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Calif. jury awards $4.5 million to plaintiff in case against hip implant maker

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - Last week, a California jury awarded the plaintiff in the first Wright Medical hip implant lawsuit to go to trial $4.5 million.

MDL panel decides to consolidate Lumber Liquidators class actions

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation last week decided to consolidate at least 10 actions filed over a line of Chinese wood flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators that plaintiffs allege emit “excessive levels” of formaldehyde.

MDL established for Anthem data breach class actions

SAN JOSE (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has decided to consolidate more than a dozen actions related to the Anthem medical data breach that occurred earlier this year.

One class action against AAMCO dismissed, under mediation while another remains

BENTON, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A class action lawsuit filed against a well-known transmission-repair franchisor, certain affiliates and its executives has been dismissed and is under mediation.

N.M. AG defends decision to pursue nursing service providers, use outside counsel

SANTA FE (Legal Newsline) - New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is firing back at claims that his office filed and has continued to pursue a lawsuit against nursing service providers at the urging of outside counsel.

N.J. lawmakers argue role of AG is ‘important’ one, needs to be elected

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Two New Jersey lawmakers continue to push for an elected attorney general.

Software company claims Microsoft continues to infringe on ‘out-of-band’ patents

EDISON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - A New Jersey-based software company has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft Corp., alleging the computer giant is infringing on three of its patents.

Miss. SC denies utility’s request for rehearing on refund ruling

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday denied Mississippi Power Company’s and the state Public Service Commission’s rehearing requests after the court decided earlier this year that customers should be granted refunds.

Goodlatte’s Innovation Act passes House committee, with some tweaks

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Members of a House panel on Thursday approved one of the more aggressive pieces of patent reform legislation floating around Congress, the Innovation Act.

Data shows uptick in patent infringement lawsuits brought by NPEs

SAN JOSE (Legal Newsline) - Recent data from a group whose self-described goal is “reducing the number of non-practicing entity assertions” shows that the number of patent infringement lawsuits brought by NPEs -- dubbed “trolls” by the group -- grew last month.

Telehealth company files patent infringement lawsuit against competitor

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Telehealth company American Well this week filed a lawsuit in federal court against competitor Teladoc for patent infringement.

Innovation Act set for markup by House committee

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - One of the more aggressive pieces of patent reform legislation, the Innovation Act, is scheduled for markup Thursday.

Law professor: Wis. SC justice’s lawsuit over chief justice title doesn’t help already ‘dysfunctional’ court

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Legal Newsline) - Indiana University law professor Charles Geyh understands why Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson is fighting an amendment adopted by voters in April that robbed her of the long-held title of chief justice.

U.S. SC to review case over class action certification

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a federal appeals court ruling that some claim improperly certified a wage and hour class action lawsuit.

Abrahamson takes fight over Wis. SC chief justice title to Seventh Circuit

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson is taking the fight over her long-held title of chief justice to a federal appeals court.

Patent reform bill clears Senate panel hurdle

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, after a three-hour hearing Thursday, sent a bill aimed at cracking down on so-called patent “trolls” to the Senate floor.

Roman Catholic dioceses of Pittsburgh, Erie petition U.S. SC over contraception mandate

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and Diocese of Erie have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court over the contraception requirement of President Barack Obama’s federal health care law.

Senate panel to hold markup of PATENT Act; some groups continue push for additional IPR reform in bill

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A Senate-introduced patent reform bill is set for markup by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

Newspaper: N.J. AG needs to be elected, not appointed

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - At least one New Jersey newspaper is calling for a change in how the state’s attorney general is selected.

Texas patent holding company files 49 lawsuits in a week, isn't listed on own office building's directory

BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) - A Texas-based company filed nearly 50 lawsuits against insurers, airlines, grocers and various other companies in just seven days, claiming they are infringing on two of its patents.