News from July 2017

Judge denies motion to dismiss Cosco car seat class action

By Richard Jones | Jul 12, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Judge James Otero of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has denied a motion from a child seat manufacturer that requested he dismiss a class action lawsuit brought against the company.

CFPB's new rule 'large gift for class action lawyers'; Court challenges coming

By John O'Brien | Jul 12, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - As the director of a federal consumer protection agency seemingly fights for his job, he has gone forth with plans to finalize a controversial rule – and a court challenge seems imminent.

Wisconsin corporation accuses U.S. Department of Justice of violating federal law

By Mike Torres | Jul 13, 2017

A Wisconsin corporation is suing the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly violating federal public records law.

Law firm sues Mississippi law firms, individuals over alleged fraud

By Wadi Reformado | Jul 13, 2017

A law firm is suing Barry Wade Gilmer, Gilmer Law Firm PLLC, Thomas M. Matthews III, Seth C. Little and Matthews & Matthews PLLC, citing alleged breach of duty and fraud.

New Mexico AG secures $54.2 million payout from Big Tobacco

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 13, 2017

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced on April 20 that the state received $54.2 million in settlement payouts from Big Tobacco, the largest settlement received to date.

Med-mal lawsuit can proceed; Plaintiff's attorney says no expert witness needed

By David Hutton | Jul 13, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that a medical malpractice lawsuit can move forward, siding with an appeals court’s decision that a trial court judge erred when he dismissed the case for lack of an expert witness.

California court reverses $48.1 million verdict reversal against Motrin maker, remands for retrial

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appeals court has reversed a $48.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Motrin, after the pain-relieving drug allegedly caused a man’s severe and near fatal skin condition.

Can FINRA exploit loophole the Supreme Court closed for SEC?

By Dan Fisher | Jul 14, 2017

Targets of disgorgement actions by FINRA may face an expensive battle holding it to a five-year statute of limitations.

Drug companies lose challenge to alliance between private lawyers and state officials

By David Hutton | Jul 14, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – Private lawyers who could possibly make millions of dollars in attorneys fees can continue with their representation of the state of New Hampshire in an investigation into and a possible lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry.

Tennessee Supreme Court sides with widow in wrongful death case, remands case to trial court

By Dee Thompson | Jul 14, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a medical authorization sent pre-lawsuit doesn’t have to be Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant to be valid.

Calif. court rules that crack in gas station's fuel tank is not a structural collapse

By Todd Barnett | Jul 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – On July 3, a California appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling that a gas station cannot claim a crack in an underground fuel tank on insurance as a structural collapse.

Ky. Supreme Court tosses wrongful death lawsuit, says it was filed too late

By David Hutton | Jul 14, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – The Kentucky Supreme Court has sided with an appeals court ruling that reversed a trial court judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit over the 2005 shooting death of Christina Wittich.

DOJ settles Boston Harbor electrical cable case, allowing government to move forward with renovation project

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 17, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on July 12 that NSTAR Electric Company, which does business as Eversource Energy (NSTAR), NSTAR subsidiary Harbor Electric Energy Company (HEEC) and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) will settle allegations related to a permit for an electrical cable beneath Boston Harbor.

Massachusetts AG announces injunction against debt collection law firm that allegedly harassed consumers

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 17, 2017

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced on July 13 that Robert R. White and his law firm Levy & White have been barred by a Middlesex Superior Court from threatening consumers with arrest or imprisonment for not paying small debts.

California AG takes action against Canadian cigarette for alleged violation of state health laws

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 17, 2017

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on July 13 that he filed a lawsuit against Grand River Enterprises Six Nations (GRE), a Canadian cigarette manufacturer, for allegedly failing to comply with California laws regarding tobacco sales and illegally selling the product in the state.

Connecticut AG files lawsuit against family practitioner for alleged Medicaid scam

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 17, 2017

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced on July 13 that his office filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against Dr. Ramil Mansourov and his company, Ramil Mansourov LLC.

Washington AG continues to take on campaign finance in newest lawsuit

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 17, 2017

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced on July 11 that his office filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court against the Service Employees International Union Leadership Council 14, also known as SEIU Washington State Council, for allegations of campaign finance violations.

SEC charges 13 individuals in alleged cold-calling scam

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission announced July 12 that it has charged 13 individuals involved in two alleged cold calling scams that bilked more than a hundred victims out of more than $10 million.

EEOC secures $31,000 settlement with Nebraska bank after pay discrimination allegations

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 19, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that Heritage Bank, a company based in Wood River, Nebraska, will pay $30,598 to a woman to whom it allegedly paid less than a man.

EEOC accuses North Carolina call support center of discriminating against disabled employee

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 19, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit July 12 against Advanced Home Care, a nonprofit corporation in North Carolina that operates a call support center in High Point, for allegations of discriminating against a disabled employee.

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