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N.Y./N.J. Port Authority beats whistleblower lawsuit

April Brown Mar. 27, 2017, 2:04pm

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – On March 15, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey handed down an opinion on a case filed by a former Port Authority employee who alleged retaliation and civil conspiracy against the agency.

Late notice deemed to be no issue in D&O insurance coverage case

Carrie Salls Mar. 27, 2017, 1:58pm

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has lost its appeal of a Maryland decision that hinged on whether late notice of a Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations case against Fund for Animals Inc. (FFA) hurt National Union in related litigation. 

Education Department fends off ACICS' request for injunction

Shanice Harris Mar. 27, 2017, 1:24pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The United States Department of Education has fought off a request for an injunction after stripping the Accrediting Council on Independent Colleges Schools of its authority.

Doctors in Kentucky might soon be able to express sympathy without fear of being sued

Noell Wolfgram Evans Mar. 27, 2017, 1:14pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Medical professionals in Kentucky may soon be able to express slightly more emotion with a patient and not be worried about being sued for doing so.

Targeted by patent trolls, J.C. Penney & Co. joins with LOT Network

Christopher Knoll Mar. 27, 2017, 1:12pm

PLANO, Texas (Legal Newsline) – A senior counsel for J.C. Penney & Co. has all but given up waiting on the federal cavalry to arrive and protect her client from patent trolls. Instead, she and others have joined a community of patent-protectionist businesses in an effort to ward off what they say is a growing problem.

Kansas Supreme Court orders back pay to fired country appraiser

Tricia Erickson Mar. 27, 2017, 1:04pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – The Kansas Supreme Court recently issued a ruling stating that the firing of a former county appraiser was in violation of state law.

Maine Supreme Court rules 'business necessity' standard used in age discrimination cases

S. Laney Griffo Mar. 27, 2017, 12:57pm

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Court has issued an answer in a disparate age discrimination evaluation question from a federal court.

SCOTUS to hear Montana case over FELA jurisdiction

Charmaine Little Mar. 27, 2017, 12:52pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – In April, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the question of whether plaintiffs can bring a lawsuit under a federal law in a state in which there is no personal jurisdiction.

ExxonMobil not responsible for paying for cleanup of two contaminated sites, Texas Supreme Court rules

Jessica Beebe Mar. 27, 2017, 12:43pm

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Texas Supreme Court ruled Feb. 24 that ExxonMobil does not have to pay to clean up soil contamination at two inactive oil drilling sites at the Lazy R Ranch in west Texas. The court did ask a trial court to revisit the case for two oil sites still in operation at the same property.

Va. SC reinstates lawsuit over man struck by train while wearing ear buds

John Myers Mar. 27, 2017, 11:57am

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – The Virginia Supreme Court has sent a wrongful death claim back its trial court, the Richmond City Circuit Court, in the case of a man struck by a train while wearing ear buds.

Acosta, Trump’s pick to head DOL, says he will follow order to review fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 27, 2017, 11:51am

R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s labor secretary nominee, faced members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, or HELP, Committee during his confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Trump’s pick for U.S. SC denies he’s against class actions

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 24, 2017, 4:00pm

Neil Gorsuch, a conservative who serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, faced four days of confirmation hearings by the U.S. Senate this week.

Mafia reference in racketeering lawsuit used to lure reporters, accused attorneys say

John O'Brien Mar. 24, 2017, 8:50am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Attorneys accused of a “Mafia-style” racketeering scheme are fighting allegations they conspired to develop professional plaintiffs for the purpose of bringing class action lawsuits.

Shoppers claim LuLaRoe overcharges sales tax

Wadi Reformado Mar. 23, 2017, 11:23am

PITTSBURGH (Legal Newsline) — Women's clothing company LuLaRoe is facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly overcharging sales tax.

L.A. water group accuses waste management company of pollution

Wadi Reformado Mar. 23, 2017, 11:22am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A nonprofit water protection group is suing USA Waste of California, Inc., claiming the corporation discharges polluted stormwater from its industrial facility in violation of federal law.

Stockholder brings class action against Netflix

Wadi Reformado Mar. 23, 2017, 11:20am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — A stockholder has filed a class action lawsuit against Netflix and two of its top executives, alleging the media company understated the impact of its subscription price hike in violation of federal law.

Bill to limit use of forced arbitration clauses reintroduced

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 22, 2017, 1:14pm

U.S. Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., along with U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., reintroduced the Arbitration Fairness Act March 7. The legislation, previously introduced in 2011 and 2015, would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, civil rights and antitrust cases.

Delaware Supreme Court extends suspension of attorney for allegedly concealing ethical violations

David Hutton Mar. 22, 2017, 10:17am

DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Delaware Supreme Court has sided with the Board on Professional Responsibility to extend the suspension of attorney S. Harold Lankenau.

PLF: New Seattle ordinance obliterates landlords' rights

Charmaine Little Mar. 22, 2017, 9:57am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) has taken a stand against a new ordinance in Seattle that is intended to prevent discrimination in rental property; but is now being accused of doing just the opposite.

North Dakota Supreme Court denies construction company new trial over faulty structure

Glenn Minnis Mar. 22, 2017, 9:53am

BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) – The North Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s decision denying a local construction company a new trial after it was ordered to pay out nearly $900,000 for one of its structures found to be faulty.