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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tennessee SC overturns decision in workers' compensation case after man dies from overdose

The Tennessee Supreme Court this month decided to overturn a chancery court's decision, instead ruling that workers' compensation could not cover a man's overdose-induced death.

Rehab service alleges Baker Donelson law firm cost it $1 million

Plaintiff The Summit Health and Rehab Services Inc. filed its lawsuit against Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC in Hinds County Circuit Court in Mississippi Jan. 12.

More litigants come forward in ongoing automotive parts antitrust case

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – Bridgestone is one of several defendants being sued for alleged antitrust violations in what the company calls one of the largest litigations in the country.

Miss. man sues attorneys after court win against UPS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A Mississippi man alleges law offices in Arkansas and Memphis are charging him excessive and unreasonable fees.

Yoga instructors determined to be independent contractors by New York's highest court

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The New York Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 25 that some of a yoga studio's instructors are independent contractors, and not employees entitled to certain benefits.

Tenn. senator: Former prosecutor Haag overzealous in failed case against FedEx

While the U.S. Attorney’s Office has said its internal review of the FedEx case isn’t meant to assign blame, attorneys for FedEx contend U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors ignored evidence that the company tried to cooperate with the federal agency.

Proactive HR department leads to dismissal of Autozone sexual harassment case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A swift response by the human resources department of Autozone has led to the dismissal of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the company by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of three female employees.