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FTC, FDA warn 13 e-cigarettes companies about packaging that resembles kid-friendly items

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 1 that, in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it has issued a warning letter to 13 companies in the e-cigarette business.

Jos. A Bank moves to dismiss California claims from false advertising suit

GREENBELT, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by a class of customers alleging negligent misrepresentation.

Maryland's highest court upholds cap on damages to family of murdered inmate

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – A Maryland court has upheld rulings that the damages awarded to the family of a man who was killed on a prison transport bus should be capped.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Consumer alleges beanie purchased on StockX.com was a fake

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – A consumer alleges a product he purchased from an online reseller was a fake.

Business leaders welcome passage of Wisconsin civil litigation bill

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – Small business leaders are welcoming the passage of a bill in Wisconsin that changes certain civil litigation rules likely to benefit contractors.

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.