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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.

MedStar Health OKs $35 million settlement over alleged kickbacks for referrals

By Marian Johns | Mar 26, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — MedStar Health Inc. has agreed to pay $35 million to settle claims by the federal government that it paid kickbacks disguised as professional service agreements in exchange for referrals from a cardiology practice.

EEOC: Blue Cross/Blue Shield Texas settles charges of disability discrimination

By Marian Johns | Mar 26, 2019

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — BlueCross/Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS) has reached a $75,000 settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over allegations the insurance provider refused to hire an applicant because she was deaf.

D.C. attorney general backs legislation to expand protections for consumers' personal information

By Marian Johns | Mar 26, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine has proposed legislation that expands legal protections for consumer's personal information, including requiring companies to put additional safeguards in place to guard against data breaches.

New York consumers start to receive $62.5 million in credits from Spectrum settlement

By Marian Johns | Mar 26, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York consumers have begun to receive $62.5 million in credits from cable, Internet, telephone and wireless services provider Spectrum as a result of a 2018 settlement regarding the company's alleged failure to provide reliable and fast Internet service.

Democrat AGs push Ninth Circuit to allow climate change lawsuits

By Marian Johns | Mar 26, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — A coalition of 11 attorneys general has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of two California cities that are suing the oil industry over climate change.

Plaintiffs firms fight over fees from drug cases; Ala. firm says Audet & Partners has history of inventing fee agreements

By Marian Johns | Mar 25, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — An Alabama personal injury law firm has filed a declaratory judgment against a California law practice over an alleged split fee agreement that stems from a group of settled cases.

In a lawsuit, Facebook alleges Ukrainian app operators obtained data from site's users

By Marian Johns | Mar 25, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — Facebook has filed suit in U.S. District Court Northern District of California against two Ukrainian web app operators who allegedly administered fraudulent third-party applications to obtain user data from the social media site.

Behr faces class action for alleged deceptive marketing of 'Paint & Primer in One' products

By Marian Johns | Mar 25, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — A class action lawsuit has been filed against Behr Process Corporation over allegations of false and deceptive marketing of its paint products.

Claim against Winklevoss twins dismissed as dispute over investment in nudie mag continues

By Marian Johns | Mar 22, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled to dismiss counterclaims in a case involving brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss over alleged breach of commitments in a magazine investment deal.

Lawsuit: Mexicans are charged an unfair tax imposed by airlines

By Marian Johns | Mar 21, 2019

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – A class action lawsuit has been filed in Maryland against five major U.S. airlines and three Mexican airlines alleging the airlines fraudulently charged a tax to Mexican citizens.

A woman sued Coca-Cola after a vendor ran into her, but courts have found she lied about existing back injury

By Marian Johns | Mar 21, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Mississippi has affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a woman's lawsuit against Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United and one of its vendors over alleged injuries she sustained after being struck by the vendor's cart.

Fast food chains agree to end 'no-poach' clauses in franchise agreements

By Marian Johns | Mar 20, 2019

ALBANY — Four national fast food franchisors, including Dunkin' Donuts, Arby's, Five Guys and Little Caesars, have reached a settlement with 13 attorneys general and have agreed to stop the use of "no-poach" agreements.

SEC alleges Volkswagen, former CEO defrauded bond investors through emissions fraud scheme

By Marian Johns | Mar 20, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District for the Northern District of California, charging that Volkswagen AG, two of its subsidiaries and a former CEO defrauded bond investors through a "clean diesel" emissions fraud scheme.

Environmental groups sue Bureau of Land Management over Alaska reserve lease

By Marian Johns | Mar 20, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) — Four nonprofit environmental organizations are suing the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the federal government's lease of nearly 2.9 million acres of land in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

U.S. alleges negligence in ExxonMobil refinery fire that injured 10, killed 2

By Marian Johns | Mar 19, 2019

BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil Oil Corporation, alleging violations of federal laws that contributed to a 2013 fire that injured 10 workers and caused the death of two contract employees.

Lawsuit: Coffee from Hawaii not actually grown there

By Marian Johns | Mar 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A California resident has filed a class action lawsuit against Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee, alleging the company uses false and deceptive packaging regarding the origination of its coffee product.

Massachusetts OKs settlements with 7 nursing homes over substandard care allegations

By Marian Johns | Mar 19, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts has reached settlements totaling nearly $500,000 with seven different nursing homes over allegations of substandard care and violations that resulted in the injury and death of some residents.

Lumber Liquidators to pay $33 million for allegedly lying to investors about laminate flooring

By Marian Johns | Mar 19, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Lumber Liquidators has agreed to a $33 million settlement for allegedly making false statements to investors relating to the sale of laminate flooring from China.

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