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'Secret analysis' pushing CFPB's lawyer-friendly rule, U.S. senators told

John O'Brien Oct. 20, 2017, 9:30am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A federal agency is keeping its research secret as it forces a controversial rule that will harm consumers and businesses alike, a fellow regulator is telling members of a U.S. Senate committee.

Controversial rule would increase interest rates to create lawsuits, OCC head tells CFPB

John O'Brien Oct. 19, 2017, 8:14am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A battle of opinions has broken out between the heads of two regulatory bodies, with the Comptroller of the Currency criticizing a controversial rule that he says will increase costs in the financial services industry for the sake of creating lawsuits.

Baltimore Backlog: Angelos firm accused not pursuing trials for asbestos clients, lawmakers told

John O'Brien Oct. 18, 2017, 11:00pm

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) - Asbestos attorneys from the main firm in one of the largest – but apparently not busiest – dockets in the country told Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday of their plan to push their dormant cases through the system to eliminate a backlog of nearly 30,000 lawsuits.

Lawyers awarded $100K for their work on historic verdict; Winn-Dixie appealing

John O'Brien Oct. 3, 2017, 12:45pm

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) - What’s it worth for plaintiffs attorneys suing companies over their websites on behalf of blind clients to take the case to trial? In the only example, those lawyers have been awarded more than $100,000 for their efforts.

In St. Louis, man sprays windshield wiper fluid industry with lawsuits

John O'Brien Oct. 3, 2017, 7:00am

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) - One St. Louis man appears to have gone from product-to-product trying to find a windshield wiper fluid he can trust when it’s warmer than negative-20 degrees outside – but, unsatisfied, he recently filed eight class action lawsuits in one day.

Lawyers return with lawsuit blaming Okla. earthquakes on fracking industry

John O'Brien Sep. 15, 2017, 8:12am

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) - A lawsuit that blames the fracking industry for increased earthquake activity in Oklahoma is back.

Food companies beware: Class action attorneys aren't slowing down

John O'Brien Aug. 8, 2017, 7:00am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiffs attorneys who target food and beverage companies with class action lawsuits are showing no signs of slowing down, according to analysis from international law firm Perkins Coie that also shows California’s lawyers are the most active.

Mom who sued over sugar in jelly beans sought healthier snack; Jelly Belly called suit 'nonsense'

John O'Brien Aug. 4, 2017, 10:03am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - Jelly Belly Candy Co. is again asking a federal judge to toss the lawsuit of a mother of six who now says she was tricked into buying its exercise jelly beans while trying to find a healthy snack for her family.

House Republicans vote to repeal CFPB rule that was called gift for class action lawyers

John O'Brien Jul. 27, 2017, 2:43pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Two weeks after a federal consumer protection agency took steps to finalize a controversial rule regarding class action lawsuits, the U.S. House of Representatives has disapproved by acting to kill it.

CFPB's new rule 'large gift for class action lawyers'; Court challenges coming

John O'Brien Jul. 12, 2017, 5:50pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - As the director of a federal consumer protection agency seemingly fights for his job, he has gone forth with plans to finalize a controversial rule – and a court challenge seems imminent.

No rest for MyPillow as it fights 'lawyer-driven' lawsuits around country

John O'Brien Jun. 29, 2017, 3:33pm

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (Legal Newsline) - Targeted by class action lawyers in several states, MyPillow is defending itself against claims that its special offers violate the consumer protection laws of several states.

Phoney Lawsuits: House subcommittee holds hearing on TCPA 'lawsuit abuse'

John O'Brien Jun. 21, 2017, 9:10am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - As courts are asked to provide guidance on the future of a federal telemarketing law that was written before the cell phone era, a House subcommittee is hearing suggestions on how to modernize it.

Supreme Court: Claims from out-of-state plaintiffs shouldn't be filed in California

John O'Brien Jun. 19, 2017, 1:03pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned rulings made by three California courts that concluded they had specific jurisdiction over lawsuits brought by out-of-state residents against a company not incorporated or headquartered there.

First-of-its-kind trial goes plaintiff's way; Winn-Dixie ordered to update website for the blind

John O'Brien Jun. 14, 2017, 1:45pm

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) - In what is believed to be the first lawsuit of its kind to go to trial, a Florida federal judge has ruled for a blind man who has filed nearly 70 lawsuits alleging that various companies’ websites violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Phoney Lawsuits: Comcast wants access to 'professional' plaintiff's prior testimony

John O'Brien Jun. 5, 2017, 8:54am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - On May 16, attorneys for Comcast asked a federal magistrate judge to force a New Jersey plaintiffs firm to hand over transcripts of depositions given by its client, Jan Konopca. Comcast is a defendant in one of 31 lawsuits filed by Konopca in New Jersey federal court.

Customers sue legal finance company, allege interest rates over 100 percent

John O'Brien May 10, 2017, 12:03pm

DUBLIN, Ga. (Legal Newsline) - Companies like Oasis Legal Finance, which offer lump sums of money to plaintiffs in exchange for a possible payoff, are used to defending the legality of their agreements to state regulators and lawmakers. But now they are facing a challenge from their own customers.

Hershey's legal defense: Plaintiff is disbarred attorney looking for targets

John O'Brien Apr. 28, 2017, 9:46am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - Hershey’s is defending a class action lawsuit by attacking the motives of the plaintiff – a disbarred attorney who has filed hundreds of lawsuits and wrote a how-to-sue book.

Phoney Lawsuits: Settlement cancels fight between company, frequent TCPA plaintiff/lawyer combo

John O'Brien Apr. 27, 2017, 11:24am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit that once looked destined for a showdown between a prolific plaintiffs lawyer and a defendant accusing him and his plaintiff of manufacturing lawsuits has been settled.

N.J. firm argues for sanctions against accuser; Debt collector says RICO case should proceed

John O'Brien Apr. 24, 2017, 2:34pm

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey firm accused of a “Mafia-style” racketeering enterprise has asked a federal judge to punish the debt collection company that made those allegations.

Mafia reference in racketeering lawsuit used to lure reporters, accused attorneys say

John O'Brien Mar. 24, 2017, 8:50am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Attorneys accused of a “Mafia-style” racketeering scheme are fighting allegations they conspired to develop professional plaintiffs for the purpose of bringing class action lawsuits.