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UT law professor calls attorney general's union firefigher contract suit uninformed

Robert Lawson Dec. 7, 2016, 2:25pm

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) — Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced a lawsuit against the city of Austin over firefighters who allegedly engaged in union activities at taxpayer expense, but a law professor from the University of Texas in Austin is skeptical of the allegation. 

Minnesota attorney: AutoZone class action similar to frequent flyer suits

Robert Lawson Dec. 6, 2016, 9:50am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A Minnesota attorney from Kennedy & Kennedy law firm says a recent lawsuit filed against AutoZone over its customer loyalty reward program is similar to those that were filed against airlines in frequent flyer miles disputes.

Attorney: Plaintiff's reimbursement approach was key to class denial in Chrysler suit

Robert Lawson Nov. 23, 2016, 3:30pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — In a lawsuit against Chrysler, plaintiff Steve Doyle will not be able to certify the suit as class action, and an attorney from Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP provided an explanation for the rejection by the Ninth Court of Appeals.

TCPA plaintiff consented to contact, court finds in denying class certification

Robert Lawson Nov. 16, 2016, 3:24pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) —  The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has denied a motion to certify Levins v. Santander Consumer USA Inc. as a class action.

Warning letters from FDA cited in Ninth Circuit's decision in Dole class action

Robert Lawson Nov. 15, 2016, 9:54am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — A federal appeals court has allowed a class action lawsuit against Dole over the term "all natural fruit" to proceed.

Attorney: Some slack fill lawsuits not justified

Robert Lawson Nov. 7, 2016, 8:43am

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — A Dallas attorney who formerly worked for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says some of the so-called "slack fill" lawsuits that have become more prevalent aren't benefiting consumer law.

Company paying $500K in 'standalone' whistleblower retaliation case brought by SEC

Robert Lawson Nov. 4, 2016, 12:45pm

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has closed its first case citing a whistleblower anti-retaliation mechanism without including securities-based charges.

Attorney: Don't reject applicants' requests or you could face legal trouble

Robert Lawson Nov. 1, 2016, 1:52pm

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) — McDonald's has agreed to pay more than $56,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and create more accommodations for disabled applicants.

Law professor: Consumer board justified in suit against payment processor

Robert Lawson Oct. 13, 2016, 11:35am

BISMARCK, N.D. — A pending District Court lawsuit may have broad implications for the entire payment processing industry, a third party and go-between for merchants and consumers. 

Appeals court upholds dissolve of consent degree in 'unusual' Florida case

Robert Lawson Oct. 3, 2016, 8:22am

It doesn't pay to wait 15 years if you're trying to proceed with a motion on a consent decree, as Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Gerald Maatman points out.

Side agreements with environmental regulators an uphill battle in court

Robert Lawson Oct. 3, 2016, 8:19am

A recent case in Illinois federal court has brought attention to the fact that organizations need to pay close attention to specific and strict requirements of the environmental regulators, even when they have come to so-called side agreements with them. Why? Citizen lawsuits.

Class action against Nuun & Company lasts less than a month

Robert Lawson Sep. 1, 2016, 10:01am

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — A lawsuit filed by a New Yorker against a drink tablet manufacturer didn't last long.

WWE calls Buff Bagwell royalty lawsuit 'meritless'

Robert Lawson Aug. 30, 2016, 2:50pm

HARTFORD (Legal Newsline) — Not long after filing a lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) over royalty payments, former professional wrestling star Marcus Bagwell heard the attorneys for WWE fire back publicly about the allegations against its organization. 

Kroger included in tainted peas case

Robert Lawson Aug. 15, 2016, 9:20am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newline) —Kroger Co. has been listed as a defendant in a recent class action lawsuit filed on behalf of customers who became ill with listeria following the ingestion of vegetables grown by Pictsweet Co. and processed by CRF Frozen Foods. 

Virginia Medicaid case booted after circuit court questions jurisdiction

Robert Lawson Aug. 7, 2016, 12:46pm

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – In July, the 4th Circuit Court in Virginia ruled that a district court never had jurisdiction in a qui tam suit against several medical labs by the Commonwealth of Virginia over alleged Medicaid false claims, though no party or district court made the request.

Ninth Circuit throws out suit against fomer NFL star Theismann

Robert Lawson Jul. 19, 2016, 11:56am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)—The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco recently dismissed a false advertising suit against celebrity endorser and former NFL player Joe Theismann.