News from October 2015

Texas non-practicing entity files lawsuit against Amazon, Best Buy, others over USB hub patent

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 6, 2015

Minero Digital LLC claims the 26 defendant companies are infringing on its patent, which link together more than one USB-enabled device at a time.

Alaskan Medicare money in limbo; medical software company sued

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 7, 2015

A group of medical facilities in Alaska have filed a class action lawsuit against a company they say kept them from receiving Medicare reimbursement they depended on to stay afloat.

TGI Friday's sued for allegedly sending text messages without consent

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 7, 2015

Man claims the restaurant franchise sent him multiple advertisements via text messages without his permission, in violation of federal law.

Mass. AG wants regional electricity needs evaluated before pipeline is approved

By Emily Moore | Oct 7, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey presented the Federal Regulatory Commission with a letter asking for a full review.

W.Va. AG leads 14-state coalition in filing FOIA request over Clean Power Plan publication delay

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 7, 2015

Attorneys general point out that they cannot file a petition for review against the EPA until the rule is published, and therefore cannot ask a court to stop the agency’s “unlawful” actions.

Grocery chain being sued for alleged breach of customer's financial data

By Hoang Tran | Oct 8, 2015

A Colorado man has filed a class action lawsuit against Natural Grocers for allegedly failing to safeguard his credit and debit card information.

N.Y. residents file class action against insurers over data breach

By Hoang Tran | Oct 8, 2015

The lawsuit, filed in New York federal court, claims hackers had access to Excellus Health Plan and Lifetime Healthcare's data systems for nearly two years.

Woman sues seafood companies over alleged use of slave labor

By Hoang Tran | Oct 8, 2015

Plaintiff in class action claims Tri-Union and Thai Union Group used men and boys who have been trafficked from nearby countries.

Allegedly mislabeled pet food prompts consumer protection class action

By Robert Hadley | Oct 8, 2015

A Massachusetts woman is suing Blue Buffalo, alleging the company's pet food did, in fact, contain byproducts and preservatives.

Calif. woman sues debt collector for alleged phone spam

By Hoang Tran | Oct 8, 2015

The plaintiff in the class action claims the constant calls were a violation of her privacy and federal law.

PETA sues Whole Foods over allegedly misleading ads for meat products

By Hoang Tran | Oct 8, 2015

Animal rights group claims the grocer is not following its advertised five-step animal welfare rating system.

First Student bus driver sues over alleged lost wages

By Hoang Tran | Oct 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - A Los Angeles county man is suing his employer over claims of lost wages and compensation while dutifully employed by the company.

Settlement reached with defense contractor amid claims of False Claims Act violations

By Emily Moore | Oct 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Legal Newsline) - A defense contractor has agreed to pay a $4.63 million settlement after allegations that they were overcharging for labor hours charged for independent contractors at military Continental U.S. Replacement Centers (CRC), announced the Department of Justice.

Man files lawsuit against protein powder manufacturer, alleging deceptive packaging

By Hoang Tran | Oct 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Legal Newsline) - A Washington, D.C. man is suing a whey protein powder manufacture for alleged deceptive packaging and misleading the customer.

Consumer advocacy group says Johnson & Johnson should have cut back on oils years ago

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 8, 2015

The manufacturing giant faces a lawsuit in federal court over claims that it falsely labeled its margarine products.

Mortgage community not impressed with new CFPB regulations

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 8, 2015

The changes, announced last week, will help consumers in rural areas access the mortgage credit they need.

New York man sues Shiloh Industries for allegedly misleading stock holders

By Hoang Tran | Oct 8, 2015

Raymond Thomas claims that company failed to properly disclose, or made false, statements regarding its irregularities in accounting.

Florida Bar committee, plaintiffs lawyers push for rejection of new standard on expert witness testimony

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 8, 2015

After nearly two years of seeking public input, the state Bar’s Code and Rules of Evidence Committee voted to reject the Daubert standard, which is tougher on expert testimony. The Bar’s BOG plans to review the committee’s recommendation later this month.

Anti-tobacco group: Too early to know lasting effects of e-cigarettes

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 9, 2015

A California man has filed a class action against R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co., claiming the company engaged in unfair and deceptive marketing in regards to their electronic tobacco products.

Pet food supplier being sued for allegedly using slave labor

By Hoang Tran | Oct 9, 2015

Plaintiffs argue that defendants Mars, Iams and Proctor and Gamble, working with Thai Union, use slave labor as their main work force.

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