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California consumer alleges Honest Company products not natural

Robbie Hargett May 23, 2016, 12:37pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - A California consumer is suing a home cleaning and personal care products company, alleging it misrepresents its products as "natural."

California consumer alleges FanPicks spammed cellphones

Robbie Hargett May 23, 2016, 12:31pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - A California consumer is suing a fantasy sports game play provider, alleging it sent spam advertisements and promotional offers to his cellphone.

Dentists allege 3M's crowns defective

Robbie Hargett May 23, 2016, 12:25pm

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Several dentists and dental practices are suing the makers of a dental crown product, alleging it is defective.

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.

Ralph Lauren sales price suit points to questions about pricing deception

Jamie Kelly May 23, 2016, 12:18pm

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline)—Claims that Ralph Lauren offered “phantom markdowns” on its products are in line with what consumer advocates have said they found with other stores using sale prices to potentially mislead customers.

Go Paks suit latest in consumer pushback over packaging

Jamie Kelly May 23, 2016, 12:15pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)—A class-action lawsuit against food and beverage company Mondelez International claiming some of its packaging contains non-functional slack fill is just the latest example of customers suing over what they see as deceptive marketing, a consumer advocate says.

CMS file could help whistleblowers target skilled nursing facilities

Karen Kidd May 23, 2016, 12:13pm

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – Potential whistleblowers now have a Public Use File full of data on Medicare claims and payments involving skilled nursing facilities to consider for future cases, attorneys in that field say.

Courts rule against lawyers' block-billing practice

Dawn Brotherton May 23, 2016, 12:02pm

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) —In a ruling that could affect lawyers nationwide, a federal appeals court recently denied an appeal involving block-billing, a common billing practice in many law firms that includes lumping together many small tasks into a single block.

Certification would lead to settling of class actions over Parmesan, ATRA says

Rebecca Campbell May 23, 2016, 11:47am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Illinois resident Yvonne Averhart was one of many who filed a class action lawsuit against SuperValu Inc. last month, alleging that the company represents that its grated Parmesan cheese product is composed of 100 percent cheese when it actually consists of a mixture of cheese and non-cheese filler substance derived from wood chips.

Watch those market definitions in antitrust claims after Second Circuit decision, attorney advises

Karen Kidd May 23, 2016, 11:27am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiffs in antitrust lawsuits need to be even more mindful than ever of their case's geographic market after a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decision dismissed a Sherman Act complaint, an antitrust attorney said in a recent interview.

Arkansas AG requests CFPB to hold meeting about recent proposed federal rule changes

Mark Iandolo May 20, 2016, 9:38pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that she has asked Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to hold a conference of states to discuss the ideas in the March 26 outline of potential new standards and limitations on credit lines, installment loans, deposit advances, automobile-title secured loans and payday loans.

EPA to propose increases in renewable fuel volume requirements

Mark Iandolo May 20, 2016, 9:34pm

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements for all different types of biofuels that fall under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

Delaware seeks civil penalties from business owner Da Zhong Wang

Mark Iandolo May 20, 2016, 9:31pm

DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Delaware Department of Justice is suing Da Zhong Wang of Smyrna for allegedly using massage parlors in the state as fronts for prostitution.

EPA releases draft of water discharge permit for Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

Mark Iandolo May 20, 2016, 9:26pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a draft water discharge permit for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass.

Home Depot, Lowe's settle in separate cases over lawn fertilizer

Mark Iandolo May 20, 2016, 9:22pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that the state has reached separate settlements with Home Depot Inc. and Lowe’s Home Centers LLC after allegations of violating a 2010 state law enacted to reduce water pollution.

Diamond Staffing to pay $7,900 to resolve allegations of pregnancy discrimination

Mark Iandolo May 20, 2016, 9:16pm

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Diamond Staffing agreed to pay $7,900 to resolve allegations of pregnancy discrimination, New Jersey Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy and the Division of Civil Rights announced.

Suit filed against Guild Mortgage for alleged violations of False Claims Act

Mark Iandolo May 20, 2016, 9:13pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Justice Department announced that the United States is suing Guild Mortgage in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for allegedly violating the False Claims Act by improperly originating and underwriting mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

2 customers accuse Fay, American Modern, Southwest Business of kickbacks

Robbie Hargett May 20, 2016, 2:55pm

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Two women are suing a residential mortgage loan servicer, an insurance company and a privately held financial services company, alleging the defendants unjustly profit from borrowers.

Pension manager alleges HCP, ManorCare misled investors

Robbie Hargett May 20, 2016, 12:47pm

TOLEDO, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - A firefighter pension assets manager is suing a real estate investment trust, a nursing home operator, and several of their executive officers, alleging they misled investors.

Michigan residents allege Money Recovery collects illegal fees

Robbie Hargett May 20, 2016, 12:11pm

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - Two Michigan residents are suing a debt servicer, alleging it unlawfully collects additional fees.