News from October 2018

Federal government alleges Walmart denied religious accommodation to assistant manager

By Marian Johns | Oct 1, 2018

MADISON, Wis. — The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Inc., and Walmart Stores East LP in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging the company refused a religious accommodations request made by an assistant manager.

EEOC alleges Orlando restaurant described female bartender as available to date patrons

By Marian Johns | Oct 1, 2018

ORLANDO — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing an Italian restaurant in Orlando, alleging a female bartender was repeatedly propositioned, described as available to date patrons and told to dress "sexy" by a restaurant manager.

EEOC alleges McDonald's manager touched female employees, showed pornographic images

By Marian Johns | Oct 1, 2018

DALLAS — Female employees at a McDonald's franchise in Muleshoe, Texas, are alleging two male employees physically and verbally harassed them during their employment, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

EEOC: North Carolina real estate software provider fired employee for receiving opioid treatment

By Marian Johns | Oct 1, 2018

RALEIGH - The federal government is suing a North Carolina real estate closing and title insurance software provider, alleging it fired an employee because he was receiving opioid addiction treatment.

EEOC alleges Pennsylvania country club fired groundskeeper because of his age

By Marian Johns | Oct 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A Havertown, Pennsylvania, country club faces a lawsuit by the federal government, alleging a longtime groundskeeper was fired because of his age.

EEOC: North Carolina company made improper medical inquiry about employee's disability information

By Marian Johns | Oct 1, 2018

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is taking legal action against North Carolina-based Loflin Fabrication LLC., for allegedly making an improper medical inquiry and then terminating a employee in violation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

U.S. alleges nationwide shoe retailer subjected former assistant manager to racial discrimination

By Marian Johns | Oct 1, 2018

COLUMBUS — A federal agency alleges nationwide shoe retailer DSW Shoe Warehouse Inc. subjected a former assistant manger to unfair disciplinary action and termination due to race.

A&T alleged to have called Atlanta woman more than 100 times to collect alleged debt

By Bree Gonzales | Oct 1, 2018

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – An Atlanta resident alleges a debt collector harassed her with dozens of calls.

Illinois Supreme Court says law firm can't collect fees in My Pillow case for work it did itself

By Chandra Lye | Oct 2, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Illinois has declined a law firm’s request to collect legal fees for work it did itself.

Florida Supreme Court says appeals court erred when it reversed $4.5 million award over smoking-related death

By Charmaine Little | Oct 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Florida rejected the state's 4th District Court of Appeal’s decision to reverse a multimillion-dollar award for a woman whose mother died of lung cancer.

Alternate juror joining in on deliberations is 'harmless' in personal injury case, Colorado Supreme Court rules

By Charmaine Little | Oct 2, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – On Sept.17, the Colorado Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling that a trial court erred when it permitted an alternate juror to take part in jury deliberations despite objections.

Missouri attorney general fights to keep duck boat suit from dismissal, transfer to federal court

By Marian Johns | Oct 2, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is arguing through court filings that a lawsuit pertaining to a July duck boat accident that killed 17 people, should not be dismissed and should remain in the state's Taney County Circuit Court.

New York investment manager reaches $30 million settlement for tax evasion allegations

By Marian Johns | Oct 2, 2018

NEW YORK - New York-based investment manager Harbinger Capital Partners Offshore Manager LCC (Offshore Manager) has reached a $30 million settlement with the state of New York to resolve allegations the corporation avoided state and New York City taxes.

Coalition opposes U.S. government's efforts to limit state's role in oversight of student loan abuse

By Marian Johns | Oct 2, 2018

NEW YORK — A coalition of 16 attorneys general has filed an amicus brief relating to Student Loan Servicing Alliance v. Stephen C. Taylor, et al., in which the attorneys general oppose the federal government's efforts to govern abuses by student loan servicers and limit states' roles in protecting students who are victims of servicer misconduct.

New York state alleges basketball recruiting business mislead customers

By Marian Johns | Oct 2, 2018

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The state of New York has filed a lawsuit against a high school and post-graduate basketball recruiting business and its principals, alleging they mislead customers with false claims regarding their program and services.

New York reaches settlement with online directory to reform attorney rating system

By Marian Johns | Oct 2, 2018

NEW YORK — New York state Attorney General Barbara Underwood has reached an agreement with an online legal directory to reform its attorney rating system and improve its disclosures to consumers.

Cocrystal Pharma securities owner alleges he was damaged when share prices fell

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 2, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A clinical stage biotechnology company headquartered in Georgia is alleged to have deceived the investing public and engaged in a scheme to inflate the prices of securities.

New Jersey chiropractic office alleged to have submitted fraudulent charges to GEICO

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 2, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – An insurance company is seeking more than $900,000 in reimbursement from a New Jersey chiropractic professional corporation over allegations it submitted fraudulent insurance charges.

D.C. suspends lawyer Steven Donziger after fraud ruling in multibillion-dollar fight against Chevron

By Charmaine Little | Oct 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – On Sept. 14, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals suspended attorney Steven R. Donziger from practicing law in Washington, D.C., effective immediately.

Lawsuit against taxi company over drunk man's death fails; Driver looked for man after he ran off at stop light

By Chandra Lye | Oct 3, 2018

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a summary disposition decision in the case of a taxi passenger who died of hypothermia after voluntarily leaving the taxi.

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