News from June 2014

Calif. SC calls decision 'profoundly flawed' in 'rare beast' of a class action

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 2, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - The California Supreme Court has issued a decision on a class action lawsuit against U.S. Bank National Association in Alameda County Superior Court.

Private school sued by Ariz. AG

By Bryan Cohen | Jun 2, 2014

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) - Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced a lawsuit on Friday against a private school and its leadership for allegedly defrauding parents and donors by falsely claiming the school was not-for-profit and tuition-free.

Seventh Circuit calls class action settlement 'scandalous,' removes Paul Weiss as attorney

By John O'Brien | Jun 2, 2014

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court has overturned approval of a class action settlement that it described as "inequitable - even scandalous."

Garlock submits Amended Plan of Reorganization in bankruptcy proceeding

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 3, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - Garlock Sealing Technologies filed its Amended Plan of Reorganization in its bankruptcy proceeding on Thursday, addressing concerns from the official Committee of Asbestos Personal Injury Claimants about payment plans.

Madison County deemed appropriate jurisidiction in asbestos cases

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 3, 2014

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A Madison County, Ill., asbestos judge denied several defendants' motions to dismiss based on the forum non conveniens doctrine, arguing the defendants failed to sufficiently argue that Illinois is inconvenient for all parties involved.

Risch has 2-to-1 lead over Dem challenger in Idaho Senate race

By David Yates | Jun 3, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) - If the election were held today, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, would beat his Democratic rival by a near two-vote-to-one margin, a new poll indicates.

ACLU says Ark. voter ID law disenfranchised primary voters

By David Yates | Jun 3, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - With the state Supreme Court allowing Arkansas' new law requiring voters to present IDs to go forward, hundreds of absentee votes were not counted in the May 20 primary - a fact that one group says has disenfranchised voters.

Target can tax coffee sold to go, Calif. SC rules

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 3, 2014

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - The Supreme Court of California has affirmed the Court of Appeals decision that Target was not at fault for charging sales tax on hot coffee sold "to go."

Fresno jury awards first mesothelioma verdict, $10.9M against Honeywell/Bendix

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 4, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A Fresno County jury entered a $10.9 million verdict in favor of a deceased plumber in an asbestos lawsuit, becoming the first mesothelioma verdict ever awarded in the Fresno County Superior Court.

Iowa U.S. Senate race: Braley to square off against tea party favorite

By David Yates | Jun 4, 2014

WATERLOO, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Rep. and Senate-candidate Bruce Braley will square off against state Sen. Joni Ernst, a tea party favorite, in the general election.

Fifth Circuit declines to create 'new rule' in asbestos case over bar date

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 4, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court has affirmed a bankrupt company's request for summary judgment, arguing the asbestos claim filed against Placid Oil Company was discharged as claimants were given sufficient notice of the 1987 bar date.

Dem incumbents top GOP challengers in California primary

By David Yates | Jun 4, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - California's top-two primary system didn't exactly exclude Republicans from the general election, but it looks like they will be playing catch-up in several statewide races.

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