News from February 2019

Papa John's has a policy of paying less than minimum wage, drivers say in lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Feb 26, 2019

PADUCAH, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Three former delivery drivers for a pizza chain filed a putative class action earlier this month claiming they were so poorly paid for using their vehicles for deliveries that they ended up making less than minimum wage.

California legislation would add passport numbers to state's breach notification law

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO — In an effort to close a loophole in California's data breach notification law, the state's attorney general, along with a state assembly member have proposed legislation that would required businesses to give notice to customers if their passport numbers and "biometric information" have been compromised.

California attorney general proposes bill to end pharmaceutical companies' 'pay-for-delay' deals

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general along with a state assembly member have proposed a new bill to the state legislature that would stop pharmaceutical companies from using "pay-for-delay" agreements that they use to delay research, marketing and sales of a competing version of their drugs.

Massachusetts petitions U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission over proposed nuclear plant sale

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and the state's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) have filed a petition with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as part of an effort to intervene in the proposed sale of a nuclear power station on Cape Cod Bay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilgrim_Nuclear_Power_Station.

Teachers allegedly operated 'daycare fight club' in basement classroom

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The state of Missouri has served a St. Louis daycare center with a civil investigative demand over allegations of running a "daycare fight club" in the facility's basement classroom.

INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: AG Curtis Hill attends White House celebration of National African American History Month

By Press release submission | Feb 27, 2019

Attorney General Curtis Hill joined President Donald Trump and other leaders on Thursday at a White House reception celebrating National African American History Month.

Lawyer: Rockefeller U tried to cover its financial tracks when it contacted victims of child sex abuse

By Karen Kidd | Feb 27, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – How many alleged victims could join a class action against Rockefeller University Hospital for allegedly covering up decades of a doctor's child sexual abuse may be indicated by the number of letters the university sent to former patients.

J&J says talc lawyers are playing the 'race card' in latest try at giant verdict

By John Sammon | Feb 27, 2019

Opening arguments began Monday in the lawsuit launched by a man claiming that asbestos-tainted baby powder made by Johnson & Johnson caused him to develop mesothelioma.

J&J witness says company never considered warning label for baby powder

By John Sammon | Feb 27, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A witness for Johnson & Johnson testified Tuesday in a lawsuit alleging the company’s baby powder caused a man to develop mesothelioma, saying the company never considered putting a warning label on their baby powder bottles.

2 energy service companies settle with New York state

By Marian Johns | Feb 27, 2019

ALBANY — The state of New York's 2017 settlements with two energy service companies over allegations of consumer fraud have resulted in one company paying more than $1.5 million in penalties and another company issuing more than $700,000 in customer refunds, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

From SE Texas Record

Democrat congressman signs 'modified' contingency contract to keep financial stake in Texas lawsuit

By David Yates | Feb 28, 2019

McALLEN – Only three months ago, a sitting member of Congress signed a “modified” contingency fee contract to represent Hidalgo County in a construction defect lawsuit – a possible ethics violation.

Talc lawyer wants to show J&J passed on needle-in-haystack asbestos-detection method

By John Sammon | Feb 28, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for plaintiff Richardo Rimondi in his lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson sought to portray the baby powder maker as missing a chance to use an asbestos detection method that could spot the “proverbial needle in a haystack."

Sherwin-Williams sued in California for compounds in solvents and paint thinners

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 28, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — An environmental group is suing Sherwin-Williams Company, claiming it failed to protect Californians from health and safety hazards associated with paint thinners.

Foster children in Indiana allege their rights have been violated

By Takesha Thomas | Feb 28, 2019

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (Legal Newsline) – Children currently under the care of Indiana's foster system allege that three counties in the state have violated their constitutional due process and equal protection rights because they were not appointed counsel.

Pharmacies the winners in Del. judge's ruling on State's opioid case

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 28, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) -- Pharmaceutical companies, distributors and pharmacies who were sued by the state of Delaware over the opioid epidemic have obtained mixed results in court, as a judge there has granted parts of their motions to dismiss.

Illinois Supreme Court affirms decision favoring My Pillow on attorneys fees

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 28, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A law firm that was attempting to collect attorneys fees from pillow maker My Pillow has suffered a loss in court.

Class action alleges Cento Fine Foods misled consumers on premium tomato; Company calls suit frivolous

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2019

NEW YORK — A class action lawsuit alleges Cento Fine Foods Inc. deceived consumers by saying a certain type of its canned tomatoes were "certified" to be a rare and premium tomato only grown in volcanic, southern Italian soil.

Walgreens challenges skincare product manufacturer over 'guaranteed-sale basis' agreement

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2019

CHICAGO — Kiss My Face skincare products manufacturer faces a lawsuit from Walgreens over allegations of breach of contract relating to an agreement that allowed the drugstore chain to return unsold Kiss My Face products for refunds.

Molson Coors, senior officers allegedly reported false income that caused stock drop

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2019

CHICAGO — Molson Coors Brewing Company, along with its chief executive officer and chief financial officer, face a federal securities class action lawsuit over alleged false and misleading statements in reporting income.

Consumer alleges honey manufacturer falsely says product is '100 percent raw honey'

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2019

DALLAS — A Texas woman has filed a class action suit against the makers of Nature Nate's Raw Honey, alleging the company knowingly deceived consumers by falsely marketing their product as "raw."

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