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District courts divided on whether landmark BMS decision applies to class actions; SCOTUS likely to decide

By John Breslin | Jul 16, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Federal district courts are divided on whether a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on personal jurisdiction is applicable to class actions.

TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT: New rates for counsel representing indigent defendants and families

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

For the first time in over 20 years, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered an increase in the amount paid to lawyers representing indigent parties in criminal and child welfare cases.

California court orders new trial on former AutoZone worker's sexual harassment claims

By John Breslin | Jul 6, 2018

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A woman who claimed she was sexually harassed while working as an employee with a major auto parts company has been granted a new trial by a California appeals court.

Labaton escalates spat with judge in State Street case, demands ex parte communications

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 25, 2018

Labaton Sucharow, having failed to get a federal judge to recuse himself, asked him to turn over records of any out-of-court communications with the special master probing allegations that Labaton overcharged its clients and improperly shared part of its $75 million fee.

Woman can't add new Tenn. defendant as she sues over death of her baby

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 20, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has remanded a health care liability case back to the trial court after ruling that a woman whose infant died days after birth can’t add Jackson-Madison County General Hospital District as a new defendant.

Man who has filed at least 83 TCPA lawsuits loses one in Tennessee court

By Charmaine Little | Jun 5, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The case between a man who allegedly tempted companies to identify themselves so he could file a Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuit against them has ended as the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Tennessee ruled in favor of the defendants.

Dollar General subsidiary will pay $70,000 for sexual harassment allegations

By Mark Iandolo | May 31, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced May 22 that Dolgencorp LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dollar General Corporation retail chain, will pay $70,000 after allegations of sexual harassment.

Details, criticism of how class action lawyers charged $75M might be kept from public

By John O'Brien | May 16, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The public might not get to view the findings of a special master tasked with examining why a $300 million class action settlement included inflated hourly rates and a suspicious $200,000 payment to a public defender who is the brother of one of the lead plaintiffs lawyers.

Justice Department cites ‘substantial financial stake’; Wants role in opioid settlement talks

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. government wants a seat at the table as lawyers for hundreds of municipalities and other plaintiffs negotiate a potentially multibillion-dollar settlement of lawsuits over the opioid addiction crisis, citing its “substantial financial stake” in the matter and need to recover its own costs.

Cities vs. states: A looming battle for control of high-stakes opioid litigation

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 29, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) - A public fight between the Tennessee attorney general and counties that have filed separate lawsuits against the opioid industry could be the first of many similar conflicts as state AGs try to assert control over mushrooming litigation over the addiction crisis.

Man alleges Mississippi law firms used tactics to pressure him to sign retainer agreement

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 14, 2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A Tennessee father alleges two Mississippi law firms have pressured him to represent him in a wrongful death lawsuit.

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

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 9, 2018

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

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 24, 2018

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.

Tennessee Supreme Court defines 'reasonable charges' in personal injury lawsuits

By Dee Thompson | Nov 30, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Nov. 17 that in personal injury cases, “reasonable charges” for medical treatment are what the medical providers charge, not what the insurance company ends up paying.

Phoney Lawsuits: Man has filed 80 lawsuits and uses sleuthing skills to track down defendants

By John O'Brien | Nov 3, 2017

A Tennessee man, described as a professional plaintiff and sleuth with three cell phones, is allowed to continue one of his many lawsuits after faking interest in a free home security system to identify whom he wanted to sue for calling him about it.

Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws challenges state code regulating contributions

By Wadi Reformado | Sep 21, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit group in Tennessee is seeking to declare that a state code regarding campaign donations is unconstitutional.

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. alleged to have artificially inflated securities prices

By Wadi Reformado | Aug 25, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – Stock purchasers of cellulose specialty products company allege the company deceived the investing public regarding its business and operations.

Abelson Legal Search seeks $1M in punitive damages from Baker Donelson firm

By Wadi Reformado | Aug 18, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A Philadelphia corporation alleges that it was not paid for its services by a Tennessee law firm.

EEOC alleges Georgia Dollar General guilty of disability discrimination in hiring

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 31, 2017

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit July 25 against the owner-operator of a Dollar General store in Georgia for allegations of discriminating against a job applicant because of her disability and because she complained to the company’s human resources department about the discrimination.

Tennessee Supreme Court sides with widow in wrongful death case, remands case to trial court

By Dee Thompson | Jul 14, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a medical authorization sent pre-lawsuit doesn’t have to be Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant to be valid.

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