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EEOC: North Carolina restaurant allowed employee to be subjected to racial slurs, harassment

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina barbecue restaurant is facing a lawsuit from the federal government, alleging it did not attempt to stop a black employee from being subjected to racial slurs and harassment by another employee.

Reliance Trust to pay $4.5 million in restitution for employee stock ownership plan irregularities

By Marian Johns | Oct 9, 2018

RALEIGH — An Atlanta trust company will pay $4.5 million in restitution to an employee stock ownership plan, according to a consent judgment issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

EEOC alleges Family Dollar refused to employ person with partial paralysis

By Marian Johns | Oct 9, 2018

DETROIT — A federal agency is suing Family Stores of Michigan LLC, alleging the company refused to employ a person due to his partial paralysis.

Washington Supreme Court rules employer's payment plan is not a piecework plan under state code in Xerox case

By Chandra Lye | Oct 3, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the state of Washington has responded no to a question posed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case over employee pay.

EEOC: North Carolina company made improper medical inquiry about employee's disability information

By Marian Johns | Oct 1, 2018

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is taking legal action against North Carolina-based Loflin Fabrication LLC., for allegedly making an improper medical inquiry and then terminating a employee in violation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

EEOC: North Carolina real estate software provider fired employee for receiving opioid treatment

By Marian Johns | Oct 1, 2018

RALEIGH - The federal government is suing a North Carolina real estate closing and title insurance software provider, alleging it fired an employee because he was receiving opioid addiction treatment.

Court rejects appeal of companies sweating new rules in NYC's controversial asbestos docket

By Dan Fisher | Sep 27, 2018

Asbestos defendants failed to convince New York’s highest court to intervene in a long-running fight over how the New York City asbestos court known as NYCAL does business, leaving them with few options as hundreds of lawsuits march toward trial in the plaintiff-friendly venue.

'This is wrong': Fourth Circuit judge rips gag order in multimillion-dollar hog farm cases

By Dan Fisher | Sep 27, 2018

A federal judge’s gag order prohibiting anyone connected to nuisance litigation against hog farms in North Carolina was probably an unconstitutional prior restraint of speech and never should have been issued, an influential judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said in oral arguments this week.

N.C man injured working on 'ultrahazardous' job gets new shot at lawsuit

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 25, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A North Carolina appellate court has ruled that a trial court erred when it dismissed a man's complaint over allegations of strict liability against several companies stemming from injuries incurred during his "ultrahazardous" job.

N.C. court reinstates lawsuit against AG over Smithfield Foods agreement

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 25, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit filed against North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein will go forward after a trial court ruling granting summary judgment to the defendants was reversed.

DOJ raises flag in Kaiser Gypsum bankruptcy; Says it will investigate illegal conduct in trusts

By Ann Maher | Sep 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice has stepped into Kaiser Gypsum's Chapter 11 bankruptcy pending in the Western District of North Carolina over concerns that its reorganization plan lacks sufficient safeguards to prevent fraud.

Estate claims woman with sordid past drained millionaire's bank account before death, wins summary judgment

By John Breslin | Sep 3, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A woman with a criminal record and many aliases has lost her appeal against a partial summary judgment in a suit filed by the administrator of the estate of a one-time millionaire.

North Carolina court remands malpractice case back to trial court, says plaintiff's expert wrongfully disqualified

By John Breslin | Sep 3, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – An appeals court has reversed a summary judgment in favor of a hospital in a suit over allegations of medical malpractice and wrongful death.

Nonprofit alleges Chemours facility in North Carolina is discharging 'toxic' substances in groundwater

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 3, 2018

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit organization based in Wilmington, North Carolina alleges a facility in the state is discharging substances without authorization.

NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Josh Stein Files suit against Contractors over deceptive Trade Practices

By Press release submission | Aug 28, 2018

Attorney General Josh Stein filed a suit against Randy Briel, Glenn Dunnam, Signature Sun Decks, and Decks Patios and Porches over a contractor scheme in the Charlotte area.

NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Josh Stein sues Opioid Manufacturer Insys over Medicaid Concerns

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Attorney General Josh Stein filed a suit to hold drug manufacturer Insys Therapeutics, Inc., responsible for its deceptive marketing and sale practices by intervening in two lawsuits accusing Insys of violating the False Claims Act

Ag and state reps say nuisance lawyers trying to put farmers out of business

By John Sammon | Aug 7, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Representatives of agriculture in North Carolina accuse lawyers and their plaintiffs of attempting to put farmers out of business in the wake of a lawsuit targeting a hog ranch.

Rotech Health reaches $9.95 million settlement with North Carolina for alleged false claims

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

RALEIGH — A Florida respiratory equipment provider has reached a nearly $10 million settlement with the state of North Carolina to resolve allegations the company submitted false claims to Medicaid and Medicare.

Gathering set to discuss ways to stymie spread of nuisance lawsuits against agri-business

By John Breslin | Aug 2, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - A major gathering of politicians and representatives of state agencies will convene Friday for a round table discussion on how to stymie the spread of nuisance lawsuits against agri-business companies and producers.

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.

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