News from August 2018

CBOE Exchange alleged to have manipulated Volatility Index

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 3, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – An Illinois trading company alleges it was injured because of anticompetitive conduct of a Chicago corporation and others.

Acadia Pharmaceutical shareholder alleges stock prices were artificially inflated

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 3, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A shareholder in a San Diego-based biopharmaceutical company alleges he purchased stock at artificially inflated prices.

Wheat farmers allege herbicide Beyond failed to kill weeds, reduced yields

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 3, 2018

GREAT FALLS, Montana (Legal Newsline) – Two Glacier County, Montana landowners allege that they lost an average of 38 bushels of wheat per acre after applying an herbicide.

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Ohio lawmakers send first-of-its-kind rejection to powerful legal group

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 3, 2018

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Through a bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday, the State of Ohio has legislatively opposed the American Law Institute’s long-debated and recently-passed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance wholesale, an unprecedented development in the 95-year history of the ALI.

Sheldon Silver sentenced to jail, but asbestos system still invites shenanigans, attorney says

By John Sammon | Aug 3, 2018

While the recent sentencing to prison of a once-powerful politician should help discourage abuse in the realm of asbestos litigation, an attorney following the issue says reform of the system is ultimately necessary.

Congressman says nuisance suits against agri-business are national threat

By Rebecca Cross | Aug 3, 2018

Recent nuisance lawsuits against agri-business in North Carolina are a national threat to agriculture, said U.S. Rep. David Rouzer (R-7th-NC)

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Zachry Industrial, Inc. To Pay $135,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

By Press release submission | Aug 3, 2018

Construction Company Wrongfully Terminated Employees Based on Their Medical History Despite Their Fitness for Duty, Federal Agency Charged.

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Settlement reached with Medical Device Company

By Press release submission | Aug 3, 2018

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that she has joined a coalition of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government to settle allegations against Delaware-based medical device maker, Alere Inc

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Returns Money to People Targeted by Phony Debt Collection Scheme

By Press release submission | Aug 3, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 597 checks totaling more than $184,000 to people who were allegedly tricked into paying phony debts.

N.J. courts have to now consider if science is "advocacy-driven," lawyers in landmark Accutane ruling say

By Angela Underwood | Aug 6, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Two New Jersey attorneys discussed the scientific reliability and New Jersey Supreme Court's Aug. 1 ruling regarding evidence in a case filed by 2,000 plaintiffs who allege acne medication Accutane could cause Crohn's disease.

Calif. court reduces penalties against law firm in paralegal's wage dispute

By Sandra Lane | Aug 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The First Appellate District of the Court of Appeal of California has reduced the penalties on a law firm in a wage dispute between a paralegal and the law firm.

Newegg must still face pricing lawsuit after Calif. appeals court ruling

By John Breslin | Aug 6, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A false advertising claim against an electronics retailer can continue, a California appeals court has ruled.

Employers in California must pay employees for time spent clocking out

By John Breslin | Aug 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Employers in California must take into account when evaluating pay the time taken to perform certain tasks after clocking out, the state's Supreme Court has ruled.

Colorado ruling in water case goes against Coors Brewing

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 6, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Colorado upheld a water court’s ruling in a lawsuit against Coors Brewing Co. on June 25, specifying that the company's "native" water use is limited and that it can no longer lease its return-flow water to other companies downstream without a new water right.

'Intermeddlers' lose case against Delaware greenhouse gas initiative

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 6, 2018

GEORGETOWN, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A case that was filed in response to the Delaware’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Co2 Emission Trading Program Act (RGGI Act) was dismissed on June 26 by the Superior Court of the State of Delaware.

U.S. settles with Texas company accused of colluding with competitors to fix pay rates

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Texas-based Your Therapy Source has settled charges by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the company colluded with its competitors to fix prices on physical therapy pay rates.

Summary judgment reversed in wrongful death case over California dairy worker's death

By Sandra Lane | Aug 6, 2018

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The Fifth Appellate District of the Court of Appeals in California has ordered a trial court to vacate a summary judgment order in a wrongful death case and remanded it for further proceedings.

Attorneys general from 21 states urge Congress to ramp up cyber security before '18 midterms

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

CHICAGO — Twenty-one attorneys general have joined in urging Congress to ramp up U.S. cyber security ahead of the 2018 midterm elections to protect against further cyberattacks and more infiltration by Russian hackers, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

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