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Investment firm defamed pharma company to drive down stock price, lawsuit says

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 2, 2016, 8:56am

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) — A $20 million lawsuit involving a pharmaceutical company and the investment firm with a stake in the company is a battle for control, a University of Toledo professor says.

New California law says employment contracts can't take disputes outside the state

Taryn Phaneuf Oct. 13, 2016, 9:58am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — Beginning in 2017, employers can’t require employees who work in and primarily live in California to bring disputes outside California.

Edelson firm turns back Spokeo defense in case against Gannett

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 14, 2016, 10:15am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — A judge has ruled that providing personally identifiable information to a third party obtained from app users' viewing data can cause the users harm. 

Third-party funders that chased Liberian judgment face sanctions by federal judge

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 23, 2016, 12:38pm

PHILADELPHIA — Called out for violating a U.S. district court order, a group of third-party litigation funders faces sanctions in a case that a defense attorney says illustrates the dark side of a growing industry.

SCOTUS opinion on standing impacts Wisconsin 'serial plaintiff's' case

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 22, 2016, 8:38am

GREEN BAY, Wis. (Legal Newsline) — A key U.S. Supreme Court decision has derailed a scheme that netted one so-called “professional plaintiff” more than $230,000 in individual settlements.

IARC reverses itself on link between coffee and cancer

Taryn Phaneuf Jul. 8, 2016, 7:32am

After decades fending off negative health claims made against coffee, the industry was vindicated last month when a controversial cancer research group changed its mind about classifying America’s favorite caffeine beverage as a possible carcinogen.

Controversial body's glyphosate research isn't reliable, critics say

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 23, 2016, 2:34pm

Pesticides’ association with neurotoxicity, cancer and birth defects over the years have led to rigorous testing before they’re deemed safe to use. So when a cancer-research agency unexpectedly declared that a popular herbicide probably causes cancer, the news had a major impact, with reactions ranging from confused to concerned.

Consumer advocates, financial services industry butt heads over CFPB

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 20, 2016, 12:40pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Five years after it was created, the success of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is hotly debated.

Attorney: Parmesan cheese suit will likely get an early dismissal

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 13, 2016, 12:30pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — Lawsuits against Parmesan cheese makers “spiked” after a new report in February claimed some companies use too much cellulose as a filler, Jacob Harper, a Troy Gould attorney and specialist in consumer class actions, told Legal Newsline.

Contact lens retailers oppose tightening rules for verifying prescriptions

Taryn Phaneuf May 31, 2016, 7:38am

A group of contact lens retailers and consumers stand in sharp disagreement with groups calling for legislation changing the way a retailer verifies a prescription with an eye doctor.

Judge dismisses FCA claim against hospice provider; DOJ likely to appeal

Taryn Phaneuf May 27, 2016, 11:24am

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) — After meandering through the legal system and attracting a lot of attention, a lawsuit alleging a national chain of hospice providers made false Medicare claims has been dismissed.

Complaints about Subaru Outback's lights preceded class action

Taryn Phaneuf May 25, 2016, 9:13am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The federal agency responsible for taking consumer complaints about vehicle defects has recorded roughly 90 complaints about 2010 and 2011 Subaru Outbacks whose exterior lights allegedly fail frequently and prematurely.

Chipotle lawsuits could lead to 'greater scrutiny' of companies' GMO claims

Taryn Phaneuf May 23, 2016, 12:22pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Another lawsuit filed against Chipotle over its decision to keep away from genetically modified ingredients could trigger more complaints against other companies making similar claims.

Sen. Thune: TCPA 'showing its age'

Taryn Phaneuf May 19, 2016, 2:45pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The chair of a U.S. Senate committee said at a Wednesday hearing that a federal telemarketing law passed 25 years ago doesn’t appear to be aging well.

Even free app users could be considered consumers under video privacy law, court rules

Taryn Phaneuf May 18, 2016, 9:15am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — A federal appeals court has interpreted who qualifies for protections under a federal privacy law governing video content accessed through mobile applications.

Eye doctors say patient safety is at the heart of federal rule for contact lenses

Taryn Phaneuf May 18, 2016, 8:49am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — In April, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it sent letters to 45 prescribers and 10 sellers of contact lenses, warning them that they may be violating the agency’s Contact Lens Rule.

Advertising groups call for more time to weigh in on proposed FCC rule

Taryn Phaneuf May 13, 2016, 11:34am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A coalition of advertising industry groups is asking the Federal Communications Commission for more time to consider and comment on a proposed broadband privacy rule.

Plaintiff's death dismisses potential TCPA class action

Taryn Phaneuf May 5, 2016, 3:00pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — A New York court has dismissed the lawsuit of a man who died before certification of a class in his claim against a company that allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Indiana Supreme Court decision opens door to more asbestos lawsuits

Taryn Phaneuf Apr. 20, 2016, 12:04pm

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The former manufacturers and sellers of products containing asbestos will likely see more claims filed under the Indiana Product Liability Act after the state Supreme Court determined the law’s statute of repose doesn’t apply to asbestos claims.

Federal judge: Law protects against transgender discrimination

Taryn Phaneuf Apr. 18, 2016, 10:42am

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Over the last decade, federal courts and a federal agency have agreed that a law protecting people from sex discrimination also includes discrimination based on a person’s gender identity or transition from one gender to the other.