News from November 2015

Attorney: Providence’s string of antitrust lawsuits ‘deserves to be scrutinized’

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 2, 2015

Defense lawyers argue that a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling didn’t provide enough direction, giving plaintiffs’ attorneys more incentive to take on lawsuits over so-called “pay-for-delay” agreements.

N.Y. construction firm allegedly lied about being veteran-owned

By Emily Moore | Nov 2, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently filed a complaint against a Western New York contracting company alleging it was falsely claiming eligibility for federal contracts for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses.

Kroger facing lawsuit over allegedly lying about trans fat

By Hoang Tran | Nov 2, 2015

A San Diego woman recently sued one on of the nation's largest grocery chains over trans fat.

Boeing agrees to $19 million settlement over military billing

By Emily Moore | Nov 2, 2015

Boeing will pay $19 million as part of a recent settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that it improperly charged the Air Force labor costs for maintenance and repair of C-17 Globemaster aircrafts.

Kansas City auto dealer accused of deceiving consumers with hail-damaged cars

By Hoang Tran | Nov 2, 2015

Two Missouri consumers have sued a Kansas City auto dealer for allegedly selling hail-damaged cars without disclosing that repairs had been done on the vehicles.

Panasonic accused of manipulating resistor marketplace

By Hoang Tran | Nov 2, 2015

Several electronic component companies are facing a lawsuit over alleged manipulation of the resistor market.

Miami-area newspaper accused of slandering Venezuelan businessman in $5M extortion scheme

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 3, 2015

In a Venezuelan community in the Miami area, a news outlet allegedly attempted to use its power in an attempt to extort millions of dollars from a wealthy businessman who claims a series of articles linking him to hated Venezuelan officials is ruining his reputation.

ArchAge players accuse video game developers of violating consumer laws

By Hoang Tran | Nov 3, 2015

Three video gamers recently sued the developer of a "free-to-play" game over allegations that it misrepresented the game.

Venezuelan Central Bank files federal lawsuit to block exchange rate website

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 3, 2015

The Central Bank alleges that a group of Venezuelan exiles living in the United States -- some of whom allegedly were part of a short-lived coup in Venezuela -- are behind the website. The bank contends the website publishes misleading black-market exchange rates for dollars, hurting both it and the country’s economy.

Publix accused of violating Telephone Consumer Protection Act

By Hoang Tran | Nov 3, 2015

A Florida man recently filed a class-action lawsuit against one of the 10 largest-volume grocery chains for allegedly placing unauthorized calls to customers' cell phones.

Bubblin' Bucket toy maker faces lawsuit over spilling

By Hoang Tran | Nov 3, 2015

A consumer recently filed a class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer of “no-spill” toy bubble buckets, alleging that the buckets do, in fact, spill.

Navient allegedly broke California laws with high interest rates

By Hoang Tran | Nov 3, 2015

Three borrowers have sued the company that services their student loans alleging the interest rates they are being charged violate California's Constitution and Unsury Law.

Center for Auto Safety files suit against Volkswagen

By Hoang Tran | Nov 3, 2015

An automobile safety watchdog group recently sued a major German automaker for allegedly violating numerous consumer laws by manipulating its emissions findings on certain vehicles.

Court dismisses potential $15B class action against Facebook over tracking allegations

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 4, 2015

A federal judge said last month that the plaintiffs, who accused the social network of tracking their Internet activity after they logged off, failed to “adequately connect” the value of the data collected to Facebook’s alleged conduct.

Neopets accused of violating California business law

By Hoang Tran | Nov 4, 2015

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A virtual pet game service is facing a lawsuit over allegations it violated California business codes.

Study: Employers face 12 percent chance of employee lawsuit; Figures even higher in New Mexico, D.C., Nevada

By Anna Aguillard | Nov 4, 2015

Global specialist insurer Hiscox recently released a study revealing the average risk of employee litigation on Oct. 27.

Attorney says Public Citizen report criticizing his Congressional testimony misses the point

By Anna Aguillard | Nov 4, 2015

Attorney John Beisner, the leader of Skadden Arp's mass torts group, said that a recent report issued by Public Citizen criticizing his use of the term “no-injury” when describing class-action litigation misses the point of the legislation he testified to promote.

U.S. accuses California man of deceiving financial aid seekers

By Hoang Tran | Nov 4, 2015

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) — A government consumer bureau alleges a California business and its owner are deceiving customers into paying a fee to apply for student financial aid.

AT&T's unlimited data plan allegedly not so unlimited

By Legal News Line | Nov 4, 2015

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — A Massachusetts woman says AT&T Mobility, LLC deliberately misled customers about its unlimited data services.

AMD faces suit over alleged misrepresentation of new CPU

By Hoang Tran | Nov 4, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — One of the world’s largest computer chip manufacturers is facing a lawsuit over allegations of deceptive marketing.

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