News from July 2018

From Cook County Record

Post-Janus Landscape: Decision will impact union coffers, membership; more litigation on its way, say lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 2, 2018

In the wake of the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional forced union fees, the legal and political landscape will undoubtedly change. But precisely what will change, and how and when those changes will roll out, remains anybody’s guess.

Law firm claims Bank of America failed to return funds to customer

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 2, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A Washington, D.C. law firm alleges that a bank is wrongfully retaining funds.

California resident alleges My Pillow fails to disclose it records customers' calls

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 2, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California resident alleges that a Minnesota corporation fails to disclose to consumers that it records calls to its customer service line.

Court unseals scathing report accusing Labaton of misconduct in State Street case

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 2, 2018

A federal judge unsealed a lengthy report accusing Labaton Sucharow and a Massachusetts law firm of deliberately misleading the court about how it distributed the fees in a $300 million settlement with State Street Bank and Trust Co., including $4.1 million paid to a Houston lawyer who did no work on the case.

Consumers scammed by Tucker payday lending scam to receive $500 million

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the Department of Justice's (DOJ) plan to remit more than $500 million to the FTC for consumers scammed by a payday lending scheme.

U.S. reaches settlement with California test prep company for Title III ADA violation

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement with a California test prep company over allegations the company did not make its online courses and tutoring sessions accessible for the deaf or hard of hearing.

U.S. settles discrimination claims against North Carolina landscaping company

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has settled claims against a North Carolina landscaping company that allegedly discriminated against qualified, available U.S. workers by showing hiring preference to temporary workers holding H-2B visas.

J.C. Penney reaches settlement over immigration discrimination allegations

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — J.C. Penney Corporation has reached a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding allegations the company was facing for immigration-related discrimination.

Florida roofing company faces $149,662 in fines for fall, safety hazard allegations

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. — A Florida roofing company is facing $149,662 in fines after it was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for several fall and safety hazards.

FTC, Nevada granted court order to permanently shut down 'revenge porn site'

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission and the state of Nevada have obtained an order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to permanently shut down a "revenge porn site," which is required to pay more than $2 million after violating state and federal laws.

Supreme Court returns Arlene's Flowers v. Washington State to state high court for review

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

OLYMPIA — The U. S. States Supreme Court has issued a grant, vacate and remand ruling in Arlene's Flowers Inc. v. Washington State, a case involving a Washington state flower shop that refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, which sends the case back to Washington Supreme Court for review.

Arizona attorney general reaches settlement with Tempe over alleged improper tax breaks

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

PHOENIX — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has reached a settlement with the city of Tempe to settle a lawsuit alleging the city used improper tax breaks for private developments.

9 state attorneys generals join legal effort challenging EPA directive

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Attorneys generals for nine states have joined forces to file an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs who are fighting an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) directive which prohibits scientists who received EPA grants from serving on the agency's advisory committee.

Executives beware: Social media posts will make it into depositions

By John Breslin | Jul 3, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – As the country ponders if, or when, the most powerful chief executive in the U.S. will find the details of his tweets fired back at him in deposition hearings, business leaders are being warned over their own social media sense.

Mass. court: Creditors that don't leave voicemails still open to lawsuits

By Sandra Lane | Jul 3, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled June 25 that regulations regarding phone calls to consumers applies to creditors who use automatic dialing devices or voluntarily do not leave a voicemail message.

Rhode Island sues over climate change, using similar claims the state Supreme Court has already rejected

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 3, 2018

R.I. AG Peter Kilmartin better hope Rhode Island courts import California’s concept of public nuisance law, since the last time a Rhode Island AG tried this tactic, over lead paint, the state Supreme Court rejected the claim entirely.

New York, FTC seek to halt Buffalo area 'debt collection scheme'

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

BUFFALO — New York state has joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in filing a lawsuit against two debt collection companies and their owners who allegedly ran a "debt collection scheme" in the Buffalo area.

Rhode Island accuses opioid manufacturers, distributors of deceptive marketing

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General has filed a civil lawsuit against several prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging deceptive and fraudulent marketing of opioids in the state.

Arizona attorney general seeks to intervene in 'serial litigator' case

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

PHOENIX — As part of an effort to stop an attorney who has filed nearly 2,000 disability lawsuits in Arizona in recent years, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a motion to intervene in a federal appeal related to what he calls the "serial litigator."

District of Columbia, major insurance companies OK agreement to correct physician directory errors

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The District of Columbia and three major insurance companies have reached an agreement for the insurers to correct errors in their online and print directories and to pay the district's investigation cost of $50,000.

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