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News from February 2019

Court didn't abuse discretion in instructing jury in medical malpractice case, Maryland court rules

By Charmaine Little | Feb 8, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeals of Maryland determined that a couple of instructions given to a jury in a medical malpractice case in which the doctor was found negligent was not an abuse of a lower court’s discretion.

California court upholds motions to strike cartoonist/blogger's wrongful termination suit against LA Times, others

By Charmaine Little | Feb 8, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Political cartoonist and blogger Frederick Theodore Rall III lost his appeal against Los Angeles Times Communications as the publication and its related entities were granted their motions for an anti-SLAPP to strike his lawsuit altogether.

Quora user affected by data breach alleges he faces a risk of fraud and identity theft

By Bree Gonzales | Feb 8, 2019

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A social media company is alleged to have failed to protect its users information from a data breach.

CeraVe products ineffective for eczema treatment, California consumer alleges

By Bree Gonzales | Feb 8, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A Burlingame, California resident alleges a body wash advertised as "eczema soothing" was "completely ineffective" at treating his condition.

From Pennsylvania Record

No jackpot in first Philadelphia talc trial; Judge rules plaintiff has no evidence

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 9, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Companies facing million-dollar lawsuits in Philadelphia can celebrate today, as what would have been the first talc-related asbestos trial held in the city has seen a judge cut off the plaintiff’s case before it could ever get to a jury.

WYOMING SUPREME COURT: Judicial Nominating Commission Announces Vacancy in Circuit Court, Third Judicial District Lincoln County, Wyoming

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael K. Davis, who acts as Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission, announced that Circuit Court Judge Frank J. Zebre, Third Judicial District, will be retiring effective May 1, 2019.

NORTH CAROLINA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Josh Stein Reaches $25 Million Settlement With Abbott Labs

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

Attorney General Josh Stein announced that he has reached a $25 million settlement with Abbott Laboratories over allegations that the company paid kickbacks and engaged in off-label marketing tactics to improperly promote its drug, TriCor.

MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: AG Healey Reaches Settlements Totaling $2 Million with Walgreens for Overcharging MassHealth for Prescriptions

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

Attorney General Maura Healey announced that Walgreens has entered into two separate settlement agreements to resolve allegations that it overcharged MassHealth for prescriptions.

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Rutledge Welcomes Spring Law Clerks

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge welcomed a new class of law clerks during the spring session to the Attorney General’s office.

PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN LLP: Stacie Yee and Mark Jones Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s Most Influential Minority Attorneys List

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

Noting the melting pot that is Southern California, the Los Angeles Business Journal named Pillsbury partners Stacie Yee and Mark Jones to its list of stellar minority and LGBTQ lawyers in the region.

BUTLER SNOW: Butler Snow Receives Unity in Diversity Award

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

Butler Snow is pleased to announce that it received the Large Firm Award at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law’s Unity in Diversity Scholarship Banquet, held February 7, 2019, at the Guest House at Graceland.

BUTLER SNOW: Diana M. Comes and Geoffrey M. Hirsch Named Finalists in Memphis Business Journal’s 2019 Best of the Bar Awards

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

Butler Snow is pleased to announce Diana M. Comes and Geoffrey M. Hirsch have been named finalists in the Memphis Business Journal’s 2019 Best of the Bar Awards. Diana was named a finalist in the ace associate category.

BLANK ROME: Blank Rome Welcomes New Corporate Litigation Associate in New York

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Rachel L. Cohn has joined the Firm’s New York office as an associate in the Corporate Litigation group.

MORGAN LEWIS: World Trademark Review Recognizes Morgan Lewis Among Leading Trademark Firms

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

World Trademark Review has recognized Morgan Lewis for outstanding trademark work in six practice categories, and ranked nine firm lawyers as leading practitioners as part of its WTR 1000 2019 guide, which identifies the top trademark law firms and lawyers around the world.

BLANK ROME: Blank Rome Welcomes Real Estate Associates in New York and Washington, D.C.

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Michael M. Denci and Jackson P. Gayle have joined the Firm as associates in the Real Estate group, which recently welcomed Partners Michael Peskowitz and Lauren Scarantino in the New York office and Of Counsel Richard A. Fineman in the Philadelphia office.

MORGAN LEWIS: Morgan Lewis Earns Top-10 Rankings in 2018 Year-End M&A Tables

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

Morgan Lewis has earned 22 top-10 rankings in the 2018 year-end M&A table rankings published by Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Mergermarket, and Buyouts.

CLARK HILL: Clark Hill Attorneys Robin D. Ferriby, Kevin F. Kelly and Duane L. Tarnacki to Serve as Counsel to the Council on Foundations

By Press release submission | Feb 11, 2019

Attorney Robin D. Ferriby has been engaged by the Council on Foundations to work with their recently assembled Policy Transition Team tasked with ensuring that the Council has a robust, active and trusted presence in Washington, DC. Attorneys Kevin F. Kelly and Duane L. Tarnacki will also be working on this venture.

National Tire and Battery allegedly failed to provide tire registration forms to Virginia consumers

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 11, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Two Virginia Beach, Virginia residents allege two independent tire dealer/distributors failed to provide them with a required form used by tire manufacturers to notify consumers of recalls.

From Florida Record

Website accessibility suits surge in Florida, New York, following favorable plaintiff rulings

By John Breslin | Feb 11, 2019

The number of website accessibility lawsuits filed in federal court has exploded, with the greatest numbers being filed in New York and Florida, according to a new study.

Nonprofits allege EPA has failed to revise, review regulations for drinking water

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 11, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Three nonprofit organizations allege that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is behind on the regulatory process of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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