News from January 2019

POLSINELLI: Polsinelli Adds Dual-Qualified Finance Attorney Admitted to Practice Law in New York and England and Wales

By Press release submission | Jan 9, 2019

Polsinelli, an Am Law 100 firm, announced today that Gabriel Yomi Dabirihas joined the firm in New York as a Shareholder, Practice Co-Leader for the firm’s Direct Lending and Alternative Finance practice and Practice Co-Leader for the firm’s Cross-Border Finance practice.

Florida Attorney General's Office alleges US Moving Services, others hire workers that damage, steal property

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 9, 2019

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Attorney General's Office of Florida alleges professional movers based in Miami have harmed "hundreds" of consumers by hiring laborers who damage or steal property.

Consumer alleges Pepperidge Farm's Texas Toast product only contains 2 percent or less of butter

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 9, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A Queens County, New York consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Pepperidge Farm over the alleged amount of butter in its Texas Toast product.

Debt collector Northstar Location Services allegedly refused to accept consumer's dispute

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 10, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York resident alleges a debt collector based in the state threatened him with legal action and caused emotional distress.

Del. court keeps lawsuit over Ception-Cephalon merger alive; Pursuit of eosinophilic esophagitis drug at issue

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware on Dec. 28 granted in part and denied in part pharmaceutical companies' motions to dismiss a case over allegations of a breach of merger agreement.

California court affirms that Save Mart Supermarkets cannot compel former employees into arbitration

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Save Mart Supermarkets Inc. was unable to convince the California 3rd District Court of Appeal to compel three individuals to arbitration in suits over alleged violation of state law statutory employment claims.

Cedars-Sinai doesn't owe millions in prejudgment interest in $5.5M medical malpractice case, Cal. court rules

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Because of a lack of notice and information in an offer, the California 2nd District Court of Appeal, Division Two affirmed a lower court’s ruling that denied a woman’s motion for prejudgment interest in her lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Medical malpractice case against Southern New Hampshire Medical Center revived by N.H. Supreme Court

By Carrie Salls | Jan 10, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of New Hampshire overturned a superior court ruling that dismissed a medical malpractice case filed against Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Eliot Hospital and three doctors, according to a Dec. 21 opinion.

GREENBERG & TRAURIG: Barbara Kaplan and Kristen Lonergan Recognized as Crain’s New York Notable Women in Law 2019

By Press release submission | Jan 10, 2019

Barbara T. Kaplan and Kristen J. Lonergan, shareholders in the New York office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, have been recognized as Crain’s New York “Notable Women in Law.”

Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

BP gas station doesn't qualify for Maryland's Four Cent Rule because of agreement with wholesaler

By Charmaine Little | Jan 11, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Thanks to a branded jobber contract, a man selling BP gasoline at a service station isn’t entitled to the Four Cent Rule, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland held on Jan. 2.

JONES DAY: Jones Day's Ben Flowers named Ohio State Solicitor

By Press release submission | Jan 11, 2019

The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Ben Flowers, an associate in the Firm's Issues & Appeals Practice and its Columbus Office has been named State Solicitor for the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

New York Court of Appeals: NYPD does not have to turn over department personnel records

By Carrie Salls | Jan 11, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The state of New York Court of Appeals ruled in a Dec. 11 opinion that the New York City Police Department does not have to turn over personnel records requested by the New York Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

N.J. court: Trustee for Ponzi scheme company right to initiate arbitration

By Carrie Salls | Jan 11, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The receiver for Osiris Fund LP’s decision to file for arbitration to resolve claims filed against Osiris securities trading platform Interactive Brokers LLC and Interactive Brokers employee Kevin Michael Fisher was upheld on appeal by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division in a Dec. 31 opinion.

Calif. court rules for father sued by son over car accident

By Charmaine Little | Jan 11, 2019

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A driver sued by his son after an accident was acting in the scope of his employment at the time of the accident, the California 5th District Court of Appeal determined Dec. 20.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Duvol Thompson Named Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

By Press release submission | Jan 11, 2019

Holland & Knight Partner Duvol Thompson has been selected to represent the firm as a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 2019 class of Fellows, participating in a landmark program created to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

Illinois home improvement reaches $1 million settlement over allegations of deceiving customers

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

CHICAGO — An Illinois home improvement business has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, alleging the company tricked customers into paying for repair work they did not know they were ordering.

Pennsylvania excavation company faces OSHA charges over worksite trenching hazards

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Pennsylvania excavation company faces charges and a $106,057 penalty from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over worksite trenching hazards.

OSHA cites U.S. Postal Service after heat-related death of Southern California postal worker

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif — The heat-related death of a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) worker has led to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citing of the Woodland Hills, California, post office including more than $140,000 in penalties.

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