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Case of woman who died in wreck after sister allegedly robbed Wal-Mart continues in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – The South Carolina Supreme Court affirmed a circuit court’s decision over the battle to use evidence of alleged negligent hiring of security personnel in a lawsuit over the death of the sister of an alleged shoplifter at a Walmart.

Republican AGs who railed against CFPB anti-arbitration rule, now on board with banning arbitration #MeToo

WASHINGTON - A group of Republican attorneys general who railed against an effort to outlaw arbitration clauses so that consumers could bring class actions against financial services companies now appear to be on board with legislation that would eliminate arbitration from workplace sexual harassment claims.

Opioid judge orders companies to pay bulk of special master costs because they have 'greater discretionary funding'

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors has ordered defendant companies to pay three-quarters of the costs of special masters who are overseeing settlement negotiations.

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Carolina Personnel Services claims Akebono Brake Corp. is attempting to 'shift liability' in religious discrimination suit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – A third-party defendant is seeking a judgment on the pleadings in a discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from the U.S. District Court of South Carolina’s Columbia Division.

South Carolina firm Rothstein Law Firm alleges physician, wife failed to pay more than $80,000 for legal services

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – A South Carolina law firm alleges a physician has failed to pay in full for legal services.

Federal government alleges JW Aluminum Co. violates Clean Air Act

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – A corporation in South Carolina that operates a secondary aluminum production facility is alleged to have violated federal emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants.

Seventh Circuit, on Volvo ‘pick-off’ case: Timing of offer has no effect

The proposed class action, Laurens v. Volvo, is about a car buyer’s disappointed expectations. The dispute, in particular, centers on the difference between Volvo’s model XC90 and the XC90 T8. Both are luxury SUVs, but the XC90 runs on gas, whereas the T8 is a plug‐in hybrid. sued over allegedly defective solar eclipse glasses

Plaintiffs in the proposed class action lawsuit, filed in a South Carolina federal court this week, accuse the online retailer of selling “unfit” glasses and criticize Amazon for its last-minute email recall of the product.

South Carolina Supreme Court affirms agricultural use of river water

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – The South Carolina Supreme Court on July 19 ruled against those who challenged the Surface Water Withdrawal Act.

South Carolina targets U.S. Energy Department, seeks $100 million

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Aug. 8 that his office has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), seeking to recover $100 million the DOE allegedly owes for failing to remove a ton of plutonium from the Savannah River site this year.

Oral arguments set Aug. 24 in $1.15 billion lead paint public nuisance case

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Nearly three years ago, a California judge ordered a group of three paint makers to pay $1.15 billion to 10 California cities and counties to remediate what the judge decided was the “public nuisance” of lead paint in homes.

South Carolina Commission for the Blind sues government over cafeteria contracts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) — A South Carolina state agency is suing the United States and a Cabinet secretary, alleging violation of federal law

Consumer alleges PhD Fitness' supplements falsely advertised evidence backing ingredients

AIKEN, S.C. (Legal Newsline) — A consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against PhD Fitness LLC, citing alleged fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

Change in condition claim by Charleston County School District employee remanded

The decision barring a change in condition claim in a case of a school employee injured during a student fight has been reversed and remanded by the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

S.C. Congressman introduces 'Loser Pays' bill targeting Clean Water Act lawsuits

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A bill from South Carolina Congressman Tim Rice has stirred up controversy as it would amend the Clean Water Act (CWA) and make special interest groups think twice before they take action against infrastructure projects.

Linda Singer changes firms, not focus

A plaintiff's attorney who’s built a reputation for representing attorneys general and other public entities has traded one prominent law firm for another.

Structured settlement company argues CFPB shouldn’t bring action against it in light of D.C. Circuit ruling

The company, listed on the lawsuit as John Doe Company, filed the lawsuit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Director Richard Cordray in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Jan. 10.

Panel selects Pa. federal court for MDL against generic drug makers

The six-member U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation selected the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to handle the lawsuits against defendants Allergan, Impax Laboratories, The Lannett Company, Mylan, Par Pharmaceuticals and West-Ward. Providence's class action against the drug manufacturers are among the cases being consolidated.