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With Sheldon Silver convicted, N.Y. legal reform sees chance at more success

The conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver could help legal reform efforts in the state.

Gerber fails to transfer Graduate Puffs class action to federal court

Gerber argued that sales of the baby snack product in California exceeded $5 million -- the threshold a company must meet to have a class action heard in federal court. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers declared the data was inadmissible.

IRS seeks dismissal of data breach case

After hackers stole the data of 330,000 taxpayers from an IRS database earlier this year, the federal agency is requesting that the court hearing the class action lawsuit dismiss the entire case because it does not have jurisdiction over the claims.

Attorney: Plaintiffs lawyers using 20-year-old law designed to regulate data collection in filing lawsuits

A McGuire Woods attorney says the language of the Video Privacy and Protection Act of 1988 can be “broadly interpreted” to include the streaming of online data.

Attorney: Retail pricing class actions on the rise

On Nov. 11, JCPenney agreed to dole out a $50 million settlement to more than 8 million class members who filed suit against the retailer for false advertising.

FDA revisiting what 'natural' means on food labels; Efforts could affect pending class actions

In light of a spark in class actions against food product manufacturers, the federal Food and Drug Administration announced recently that it is revisiting the use of the term “natural” on food labels.

Federal judge rules against Apple workers who wanted overtime for bag checks

In November, a California federal court judge granted summary judgment to Apple after employees sought overtime pay for time spent in bag checks.

Oregon's crackdown on GNC part of nation-wide crackdown on dietary supplement industry

Legislation, not litigation, would be the more effective way to regulate problems in the dietary supplement industry, a scholar says.

Calif. plaintiffs lawyers using Transparency Supply Chains Act to file class actions

Plaintiffs’ attorneys in California have identified a new way to raise complaints against businesses - alleging that violations of 2010 California Transparency Supply Chains Act, which was originally intended to prevent human trafficking, fall under other class action-friendly laws, a defense attorney says.

American Chemistry Council says Calif. AG's proposed Prop 65 reform not enough

“Clearly, what is needed is substantial, fundamental change to this program, not the kind of little incremental change that the regulatory proposal is likely to deliver," a senior director at the American Chemistry Council told Legal Newsline.

Eighth Circuit's decision to lower whistleblowers' award could change circuit's reputation, attorney says

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently vacated a settlement award to whistleblowers who initially filed suit against technology contractors, a decision one attorney called "somewhat unusual."

Attorney: N.Y. AG pushing climate change issue with ExxonMobil investigation

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating ExxonMobil for possibly suppressing climate change research from both the public and the company’s investors, and an attorney says it is an example of a state attorney general using his position to advance his political agenda.

The end to Google and Microsoft's patent dispute is good for consumers, expert says

After a five-year long feud concerning patented video and communication technology, two of America’s leading technology companies have finally come to an agreement.

Attorney says Public Citizen report criticizing his Congressional testimony misses the point

Attorney John Beisner, the leader of Skadden Arp's mass torts group, said that a recent report issued by Public Citizen criticizing his use of the term “no-injury” when describing class-action litigation misses the point of the legislation he testified to promote.

Study: Employers face 12 percent chance of employee lawsuit; Figures even higher in New Mexico, D.C., Nevada

Global specialist insurer Hiscox recently released a study revealing the average risk of employee litigation on Oct. 27.

Flushable wipes not causing septic problem, INDA president says

Lawsuits seeking recovery from harm allegedly caused by flushable wipes are “missing the target,” according to Dave Rousse, president of the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.

Attorney: UFC's lawsuit against New York likely to succeed, leading to 2016 event

A lawsuit filed by the UFC with the goal of changing the state’s laws on combative sports looks “likely” to succeed, lawyer and combat sports law consultant Erik Magraken believes.

Big Heart Pet Brands 'deeply concerned' over slave labor allegations

In response to a recent lawsuit that alleges Big Heart Pet Brands knowingly contracted with an overseas partner that used slave labor, a statement made by the company said that it has been conducting an "aggressive" review of all its suppliers.

Attorney for former Kan. AG says client's suspension was 'endless levels of garbage'

On Monday, former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline filed a federal lawsuit against the Kansas Supreme Court, Kansas Disciplinary Administrator Stan Hazlett, and the replacement judges serving on the Supreme Court panel that indefinitely suspended him in October 2013.

Court reform group upset with Democratic group's ads targeting state Supreme Court candidates

A committee chaired by the former chair of the state Democratic Party, Pennsylvanians for Judicial Reform (PJR), has recently sponsored ads against the three Republican candidates campaigning for the three open seats in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.