BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Backpage.com LLC, Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacy and James Larkin are asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to dismiss a lawsuit filed June 12 against them by three Jane Doe plaintiffs who allege that the defendants’ website was used to force them to participate in sex trafficking.
In an Aug. 23 split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court order dismissing a case filed by Los Angeles Lakers Inc. against Federal Insurance Co. when the team attempted to obtain insurance coverage in defense of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuit.
Maryland federal court: Joseph Saveri Law Firm doesn't have to pay $1.2M antitrust litigation referral fee
BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – Joseph Saveri and his Joseph Saveri Law Firm Inc. will not be required to pay a 12.5 percent, $1.2 million referral fee to Michael E. Criden PA in connection with the firms’ work on titanium dioxide antitrust litigation, according to an opinion entered Sept. 7 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of California ruled on July 17 that the Medical Board of California did not violate a patients’ rights clause of the state’s constitution when it secured information from the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) regarding patients who had been prescribed a controlled substance without a court order allowing the release of the information.
&&& HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the state of Montana said a retired judge who was temporarily hearing some cases in the District Court of the 11th Judicial District, in and for the County of Flathead was right to grant summary judgment to Capital One, NA in a mortgage foreclosure proceeding.
CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – A de-recognized fraternity at Dartmouth College lost yet another round in a dispute with the town of Hanover related to the zoning status of its house when the Supreme Court of New Hampshire ruled April 11 that the house was no longer “grandfathered” to comply with updated zoning regulations.
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.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Although a lawsuit filed by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) against 34 gasoline manufacturers is still in its early stages, similar cases filed in other jurisdictions have resulted in positive results for plaintiffs looking to recover the costs related to the cleanup of gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) are continuing their fight against a final rule enacted by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes on airplanes. The groups have filed an opening brief in response to a petition for review of the rule that was filed in April.
?SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Rulings to be made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on cases related to class certification could have a significant impact on a split between federal court stances on how strict the criteria for certification should be, especially for suppliers of dietary supplements faced with lawsuits in California courts.