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

Jessica Karmasek and John O'Brien Nov. 17, 2017, 7:10am

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.

Crane Fortune Inc. challenges disqualification of participating in SNAP

Jenie Mallari-Torres Nov. 9, 2017, 8:46am

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Houston vendor alleges it was wrongfully disqualified from participating in the food stamp program.

Diet Dr. Pepper falsely advertised as weight-loss drink, lawsuit claims

Noddy A. Fernandez Oct. 27, 2017, 8:45am

SAN FRANCISCO — A consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against Diet Dr. Pepper, alleging that the beverage's manufacturer has engaged in false advertisement and unjust enrichment.

Attorney: Lawsuit against CFPB's 'unfortunate' arbitration rule helps protect businesses

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 23, 2017, 2:25pm

Joe Rubin, who recently was named senior vice president of government relations and public affairs at Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm MWWPR and who previously served as senior counsel at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, said the plaintiff groups’ arguments are “very strong.”

Bottled water company, citing letter from state drinking water program, seeks to dismiss proposed class action

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 23, 2017, 2:19pm

Defendant Nestle Waters North America Inc., based in Stamford, Conn., filed its motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut Oct. 6.

Lawsuit: CFPB’s anti-arbitration rule will mean ‘significant’ costs for businesses

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 17, 2017, 1:35pm

More than a dozen groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Financial Services Association and Financial Services Roundtable, filed a lawsuit Sept. 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new rule, finalized in July.

Labor attorney: DOL’s persuader rule would’ve meant ‘real consequences’ for employers

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 26, 2017, 8:15am

Cozen O’Connor PC attorney Jeremy Glenn, the current co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation committee, said he “wholeheartedly” agrees with the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent move to rescind its so-called “persuader rule.”

Certain GM vehicles alleged to have defect in air conditioning system that causes failure

Wadi Reformado Sep. 21, 2017, 9:30am

ABILENE, Texas (Legal Newsline) – Two consumers allege that they have paid out-of-pocket expenses to repair a defective air conditioning system in their GM vehicles.

Texas accuses 'reputation management' company of abusing legal system

Mark Iandolo Sep. 19, 2017, 3:45pm

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Sept. 11 that he has filed a petition in Harris County District Court against Solvera, an online reputation management company, for allegations of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Proposed class action accuses bottled water company of ‘deceptive business strategy’

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 11, 2017, 2:34pm

A group of plaintiffs filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut last month, accusing Nestle Waters North America Inc. of bottling “common groundwater.”

Farmers Group Inc. seeks dismissal of insurance policy suit

Chandra Lye Sep. 5, 2017, 9:18am

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The defendant in a class action lawsuit over automobile insurance policies has filed a motion to dismiss in Texas federal court.

Texas city challenges state's SB 1004 regarding public property and private cell services

Wadi Reformado Sep. 1, 2017, 10:01am

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The City of Austin, Texas. is seeking to declare a piece of legislation unconstitutional.

DOL moves to rescind its persuader rule, citing ‘concerns’ raised by courts and need to review

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 17, 2017, 10:45am

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards published its notice in June, explaining it intends to rescind the rule, first published by the DOL in March 2016. The rule, or Persuader Advice Exemption Rule, effectively eliminates the “advice exemption” under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

Texas reaches agreement with dental supply company over anti-competition allegations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 15, 2017, 9:29am

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Aug. 7 that his office has reached an agreement with Henry Schein Dental over anti-competitive conduct allegations.

Union Pacific Railroad Co. alleges lead, other substances are contaminating Fort Worth property

Wadi Reformado Aug. 8, 2017, 8:28am

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The owner of a Texas property that was previously leased for decades is seeking payment to help clean up hazardous substances allegedly left on the property by a previous tenant.

Exxon claims $2 million penalty issued by feds is unlawful

Wadi Reformado Aug. 2, 2017, 9:49am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – Exxon Mobil is challenging a $2 million penalty imposed on it by the federal government.

Texas Supreme Court overturns trial court ruling, denies same sex-couples equal state benefits

Elizabeth Alt Jul. 26, 2017, 10:23am

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Texas Supreme Court recently affirmed a temporary injunction that prevented the City of Houston from furnishing benefits to the same-sex spouses of its employees.

Texas obtains final judgment against company that allegedly violated consumer protection laws

Mark Iandolo Jul. 25, 2017, 10:09am

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced July 17 that his office has obtained a final judgment and permanent injunction against Samara Portfolio Management LLC, Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka PC and Joseph O. Onwuteaka, for allegations of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices—Consumer Protection Act (DTPA), Texas Debt Collection Act and the Identity Theft Protection and Enforcement Act (ITPA).

State attorney general to appeal decision in Texas Department of Criminal Justice case

Mark Iandolo Jul. 25, 2017, 10:08am

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced July 19 that he is disappointed in a federal judge’s decision to rule in favor of state inmates who sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDJC) over summer heat conditions at the Wallace Park Unit northwest of Houston.

Supreme Court of Texas reverses ruling finding Exxon Mobile responsible for man's death

Kacie Whaley Jul. 19, 2017, 12:34pm

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Texas ruled on June 23 that Exxon Mobil was not at fault for the death of a man who was assaulted by a convenient store's employee.