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New York accuses pet store chain of rampant abuse while selling puppies

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York acting attorney general Barbara D. Underwood announced a lawsuit May 16 against Bell Pet Company LLC and owners Theodore and Sheila Bell for allegedly selling puppies without having had the dogs examined by a veterinarian, which is mandated under state law.

Woman alleges Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals oils contain synthetic ingredients

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York consumer alleges that she paid a premium for a brand of essential oils she alleges is falsely advertised as natural.

Global Gold Mining seeks to confirm arbitration award with Caldera Resources

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Two New York corporations allege a Canadian corporation failed to comply with an arbitrator's award.

Long Island University Retirement Plan alleged to have failed to monitor fees

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A current and former employee of Long Island University alleges the institution's retirement plan is paying excessive administrative fees.

Saks Fifth Avenue, others alleged to have failed to protect private information of consumers

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Two consumers from New Jersey and Texas allege they were subjected to credit fraud after a data breach at three department stores.

Weinstein Co. seeks to dismiss RICO suit over sexual harassment allegations

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A major film studio has requested a lawsuit against it related to sexual harassment in Hollywood be dismissed.

Man alleges L.L. Bean's updated guarantee rescinds what company promised

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A Berkeley, California man alleges he has been injured by L.L. Bean's reversal of its "100 percent satisfaction guarantee."

Consumers claim Town Sports International charged for gym memberships after receiving cancellation requests

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Former members of a gym allege the owners engaged in the fraudulent practice of charging membership fees after they gave notice of cancellation.

California Assembly takes on lawyer ads, unanimously passes bill that would punish misleading claims

Northern California Record

SACRAMENTO - California's lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at combating what supporters claim is misleading advertising by plaintiffs attorneys.

Wall Street Journal alleged to have sold subscribers' information

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A Wall Street Journal subscriber alleges his personal information was sold to third parties without his consent.

Federal judge rejects Harmless Harvest coconut water settlement as unfair

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge in New York has rejected a nearly $1 million class-action settlement against Harmless Harvest, believing that it was "not fair, reasonable and adequate."

Former American Airlines flight attendants allege change of travel passes breached contract

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Former flight attendants have filed a class-action lawsuit against American Airlines Inc. over allegations the travel passes promised to them upon retirement have been downgraded.

Details, criticism of how class action lawyers charged $75M might be kept from public

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The public might not get to view the findings of a special master tasked with examining why a $300 million class action settlement included inflated hourly rates and a suspicious $200,000 payment to a public defender who is the brother of one of the lead plaintiffs lawyers.

Dispute between former NFL player and concussion-litigation funder might not make it to arbitration

Pennsylvania Record

PHILADELPHIA – A ruling from a federal judge in Pennsylvania remains pending on whether or not compulsory arbitration will be permanently prohibited, in the case of a litigation funder that pursued financial recovery against a former National Football League player who allegedly failed to repay it a loan.

Court grants authority of New York entity to begin clean-up of FMC Corp. site, recover costs

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The New York Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court’s decision in a dispute between the state environmental agency and a chemical manufacturing plant, paving the way for the clean up of a hazardous waste site in Niagara County.

Two trials, same result: Sheldon Silver guilty of using public office to make millions from asbestos lawsuits

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – For a second time, a jury has convicted former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of corruption for using his status as a lawmaker and asbestos attorney to rake in millions of dollars.

Raritan Baykeeper alleges New York facility doesn't have permit for polluted stormwater

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit corporation alleges a ready-mix concrete facility in New York is discharging polluted stormwater.

LabMD alleges attorney with Missouri law firm unlawfully represented whistleblower

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A Georgia cancer detection laboratory is seeking a trial by jury over the outcome of a whistleblower suit.

Kentucky judge allows disbarred attorney Lerach to stay on case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Judge Phillip Shepherd of Kentucky's Franklin Circuit Court rejected a motion April 17 by defendants asking whether disbarred attorney William S. Lerach should be prevented from working as a “pension consultant” in a major investment-gone-wrong lawsuit.

Senate bill would bring litigation funders out of the shadows, goes further than opioid judge's recent order

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Days after a federal judge overseeing some of the most important current litigation demanded to be told if outside interests were funding it, Republican senators have introduced a bill that would do even more in all class action lawsuits.