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Fla. SC ruling rejects state Legislature’s ability to limit attorney fees in claims bills

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 24, 2017, 2:44pm

In Florida, state law limits recovery against the State or its agencies or subdivisions to $100,000 per person or $200,000 per incident in damages, with a 25 percent cap on attorneys’ fees. To get more, lawmakers must pass a claims bill, or a relief act.

Georgia high court says no punitive damages under state’s Computer Systems Protection Act

Richard Jones Feb. 24, 2017, 8:29am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – Georgia’s highest court last month weighed in on whether a plaintiff can be awarded punitive damages as compensation for losses under the Georgia Computer Systems Protection Act. 

Institutions should include CFPB's database in risk assessment

Tabitha Fleming Feb. 24, 2017, 8:27am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s website could be used as a data-mining tool for plaintiffs attorneys, says Douglas Thompson of Bryan Cave.

Two sue children's hospital over phone calls

Jenie Mallari-Torres Feb. 24, 2017, 8:23am

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) — Two San Diego consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against a San Diego hospital, alleging violation of telephone harassment statutes, such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Seagram's Ginger Ale has no ginger, lawsuit complains

Wadi Reformado Feb. 24, 2017, 8:22am

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — A California woman has filed a class action lawsuit Coca-Cola, alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

Moose Munch Popcorn the subject of class action lawsuit

Louie Torres Feb. 24, 2017, 8:19am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — A New York consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against Harry and David, alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

Shareholder alleges Stemline Therapeutics violated federal securities laws

Wadi Reformado Feb. 24, 2017, 8:18am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — A shareholder has filed a class action lawsuit against a bio-pharmaceutical company and its executives, alleging violation of federal law.

JFK Courtyard settles price-gouging allegations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 24, 2017, 8:18am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb.13 that Granite JFK LLC and Crossroads Hospitality Company, which own and operate, respectively, the Courtyard by Marriott New York JFK Airport hotel, have agreed pay $48,000 to settle allegations of illegal price gouging during the Jonas ice storm in January 2016.

New York attorney general joins opposition to Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

Mark Iandolo Feb. 24, 2017, 8:14am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 15 that his office has joined 10 other attorneys general in writing a letter to Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Charles Schumer of New York, asking for them to oppose to the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act. 

New York targets David Barton Gyms for allegedly failing to refund customers after closing

Mark Iandolo Feb. 24, 2017, 8:13am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a lawsuit Feb. 15 against Club Ventures Investments LLC,doing business as David Barton Gyms (DBG), and related entities that own and operate four David Barton Gyms in New York City.

New York settles with multiple app developers that allegedly failed to disclose data collection practices

Mark Iandolo Feb. 24, 2017, 8:12am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 9 that his office has reached settlements with mobile application developers AB Mobile Apps LLC and Bizness Apps LLC for alleged failures to disclose data collection practices in privacy policies.

U.S. House panel approves asbestos ‘double-dipping,’ litigation reform bills

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 24, 2017, 7:40am

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency, or FACT, Act of 2017 by a vote of 19-11. The committee also passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 by a vote of 19-12.

Ala. SC declines to apply ‘new, greatly expanded’ theory of liability in hospital negligence cases

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 23, 2017, 11:48am

The state Supreme Court, in a per curiam opinion released Feb. 10, sided with Helen Keller Hospital in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against it, affirming the ruling of a trial court.

Proposed Restatement of consumer contract law could give trial bar new weapon

W.J. Kennedy Feb. 23, 2017, 11:40am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) -  American Law Institute (ALI) is cooking up new common law rules covering consumer contracts that would give courts an unprecedented range of reasons to invalidate or rewrite contract terms.

Court grants former Heartland Payment employee jury trial in whistleblower suit

Melissa Busch Feb. 23, 2017, 10:05am

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey appeals court has ruled Heartland Payment Systems Inc. will again face a former employee’s whistleblower claim, overturning a $2 million attorneys’ fee that was previously awarded to the credit and debit card processing services firm.

CEI paper: Attorneys general abuse power with relationships with trial lawyers

David Hutton Feb. 23, 2017, 10:02am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Dangling the prospect of taking on an unpopular industry, trial lawyers are getting state attorneys general to team up on cases.

EEOC targets three Hawaii tour companies for sexual harassment allegations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 22, 2017, 4:22pm

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Feb. 15 against three related Hawaii tour companies for allegations of sexual harassment of male employees.

United Staffing OKs $24,500 EEOC settlement after discrimination allegations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 22, 2017, 4:21pm

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Feb. 14 that United Staffing Associates LLC, a staffing agency in Visalia, Calif., will pay $24,500 after allegations of retaliatory discrimination.

Class action filed against Sprint over termination fees

Jenie Mallari-Torres Feb. 22, 2017, 4:21pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newswire) — A California woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Sprint, alleging false advertising and violation of Unfair Competition Law.

Policyholders accuse Farmers Insurance of violating Texas insurance code

Wadi Reformado Feb. 22, 2017, 4:20pm

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Two policyholders have filed a class action lawsuit against Farmers insurance, alleging discrimination and violation of state law.