News from February 2019

California court reverses motion to quash ruling in wrongful death case over humidifier cleaner

By Charmaine Little | Feb 6, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appellate court has directed a lower court to enter a new motion denying a motion to quash service of summons in a wrongful death case over a humidifier cleaner.

New York joins $60 million federal settlement with Walgreens over false Medicaid billing

By Marian Johns | Feb 6, 2019

ALBANY — The state of the New York has joined a $60 million national federal and state civil settlement with Walgreen Co. (Walgreens) that resolves allegations the drug store chain falsely billed Medicaid relating to the company's Prescription Savings Club (PSC) program.

Massachusetts attorney general targets human trafficking, wage hour laws

By Marian Johns | Feb 6, 2019

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed several bills with the state legislature that address human trafficking, the competitive electric supply market, wage and hour laws, statewide grand juries and protecting bees and other pollinators from insecticides.

OSHA alleges South Florida cafeteria subjected employees to chemical, burn hazards

By Marian Johns | Feb 6, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Florida cafeteria is being cited with more than $130,000 in penalties by the federal government for allegedly subjecting its employees to chemical and burn hazards.

Pennsylvania alleges Delaware County man posed as immigration attorney

By Marian Johns | Feb 6, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania man who allegedly posed as an attorney and provided fake immigration assistance faces a lawsuit by the state's Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

California law firm alleges New York firms failed to return more than $300,000 after bitcoin sale failed

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 7, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Los Angeles County law firm alleges a New York law firm failed to return money wired to its account after a bitcoin sale failed to close.

Consumer alleges Godiva's 'Belgium 1926' labeling is false advertising

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 7, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A consumer alleges a chocolate maker "intentionally plays on the false impression" that its chocolates are made in Belgium when they are made in the U.S.

Suit states Walmart's Great Value graham crackers are 'graham-flavored' crackers because of flour content

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 7, 2019

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York consumer alleges Walmart misrepresents its Great Value brand graham crackers.

Trump DOJ punishes hedge fund manager who sued drug companies and shorted their stocks

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 7, 2019

The Trump Justice Department, following a tougher policy toward dubious False Claims Act lawsuits by private citizens, has moved to dismiss a pair of lawsuits by a former hedge-fund manager who shorted stock in pharmaceutical companies he accused of a wide-ranging price-fixing conspiracy.

Colorado court: If you sue your lawyer for a lost judgment, you must prove it would have been collectible

By Charmaine Little | Feb 7, 2019

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – On Jan. 28, Justice Monica Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff bears the burden of providing evidence that a lost judgment in an attorney malpractice case is collectible.

An illegally employed minor can't sue for on-the-job injuries

By Charmaine Little | Feb 7, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Louisiana determined Austin Griggs, an illegally employed and injured minor who committed a prohibited task while working at a party rental business, was only owed remedies via Workers’ Compensation, not a lawsuit against his employer.

Mississippi Supreme Court partially grants Hyundai's motion to clarify order in wrongful death case

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 7, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Mississippi Supreme Court has issued an en banc order granting a motion to clarify in a wrongful death case filed against an auto manufacturer.

New Jersey court affirms decision that ambulatory surgical centers cannot receive payment for certain coded procedures

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 7, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – An insurance company that was sued by two clinics regarding the reimbursement of medical procedures for insured clients injured in car accidents has obtained a victory in court.

Alaska accuses nation's largest opioid manufacturer of fraudulent marketing

By Marian Johns | Feb 7, 2019

JUNEAU — The state of Alaska has filed a lawsuit against the United States' largest opioid manufacturer alleging the company and its subsidiary fraudulently marketed its opioid drugs to prescribers.

Illinois attorney general: Federal consent decree mandates major reforms for Chicago police

By Marian Johns | Feb 7, 2019

CHICAGO — A recently approved federal consent decree that mandates major reforms for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) is receiving praise from the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

Tenn. SC rules property management company communications protected by attorney-client privilege

By Takesha Thomas | Feb 8, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Tennessee has affirmed a trial court's ruling that granted an interlocutory appeal to a property owner in an unlawful detainer case.

Texas Supreme Court tosses defamation suit against Glassdoor for lack of jurisdiction

By Takesha Thomas | Feb 8, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit involving job website Glassdoor has been dismissed by the Texas Supreme Court.

Texas Supreme Court grants motion to dismiss in dispute between insurance company, law firm

By Takesha Thomas | Feb 8, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Texas Supreme Court has conditionally granted relief to an insurance company and has directed a trial court to grant a motion to dismiss a law firm's claims in a legal malpractice case.

Med-mal case tossed because plaintiff's experts lacked 'foundation in the medical literature'

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 8, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – A judgment in favor of a Mississippi hospital has been affirmed by that state's highest court in a medical malpractice case.

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