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Imerys Talc files for bankruptcy over mounting baby powder litigation

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 15, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - With the floodgate of asbestos-related legal action taken against the company over the last decade showing no sign of subsiding, talc supplier Imerys Talc America and two of its subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Dollar Thrifty car rental companies settle charges of misleading Florida customers

By Marian Johns | Feb 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Dollar Thrifty car rental companies have reached an agreement with the state of Florida over allegations of not disclosing additional fees added to rental charges for the state's "cashless tolls" and misleading customers regarding other fees and charges.

Ahead of talc test, NYC judge gives good news to asbestos defendants

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 1, 2019

The January 31 decision could have especially strong implications for lawsuits over talcum powder

Georgia alleges more than 20 opioid manufacturers, distributors played role in crisis

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

ATLANTA — The state of Georgia has filed a civil lawsuit against more than 20 opioid manufacturers and distributors for allegedly using false and deceptive tactics in a effort to increase their profits from opioid drug sales, which has contributed to the state's opioid crisis.

EEOC: Georgia restaurant to pay $15,500 for demoting worker due to pregnancy

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

ATLANTA — A Georgia restaurant and bar accused of demoting an employee to a lower paying job due to her pregnancy, has settled charges by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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Trial lawyers: EPA admission of fault in Sterigenics emissions measuring won't matter to lawsuits vs company

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 30, 2018

As federal environmental regulators reassess their controversial measurements of emissions from the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook, a group of lawyers representing Willowbrook residents are continuing unfazed in their lawsuits against the company, based largely on findings in a federal report that relied heavily on the allegedly faulty data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Sterigenics: Lawsuits asking courts to rewrite federal clean air rules, based on a 'flawed' report

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 29, 2018

Saying plaintiffs are asking the courts to essentially rewrite federal environmental laws and regulatory rules based on a single report issued by a federal agency relying on faulty data, medical device sterilizer Sterigenics has asked a federal judge to corral a stampede of lawsuits that have hit the courts in recent weeks amid a blizzard of media reports asserting the company’s use of a key sterilizing agent at its facility in suburban Willowbrook could cause cancer.

BMW vehicle owners allege N63 engines rapidly consume oil

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 23, 2018

ATLANTA (Legal Newline) – Seven BMW vehicle owners allege an engine defect causes the vehicles to consume excessive amounts of oil.

Floor maker says lawyers' theories fall short in NYC asbestos case

By John O'Brien | Nov 2, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The maker of floor tiles sued for a man’s asbestos-caused disease says all exposures to the deadly substance are not equal, using a 2015 state court decision that favored companies sued in the long-running mass tort.

Litigation funding not subject to Georgia's interest rate laws, state Supreme Court rules

By John Breslin | Oct 22, 2018

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Funding provided to plaintiffs while their lawsuit is pending is not a loan under Georgia law, the state's Supreme Court ruled Monday, and therefore regulations setting maximum interest rates that can be charged won't apply.

A&T alleged to have called Atlanta woman more than 100 times to collect alleged debt

By Bree Gonzales | Oct 1, 2018

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – An Atlanta resident alleges a debt collector harassed her with dozens of calls.

Opioid lawyers say settlement may hinge on forcing plaintiffs into class action

By Dan Fisher | Sep 28, 2018

A settlement binding all potential plaintiffs may be the only practical way of ending nearly 2,000 lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of addictive opioid painkillers, said plaintiff lawyers attending a conference on opioid litigation this week.

EEOC: Worker fired after requesting medical leave to treat prostate cancer

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia against a national provider of indirect industrial supplies, alleging an employee was fired after requesting medical leave for prostate cancer treatment.

EEOC alleges Golden Corral franchisee fired server for having epilepsy

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The federal government has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, alleging a Golden Corral restaurant franchisee in Augusta fired a server for not being able to control her epilepsy.

Outside counsel to aid Georgia's litigation, investigation of state opioid sales, distribution

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

ATLANTA — Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has chosen a legal team of outside counsel to assist the state's investigation and litigation relating to prescription opioid manufacturing, marketing, sale and distribution in Georgia.

Georgia SC takes on case of fired firefighter

By Charmaine Little | Sep 11, 2018

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Georgia reversed and remanded a case for a former College Park firefighter who claimed one of the officials that fired her wasn’t legally permitted to be in the role.

Kovack Securities aided in breach of fiduciary duty, consumers allege

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 4, 2018

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – A Florida broker-dealer and its president/owner are alleged to have aided in a breach of fiduciary duty by assisting in a fraudulent asset transfer.

Georgia Supreme Court rules in favor of newlyweds who alleged rehearsal dinner food caused illness

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 30, 2018

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Georgia reversed “sharply divided” trial and appeals courts’ orders on Aug. 20 regarding summary judgment arguments made by the defendant caterer in a food poisoning case.

Coca-Cola reaches $2.25 million settlement over 9 discrimination charges

By Marian Johns | Aug 29, 2018

DENVER — Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. has reached a $2.25 million settlement with the federal government to resolve nine charges of discrimination, alleging the company did not provide accommodations for employees with disabilities.

Georgia reaches deal with title pawn business that allegedly illegally sued customers

By Marian Johns | Aug 24, 2018

ATLANTA — A Georgia title pawn business has reached a settlement with the state resolving allegations that it sued customers for outstanding loan principal, interest and fees in violation of state law.

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