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

By John Sammon | Dec 22, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Dec 22, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Dec 22, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Nov 30, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Nov 28, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Nov 24, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Nov 24, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Nov 21, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Nov 18, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Nov 13, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Nov 13, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Nov 6, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Sep 29, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Sep 25, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Sep 5, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Aug 29, 2017

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.

Medical marijuana use opens up a potential quandary for employers

By John Sammon | Aug 24, 2017

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A recent Massachusetts case in which a woman sued her employer after being terminated for the use of marijuana for which she was legally prescribed represents the opening of a Pandora’s Box for employers.

Lennie & Larry’s seeks dismissal of second complaint over cookie labeling

By John Sammon | Aug 8, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Lennie & Larry’s Inc., a California company accused of exaggerating the health benefits of the cookies and protein muffins it makes, has asked a federal judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit.

N.J. court affirms dismissal of False Claims Act lawsuit against credit card processors

By John Sammon | Jul 31, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged credit card processors had evaded state fees and violated the state’s False Claims Act.

Coach, school to face Wash. concussion law claims after player's death

By John Sammon | Jul 12, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A Washington football coach must face claims from the family of a player who died after suffering head injuries, as a result of a July 6 ruling by the state Supreme Court.

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