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News from May 2019

CLARK HILL: Clark Hill Attorney Linda M. Watson to Speak at the MICPA’s Anti-Fraud Issues and Litigation | Business Evaluation Conference

By Press release submission | May 27, 2019

Linda M. Watson, Member in the firm’s Litigation group, will co-present alongside Brian Bakker, CPA, CFA, Senior Manager, Stout, at the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Bradley Attorney Alé Dalton Among 2019 Nashville Emerging Leaders Awards Finalists

By Press release submission | May 27, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that Alé Dalton, an attorney in the firm’s Nashville office, is among the finalists for the 2019 Nashville Emerging Leaders Awards (NELA).

LITTLER MENDELSON: Littler Adds Shareholder Jeremy Sosna in Minneapolis

By Press release submission | May 27, 2019

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added Jeremy D. Sosna as a shareholder in its Minneapolis office. Sosna, who joins from Maslon LLP, practiced as an attorney at Littler from 1998 to 2003.

LITTLER MENDELSON: Littler Shareholder Ryan Hammond Appointed Seattle Office Managing Shareholder

By Press release submission | May 28, 2019

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has appointed Ryan Hammond as office managing shareholder (OMS) of the firm’s Seattle office, effective May 23.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Bradley Partner Chris Lam Installed as President of Mecklenburg County Bar

By Press release submission | May 28, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that Christopher C. Lam, managing partner of the firm’s Charlotte office, has been installed as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) for 2019-2020.

Amusement park doesn't find immunity from lawsuits in state's recreational use statute

By Payton Kuhn | May 28, 2019

PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court recently unanimously reversed an appellate court’s decision regarding a negligence lawsuit against Encanto Adventures, the operator of Phoenix’s Picnic Island amusement park, saying Encanto is not immune from liability under the state’s recreational use statute.

Defense: Oklahoma threatening expanded public nuisance theory in this week's high-profile opioid case

By Karen Kidd | May 28, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – As the opioid crisis spotlight turns to Norman, Oklahoma, where the state's high profile case against drug companies is expected to get underway tomorrow, defendants in that case are questioning the state's public nuisance theory that has failed dramatically elsewhere.

Opening remarks in opioid case against Johnson & Johnson alleges greed created drug epidemic

By John Sammon | May 28, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – Opening arguments began Tuesday in a first-ever trial in attempt to hold drug manufacturers accountable for an opioid over-dose crisis, accusing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary company Janssen Pharmaceuticals of providing medications for profit that destroyed thousands of lives.

With just one defendant left, Oklahoma struggles to blame J&J for opioid crisis

By Daniel Fisher | May 28, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) – Lawyers for the State of Oklahoma opened a closely watched trial seeking to hold Johnson & Johnson responsible for $17.5 billion in damages over the opioid crisis with a simple refrain: “something happened.”

Vermont Supreme Court rules for nurse who told cop about patient planning to drive drunk

By Payton Kuhn | May 29, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – The Vermont Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court's judgment in a case involving a nurse's disclosure to a police officer that the plaintiff was intoxicated and intending to drive home after receiving treatment from an emergency room.

Iowa SC beats back union challenge to new law regarding dues

By Payton Kuhn | May 29, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court recently affirmed a county court’s summary judgment in favor of the state Legislature in response to claims from two Iowa labor unions that several 2017 amendments to the state's Public Employment Relations Act violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution.

New Jersey Supreme Court upholds denial of Merck shareholder's request for documents regarding Cubist purchase

By Payton Kuhn | May 29, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of New Jersey affirmed an appellate court’s decision to deny a shareholder of an American pharmaceutical company to inspect documents and records outlying the company’s purchase of Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

South Dakota court rules for restaurant in slip-and-fall lawsuit

By Payton Kuhn | May 29, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of South Dakota has upheld a lower court's ruling that a restaurant was not negligence in a patron's slip-and-fall case.

North Carolina residents allege TitleMax of South Carolina charged excessive interest rate

By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A group of North Carolina residents has filed a suit against three title loan lenders over allegations that liens were illegally placed on their vehicles.

Colorado Supreme Court upholds decision that university meal plans not subject to tax

By Payton Kuhn | May 29, 2019

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Colorado has upheld a decision made by the Colorado Court of Appeals in favor of Sodexo, the food service provider for the Colorado School of Mines, regarding a sales tax dispute.

Hunter: Case is about abating 'worst' man-made crisis; J&J: Case is about damages - not abatement

By Kayla Elder | May 29, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - Admitting there is a high potential for abuse in opioid medications, Johnson & Johnson attorney Larry Ottaway said during opening arguments on Tuesday that physicians prescribing its medications Nucynta and Duragesic know this risk and have to know it to be licensed.

From SE Texas Record

Brooks County hires its own county attorney for opioid suit, law prohibits paying fees to salaried officers

By David Yates | May 29, 2019

SOUTH TEXAS – David Garcia, the county attorney for Brooks County, signed a contingency fee agreement with his employer to represent the county in an opioid lawsuit – a relationship that seemingly comes into conflict with the Texas Local Government Code.

Class action alleges General Mills misrepresented cereals

By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — A customer is suing General Mills, alleging the cereals produced by GM were misrepresented.

Customer accuses Trader Joe's of misleading packaging, labeling of products

By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County man is suing Trader Joe's, alleging the defendant is misleading in the packaging and labeling of its products.

Customers allege Mott's mislead them about flavors of soft drinks

By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

BROOKLYN — A group of women is suing Mott's, alleging the defendant misled them about the flavors of a number of soft drinks

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