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New York alleges Target, Walmart sold toys with toxic lead levels

By Marian Johns | Dec 18, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. — The state of New York has filed a lawsuit against the Target and Walmart, as well as LaRose Industries, alleging the sale of lead-contaminated toys with nearly 10 times more than legal level of lead allowed by federal standards.

Trial lawyers find unusual allies in fight against arbitration: Conservative state treasurers

By Daniel Fisher | Dec 11, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Class action lawyers who see arbitration as a mortal threat to their business have found unlikely allies among some of the nation’s most conservative state officials.

Target OKs $7.4 million settlement with California over disposal of hazardous waste into landfills

By Marian Johns | Dec 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Target Corporation has agreed to a $7.4 million settlement with the state of California regarding allegations the company disposed of retail hazardous waste materials into the state's landfills.

911 surcharge fees are taxes, Minnesota Supreme Court rules in False Claims Act case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 16, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – The idea that fees associated with certain telecommunications calls, such as 911 services, are indeed taxes, is what caused Minnesota’s Supreme Court to dismiss a case over allegations companies were purposefully not paying fees and surcharges owed to the state.

Pet owners accuse Champion of allowing heavy metals, toxins in pet food; Company says it's a copycat of failed lawsuit

By Bree Gonzales | Oct 30, 2018

CHICAGO — Pet owners have filed a class-action lawsuit against Champion Petfoods USA Inc. and Champion Petfoods LP, alleging that they misrepresented and failed to fully disclose the presence of heavy metals and toxins in their pet food.

Consumers claim Target Debit Card 'functions nothing like virtually every other debit card'

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 19, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Florida woman and North Carolina man allege a retailer misrepresented the nature of its store debit card.

Retired NBA player Kevin Garnett alleges millions of earnings were 'looted,' files suit against Kentucky firm

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 11, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A retired basketball player who starred for the Minnesota Timberwolves before helping the Boston Celtics win an NBA championship in 2008 alleges a Kentucky accounting firm misappropriated millions of his funds.

Former AFSCME union member alleges dues violated rights

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 23, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A former union member alleges that her rights were violated because she was compelled to pay money to the union as a condition of her employment.

Minn. court prevents student newspaper from access to video said to be of student pulling hijab off another's head

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 22, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – The Minnesota Court of Appeals found that a district court “did not err” in its conclusion that a video captured of a November 2016 high school altercation was inaccessible to its student newspaper.

Woman fell down steps holding a plant, unable to grab handrail; Minn. SC allows Workers' Comp claim anyway

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 22, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Minnesota Supreme Court majority ruled Aug. 8 that a woman’s workplace injury satisfied the “requisite causal connection between the workplace and her injury.”

Delaware Chancery Court appoints monitor in Oxbow Carbon exit sale suit

By Sandra Lane | Aug 10, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A multi-part remedy to settle a dispute between defendants identified as the "Koch parties" and Oxbow Carbon LLC was delivered by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster on Aug. 1 in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Natural American Spirit cigarettes' natural, additive-free claims are deceptive marketing, consumer claims

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 24, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A Washington consumer alleges that a brand of cigarettes is deceptively marketed as being natural and additive-free.

Hormel Foods, other companies alleged to have conspired to fix prices of pork

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 24, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – A Jamestown, New York company alleges that it has paid more for pork because of a conspiracy among companies in the wholesale pork market.

Climate change activists allowed to use 'necessity' defense after Minn. Supreme Court declines to hear appeal by state

By John Breslin | Jul 22, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – Climate change activists in Minnesota will be able to mount a defense that their actions were justified because they were designed to prevent a worse harm.

Minnesota Supreme Court rules trustee cannot sue over legal malpractice allegations in late man's estate

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 6, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – An appellate court decision was struck down by the Minnesota Supreme Court on June 27 over its finding that a trustee lacked standing to sue an attorney for legal malpractice during a deceased client’s estate-planning.

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.

Minnesota business seeks reversal of SNAP disqualification

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 8, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – An Edina, Minnesota shop is challenging a federal decision that disqualified it from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Law firm Messerli & Kramer alleges it did not agree to arbitration in alleged debt case

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 8, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Minnesota law firm is seeking declaration regarding an arbitration complaint related to an alleged credit card debt.

Man claims Target Corp. invaded privacy with collection calls

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 1, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – A Sanford, Fla. consumer alleges his privacy was invaded by a store's collection calls.

Minnesota county alleges termination of grant by HHS was abuse of discretion

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A Minnesota county alleges a federal agency unlawfully terminated a grant it used for a teen pregnancy prevention program.

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