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News from May 2019

FOLEY & LARDNER LLP: Detroit Office Wins Pro Bono Service Award

By Press release submission | May 13, 2019

Foley’s Detroit office has won the 2019 Detroit Bar Association’s Pro Bono Service Award.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Bradley Attorney Jonathan Schulz Named to North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s Rising Stars for 2019

By Press release submission | May 13, 2019

Bradley Attorney Jonathan Schulz was named to North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s list of Rising Stars for 2019.

Federal government seeks $4 million in treble damages from JD Equipment de Mexico over fraud claims

By Carrie Bradon | May 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The United States of America alleges agricultural machinery retailers and exporters defrauded it with the submission of false and fraudulent documents and is seeking $4 million in treble damages.

Ketone capsules don't help you lose weight, says lawsuit by upset consumer

By Carrie Bradon | May 14, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A man is filing a class action lawsuit against a weight loss product company alleging that the product he purchased has no ability to aid weight loss.

Plaintiffs lawyers - and their experts - are gaining power in Michigan on PFAS issue

By John O'Brien | May 14, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiffs lawyers likely have their eyes on Michigan, as the new attorney general there wants to sue companies over chemicals known as PFAS but doesn’t think her staff will be able to handle it.

Massive Roundup verdict, in wake of EPA ruling, shows how uncertainty and embarrassing emails can trump science

By Daniel Fisher | May 14, 2019

On April 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weedkiller Roundup, to be safe. Less than two weeks later, a California jury ordered Bayer AG to pay $2 billion to a couple who blamed their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Roundup.

House Dems get screening of anti-PFAS movie, seek regulation as trial lawyers and states use litigation

By Daniel Fisher | May 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Congressional Democrats launched their latest push for blanket regulations on widely used industrial chemicals by screening a highly critical documentary film the night before, where invited guests included a partner at a law firm that has filed a lawsuit that seeks damages on behalf of every U.S. citizen.

Protective Life asks court to toss complaint over allegedly inflated charges, claims it is time barred

By John Breslin | May 15, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – An insurance company is seeking the dismissal of a potential class action over alleged inflated monthly charges being pursued by representatives of a trust formed out of the bankruptcy of a high-profile life settlement company.

Judge tosses North Dakota's opioid lawsuit against Purdue Pharma; Appeal coming

By Karen Kidd | May 16, 2019

BISMARCK, North Dakota (Legal Newsline) – A North Dakota judge has tossed the state attorney general's claims against Purdue Pharma that blame it for the opioid crisis - a decision that will be appealed.

From West Virginia Record

West Virginia, four other states filing suits against Purdue Pharma for opioid marketing

By Kyla Asbury | May 16, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced a lawsuit May 16 against Purdue Pharma and its former CEO for the marketing of opioids. West Virginia is one of five states to sue Purdue for its actions.

New York AG compares climate lawyer to whistleblower in fight over emails

By Daniel Fisher | May 16, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The New York Attorney General has compared Matt Pawa, the private attorney suing ExxonMobil and other oil companies over climate change, to a whistleblower in filings seeking to seal the record of private emails between Pawa and former New York AG Eric Schneiderman.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Bradley's Charlotte Office and Robert Cox Jr. Recognized for Pro Bono Support of Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

By Press release submission | May 20, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that Safe Alliance, a North Carolina community organization, has recognized Bradley’s Charlotte office and Robert A. Cox Jr., a partner in the office, for their pro bono work with Safe Alliance’s Victim Assistance/Legal Representation Program that helps victims of domestic violence who seek Domestic Violence Protective Orders (DVPOs).

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Bradley Awards 2019 Diversity Scholarships to Ole Miss and Vanderbilt Law Students

By Press release submission | May 20, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that it has awarded 2019 diversity scholarships to first-year law students Briaunna Buckner from the University of Mississippi School of Law and Adora Olisaemeka Onyiuke from Vanderbilt University Law School.

CLARK HILL: Joann Needleman to Speak at the National Creditor’s Bar Association Spring 2019 Conference on May 17th

By Press release submission | May 20, 2019

Clark Hill Member, Joann Needleman, spoke at the National Creditor’s Bar Association Spring 2019 Conference on Friday, May 17th.

From Pennsylvania Record

Latest project from American Law Institute 'an abandonment of important principles,' 23 state AGs feel

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – The attorneys general of 23 states, led by the State of New York, have sent a letter to the American Law Institute (ALI) opposing a proposed Restatement of Consumer Contract Law, set to be voted on at the ALI’s annual meeting this week.

Attorney general has the right to sue medical corporations on behalf of the state of Louisiana, Supreme Court rules

By Charmaine Little | May 20, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – While a lower appellate court in Louisiana said the state's attorney general didn’t have the right to sue a group of corporations that double as Louisiana’s economic mediator for the Medicaid program, the Supreme Court of Louisiana disagreed and reversed the lower court’s ruling on May 8.

Granddaughter isn't proper claimant in grandmother's wrongful death case, Louisiana Supreme Court says

By Charmaine Little | May 20, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – A “claimant” status for a decedent’s granddaughter attempting to file a request for a medical review panel was improperly determined, the Supreme Court of Louisiana said.

Idaho Supreme Court affirms more than $32,000 settlement in man's dispute with former lawyer

By Charmaine Little | May 20, 2019

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – On May 14, the Supreme Court of Idaho affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court’s ruling to award attorney fees and sanctions in a man’s dispute with his former lawyer.

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