HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Feb. 22 against Downhole Technology, a manufacturer of equipment for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), for allegations of retaliating against an employee who reported being harassed by white coworkers because of his race.
AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Texas has overturned a decision by a court of appeals, paving the way for a plaintiff to move forward with a common law assault claim against her former employer, Steak N Shake.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite legislation to increase the number of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's directors to five, and support noised by the White House, a consumer financial services attorney active in New York and Philadelphia says not to expect it soon.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 27 that Takata Corporation, a leading supplier of automotive safety equipment based in Tokyo, will pay $1 billion for allegations of selling defective airbags.
The FACT Act, or H.R. 906, would increase transparency in the asbestos trust system, in which about 100 companies that were targeted frequently by asbestos lawsuits declared bankruptcy to establish trusts to compensate victims.
Among the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017’s reforms, it requires that classes consist of members with the same type and scope of injury. Also under the proposed legislation, uninjured or non-comparably injured parties can still join class actions, but must do so separately from parties that experienced more extensive injury.
If passed, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017, or H.R. 720, would change Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to remove the 21-day “safe harbor” and to make sanctions mandatory instead of discretionary if a violation is discovered. This would reverse amendments previously made to Rule 11.
BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Feb. 23 that Life Time Fitness Inc., a gym company based in Minnesota, will pay $86,000 and furnish significant relief after allegations of rescinding a job offer due to pregnancy.
TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the state’s Division of Consumer Protection announced March 1 that the North Jersey Dermatology Clinic have paid $150,000 to a former employee after allegations of unlawfully discriminating against the employee by firing her when she went on maternity leave.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced March 1 that he is leading an 11-state coalition urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend its information collection request related to existing oil and gas facilities.
The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency, or FACT, Act of 2017 and the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 have been merged. The legislation, along with the Innocent Party Protection Act of 2017 and the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017, will be voted on by the full House later this week, House officials confirmed.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Feb. 28 that he has joined six state attorneys general in opposing President Trump’s executive order that Trump described as paving the way for the elimination of the Clean Water Rule (also known as the Waters of the United States Rule, or WOTUS).
TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Gov. Sam Brownback announced Feb. 23 that the state has negotiated an agreement with the Kickapoo Tribe to improve accounting for cigarettes and tobacco products sold on tribal lands.
PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) — Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced Feb. 22 that her office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have filed a complaint against nine defendants for an allegedly deceptive campaign to sell health supplements in violation of both state and federal laws.
LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 1 that the state has joined a federal antitrust lawsuit with 39 other states against six generic drugmakers. The lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to divide customers and markets as well as increase prices for two generic drugs.