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Spokeo case may return to U.S. Supreme Court after Ninth Circuit ruling about concrete harm, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Sep 26, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case in which an appeals court recently and again upheld a plaintiff's standing to pursue his claims in federal court might be on its way back to the U.S. Supreme Court, a labor and employment attorney said during a recent interview.

South Dakota has nation's best legal climate, new survey says; Louisiana, Missouri at the bottom

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2017

South Dakota has the best legal climate in the United States, according to the results of a national survey released this week.

Ark. SC justice says alternative dispute resolution is 'eroding the cornerstone of our democracy'

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The lone dissenting Arkansas Supreme Court justice in an arbitration case otherwise upheld by the court earlier this month warned against alternative dispute resolution.

Georgia Supreme Court reinstates $35 million award for Six Flags beating victim

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2017

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – Georgia's Supreme Court has reinstated at $35 million award in the case of a teenager severely beaten while leaving Six Flags Over Georgia almost a decade ago in which a jury found the amusement park largely liable for the beating he suffered.

UMS student missed filing deadline in slip-and-fall case, Maine's high court rules

By Karen Kidd | May 2, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – A University of Maine System student waited too long to file a notice of claim after being insured in a slip-and-fall on campus, the state's highest court ruled recently in affirming a lower court ruling.

Employees who act as managers half the time are exempt from overtime pay, appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | May 1, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Employees who spend more than half their work time carrying out management tasks aren't eligible for overtime pay, a California appeals court ruled earlier this month.

Alabama appeals court overturns writ in $10,000 knitting machines case

By Karen Kidd | Apr 28, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala (Legal Newsline) – Alabama's Court of Civil Appeals has effectively overturned an approximately $10,000 default judgment in a long-standing squabble between two businesses over three knitting machines and a forklift.

CFPB, Dodd-Frank reforms won't happen soon, CFPB expert says

By Karen Kidd | Mar 7, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite legislation to increase the number of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's directors to five, and support noised by the White House, a consumer financial services attorney active in New York and Philadelphia says not to expect it soon.

Attorney: Ruling in birthday reminder case against Facebook a blow to free speech

By Karen Kidd | Feb 22, 2017

A recent decision by a federal court in California not to dismiss a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case against Facebook is a blow to First Amendment freedom, a TCPA defense attorney based in Costa Mesa said during a recent interview.

Class action against InterCoast Career Institute likely to turn on statutory violations, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Feb 14, 2017

BANGOR, Maine (Legal Newsline) – Lack of clearer allegations about accreditation could be a weak spot in the $5 million putative class action lawsuit filed in Maine by four former nursing students, a New York-based business law and litigation attorney said during a recent interview.

EPA complaint against Syngenta, other policies in doubt under new Trump pick, advocate says

By Karen Kidd | Jan 11, 2017

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) – President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environment Protection Agency has many wondering what will become of the agency's activities, including a pesticide complaint filed last month over an incident on Kauai a year ago, a workplace advocate said.

Company that submitted Medicare claims for the deceased claims it was targeted by CMS

By Karen Kidd | Jan 3, 2017

WALTHAM, Mass. (Legal Newsline) – An appeal by health diagnostics company Alere to get Medicare billing privileges reinstated for a subsidiary diabetes unit, Arriva Medical, claims that the unit was targeted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to clear an administrative backlog, according to an Alere press release.

Lawsuit by NYC conductor who fell asleep 'a travesty' to victims of derailment, advocate says

By Karen Kidd | Dec 21, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A complaint filed by the commuter rail engineer who caused a 2013 derailment that killed four in New York City is encouraged by the city's litigious environment and not without precedent, a litigation reform advocate says.

Spokeo decision leads to dismissal of Lyft class action

By Karen Kidd | Dec 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Though a district judge used a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last spring to dismiss a Lyft driver's proposed class action over alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, that high court ruling hasn't killed all such putative actions, a Tampa, Florida-based attorney says.

LBGTQ community watching transgender bathroom case before Supreme Court

By Karen Kidd | Nov 15, 2016

WASHINGTON (Florida Record) – The LBGTQ community has much riding on the outcome of a case the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed to hear regarding whether a 17-year-old Virginia high school student should be allowed to use the boys' restroom, said a transgender inclusion expert during a recent interview.

Papantonio's 'America's Lawyer' on Russian network seeks trial lawyer stories

By Karen Kidd | Nov 7, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – U.S.-based attorney Mike "Pap" Papantonio says his new weekly gig, airing later this month on a Russian state-sponsored news network, is about revealing corruption in corporate America.

Cordray letter about gender identity discrimination not a rule, former CFPB official says

By Karen Kidd | Nov 3, 2016

When Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray wrote a letter in August, giving the bureau's views about whether credit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation violates the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), it prompted speculation.

D.C. Circuit's 'unusual' ruling says CFPB director can be fired

By Karen Kidd | Oct 26, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – An appeals court's ruling that the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's structure is unconstitutional was surprising because of what it declared and for its language, two Washington, D.C.-based regulatory attorneys say.

Lead generators should be wary of federal oversight, CFPB legal specialist says

By Karen Kidd | Oct 13, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – When set up properly, a consumer shouldn't notice it was a lead generator that connected them with a professional or service

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