News from November 2017

Cascade Collections alleged to have violated collection laws with letter

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 1, 2017

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A New York consumer alleges a debt collection letter she received is unlawful.

Consumer claims Banana Boat Kids sunscreen has SPF of 24, not 100 as advertised

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 1, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A consumer has filed a class-action suit over claims that a brand of children's sunscreen does not offer the coverage it advertises.

Lyft drivers sees damages over allegations employment was misclassified

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 1, 2017

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Lyft drivers are alleging that they were misclassified as independent contractors and that Lyft unlawfully placed the cost of doing business to its drivers.

Cohen Milstein claims DuPont, Chemours discharged toxic chemicals in Cape Fear River

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 1, 2017

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A Leland, North Carolina, citizen has filed a class action lawsuit over allegations that two companies have released toxic chemicals into a river used as a drinking water supply.

FTC shuts down two alleged tech support scams

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission announced Oct. 26 that the operators of two tech support scams will settle FTC charges of duping consumers into purchasing unnecessary repairs for their supposedly virus-infected computers.

FTC details decline in U.S. cigarette sales

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission announced Oct. 25 that it released a report detailing a decline in the number of cigarettes sold by major wholesalers and retailers from 253.8 billion in 2014 to 244.2 billion in 2015.

Washington state continues fight against campaign finance violations

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 1, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Oct. 27 that his office has filed a complaint against the Clark County Republican Central Committee for alleged campaign finance violations.

Michigan joins bipartisan coalition urging health care companies to help curb opioid addiction

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 1, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Oct. 20 he has joined a bipartisan group of attorneys general in drafting a letter to health care companies with pharmacy benefit management (PBM) programs, urging them to take steps to curb prescription opioid abuse.

Ruby Tuesday in Florida pays $45,000 to resolve alleged age discrimination

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 1, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Oct. 26 that Ruby Tuesday Inc., a corporation with headquarters in Georgia that does business in South Florida, will pay $45,000 after allegations of age discrimination.

EEOC targets dental surgery practice over alleged company-mandated retirement age

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 1, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Oct. 25 against Professional Endodontics P.C., a dental surgery practice with headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, for allegations of firing an employee because of her age.

Kaiser Aluminum reinstates job offer after disability discrimination settlement

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 1, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Oct. 24 that Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, the United States’ leading producer of fabricated aluminum, has agreed to pay $175,000 and reinstate an offer to a worker after allegations of disability discrimination.

Virginia labor union to pay $30,000 to settle race discrimination charge

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 1, 2017

RICHMOND, V.A. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Oct. 23 that Local 100 of the United Labor Unions, a multi-state service workers’ union, will pay $30,000 after allegations of face discrimination.

New Jersey court rules that legal malpractice suit is barred by entire controversy doctrine

By Angela Underwood | Nov 1, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey malpractice action is barred by the entire controversy doctrine, according to the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division.

Virginia high court affirms ruling that former Community Management Corp. CEO is barred from seeking attorneys fees

By David Hutton | Nov 1, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling dismissing a woman’s efforts to recoup legal fees incurred in defending a prior action against Community Management Corp.

Ninth Circuit gives employers more flexibility to fight 'day-of-rest' claims

By Dee Thompson | Nov 1, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- A federal appeals court based in San Francisco recently bucked California's pro-plaintiff trend by dismissing a class action lawsuit against Nordstrom, a Sacramento attorney says.

Details of new Rhode Island sick leave law will leave employers scratching heads, attorney says

By Dee Thompson | Nov 1, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act was signed into law in September with the intent of giving employees more paid time off, but some attorneys feel the new law is confusing and will cause more headaches for employers.

Couple at center of alleged PTSD attack denied damages over former defense attorneys’ alleged conflict

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 1, 2017

In Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf P.S., the Washington State Supreme Court rejected the insureds’ attempt to collect damages for breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice from their former insurance defense counsel.

Target Up & Up product causes allergic reactions, class action claims

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 1, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A consumer has filed a class action against Target after a makeup remover product allegedly caused an allergic reaction.

My Little Steamer alleged to leak water during use

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 1, 2017

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A consumer claims the My Little Steamer appliance does not work as advertised.

Consumer claims Merchants' Credit Guide Co. collection letter failed to identify creditor

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 1, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – An Atlantic City, N.J., woman alleges a debt collector sent her a letter that violated federal collection laws.

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