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Maryland's MTBE suit should be heard in federal court, Atlantic Richfield says

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – On Feb. 14, Atlantic Richfield Co. filed a notice to remove a lawsuit against it and other petroleum manufacturers by the State of Maryland from the Baltimore Circuit Court to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

State AGs united for #MeToo, but changing federal law could be slippery slope

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – State attorneys general are united in championing a new cause – abolishing clauses that require sexual harassment claims to be heard in arbitration. But would it set a bad precedent for changing federal law while scoring political points for its supporters?

DOJ facing broad challenge to anti-sanctuary city policy, prosecution advocate says

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A U.S. Department of Justice policy that ties federal funding to immigration-based requirements is being challenged nationwide, a prosecution advocate and former assistant U.S. attorney for California and Maryland said during a recent interview.

Class actions over Gerber Good Start baby formula roll on

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A hearing is scheduled later this winter in two class action lawsuits that each claim Gerber Good Start baby formula makes health claims unsupported by science.

Computer Sciences Corp. takes issue with Maryland's fraud claims

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – Los Angeles-based Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by the state of Maryland that claimed CSC deliberately misrepresented its capabilities in creating a new Medicaid computer system.

Md. lawsuit moved to Talbot County; Plaintiffs preferred Baltimore, though they would have driven past Talbot courthouse on way

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeals of Maryland on Sept. 6 upheld a ruling by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City that a hearing over the medical treatment given to a 15-year-old boy be transferred from Baltimore City to Talbot County.

Justice Department: Government contractor illegally terminated Coast Guard reservist

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced a complaint Dec. 12 against Bridges Consulting Inc. (Bridges), a government contractor with headquarters in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, for allegations of violating the employment rights of a member of the Armed Forces.

Hyland's, others question why class action filed after refunds were issued over teething tablets

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Homeopathic teething remedy makers and sellers Hyland’s, Standard Homeopathic, CVS Pharmacy and Target asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to dismiss a consumer class action lawsuit filed against them on Sept. 15.

Purdue Pharma, others seek dismissal of man's opioid marketing suit, alleges claims are 'defective'

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – A group of pharmaceutical manufacturers and sellers has moved to dismiss a class action suit filed by a consumer who alleges prescription opioids were fraudulently marketed.

Peter Angelos, facing the loss of thousands of asbestos lawsuits, wants lawmakers' help

On Dec. 1, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, is scheduled to hear an appeal of Duffy v. CBS, a 2015 decision that applied Maryland’s 20-year statute of repose to an asbestos lawsuit.

Settlement reached in Burger King BOGO coupon lawsuit; $185K requested for attorneys

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – The parties in a class action case against Burger King Corp. have asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to preliminarily approve a settlement between the parties.

Maryland, D.C. attorneys general continue to seek lawsuit against Trump

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Nov. 8 that they have filed a new brief in the ongoing lawsuit against President Donald Trump for allegations of violating the Emoluments Clauses.

Senate urged to pass legal reform bills; Dems opposed, still mourning arbitration rule

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A two-hour hearing on frivolous lawsuits before a U.S. Senate committee may have lacked focus on pending legislation but did produce a few noteworthy moments - including Sen. Al Franken’s assertion that there are “bad actors” filing meritless lawsuits, though he is opposed to the reforms presented.

Muslim security guard gets $135K after religious, racial discrimination charges against employer

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – A security company sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over allegations of racial and religious harassment of one of its employees has settled the case for $135,000 and injunctive relief.

Bottled water company, citing letter from state drinking water program, seeks to dismiss proposed class action

Defendant Nestle Waters North America Inc., based in Stamford, Conn., filed its motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut Oct. 6.

Baltimore Backlog: Angelos firm accused not pursuing trials for asbestos clients, lawmakers told

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) - Asbestos attorneys from the main firm in one of the largest – but apparently not busiest – dockets in the country told Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday of their plan to push their dormant cases through the system to eliminate a backlog of nearly 30,000 lawsuits.

Industry unhappy with risk of higher verdicts in New York's asbestos court

The order, released in June, holds, among other things, that punitive damages awards are no longer deferred for cases placed on the trial calendar after the CMO’s effective date.

Maryland alleges EPA failed to act on petition on electric generating units

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – The state of Maryland alleges that the U.S. EPA failed to act on a petition it sent regarding electric generating units in neighboring states.

Public school educators not state employees, finds Maryland Court of Special Appeals

A Maryland appellate court has determined that employees of county boards of education are not considered employees of the state in the eyes of the law.

Motion to stay filed in FDA nutritional guide lawsuit

Two motions have been filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in a matter between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and two independent science groups over the alleged lack of enforcement in providing consumers with nutritional facts at food establishments.