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Fighting multiple fronts, Comcast awaits patent decision that could raise prices

Jessica Karmasek and John O'Brien Nov. 17, 2017, 7:10am

Last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a notice stating it has extended the “target date” for the completion of its investigation to Nov. 16.

Certification requested in class action over slack fill in Whoppers, Reese's Pieces

David Hutton Nov. 14, 2017, 9:32am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The plaintiff in a case against Hershey has asked the U.S District Court for the Western Division of Missouri to grant a request for class action certification.

Pfizer sues Johnson & Johnson over alleged anti-competitive practices

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 30, 2017, 3:55pm

Pfizer’s lawsuit, filed in a Pennsylvania federal court in September, alleges Johnson & Johnson’s exclusionary contracts and other anti-competitive practices have denied U.S. patients access to therapeutic options and undermined the benefits of “robust” price competition in the “innovative and growing” biologics marketplace for patients.

Pennsylvania lender accused of fraud and misrepresentation

Noddy A. Fernandez Oct. 24, 2017, 9:00am

Stockholders of a Canadian company are suing operators of a Pennsylvania lending firm, alleging fraud and unjust enrichment involving a real estate loan.

New York court sends question in 9/11 responders, NFL players case to Pennsylvania court

Angela Underwood Oct. 6, 2017, 9:45am

A question in a lawsuit against a legal funding company that allegedly scammed 9/11 responders and former NFL players has swapped judges’ hands.

Sierra Club, Environmental Integrity Project file suit against Pruitt over alleged inaction on petition

Wadi Reformado Aug. 15, 2017, 10:14am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Two nonprofit environmental groups allege that U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has failed to respond to their petition.

'Wacko': Insurance law project puts spotlight on American Law Institute's direction

W.J. Kennedy Aug. 2, 2017, 1:00pm

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - The American Law Institute (ALI) is as powerful as any society with a membership of 3,000 of the nation’s leading lawyers could be. And since its founding in 1923, the Philadelphia-based group of judges and academic and practicing lawyers has been as obscure as a group with so much power would want to be.

Pennsylvania attorney general creates Consumer Financial Protection Unit

Mark Iandolo Jul. 25, 2017, 10:07am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced July 20 that he is creating a Consumer Financial Protection Unit that will work to keep state consumers protected from financial scams.

Pennsylvania House committee puts off vote on asbestos transparency legislation

W.J. Kennedy Jun. 8, 2017, 11:51am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday passed over a scheduled vote on legislation that would require plaintiffs’ attorneys to reveal to a court any claims they intend to make to an asbestos bankruptcy trust involving the same case.

American Law Institute puts off vote on Restatement of liability insurance law for a year

W.J. Kennedy May 23, 2017, 10:10am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - In the face of withering criticism from the insurance industry, state officials, and most recently, counsel for some of the country’s largest corporations, the American Law Institute (ALI) yesterday decided to delay a vote on a Restatement of the Law covering liability insurance for a year. The now delayed project was scheduled for discussion before the full ALI body today.

Hershey's files motion to dismiss lawsuit over amount of Reese's Pieces, Whoppers in boxes

Zachary Lewis May 23, 2017, 9:59am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Hershey Co. filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that was brought against the chocolate manufacturer and distributor over alleged false advertisement and violation of the Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA).

Insurance officials, business defense urge delay in vote of liability insurance Restatement

W.J. Kennedy May 22, 2017, 8:28am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Business attorneys, state insurance regulators and state lawmakers are so troubled over an impending final vote on a proposed Restatement of law covering liability insurance that they are urging American Law Institute (ALI) officials to delay it, and consider making significant changes to the document.

Racketeering lawsuit against Philadelphia asbestos firm refiled in Pennsylvania

Jessica Karmasek May 19, 2017, 11:49am

The Illinois-based industrial manufacturer, after having its lawsuit dismissed by an Illinois federal judge in March, has filed another lawsuit against Philadelphia-based Shein Law Center and attorney Benjamin P. Shein, claiming the firm “devised and implemented a scheme” to defraud JCI and others. JCI filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania May 12.

Hobby Lobby named in pricing lawsuit

Louie Torres May 10, 2017, 11:17am

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) — A San Diego woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Hobby Lobby, alleging negligent misrepresentation and violation of state law.

Miss. AG, with the help of outside attorneys, sues pharma companies over allegedly unapproved drugs

Jessica Karmasek May 2, 2017, 9:07am

Attorney General Jim Hood filed six separate lawsuits against the defendant companies in Hinds County Chancery Court last month. The companies have since asked the lawsuits to be removed to federal court, arguing the attorney general’s complaints require the determination of issues of federal law.

Bayer moves to dismiss case alleging serving size of VitaCraves Gummies deceives consumers

Tricia Erickson Apr. 28, 2017, 10:21am

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — Bayer recently filed a motion for dismissal with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in the latest case alleging Bayer's labels are misleading and deceive consumers.

Phoney Lawsuits: TCPA defendant awaits application of Pa. decision to N.J. serial plaintiff

Nicholas Malfitano Apr. 12, 2017, 12:06pm

TRENTON, N.J.(Legal Newsline) – In a federal court in New Jersey, a company targeted by a Polish immigrant who has filed more than 30 lawsuits is trying to avoid contributing to his apparently growing bank account, as the case draws to a close.

Illinois judges: Racketeering lawsuits against asbestos lawyers belong elsewhere

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 31, 2017, 10:06am

Judges Amy St. Eve and John J. Tharp Jr., both of whom sit on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, each filed orders March 23 in John Crane Inc.’s lawsuits against Dallas asbestos firm Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC and Philadelphia-based Shein Law Center.

Employees allege Starwood Hotels failed to pay wages, tips

Jenie Mallari-Torres Mar. 29, 2017, 9:15am

Former hospitality workers have filed a class action lawsuit against Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide LLC, claiming that the Pennsylvania resort operator failed to pay them minimum wages and overtime wages.

Student loan assistance agency accused of misleading borrowers

Louie Torres Mar. 29, 2017, 8:47am

A Texas resident has filed a class-action lawsuit against one of the nation's biggest servicers of student loans, citing alleged breach of contract.