News from December 2018

Facial Rejuvenation of South Florida allegedly sent text message to woman without consent

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 3, 2018

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – A Miami-Dade County, Florida resident alleges a Miami business sent her a telemarketing text without her permission.

After narrow win, heads turn towards new Wisconsin AG's approach on ACA, opioids, redistricting and more

By John Breslin | Dec 3, 2018

MADISON, WISC. (Legal Newsline) - Following an $8.5 million race and a slim victory for the seat of the state's chief law enforcer, legal observers are focused on how new Attorney General Josh Kaul will approach some thorny issues and ongoing litigation when he takes up his position in January.

Massachusetts reaches settlement with adult day health provider accused of false Medicaid billing

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

BOSTON — The State of Massachusetts has reached a half million dollar settlement with three adult day health facilities accused of not complying with the state's Medicaid program (MassHealth) regulations through false billing.

Home Instead Senior Care franchisee settles charges of subjecting caregiver to sexual harassment by client

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A Home Instead Senior Care franchisee has agreed to pay more than $300,000 to settle charges by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) of subjecting its caregiver employees to sexual harassment by a client.

Court upholds ruling favoring Los Angeles Unified School District in concussion case

By Tomas Kassahun | Dec 3, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeal of the State of California 2nd Appellate District, Division One has upheld a trial court’s ruling against a student who sued the Los Angeles Unified School District following an injury.

Connecticut Supreme Court rules appellate court incorrectly ruled on sovereign immunity in black ice case

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 3, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – A decision in the case of an accident allegedly caused by an untreated icy bridge in New London, Connecticut was partially reversed by the state's high court.

New York report: Professional fundraisers collected $372 million in charitable donations

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

NEW YORK — The New York State Attorney General's Office annual report shows professional fundraisers kept $372 million of charitable donations collected after raising more than $1.18 billion in the state last year.

Texas company must pay $400,000 for scamming high school students out of class trip

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona has obtained a more than $400,000 judgment against Texas-based EB Worldwide LLC for taking money from high school students for a Disneyland senior class trip and then canceling the trip without a warning or refund.

Washington state children's charity founder allegedly used donations for personal expenses

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Washington state children's charity founder faces a lawsuit by the state, alleging he used the charity's funds for personal expenses.

Coalition asks U.S. Supreme Court to uphold states' rights to sue pharmaceutical manufacturers

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the latest state legal officer to join a 23-state coalition filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht and arguing to uphold a states' rights to sue pharmaceutical manufacturers for deceiving consumers.

Kansas city council settles charges of violating state's Open Meeting Act

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas city council has agreed to settle charges by the state's attorney general that it violated the Kansas Open Meeting Act (KOMA) when it fired a city clerk during a private executive session.

Investors file fraud suit against ADC Downey, seek $4.9 million

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 3, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Chinese foreign investors have filed a suit against a Los Angeles-based partnership they subscribed to over allegations of fraud.

GETIHU power bank does not have capacity advertised, consumer alleges

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 3, 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A New York man alleges that a power bank he purchased that was manufactured by a California company does not have the capacity advertised.

MAYER BROWN: 11 Mayer Brown lawyers named to Washingtonian’s Top Lawyers list

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Dec 3, 2018

Mayer Brown announced that 11 partners from six practice areas have been recognized by Washingtonian as the “Top Lawyers” in the Washington DC area.

IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Satellite TV companies to pay Iowa $52,000 for consumer fraud violations

By Press release submission | Dec 3, 2018

When shopping for satellite TV providers, consumers need a finely tuned antenna to avoid bad deals.

ARMSTRONG TEASDALE: Partner Meshach Rhoades to Receive Dean Edward C. King “Making A Difference” Award

By Press release submission | Dec 3, 2018

Denver Litigation Partner Meshach Rhoades has been selected to receive the University of Colorado Law School’s Dean Edward C. King “Making a Difference” award.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Merritt Hospitality to Pay $125,000 to Settle EEOC Lawsuit

By Press release submission | Dec 3, 2018

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the settlement of a disability discrimination lawsuit against Merritt Hospitality, LLC and HEI Hotels and Resorts, LLC, which have agreed to pay $125,000 and provide other injunctive relief.

PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN LLP: Eric Kremer and Patty DeGaetano Join San Diego’s 500 Most Influential List

By Press release submission | Dec 3, 2018

Two Pillsbury partners, Patty DeGaetano and Eric Kremer, were recently included in this year’s elite “San Diego 500: The Book of Influential Business Leaders” for 2019.

PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN LLP: Corporate, Restructuring Practices Win Four Americas M&A Atlas Awards

By Press release submission | Dec 3, 2018

Global M&A Network this week revealed the winners of its Americas M&A Atlas awards at a gala event in New York, and Pillsbury is pleased to announce wins across four categories.

California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

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