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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.

Lawsuit financing company dismisses case against Herzog Law Firm, plans to refile

Karen Kidd Mar. 11, 2016, 8:03am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – A South Carolina legal finance company has dismissed its Texas fraud case against a property casualty insurer, a law firm and a national bank, but it appears it plans on refiling in a different state.

Class actions against Seagate over hard drives combined

Karen Kidd Mar. 7, 2016, 1:51pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Two class action lawsuits against Seagate Technology, both claiming the manufacturer knowingly sold defective hard drives, now are combined into one after a U.S District Court judge approved a motion to relate the two cases.

Plaintiffs claim defense playing 'Monday morning quarterback' in attempt to overturn $11M verdict in bellwether hip implant case

Karen Kidd Mar. 7, 2016, 1:37pm

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The case of a failed hip replacement of a Utah woman who received an $11 million jury award in a bellwether trial late last year isn't over yet, as the defense has filed routine post-trial motions.

Maker of fetal gender ID kit 'stands behind' product as it faces class action

Karen Kidd Mar. 7, 2016, 1:16pm

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – As the deadline to respond inches closer, the makers of a fetal gender identification kit aren't saying much about a $5 million class action lawsuit's claims that its product doesn't actually work.

Historically high number of patent disputes will continue in 2016, group says

Karen Kidd Mar. 7, 2016, 11:46am

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – An annual report that tracks patent disputes confirms a continued trend in the increasing number of such disputes, a rise that the authors of the report say will likely continue into 2016.

U.S. Supreme Court to examine Ninth Circuit's overtime pay decision

Karen Kidd Feb. 26, 2016, 10:22am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The issue of whether certain auto dealership employees deserve overtime pay hangs in the balance as the U.S. Supreme Court, now down one justice, prepares to hear a potentially precedent-setting case, a North Carolina attorney says.