News from October 2015

TXL Mortgage Corp. faces a lawsuit against federal government

By Hoang Tran | Oct 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Legal Newsline) - The United States government is suing a mortgage company for damages over nine loans that allegedly violated Federal Housing Administration rules.

Sports nutrition companies face lawsuit over claims of falsely advertising its products as legal steroids

By Hoang Tran | Oct 21, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – An Orange County man is suing a sports nutrition company, claiming it misleads consumers about its products.

P.F. Chang’s argues that newest complaint in class action over its gluten-free menu ‘comes up short’

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 21, 2015

The restaurant chain wants the plaintiff’s first amended complaint, filed by a woman who claims it violated federal anti-discrimination laws, dismissed. The federal judge presiding over the case has set a hearing on the motion for later this week.

Attorney for former Kan. AG says client's suspension was 'endless levels of garbage'

By Anna Aguillard | Oct 21, 2015

On Monday, former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline filed a federal lawsuit against the Kansas Supreme Court, Kansas Disciplinary Administrator Stan Hazlett, and the replacement judges serving on the Supreme Court panel that indefinitely suspended him in October 2013.

Data privacy attorney: Plaintiffs’ lawyers will need to consider Eleventh Circuit’s ruling on free mobile apps

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 21, 2015

Though the court’s decision is only binding in three states, it is “definitely negative precedent” that plaintiffs’ attorneys in class action litigation will need to keep in mind, says Rhode Island attorney Linn Freedman. She says companies also should proceed cautiously in the wake of this month’s ruling.

Pay-to-play fantasy sports sites told to stop operating in Nevada

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 21, 2015

Pay-to-play daily fantasy sports websites operating in Nevada have been warned: get a license, or get out.

iHeartMedia being sued by music holders over lack of compensation claims

By Hoang Tran | Oct 22, 2015

ALBANY, Ga. (Legal Newsline) - Two music holding owners are suing one of the largest Internet radio services over alleged copyright violations.

Eighth Circuit decertifies environmental class action filed over ‘fears’

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 22, 2015

The federal appellate court concluded that the plaintiff landowners lacked evidence that their properties had been contaminated by a once-leaking ConocoPhillips pipeline.

Professor/whistleblower sues Citigroup for $800 million, plans to donate to charity

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 23, 2015

“My ultimate motivations are both justice, and the money that I’ll get, which I will be donating to charity,” Rasmusen said.

Future of case against Best Buy could depend on if consumers are seen as gullible

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 23, 2015

Best Buy is facing a lawsuit after claims the company rescinded orders made by consumers without their permission.

Fla. plaintiffs attorneys pushing for rule that could lead to wrongful convictions, criminal defense lawyer says

By Hoang Tran | Oct 23, 2015

Bruce Lyons says adopting a less-strict standard on the admissibility of expert witnesses would be a "big step backward in forensic evidence."

$26.75M multi-state settlement reached with waste disposal company amid alleged false claim acts violations

By Emily Moore | Oct 23, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – A $26.75 million multi-state settlement has been reached with waste disposal company Stericycle after allegations of violating false claims acts in 12 states, announced Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds arbitration clauses violate consumer’s rights, proposes ban

By Emily Moore | Oct 23, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is proposing a ban on arbitration clauses that are generally hidden in financial service contracts between consumers and financial institutions offering student loans, credit cards and other products.

Center for Class Action Fairness argues selection of Volkswagen MDL court is ‘critical’

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 23, 2015

The non-profit filed an amicus brief with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation this week. The panel is scheduled to hear about the hundreds of class actions facing the automaker over its emissions scandal in December.

$69.5M settlement reached between U.S., Florida hospital over alleged False Claims Act violation

By Tia Benton | Oct 23, 2015

FLORIDA (Legal Newsline) - Claims of alleged fraudulent activity regarding the referral of doctors has led to a $69.5 million settlement between the U.S. and a Florida hospital.

Regulations increasing accountability on California businesses proposed under Proposition 65

By Tia Benton | Oct 23, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - California law requiring businesses to warn individuals of exposure to any listed carcinogens or reproductive toxins is undergoing proposed changes to increase protection of the citizens from abuse of the legislation and holding California businesses more accountable.

LPL Financial LLC alleged faulty practices result in settlement agreement with Delaware Attorney General's Office

By Tia Benton | Oct 23, 2015

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - A Delaware broker-dealer and federally covered investment adviser settled with the Delaware Attorney General’s Investor Protection Unit and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office over its practices regarding leveraged exchange trade funds.

Claims of discrimination against black, Hispanic communities asserted against New Jersey bank

By Tia Benton | Oct 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Legal Newsline) - A New Jersey bank allegedly "redlined" by locating its branches and selecting mortgage brokers almost exclusively outside of majority black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

All 30 MLB teams added to class action filed by ticket-holders over lack of protection from foul balls

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 26, 2015

An amended complaint filed Friday alleges that nearly 90 injuries and near-misses have happened since their original filing in July.

Big Heart Pet Brands 'deeply concerned' over slave labor allegations

By Anna Aguillard | Oct 26, 2015

In response to a recent lawsuit that alleges Big Heart Pet Brands knowingly contracted with an overseas partner that used slave labor, a statement made by the company said that it has been conducting an "aggressive" review of all its suppliers.

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