News from June 2017

Texas urges appeals court to declare federal government not in compliance with NWPA

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 12, 2017

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced June 2 that his office has led a motion that asks the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to declare that the federal government is not in compliance with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA).

Massachusetts joins coalition challenging EPA's decision to abandon proposed pesticides ban

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 12, 2017

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced June 7 that she has joined six other attorneys general in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s decision to abandon its proposed ban on a toxic pesticide widely used on food consumed by infants, young children and pregnant women.

FTC concludes case against Orlando robocall scammers

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 12, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Office of the Attorney General announced June 5 that a federal district court judge has entered eight orders against a group of individuals in Orlando that allegedly pitched worthless credit card interest rate reduction programs to consumers via illegal robocalls.

FTC amends complaint against operators of invention-promotion scam

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 12, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced June 8 that it has amended its complaint against the operators of an invention-promotion scheme, World Patent Marketing (WPM).

Allegedly faulty guardrail costs remaining defendant $1.3 million

By Pam Wright | Jun 12, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirmed a lower court’s decision that Marrick Homes was liable in a personal injury lawsuit.

Georgia Supreme Court reinstates $35 million award for Six Flags beating victim

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2017

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – Georgia's Supreme Court has reinstated at $35 million award in the case of a teenager severely beaten while leaving Six Flags Over Georgia almost a decade ago in which a jury found the amusement park largely liable for the beating he suffered.

Ark. SC justice says alternative dispute resolution is 'eroding the cornerstone of our democracy'

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The lone dissenting Arkansas Supreme Court justice in an arbitration case otherwise upheld by the court earlier this month warned against alternative dispute resolution.

NFL moves to dismiss cheerleader's conspiracy lawsuit

By Hank Strickler | Jun 12, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The NFL is seeking to dismiss a suit filed by a former San Francisco 49ers cheerleader who alleged that it and 26 clubs conspired to suppress cheerleader wages.

Maryland court rules statute of repose bars man's estate from suing CBS in asbestos case

By Melissa Busch | Jun 13, 2017

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld a judgment in favor of CBS Corp., contending that a statute of repose barred a man from suing the company in an asbestos case.

Police brutality victim will not receive award money from Baltimore, appeals court rules

By Kacie Whaley | Jun 13, 2017

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has ruled against allowing a police brutality victim to collect damages from the city of Baltimore.

California's 2nd District Court of Appeal rejects Applied Underwriters’ petition

By David Hutton | Jun 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – California's Second District Court of Appeal has ruled that that Applied Underwriters’ appeal of a trial court’s order denying its renewed petition to compel arbitration is not appealable.

Military housing company Corvias wins appeal to sue in bathroom fan fire case

By Kacie Whaley | Jun 13, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – A Kansas military housing company won its appeal after suing two companies responsible for constructing a bathroom fan that allegedly caused two fires.

Three customers allege Venezuelan airline broke law

By Mike Torres | Jun 13, 2017

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — Three Florida customers have filed a class action lawsuit against Santa Barbara Airlines CA, doing business as SBA Airlines, a Venezuelan company, alleging breach of contract.

Label or Liability: GSK faces $3M verdict over product it didn't make

By Stephanie Grimoldby | Jun 13, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - This spring, a Chicago federal jury awarded $3 million to the widow of a lawyer who committed suicide by stepping in front of a CTA L train in Chicago’s Loop in 2010 shortly after taking a generic version of the antidepressant drug Paxil.

Consumer alleges Royal Seas Cruises made illegal phone calls

By Mike Torres | Jun 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A California consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against a cruise ship company, alleging violation of telephone harassment statutes.

States bet on spaceports, future economic benefits

By Amanda Robert | Jun 14, 2017

Spaceports are popping up over the country as private companies bet on a surge in commercial spaceflight and equally eager states maneuver to make room for them.

U.S. secures $2.5 million settlement with contractor over alleged False Claims Act violations

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 14, 2017

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 5 that Integrated Medical Solutions Inc. (IMS) and former President Jerry Heftler will pay $2.475 million after allegations of violating the False Claims Act and Anti-kickback Act.

Consumer board penalizes Fay Servicing $1.15 million for alleged mortgage servicing violations

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 14, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced June 7 that it took action against Fay Servicing, a mortgage servicer based in Chicago, for allegations of failing to provide mortgage borrowers with federally mandated protections against foreclosure.

U.S. settles with Illinois city in case involving alleged RLUIPA violations

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 14, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 6 that the city of Des Plaines, Illinois, has agreed to resolve allegations of violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA).

FTC continues crackdown on tech support scams with recent $1 million settlement

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 14, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission announced June 7 that it has obtained settlements with a group of defendants based in St. Louis who allegedly tricked consumers into buying unnecessary technical support devices by targeting them with deceptive pop-up ads.

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