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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Ohio judge dismisses complaint by political blog over state's internet harassment law

AKRON, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has tossed out a suit against the state's attorney general and two county prosecuting attorneys filed by plaintiffs who alleged that Ohio Rev. Code by 2917.21(B)(2) violates the First and 14th Amendments "because it criminalizes constitutionally protected political expression on the internet."

Ohio residents allege CVS Health, others disclosed HIV status to public without authorization

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Three Ohio residents allege their HIV status was publicly disclosed without their authorization because of a mailing.

Arkansas AG, GOP colleagues criticized litigation strategy on climate, embrace it on opioids

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was a vocal critic of the aggressive litigation tactics her Democratic colleagues used against the oil industry over climate change. But she’s taken a different approach toward the opioid crisis.

G4S Secure Solutions alleged to have failed to pay out paid time off to terminated employees

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – A former employee of a security personnel company in Ohio alleges he and class members were not awarded their paid time off upon their termination as outlined in the company's manual.

Ohio consumer files class action against Revenue Group over convenience fee

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – An Ohio woman alleges a debt collector attempted to collect a fee not authorized by an agreement.

Ohio targets Monsanto for damages related to years of PCB manufacturing

​CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced March 5 that his office is suing Monsanto over allegations of producing and selling toxic chemical compounds known as PCBs despite knowing the products were hazardous.