News from January 2019

Pulte reaches multimillion dollar settlement with Florida over alleged building code violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — PulteGroup Inc. and its subsidiary, Pulte Home Company LLC, have reached a multimillion dollar settlement with the state of Florida to resolve allegations the home builder denied warranty coverages and failed to disclose that some of its homes under construction did not meet building codes.

Consumer alleges headboard purchased from Wayfair was infested with bedbugs

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 7, 2019

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – An Illinois consumer alleges a headboard he purchased from an online home goods company was infested with bedbugs.

Trader Joe’s Honey Nut O’s cereal not primarily sweetened with honey, buyer alleges

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 7, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts consumer alleges a type of cereal sold by Trader Joe's is misleadingly represented as being primarily sweetened with honey when sugar is the primary sweetener.

Former Senate majority leader Reid hits out, but remembered for unwavering support of trial lawyers

By John Breslin | Jan 8, 2019

During his time in the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid was a major ally for the nation's plaintiffs lawyers

Washington court orders new trial in dispute over customer list allegedly used by car salesman

By Chandra Lye | Jan 8, 2019

SEATTLE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeals for the state of Washington has overturned a lower court decision in a case over allegations of misuse of trade secrets, stating that the trial court erred and that a new trial is needed.

D.C. court sides with Facebook, reverses order holding it in contempt over subpoena in murder case

By Chandra Lye | Jan 8, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has sided with Facebook over a question of whether it needed to release information in response to a court subpoena in a murder case.

California man files suit against Flywheel Sports over texts allegedly sent without consent

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 8, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A San Francisco County resident alleges an indoor cycling workout business sent him text messages without his permission.

Consumer alleges Tarte's 'high-performance naturals' claims are false, products have synthetic ingredients

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 8, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against a cosmetics company alleging its products contain a number of synthetic ingredients despite marketing that they are natural.

Schwan's Home Service allegedly sent unwanted texts to consumers

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 8, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – An Oregon resident alleges a grocery delivery company sent texts without her consent during all hours of the day.

Jeep owner alleges she paid for WS Aftermarket Services contract and later learned vehicle was not eligible

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 9, 2019

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A Middlesex County, New Jersey woman alleges she paid more than $2,000 for a vehicle service plan for a vehicle and later learned her vehicle was not eligible for coverage.

Arizona Supreme Court says law of state where Workers' Comp was paid determines assignment rights

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – Because a woman was awarded Workers’ Compensation benefits in a different state that doesn’t have automatic assignment provision, on Jan. 2, the Supreme Court for the State of Arizona reversed the decisions of two lower courts.

Arizona Supreme Court upholds dismissal of suit against Medtronic, citing preemption under federal law

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court for the State of Arizona held on Dec. 18 that federal law does block a lawsuit arising from allegations concerning the state’s common law failure-to-warn claim after a medical device company allegedly didn’t inform the Food and Drug Administration about unfavorable conditions in a medical device.

Alabama court rules insurance company did not have duty to advise manufacturer concerning coverage before fire

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 21, the Supreme Court of Alabama sided with an insurance company in a lawsuit over insurance coverage for a fire at a factory.

NELSON MULLINS: Higher Education Attorney Daniel Cohen joins Nelson Mullins in Atlanta

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Jan 9, 2019

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough announced today that Dan Cohen has joined the Firm as a partner in the Atlanta office.

CLARK HILL PLC: Clark Hill’s Government and Public Affairs Practice Leaders Recognized As “Top Lobbyists” By The Hill

By Press release submission | Jan 9, 2019

Clark Hill, PLC, is proud to announce that Kevin Kelly and Charlie Spies, co-leaders of the firm’s Government and Public Affairs practice in DC, have once again been named as “Top Lobbyists” by the The Hill.

IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Miller joins $1.5 million settlement with Neiman Marcus over data breach

By Press release submission | Jan 9, 2019

The Neiman Marcus Group LLC has agreed to pay $1.5 million and implement several policies to resolve an investigation with 43 states and the District of Columbia into the 2013 breach of customer payment card data at 77 Neiman Marcus stores in the United States, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said Tuesday.

WILENTZ GOLDMAN & SPITZER: Amanda M. Curley Joins Wilentz as an Associate on the Land Use Team

By Press release submission | Jan 9, 2019

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. is pleased to announce that Amanda M. Curley has joined the firm as an associate on its Land Use team. Ms. Curley's practice focuses on all aspects of land use and redevelopment and in related litigation.

COZEN O'CONNOR: Cozen O’Connor Continues to Expand its Presence in the Midwest by Adding Business Litigator Kari Berman to its Minneapolis Office

By Press release submission | Jan 9, 2019

Cozen O’Connor today welcomed Kari Berman — a Minnesota-based business litigator whose track record includes handling bet-the-company cases involving significant multi-state class action defense, contractual, environmental, ERISA, employment, and SEC-related disputes, as well as product liability and business tort claims — to its Commercial Litigation practice.

FOX ROTHSCHILD LLP: Lisa Arthur Named to Triad Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List

By Press release submission | Jan 9, 2019

Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates Lisa W. Arthur, who was named a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Triad Business Journal.

FOX ROTHSCHILD LLP: Christopher Beall and Maritza Dominguez Braswell Join Colorado Attorney General’s Leadership Team

By Press release submission | Jan 9, 2019

Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates Christopher P. Beall and Maritza Dominguez Braswell, who were selected to join the administration of incoming Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.

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