News from May 2015

Newly elected Wis. SC chief justice vows to ‘repair’ high court

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 1, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - The newly elected chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court says she will focus on repairing the damage that has been done to the reputation of the state’s high court.

Bobcat cited over fuel tank capacity

By Shaun Zinck | May 1, 2015

A skid-steer manufacturer is being sued over allegations it misrepresented the abilities of its compact skid-steer loaders in order to induce consumers to purchase the products.

GNC cited over 'slack-fill' in supplemental products

By Shaun Zinck | May 1, 2015

A major supplement provider faces allegations its packaging misleads consumers when comparing the size of the package to the actual product inside.

Wells Fargo alleged to have 'enriched itself' instead of helping homeowners

By Shaun Zinck | May 1, 2015

A major bank faces a civil suit over allegations it used federal funds to enrich itself rather than help struggling homeowners modify their mortgages.

Ala. governor signs bill reversing state SC’s ‘innovator liability’ ruling

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 4, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed into law a bill overturning a state Supreme Court ruling that held a brand-name drug manufacturer can be liable for physical injuries caused by a generic drug product that it neither made nor sold.

Head of state court nominated to Maine SC

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 4, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage last week nominated the head of the state Superior Court to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court.

Policy experts line up in debate over right-to-work zones in Illinois

By Amanda Robert | May 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - In recent years, three of Illinois’ neighbors – Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin – have passed statewide right-to-work laws that no longer require employees to join a labor union and pay membership dues even if that union represents workers at their place of employment.

U.S. SC vacates another ruling over Obamacare’s contraception mandate

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court last week returned another federal appeals court’s decision backing the contraception requirement of President Barack Obama’s federal health care law.

Okla. governor vetoes AG-backed bill requiring state to develop plan to comply with EPA carbon mandate

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 6, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin last week vetoed a bill that would have required the state to develop its own plan to comply with the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules regarding carbon emissions.

Alabama's BP contract to politically active firm only stipulates 'reasonable' attorneys fees

By John O'Brien and Kyle Barnett | May 6, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Despite vowing not to appoint outside attorneys to assist in state litigation in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, in a turnabout, named several private attorneys as deputy attorney generals, including members of the politically active Montgomery, Ala.-based firm Beasley Allen.

Wal-Mart cited over herbal supplement ingredients

By Shaun Zinck | May 6, 2015

Wal-Mart faces a class action lawsuit alleging its herbal supplements did not contain the major ingredients advertised on the label.

Makers of Slim Jim cited over 'slack-fill' in packaging

By Legal News Line | May 6, 2015

The makers of a popular dried sausage snack are cited in a class action suit, alleging its packaging misleads consumers.

Tommie Copper cited over alleged benefits of athletic wear

By Shaun Zinck | May 6, 2015

A class action lawsuit alleges the makers of “copper-infused” athletic apparel do not provide the benefits that are advertised.

TurboTax parent company cited over data breeches

By Shaun Zinck | May 6, 2015

A major online tax filing company faces allegations it did not keep personal information of its customers safe from outside sources.

Massachusetts habilitation center fined $94,000 for billing Medicaid for services not provided

By Shaun Zinck | May 6, 2015

Life Focus Center, of Charlestown will pay more than $94,000 in penalties after it billed Massachusetts' Medicaid for services it didn't provide, said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday.

Trial continues in med mal case against Duke hospital, surgeon for allegedly reconnecting patient’s intestine to vagina

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 7, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - A jury trial is set to continue Thursday in a medical malpractice case against Duke University Medical Center after one of its surgeons allegedly reconnected a patient’s intestine to her vagina instead of her rectum.

Silicon Valley licensing company crafts ‘best practices,’ argues it could transform patent system

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 7, 2015

EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - As the number of bills aimed at reforming the nation’s patent system continue to pile up in Congress, one Silicon Valley company argues that a more commonsensical approach to the perceived "patent troll” problem is needed.

Asbestos firm says Garlock's attempt to probe claimants' info 'brazen' and its argument 'highly indignant'

By John O'Brien | May 7, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The latest filing by a New York asbestos plaintiffs firm that has been accused of racketeering calls a bankrupt company’s attempt to access asbestos claimants’ records “brazen.”

Federal lawmakers say PATENT Act, with some changes, has best chance of passing

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 7, 2015

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A bill introduced last week by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators aimed at ending patent abuses still needs some tweaking, but lawmakers said Thursday the legislation, compared to other reform bills, has the best chance of passing.

Senators introduce bill to require open proceedings of U.S. SC to be televised

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 8, 2015

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Chuck Grassley have introduced legislation that would require all open proceedings of the U.S. Supreme Court to be televised.

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