BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts consumer claims that she would not have purchased Hershey chocolate products or paid as much for them if Hershey had disclosed alleged child and slave labor in the production of its chocolate.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 7 that UPMC Hamot (Hamot), an Erie, Pennsylvania, hospital that is affiliated with the with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and Medicor Associates Inc. (Medicor), a regional physician cardiology practice, will pay $20.75 million after allegations of kickbacks and improper financial relationships.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 5 that West Liberty Foods LLC, a meat processing company with headquarters in Iowa and a plant in Bolingbrook, Illinois, has agreed to settle allegations of discriminating against work-authorized immigrants in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 5 that Ultra Electronic Holdings plc and Sparton Corporation have decided against the merger they had previously proposed, which was valued at $234 million.
CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced March 5 that his office is suing Monsanto over allegations of producing and selling toxic chemical compounds known as PCBs despite knowing the products were hazardous.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Shareholders of an institutional pharmacy company allege they were prevented from casting an informed vote on a merger because of misleading information provided in a statement.
PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – On Feb. 8, the Supreme Court of Arizona answered certified questions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to clarify questions in a dispute among a car rental company, an insurance company and individuals injured in an accident.
SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeal of the State of California, 4th Appellate District Division Three reversed an Orange County summary judgment in favor of maintenance staffing company whose employee allegedly was negligent in checking on the welfare of a hotel guest who later was found to have suffered an aneurism, according to an opinion entered on Jan. 31.
RICHMOND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – In an effort to defend energy manufacturers against climate liability lawsuits, the Manufacturers Accountability Project has filed a California Public Records Act with many of the cities and counties regarding their contact with private attorneys working on contingency fees.
NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge has ruled that 1,200 product liability lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of anti-coagulant drug Xarelto will soon be removed from their multi-district litigation (MDL) status, for resolution in separate jury trials.
PORTLAND, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – A federal court in Oregon is considering a request by Monsanto to dismiss the State's $100 million PCB lawsuit, saying the State and the private lawyers representing it have failed to make their case.
SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has big questions regarding global warming for the private lawyers pushing lawsuits on behalf of California cities and counties – and about how President Donald Trump feels about blaming the energy industry for climate change.