News from February 2019

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Racquel Martin Selected as Fellow to 2019 NELC Academy

By Press release submission | Feb 5, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that Racquel B. Martin, an attorney in the firm’s Nashville office, has been selected as a Fellow to the 2019 National Employment Law Council (NELC) Academy.

SMITH AMUNDSEN LLC: 9 SmithAmundsen Attorneys Included on 2019 Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

By Press release submission | Feb 5, 2019

Smith Amundsen LLC issued the following announcement on Jan. 31.SmithAmundsen is pleased to announce the inclusion of 9 attorneys on the 2019 Indiana Super Lawyers and 2019 Indiana Rising Stars lists.

EPSTEIN BECKER GREEN: Three Epstein Becker Green Attorneys in Los Angeles Named to 2019 Super Lawyers List

By Press release submission | Feb 5, 2019

The national law firm of Epstein Becker Green (EBG) is pleased to announce that three attorneys based in the firm’s Los Angeles office have been selected for the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list.

N.J. court: Changing Workers' Comp deadline for medical providers like 'jamming a square peg into a round hole'

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 5, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey court has reversed the judgments that dismissed medical provider claims for payment of services in a dispute over the application of a statute of limitations.

New Hampshire Supreme Court denies access to voter database in suit over registration law

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 5, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – A request to produce a voters database that was ordered by a lower court as evidence in a lawsuit was denied by the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Sunoco Pipeline to pay more than $5.4 million over crude oil spills in three states

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sunoco Pipeline LP has agreed to pay more than $5.4 million to settle three lawsuits pertaining to crude oil spills in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that allege violations of the Clean Water Act as well as state environmental laws.

Texas pathology lab to pay $63.5 million to settle charges of illegal kickbacks

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Texas pathology lab company has reached a $63.5 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over alleged illegal kickbacks offered to referring physicians.

California, Massachusetts lead coalition urging EPA to issue new 'asbestos reporting rule'

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney Maura Healey are leading a 15-state coalition urging the federal government to issue a new "asbestos reporting rule" that would take away exemptions relating to asbestos in the Chemical Data Reporting Rule.

19-state coalition urges Department of Education to abandon proposed Title IX changes

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A coalition of 19 state attorneys general is urging the federal government to end its proposal to alter Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX), arguing that the proposed change would harm the law's protection of students from anti-discrimination, sexual harassment and violence.

L.A. bankruptcy court denies California's request for stay in Verity Health System hospital sale

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A Los Angeles bankruptcy court has denied California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's request for a stay in the sale of Verity Health Systems of California's (Verity) St. Louise and O'Connor hospitals in order to ensure the hospitals will honor a previous legal agreement to keep their essential healthcare services operating in certain communities.

Multistate coalition files amicus brief to support California counties in action against Chevron

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A multistate coalition has filed an amicus brief to support several California counties in their lawsuit against Chevron Corporation, which argues local governments should have the right to hold coal companies accountable for actions that lead to climate change.

Aetna reaches $935,000 settlement with California over health privacy law violation

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — Aetna Inc. (Aetna) has reached a $935,000 settlement with the state of California to resolve allegations that the insurance giant revealed the HIV status of nearly 2,000 residents, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

Giving Children Hope charity allegedly inflated 'gift-in-kind' donations data

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A California-based charity that provides international assistance to children has settled allegations by the state of filing false reports that inflated the charity's "Gift-In-Kind" donations in order to mislead the public.

Former Palm Beach social media company accused of selling millions of 'fake followers' OKs settlement

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — A social media company formerly based in Palm Beach, Florida, and accused of selling millions of "fake followers" or "bots" to celebrities, professional athletes, comedians and actors across the country, has reached a settlement with the state of Florida.

Mindbody stockholder files suit over merger agreement with Vista Equity Partners affiliates

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 5, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A stockholder in a technology platform for the fitness, body and wellness service industry alleges a statement prepared regarding a merger agreement omits information.

Libertarian Party of Alabama challenges $34,000 cost for voter registration list

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 5, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – A minor political party in Alabama alleges a state law that provides a voter registration list free of charge to major political parties but not minor ones is discriminatory.

Florida man alleges Fitness Time invaded his privacy with marketing texts

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 5, 2019

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – A Miami-Dade County, Florida resident alleges a gym operator in the state unlawfully sent him marketing-related text messages.

Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee challenges Colorado statute regarding minerals and pooling

By Bree Gonzales | Feb 6, 2019

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – A committee whose members are mineral owners in a subdivision of Broomfield, Colorado is challenging a state statute regarding pooling and minerals.

Court: Salesman was on the job when he was hit while scraping frost off his car

By Charmaine Little | Feb 6, 2019

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – A salesman injured on his way to work is owed reasonable medical benefits, the Supreme Court of Idaho determined, affirming the ruling from the Industrial Commission on Jan. 29.

Texas SC rules insurance policy covers Anadarko Petroleum's costs of Deepwater Horizon litigation

By Takesha Thomas | Feb 6, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Texas Supreme Court has reversed an appellate court's decision in a dispute over insurance coverage related to the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident.

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