News from August 2018

With two high-profile losses, when do climate plaintiffs start worrying about sanctions?

By Dan Fisher | Aug 1, 2018

Now that federal judges on either coast have dismissed two of the most prominent climate lawsuits against the oil industry, risks to taxpayers may be going up.

Ecological Rights Foundation alleges California wastewater system illegally discharged sewage

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit public benefit corporation alleges a waste water sewage collection system operator in several California cities has unlawfully discharged several thousand gallons of sewage into waterways.

Boulder poised to ask federal judge to move its climate change case back to home court

By William Sassani | Aug 1, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – A Colorado federal judge has approved a briefing schedule for determining a final location to hear a climate change lawsuit filed by local Colorado officials against two oil companies

Florida's Natural Orange juice falsely advertised as natural, consumer alleges

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 1, 2018

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A consumer alleges a brand of orange juice is not natural as advertised and contains a synthetic biocide used to kill weeds.

Consumer alleges Gem Water bottles do not increase pH and dissolved oxygen in water as advertised

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 1, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A consumer is challenging a water bottle maker's claims that gemstones in the bottle will alter the quality of water used in it.

California calls on HHS to withdraw proposed Medicaid state payment requirements

By Marian Johns | Aug 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra is calling on the Trump administration to withdraw its proposed rule to alter Medicaid state payment requirements, a move the attorney general says will hurt the state's 400,000 home care workers as well as the half-million with disabilities under their care.

Colorado's Cynthia Coffman to chair Conference of Western Attorneys General

By Marian Johns | Aug 1, 2018

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman recently was appointed as the new chair for the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) during the group's annual meeting in New Mexico.

California argues against federal government's dismantling of Borrower Defense Rule

By Marian Johns | Aug 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO — The state of California is arguing that the federal government's recent dismantling of the Borrower Defense Rule, designed to provide help for students defrauded by their school, is not in the best interest students.

Maryland alleges moving company demanded more money while keeping customer's items on truck

By Marian Johns | Aug 1, 2018

BALTIMORE — Maryland's Consumer Protection Division has issued a final order relating to allegations that a Maryland moving company gave customers low estimates and then demanded additional money while holding their possessions on moving trucks.

Gathering set to discuss ways to stymie spread of nuisance lawsuits against agri-business

By John Breslin | Aug 2, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - A major gathering of politicians and representatives of state agencies will convene Friday for a round table discussion on how to stymie the spread of nuisance lawsuits against agri-business companies and producers.

Consumers allege FreshWorks Produce Saver products do not keep produce fresh longer as advertised

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 2, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Two California consumers allege a produce saver product does not keep food fresh longer as advertised.

Organizations allege FDA failed to respond to petition concerning drug

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 2, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Two nonprofit, public-interest research, litigation and advocacy organizations allege a federal agency has unlawfully failed to respond to its petition concerning a bulk drug substance.

Cosmetic Perfume Filling & Packaging alleges Arcade Beauty reps 'spread falsehoods'

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 2, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey contract manufacturing and packaging service company alleges a client has interfered with contractual relations.

Medimetriks Pharmaceuticals alleged to have sent unsolicited faxes without recipients' consent

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 2, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – An Ohio resident alleges a New Jersey pharmaceutical company is sending unsolicited fax advertisements.

Court orders Arizona mining business to pay $2.7 million for leaking arsenic-contaminated water

By Marian Johns | Aug 2, 2018

PHOENIX — An Arizona mining corporation has been ordered by a Maricopa County judge to pay a $2.7 million fine for contaminating a public creek with arsenic.

California joins 12-state coalition opposing U.S. Labor Department over AHP changes

By Marian Johns | Aug 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California has become the latest state to join a 12-state coalition filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor for a new regulation that allows employers to group together as Associated Health Plans (AHPs).

With millions at stake, New Jersey judges won't accept junk science against pharma companies

By John O'Brien | Aug 2, 2018

New Jersey judges must require plaintiffs lawyers who flock to their courts to come up with more than junk science if they want jurors to hear their arguments.

City of Taylor Police and Fire Retirement System alleges prices of Unum securities were artificially inflated

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 3, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A Tennessee-based insurance company is alleged to have misrepresented its business operations and caused stock prices to fall.

Best Buy stores enrolled customers in AppleCare plans for phones without consent, woman alleges

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 3, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – A Washington attorney alleges that she was enrolled in a service care plan without her consent when she purchased an iPhone at an electronics store.

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