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

By John O'Brien | Jun 19, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Jun 14, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Jun 5, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | May 10, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Apr 28, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Apr 27, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Apr 24, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Mar 24, 2017

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.

Phoney Lawsuits: A federal law is giving litigious people a new income stream

By John O'Brien | Mar 15, 2017

More than 25 years after its passage, a federal telemarketing law hasn’t just created a cottage industry for lawyers – it has spawned a group of professional plaintiffs like Stoops who are armed with several cell phones for the purpose of receiving debt collection calls often intended for other individuals.

Phoney Lawsuits: How a Polish immigrant apparently sued his way to $800K

By John O'Brien | Mar 15, 2017

FDS Bank says the man no longer qualifies for Social Security disability benefits because he has made approximately $800,000 from filing 31 lawsuits. FDS says he made less than $30,000 in 2009 working construction before creating a scheme to manufacture claims under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Phoney Lawsuits: Attorneys accused of racketeering, manufacturing claims

By John O'Brien | Mar 15, 2017

One company recently brought into the world of litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act doesn’t like what it sees. BrandRep is taking its anger out on Beverly Hills, CA, attorney Todd Friedman, one of the most prolific lawsuit-filers in the country.

Health care fraud efforts ramped up under Obama

By John O'Brien | Jan 6, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A federal program that was implemented in 1997 and designed to target health care fraud took off under President Obama.

Alere's troubles, stock drop leave Abbott Labs attempting to terminate merger

By John O'Brien | Dec 13, 2016

WILMINGTON,Del. (Legal Newsline) – Global health care company Abbott Laboratories is asking a Delaware court to terminate its proposed merger with Alere because, it says, the company has been so poorly run that it no longer resembles its former self.

Monsanto fighting 'super tort' brought by West Coast cities and trial lawyers

By John O'Brien | Jun 23, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - Federal judges are being asked to reject the latest efforts by California cities that have partnered with trial lawyers to possibly impose millions of dollars of liability on corporations over products they haven’t made since the 1970s.

Despite Garlock settlement, asbestos lawyers can't shake racketeering claims yet

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - A company that frequently finds itself targeted by asbestos attorneys is taking the reins on racketeering claims that allege those lawyers manipulated the system to unfairly drive up the costs of settlements and verdicts.

Woman dropping lawsuit over gluten-free surcharges at P.F. Chang's

By John O'Brien | May 12, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The restaurant industry seemingly will not face a ruling sought by a woman with celiac disease who claimed she was discriminated against when she was charged extra for gluten-free items at P.F. Chang’s.

Hearing held, judge weighing sanctions against Goodson, fellow class action lawyers and USAA's defense team

By John O'Brien | Mar 2, 2016

FORT SMITH, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – An Arkansas federal judge recently held a hearing to weigh sanctioning class action attorneys, including John Goodson of Keil & Goodson, and attorneys for the company they sued who he says wasted his court's time while colluding to push through a controversial settlement in a different court.

Trump Your Competition, in effort to preserve name, files appeal hoping to force Donald Trump to testify

By John O'Brien | Mar 2, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Trump Your Competition, a Nevada sales consulting firm fighting to preserve its name against opposition from Presidential candidate Donald Trump, has appealed a federal court order that said Trump does not have to testify in the matter.

AAJ panned companies' method of fighting class actions as unfair, though member accused it of using the same strategy

By John O'Brien | Feb 29, 2016

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – Weeks before the head of a national trial lawyers group condemned a legal maneuver used by businesses in attempts to fight class action lawsuits, the group was accused of using the same move – by one of its own members.

Unsealed complaint against class action firm says wife of Miss. AG staffer given unnecessary work, more than $100K from settlement

By John O'Brien | Feb 25, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court has unsealed a lawsuit filed by a former member against a prominent class action firm that he claims fired him for exposing unethical conduct regarding the firm’s contract with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

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