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DOJ wants dismissal of lawsuit alleging uncertainty over Mulvaney's CFPB appointment

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to maintain that a New York credit union shouldn’t be able to file a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

False Claims Act defendant challenges civil penalties as excessive before any amount determined

RICHLAND, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A False Claims Act lawsuit in Washington state could help defendants challenge excessive fine amounts early in the litigation process.

Federal judge joins others, says bankruptcy court not allowed to impose punitive sanctions

BURLINGTON, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – A U.S. district court judge has overturned a bankruptcy court ruling that level $375,000 in punitive sanctions against PHH Mortgage Corp. in three Chapter 13 cases pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont.

Can a government official block a constituent from a Facebook page?

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – As a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit prepares to consider the appeal in a case pitting a Loudoun County, Va., official and a frequent critic, the ACLU is stepping in.

California court rejects class certification in inflatable pool case against Rite Aid

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The California Court of Appeal 1st Appellate District, Division Four has let the air out of class certification of a lawsuit filed against Thrifty Payless Inc. over allegations that a swimming pool purchased at a Rite Aid store did not match the pictures on the packaging.

California appeals court upholds judgment in favor of children's hospital in wage dispute

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A California court of appeals has upheld a lower court’s ruling in a wage case against Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, affirming the order for summary judgment.

U-Haul loses appeal to compel arbitration in negligence case

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A California court of appeals has upheld a lower court's ruling against U-Haul, denying its motion to compel arbitration in a negligence lawsuit.

Audited company took too long to sue financial advisers, Calif. court rules

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A California appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling in a case claiming negligent and fraudulent financial planning against Safemark and American General.

New Jersey court overturns decision in breach of contract case, states safeguards weren't followed

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey has overturned a lower court’s ruling in a breach of contract case, saying a judge's sanction was imposed improperly.

Connecticut appellate court sides with law firm in battle over legal fees

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Connecticut Appellate Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling in favor of Monroe-based law firm Beck & Beck LLC that had filed a lawsuit against James T. Costello to recover unpaid legal fees.

Amplify Snacks seeks dismissal of class action, says plaintiff knew difference between sugar and evaporated cane juice

BENTON, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for a snack food company are asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to dismiss the case against one of two consumers who filed a class action lawsuit against the business over allegations of fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

Certification requested in class action over slack fill in Whoppers, Reese's Pieces

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The plaintiff in a case against Hershey has asked the U.S District Court for the Western Division of Missouri to grant a request for class action certification.

Pringles wants to take crunch out of potato chip class action claim

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – The makers of Pringles chips want the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging they offered false advertisements of ingredients in a flavor of chips.

California appeals court grounds JetSuite’s taxation appeal

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The California Court of Appeal for the 2nd District has upheld a lower court’s ruling in favor of Los Angeles County in its court battle against JetSuite Inc. over personal property taxes.

Virginia high court affirms ruling that former Community Management Corp. CEO is barred from seeking attorneys fees

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling dismissing a woman’s efforts to recoup legal fees incurred in defending a prior action against Community Management Corp.

Maine Supreme Court affirms arbitration agreement

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Maine Supreme Court has dealt Cate Street Capital a blow in its appeal of a Cumberland Superior Court judgment, affirming an arbitration award granted to Matthew Eastwick and denying a motion to vacate the award.

Court rules against security guards suing San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants scored a legal win when a state appeals court sided with the team, overturning a lower court ruling that denied the team’s request for arbitration in a wage-and-hour claim.

Alleged scheme: Men filled cups with unsweet tea after paying Cook Co. soda tax so they could file lawsuit

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A Subway franchisor has asked a Chicago federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act in connection with a sweetened beverage tax.

Four asbestos rulings in Delaware favor defendants

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Delaware Superior Court granted summary judgment Aug. 30 in a pair of asbestos-related cases, with all four decisions favoring the defendants.

Alabama Supreme Court upholds summary judgment rejection in wrongful death lawsuit

The Alabama Supreme Court concluded the Dallas Circuit Court was correct when it denied a motion for summary judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit against Terrence Venter and the city of Selma.