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Ill. Supreme Court reverses ruling in suit over amendment to state's Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 25, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Illinois Supreme Court reversed an appellate decision and affirmed the circuit court’s ruling in a lawsuit filed against the state attorney general and treasurer challenging an amendment to the Illinois Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act.

Principal says she was a scapegoat and whistleblower, but Mich. court says her firing was justified

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 25, 2018

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a wrongful termination complaint filed by a former school principal.

Nestle: Class action against Poland Spring would 'endanger' bottled water regulatory process

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 25, 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – Defendant Nestle Waters North America Inc. filed a motion to dismiss an amended complaint on July 30 regarding a lawsuit over its Poland Springs brand of spring water over allegations the water does not meet the “spring water” determinations as defined by the Federal Drug Administration.

Lamps Plus settlement: Vouchers for class, $750K for lawyers

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 25, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A motion was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Aug. 24 by plaintiff Harley Seegert requesting that the court grant the instant unopposed motion for preliminary approval of a class action settlement against Lamps Plus Inc.

N.C man injured working on 'ultrahazardous' job gets new shot at lawsuit

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 25, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A North Carolina appellate court has ruled that a trial court erred when it dismissed a man's complaint over allegations of strict liability against several companies stemming from injuries incurred during his "ultrahazardous" job.

N.C. court reinstates lawsuit against AG over Smithfield Foods agreement

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 25, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit filed against North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein will go forward after a trial court ruling granting summary judgment to the defendants was reversed.

'Novel' talc lawsuit rejected by Third Circuit; No injury alleged but buyer's remorse

By John Breslin | Sep 25, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - A woman has no right to damages for buying talc-based baby powder and then regretting the decision because she learned later of an alleged link with ovarian cancer.

Report details how Bloomberg, NYU influence environmental policy at state level

By John Breslin | Sep 25, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A program placing environmental advocates in state offices - while paying their salaries - has drawn criticism, though the New York law center running it defends it as legal and transparent.

Colorado law firm to pay $30,000 for allegedly firing pregnant legal assistant

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

DENVER — A Colorado law firm has agreed to pay a $30,000 settlement to resolve charges by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Agency (EEOC) that the firm fired a legal assistant after learning she was pregnant.

Washington state OKs agreement with Energy Department over hazardous tank vapors at nuclear plant

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — An agreement reached between the federal government and Washington State Attorney Bob Ferguson has placed litigation on hold while the U.S. Department Energy begins testing and implementing new systems designed to treat or capture hazardous tank vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

New York accuses 9 student debt loan relief companies of running scam

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

NEW YORK — The state of New York has filed a lawsuit against nine student debt loan relief companies along with their financing company and two of the companies' leaders, alleging they defrauded thousands of consumers nationwide.

Massachusetts home care company reaches settlement for allegedly failing to pay for overtime, travel

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has reached a settlement with a home care company, which her office charges failed to pay 175 employees for overtime and travel time for three years.

Massachusetts reaches settlement with health care systems accused of exposing personal information

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

BOSTON — A consent judgment has been filed in Massachusetts' Suffolk Superior Court to settle claims by the state Attorney General Maura Healey that two health care systems' data breaches resulted in exposing 15,000 Massachusetts residents personal and health information.

Louisiana attorney general alleges governor's bid to appoint commission member is unlawful

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

SHREVEPORT — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is alleges the state's gubernatorial changes relating to filling vacancies on the Red River Waterway Commission are unlawful and could be subject to a challenge.

Illinois approves settlement regarding WeWork's non-compete agreements

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

CHICAGO — The state of Illinois has reached a settlement with a company providing a network of shared spaces for rent and associated services to clients across the globe to resolve allegations of the company's use of overly broad and unfair non-compete agreements.

Illinois accuses event promoter of taking sponsorship money for fake events

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging an event promoter requested upfront money from sponsors for fake concerts, parties and other events and defrauding people out of nearly $40,000.

California, New Mexico fight proposed repeal of Waste Prevention Rule

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general, the state's Air Resources Board and New Mexico's attorney general have joined to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration for its attempt to repeal the Waste Prevention Rule, which requires oil and natural gas producers to cut leakage of methane on federal and tribal lands.

Mississippi high court affirms ruling against daughters who sued hospital over mother's fall

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 24, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Mississippi Supreme Court recently found that the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice suit against a Gulfport hospital failed to prove that the hospital was negligent.

Johnson & Johnson seeks dismissal of class action over 'hypoallergenic' baby wash

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 24, 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over the use of the word "hypoallergenic" on baby wash are asking a federal court to deny the company's motion to dismiss their complaint.

Nevada Supreme Court: Workers' Comp only recourse for Harrah's employee who suffered stroke

By Carrie Salls | Sep 24, 2018

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the State of Nevada upheld a ruling by the Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County that granted a summary judgment in favor of Harrah’s Las Vegas LLC and Caesars Entertainment Corp. in a lawsuit filed by an employee who suffered a stroke on-the-job at Harrah’s, according to a Sept. 13 opinion.

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