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Media beware: 'Shakedown' lawyer hits industry over videos that lack closed captioning

By John O'Brien | Dec 12, 2017

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A lawyer accused by his opponents of exploiting the blind to recover millions of dollars from shakedown lawsuits is now representing a deaf man who has sued a dozen media outlets.

Phoney Lawsuits: So what if it's probably a scheme? Man allowed to pursue more TCPA riches

By John O'Brien | Nov 28, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - It’s likely that a Polish immigrant is taking advantage of a federal law to score hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be allowed to.

Use your phone to schedule your DVR? Not anymore, after ruling in patent dispute

By John O'Brien | Nov 27, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Comcast customers won’t be able to use their cell phones to schedule recordings because of a decision reached Tuesday by the International Trade Commission.

Phoney Lawsuits: How to sue your way out of college debt

By John O'Brien | Nov 15, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Former students still saddled with college loans were urged by lawyers and debt-relief companies to stop making payments because filing a lawsuit was an easier way to get out of debt, according to racketeering allegations against two law firms.

Senate urged to pass legal reform bills; Dems opposed, still mourning arbitration rule

By John O'Brien | Nov 10, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A two-hour hearing on frivolous lawsuits before a U.S. Senate committee may have lacked focus on pending legislation but did produce a few noteworthy moments - including Sen. Al Franken’s assertion that there are “bad actors” filing meritless lawsuits, though he is opposed to the reforms presented.

Phoney Lawsuits: Man has filed 80 lawsuits and uses sleuthing skills to track down defendants

By John O'Brien | Nov 3, 2017

A Tennessee man, described as a professional plaintiff and sleuth with three cell phones, is allowed to continue one of his many lawsuits after faking interest in a free home security system to identify whom he wanted to sue for calling him about it.

'Assembly line' of class actions not creating justice, prominent attorney says

By John O'Brien | Oct 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – According to a leading defense attorney in the field, the current class action lawsuit system is clouding a key issue.

Ads that can kill: Lawyers scare patients out of taking medication, legal reform group says

By John O'Brien | Oct 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A new paper says lawyer advertising is scaring patients into not taking their medications, leading to dozens of serious incidents – including six deaths from individuals who stopped using their blood-thinner.

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

By John O'Brien | Oct 20, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Oct 19, 2017

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 not pursuing trials for asbestos clients, lawmakers told

By John O'Brien | Oct 18, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Oct 3, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Oct 3, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Sep 15, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Aug 8, 2017

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'

By John O'Brien | Aug 4, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Jul 27, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Jul 12, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Jun 29, 2017

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'

By John O'Brien | Jun 21, 2017

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.

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