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Federal judge rules 1,200 Xarelto lawsuits will be removed from MDL for disposition in separate trials

Pennsylvania Record

NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge has ruled that 1,200 product liability lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of anti-coagulant drug Xarelto will soon be removed from their multi-district litigation (MDL) status, for resolution in separate jury trials.

Woman alleges child, slave labor is involved in production of Hershey chocolate products

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts consumer claims that she would not have purchased Hershey chocolate products or paid as much for them if Hershey had disclosed alleged child and slave labor in the production of its chocolate.

Public Interest Legal Foundation files suit against Pennsylvania for records concerning noncitizen voter registrants

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) – A nonpartisan public interest organization based in Indiana alleges Pennsylvania failed to comply with its records request in violation of federal law.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas alleged to have improperly applied tax on resort fee

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) – Guests of a Las Vegas hotel allege a tax was improperly charged as part of a fee for their rooms.

NYU Law sending free help to 10 Dem AGs for environmental causes; Marcellus Shale group 'alarmed' at message

Pennsylvania Record

NEW YORK – Democratic state attorneys general, like Pennsylvania's Josh Shapiro, are getting free help from New York University School of Law to bolster their environmental causes, though a Commonwealth business advocacy group worries this results in important work being outsourced to an out-of-state entity.

Parents of preteen Trump supporter sue Newsweek Magazine for defamation

Pennsylvania Record

PHILADELPHIA – The parents of an avid 12-year-old supporter of President Donald Trump have launched a defamation lawsuit against Newsweek Magazine, for labeling him as a “Trump Mini-Me” and as part of a sinister plot by the political alt-right in “defending raw racism and sexual abuse.”

RD Legal Funding asks for oral arguments as it fights lawsuit from CFPB, N.Y. AG

Pennsylvania Record

PHILADELPHIA – The disagreement over funding by third parties continues to play out in an exchange between Pennsylvania and New York federal courts, as one such company defends itself from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In Pennsylvania, you can drive an Uber while still collecting unemployment

Pennsylvania Record

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania overturned a ruling of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review that denied benefits to a former behavioral specialist who took on work as an Uber driver, according to a Jan. 24 opinion.

Pennsylvania judge allows lawsuit against financial company's 'rent-a-tribe' scheme to continue

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Feb. 5 that a federal judge has allowed the core of Shapiro’s lawsuit against Victory Park Capital Advisors LLC to continue.

U.S. Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP's request to consider congressional redistricting

Pennsylvania Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has an answer for Pennsylvania Republicans who wanted the judiciary to examine the constitutionality of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s decision to redraw its congressional districting map: “No.”

Pennsylvania alleges funeral home director defrauded elderly citizens who prepaid for own funerals

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Jan. 22 that his office is suing a funeral home director in Fayette County for allegations of stealing $284,393 from senior citizen clients who had pre-paid for their own funerals.

Consumers claim Gateway Energy Services Corp. rates are not competitive

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Two New Jersey consumers have filed a class-action lawsuit against an energy supplier over allegations that its rates do not reflect changes in the energy market and they are paying more for electricity.

FTC: $1.3 million to be reimbursed to consumers victimized by alleged tech support scam

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 10 that the assets of the operators of an alleged tech scam will be used to reimburse consumers victimized by the scheme.

Navient says it is the victim of a pointless, copycat lawsuit from Pennsylvania's AG

Pennsylvania Record

HARRISBURG – Student loan provider Navient has filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by the state of Pennsylvania, calling it a copycat lawsuit that is "pointless" and legally deficient.

Litigation funder spending cash on political candidates like AGs of New York and Pennsylvania

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Companies that fund lawsuits can find themselves in the crosshairs of state regulators, and a recent New York Post article revealed that one such business has given tens of thousands of dollars to one of the nation’s most important public officials – who happens to have sued a competing company.

Consumers claim Amazon didn't inform them payment methods were stored

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Two Amazon customers allege that the company fails to notify customers that it automatically stores payment methods.

Consumer claims Loews Corp. did not provide notice of automatic gratuity

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – A New York consumer alleges a Florida hotel's restaurants failed to provide notice that an automatic gratuity is charged to a customer's bill.

UPDATE: W.Va. SOS has questions about probe of Davis' 2012 contributions

West Virginia Record

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office is questioning how the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office handled an investigation into some campaign contributions to Justice Robin Jean Davis’s 2012 re-election campaign.

PayPal notifies Pennsylvania of data breach affecting possibly 1.6 million consumers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Dec. 6 that PayPal has notified his office of a data breach possibly affecting 1.6 million U.S. and Canadian users.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. restaurant patron files suit over gratuity fee

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – A New York resident alleges that he was charged a gratuity fee at a Florida restaurant without notice.