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New book details attorney’s frustrations with MDL: Handling of cases becoming ‘more and more deplorable’

TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Nearly 40 percent of civil cases pending in federal courts across the country are consolidated into multidistrict litigation, resulting in “a shift away from the rule of law to a system of arbitrary justice,” says Tampa attorney Brian Donovan in his new book on his experience and frustrations with MDL.

Louisiana high court cuts punitive damages down to $4.25 million in wrongful death case

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The Louisiana Supreme Court amended a wrongful death judgment by nearly $20 million, citing that the punitive damage award was "excessive."

Dispute between law firms over fee-sharing agreement transferred to New Jersey court

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – A judge has granted a transfer motion filed by law firm Stull, Stull & Brody in a lawsuit against it filed by The Whitehead Law Firm and Goforth, Lewis & Sanford.

Close to 2,000 Louisiana students eligible for refunds after multi-state settlement with Corinthian Colleges

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced April 21 that close to 2,000 students in the state who attended Corinthian Colleges Inc. schools between 2010 and 2014 may be eligible for loan forgiveness.

Fifth Circuit clarifies four-year statute of limitation rule for home equity loans

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – A four-year statute of limitations was the key factor in a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in an appeal concerning a home equity loan.

Fifth Circuit dismisses class member’s duplicative individual claim against USPS

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently upheld a lower court’s ruling to dismiss an individual claim brought by a U.S. Postal Service worker, saying the case was already subsumed in another pending class action administrative complaint.

Louisiana AG petitions EPA to revise risk-management rule

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a petition urging Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to revise the agency's Risk Management Program Rule.

Rehab service alleges Baker Donelson law firm cost it $1 million

Plaintiff The Summit Health and Rehab Services Inc. filed its lawsuit against Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC in Hinds County Circuit Court in Mississippi Jan. 12.

Law firms butt heads over share of fees in Vioxx class action settlement

Kahn Swick & Foti LLC, considered one of the nation’s premier boutique securities litigation law firms, filed its lawsuit against Milberg LLP in November. The Louisiana firm contends Milberg owes it millions in fees from work it did on litigation concerning Merck’s painkiller Vioxx.

Settlement reached in Advanced Care Scripts class action over faxes

The settlement totals $9.25 million, with each member of the class who received an unsolicited fax from Advanced to be awarded $500 to $1,500.

Groups want Third Circuit to enforce Flonase class action settlement against Louisiana AG

The Washington Legal Foundation is among those calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to overturn a Pennsylvania federal court’s decision that, they argue, would undermine class-wide settlements by permitting plaintiff states to file copycat lawsuits despite benefiting from a settlement.

Louisiana AG cancels outside legal contracts in case involving drywall damages

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has cancelled the outside legal contracts related to the State of Louisiana, ex rel. James D. (“Buddy”) Caldwell v. Knauf Gips KG et al. lawsuit.

Attorney: Tenants' rights remain even after flooding, other natural disasters

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) – The Louisiana floods can leave homeowners reeling, but there is another demographic that gets hit, often even harder - renters.

Fifth Circuit refuses to abandon precedent, side with NLRB over individual arbitration agreements

Soon after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s ruling, the Ninth Circuit went the other way, instead siding with the NLRB’s approach and ruling that individual arbitration waiver agreements are unenforceable under federal law. Other cases raising the same issue currently are pending before the Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits.

Court reporting firm accuses board of examiners of unlawful conspiracy

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) — A New Jersey court reporting firm is suing members of a Louisiana board of examiners, alleging unlawful behavior.

Fifth Circuit deems gun rights more important than employer rights, attorney says

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court recently reinstated a lawsuit brought by an employee who alleged he was wrongly terminated for possessing a concealed weapon on company property.

Louisiana federal judge affirms remand of former employee’s class action against auto parts retailer

Judge Susie Morgan said in an order this month that the class action should remain in state court, denying a motion for reconsideration filed by defendant Advance Stores Company, d/b/a Advance Auto Parts.

Attorney criticizes Minn. appeals court's decision in wrongful discharge case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – A game-changing decision out of the Minnesota Court of Appeals late last month will broaden rights that employees already have in the state and place undue pressure on employers, said an industry attorney during a recent interview.

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

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.”

ORB to pay more than $700,000 for alleged oil spills

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) – ORB Exploration LLC (ORB) will pay more than $700,000 in penalties and costs to settle allegations it violated the Clean Water Act and state environmental laws due to three crude oil spills.