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Conn. SC affirming higher fees for MERS documents 'somewhat a surprise'

By Jacob Bielanski | Apr 20, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Despite claims that it violated equal protection and commerce laws, a Connecticut law passed in 2013 that tripled fees for filing a mortgage has been upheld by the state’s highest court.

Ill. appeals court affirms $3 million award to Chicago State whistleblower

By Jacob Bielanski | Mar 29, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - A former attorney for Chicago State University will still receive $2 million in punitive damages after an Illinois appellate court on March 2 affirmed a jury's decision in a whistleblower case.

Dwolla the target of first data security enforcement from CFPB

By Jacob Bielanski | Mar 29, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The facts leading to $100,000 in fines were not on the side of the first company targeted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over data privacy concerns, a Reed Smith attorney says.

Tort reform bill, passed by U.S. House, unlikely to become law

By Jacob Bielanski | Mar 29, 2016

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016, which passed the House along largely partisan lines in January, most likely will be blocked by the Senate. If it does pass, it almost certainly will be vetoed by President Barack Obama.

Judge tosses claims against Whole Foods based on Consumer Reports' testing of yogurt

By Jacob Bielanski | Mar 21, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - A lawsuit alleging that Greek yogurt at Whole Foods contained more sugar than listed on the label was dismissed earlier this month after a judge found the testing methods cited by plaintiffs attorneys were not stringent enough.

Attorney: Guidance needed for cosmetics industry to avoid litigation

By Jacob Bielanski | Mar 17, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — Makers of cosmetics could benefit from certain guidelines in order to avoid class action lawsuits such as one filed in February against actress Jessica Alba's brand, a St. Louis attorney says.

'Castle Clash' maker wins dismissal of class action lawsuit

By Jacob Bielanski | Mar 14, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A mobile app maker facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that its game was a form of “gambling” won a dismissal Jan. 26 in Chicago federal court.

Attorney: Seventh Circuit with chance to expand 'umbrella' of previous plaintiff-friendly data breach decision

By Jacob Bielanski | Mar 11, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal News Line) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit's handling of a data breach lawsuit against P.F. Chang's will, in some form, play off its recent plaintiff-friendly ruling in another case and will have a significant impact on future claims, a Denver attorney says.

Connecticut, New Jersey pass spam-text laws

By Jacob Bielanski | Jan 21, 2016

This November, companies sending text messages to customers could face stricter penalties if they violate a New Jersey law combating text message spam.

Calif. SC not impressed with environmental impact report, halts L.A. County project

By Jacob Bielanski | Jan 19, 2016

A November ruling by the California Supreme Court halted a 12,000-acre development in Los Angeles County, determining that an impact report submitted by a state agency was insufficient.

Texas Indian gambling gets boost from Department of Interior

By Jacob Bielanski | Jan 14, 2016

A recent federal memo and a Texas constitutional amendment could pave the way for an Indian gaming industry that has long been a target of the state's Governor's and Attorney General’s offices.

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