News from May 2017

Cheesecake Factory moves for dismissal in lawsuit over receipts

By John Sammon | May 1, 2017

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for the restaurant chain Cheesecake Factory Inc. have moved to dismiss a complaint filed by a chiropractor in Florida who maintains a Cheesecake Factory outlet in the state issued him a receipt that put him and thousands of other consumers at risk of identity theft.

Farmers moves to dismiss discrimination suit regarding insurance policies

By Tabitha Fleming | May 1, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys representing Farmers Insurance have filed for the dismissal of a class action lawsuit filed in Texas alleging discrimination and violations of Texas Insurance Code.

Buffalo Trace: Whiskey drinkers read the label wrong

By Chandra Lye | May 1, 2017

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – Distilleries that have been accused of falsely labeling their products have filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought against them.

Rockstar sued over amount in cans

By Louie Torres | May 1, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (Legal Newsline) — An Oregon consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against an energy drink business, alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair competition.

Oil well royalty owner alleges Texas business failed to pay

By Louie Torres | May 1, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — An oil well royalty owner has filed a class action lawsuit against a Texas business, alleging breach of contract regarding the payment of royalties.

GNC sued over aloe vera gel

By Wadi Reformado | May 1, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — An Illinois consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against General Nutrition Corp., alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation over an aloe vera product.

Employees who act as managers half the time are exempt from overtime pay, appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | May 1, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Employees who spend more than half their work time carrying out management tasks aren't eligible for overtime pay, a California appeals court ruled earlier this month.

Wash. state appeals court mostly affirms ruling in class action against armored vehicle company

By Jessica Karmasek | May 1, 2017

However, in its March decision, the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1, reversed a trial court’s award of double damages for meal period violations and its award of prejudgment interest on rest break damages.

D.C. attorney general targets real estate company for allegedly violating rent control laws

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced April 25 a lawsuit against a real estate company that allegedly circumvents district rent-control laws and operates apartments like hotel rooms.

D.C. targets real estate company for allegations of property neglect

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced April 25 a lawsuit against the owners and managers of an apartment building at 2724 11th St NW for allegations of neglect and forcing tenants to live in a place with long-term infestations of vermin and mold.

Consumer board alleges student loan, mortgage services often violate law

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced April 26 that some recent supervisory work revealed some student loan and mortgage services have been violating the law in failing to provide struggling borrowers with legal protections.

Florida targets West Palm Beach mortgage financier for misconduct allegations

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Office of Financial Regulation Commissioner Drew J. Breakspear announced April 20 a lawsuit against Ocwen Financial Corporation of West Palm Beach and its subsidiaries, Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC and Ocwen Mortgage Servicing Inc., for alleged mortgage servicing misconduct.

Washington charges agricultural company with violating discrimination laws

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced April 26 that he has filed a lawsuit against Horning Brothers LLC, a Quincy-based agricultural company, for allegations of violating Title VII of the federal 1964 Civil Rights Act 1964 and the Washington Law Against Discrimination.

New Jersey warns 30 property managers about advertisements

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced April 26 that the Division of Civil Rights has issued a warning letter to roughly 30 property managers in the state about posting advertisements that, he says, discourage applicants from paying with federal Section 8 assistance vouchers.

New York urges Trump administration to reconfirm commitment to Paris climate accord

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced April 25 that he has joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general in urging President Trump to reconfirm the Unites States’ commitment to and cooperation with the Paris Climate Agreement.

Baltimore hospital settles allegations of disability discrimination with $180,000 payment

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced April 27 that Harbor Hospital Inc., trading as MedStar Hospital, will pay $179,576 after allegations of federal disability discrimination.

FTC OKs Sycamore Partners' sale of former Family Dollar stores to Dollar General

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 27 that, following a 15-day public comment period, it has approved Sycamore Partners II L.P.’s application to sell to Dollar General Corporation the assets it acquired under a 2015 FTC settlement.

IU Health, HealthNet pay $18 million to resolve kickback scheme allegations

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 27 that Indiana University Health Inc. (IU Health) and HealthNet Inc. will pay a total of $18 million after allegations of federal and state false claims. The defendant purportedly engaged in an illegal kickback scheme.

U.S. settles with Pacific Pulmonary for $11.4 million over alleged False Claims Act violations

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 24 that Braden Partners L.P., doing business as Pacific Pulmonary Services, will pay $11.4 million to settle allegations that it and its general partner, Teijin Pharma USA LLC, violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims for reimbursement to Medicare.

Georgia consumer alleges health information business violated contract

By Wadi Reformado | May 1, 2017

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — A Georgia woman has filed a class action lawsuit against a health information business, alleging breach of contract.

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