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Mass. State Police to face discrimination lawsuit from Chinese-American lieutenant

By Charmaine Little | Feb 12, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts State Police Lt. Warren Yee provided enough evidence to continue his discrimination case against the department, causing the Massachusetts Supreme Court to reverse a summary judgment in favor of the department and remand the case back to a lower court.

Judge: Evidence lacking in class action alleging Orijen dog food was harmful to pets

By Charmaine Little | Feb 12, 2019

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge in Wisconsin has dismissed a class action lawsuit, finding no evidence to support allegations that a brand of dog food was contaminated with heavy metals.

California court upholds motions to strike cartoonist/blogger's wrongful termination suit against LA Times, others

By Charmaine Little | Feb 8, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Political cartoonist and blogger Frederick Theodore Rall III lost his appeal against Los Angeles Times Communications as the publication and its related entities were granted their motions for an anti-SLAPP to strike his lawsuit altogether.

Court didn't abuse discretion in instructing jury in medical malpractice case, Maryland court rules

By Charmaine Little | Feb 8, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeals of Maryland determined that a couple of instructions given to a jury in a medical malpractice case in which the doctor was found negligent was not an abuse of a lower court’s discretion.

An illegally employed minor can't sue for on-the-job injuries

By Charmaine Little | Feb 7, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Louisiana determined Austin Griggs, an illegally employed and injured minor who committed a prohibited task while working at a party rental business, was only owed remedies via Workers’ Compensation, not a lawsuit against his employer.

Colorado court: If you sue your lawyer for a lost judgment, you must prove it would have been collectible

By Charmaine Little | Feb 7, 2019

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – On Jan. 28, Justice Monica Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff bears the burden of providing evidence that a lost judgment in an attorney malpractice case is collectible.

California court reverses motion to quash ruling in wrongful death case over humidifier cleaner

By Charmaine Little | Feb 6, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appellate court has directed a lower court to enter a new motion denying a motion to quash service of summons in a wrongful death case over a humidifier cleaner.

Court: Salesman was on the job when he was hit while scraping frost off his car

By Charmaine Little | Feb 6, 2019

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – A salesman injured on his way to work is owed reasonable medical benefits, the Supreme Court of Idaho determined, affirming the ruling from the Industrial Commission on Jan. 29.

Actor and GNC battle it out in appeals court

By Charmaine Little | Jan 31, 2019

On Dec. 27, the California 2nd District Court of Appeals, Division 4 weighed in on a case stemming from damages awarded to an actor who sued General Nutrition Centers Inc. over allegedly using his likeness and image long after it was allowed.

Calif. court rules for father sued by son over car accident

By Charmaine Little | Jan 11, 2019

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A driver sued by his son after an accident was acting in the scope of his employment at the time of the accident, the California 5th District Court of Appeal determined Dec. 20.

BP gas station doesn't qualify for Maryland's Four Cent Rule because of agreement with wholesaler

By Charmaine Little | Jan 11, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Thanks to a branded jobber contract, a man selling BP gasoline at a service station isn’t entitled to the Four Cent Rule, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland held on Jan. 2.

Cedars-Sinai doesn't owe millions in prejudgment interest in $5.5M medical malpractice case, Cal. court rules

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Because of a lack of notice and information in an offer, the California 2nd District Court of Appeal, Division Two affirmed a lower court’s ruling that denied a woman’s motion for prejudgment interest in her lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

California court affirms that Save Mart Supermarkets cannot compel former employees into arbitration

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Save Mart Supermarkets Inc. was unable to convince the California 3rd District Court of Appeal to compel three individuals to arbitration in suits over alleged violation of state law statutory employment claims.

Del. court keeps lawsuit over Ception-Cephalon merger alive; Pursuit of eosinophilic esophagitis drug at issue

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware on Dec. 28 granted in part and denied in part pharmaceutical companies' motions to dismiss a case over allegations of a breach of merger agreement.

Alabama court rules insurance company did not have duty to advise manufacturer concerning coverage before fire

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 21, the Supreme Court of Alabama sided with an insurance company in a lawsuit over insurance coverage for a fire at a factory.

Arizona Supreme Court upholds dismissal of suit against Medtronic, citing preemption under federal law

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court for the State of Arizona held on Dec. 18 that federal law does block a lawsuit arising from allegations concerning the state’s common law failure-to-warn claim after a medical device company allegedly didn’t inform the Food and Drug Administration about unfavorable conditions in a medical device.

Arizona Supreme Court says law of state where Workers' Comp was paid determines assignment rights

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – Because a woman was awarded Workers’ Compensation benefits in a different state that doesn’t have automatic assignment provision, on Jan. 2, the Supreme Court for the State of Arizona reversed the decisions of two lower courts.

Supreme Court of Ohio reverses $800,000 judgment in defamation case, rules caps on damages apply

By Charmaine Little | Jan 7, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 7, the Supreme Court of Ohio reversed an $800,000 judgment in compensatory damages in a defamation case.

New Jersey Supreme Court reverses dismissal of discrimination suit filed by owner of group home

By Charmaine Little | Jan 7, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – In a case where a group of people allegedly attempted to interfere with the purchase of a group home for autistic individuals, the Superior Court of New Jersey reversed an order that dismissed the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) case on Dec. 10.

Mississippi Supreme Court reverses order requiring attorneys' signatures on settlement

By Charmaine Little | Jan 3, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 13, the Supreme Court of Mississippi decided that a lower court abused its discretion when it enforced an order that required the signatures of two attorneys on a settlement agreement.

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