in the state enjoy after reports of unprofessional conduct likely will defer future lawsuits against educational districts, an attorney says.

National Federation of the Blind missed opportunity to challenge DOT's airport ticketing kiosk rule

Karen Kidd Aug. 7, 2016, 4:57pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The D.C. Circuit's recent rejection of a National Federation of the Blind's challenge to a U.S. Department of Transportation rule on airline ticketing kiosks is an opportunity lost over a technicality, two D.C.-area attorneys said during a recent interview.

Attorney offers 'cynical' view of independent contractor litigation in the sharing economy

Karen Kidd Aug. 7, 2016, 1:30pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Sharing economy litigation such as the misclassification lawsuit filed in June against Grubhub is more about governments and predatory plaintiffs than anything inevitable in cooperative consumerism, an Ohio attorney opined during a recent interview.