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News from June 2019

Monsanto says $80M Roundup verdict was product of made-for-litigation testimony, asks judge to reconsider

By Dan Fisher | Jun 5, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Monsanto has asked a federal judge to throw out an $80 million jury verdict over its Roundup herbicide, saying the plaintiff failed to present any admissible scientific evidence the product caused the plaintiff’s cancer.

Jubilant DraxImage seeks to keep trade secrets private in patent dispute with ITC

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 5, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A Canadian company that manufactures radiopharmaceuticals is seeking a declaration that some of its trade secret information be kept redacted in an intellectual property dispute.

Eater alleges Kroger can't use 'artisan' on vanilla ice cream because it is a mass-manufactured

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 5, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California woman alleges a grocery store chain’s use of the word “artisan” on a flavor of ice cream is deceptive and misleading.

Consumers allege Cento tomatoes are not San Marzano tomatoes as labeled

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 5, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Three California residents are suing a food distributor over allegations that they were sold tomatoes that were not from a specific region of Italy.

Six months after federal sentencing act signed, impact still being studied

By John Breslin | Jun 5, 2019

Six months after its December 2018 passing with large bi-partisan support, the details of how an act aimed at reforming federal prison sentencing is impacting the 180,000 federal prisoners is becoming clearer.

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Federalist Society panel contends the ALI, a powerful legal group, has shifted its focus

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 6, 2019

WASHINGTON – Is the American Law Institute remaining true to its mission of restating law to produce accurate advisory guidelines for courts to decide cases in various aspects of law, or is it straying into territory apart from that mission?

Oklahoma's hired guns continue to portray Johnson & Johnson as evil to judge in opioid trial

By John Sammon | Jun 6, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – On Wednesday, private attorneys hired by the State of Oklahoma on a contingency fee accused Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the drug arm of Johnson & Johnson, of ignoring the warning signs of a nationwide addiction crisis in order to maximize profit.

Why did a public defender bill $400K in a $300M class action settlement? Boston judge wants answers at hearing

By Dan Fisher | Jun 6, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The federal judge who ordered a wide-ranging investigation into the fee practices of Labaton Sucharow and a Massachusetts law firm in the $300 million State Street Bank & Trust case isn’t done asking questions yet.

File & ServeXpress has the expertise to integrate legal filings across many court systems

By Robert Hadley | Jun 6, 2019

Although e-filing court documents has streamlined the legal process, no universal standards exist for transmitting data. It’s up to the sender to learn the requirements to match each system.

As NYC Bar considers ethics of litigation finance, it will keep secret the comments it received from the public

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 7, 2019

As NYC Bar considers ethics of litigation finance, it will keep secret the comments it received from the public

Oklahoma making its case in big opioid trial with director of Kentucky pain clinic

By John Sammon | Jun 7, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – The director of a Kentucky pain clinic on Thursday told attorneys for the State of Oklahoma that pharmaceutical companies like Janssen, the drug division of Johnson & Johnson, organized a campaign of misinformation to sell opioids and make money.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Kristina Allen Reliford Joins Bradley's Nashville Office as Litigation Associate

By Press release submission | Jun 10, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that Kristina Allen Reliford has joined the firm’s Nashville office as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.

PEPPER HAMILTON LLP: Pepper Hamilton Lawyers Named To Southern California Rising Stars

By Press release submission | Jun 10, 2019

Two lawyers from Pepper Hamilton LLP have been named by California Super Lawyers as top attorneys in the state.

Okla. AG's lawyers offer testimony of addict in big opioid trial, but witness said he never used J&J's products

By John Sammon | Jun 10, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – A resident of this small Oklahoma town recounted the hell of his addiction to opioid drugs that began with a legal prescription and then spiraled out of control, testifying in a lawsuit accusing Johnson & Johnson of causing a drug epidemic.

Google unsuccessful in escaping monopoly lawsuit over stock photo search results

By Scott Holland | Jun 10, 2019

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has refused to let Google out of a lawsuit against it filed by a stock photography website.

JetSmarter files motion to dismiss lawsuit brought by member, cites arbitration clause in agreement

By Charmaine Little | Jun 10, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – On May 31, JetSmarter Inc. asked the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to grant its motion to dismiss and a compel a former member who is suing them into arbitration.

PFAS lawsuits continue; Two in New Mexico allege harm to cows

By Rich Peters | Jun 10, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Legal Newsline) - As the federal government determines the toxicity level for humans exposed to chemicals known as PFAS, new lawsuits allege harm to cows.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Bradley Partner Charles Roberts Jr. Among Winners of 2019 M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards

By Press release submission | Jun 11, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that Charles A. Roberts Jr., a partner in the firm’s Birmingham office, is among the recipients of the M&A Advisor’s 10th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards.

In New Hampshire, it's a secret which lawyers have been hired for PFAS lawsuits, and their contract could be challenged

By John O'Brien | Jun 11, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – New Hampshire’s attorney general either will be hiring or has already hired a mystery law firm to handle the State’s lawsuits in the burgeoning field of PFAS litigation.

GREENBERG TRAURIG: Greenberg Traurig Strategically Grows Energy Practice with Addition of Rabeha Kamaluddin in Washington, D.C.

By Press release submission | Jun 11, 2019

Rabeha Kamaluddin has joined global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Washington, D.C. office as a shareholder in the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources and Global Litigation practices. Kamaluddin focuses her practice on energy regulation, compliance, and enforcement matters, regularly representing clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and various state public utility commissions. She joins from Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where she was a partner.

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