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California lawmaker to testify before House subcommittee on bill seeking to curb ADA lawsuit abuse

By Vimbai Chikomo | May 19, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), who is sponsoring the ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act, is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice today on behalf of the bill he says will help stop plaintiffs’ lawyers from “trying to enrich themselves on the backs of the disabled.”

Company wins argument in fight to redevelop Charleston property

By Vimbai Chikomo | May 4, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – A legal battle continues to brew in Charleston, S.C. over the proposed redevelopment of a 1950's-era high-rise building. It's a fight that could have repercussions for developers doing business in historic preservation districts across the country.

DraftKings and FanDuel to continue business in New York pending appeal

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 21, 2016

A New York appellate court has ruled that DraftKings and FanDuel can continue to operate in New York until there is a decision on their appeal of a court’s order banning the two companies form operating in the state.

MusclePharm plans to fight class action, stands behind safety of ingredients

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 20, 2016

A sports nutrition and supplements company facing a class action lawsuit claiming its ingredients are not Food and Drug Administration-approved is standing behind its products.

GMA: ‘More than 30 leading U.S. companies’ already committed to new SmartLabel™ initiative

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 19, 2016

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has announced new technology that will provide consumers with a tool aimed at helping them make well-informed decisions about products and help manufacturers disclose product information directly to consumers.

Judge allows companies under investigation by CFPB to redact names from court files

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 12, 2016

A federal court in Washington D.C., has ruled that companies challenging a Civil Investigative Demand issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can redact their names from court filings.

DOJ's Yates Memo aims to increase individual culpability in corporate crimes

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 8, 2016

The memorandum, issued on Sep. 9 by Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, established six new policy directives to help the Department of Justice hold individuals involved in corporate misconduct accountable for the wrongdoing. The directives would be in addition to fines and sanctions against a corporation.

Okla. federal judge overturns jury's $19M verdict against Cox Communications

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 8, 2016

After a jury awarded plaintiffs $6.31M, trebled to $19M, in an antitrust class action lawsuit against Cox Communications, the cable telecommunications company breathed a sigh of relief when a judge overturned the jury’s verdict.

Ill. SC bars Workers' Comp asbestos claim; Employers breathing 'sigh of relief,' attorney says

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 7, 2016

The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled against a plaintiff in a mesothelioma case, stating that the claim did not meet the time limitations established in the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Workers’ Occupational Disease Act.

Proposed N.Y. class action over Camel Cash program settles quickly

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 7, 2016

A class action lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds over its termination of a consumer loyalty program associated with the company’s Camel brand of cigarettes has been settled.

Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to 'vigorously defend' antitrust allegations

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 4, 2016

A class action lawsuit filed by a group of Oregon beer consumers has been filed in an attempt to block a merger between the two largest brewers in the world.

NLRB blocks class action settlement

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 28, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board recently exercised its authority in a settlement involving an employer’s use of confidentiality and non-disparagement language by withholding its approval of the settlement.

Class action over e-liquid continues tradition of litigation over cigarettes

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 23, 2015

A class action lawsuit filed by an Orange County woman claiming that the manufacturers of liquid nicotine for electric cigarettes misrepresented their products is reminiscent of lawsuits that the tobacco industry has faced over the past half-century, a class action expert says.

House passes legislation that would nullify CFPB Bulletin regulating car dealers

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 23, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a piece of legislation that would nullify a 2013 bulleting issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but would likely need the Senate to do the same by a veto-proof margin.

Milk producers group disagrees with dismissal of class action over term 'soymilk'

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 22, 2015

A national milk producers group is disappointed with a federal judge's recent decision to dismiss a class-action lawsuit against Trader Joe's over its use of the term

S.C. legal reform group endorses FACT Act

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 21, 2015

The South Carolina Civil Justice Coalition, a legal reform group, has endorsed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2015, which seeks to create transparency and access to information regarding asbestos claims.

Attorney: Class actions over social casino games driven by plaintiffs lawyers' quest for payday

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 18, 2015

A Washington federal court has dismissed a class action lawsuit claiming that under Washington State law, social casino games that use purchasable virtual casino chips or coins constitute gambling because they allow users to “extend gameplay” and can be sold in a secondary market.

Class action over unsolicited faxes sends medical equipment company into bankruptcy

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 14, 2015

The owner of an Arizona company that sells spinal decompression equipment says he made a "one-time mistake" sending a group fax and now faces bankruptcy because of the ensuing class action lawsuit.

Ohio judge dismisses most of the claims in class action against vodka maker

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 11, 2015

Plaintiff sued Texas-based maker of Tito's Handmade Vodka, claiming the label for the brew is false and misleading because the liquor is manufactured commercially.

Whistleblower’s complaint against Vanguard dismissed by New York SC

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 10, 2015

The court, in a ruling last month, found that the whistleblower, a former in-house tax attorney, improperly disclosed and used information he obtained while employed at the company.

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