News from April 2015

Slifer selected for U.S. PTO’s deputy director role

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Russell Slifer will now fill the role of deputy under secretary for commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Ala. AG changes course, rehires private attorneys to represent State in BP oil spill case

By Kyle Barnett | Apr 1, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange made headlines following the 2010 BP oil spill when he said private attorneys would not represent the State in litigation against the oil giant, but in an about-face, Strange has appointed two Alabama law firms to assist in suing BP on behalf of the State.

Judicial elections in West Virginia will now be nonpartisan

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 1, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – The days of Democratic or Republican judges in West Virginia are over.

Federal judge to bring patent litigation expertise to IP law firm

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 1, 2015

TYLER, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has decided to join one of the top intellectual property law firms.

Mass. AG alleges sexual harassment going on at diner

By Legal News Line | Apr 1, 2015

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - A Massachusetts restaurant was hit with a discrimination complaint from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office alleging the diner engaged in repeated sexual harassment of its female employees for nearly 10 years, state Attorney General Maura Healey said.

Republican Governors Association to pay $40K penalty over Vt. spending

By Legal News Line | Apr 1, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) - Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell said Tuesday the Republican Governors Association (RGA) will pay a $40,000 penalty for violating campaign finance laws in 2010 during the gubernatorial election.

U.S. sues Calif. DOT over 2013 Gabriel Fire

By Legal News Line | Apr 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - The United States is suing the California Department of Transportation over allegations employees ignited a fire in 2013 while clearing out a brush without the proper fire suppression equipment.

Feds sue California over 2013 Gabriel fire

By Shaun Zinck | Apr 1, 2015

The U.S. attorney sued the California Department of Transportation on March 18 over allegations state employees ignited a fire in 2013 while clearing out brush without the proper fire suppression equipment.

Mass. diner faces allegedly sexual harassment complaint

By Shaun Zinck | Apr 1, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey alleged owners, managers condoned discrimination of wait staff, hostesses.

Republican Governor's Association to pay $40,000 to Vt.

By Shaun Zinck | Apr 1, 2015

Group allegedly violated state's campaign finance laws during 2010 gubernatorial race.

Pennsylvania AG files lawsuit against 3 car dealerships

By Shaun Zinck | Apr 1, 2015

Owner allegedly inflated prices and sold cars that weren't roadworthy.

Defendants in NYC asbestos court say it has become too unfair, ask for stay

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2015

NEW YORK CITY (Legal Newsline) – Defendants in what has been described as the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction in the country have asked its new judge to put a stop to things in order to amend the case management order that governs it.

New study shows ‘dynamic’ patent litigation environment

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 2, 2015

MENLO PARK, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - The number of new patent litigation filings in federal district court dipped in the second half of 2014, according to a recent survey.

PaG&E agrees to $2.3 million settlement

By Shaun Zinck | Apr 2, 2015

Electric company allegedly practiced deceptive marketing tactics for its variable rates.

Supreme Court overturns Idaho Medicaid case

By Shaun Zinck | Apr 2, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in its lawsuit against five Medicaid providers over reimbursement rates, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said Monday.

Massachusetts dental office to pay $750k for Medicaid fraud

By Shaun Zinck | Apr 2, 2015

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday a Quincy dentist will pay $750,000 for illegally receiving Medicaid payments for emergency dental services.

Mass. dentist to pay $750K in false claims case

By Legal News Line | Apr 2, 2015

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said a Quincy dentist will pay $750,000 for allegedly illegally receiving Medicaid payments for emergency dental services.

Maryland plumbing company settles with state for overcharging customers

By Shaun Zinck | Apr 2, 2015

A Washington County, Maryland plumbing, heating and air conditioning company will have to pay restitution to customers for allegedly misleading them on the cost to unclog drains, said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Wednesday.

Md. plumber paying restitution over alleged extra charges to unclog drains

By Legal News Line | Apr 2, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) - A Washington County, Md., plumbing, heating and air conditioning company will have to pay restitution to customers for allegedly misleading them on the cost to unclog drains, state Attorney General Brian Frosh said on Wednesday.

Idaho AG praises U.S. SC decision in lawsuit with Medicaid providers

By Legal News Line | Apr 2, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in its lawsuit with five Medicaid providers over reimbursement rates, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden recently announced.

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