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News from April 2019

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: HELP USA to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Press release submission | Apr 1, 2019

HELP USA, Inc., a nationwide provider of housing and support services, will pay $150,000 and furnish other relief to settle a lawsuit for sexual harassment filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

Mother sues Weather Channel for $125 million over storm chaser's death

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 1, 2019

LUBBOCK, Texas (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for the mother of a man killed in a violent Texas Panhandle collision caused by two Weather Channel storm chasers have filed a $125 million wrongful death suit.

Kamala Harris, other Dems condemn Big Oil's lobbying but support lawsuits brought by campaign donors

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Democratic U.S. Senators are complaining that Big Oil’s lobbying efforts have stifled climate change measures and are supporting lawsuits against it – but they have also accepted more than $30,000 in donations from the private lawyers who would benefit financially.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Nine Bradley Attorneys Named to Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2019

By Press release submission | Apr 2, 2019

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings issued the following announcement on March 28.Bradley is pleased to announce that nine of the firm’s partners have been named by Who’s Who Legal as among the world’s leading product liability defense practitioners.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Holland & Knight Adds Private Wealth Services Attorney Monika Jain in New York

By Press release submission | Apr 2, 2019

Private wealth services attorney Monika Jain has joined Holland & Knight as a senior counsel in the firm's New York office. She previously practiced at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in New York.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: W. Wayne Drinkwater and Anne Marie Seibel Named 2019 BTI Client Service All-Stars

By Press release submission | Apr 2, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that the firm’s partners W. Wayne Drinkwater and Anne Marie Seibel have been named 2019 BTI Client Service All-Stars for providing superior client service.

New York AG expands lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to include Purdue Pharma owners

By Marian Johns | Apr 2, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York has filed a lawsuit against six prescription opioid manufacturers and the owners of Purdue Pharma, the Sackler family, alleging false and deceptive marketing and negligence in preventing "unlawful diversion" of controlled substances.

U.S. reaches $231M deal with German medical products business over bribery scheme

By Marian Johns | Apr 2, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A German medical products and service provider has reached a $231 million settlement with the federal government for its part in operating a "corrupt scheme" to gain business in several foreign countries.

CareWell Urgent Care reaches $2.8 million deal over alleged false billing

By Marian Johns | Apr 2, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — CareWell Urgent Care Centers has reached a $2.8 million combined settlement with the federal government and the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island over alleged false claims for medical billing.

Former Google exec's company gets caught in 'rent-a-tribe' class action lawsuits; Interest rates allegedly as high as 490%

By Brian Brueggemann | Apr 2, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - While it awaits the results of an appeal, ZestFinance - a company founded by the former chief information officer of Google - is facing another claim over payday loans that allegedly featured triple-digit interest rates.

Working With Experts webinar planned for April 24

By Charmaine Little | Apr 2, 2019

The Working With Experts course will soon be available for Financial Poise Webinars' Newbie Litigator School’s Winter/Spring 2019 session. It will take place Wednesday, April 24 from 1-2 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Webinar on intellectual property available for entrepreneurs, business owners

By Charmaine Little | Apr 2, 2019

Financial Poise's latest on-demand webinar titled IP-101, sponsored by EisnerAmper, encourages founders and entrepreneurs of blooming businesses to get educated on all things intellectual property.

CLARK HILL: Clark Hill Attorney Dr. Althea Lynn Simpson Honored as Role Model at 2019 Alternatives for Girls 30th Annual Dinner

By Press release submission | Apr 3, 2019

Dr. Althea Lynn Simpson, Project Attorney in the Firm's Litigation group, was recently honored as a 2019 Role Model at the Alternatives for Girls 30th Annual Role Model Dinner.

HELP USA settles EEOC lawsuit alleging sexual harassment of female workers

By Marian Johns | Apr 3, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — Housing provider Help USA Inc., has agreed to settle claims by the federal government that it allowed a supervisor to sexually harass female employees.

Goodwill Industries allegedly failed to give janitor disability accommodations

By Marian Johns | Apr 3, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Goodwill Industries of New York and New Jersey, alleging the organization failed to give an employee working as a janitor disability accommodations.

Lindsey Graham says 'litigation abuse is real,' class action reform should be considered

By John O'Brien | Apr 3, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and receives backing from trial lawyers, said in a Tuesday hearing that lawsuit abuse “is real” and reform in the class action system should be explored.

Okla. AG's $260M opioid settlement could foreshadow future settlements and fights over who gets the money

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 3, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) - A week after Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced a $270 million settlement with Purdue Pharma, lawmakers are questioning why they weren’t consulted on the deal or how to distribute the money.

Jury won't pin blame for nurse's lung cancer on R.J. Reynolds; Company argued she never tried to quit smoking

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 3, 2019

DEDHAM, Mass. (Legal Newsline) - A state court jury in Massachusetts has absolved R.J. Reynolds of all liability in the death of 54-year-old nurse Dawn O’Toole after lawyers for the tobacco industry giant stressed to jurors her habit of smoking was predicated on choice and she never really tried quitting.

Lawsuit: Boot Gorsuch from SCOTUS, put Garland on and let next Dem president stack the court

By Brian Brueggemann | Apr 4, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – It's a lawsuit that a constitutional law expert says doesn't stand much of a chance, but a New York man is suing two U.S. senators over allegations his rights were violated because they didn't conduct a confirmation process for Merrick Garland to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

From Pennsylvania Record

Another state rejects ALI's controversial insurance Restatement; North Dakota joins Ohio as other states mull similar moves

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 4, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – State opposition to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance continues to accumulate, as North Dakota recently passed a law striking down the document and Arkansas introduced similar legislation in its state senate.

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