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Retailers get help from lawsuits when new Prop 65 regulations take effect

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A list of products that require warning labels because they contain possible cancer-causing ingredients continues to grow in California, though retailers will be gaining some protection from litigation that stems from them.

Leahy's CREATES Act left out of budget; Would have thrilled trial lawyers but hurt patients, economist says

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite support from a few Republicans, a measure championed by Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., targeting health care costs did not make its way into the budget passed by Congress earlier this month.

Lawyer: Spokeo ruling not turning out like defendants hoped

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite optimism from the defense side, a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to again consider a high-profile class action lawsuit is a boost to plaintiffs lawyer, a Philadelphia attorney says.

Ohio Supreme Court: Punitive damages not recoverable in breach of contract case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that punitive damages are not recoverable in a breach of contract action in which the alleged violation stems from conduct that also constitutes a wrongful act.

Johnson & Johnson, facing meso claim in New Jersey, points to plaintiff's childhood home, schools

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Lawyers for a non-smoker who are alleging Johnson's Baby Powder created his mesothelioma will face a defense strategy that says the man's childhood home, as well as the schools he attended, could have caused the illness.

Boulder's climate change suit 'pretty crazy,' group says; City will hire unnamed D.C. law firm

BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) - The Colorado city of Boulder is ready to sue the energy sector over climate change, joining a group of other government entities that have already done the same. Now, it has to prove its case.

Benecol adheres to federal regulations, J&J says as it fights class action

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The makers of Benecol food products have filed motion to dismiss a class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Court affirms request for logs in Riddell football helmet case

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California Appeals Court ruling has affirmed that a trial court correctly granted a request to compel a football helmet maker to produce privilege logs previously withheld.

Hanesbrands seeks dismissal of fraud suit over L'eggs 'run resistant' hosiery

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Hanesbrands Inc. has filed a motion to dismiss an amended class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of New York regarding a brand of hosiery.

Napoli firm's Actos suit tossed because of paralegal's mix-up

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Delaware Superior Court has rejected a woman’s lawsuit over the prescription drug Actos because of a mix-up at the law firm representing her.

Med-mal plaintiffs lose attempt to disqualify juror; Rehearing requested at Missouri Supreme Court

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri has affirmed a lower court’s verdict in favor of the defendant in a medical negligence case in which two plaintiffs claimed a juror should have been disqualified.

California court reverses $48.1 million verdict reversal against Motrin maker, remands for retrial

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appeals court has reversed a $48.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Motrin, after the pain-relieving drug allegedly caused a man’s severe and near fatal skin condition.

DOL files brief in challenge to Obama overtime rule

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed notice with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, asserting that the government has presently “decided not to advocate” for a specific salary level in its ongoing dispute with states over what workers should be eligible for overtime pay.

Fourth Circuit finds in favor of coal miner in 'mark of the beast' case

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court in Virginia has affirmed a $586,861 jury award handed to a man who says he was forced to retire from his mining job when religious principles prevented him from using a biometric hand scanner.

MGM Resorts, Costco seek to have gift card fee suit tossed

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – MGM Resorts International and Costco Wholesale are seeking to have some claims dismissed in a class action complaint in which the two are accused of slapping consumers with inactivity fees on gift cards purchased for MGM properties.

R.I. Supreme Court affirms decision in fatal accident case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s decision stipulating that no basis exists for holding a defendant individually liable in a case where the plaintiffs had already accrued $395,000 from other defendants.

Alabama Supreme Court rules officers immune to charges over fatal chase

The state's high court ruled that a woman injured in a police chase where another person was killed cannot sue the officers involved in the incident or the city that employs them.

North Dakota Supreme Court denies construction company new trial over faulty structure

BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) – The North Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s decision denying a local construction company a new trial after it was ordered to pay out nearly $900,000 for one of its structures found to be faulty.

Dole products not as healthy as it claims, class action says

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California man has slapped Dole Foods with a class action lawsuit alleging its foods fraudulently contain excessive amounts of sugar while being advertised as health-conscious options.

Public policy group sees First Amendment liberties at risk in case

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Critics continue to argue that actions like those that recently forced classified-ad website to shutter its “adult” section are unconstitutional and in violation of freedom of speech rights.