News from September 2016

Class action against Nuun & Company lasts less than a month

By Robert Lawson | Sep 1, 2016

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — A lawsuit filed by a New Yorker against a drink tablet manufacturer didn't last long.

Five attorneys sanctioned in Ark. class action suit

By Dawn Geske | Sep 1, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – While initially calling out 16 lawyers for possible sanctions on both sides of a class action settlement, a federal judge has ordered five of those attorneys to be sanctioned.

Serial plaintiff's days might be numbered

By Jenna Spinelle | Sep 1, 2016

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Legal Newsline) — Cory Groshek has applied for hundreds of jobs and, though he has barely worked a day at any of them, he’s still managed to receive plenty of payments from those companies.

U.S. Rep: Obamacare killing healthcare market, legal reform needed

By Karen Kidd | Sep 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Litigation reform should go hand-in-hand with healthcare reform, but don't expect any substantive reform of the Affordable Care Act anytime soon, says a congressman from North Carolina.

D.C. Circuit affirms SEC's use of administrative law judges

By April Bamburg | Sep 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - On Aug. 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a petition for review of a decision by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative law judges.

FTC targets online academic journal OMICS for allegations of deceiving consumers

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 1, 2016

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged OMICS Group Inc. and two affiliated companies with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding fees that range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Priest and hedge fund manager files defamation lawsuit against Bloomberg over news article

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 1, 2016

Father Emmanuel Lemelson, the chief investment officer of Lemelson Capital Management, argues the article, published in March, has hurt his business and his standing within the Eastern Orthodox Church. Bloomberg had the lawsuit removed to a Massachusetts federal court in August.

U.S. settles with owners of Michigan apartment complexes who allegedly violated Fair Housing Act

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 1, 2016

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) — The owners and operators of seven Michigan apartment complexes have agreed to settlements resolving allegations of violating the Fair Housing Act, the Justice Department has announced. The defendants allegedly discriminated against families with children.

FTC announces settlement with ringleader of alleged IWorks billing scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 1, 2016

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that the ringleader and two other defendants of the alleged IWorks online billing scheme have agreed to settle allegations of taking more than $280 million from consumers.

Kentucky lawyer accuses Lawyer.com of defamation

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 2, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — A Kentucky attorney is suing website operators, alleging defamation.

Conn. dentist settles for $1.3 million after allegations of violating state laws

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 2, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has announced Dr. Jesus Villegas and his pediatric dental practices – Fairfield Pediatric Dentistry LLC in Milford and Haven Pediatric Dentistry LLC in West Haven – will pay $1,367,466 to resolve allegations of violating sate laws.

Snapchat defends procedures after facial recognition class action

By Kristin Danley-Greiner | Sep 2, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The popular social media platform Snapchat faces allegations by two Illinois users that it stores information that makes them susceptible to identity theft.

District court sides with Texas attorney general in fair housing case

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 2, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced a federal district court ruling that states the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) complied with the Fair Housing Act concerning distribution of low-income housing tax credits.

Eighth Circuit dismisses privacy class action against video game retailer

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 2, 2016

The federal appeals court agreed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in granting GameStop’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, brought over an alleged breach of its privacy policy.

New York woman alleges General Mills is harming consumers through deceptive advertising

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 2, 2016

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York woman is suing General Mills Inc. claiming the company’s products are falsely advertised and harmful to consumers.

EPA and NHTSA release standards for heavy-duty trucks to reduce carbon pollution

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 2, 2016

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in order to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon pollution.

Kentucky man claims Cabela's repeatedly called him to collect alleged debt for another person

By Michael Abella | Sep 2, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – A Kentucky consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against a sporting goods provider over collection calls he kept receiving for another party.

Class action against Samsung claims defective washers 'explode' during spin cycle

By Wadi Reformado | Sep 2, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Three women have filed a class action suit against a South Korea company alleging that it manufactures and distributes washing machines that are defective in nature and explode during normal use.

Walgreens accused of false advertising of aloe vera product with no actual aloe vera

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 3, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – An Illinois woman is suing Walgreens for allegedly selling an aloe vera product that contains no actual aloe vera.

Pilot alleges United Airlines failed to give him sick leave benefits while he was deployed

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 6, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A California man is suing United Airlines for not giving him proper benefits when he was on assignment with the U.S. Air Force.

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