News from June 2015

Biopharmaceutical company accused of botching drug trial, sued by stockholders

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 1, 2015

A biopharmaceutical company is being sued by a stockholder for conducting a clinical research study that lacked independence.

Prolific patent lawsuit filer already has filed 100 infringement lawsuits against retailers

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2015

PLANO, Texas (Legal Newsline) - A Texas-based company that was tagged the most prolific patent “troll” in 2014 filed an additional 40 infringement lawsuits in May -- and all over the same patent.

Online companies to pay $11 million to 21 states for unlawful practices

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 1, 2015

Florida was part of an $11 million multi-state settlement with three companies over allegations that they conducted misleading advertisements and billing practices, said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Can Workers’ Compensation reforms keep Illinois competitive?

By Amanda Robert | Jun 1, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – As a critical deadline for closing the regular legislative session on time has passed, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Speaker Michael Madigan are pointing fingers over the state’s failure on Sunday to adopt a budget.

Health group to pay $60 million for kickback scheme

By Legal News Line | Jun 1, 2015

Kentucky will receive about $77,000 from a $60 million national settlement with a health group over allegations the group received kickbacks for recommending a specific drug for Medicaid patients, said Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

New Jersey medical facility to pay $3.6 million for false Medicare claims

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 1, 2015

A New Jersey medical facility will pay $3.6 million to settlement a federal lawsuit over allegations that it billed for tests that weren't medically necessary, said U.S.

Mortgage lending company to pay $9 million in discrimination case

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 1, 2015

A mortgage lending company will pay $9 million to settle a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit that alleged the company discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers.

Calif. farmers: Innovation Act could deter investment in research

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Count California’s farmers among those against House-introduced patent reform legislation.

Ala. AG's office re-deputized private firm to avoid legal challenge from BP, has always intended to use firm for trial

By Kyle Barnett | Jun 2, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The State of Alabama has always intended to use private attorneys for a trial in its case against BP over a 2010 oil spill and has been working with a member of a politically connected firm who is on a leadership committee representing private parties, even after the firm saw its initial contract with the State cancelled.

International energy company faces stockholder lawsuit amid scandal

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 2, 2015

A multinational energy corporation faces a lawsuit over an alleged massive corruption scheme at the company and in the Brazilian government.

Florida law firm sues Illinois firm for fees in class action lawsuit

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 2, 2015

An Florida law firm is suing an Illinois law firm for failing to pay it a fee for joining in as counsel on a class action lawsuit in Florida.

Republican state senator to run for N.C. AG

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - GOP state Sen. Buck Newton announced Monday he is running for North Carolina attorney general in 2016.

Car equipment maker sued over alleged price-rigging scheme

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 2, 2015

The maker of automobile equipment is facing a class action lawsuit over an alleged price rigging scheme to control the prices of the market.

Webinar offered to help educate patent attorneys on demand letters

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 3, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - One of the nation’s leading continuing education providers is offering a webinar to better educate attorneys on how to handle patent infringement letters.

Texas patent holding company files 49 lawsuits in a week, isn't listed on own office building's directory

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 3, 2015

BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) - A Texas-based company filed nearly 50 lawsuits against insurers, airlines, grocers and various other companies in just seven days, claiming they are infringing on two of its patents.

Newspaper: N.J. AG needs to be elected, not appointed

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 3, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - At least one New Jersey newspaper is calling for a change in how the state’s attorney general is selected.

Sears cited in lawnmover fuel line defect

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 3, 2015

Sears faces allegations that one of its lawnmower brands has a faulty fuel line that potentially can catch fire.

Senate panel to hold markup of PATENT Act; some groups continue push for additional IPR reform in bill

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 4, 2015

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A Senate-introduced patent reform bill is set for markup by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

Roman Catholic dioceses of Pittsburgh, Erie petition U.S. SC over contraception mandate

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 4, 2015

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and Diocese of Erie have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court over the contraception requirement of President Barack Obama’s federal health care law.

Judge limits recovery in class action against Rite Aid to actual damages

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia federal judge has dismissed a portion of a class action lawsuit filed against Rite Aid over its practice of conducting background screenings on new hires.

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