News from January 2019

HUSCH BLACKWELL LLP: Chalon Clark Named 2019 Minority Business Leader in Dallas

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Jan 2, 2019

The Minority Business Leader Award program, now in its twelfth year, honors men and women throughout Dallas-Fort Worth for exceptional business and community leadership.

DLA PIPER: DLA Piper advises BuildingConnected in $275 million sale to Autodesk

By Press release submission | Jan 2, 2019

DLA Piper represented BuildingConnected, a construction software provider, in its sale to software company Autodesk for US$275 million.

POLSINELLI PC: Polsinelli Denver Office Managing Partner Jennifer Evans Named Colorado Law Week 2018 Lawyer of the Year

By Press release submission | Jan 2, 2019

Jennifer Evans, Denver office managing partner and shareholder at Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli, was selected by Law Week Colorado as a 2018 Lawyer of the Year.

'Panic mode': Attorney must respond to disciplinary complaint despite claimed mental illness

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jan 3, 2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsine) – The Supreme Court of Tennessee at Knoxville has upheld the Chancery Court for Knox County’s ruling that a North Carolina attorney wasn’t incapacitated from responding or defending against a disciplinary complaint.

Mississippi Supreme Court reverses order requiring attorneys' signatures on settlement

By Charmaine Little | Jan 3, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 13, the Supreme Court of Mississippi decided that a lower court abused its discretion when it enforced an order that required the signatures of two attorneys on a settlement agreement.

Watch New York City for crucial talcum powder verdicts in 2019

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 3, 2019

​​​​​NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York’s specialized court for asbestos lawsuits could become a pivotal battleground for litigation over talcum powder as plaintiff lawyers seek to establish a record of wins in a court system known for liberal rules and big jury verdicts.

MISSISSIPPI SUPREME COURT: Judge Griffis to be sworn in as Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jan. 2; Judges Barnes and Carlton to take oaths as Presiding Judges

By Press release submission | Jan 3, 2019

Judge T. Kenneth Griffis Jr. will take the oath of Chief Judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. in the Court of Appeals Courtroom at the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson.

WYOMING SUPREME COURT: Judge Tom Harrington, Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Judicial District, will retire on January 7, 2019.

By Press release submission | Jan 3, 2019

Judge Tom Harrington, Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Judicial District, will retire on January 7, 2019.

MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: Auto Lender to Provide More Than $700,000 in Debt Relief and Refunds to Consumers Victimized by Fraudulent Auto Dealerships

By Press release submission | Jan 3, 2019

A Connecticut automobile lender will provide $733,925 in debt relief and refunds to resolve allegations that it facilitated the sale of defective vehicles by certain Massachusetts used car dealerships, Attorney General Maura Healey announced.

NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL: Letitia James Sworn In As New York State Attorney General

By Press release submission | Jan 3, 2019

Just before midnight, Letitia James was officially sworn in as the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York.

VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: Attorney General Herring joins $68 million settlement with UBS AG For Manipulating Libor

By Press release submission | Jan 3, 2019

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a $68 million 40-state settlement with UBS for fraudulent conduct involving the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR).

NEW JERSEY ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: AG Grewal: States Reach $575 Million Agreement with Wells Fargo New Jersey to Receive About $17 Million in Settlement

By Press release submission | Jan 3, 2019

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that New Jersey is among the states joining a settlement agreement with Wells Fargo Bank that resolves allegations the company engaged in a variety of sales, lending, and other improper business practices for more than a decade.

In opioid blame game, roles of Ohio doctors and so-called 'pill mills' sought

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 4, 2019

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The state of Ohio is sitting on a database that could prove the Rosetta Stone for opioid plaintiffs and defendants alike, but so far only the defendants are demanding access to it.

FTC accuses 9 Canadian, U.S. defendants of scamming small businesses with Internet services

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Illinois district court has ordered nine Canadian and U.S. defendants accused of scamming small businesses with Internet-related services to pay more than $4.6 million, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Why law firms should be leveraging digital media to attract clients

By Erianne Leatherman | Jan 4, 2019

With the growth of internet usage via social media and search engines, it is vital for law firms to recognize important marketing trends, in order to reach the broadest audience and convert the most clients.

Pennsylvania bindery company to pay back wages after alleged minimum wage, overtime violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal court has ordered a Pennsylvania printing and bindery company to pay back wages for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations, including not paying minimum wage and overtime to employees.

JPMorgan Chase reaches settlement with SEC for alleged mishandling of American Depositary Receipts

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — JPMorgan Chase Bank NA has reached a settlement of more than $135 million with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over charges the bank issued "pre-released" American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) relating to foreign company shares.

Federal agencies sign memorandum to combat state, local government employee harassment

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have taken steps to further tackle state and local government employee harassment, the federal agencies announced.

Labor Department alleges 4 New Hampshire catering, cafe businesses paid 'off the books' overtime

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Four New Hampshire catering and cafe businesses will pay back wages to resolve charges by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of overtime, minimum wage and Fair Labor Standards record keeping violations, according to the federal agency.

National bank to pay $15.5 million to settle alleged Transfer Act violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — USAA Federal Savings Bank will pay approximately $12 million in restitution and a $3.5 million fine to settle charges by the federal government that the bank violated the Electronic Fund Transfer Act.

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