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News from April 2019

Free speech group supports conservative activist Eyman in battle with Washington attorney general

By Karen Kidd | Apr 4, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A First Amendment advocacy group's amicus brief and more details from Washington's attorney general are among recent filings ahead of Friday's hearing over a possible punishment for longtime conservative activist Tim Eyman.

SAUL EWING: Lipkowitz Named a 2019 Leader in Diversity by the Baltimore Business Journal

By Press release submission | Apr 8, 2019

Michelle Lipkowitz, vice managing partner of the Firm’s Baltimore Office, was named a 2019 Leader in Diversity by The Baltimore Business Journal.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Diane McDermott Appointed Executive Partner of Holland & Knight’s Boston Office

By Press release submission | Apr 8, 2019

Holland & Knight announced that Diane McDermott has been named the new executive partner of its Boston office. Ms. McDermott will oversee the day-to-day management of the office, while continuing her real estate practice

LITTLER MENDELSON: Littler Adds Megan Brennan in Minneapolis

By Press release submission | Apr 8, 2019

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added Megan I. Brennan to its Minneapolis office. She joins the firm as Of Counsel after spending four years as the Federal Contract Compliance Manager at Cargill, the largest privately held corporation in the United States.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: JBS Carriers to Pay $250,000 and not Resume ErgoMed Screening to Settle EEOC Discrimination Suit

By Press release submission | Apr 8, 2019

National trucking company JBS Carriers, Inc. will pay $250,000 and furnish other significant relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

Conservative activist Eyman 'in a quandary' following judge's decision in Wash. AG's lifetime ban request

By Karen Kidd | Apr 8, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – Longtime Washington conservative activist Tim Eyman says he is unsure of his next move following a decision by a judge in the state's capital late last week to not rule out punishing him with what Eyman feels is a lifetime ban on political activity.

Ark. SC rejects attempted tie to slip-and-fall lawsuit against Louisiana's Simmons Sporting Goods

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 8, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Arkansas has affirmed a lower court’s ruling against a woman who appealed the circuit court’s dismissal of her premises-liability suit against a Louisiana sporting goods store.

Chicago sues Marriott over data breach claiming hotel chain failed to protect personal information

By Gabriel Neves | Apr 8, 2019

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The City of Chicago is suing hotel chain Marriott regarding a data breach that affected millions of customers worldwide.

Family of drive-by shooting victim can't sue Cabela's for selling the gun

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 8, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Cabela’s Wholesale Inc., a sporting and recreation goods store, filed by the family of a woman killed in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting.

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Beware of even the fine print, attorneys warn of ALI's insurance law Restatement

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 8, 2019

Beware of even the fine print, attorneys warn of ALI's insurance law Restatement

SAUL EWING: Orlinsky and Sharma Recognized by the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Awards

By Press release submission | Apr 9, 2019

Eric Orlinsky and Indira Sharma, two partners in the Firm’s Baltimore Office, were honored as part of the Daily Record’s 2019 Leadership in Law awards.

AG candidate Baker says Mississippi should end its alliance with private lawyers

By Brian Brueggemann | Apr 9, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – A candidate for attorney general of Mississippi says the office needs to quit the practice of letting outside law firms sue businesses on behalf of the state.

New Jersey using contingency fee lawyers to take lead in PFAS litigation

By Karen Kidd | Apr 9, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – New Jersey is ahead of the rest of the country in using private lawyers to sue manufacturing companies over chemicals known as PFAS, whose toxicity levels are still being determined by federal regulators while lawsuits stack up.

Rushed asbestos bill runs out of time in Maryland; Angelos firm called on lawmakers to get thousands of cases moving

By John O'Brien | Apr 9, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Legislation introduced in the figurative 11th hour died in the literal 11th hour Monday as Maryland senators decided not to approve a bill originally supported by a powerful asbestos law firm after the House changed it.

Opioid plaintiff lawyers sanctioned over key witness as defendants decry lack of evidence

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 9, 2019

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiff attorneys have been sanctioned over their failure to disclose a consulting agreement with a key witness in the opioid multidistrict litigation, as defendant companies complain they are being stonewalled on other evidence critical to the case.

'More Too Life's' CEO Bello among Mass Torts Made Perfect Vegas conference speakers this week

By Karen Kidd | Apr 10, 2019

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) – Author, actor, filmmaker and anti-human trafficking crusader Brook Parker Bello is expected among scheduled speakers at this week's three-day Mass Torts Made Perfect conference that begins today at the The Wynn.

Class action lawsuit claims Walmart charges too much sales tax on reduced-price items

By Payton Kuhn | Apr 10, 2019

GREENBELT, Md. (Legal Newsline) – A Maryland man alleges Walmart misrepresented the sales price of items by including and collecting amounts in excess of sale taxes from shoppers.

Kazakhstan's BTA Bank alleges Felix Sater, others laundered more than $440 million

By Payton Kuhn | Apr 10, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – BTA Bank, along with the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan where its headquarters are located, have filed a class action suit against multiple parties and businessman Felix Sater over allegations of stealing and laundering at least $440 million into multiple schemes, including the Trump SoHo building.

Michigan man alleges National Geographic's disclosure of personal information caused unwanted junk mail

By Marian Johns | Apr 10, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – A Michigan man has filed a class action lawsuit against National Geographic alleging the magazine disclosed subscribers' personal information regarding their subscriptions in violation of the state's privacy law that resulted in a bombardment of "unwanted junk mail."

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Sherwin-Williams says private lawyers hired by Pa. counties want money, not justice

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 11, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Sherwin-Williams says a public nuisance lawsuit over lead paint by Delaware County has been tainted by the county’s attorneys having a financial stake in its outcome, and should be dismissed for violating its due process rights.

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