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T-Mobile Northeast files suit against Massachusetts city over denial of permit for facility

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts city is facing a suit from a telecommunications provider over its denial of a permit to construct a facility.

Exxon prepares to sue Calif. cities, says they contradict themselves on climate change

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Some government officials in California are hypocrites pushing a political agenda that involves using private lawyers to sue and demonize ExxonMobil, the company is now arguing in a Texas state court.

Massachusetts law firm alleges competitors put up similar billboard

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts personal injury law firm alleges that two other competing law firms in the state put up a confusingly similar billboard.

Backpage.com asks court to dismiss latest complaint related to alleged sex trafficking

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Backpage.com LLC, Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacy and James Larkin are asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to dismiss a lawsuit filed June 12 against them by three Jane Doe plaintiffs who allege that the defendants’ website was used to force them to participate in sex trafficking.

Pfizer sues Johnson & Johnson over alleged anti-competitive practices

Pfizer’s lawsuit, filed in a Pennsylvania federal court in September, alleges Johnson & Johnson’s exclusionary contracts and other anti-competitive practices have denied U.S. patients access to therapeutic options and undermined the benefits of “robust” price competition in the “innovative and growing” biologics marketplace for patients.

Rhode Island sues companies involved in 2003 oil spill

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The state of Rhode Island and its Department of Environmental Management are suing a vessel owner and its operators over environmental damage stemming from an oil spill.

Calif. judge reverses $417 million award in talc powder case

In her Oct. 20 ruling, Judge Maren Nelson for the Los Angeles Superior Court pointed to insufficient evidence on both sides, various errors and some jury misconduct during the trial.

Massachusetts accuses used car dealership of predatory practices

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced a lawsuit Sept. 26 against used car dealership JD Byrider, alleging predatory practices.

Massachusetts helps draft legislation to better protect consumers from data breaches

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Sept. 25 that her office has updated legislation to better protect consumers from data breaches like the recent one at Equifax.

Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc., Sexy Hair Concepts files second motion to dismiss shampoo suit

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. and Sexy Hair Concepts have filed a second motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the companies made false claims about the contents in Healthy Sexy Sulfate-Free Soy Moisturizing shampoo.

Dell subsidiary to pay $110,000 after alleged discrimination toward transgender employee

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Sept. 1 that EMC Corporation, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies (collectively, Dell EMC), will pay $110,000 after allegations of discriminating based on sex and gender identity.

DraftKings, FanDuel to each pay $1.3 million to Massachusetts after unfair practices allegations

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Sept. 7 that DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. will pay roughly $2.6 million after allegations of unfair and deceptive practices.

Massachusetts secures $210,000 for Uber drivers allegedly victimized by vehicle leasing agency

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 30 that Xchange Leasing LLC, a subsidiary of Uber, has reimbursed drivers more than $210,000 after allegations of overcharging the drivers for tolls and other fees.

Massachusetts dentist to return $500,000 to state Medicaid program after alleged false billing

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 21 that Dr. Annie Watson and her dental practice, Gentle Smiles LLC, will return $500,000 to the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth) after allegations of improperly billing the program for some of its services.

AGs say electric grid study shows need for clean energy

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 25 that she has joined a coalition of attorneys general in issuing a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) electric grid study.

Johnson & Johnson already planning appeal of $417 million California talc powder verdict

After a four-week trial, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury returned a verdict of $417 million against Johnson & Johnson Monday. The total includes $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 in punitive damages.

Medical marijuana use opens up a potential quandary for employers

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A recent Massachusetts case in which a woman sued her employer after being terminated for the use of marijuana for which she was legally prescribed represents the opening of a Pandora’s Box for employers.

Opioid company sued by former employee under False Claims Act

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts woman alleges she was wrongfully terminated from her job with an opioid pain medication pharmaceutical company.

Massachusetts contractor to pay $100,000 for alleged wage law violations

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 8 that Wilmington Wiring Corporation (WWC) and owner John Garrett will pay more than $100,000 after allegations of intentionally failing to properly pay employees working on a public project for the city of Worcester to repair streetlights.

Massachusetts attorney general secures $6.3 million in refunds for 4,500 homeowners

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 11 that American Security Insurance Company will pay $6.3 million in refunds to more than 4,500 homeowners after allegations of improper charges.