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News from January 2019

U.S. Department of Labor report: 2018 mining fatalities 2nd lowest on record

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mining fatalities in the U.S. reached the second lowest on record in 2018, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

Arkansas medical center reaches settlement on failure to pay onsite, overnight workers overtime

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas-based Ouachita County Medical Center has reached a more than $90,000 settlement with the federal government to resolve claims of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations, including failing to pay overtime to onsite, overnight employees.

Suit filed against Beyond Better Foods over alleged misrepresentation of Enlightened dessert

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 11, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A Queens County, New York consumer alleges the maker of a frozen dessert misrepresents the composition of the product.

Oklahoma City waste disposal company settles charges of child labor, overtime violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City oil service waste disposal company has settled charges by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of violating overtime, child labor and record-keeping federal laws.

Fiat Chrysler to pay more than $500 million for alleged emissions test cheating

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fiat Chrysler will pay more than $500 million in settlements, product recalls and civil penalties with the federal government and the state of California to resolve allegations of cheating on emissions tests, and violating the Clean Air Act as well as state law.

Puerto Rico alleges manufacturing companies conspired to price-fix polyurethane foam products

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 11, 2019

San Juan, Puerto Rico (Legal Newsline) – The government of Puerto Rico has filed a suit against several companies over allegations of price-fixing.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Financial Services Regulatory Attorney Kara Ward Joins Holland & Knight in Washington

By Press release submission | Jan 11, 2019

Holland & Knight has expanded its Public Policy & Regulatory Practice Group with the addition of Kara Ward as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

Sierra Trail Dogs Motorcycle and Recreation Club, others allege decision by U.S. Forest Service limits options for trail ride event

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 11, 2019

RENO, Nev. (Legal Newsline) – Several organizations are challenging decisions that allegedly limit the routes for a motorcycle trail riding event on public land.

Feds seek to enjoin merger between Gray Television, Raycom Media

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The federal government alleges that a proposed merger between two independent local television station owners would cause harm to competition.

YogaWorks securities purchaser alleges stock price was inflated at time of initial public offering

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 11, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A shareholder of a national yoga instruction company alleges the initial public offering price for shares was inflated.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Former Congressman Tom Davis Joins Holland & Knight

By Press release submission | Jan 12, 2019

Thomas M. Davis III, who served 14 years in Congress as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Northern Virginia's 11th District, has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in its Public Policy & Regulation Group in Washington, D.C., and Tysons, Va. He was previously with Deloitte, where he was a director of federal government affairs.

BRYAN CAVE: Bain Named 2019 Notable Woman in Law by ‘Crain’s New York Business’

By Press release submission | Jan 12, 2019

New York Partner Sonia Kaur Bain has been named to Crain’s New York Business“Notable Women in Law” list. This second annual honor roll of female attorneys “celebrates an exceptional pool of talented female attorneys in the New York City metropolitan area,” the publication stated.

WILSON ELSER MOSKOWITZ: Maritime Practice Group Leaders From Fowler Rodriguez Join Wilson Elser’s New Orleans Office

By Press release submission | Jan 13, 2019

National law firm Wilson Elser announced today that the preeminent maritime and marine environmental practice group from New Orleans-based law firm Fowler Rodriguez, led by partners Antonio Rodriguez, Jake Rodriguez and Michael Harowski, have joined the firm’s New Orleans office effective January 1, 2019.

FISH & RICHARDSON: Fish & Richardson Receives Two 2018 “Attorney of the Year” Awards from Minnesota Lawyer

By Press release submission | Jan 13, 2019

Fish & Richardson has received two 2018 Attorney of the Year awards – in both the individual and group categories – from Minnesota Lawyer.

FORMAN WATKINS & KRUTZ LLP: McFarland Named as New Member of 100 Black Men of Jackson

By Press release submission | Jan 13, 2019

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Vernon McFarland has been named a new member of 100 Black Men of Jackson!

FORMAN WATKINS & KRUTZ LLP: Arthur, Fuller, Roy, and Smith Promoted to Partner

By Press release submission | Jan 13, 2019

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Mimi Arthur, Melissa Fuller, Michelle Roy, and Peyton Smith have been promoted to Partner.

BUTLER SNOW: D.C. Circuit “Refines” the NLRB’s Joint Employer Test

By Press release submission | Jan 13, 2019

.In a 2-1 decision issued December 28, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) determination that both an employer’s reserved authority to control and it’s indirect control can be relevant factors in the joint employer analysis.

Conn. judge rejects opioid claims, says allowing them would lead to 'junk justice'

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 14, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - A Connecticut judge has dismissed lawsuits by four cities against the opioid industry, saying there is no logical way for the plaintiffs to calculate damages or distribute any money they might win in the litigation.

Tennessee Supreme Court: Patient allowed to sue MedicOne after signing waiver

By Carrie Salls | Jan 14, 2019

NASHVILLE (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Tennessee ruled in a Dec. 20 opinion that, based on the wording and circumstances surrounding the accident, an agreement signed by a rehabilitation center patient who fell getting into a van operated by a third-party medical transportation company does not prohibit the patient from suing the transport company.

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