News from November 2018

Michigan appeals court upholds $8M verdict, damages cap in Goodyear case

By Carrie Salls | Nov 8, 2018

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld rulings denying Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s request to set aside a jury verdict in a case involving liability for a man who was allegedly paralyzed in a car accident because of a tire defect, as well as an order related to the amount of damages awarded to the victim’s estate.

Mass. Court of Appeals reverses summary judgment in employee's discrimination claim against Boston

By Carrie Salls | Nov 8, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Court of Appeals reversed a Superior Court order entered in favor of the city of Boston in an employment discrimination case but upheld the lower court’s decision to rule for the city on plaintiff Priscilla Flint’s constructive discharge and breach-of-contract allegations.

Fla. SC rejects Daubert standard in $8M mesothelioma case

By Takesha Thomas | Nov 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Supreme Court has quashed an appellate court's ruling in a mesothelioma case and recommended that a final judgment issued by a trial court be reinstated.

Lawsuit against Quaker Oats says 17 products contain chemical used in weed killer

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California consumer alleges the makers of Quaker Oats products fail to disclose 17 of their products allegedly contains a weed killer.

Rawlings baseball bats weigh 2 ounces more than advertised, lawsuit alleges

By Bree Gonzales | Nov 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California consumer alleges a sports equipment manufacturer misrepresents the weights of its baseball bats.

DLA PIPER: Chris M. Smith joins DLA Piper's Real Estate practice in New York

By Press release submission | Nov 9, 2018

Smith's practice includes all aspects of real estate, including joint ventures, funds, financing, direct investments, development and acquisitions and dispositions, both nationally and internationally.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Whole Foods Market to Pay $65,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Suit

By Press release submission | Nov 9, 2018

Whole Foods Market Group, Inc., doing business as Whole Foods Market, headquartered in Austin, Texas, will pay $65,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

NEW JERSEY ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: Defunct Georgia Vendor Responsible for Exposing Virtua Medical Group Patient Files Online Agrees to $200,000 Settlement

By Press release submission | Nov 9, 2018

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced a $200,000 settlement with a now-defunct Georgia company responsible for a 2016 security lapse that allowed the public to view online patient records belonging to more than 1,650 individuals treated by doctors associated with Virtua Medical Group (“VMG”), a southern New Jersey network of medical and surgical practices.

AbbVie asks California court to dismiss case over allegations of Humira kickbacks

By John Sammon | Nov 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for a Chicago-based biopharmaceutical company on Oct. 26 asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to drop a lawsuit over allegations that the company concocted a kickback scheme to help sell its drug Humira.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Kyle Doiron Selected to Serve on Construction Leadership Council for the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Nov 9, 2018

Bradley attorney Kyle Doiron has been selected to serve on the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) for the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS LLP: Bradley Receives Top Rankings From 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers 'Best Law Firms'

By Press release submission | Nov 9, 2018

Bradley is pleased to announce that the 2019 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" has awarded the firm Tier 1 national rankings for the practice areas of Construction and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants.

Citibank reaches $38.7 million settlement with SEC over receipts

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citibank has reached a $38.7 million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to resolve charges that the bank inappropriately gave American depository receipts (ADRs) to brokers prior to thousands of transactions without the required corresponding foreign shares in a depository bank.

Texas distribution company pays $244,000 in back wages for employees' 'pre-shift' work

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Texas distribution company did not pay its hourly employees for "pre-shift" work and failed to keep proper record keeping in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the U.S. Department of Labor alleges.

New Jersey supermarket owes more than $175,000 for alleged minimum wage violations

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A New Jersey supermarket has agreed to pay more $175,000 in employee lost wages and damages after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of federal minimum wage and record-keeping laws.

Consumers allege makers of Vega Protein & Greens 'substantially' under-filled containers

By Bree Gonzales | Nov 9, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Two California consumers allege a brand of protein powder's container is underfilled.

Labor Department alleges Pennsylvania restaurant failed to pay full minimum wage, overtime

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Pennsylvania restaurant in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for allegedly failing to pay servers a full federal minimum wage as well as overtime pay.

Tennessee Riverkeeper alleges sewage treatment plant is unlawfully discharging pollutants

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 9, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit corporation alleges a sewage treatment plant in Tennessee is illegally discharging pollutants.

FTC: Maryland federal district court halts $100 million real estate investment scam

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a Maryland federal district court's order to halt a large "real estate investment scam" that resulted in taking more than $100 million from investors who purchased lots.

Man sues McDonald's over 29 cent 'drink upcharge,' alleges combo meal prices are falsely advertised

By Bree Gonzales | Nov 9, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California man alleges he felt "ripped off and cheated" because of a 29 cent "drink upcharge" McDonald's added to the price of his combo meal purchase, allegedly without his knowledge.

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