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Lawsuit alleges texts from Americans for Prosperity were unlawful and used to 'spread political ideology'

By Charmaine Little | Mar 22, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – A Missouri man alleges nonprofit Americans for Prosperity sent unlawful text messages to "spread its political ideology" and has filed a suit in federal court.

Claim against Winklevoss twins dismissed as dispute over investment in nudie mag continues

By Marian Johns | Mar 22, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled to dismiss counterclaims in a case involving brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss over alleged breach of commitments in a magazine investment deal.

Kanye West's lawsuit against us is 'baseless,' EMI Music says; Rapper wants out of royalties deal

By Charmaine Little | Mar 22, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - If a music publisher gets its way, a lawsuit filed against it by rapper Kanye West will be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SCOTUS punts on cy pres issue; Millions would be paid to lawyers and causes of their choosing, while class members get nothing

By John Severance | Mar 21, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court on March 20 sent an internet privacy case back to the lower courts, refusing to rule on the merits of an appeal that questioned why class members received nothing in a multimillion-dollar settlement

Asbestos history lesson for jurors in N.J. talc trial

By John Sammon | Mar 21, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A professor of science history at Columbia University on Monday told a jury how asbestos came to be regarded as a deadly toxic substance in a trial to determine if Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused Ricardo Rimondi’s mesothelioma.

Court denies True Organic Products' motion for injunction in fertilizer false advertising case

By Charmaine Little | Mar 21, 2019

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A federal court in California has denied an organic fertilizer seller's motion for preliminary injunction in a false advertising suit against a competitor, stating that the company failed to establish it would suffer injury if the injunction was not issued.

Lawsuit: Mexicans are charged an unfair tax imposed by airlines

By Marian Johns | Mar 21, 2019

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – A class action lawsuit has been filed in Maryland against five major U.S. airlines and three Mexican airlines alleging the airlines fraudulently charged a tax to Mexican citizens.

A woman sued Coca-Cola after a vendor ran into her, but courts have found she lied about existing back injury

By Marian Johns | Mar 21, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Mississippi has affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a woman's lawsuit against Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United and one of its vendors over alleged injuries she sustained after being struck by the vendor's cart.

Multidistrict litigation swamps courts as rules struggle to catch up; Is reform on the way?

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 21, 2019

Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.

J&J attorney attempts to tie plaintiff's mesothelioma to a factory in Peru and not baby powder

By John Sammon | Mar 21, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – In the trial of a man suing Johnson & Johnson over allegations the company's asbestos-tainted baby powder caused him to develop mesothelioma, Johnson & Johnson's attorneys on Wednesday attempted to pin the blame on a factory in Lima, Peru.

Mineralogist says no asbestos in J&J baby powder, but the expert-witness industry again brought up

By John Sammon | Mar 20, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys defending Johnson & Johnson in a mesothelioma trial on Tuesday attempted to use the plaintiff's star witnesses' own past words against them, while a mineralogist witness for J&J conceded his employer has made millions from testifying in asbestos-related trials.

SEC alleges Volkswagen, former CEO defrauded bond investors through emissions fraud scheme

By Marian Johns | Mar 20, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District for the Northern District of California, charging that Volkswagen AG, two of its subsidiaries and a former CEO defrauded bond investors through a "clean diesel" emissions fraud scheme.

Fast food chains agree to end 'no-poach' clauses in franchise agreements

By Marian Johns | Mar 20, 2019

ALBANY — Four national fast food franchisors, including Dunkin' Donuts, Arby's, Five Guys and Little Caesars, have reached a settlement with 13 attorneys general and have agreed to stop the use of "no-poach" agreements.

A conservative activist and the Democrat AG he says is persecuting him are headed for their final showdown in Washington

By Karen Kidd | Mar 20, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – Longtime conservative activist Tim Eyman says the state of Washington is out to politically silence him.

Environmental groups sue Bureau of Land Management over Alaska reserve lease

By Marian Johns | Mar 20, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) — Four nonprofit environmental organizations are suing the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the federal government's lease of nearly 2.9 million acres of land in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

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Jury finds Roundup was substantial factor in causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; But Bayer stands by product heading into phase 2

By Rich Peters | Mar 19, 2019

After nearly a week of deliberation, a San Francisco federal jury found that the Monsanto product Roundup was a “substantial factor” in causing a Northern California man’s non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

A software company will ask the Delaware SC to pin liability for a $65 million mistake on its lawyers

By Brian Brueggemann | Mar 19, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - A company that got about $65 million worth of bad advice from a law firm during a buyout of stockholders should have sued the lawyers before the share price was finalized and while the lawyers were still representing the company, a Delaware judge has ruled.

The Laugh Factory files $10 million countersuit against 'funniest person in the world'

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The Laugh Factory has filed a $10 million breach of contract countersuit against a man who claims he is due money for competing in the World's Funniest Person competition.

Democrat-led Senate in Colorado OKs overhaul of oil and gas regulations; Bill would give local governments power

By Rich Peters | Mar 19, 2019

DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Democrats in the Colorado Senate recently approved a partisan bill that would reform regulations regarding gas and oil industry operations in the state.

Plaintiff's expert witness faces questions from J&J in N.J. talc-asbestos trial

By John Sammon | Mar 19, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New York-based doctor of occupational and environmental medicine said Monday there is no safe level of asbestos, while Johnson & Johnson argued she has never published anything regarding a link between talc and the plaintiff's disease and has made millions testifying - never on the defense side.

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