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Court ruling affirmed that Hesperia Cinema is required to follow rules for public works projects

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – California's 1st Appellate Court District, Division Two ruled June 30 that a movie theater built with city assistance is considered a public works project and required to follow municipal pay requirements associated with such projects.

Workers' Comp claimant's doctor didn't provide credible report, Minn. SC court says

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that a medical opinion that helped an injured worker vacate a Workers' Compensation settlement lacked foundation.

Kan. SC overturns decision on contingency fee; Terminated lawyer entitled to percentage of recovery

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – A Kansas appeals court ruling in a dispute over a fee from a personal injury lawsuit has been overturned by the state Supreme Court .

Lipitor mass action not subject to CAFA

SANTA ANA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney has granted plaintiffs' motion to remand their claims against a global pharmaceutical company to a state court after the defendant had removed it to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act.

Md. lead paint lawsuit can proceed after reversal; Dissent says bar for proving causation might be lowered by decision

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The Maryland Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court's summary judgment in a lawsuit over injuries allegedly caused by exposure to lead paint.

Judge dismisses claim for punitive damages in false advertising suit against Tradewinds Beverage Co.

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California Philip S. Gutierrez has agreed to dismiss the request for punitive damages in a lawsuit accusing an iced tea maker of false advertising.

Menard says its 4-by-4s the proper size in response to class actions

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for Menard Inc. have issued a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing the company of misleading its customers about the size of its lumber.

Trump's solicitor general could be changing government's stance on class action waivers

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Both employers and employees will have to wait a little longer for clarification on whether class action waivers are an acceptable part of employment law, thanks to a recent announcement from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Children's hospital sued over phone calls seeks stay or dismissal of case

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) — A children's hospital facing a class action lawsuit, alleging violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, is seeking a reprieve from U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California.

Plaintiffs, law firms argue who should lead class action against Anthera

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two plaintiffs and law firms are battling it out in court to be named the lead in a class action lawsuit filed against a pharmaceutical company.

Courts overrule jury's verdict in $78K lawsuit blaming property owner for fall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed a Superior Court's ruling to overturn a jury's finding of $78,101 in a personal injury lawsuit.

Maine Supreme Court dismisses dog bite case against owner's employer

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Maine has affirmed a summary judgment dismissing a $75,000 personal injury lawsuit.

Arkansas SC justice criticizes peers for eroding plaintiff's constitutional rights

An Arkansas Supreme Court justice, in a recent dissenting opinion, said she worries her peers have contributed to a trend that is eroding a citizen's constitutional right to a trial by jury.

Va. SC reinstates lawsuit over man struck by train while wearing ear buds

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – The Virginia Supreme Court has sent a wrongful death claim back its trial court, the Richmond City Circuit Court, in the case of a man struck by a train while wearing ear buds.

Ala. SC rules expert witness not always necessary to prove medical negligence

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alabama has ruled that in cases in which a layperson can understand the consequences of medical negligence, an expert is not needed, reversing a summary dismissal of a medical malpractice case.

Wash. SC: Cancer patient can be blamed for refusing follow-up appointment

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newline) – The Washington Supreme Court is allowing medical defendants sued over the amputation of a patient's leg to argue the patient bears some of the blame, too. 

Massachusetts publishes archive of data breaches and personal security violations

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts-based victims of data breaches now have a new way to find out about how their personal information and data has been affected, thanks to a new archive published by the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR).

WLF pushing case relating to recess appointment of CFPB director

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit legal organization is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that could have broad effects for how federal government appointments are handled in the future.

New Mexico's poor showing in Harris Poll has business leaders looking for solutions

New Mexico Ranks 45th for State Liability Systems Creating Challenges for Local Businesses and Legal Organizations