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Consumer claims Canada Dry Ginger Ale is falsely labeled as made from real ginger

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 12, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The makers of Canada Dry Ginger Ale are alleged to falsely label the beverage as made from real ginger.

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Calif. cities file appeal in effort to avoid possible lawsuit from Exxon

By David Yates | Jul 12, 2018

Potential defendants argue Texas court lacks jurisdiction.

Mass. court: Creditors that don't leave voicemails still open to lawsuits

By Sandra Lane | Jul 3, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled June 25 that regulations regarding phone calls to consumers applies to creditors who use automatic dialing devices or voluntarily do not leave a voicemail message.

Court unseals scathing report accusing Labaton of misconduct in State Street case

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 2, 2018

A federal judge unsealed a lengthy report accusing Labaton Sucharow and a Massachusetts law firm of deliberately misleading the court about how it distributed the fees in a $300 million settlement with State Street Bank and Trust Co., including $4.1 million paid to a Houston lawyer who did no work on the case.

Massachusetts storm sewer system alleged to not have permit

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 29, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit environmental advocacy organization alleges a storm sewer system in Massachusetts is discharging storm water without authorization.

Massachusetts public housing owner liable for fall under Torts Claim Act, high court rules

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 28, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court affirmed a Superior Court ruling that the managers of a public housing apartment building cannot claim to be pubic employers to sidestep claims under the Torts Claim Act.

Judge boots global warming cases of San Francisco, Oakland against oil industry

By John O'Brien | Jun 26, 2018

A California federal judge has rejected the efforts of municipal officials who teamed with private lawyers to seek to hold the energy industry liable for the alleged future effects of climate change.

Widower’s $20 million award affirmed by Mass. court; Car drove through convenience store, killing woman

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 26, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – On June 6, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals affirmed an amended award of $20 million to the spouse of a woman instantly killed when a car crashed into a Cumberland Farms convenience store and struck her.

Labaton escalates spat with judge in State Street case, demands ex parte communications

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 25, 2018

Labaton Sucharow, having failed to get a federal judge to recuse himself, asked him to turn over records of any out-of-court communications with the special master probing allegations that Labaton overcharged its clients and improperly shared part of its $75 million fee.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS: Notice of Openings on the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services

By Press release submission | Jun 23, 2018

The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court invite applications for appointment to the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

'They're always wrong': NYC's hired guns cite overturned case as authority for climate change lawsuit

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 19, 2018

It was a surprising opening move, to say the least. Arguing for the City of New York in its climate lawsuit against five major oil companies, attorney Michael Pawa cited AEP v. Connecticut, a 2009 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as “persuasive authority” in his clients’ favor.

NYC's climate change lawsuit faces scrutiny from judge during dismissal arguments

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 14, 2018

A clearly skeptical federal judge questioned the basic premise behind New York City’s lawsuit against five of the world’s biggest oil companies over climate change on Wednesday

Women file RICO suit against Harvey Weinstein, others over assault allegations

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 14, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Three women working in the film industry have filed a racketeering suit against Harvey Weinstein and other companies.

Delaware Superior Court denies prejudgment interest in 13-year-old asbestos coverage dispute

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 11, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware Superior Court judge denied a motion that set judgment amounts in a lawsuit against Century Indemnity Co. and other defendants.

Ark. pension system hires white collar crime lawyer as argument over $75M in class action attorneys fees rumbles on

By John Breslin | Jun 9, 2018

An Arkansas pension fund has retained a law firm with expertise in criminal and corporate investigations as arguments over $75 million in class action attorney fees continue in federal court.

Massachusetts files suit against DMB Financial, Global Client Solutions over debt settlement program

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 8, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts company and an Oklahoma company are facing a suit from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over a debt settlement program.

Three weeks after Silver conviction, NY lawmakers balking at asbestos reform

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 2, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Reform bills that would require asbestos plaintiffs to disclose all potential claims in court appear stalled in the New York legislature, three weeks after former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted for a second time on charges stemming directly from the state’s scandal-prone asbestos court system.

New state AG opioid lawsuits show diverging strategies, outside counsel pay scales

By Daniel Fisher | May 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - The latest wave of state lawsuits over the opioid crisis illustrates sharp differences emerging in how governments litigate these cases, both in whom they choose to sue and whether private lawyers stand to get a piece of the action.

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

By John O'Brien | May 18, 2018

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

By John O'Brien | May 16, 2018

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.

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