News from March 2018

Gusto Records claims online radio station Pandora used recordings without consent

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 6, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Tennessee sound recording company alleges an online radio station took its property and commercially exploited it without permission or compensation.

Minnesota woman alleges loan she took out to purchase dog had 120 percent interest rate

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 6, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Carlton County, Minnesota consumer alleges two companies failed to disclose the interest rate on a loan.

Becnel Law Firm alleges firm in Puerto Rico failed to disburse funds as agreed

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 6, 2018

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (Legal Newsline) – A Louisiana law firm alleges a law firm in Puerto Rico failed to pay attorney's fees relating to litigation in the country.

Consumer claims fish oil sold at Costco does not contain the amount of fatty acids advertised

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 6, 2018

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A consumer claims Kirkland Wild Alaskan Fish Oil does not contain the amount of Omega fatty acids as advertised.

Tensor Law adds defendants in lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein over alleged spying on Paz de la Huerta

By Karen Kidd | Mar 7, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Santa Monica law firm suing disgraced and embattled movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and a former New York assistant district attorney over claims the two convinced an actress to drop her sexual misconduct complaint now has filed an amended complaint in federal court.

Virginia secures $250,000 from lenders, debt collectors for alleged unlawful credit plan loans

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 7, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Feb 23 that eight affiliated online lenders and debt collectors will pay a total of more than $250,000 after allegations of offering unlawful open-ended credit plan loans.

Care.com to pay $480,000 after allegedly misleading families about background checks

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 7, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 27 that Care.com will pay more than $480,000 after allegations of misleading families in the state about the in-depth qualities of its background check products.

Massachusetts secures $95,000 settlement with staffing agency that allegedly failed to pay workers

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 7, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 23 that Southern Mass Staffing Inc. (SMS) and owner Mesa Som will pay $95,000 after allegedly failing to pay minimum wage, overtime and earned sick time pay to hundreds of workers.

Plaintiff lawyers see nationwide settlement as only end for opioid lawsuits

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 7, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff lawyers meeting in San Francisco last week for a conference on opioid litigation acknowledged that the hundreds of lawsuits they have filed in state and federal court will be difficult to resolve without an unprecedented national settlement whose mechanics are still difficult to predict.

Town Sports International members allege Passport membership did not provide access to all gyms

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 7, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Members of a gym who purchased a special membership allege they do not have "all access" to locations as advertised.

MLB.com made false representations regarding MLB Prime subscriptions, consumer claims

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 7, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California consumer alleges that MLB.com falsely advertises a full year of MLB.com for a price it "has no intention to provide."

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas alleged to have improperly applied tax on resort fee

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 7, 2018

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) – Guests of a Las Vegas hotel allege a tax was improperly charged as part of a fee for their rooms.

Court partially grants Nordstrom's motion to dismiss in pricing class action

By Erianne Leatherman | Mar 8, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska has dismissed some claims in a lawsuit filed against Nordstrom Inc., which is facing a class action lawsuit there over alleged fraud and false advertising.

Public Interest Legal Foundation files suit against Pennsylvania for records concerning noncitizen voter registrants

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 8, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) – A nonpartisan public interest organization based in Indiana alleges Pennsylvania failed to comply with its records request in violation of federal law.

Uber customer alleges he was subjected to risk of identity theft because of data breach

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 8, 2018

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – A Georgia man alleges that he and other consumers were subjected to injury from the risk of identity theft, credit and reputational injury as a result of an Uber data security breach.

Consumer files suit against maker of Snickers, Milky Way over allegations child labor is involved in supply chain

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 8, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts woman alleges a food conglomerate fails to disclose that child labor is involved in the cocoa beans it uses in its products.

Law firm claims Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley is attempting to 'shirk' payment of fees

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 8, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A Washington, D.C. law firm is seeking a declaration that two California parties are obligated to pay fees.

Citing 'barriers' to settlement, judge orders opioid foes to prepare for trial

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 8, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors ordered both sides to prepare for trials, citing unspecified “barriers” to a global settlement that became apparent after a conference Tuesday.

The McMillan Law Firm allegedly sent inflated bill to client

By Wadi Reformado | Mar 8, 2018

An individual has filed suit against a law firm for alleged breach of contract, fraud and negligence, citing duplicate entries and other errors on the billing statement.

Forster & Garbus, Midland Funding alleged to have misrepresented status of debt in letter

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 9, 2018

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York man alleges a collection letter he received failed to disclose that the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit to collect the alleged debt had expired.

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