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With bipartisan support, asbestos transparency bill passes in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – North Carolina appears to be the next state to pass legislation targeting asbestos attorneys who attempt to game the compensation system by telling conflicting stories about their clients’ exposures.

Preliminary approval granted of $10 million settlement in Outer Banks power outage case; Attorneys get up to $3.4 million

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Several businesses, vacationers, and residents impacted by a major power outage have been granted preliminary approval of a $10 million class action settlement.

DuPont: Lawsuit over discharges into Cape Fear River 'rests on a mistaken premise'

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A major chemical company has filed a motion asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it polluted a North Carolina river, causing sickness and property damage to those living near its banks.

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.

RICO suit filed against Great Plains Lending over allegations of predatory online lending scheme

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Three consumers allege that they were the victims of online payday lending schemes that attempted to circumvent federal law by issuing loans under Native American tribal business entities.

Groups claim Duke Energy Carolinas plant is polluting creeks, other water sources

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Citizen conservation groups allege that a coal-fired electricity generating plant in Stokes County, North Carolina is unlawfully leaking toxic metals and other pollutants.

Lawsuits over this summer's Outer Banks power outage consolidated

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Chief Justice James C. Dever III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has ordered plaintiffs in multiple lawsuits against a construction company to consolidate their lawsuits, which focus on damages and losses suffered by a power outage in July.

Koch Industries puts Bestwall unit, a small player in asbestos, in bankruptcy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - Koch Industries has put a division of its Georgia-Pacific unit in Chapter 11 bankruptcy after failing to stem a rising tide of lawsuits by mesothelioma victims who attribute their disease to asbestos-containing drywall compound.

Cohen Milstein claims DuPont, Chemours discharged toxic chemicals in Cape Fear River

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A Leland, North Carolina, citizen has filed a class action lawsuit over allegations that two companies have released toxic chemicals into a river used as a drinking water supply.

Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings alleged to have charged excessive rates

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Several consumers allege that a laboratory testing service company charges fees that are in excess of fair market prices.

Calif. appeals court affirms $3.75 million judgment against cigarette manufacturer

Plaintiff Tajie Major sued several cigarette manufacturers her husband, William, had smoked, as well as manufacturers of asbestos to which he had been exposed, alleging both his smoking and asbestos exposure caused his lung cancer and death.

National Audubon Society goes to court over project on N.C. beach

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The National Audubon Society is seeking to enjoin a project in North Carolina it alleges would damage a beach.

Employee blames Family Dollar for injuries sustained during robbery

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) — An employee is suing Family Dollar Stores, alleging liability and negligence led to her being beaten by a masked assailant.

Medical testing firm sued over alleged overbilling of customers

Consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against a company that runs a network of medical testing labs, accusing the firm of fraud and overcharging for clinical tests. 

North Carolina customer accuses Walmart of phone violations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — A North Carolina man has filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart, alleging violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Students claim Charlotte law school misrepresented that it was ABA-compliant

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Three Charlotte School of Law students allege the school misrepresented the compliance of its law programs.

Adobe settles 2013 data breach case with 15 states

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Adobe Systems Inc. has settled its data breach case with several states following a lengthy legal battle that started in 2013.

Medical technician accuses South Carolina business of retaliation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — A medical clinician is suing a South Carolina corporation, alleging retaliation.

Man alleges Rooms To Go does not add protective treatment to furniture

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A North Carolina consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against a furniture company over allegations it did not add a treatment to protect furniture from spills as promised.

North Carolina court ruling could impact class action claims

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - A North Carolina appellate court recently affirmed that a plaintiff must pay the defendant’s court costs after he turned down an offer of judgment.