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Iowa SC declares chiropractors' proposed class action over

By Robert Lawson | Mar 15, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a district court decision that would have allowed a collective of similarly situated chiropractors to sue a health insurance company over alleged antitrust violations in the state.

Consumer attorney: No similar cases to class action over Glade car fresheners

By Robert Lawson | Jan 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A man in Pennsylvania filed a class action lawsuit against automobile air freshener maker Glade, alleging its products leak and cause damage to a vehicle's interior.

Shareholder alleges ExxonMobil misstated finances, affected stock price

By Robert Lawson | Jan 4, 2017

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – A shareholder for ExxonMobil is suing the company, alleging its board members communicated misleading financial information about the company.

Attorney: Fruit class action against Krispy Kreme not strong

By Robert Lawson | Dec 9, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A Minnesota attorney said there is difficulty in bringing lawsuits like a recent case against Krispy Kreme involving the definition of fruit ingredients in food, particularly packaged foods.

'All natural' claims again at center of class action

By Robert Lawson | Dec 7, 2016

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — What is natural? The courts are constantly looking at how to resolve this very issue, according to a Minnesota attorney, as is the case with another food ingredient labeling lawsuit, this time against spice maker McCormick & Company. 

UT law professor calls attorney general's union firefigher contract suit uninformed

By Robert Lawson | Dec 7, 2016

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) — Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced a lawsuit against the city of Austin over firefighters who allegedly engaged in union activities at taxpayer expense, but a law professor from the University of Texas in Austin is skeptical of the allegation. 

Minnesota attorney: AutoZone class action similar to frequent flyer suits

By Robert Lawson | Dec 6, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A Minnesota attorney from Kennedy & Kennedy law firm says a recent lawsuit filed against AutoZone over its customer loyalty reward program is similar to those that were filed against airlines in frequent flyer miles disputes.

Attorney: Plaintiff's reimbursement approach was key to class denial in Chrysler suit

By Robert Lawson | Nov 23, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — In a lawsuit against Chrysler, plaintiff Steve Doyle will not be able to certify the suit as class action, and an attorney from Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP provided an explanation for the rejection by the Ninth Court of Appeals.

TCPA plaintiff consented to contact, court finds in denying class certification

By Robert Lawson | Nov 16, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) —  The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has denied a motion to certify Levins v. Santander Consumer USA Inc. as a class action.

Warning letters from FDA cited in Ninth Circuit's decision in Dole class action

By Robert Lawson | Nov 15, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — A federal appeals court has allowed a class action lawsuit against Dole over the term "all natural fruit" to proceed.

Attorney: Some slack fill lawsuits not justified

By Robert Lawson | Nov 7, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — A Dallas attorney who formerly worked for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says some of the so-called "slack fill" lawsuits that have become more prevalent aren't benefiting consumer law.

Company paying $500K in 'standalone' whistleblower retaliation case brought by SEC

By Robert Lawson | Nov 4, 2016

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has closed its first case citing a whistleblower anti-retaliation mechanism without including securities-based charges.

Attorney: Don't reject applicants' requests or you could face legal trouble

By Robert Lawson | Nov 1, 2016

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) — McDonald's has agreed to pay more than $56,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and create more accommodations for disabled applicants.

Law professor: Consumer board justified in suit against payment processor

By Robert Lawson | Oct 13, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. — A pending District Court lawsuit may have broad implications for the entire payment processing industry, a third party and go-between for merchants and consumers. 

Appeals court upholds dissolve of consent degree in 'unusual' Florida case

By Robert Lawson | Oct 3, 2016

It doesn't pay to wait 15 years if you're trying to proceed with a motion on a consent decree, as Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Gerald Maatman points out.

Side agreements with environmental regulators an uphill battle in court

By Robert Lawson | Oct 3, 2016

A recent case in Illinois federal court has brought attention to the fact that organizations need to pay close attention to specific and strict requirements of the environmental regulators, even when they have come to so-called side agreements with them. Why? Citizen lawsuits.

Class action against Nuun & Company lasts less than a month

By Robert Lawson | Sep 1, 2016

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — A lawsuit filed by a New Yorker against a drink tablet manufacturer didn't last long.

WWE calls Buff Bagwell royalty lawsuit 'meritless'

By Robert Lawson | Aug 30, 2016

HARTFORD (Legal Newsline) — Not long after filing a lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) over royalty payments, former professional wrestling star Marcus Bagwell heard the attorneys for WWE fire back publicly about the allegations against its organization. 

Kroger included in tainted peas case

By Robert Lawson | Aug 15, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newline) —Kroger Co. has been listed as a defendant in a recent class action lawsuit filed on behalf of customers who became ill with listeria following the ingestion of vegetables grown by Pictsweet Co. and processed by CRF Frozen Foods. 

Virginia Medicaid case booted after circuit court questions jurisdiction

By Robert Lawson | Aug 7, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – In July, the 4th Circuit Court in Virginia ruled that a district court never had jurisdiction in a qui tam suit against several medical labs by the Commonwealth of Virginia over alleged Medicaid false claims, though no party or district court made the request.

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