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Alabama Supreme Court reverses order compelling arbitration in boat sale case

Melissa Busch Mar. 13, 2017, 12:50pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Alabama Supreme Court on March 3 overturned a trial court’s order compelling arbitration in a case involving the financing of a boat.

Pennsylvania charges Parma Pizza with failing to pay correct taxes

Mark Iandolo Mar. 13, 2017, 12:09pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges March 9 against Parma Pizza and owner Anthony Sottasante for allegations of failing to pay more than $68,000 in state taxes.

Auto parts manufacturer Kiekert to pay $6.1 million after conspiracy allegations

Mark Iandolo Mar. 13, 2017, 12:09pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 7 that Kiekert AG, an automotive parts manufacturer with headquarters in Heiligenhaus, Germany, will pay $6.1 million for allegedly conspiring to rig bids of side-door latches and latch mini-modules installed in cars sold in the United States.

Kansas executes settlement with city of Independence after alleged KORA violations

Mark Iandolo Mar. 13, 2017, 12:09pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced March 8 that he has executed a settlement with the city of Independence after allegations of violating the state’s Open Records Act (KORA).

Flightsafety International Inc. loses appeal, ex-employee awarded $83,000 in back pay

Laura Halleman Mar. 13, 2017, 12:07pm

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) –  A flight instructor who filed a disability discrimination and retaliatory discharge claim against his employer, Flightsafety International Inc., was awarded back pay of $83,000 by a New Jersey trial court.

Georgia Supreme Court rules timing is key in settling cases according to 2013 statute

Dee Thompson Mar. 12, 2017, 9:49pm

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — A recently-enacted Georgia law regarding the timing of deadlines in settlement offers has resulted in the Georgia Supreme Court siding with a couple whose daughter died in a car wreck, and against an insurance company.

Georgia Supreme Court rules in favor of arbitration in wrongful-death case

David Hutton Mar. 12, 2017, 8:31pm

ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court recently ruled that a man suing a nursing home over the alleged wrongful death of his wife must first take his case to arbitration.

N.J. SC vacates arbitrator's decision in case of teacher accused of sending/receiving nude photos

Jessica Beebe Mar. 10, 2017, 11:40am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The New Jersey Supreme Court recently reversed an appellate court's judgment, finding an arbitrator unfairly changed an "unbecoming conduct" claim against a teacher to a claim of sexual harassment.

Expert: Moose Munch packaging lawsuit not Harry & David's first

Carrie Salls Mar. 10, 2017, 11:27am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A class action lawsuit filed against Harry and David LLC is part of a growing trend of litigation related to the amount of actual product contained in consumer packaging, according to the executive director of

California Supreme Court rules on summary judgment and expert opinion admissibility

Dee Thompson Mar. 10, 2017, 11:23am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – On Feb. 23 the Supreme Court of California issued an opinion in the case of Wilson Dante Perry v. Bakewell Hawthorne LLC. The conclusions reached specify what information may be used when one side is asking for the court for summary judgment.

U.S. House votes to put teeth back in Rule 11 sanctions

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 10, 2017, 10:55am

The House, after an hour of general debate plus discussion on various amendments Friday morning, voted 230-188 in favor of the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017, or LARA.

FTC finds 31 funeral homes in violation of Funeral Rule

Mark Iandolo Mar. 10, 2017, 9:31am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 15 that its investigators working undercover in nine states found failures to disclose pricing information to consumers in 31 of 133 funeral homes visited between 2015 and 2016. The FTC’s Funeral Rule mandates that prices must be clearly disclosed in funeral homes.

House passes legal reform bills targeting class actions, asbestos trusts, fraudulent joinder

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 10, 2017, 9:25am

On Thursday, the House voted 220-201 for the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017, or H.R. 985. In a vote soon after, it also passed the Innocent Party Protection Act of 2017, or H.R. 725, 224-194.

While she waits on replacement blade, woman files class action over Cuisinart food processor

Jenie Mallari-Torres Mar. 10, 2017, 8:58am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — A New Jersey woman has filed a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Cuisinart food processor, alleging breach of warranty.

Sexy Hair Concepts, Ulta sued over shampoo

Wadi Reformado Mar. 10, 2017, 8:56am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — A Massachusetts consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against a hair products business, alleging negligent misrepresentation.

Consumers accuse facial products business of false advertising

Wadi Reformado Mar. 10, 2017, 8:52am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — Two California consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against beauty product manufacturers, alleging negligent misrepresentation.

Illinois woman accuses California company of advertising violations

Louie Torres Mar. 10, 2017, 8:51am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — An Illinois woman has filed a class action lawsuit against a California company, alleging violation of civil rights.

New class action seeks to help veterans get Combat-Related Special Compensation benefits

Dee Thompson Mar. 10, 2017, 8:50am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The federal government was named as defendant in a class action filed March 2 by the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) on behalf of combat-disabled veterans who say they were not given their fair share of disability benefits.

Calif. appeals court sides with Facebook in lawsuit accusing CEO, general counsel of defamation

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 9, 2017, 3:11pm

At issue is a quote, issued by Facebook’s general counsel and used in various newspapers, about a malicious prosecution action filed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg over an allegedly fraudulent contract.

Legal experts battle over proposal to clarify law covering liability insurance for ALI

W.J. Kennedy Mar. 9, 2017, 3:05pm

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - A draft legal document that could have a profound impact on American law involving liability insurance has some critics and the document’s authors in near total disagreement over whole sections of the draft, and even its overall objective.