NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) —In a ruling that could affect lawyers nationwide, a federal appeals court recently denied an appeal involving block-billing, a common billing practice in many law firms that includes lumping together many small tasks into a single block.
BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – Potential whistleblowers now have a Public Use File full of data on Medicare claims and payments involving skilled nursing facilities to consider for future cases, attorneys in that field say.
SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)—A class-action lawsuit against food and beverage company Mondelez International claiming some of its packaging contains non-functional slack fill is just the latest example of customers suing over what they see as deceptive marketing, a consumer advocate says.
SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline)—Claims that Ralph Lauren offered “phantom markdowns” on its products are in line with what consumer advocates have said they found with other stores using sale prices to potentially mislead customers.
Nashville-based Edgenet contends attorneys with international law firm Foley & Lardner LLP failed to disclose an ethical conflict early on in litigation filed against the company in a Wisconsin federal court last year.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Class Action Fairness filed a petition with the nation’s highest court last week, asking for review of a settlement that awarded $5 million in fees to class counsel. CCAF argues the deal -- one of two reached over the sale of personal data reports to debt collectors -- is unfair to the class.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced it has filed a lawsuit against Covenant Transport Inc., charging the trucking company with violations of federal disability laws.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has approved a final consent order after public comment that settles allegations Lord & Taylor failed to properly disclose paid native advertising and online endorsements for its products.
LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Lunada Biomedical Inc. and its three principals settled allegations of deceptive marketing related to the dietary supplement, Amberen.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that, after a public comment period, it has approved a final order that resolves allegations Henry Schein Practice Solutions Inc. falsely advertised the level of encryption it provided to protect patient data.
Defense attorney Matt Stromquist joins academics, industry and federal lawmakers in criticizing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s set of proposed rules prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses that prevent class action lawsuits and the study upon which they’re based. Stromquist also takes issue with how arbitration has been depicted in recent months.
LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The federal agency responsible for taking consumer complaints about vehicle defects has recorded roughly 90 complaints about 2010 and 2011 Subaru Outbacks whose exterior lights allegedly fail frequently and prematurely.