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Financial services companies sue Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over payday loan rule

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – Two financial service companies are suing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its acting director over allegations the agency is "virtually eliminating" payday loans.

Even after eight years, criticisms of American Law Institute's insurance project remain

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Pennsylvania Record

WASHINGTON – Not everyone is as excited as those who drafted new guidance for judges about its passage.

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

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Pennsylvania Record

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.

New guidance for judges handling insurance issues finally passes after resistance

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Pennsylvania Record

WASHINGTON – New guidance for judges handling insurance issues finally passes after resistance

Long Island University Retirement Plan alleged to have failed to monitor fees

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A current and former employee of Long Island University alleges the institution's retirement plan is paying excessive administrative fees.

Dispute between former NFL player and concussion-litigation funder might not make it to arbitration

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Pennsylvania Record

PHILADELPHIA – A ruling from a federal judge in Pennsylvania remains pending on whether or not compulsory arbitration will be permanently prohibited, in the case of a litigation funder that pursued financial recovery against a former National Football League player who allegedly failed to repay it a loan.

Judge tosses ‘Whopper’ of a lawsuit against Hershey over slack fill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – A Missouri man, who has purchased about 600 boxes of Reese’s Pieces and Whoppers over a period of several years, has lost part of his class action lawsuit against the Hershey Co. over the alleged amount of empty space in its packaging.

Recent verdict awarding $1.8 million to man's family in asbestos lung cancer case largest in Michigan's history

SAGINAW, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Attorney James Bedortha seems convinced there was a method in the reasoning of a pool of jurors who on March 16 awarded the largest wrongful death award in an asbestos cancer victim case in Michigan state history.

Lawmakers group discusses controversial liability insurance restatement; Parts of project called 'litigation fuel'

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Pennsylvania Record

MANASQUAN, N.J. – Mere weeks away from the American Law Institute’s Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., where the group’s proposed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance will once again be up for approval, speakers invited by the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) voiced their thoughts on the proposal in a recent teleconference call.

Organizations allege USDA hasn't made any regulations regarding birds under Animal Welfare Act

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – Two animal advocacy organizations are seeking to compel a federal agency to propose rules that govern the handling, care and treatment of birds.

NFL alleges widespread fraud by unnamed plaintiffs lawyers, doctors in concussion settlement; Special investigator appropriate, class counsel says

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Pennsylvania Record

PHILADELPHIA – If the National Football League has their way, sanctions will be issued and a special investigator will be appointed to the NFL’s $1 billion Concussion Settlement program, as the league alleges an independent claims administrator determined that 23 percent of the claims submitted to it were fraudulent.

Oil and gas company challenges West Virginia's Flat-Rate Statute

CLARKSBURG, W. Va. (Legal Newsline) – A company leasing mineral rights to drill for oil and gas claims West Virginia's Flat-Rate Statute is unconstitutional.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Pennsylvania second in the country for mesothelioma filings, up 32% from 2016

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Pennsylvania Record

WASHINGTON – According to a report compiled by a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that covers mass tort and product liability litigation, Pennsylvania ranks a stark second nationwide in asbestos lawsuits filed by plaintiffs allegedly suffering from mesothelioma.

Investors allege WageWorks issued materially false financial reports

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Investors in a San Mateo, California tax-advantage program provider allege stock traded at artificially inflated prices because of misleading financial statements.

Pennsylvania, seeking $1.2M in fees from court fight over Hershey Medical Center merger, gets support

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PHILADELPHIA — The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has gained support from several states that say a federal district court made a mistake by denying reimbursement for attorneys’ fees following its successful challenge to the proposed merger between Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health System.

Legal reform advocates point to medical malpractice figures in New York, Pennsylvania

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Experts who have watched medical malpractice lawsuits skyrocket in states like New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey say government has made it too easy and attractive to sue and reform must happen.

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

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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.