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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.

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.

Consumers claim Nature's Science supplement does not contain amount of active ingredient as advertised

SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) – Two consumers claim that a weight-loss dietary supplement does not contain the amount of active ingredient that it advertises.

Florida tops tort reform group's list of ‘Judicial Hellholes,' while California No. 2

California, City of St. Louis Circuit Court, New York City’s asbestos court and Philadelphia round out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.