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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.

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.

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