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Judge finds PwC liable to FDIC - only the FDIC - over Colonial fraud

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge in Washington has found accounting giant PwC liable to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. for failing to catch the multibillion-dollar fraud that took down Colonial Bank, even as she rejected similar claims by the bank and its holding company because they were complicit in the fraud.

Customer alleges Wal-Mart failed to honor its written return policy

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A Walmart customer alleges he was not refunded sales tax when he returned purchased items in violation of the company's policy.

FDIC's attack on PwC puts judge behind schedule

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge has put a damages trial on hold in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit against accounting firm PwC over 2009 failure of Colonial Bank Group, saying she was behind schedule on determining the threshold question of liability.

Class action lawyers lose $2.5M Mo. ruling after Supreme Court takes case

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned a $2.5 million verdict against Nissan North America Inc., which had been sued by a class of plaintiffs that alleged the automaker had produced vehicles with dashboards that became defective when there was heat or high humidity.

Employee alleges Haldez Brake Products Corp. terminated job because of consumer report

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – A Kansas City man alleges his employer terminated him because of information in his consumer report but failed to provide him with a copy of the report.

In St. Louis, man sprays windshield wiper fluid industry with lawsuits

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) - One St. Louis man appears to have gone from product-to-product trying to find a windshield wiper fluid he can trust when it’s warmer than negative-20 degrees outside – but, unsatisfied, he recently filed eight class action lawsuits in one day.

Coca-Cola files motion of reconsideration after ruling in orange juice flavoring case

The Coca-Cola Co. has filed a motion of reconsideration after the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri court granted a motion of class certification in a lawsuit over allegedly added flavors in orange juice.

Judge says reasonable consumer could be fooled by slack fill in Hot Tamales, Mike and Ike's

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – Candy company Just Born Inc.’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit over slack-fill techniques was denied by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Central Division on July 21.

Missouri SC upholds damages award of nearly $40 million in Depakote lawsuit

Defendant Abbott Laboratories Inc. appealed the City of St. Louis Circuit Court’s judgment awarding plaintiff Maddison Schmidt $15 million in compensatory damages and $23 million in punitive damages for her personal injury claim. Schmidt was born with spina bifida and other birth defects.

Company seeks injunction against city of St. Louis to build communications tower

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A Missouri company is seeking an injunction to allow it to construct a wireless communications tower in St. Louis.

Target data breach settlement needs subclasses, group argues to Eighth Circuit

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A group objecting to a $10 million class action settlement stemming from a 2013 Target data breach has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to vacate the class certification order.

Court won't transfer lawsuit over '8' on bottles of Old Charter bourbon

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court of Eastern District of Missouri has denied a motion for change of venue to distilleries named in a class action lawsuit that claims they falsely labeled their Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

Consumer claims Alexia potato products have xanthan gum and cannot be labeled as 'all natural'

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A St. Louis consumer alleges that an Idaho business made false claims regarding its potato products.

Med-mal plaintiffs lose attempt to disqualify juror; Rehearing requested at Missouri Supreme Court

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri has affirmed a lower court’s verdict in favor of the defendant in a medical negligence case in which two plaintiffs claimed a juror should have been disqualified.

Mo. Supreme Court rules the former St. Louis Rams are liable for unpaid sales tax

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the former St. Louis Rams owe $335,000 in state sales tax that went unpaid from 2007 to 2013.

Emerson Electric units lose companies' first asbestos trial; Jury orders $300K to meso victim

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – An attorney for a former nuclear plant employee with mesothelioma said a $300,000 Aug. 3 jury verdict against Emerson Electric Co. units Fisher Controls International and Crosby Valve will help other asbestos plaintiffs with claims against the companies..

Eighth Circuit asks for additional briefing in Target data breach class action settlement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, earlier this year, sent the case back to a Minnesota federal district court to reconsider the objections of class member Leif Olson. In May, the federal court approved certification of the class action for a second time.

Mo. court doesn't dismiss lawsuit over amount of Reese's Pieces, Whoppers in packaging

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – On May 16, the U.S District Court for the Western Division of Missouri denied a second motion made by Hershey to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a consumer who claimed that he purchased candy boxes that were as much as 41 percent empty.

Exxon Mobil Corp., Reeves Boomland Inc. and Bi-State Southern Oil Co. accused of violating FACTA

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – An Illinois man claims that he has been placed at a heightened risk of identity theft because more than five digits of his credit card number were printed on receipts from a gas station chain.

Jet's Pizza seeks dismissal of complaint over Jumbo Jet Deal advertisement

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A Missouri pizza shop has asked a federal court to dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges it failed to mention additional pizza topping charges in an ad.