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UMS student missed filing deadline in slip-and-fall case, Maine's high court rules

Karen Kidd May 2, 2017, 9:43am

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – A University of Maine System student waited too long to file a notice of claim after being insured in a slip-and-fall on campus, the state's highest court ruled recently in affirming a lower court ruling.

Employees who act as managers half the time are exempt from overtime pay, appeals court rules

Karen Kidd May 1, 2017, 9:23am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Employees who spend more than half their work time carrying out management tasks aren't eligible for overtime pay, a California appeals court ruled earlier this month.

Alabama appeals court overturns writ in $10,000 knitting machines case

Karen Kidd Apr. 28, 2017, 9:57am

MONTGOMERY, Ala (Legal Newsline) – Alabama's Court of Civil Appeals has effectively overturned an approximately $10,000 default judgment in a long-standing squabble between two businesses over three knitting machines and a forklift.

Qualcomm will seek dismissal of FTC lawsuit, company VP says

Karen Kidd Apr. 4, 2017, 1:42pm

Qualcomm will seek dismissal of FTC suit

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.