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N.J. court dismisses RICO lawsuit against plaintiffs firm, says accuser was close to being sanctioned

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey federal judge on Jan. 8 dismissed an amended complaint that accused a law firm of running a “racketeering-style” scam operation designed to generate bogus legal fees in class action lawsuits.

To plaintiffs' dismay, SCOTUS likely won't review 'case-killer' TCPA decision

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – It appears unlikely that the U.S. Supreme Court will review a judgment that says the Federal Communications Commission does not have the authorization to require businesses to include an “opt-out” notice on solicited fax advertisements.

Panel: Chapter 15 eases the way for cross-border bankruptcy proceedings

SANTA MONICA (Legal Newsline) – A panel of experts on Chapter 15 cross-border bankruptcy proceeding indicated the increasing use of the legal option allows a greater harmony and coordination between foreign and U.S. courts.

Supreme Court of Georgia reverses summary judgment in wrongful death case

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The Georgia Supreme Court on Dec. 11 said lower courts erred when they awarded summary judgment to Grady Memorial Hospital Corp. in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Md. lawsuit moved to Talbot County; Plaintiffs preferred Baltimore, though they would have driven past Talbot courthouse on way

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeals of Maryland on Sept. 6 upheld a ruling by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City that a hearing over the medical treatment given to a 15-year-old boy be transferred from Baltimore City to Talbot County.

Mississippi Supreme Court affirms wrongful death suit is time-barred

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed a judgment of a circuit court in finding that a man’s lawsuit against doctors alleging negligence in the wrongful death of his mother was barred by a statute of limitations.

Company's conversion lawsuit against investor, law firms is dismissed

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The California Court of Appeals, 2nd Appellate District Division One on Nov. 16 upheld a decision of the Los Angeles Superior Court dismissing allegations of fraudulent conversion and transfer of funds in a case that has gone on since 2003 in both state and federal courts, as well as courts in Switzerland.

Arkansas high court returns class action case over employee vacation pay

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Nov. 16 remanded a case back to the Union County Circuit Court asking the lower court for more specifics in a case of employees suing their employer over vacation pay they claimed is owed to them.

California appeals court vacates overruling demurrer in crane accident suit involving Oregon State

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – The California 4th Appellate District Court on Nov. 8 granted a writ of mandate petition vacating an earlier San Diego County Superior Court judgment in a lawsuit brought by a California man who was severely injured in a crane tip-over accident against Oregon State University.

California court: 'No reasonable suspicion' to detain police officer trainee

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The First District Court of Appeal in California on Nov. 16 affirmed a trial court decision that awarded more than $575,000 in damages plus attorney fees to a police cadet trainee after he was arrested by officers from his own department.

California appellate court affirms judgment in case involving potential discipline of physical therapist

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – California 4th Appellate District Court of Appeal, Division One on Oct. 16 upheld a Superior Court decision that an Orange County woman who practiced as a physical therapist could be disciplined by the Physical Therapy Board of California for misdemeanor property damage after she had allegedly misused alcohol.

Illinois federal court asked to dismiss woman’s amended complaint alleging Spokeo search engine ad violated privacy

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is being asked by Spokeo to dismiss an amended complaint made by an Illinois woman alleging that an advertisement produced by the internet search engine listing her name violated her privacy under the Illinois Right of Publicity Act (IRPA).

Juror-turned-plaintiff loses suit after slipping on Delaware courthouse ice

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit filed by a woman against the state of Delaware Office of Management and Budget who sought damages after slipping on ice in a courthouse parking lot was turned back on Oct. 30. The Delaware Superior Court ruled the state was immune from liability.

California court rejects Coming and Going Rule special errand claim in fatal accident case

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The California 1st District Court of Appeals on Sept. 22 upheld an earlier trial court's decision that the company of an employee driving to his office while off-work could not be held liable for a traffic accident that killed a woman on Dec. 13, 2012.

Georgia Supreme Court upholds trial court's ruling in legal malpractice case

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The Georgia Supreme Court on Oct. 30 ruled that a trial court did not err when it upheld the dismissal of a legal malpractice case filed by RES-GA McDonough LLC against Taylor English Duma LLP.

Subway restaurant owner seeks dismissal of Chicago soda tax case

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A federal court is being asked to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging that an improper Chicago soft drink tax of 5 cents was charged for an orange drink sold at Chicago Subway stores when the drink should have been exempt.

New Kentucky ruling could cause more class actions over wage disputes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – A landmark ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court on Aug. 24 allowing class action lawsuits at the state level in cases involving wage and hour disputes could cause a spike in the number of such lawsuits.

Miss. reporter, newspaper win court battle over closed-door city council meetings

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Mississippi Supreme Court has affirmed a decision that the mayor of the city of Columbus and its city council violated the Open Meetings Act by holding private meetings to discuss economic issues and building renovations in a manner intended to avoid requirements of the Act.

Alaska Supreme Court rejects claim from opponent of state office building

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The Alaska Supreme Court rejected a compensation claim made by a property owner in Anchorage who opposed plans by a state agency to expand and renovate a building to be used as government offices.

Defendant wants dismissal of case over Onagofly drones

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California will consider a plea to dismiss a lawsuit brought by individuals who ordered drone flying machines and claimed the products were falsely advertised as to their performance capabilities.