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Paris may join U.S. governments suing energy producers over global climate change

By Karen Kidd | Feb 21, 2018

PARIS (Legal Newsline) – City officials in Paris appear poised to enter the trend of government officials using lawsuits to fight global climate change by suing energy companies.

'Cross examination is going to be brutal': NYU law prof says climate change litigation is a loser

By Karen Kidd | Feb 21, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – California officials who made dire climate change predictions about their localities' future in litigation against energy companies, but not in bond offerings, probably know by now their litigation is doomed, a New York University law professor said during a recent interview.

'Dispassionate analysis' lacking in California climate change litigation, environmental attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Feb 20, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Government officials in California who made dire climate change predictions in lawsuits against energy companies but not to prospective bond investors didn't think hard enough before filing those cases, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental attorney said during a recent interview.

DOJ facing broad challenge to anti-sanctuary city policy, prosecution advocate says

By Karen Kidd | Feb 5, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A U.S. Department of Justice policy that ties federal funding to immigration-based requirements is being challenged nationwide, a prosecution advocate and former assistant U.S. attorney for California and Maryland said during a recent interview.

DOJ crackdown on 'sanctuary cities' a danger to public safety, amicus brief co-author says

By Karen Kidd | Jan 31, 2018

Local law enforcement needs to be able to work with its immigrant communities unfettered by a Justice Department policy that ties federal funding to immigration-based requirements, a co-author of a brief in a Los Angeles case said during a recent interview.

Law firm's arbitration agreement not good enough, Maine Supreme Court rules

By Karen Kidd | Jan 24, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – An arbitration agreement between one of New England's largest law firms and a former client is unenforceable because the firm didn't clearly explain what rights the client would lose in arbitration, Maine's Supreme Judicial Court ruled last month.

Class actions over Gerber Good Start baby formula roll on

By Karen Kidd | Jan 23, 2018

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A hearing is scheduled later this winter in two class action lawsuits that each claim Gerber Good Start baby formula makes health claims unsupported by science.

Look for new workplace sexual harassment bills to make it through N.Y. legislature

By Karen Kidd | Jan 23, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Two workplace sexual harassment bills introduced into the New York State Senate earlier this month could be headed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk sooner rather than later, two Albany legislative and regulatory attorneys say.

With bipartisan support, bill to undo Obama-era 'Operation Choke Point' awaits action in Senate

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Bipartisan legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in December with an eye toward undoing the unintended consequences of the Obama-era Operation Choke Point program may not quickly come up in the Senate, says a financial services attorney who still believes it stands a "decent" chance to become law.

Phoney Lawsuits: Polish immigrant concludes six-figure run by settling 31st lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Jan 18, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The last of a Polish immigrant's 31 Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, which paid out more than $800,000, has settled, but the need to reform telemarketing regulation continues, a privacy and securities class actions defense lawyer says.

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

Investor fails to prove he'd been misled by DuPont, judge says in ruling

By Karen Kidd | Dec 28, 2017

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Connecticut man's lawsuit claiming he and other shareholders had been intentionally misled by DuPont executives about the potential of the company's chemicals division spinoff Chemours Co. has been tossed out by a state judge who said he failed to make his case.

Transcription fees apply to both court-employed and litigant-hired reporters, appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Dec 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Civil litigation attorneys in California might want to check their past court reporting invoices following an appeals court ruling that statutory limits on transcription fees apply to both court-employed and privately retained reporters.

Christian pro-life singer loses libel case against YouTube

By Karen Kidd | Dec 21, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A Christian pro-life singer and songwriter who claimed she was libeled when YouTube removed her video in 2014 on an alleged terms of service violation has failed to state a claim in her libel case against the online video service, an appeals court recently ruled.

'Sale' price lawsuit against Y.M.I. Jeanswear settled following court denial of defense's motion to dismiss

By Karen Kidd | Nov 27, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A California woman's class action lawsuit against a clothing company has been settled after the court denied the defense's motion to dismiss.

Truffle oil class action in private mediation

By Karen Kidd | Nov 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A class action filed last spring against truffles oil manufacturer Sabatino Truffles New York claiming the company's oil was infused with perfume and not truffles is now is in private mediation, according to a recent court order.

Lawsuit alleging fraud, elder financial abuse at Oakmont Senior Living now back in Alameda County

By Karen Kidd | Nov 13, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A putative class action filed in September by senior citizens against a residential care facilities chain alleging fraudulent practices that deprived them of needed care and exposed them to risk of injury as part of a scheme to maximize revenue is on its way back to a California state court.

No vicarious liability for Ind. Pizza Hut over death allegedly caused by one of its drivers

By Karen Kidd | Nov 7, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – The Indiana Supreme Court has refused to hold a pizza place liable under certian claims for a fatal crash allegedly caused by one of its delivery drivers - a basic and logical decision that prevents turmoil for employers, an attorney for the restaurant says.

Miss. justices split on holding hospital accountable for death of man who was stabbed

By Karen Kidd | Nov 7, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Three Mississippi Supreme Court justices objected to the high court's recent change of mind about whether to hear an appeal of a medical malpractice case against University of Mississippi Medical Center over the 2010 stabbing death of a 19-year-old man.

Drunk stripper's car wreck provides complicated liability issue for Ohio Supreme Court

By Karen Kidd | Sep 27, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – A strip club seems to have evaded a nearly $3 million verdict after the Ohio Supreme Court found the sole claim for a woman injured by a drunk-driving stripper would be under the state's Dram Shop Act.

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