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Attorney: L.A. plaintiff may have easier time in California court proving his lawsuit against Zara

By Karen Kidd | Oct 4, 2016

A Los Angeles man may have a tough time proving deception in his class action lawsuit against the Spanish clothing manufacturer, but may have a better shot in California than in other jurisdictions, a Palo Alto attorney said in a recent interview.

Universities in the cross-hairs of million-dollar lawsuits

By Karen Kidd | Sep 6, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Three prestigious universities have been the targets of lawsuits filed earlier this month regarding their retirement plan fees. The lawsuits seek millions of dollars in damages.

U.S. Rep: Obamacare killing healthcare market, legal reform needed

By Karen Kidd | Sep 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Litigation reform should go hand-in-hand with healthcare reform, but don't expect any substantive reform of the Affordable Care Act anytime soon, says a congressman from North Carolina.

WLF: Disbarment, criminal charges should be possibilities for corrupt attorney

By Karen Kidd | Aug 24, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Federal prosecutors should consider criminal charges against the lawyer who pursued Chevron for alleged contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon after an appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling that it was all a fraud, a public interest attorney said during a recent interview.

Pokémon Go lawsuit filed shortly after attorney's 'any day now' prediction

By Karen Kidd | Aug 17, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The labor and employment attorney who said to expect a Pokémon Go lawsuit "any day now" did not have to wait long to see her prediction play out. 

Attorney: Michigan ruling over unprofessional conduct a plus for school districts

By Karen Kidd | Aug 12, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – A recent Michigan Supreme Court decision that broadens the immunity schools in the state enjoy after reports of unprofessional conduct likely will defer future lawsuits against educational districts, an attorney says.

National Federation of the Blind missed opportunity to challenge DOT's airport ticketing kiosk rule

By Karen Kidd | Aug 7, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The D.C. Circuit's recent rejection of a National Federation of the Blind's challenge to a U.S. Department of Transportation rule on airline ticketing kiosks is an opportunity lost over a technicality, two D.C.-area attorneys said during a recent interview.

Attorney offers 'cynical' view of independent contractor litigation in the sharing economy

By Karen Kidd | Aug 7, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Sharing economy litigation such as the misclassification lawsuit filed in June against Grubhub is more about governments and predatory plaintiffs than anything inevitable in cooperative consumerism, an Ohio attorney opined during a recent interview.

Seventh Circuit took strong position in Wisconsin wrongful termination case, labor attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Aug 1, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — Employers concerned over how to accommodate — or even whether to accommodate — an employee's mental disability that disrupts the workplace received guidance from a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decision in July, a labor and employment attorney says.

Pokémon Nope: Try not to catch the first lawsuit over the app, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Jul 28, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The time is fast coming when all those attempts to "catch' em all" in Pokémon Go lands someone in litigation, a Washington, D.C.-based labor and employment attorney said during a recent interview.

Attorney criticizes Minn. appeals court's decision in wrongful discharge case

By Karen Kidd | Jul 20, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – A game-changing decision out of the Minnesota Court of Appeals late last month will broaden rights that employees already have in the state and place undue pressure on employers, said an industry attorney during a recent interview.

Wyo. fracking case signals end of court deference to federal agencies, environmental attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Jul 12, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (Legal Newsline) – The Ute Indian Tribe's victory in federal court earlier this month fending off Bureau of Land Management-imposed fracking rules included a number of surprises, an environmental attorney said during a recent interview.

Race-based university admissions policies are unconstitutional despite Supreme Court decision, Pacific Legal Foundation attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Jul 12, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the University of Texas' race-based admissions policy is a disappointment to Pacific Legal Foundation, which maintains the practice is unconstitutional, a foundation attorney said during an interview this week.

Mass. AG, told to 'f... off,' not commenting; Advocate calls her a thug

By Karen Kidd | Jun 28, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey isn't publicly addressing the think tank founder who told her to "f... off" after she issued a subpoena seeking his group's communication with ExxonMobil regarding climate change.

Jennifer Lawrence's character a 'font of misinformation,' court rules in rejecting defamation case

By Karen Kidd | Jun 27, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – An author whose casual mention in the film "American Hustle" triggered a defamation lawsuit that was rejected by a California appeals court earlier this month might have fared better had the film been a documentary, an entertainment industry attorney said in a recent interview.

Ohio employers need to prepare for state's new medical marijuana law, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Jun 27, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Ohio's new law that legalizes medical marijuana in the state may end up conflicting with federal law, depending on a looming decision about whether to change marijuana's drug status, an employment attorney said during a recent interview.

Lawyer: Post-Orlando tragedy, employees should report concerns about co-workers

By Karen Kidd | Jun 14, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – While warnings from co-workers didn't prevent this past weekend's mass killing in Orlando, employers must encourage that kind of communication to not only prevent attacks but reduce liability, an employment attorney said during an interview on Monday.

DOL's 'persuader rule' benefits unions and their lawyers, not employers and their lawyers, defense attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Jun 6, 2016

DOL's 'persuader rule' benefits unions and their lawyers, not employers and their lawyers, defense attorney says

New OT rules will lead to more lawsuits in the short-term, former DOL administrator says

By Karen Kidd | May 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – As the largely bipartisan debate continues over the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) newly announced overtime rules that will benefit millions of employees, the early winners will be attorneys, a former DOL official said in a recent interview.

CMS file could help whistleblowers target skilled nursing facilities

By Karen Kidd | May 23, 2016

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – Potential whistleblowers now have a Public Use File full of data on Medicare claims and payments involving skilled nursing facilities to consider for future cases, attorneys in that field say.

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