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Trump: Climate change lawsuits interfere with policy, should be dismissed

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Trump administration disapproves of climate change litigation initiated by cities and counties in California and the private attorneys they hired on a contingency fee.

Details, criticism of how class action lawyers charged $75M might be kept from public

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The public might not get to view the findings of a special master tasked with examining why a $300 million class action settlement included inflated hourly rates and a suspicious $200,000 payment to a public defender who is the brother of one of the lead plaintiffs lawyers.

Hagens Berman reduces fee for latest government client to sue over climate change

Hagens Berman reduces fee for latest government client to sue over climate change

Three state AGs support climate change cases after 15 colleagues did the opposite

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – California, New Jersey and Washington have filed a brief to support Oakland and San Francisco’s suits claiming big oil companies need to be held responsible for their part in global warming.

Consumer alleges L.L. Bean's changes to guarantee breached contract with customers

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts resident alleges that L.L. Bean customers who purchased products before the company changed its guarantee did not receive what they bargained for.

Massachusetts dental practice alleges Yelp caused it to lose clients, profits

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts dental clinic alleges Yelp "intentionally resurrected plaintiff's sole one-star review" after it declined to purchase advertising on the site.

Hold government to higher standard, former Calif. AG says of climate change lawsuit controversy

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A Texas judge has decided California officials suing the energy industry over climate change are talking out of both sides of their mouths, and the former top lawyer of the Golden State is disappointed in their actions.

Judge in massive opioid case watching plaintiff lawyer spending, orders them to fly coach

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against the opioid industry ordered plaintiffs’ attorneys to keep monthly records of the time they spend on their cases down to a tenth of an hour and imposed strict rules on who can collect fees, in an effort to prevent the excesses that have drawn criticism in other class actions and mass tort cases.

Judge: Calif. cities alleging doom in climate change lawsuits sold investors a different story

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) – California officials who are suing large energy companies are telling two contradictory stories while taking part in a targeted effort featuring state attorneys general, private lawyers and Rockefeller money, a Texas judge has found.

Individuals claim program offered by Walmart to suspected shoplifters is 'extortion scheme'

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Three individuals have filed a suit against Walmart and several others over allegations they participate in a "long-running, highly profitable extortion scheme."

Suit over fraud allegations filed against American Renal Associates, American Renal Management

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – An insurance company alleges a dialysis business operated an illegal profiteering scheme.

SEC charges fintech startup founder with fraud, alleges he tricked investors

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced April 2 that Michael Liberty, founder of the financial technology startup Mozidio Inc., has been charged with tricking hundreds of investors into investing in shell companies rather than Mozidio.

Arkansas' attorney general uses five private law firms to file opioid lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Another Republican has officially joined forces with the trial bar to sue the makers of prescription painkillers, as Arkansas’ Leslie Rutledge recently filed her anticipated lawsuit through five different private law firms.

Advanced Thermal Technologies alleged to have submitted false claims to federal government

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts small business is alleged to have submitted false and fraudulent claims to the federal government to receive awards.

Arkansas AG, GOP colleagues criticized litigation strategy on climate, embrace it on opioids

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was a vocal critic of the aggressive litigation tactics her Democratic colleagues used against the oil industry over climate change. But she’s taken a different approach toward the opioid crisis.

SCOTUS decision changes everything in Missouri mass tort cases; Once-$72M verdict will stay vacated

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to not review a talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, leaving vacated a once-$72 million verdict signals that the "Show-Me State is now a less tort-friendly place," a mass tort litigator says.

Ice ages, the atmosphere and what Trump thinks: Climate change judge questions it all

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has big questions regarding global warming for the private lawyers pushing lawsuits on behalf of California cities and counties – and about how President Donald Trump feels about blaming the energy industry for climate change.

Woman alleges child, slave labor is involved in production of Hershey chocolate products

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts consumer claims that she would not have purchased Hershey chocolate products or paid as much for them if Hershey had disclosed alleged child and slave labor in the production of its chocolate.

Consumer files suit against maker of Snickers, Milky Way over allegations child labor is involved in supply chain

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts woman alleges a food conglomerate fails to disclose that child labor is involved in the cocoa beans it uses in its products.

Judge delays release of critical report on $75 million State Street class action fee

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge in Boston has delayed for another month the release of a special master’s report on allegations that class action lawyers submitted inflated bills to obtain $75 million in fees for negotiating a $300 million settlement of a securities class action against State Street Bank and Trust.