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Former New Jersey bus driver denied discrimination appeal

By Marian Johns | Apr 17, 2019

TRENTON — The New Jersey Superior Court has denied the appeal of a New Jersey bus driver who alleged his employer subjected him to a hostile work environment and discriminated against him because of his weight.

Massachusetts Supreme Court backs P.F. Chang workers

By Marian Johns | Apr 17, 2019

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Supreme Court has reversed an appeals' court denial of motion for class certification and remanded a case involving P.F. Chang workers' allegations of wage law violations to the trial court.

Tenneco granted summary judgment in lung cancer case

By Marian Johns | Apr 17, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. — Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc. (Tenneco), the makers of Walker mufflers, has been granted its motion for summary judgment by the Delaware Superior Court in a case alleging a former auto mechanic who contracted and died from lung cancer because the mufflers contained asbestos.

Arkansas Supreme Court reverses denial of long-term care facility's charitable immunity

By Marian Johns | Apr 17, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed and remanded a Jefferson County Circuit Court's decision that denied a long-term care facility's "charitable immunity" in a wrongful death claim.

Texas Supreme Court rules 'governmental immunity' in woman's drowning

By Marian Johns | Apr 16, 2019

AUSTIN — The Texas Supreme Court has reversed a court of appeals ruling and dismissed claims against the Tarrant Regional Water District made by the parents of a Fort Worth woman who drowned while trying to cross a Trinity River dam built and maintained by the district.

New Jersey appeals court says 'official ballots' must be printed in English, Spanish

By Marian Johns | Apr 16, 2019

TRENTON — The Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division has sided with a 2018 New Jersey Ward 3 district committee candidate and the New Jersey Democratic State Committee in their argument that "official ballots" must be printed in English and Spanish in accordance with state's statues and election law.

Settlement reached in EEOC suit alleging Arby's female teen workers subjected to sexual harassment

By Marian Johns | Apr 15, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) — The owner and operator of more than 51 Arby's restaurant franchises in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida has settled a lawsuit filed by the federal government alleging sexual harassment of teen employees.

EEOC's stats show $505 million secured for employees who filed charges in FY 2018

By Marian Johns | Apr 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced it secured $505 million for private sector, state, local and federal employees who filed charges through the agency in fiscal year 2018.

Michigan man alleges National Geographic's disclosure of personal information caused unwanted junk mail

By Marian Johns | Apr 10, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – A Michigan man has filed a class action lawsuit against National Geographic alleging the magazine disclosed subscribers' personal information regarding their subscriptions in violation of the state's privacy law that resulted in a bombardment of "unwanted junk mail."

Goodwill Industries allegedly failed to give janitor disability accommodations

By Marian Johns | Apr 3, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Goodwill Industries of New York and New Jersey, alleging the organization failed to give an employee working as a janitor disability accommodations.

HELP USA settles EEOC lawsuit alleging sexual harassment of female workers

By Marian Johns | Apr 3, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — Housing provider Help USA Inc., has agreed to settle claims by the federal government that it allowed a supervisor to sexually harass female employees.

CareWell Urgent Care reaches $2.8 million deal over alleged false billing

By Marian Johns | Apr 2, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — CareWell Urgent Care Centers has reached a $2.8 million combined settlement with the federal government and the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island over alleged false claims for medical billing.

U.S. reaches $231M deal with German medical products business over bribery scheme

By Marian Johns | Apr 2, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A German medical products and service provider has reached a $231 million settlement with the federal government for its part in operating a "corrupt scheme" to gain business in several foreign countries.

New York AG expands lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to include Purdue Pharma owners

By Marian Johns | Apr 2, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York has filed a lawsuit against six prescription opioid manufacturers and the owners of Purdue Pharma, the Sackler family, alleging false and deceptive marketing and negligence in preventing "unlawful diversion" of controlled substances.

Class action alleges online ticket vendor ran 'bait-and-switch scheme' with deceptive pricing

By Marian Johns | Mar 29, 2019

CHICAGO — An Illinois man has filed a class action lawsuit against an online ticket vendor, alleging the company uses deceptive pricing and advertising as part of a consumer "bait-and-switch scheme."

EPA accused of not issuing regulations mandated by Congress nearly 30 years ago

By Marian Johns | Mar 29, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The Environmental Justice Health Alliance For Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA) has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the federal government agency's alleged failure to issue regulations mandated by Congress nearly 30 years ago.

OurBus alleges Ithaca permit system violates federal law

By Marian Johns | Mar 29, 2019

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — OurBus, a passenger motor carriers broker based in New York, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Ithaca, alleging it established a permit system for motor carriers that violates federal law.

Welch's fruit snacks make misleading nutrition claims, class action says

By Marian Johns | Mar 29, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — A class action lawsuit has been filed against Welch Foods, alleging the food producer's fruit snacks have deceptive and misleading labels regarding the nutritional value of their products.

Washington State joins suit against U.S. Navy over ship hull scraping in Puget Sound

By Marian Johns | Mar 27, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — The state of Washington has joined a lawsuit filed by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and the Suquamish Tribe against the U.S. Navy over pollution of the Sinclair Inlet due to the hull scraping of decommissioned vessels.

Church challenges Washington State law mandating employers provide coverage for abortions

By Marian Johns | Mar 27, 2019

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — A Washington State church has filed a lawsuit against the state's insurance commissioner and governor challenging the constitutionality of a state law that mandates employer-sponsored insurance to provide coverage for abortion in plans that include maternity care.

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