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News from February 2019

New Jersey couple allegedly sold at least $1.9 million in unregistered securities to investors

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

TRENTON — A New Jersey couple faces a lawsuit by the state's attorney general and Division of Consumer Affairs for allegedly selling loans and at least $1.9 million in unregistered securities to investors throughout five states.

Washington state court dismisses Jersey Mike's attempt to halt lawsuit over 'no-poach' clause

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

SEATTLE — Washington state's King County Superior Court has ruled against a motion to dismiss filed by Jersey Mike's in an attempt to stop the state attorney general's legal actions against the sub chain's "no-poach" clauses in its franchise agreements.

Washington attorney general: Business created illegal 'pyramid scheme' bonus structure

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A California-based multi-level marketing business and some of its executives face a lawsuit from the Washington Attorney General's Office over the company's "pyramid scheme" bonuses for consumers who become consultants and false claims of high profits relating to its business model.

New Jersey fishery, Massachusetts staffing agency settle claims of 'egregious' sexual harassment

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

BOSTON — A New Jersey-based fishery and a Massachusetts staffing agency have agreed to settle claims by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that the companies subjected female workers to "egregious" sexual harassment by male managers, supervisors and co-workers.

Arkansas Buffalo Wild Wings settles discrimination charge of not hiring male bartenders

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas Buffalo Wild Wings faces a lawsuit by the federal government over claims of not hiring males for bartender positions, has settled the charges, according to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC).

U.S. accuses military contractor of forcing pregnant employee to take unpaid leave

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

MIAMI — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against a U.S. government military contractor who allegedly forced a pregnant female employee to take an unpaid leave of absence and eventually fired her due to her pregnancy.

Gas station owner settles EEOC allegations of sexually harassing female cashier

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

MEMPHIS — A Memphis gas station owner, operator has settled a lawsuit filed by the federal government that alleges the company subjected a cashier to sexual harassment and then fired her for complaining about the harassment.

Maryland Insurance Administration settles EEOC charge of paying female employees lower wages

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Insurance Administration has settled allegations by the federal of government of paying female employees less wages than their male counterparts for equal work.

Consumers allege Barlean's coconut oil products are deceptively marketed as a 'healthy' option

By Bree Gonzales | Feb 4, 2019

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – Two California residents and a New York resident allege a brand of coconut oil is falsely marketed as a healthy option.

Consumers allege Digital Media Solutions sent more than 200 spam emails

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 4, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Five consumers are seeking thousands over spam emails they allege they did not consent to receive.

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants allegedly invaded man's privacy with unsolicited text messages

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 4, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – A Palm Beach County, Florida man alleges the operator of fast food chains Rally's and Checkers invaded his privacy with text messages.

CLARK HILL: Clark Hill Attorneys Jason R. Canvasser, Ronald M. Stern and Paul S. Magy to Present at the International Council of Shopping Centers Michigan Continuing Education Program for Real Estate Professionals, February 14, 2019

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Attorneys Jason R. Canvasser, Ronald M. Stern and Paul S. Magy will present at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) 2019 Michigan Continuing Education Program for Real Estate Professionals on February 14, 2019, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.

BLANK ROME: Blank Rome LLP Adds Labor & Employment and Commercial Litigation Partner in New York

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Mara B. Levin has joined the Firm as Partner in the Labor & Employment and Commercial Litigationgroups in the New York office.

BLANK ROME: Blank Rome Welcomes New Consumer Finance Associate in Cincinnati

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that William L. Purtell has joined the Firm’s Cincinnati office as an associate in the Consumer Finance Litigation group, which recently announced the elevation of Diana M. Eng to partner.

MORGAN LEWIS: Morgan Lewis Enhances Structured Transactions Practice with Partner Who Focuses on CLOs

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Morgan Lewis has added Paul St. Lawrence, a lawyer who focuses on sophisticated structured finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on collateralized loan obligations, as a partner resident in Washington, DC. Paul, who arrives from Cleary Gottlieb, will be joined by three associates.

THOMPSON COBURN: Thompson Coburn adds energy and natural resources policy advisors to growing Lobbying & Policy team

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Thompson Coburn is proud to announce that Kyle Simpson, Senior Advisor, and Jack Jacobson, Advisor, have joined the Lobbying & Policy practice in our Washington, D.C., office.

MAYER BROWN: Mayer Brown adds M&A dealmaker Fritz Lark as partner in New York

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Mayer Brown announced that Fritz Lark has joined the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice as a partner in New York.

LITTLER MENDELSON: Littler Adds Shareholder Margaret L. Watson in New York

By Press release submission | Feb 5, 2019

Littler, the world’s largest labor and employment firm representing management, has added Margaret L. Watson as a shareholder in its New York City office.

FOLEY & LARDNER LLP: Foley Attorneys Named Southern California Super Lawyers

By Press release submission | Feb 5, 2019

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that six of its Los Angeles lawyers have been named to the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list – a distinction limited to just 5 percent of the region’s attorneys.

SHEPPARD MULLIN: Sheppard Mullin Adds Leading Trusts & Estates Litigation Team In Silicon Valley

By Press release submission | Feb 5, 2019

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce that a three-attorney litigation team has joined the firm’s Private Wealth and Fiduciary Litigation practice in Palo Alto, led by partner Steven Braccini and including senior associates Wendy Krog and Kendal Fletcher.

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