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Arizona governor OKs changes to state disabilities law, giving businesses more time to address violations

Jessica Karmasek Apr. 28, 2017, 11:49am

Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, signed the legislation, Senate Bill 1406, last week. The amendment to the Arizonans with Disabilities Act will allow businesses up to 90 days to fix access violations before a lawsuit can be filed. The amendment originally had included a 30-day compliance period.

Appeals piling up against DOL over its fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 27, 2017, 2:50pm

A group of associations have filed an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and a Kansas-based company has filed an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit over the controversial new rule. The rule mandates financial professionals who service individual retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k) plans, to serve the “best interest” of the savers and disclose conflicts of interest.

Certification issue not dead in class action against Wackenhut

Kerry Goff Feb. 15, 2017, 9:00am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – On Nov. 21, a California appeals court reversed a trial court’s previous class action decertification on Lubin v. Wackenhut Corp.

Texas federal judge upholds DOL’s fiduciary rule, denies motion to stay case

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 10, 2017, 4:17pm

Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, in a detailed 81-page order released Wednesday, shot down each of the plaintiffs’ major arguments, most notably deciding that the rule does not exceed the U.S. Department of Labor’s authority.

Groups want Third Circuit to enforce Flonase class action settlement against Louisiana AG

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 7, 2016, 2:54pm

The Washington Legal Foundation is among those calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to overturn a Pennsylvania federal court’s decision that, they argue, would undermine class-wide settlements by permitting plaintiff states to file copycat lawsuits despite benefiting from a settlement.

U.S. DOL argues new fiduciary rule will have ‘enormous’ benefits for investors

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 26, 2016, 2:53pm

The Department of Labor, in a lawsuit brought by a group of trade associations in June, contends its conflicts of interest rule, despite the cost, better serves investors and aligns with other federal retirement laws. The department is asking a Texas federal court to rule in its favor.

Trade associations sue U.S. Department of Labor in hopes of overturning fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek Jun. 22, 2016, 1:54pm

The DOL released its final rule in April. The rule, sometimes referred to as the conflicts of interest rule, mandates financial professionals who service individual retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k) plans, to serve the “best interest” of the savers and disclose conflicts of interest.

Legislation would prohibit DOJ settlement terms that require donations to third parties

Jessica Karmasek Apr. 30, 2016, 9:28am

Some federal lawmakers argue the bill is needed to keep the Department of Justice from directing millions, even billions, of dollars to certain groups. They contend only Congress has the power to make such decisions.

Groups argue FCC’s order interpreting TCPA goes too far

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 15, 2016, 10:11am

Petitioners, intervenors recently filed final reply briefs in their case against the Federal Communications Commission in a federal appeals court. They argue in their filings that the commission’s July omnibus ruling interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act expanded the law beyond its intended meaning.

U.S. House to take up combined bill targeting class actions and asbestos litigation abuse this week

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 5, 2016, 2:01pm

The House Committee on Rules is set to take up H.R. 1927 -- now the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2015 -- Wednesday afternoon and then send it to the House floor for a vote.