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Michigan town ordered to repay $30 million for water services

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – City officials at Highland Park, Michigan, were shocked when they received a bill from the Great Lakes Water Authority, which was formed to take over the Detroit Water and Sewer Department.

Ariz. court rejects 'take-home' asbestos claims, feared limitless liability

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) - Arizona has joined the list of states refusing to allow claims for what's called "take-home" asbestos exposure.

CFPB's class action ban likely to be challenged in court after finalized

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed a set of rules that would prohibit arbitration clauses designed to prevent class-action lawsuits on behalf of consumers.

Attorney fees in class-action suit upheld by California Supreme Court

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- The California Supreme Court has upheld the attorney fees awarded in an employment class action lawsuit, stating the award was not unreasonable because it is calculated as a percentage of the common fund instead of using a lodestar calculation.

Attorney: U.S. SC should be tempted to review DOL's tip-pooling rule

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- In a win for tipped employees and a blow to businesses in the restaurant and hospitality industry, the U.S.Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently refused to rehear a case regarding a controversial tip-pooling regulation.

Snapchat defends procedures after facial recognition class action

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The popular social media platform Snapchat faces allegations by two Illinois users that it stores information that makes them susceptible to identity theft.

Subway takes steps to protect itself from wage, hour claims

MILFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) -- Going by the volume of investigations and litigation involving individual franchisee-owned Subways by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), it wasn’t surprising when Subway — one of the largest franchisers in the world — recently adopted a different approach to stymie wage and hour claims.

Ill. AG taking on Jimmy John's non-compete clauses

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Sandwich maker Jimmy John’s is facing claims from another public official, finding itself targeted by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  

Securities class actions on the rise

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Attorney Tom Gorman, of Dorsey & Whitney, says he's seen a “record number” of cases involving public companies and individuals involved in regulatory actions.

Consumers allege offender monitoring products were falsely advertised

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A consumer from California and another from Michigan have filed a class action lawsuit in the Golden State against a company over offender monitoring products.

California advertiser files suit against Google alleging click fraud

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Google is being sued by California advertiser Gurminder Singh, who alleges breach of implied covenant and that the internet giant failed to protect the plaintiff from fraudulent clicks.

Judge rules Arkansas political robocall ban unconstitutional

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas has declared an Arkansas state law prohibiting political robocalls unconstitutional.

Campbell's seeks to dismiss suit alleging its gumbo soup is unhealthy

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – Campbell Soup Company has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against a California man who alleges the company misleadingly labels and advertises a certain soup.

Ruling will boost defendants' chances of discovering who is funding litigation against them

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A court in California recently went against the tide and granted a defendant’s motion requiring the plaintiff to reveal the identity of a third party funder, which to date has been protected by confidentiality agreements.

Plaintiffs lose fight against Massachusetts utility

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) -- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on July 29 decided to reverse a Superior Court order that granted class certifications for two classes of residential and business customers of the defendant, Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company.