News from May 2018

EEOC files for partial summary judgment in disability discrimination case against Faurecia

By Robert Davis | May 1, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently submitted a memorandum in support of its motion for partial summary judgment in Mississippi federal court in its lawsuit against Faurecia Automotive Seating over allegations of employee discrimination.

California, New Mexico oppose Trump administration decision to dismantle Waste Prevention Rule

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced April 24 that they are opposing the Trump administration’s decision to dismantle the Waste Prevention Rule.

California secures $1.626 million from jewelry company that allegedly sold lead-bearing products

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 24 that Luxy Accessory Inc. (Luxy), a Los Angeles jewelry distributor, and its owner Hyun Sook Kim will pay $1.626 million after allegedly violating California’s Metal Containing Jewelry Law and the Unfair Competition Law.

Wells Fargo to pay $1 billion after allegedly violating Consumer Financial Protection Act

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced April 20 Wells Fargo Bank NA will pay $1 billion allegedly violating the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).

Oregon secures $865,000 from former Portland Marathon race director

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2018

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) — Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced April 18 that Lester Smith, a former board member and race director of the Portland Marathon, will pay $865,000 after allegedly delivering loans from the marathon to himself and his for-profit company Next Events LLC.

Texas settles with third dental supply companies for alleged collusion

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2018

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced April 20 that Patterson Companies Inc., a distributor of dental supplies, will pay $200,000 after allegations of violating state antitrust laws through the operation of an illegal group boycott of an online rival.

New York lauds federal court decision to block administration's fuel efficiency standards delay

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced April 23 that a federal court has blocked the Trump administration’s attempted delay of a rule updating penalties for automakers that fail to comply with federal fuel efficiency standards.

New York joins multistate coalition opposing Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced April 19 that he has joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general in submitting a letter to the Congress asking it to oppose the Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018.

Judge in massive opioid case watching plaintiff lawyer spending, orders them to fly coach

By Daniel Fisher | May 2, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against the opioid industry ordered plaintiffs’ attorneys to keep monthly records of the time they spend on their cases down to a tenth of an hour and imposed strict rules on who can collect fees, in an effort to prevent the excesses that have drawn criticism in other class actions and mass tort cases.

California to fight Trump administration's new health care proposal

By Mark Iandolo | May 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 23 that his office will fight the Trump administration’s proposal to allow insurers to sell allegedly inadequate, short-term health plans.

Arizona secures $130,000 for consumers victimized by online auto sales fraud

By Mark Iandolo | May 2, 2018

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently announced that ABC Nissan, an auto dealer in Phoenix, has agreed to a $130,000 settlement after allegations of false advertising. The $130,000 will go toward restitution for consumers victimized by the alleged scheme.

New Jersey secures $45,000 for assembly worker allegedly fired for having asthma

By Mark Iandolo | May 2, 2018

TRENTON, NJ (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division on Civil Rights announced April 24 that Trane U.S. Inc. will pay $45,000 to a former employee after settling allegations it discriminated against an asthmatic worker.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear objection of $8.5M Google settlement; Class members get nothing, funds sent to lawyers' alma maters

By John Sammon | May 2, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Petitioners opposing Google's settlement of a class action lawsuit are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to provide greater clarity on the use of the doctrine of “cy pres” after a federal appeals court approved the agreement, sending millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations that are not plaintiffs in the case.

Hold government to higher standard, former Calif. AG says of climate change lawsuit controversy

By John O'Brien | May 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A Texas judge has decided California officials suing the energy industry over climate change are talking out of both sides of their mouths, and the former top lawyer of the Golden State is disappointed in their actions.

Lawsuit: Prominent lawyer Watts bashed class actions to recruit farmers at 40% fee in GMO corn litigation

By Record News | May 3, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – Texas plaintiffs lawyer Mikal Watts is being accused by a colleague and farmers of shady behavior and criticizing the class action mechanism in massive litigation over genetically modified corn sold by Syngenta.

Appeal to decide future of NYC asbestos court; Companies fed up with their treatment

By John O'Brien | May 3, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The fight over New York City’s controversial asbestos court is not over, as companies worried about their treatment there are likely to appeal an order that kept alive the possibility for even bigger verdicts.

SEC proposes rules protecting investors

By Mark Iandolo | May 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced April 18 that it has voted to propose a package of rules and interpretations to protect retail investors.

SEC secures $35 million from Yahoo relating to massive 2014 data breach

By Mark Iandolo | May 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced April 24 that the entity formerly known as Yahoo! Inc. will pay $35 million after allegations of misleading investors following the one of the world's largest data breaches. “

FTC finalizes order against company that misled consumers about its products' health benefits

By Mark Iandolo | May 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 19 that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final consent order against Telomerase Activation Sciences Inc. and Noel Patton (collectively, TA Sciences) that resolves allegations of deceptive advertising.

FTC finds 29 funeral homes violated federal law

By Mark Iandolo | May 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 18 that it has found failures to disclose funeral home pricing information at 29 of the 134 funeral homes its investigators visited while working undercover in 2017.

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