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Uber alleges Ohio insurance company sent it junk faxes

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 11, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – A ride-hailing service company alleges an Ohio-based insurance company sent it junk faxes.

Bumble Bee Foods wants lawsuit over alleged tuna price-fixing dismissed

By Charmaine Little | Jul 10, 2018

AKRON, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Bumble Bee Foods claimed in its motion to dismiss that an Ohio man suing the company over allegations it conspired with other major tuna brands doesn’t have a solid case.

Ohio man alleges Tesla vehicle hasn't been repaired, seeks return of purchase price

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 10, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – An Ohio consumer alleges a Tesla vehicle he leased is impaired and is seeking a return of the purchase price.

Ohio attorney suspended a second time on misconduct allegations

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 9, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed a recommendation that Ohio attorney Debra Kay Horton be suspended for two years for allegedly violating professional code while working a minor’s personal injury case.

Others 0 for 2, but Rhode Island joining climate change litigation anyway

By John O'Brien | Jul 5, 2018

A judge on the other side of the country has ruled that it isn’t an issue for the courts, but that is not stopping Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and the private lawyers he has hired, from suing the oil industry over alleged effects of climate change.

Blame the criminals, pharmacies facing opioid lawsuits say

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – Large pharmacy chains are asking why they are being sued by hundreds of cities and counties over the opioid crisis instead of the criminals who pushed drugs to addicts.

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Plaintiffs firm represented whistleblower in secret to avoid paying referral fee from multimillion-dollar case, lawsuit claims

By John O'Brien | May 24, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Texas personal injury law firm claims it is owed part of $16 million awarded to a corporate whistleblower because colleagues effectively poached the client and represented him in secret.

Concealment or interference with evidence does not amount to destruction, Ohio Supreme Court rules

By John Breslin | May 15, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Intentional interference or concealment of evidence does not rise to the level of destruction, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled, dealing with an issue that has divided appeals courts in the state.

Ohio alleges it has spent more than $250,000 to clean up Dayton property, seeks reimbursement

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | May 11, 2018

DAYTON, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – The state of Ohio is seeking reimbursement from two companies over alleged contamination at a Dayton property.

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

By John O'Brien | May 10, 2018

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.

Judge in massive opioid case watching plaintiff lawyer spending, orders them to fly coach

By Daniel Fisher | May 2, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against the opioid industry ordered plaintiffs’ attorneys to keep monthly records of the time they spend on their cases down to a tenth of an hour and imposed strict rules on who can collect fees, in an effort to prevent the excesses that have drawn criticism in other class actions and mass tort cases.

Labor Department's pursuit of pastor who ran restaurant 'troubling,' Sixth Circuit says; Restaurant closed after district court ruling

By John Breslin | Apr 30, 2018

CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) – A pastor and his church will not have to pay hundreds of thousands in back pay to congregants who volunteered to work at a restaurant he operated in Ohio following a federal appeals court ruling.

Champion Petfoods alleged to sell dog food with excessive levels of heavy metals

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 23, 2018

CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) – An Ohio consumer claims that two brands of dog food contain excessive levels of heavy metals

Group fixed 'societal wrong' by funding lawsuits vs. Lois Lerner and IRS, but won't break even

By Record News | Apr 18, 2018

CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) – A conservative political group that funded watchdog litigation against Lois Lerner and the Internal Revenue Service won’t be making any money off its investment but has helped “correct a societal wrong,” court papers state.

Opioid judge orders trials, DEA records as 'step toward defeating the disease'

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 13, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors has ordered a series of bellwether trials starting in 2019 to test disputed legal theories and facts before live juries, all but admitting defeat in his initial goal of crafting a global settlement and solution to the opioid crisis this year.

Justice Department cites ‘substantial financial stake’; Wants role in opioid settlement talks

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. government wants a seat at the table as lawyers for hundreds of municipalities and other plaintiffs negotiate a potentially multibillion-dollar settlement of lawsuits over the opioid addiction crisis, citing its “substantial financial stake” in the matter and need to recover its own costs.

Ohio joins 48 other state attorneys general supporting Medicaid Fraud Control Unit legislation

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced March 28 that he has joined a bipartisan coalition of 48 other state attorneys general and the National Association of Attorneys General in supporting a bill that would improve states’ ability to go after entities that abuse and neglect Medicaid beneficiaries.

Federal courts taking another look at transgender individuals' rights under Title VII

By Justin Stoltzfus | Mar 30, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Seemingly at odds with some recent activities by the federal Department of Justice, federal circuit courts in various parts of the country seem poised to take a new look at various kinds of gender and gender-identity discrimination.

Challenged Ohio law wasn't created to curtail protected speech, professor says

By Angela Underwood | Mar 30, 2018

LEESBURG, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Beacon College Professor Michael Lozano says regardless of the mode of technology used to publish ideas, the most important question to ask is, "What's the nature of the speech in question?"

Federal government seeks more than $150,000 refund from Ohio over motor fuel tax

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 29, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – The federal government is seeking a refund of taxes from the state of Ohio over allegations it is not liable for motor vehicle fuel taxes imposed by the state.

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