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Kohl's wants ADA lawsuit dismissed

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The plaintiff in a disability discrimination lawsuit against Kohl’s Corp. is fighting the company's effort to dismiss it.

Appeal to decide future of NYC asbestos court; Companies fed up with their treatment

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The fight over New York City’s controversial asbestos court is not over, as companies worried about their treatment there are likely to appeal an order that kept alive the possibility for even bigger verdicts.

As Sheldon Silver heads to retrial, NYC's asbestos court still a plaintiff's playground

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The retrial of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is scheduled to begin Monday on charges including allegations he collected millions of dollars in improper payments from a prominent asbestos law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg.

In proposed Monitronics $28 Million TCPA settlement, attorneys would pocket $9.3M and class members $38

WHEELING. W. Va. (Legal Newsline) – Individual plaintiffs in multidistrict Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation stand to pocket $38 each in a $28 million settlement proposed in federal court in March.

Champion Petfoods dog food alleged to have excessive levels of heavy metals

MILWAUKEE (Legal Newsline) – A consumer alleges the manufacturers of premium-priced dog foods failed to disclose the products contain excessive levels of heavy metals on the products' labels.

Business leaders welcome passage of Wisconsin civil litigation bill

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – Small business leaders are welcoming the passage of a bill in Wisconsin that changes certain civil litigation rules likely to benefit contractors.

Wis. Assembly passes legal reform bill

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – Legal reform in Wisconsin is now in the hands of its state senators, following passage of an amended version of the bill on Feb. 22.

Judiciary Committee approves amended legal reform bill in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin lawmakers could vote Thursday on changes to the state's rules regarding civil litigation.

In Wisconsin legal reform debate, GOP lawmakers split from party while lobbyist firm with corporate clients stumps for trial lawyers

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – As Wisconsin Republicans and their governor push a legal reform agenda that includes a bill that would reform the state’s electronic discovery and class action rules, a lobbying firm seeking to derail it on behalf of the state's trial lawyers may be at odds on this one with other clients it has represented.

Panel: Chapter 15 eases the way for cross-border bankruptcy proceedings

SANTA MONICA (Legal Newsline) – A panel of experts on Chapter 15 cross-border bankruptcy proceeding indicated the increasing use of the legal option allows a greater harmony and coordination between foreign and U.S. courts.

Wis. SC won't go easy on lawyer arrested for helping inmate make shanks, pepper spray

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has refused to reduce the punishment on a lawyer previously arrested for allegedly giving his imprisoned client materials to make pepper spray and shanks.

Honeywell, in motion over ballots, contends asbestos claims holders already have been exposed

Honeywell International has interjected itself into the bankruptcy proceeding of the successors to Chicago Fire Brick and Wellsville Fire Brick, companies that spent a decade creating a trust that would pay individuals with asbestos claims. In May, Honeywell asked the federal bankruptcy court in Oakland, Calif., to make those ballots public.

Plaintiffs in class action lawsuit over Subway’s ‘footlong’ sandwiches abandon litigation

The plaintiffs filed a two-page stipulation of dismissal without prejudice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Oct. 24. Their voluntary dismissal comes nearly two months after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissed a proposed settlement agreement, describing it as “utterly worthless.”

Confusion at federal government: Are transgender persons protected under Civil Rights Act or not?

WAUSAU, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against a Colorado-based auto retailer for not hiring a transgender candidate.

Litigation over length of Subway’s footlong sandwiches to continue; plaintiffs say they plan to pursue case

The plaintiffs filed their notice of termination of settlement agreement days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit’s Aug. 25 decision. The Seventh Circuit reversed the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin’s decision certifying a proposed class and approving a settlement in the case, calling it “utterly worthless.”

Seventh Circuit: Settlement in case over length of Subway’s footlong sandwiches ‘utterly worthless’

The plaintiffs in the case alleged foot-long sandwiches sold at Subway restaurants were marketed as being 12 inches in length, when, in fact, they were not. According to their complaint, Subway’s alleged business practices violated state consumer protection statutes.

Mountain Crest SRL claims Molson Coors, Anheuser-Busch agreement harmed its export sales

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – The owner of Wisconsin's Minhas Craft Brewery alleges that it was damaged by lost export sales to Canada because of an agreement signed by Molson Coors and Anheuser-Busch.

Wisconsin corporation accuses U.S. Department of Justice of violating federal law

A Wisconsin corporation is suing the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly violating federal public records law.

Calif. appeals court upholds judgment of more than $5.8 million against brakes manufacturer

Defendant Honeywell International Inc. appealed the judgment awarded to the spouse and three surviving children of James Lester Phillips. A jury found the mesothelioma contracted by Phillips was caused in part by exposure to asbestos contained in Bendix-brand brakes. Honeywell, formerly known as Allied Corporation and Allied Signal Inc., bought Bendix in 1985.

Seventh Circuit to address alleged civil rights violations in Wisconsin's controversial John Doe raids

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) –The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is considering the appeal in a Wisconsin civil rights case brought by Cindy Archer, former assistant to Gov. Scott Walker. Walker was the target of two John Doe investigations by Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisolm in 2010 and 2011.