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Defendants in allegedly illegal prescription buy-back scheme receive sentencing

Mark Iandolo Mar. 15, 2017, 10:02am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced March 2 that two pharmacy owners and a supervising pharmacist have been sentenced for their alleged roles in defrauding several government-funded health care programs.

Iowa SC declares chiropractors' proposed class action over

Robert Lawson Mar. 15, 2017, 10:01am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a district court decision that would have allowed a collective of similarly situated chiropractors to sue a health insurance company over alleged antitrust violations in the state.

Pre-K teacher loses wrongful termination, slander case against Catholic school

Nicholas Gueguen Mar. 15, 2017, 9:47am

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Feb. 24 decided to uphold the decision of the Hillsborough Superior Court to dismiss allegations against the Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester, or Saint Christopher School, in the case of Beverly A. Cluff-Landry v. the Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester.

Justice reform groups continue push for venue, jurisdiction bills in Missouri Legislature

Taryn Phaneuf Mar. 15, 2017, 9:41am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling regarding jurisdiction that looks like a win for the business community doesn’t negate the need for legislation reforming the way the state’s courts settle venue and joinder matters, civil justice reform advocates say.

Calif. SC says high school football player missed window to sue school district over alleged injury

Melissa Busch Mar. 15, 2017, 9:19am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The California Supreme Court ruled March 6 to affirm a decision ruling that a high school football player who was allegedly injured during a game can’t file a claim because he waited too long.

Phoney Lawsuits: A federal law is giving litigious people a new income stream

John O'Brien Mar. 15, 2017, 8:32am

More than 25 years after its passage, a federal telemarketing law hasn’t just created a cottage industry for lawyers – it has spawned a group of professional plaintiffs like Stoops who are armed with several cell phones for the purpose of receiving debt collection calls often intended for other individuals.

Phoney Lawsuits: How a Polish immigrant apparently sued his way to $800K

John O'Brien Mar. 15, 2017, 8:31am

FDS Bank says the man no longer qualifies for Social Security disability benefits because he has made approximately $800,000 from filing 31 lawsuits. FDS says he made less than $30,000 in 2009 working construction before creating a scheme to manufacture claims under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Phoney Lawsuits: Attorneys accused of racketeering, manufacturing claims

John O'Brien Mar. 15, 2017, 8:30am

One company recently brought into the world of litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act doesn’t like what it sees. BrandRep is taking its anger out on Beverly Hills, CA, attorney Todd Friedman, one of the most prolific lawsuit-filers in the country.

Oklahoma SC refuses to wade into lawsuit over Syrian-born man’s baptism

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 14, 2017, 3:04pm

The state’s high court, in its Feb. 22 ruling, said per the church autonomy doctrine, it lacks subject matter jurisdiction.

Alabama SC: Lower court didn’t have jurisdiction to force Caremark to produce info on class members

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 14, 2017, 12:03pm

The state’s high court, in an opinion released Feb. 24, granted Caremark Rx LLC’s petition for writ of mandamus and issued a writ directing the Franklin Circuit Court to vacate its Aug. 1, 2016 order.

Arkansas bill seeks to cap compensation levels for attorneys, clients

Christopher Knoll Mar. 14, 2017, 8:54am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Changes have been proposed to the compensation levels for attorneys and clients in jury trials, the maximum amounts of awardable damage rewards as well as limits to the power of the State Supreme Court.

Cushman & Wakefield to pay $100,000 to settle alleged ADA violation

Mark Iandolo Mar. 14, 2017, 8:49am

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced March 3 that Commercial Real Estate Services Company Cushman & Wakefield will pay $100,000 after allegations of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Hobby Lobby settles Virginia case involving allegations of misleading advertising

Mark Iandolo Mar. 14, 2017, 8:48am

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced March 6 that Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store, will pay $8,000 after allegations of violating the state’s Comparison Price Advertising Act and the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

EEOC alleges CRST trucking company discriminated against veteran because of disability

Mark Iandolo Mar. 14, 2017, 8:48am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit March 3 against CRST Expedited Inc., a national trucking company, for allegations of failing to accommodate a job candidate who used a service dog.

Virginia settles with door-to-door meat sales company, alleging violations of consumer protection laws

Mark Iandolo Mar. 14, 2017, 8:48am

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced March 9 that Capital Meats Inc., a wholesale meat seller formerly based in Frederick County, has agreed to settle allegations of violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and the Virginia Home Solicitation Sales Act.

Virginia settles with Shockoe Bottom Automotive after alleged 'bait and switch' scheme

Mark Iandolo Mar. 14, 2017, 8:47am

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced March 6 that Shockoe Bottom Automotive & Tires Inc., a company that sells tires and alignment services and is based in Richmond, will settle allegations of conducting a “bait and switch” business scheme.

New York continues case against Domino's, settles with 3 franchisees for $480,000

Mark Iandolo Mar. 14, 2017, 8:47am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced settlements March 9 with three Domino’s Pizza franchises for a total of $480,000 in restitution after allegations of committing wage and labor violations at 10 franchise locations.

Massachusetts wins preliminary injunction against tax preparer for alleged fraud

Mark Iandolo Mar. 14, 2017, 8:47am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 6 that her office’s request for preliminary injunction against Samuel M. Dangaiso and his unregistered company Tax Enterprises has been granted.

Rehab service alleges Baker Donelson law firm cost it $1 million

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 13, 2017, 3:51pm

Plaintiff The Summit Health and Rehab Services Inc. filed its lawsuit against Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC in Hinds County Circuit Court in Mississippi Jan. 12.

Miami-based asbestos firm files tortious interference lawsuit

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 13, 2017, 1:13pm

Last month, The Ferraro Law Firm PA sued a former client and his South Carolina attorney for allegedly interfering with a business relationship in an effort to keep the firm’s fees to themselves. The named defendants are attorney Timothy D. Scrantom, Scrantom Dulles International PLLC, Ten State International Law PLLC and Kenneth Platt Elder.