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EPA, following Obama's lead, releases methane rules for oil and gas industry

Karen Kidd May 17, 2016, 8:58am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Obama Administration's Environmental Protection Agency has released the first-ever standards designed to reduce methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry.

After ruling, Office Depot and Staples abandon merger

Karen Kidd May 13, 2016, 12:12pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A judge's Tuesday ruling on the Federal Trade Commission's request for an injunction halted a proposed $6.3 billion Office Depot and Staples merger.

Oakland-based advocacy group takes interest in Dish Network suit over Spanish-speaking customers

Karen Kidd May 13, 2016, 11:51am

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – An Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit legal service and advocacy group is helping to represent an Alameda County man suing Dish Network over claims it deceives Spanish-speaking customers.

Attorney: New Jersey Tort Claims Act ruling muddles things for government contractors

Karen Kidd May 13, 2016, 11:44am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey appeals court ruling has blurred the line between private and public for government contractors who find themselves named in lawsuits, a business litigation attorney said during a recent interview.

Tidal, facing class action over Kanye tweet, probably not seeking long fight, attorney says

Karen Kidd May 10, 2016, 9:28am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - The class action lawsuit filed by a disgruntled Kanye West fan who claims to have been duped by the entertainer is, at its heart, about people who feel misled, an attorney and social media blogger said in a recent interview.

Two recent HIPAA settlements should remind health care industry to stay vigilant, attorneys say

Karen Kidd May 10, 2016, 9:03am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Health care providers need to be mindful of two recent major Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlements to avoid being similarly targeted, two industry attorneys say.

Calif. SC found middle ground in suitable seating case, attorney says

Karen Kidd May 9, 2016, 3:35pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The California Supreme Court was looking for a middle way when it handed down its recent decision that said employers must provide employees with suitable seating when it is reasonable to do so, a labor attorney, a San Jose attorney says.

Republican legislation against DOL overtime rules not likely to succeed, attorney says

Karen Kidd May 2, 2016, 2:33pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Republican-backed legislation that would block the Obama administration's proposed Department of Labor overtime rules has little chance of success, but the option to mount a legal challenge remains, a North Carolina employment attorney says.

Federal courts can't intervene 'too deeply' in EEOC class actions, attorney says

Karen Kidd Apr. 21, 2016, 2:41pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – After a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, companies facing class action Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints will have a tough time mounting a certain defense, a Charlotte, N.C., attorney says

Future of False Claims Act recoveries unclear, attorney says

Karen Kidd Apr. 11, 2016, 1:31pm

According to a U.S. Department of Justice statistics overview, more than $1 billion of FCA recoveries in Fiscal Year 2015 came from cases in which the government declined to intervene.

Vigilance and compliance are lessons companies should take from FTC's Lord & Taylor settlement, attorney says

Karen Kidd Apr. 11, 2016, 11:57am

A settlement was announced earlier this month over Federal Trade Commission allegations that national retailer Lord & Taylor paid for native advertisements without properly disclosing the posts were paid promotions.

Attorney: Ohio HITECH case a 'misguided attempt' to invoke False Claims Act

Karen Kidd Apr. 6, 2016, 11:46am

CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) – A now-dismissed whistleblower lawsuit over impermissibly accessed medical records that took an odd view of the HITECH Act wasn't exactly a misuse of the False Claims Act, an Indianapolis attorney says.

Hertz class action among latest in rising number of New Jersey TCCWNA cases

Karen Kidd Apr. 6, 2016, 11:05am

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The largest car rental company in the U.S. is studying a class action lawsuit filed by a New Jersey man who claims the company’s terms and conditions on its website for rewards program enrollees violate the state's Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA).

Defendants mum in Illinois class action over text messages

Karen Kidd Apr. 6, 2016, 10:07am

FREEPORT, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – A tax-preparation services firm, an American multinational financial services corporation and a restaurant marketing and promotional company are staying quiet in the wake of a federal class action lawsuit filed against them.

Samsung has no comment on Gear S2 smartwatch lawsuit, hasn't responded in court yet

Karen Kidd Mar. 25, 2016, 11:22am

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Samsung isn't saying anything publicly in response to a recent class action lawsuit filed against it, and so far it hasn't told the court anything, either.

Second Circuit denies class action settlement possibly worth 17 cents to class members

Karen Kidd Mar. 25, 2016, 10:10am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit's recent decision to deny a low-value class action settlement in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case is unusual, a Washington, D.C., attorney says.

Defendants in whistleblower cases should be wary of DOJ, attorney says

Karen Kidd Mar. 22, 2016, 2:23pm

BANGOR, Maine (Legal Newsline) – Defendants in whistleblower cases face low but worrisome odds of Department of Justice intervention, such as in the Maine case of a roofing contractor who allegedly used non-compliant materials to renovate government buildings, a Minneapolis attorney says.

Attorney: Effect of Mich. whistleblower decision to be seen

Karen Kidd Mar. 21, 2016, 12:30pm

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – It remains to be seen how broad an impact, if any, a recent Michigan Supreme Court decision will have on certain Whistleblower Protection Act cases, a Detroit attorney says.

Recent unpublished Ninth Circuit TCPA opinion worth citing in other cases, attorney says

Karen Kidd Mar. 17, 2016, 1:07pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – An opinion out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit about a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case didn't deserve to be classified as "unpublished," a defense attorney says.

Fla. AG Bondi to seek U.S. SC review of 'no surcharge' challenge

Karen Kidd Mar. 17, 2016, 12:42pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will appeal a loss in four companies' constitutional challenge to the state's "no surcharge" laws, which bar surcharges on credit card purchases, to the U.S. Supreme Court, a spokesperson said.