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Juror-turned-plaintiff loses suit after slipping on Delaware courthouse ice

John Sammon Nov. 18, 2017, 9:59am

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit filed by a woman against the state of Delaware Office of Management and Budget who sought damages after slipping on ice in a courthouse parking lot was turned back on Oct. 30. The Delaware Superior Court ruled the state was immune from liability.

Fighting multiple fronts, Comcast awaits patent decision that could raise prices

Jessica Karmasek and John O'Brien Nov. 17, 2017, 7:10am

Last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a notice stating it has extended the “target date” for the completion of its investigation to Nov. 16.

Honeywell, in motion over ballots, contends asbestos claims holders already have been exposed

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 16, 2017, 11:56am

Honeywell International has interjected itself into the bankruptcy proceeding of the successors to Chicago Fire Brick and Wellsville Fire Brick, companies that spent a decade creating a trust that would pay individuals with asbestos claims. In May, Honeywell asked the federal bankruptcy court in Oakland, Calif., to make those ballots public.

Cordray plans to step down as CFPB head at month’s end

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 16, 2017, 8:00am

Richard Cordray, who has served as the executive director of the Obama-era watchdog agency since its creation in 2010, made the announcement in an email message to colleagues Wednesday.

Phoney Lawsuits: How to sue your way out of college debt

John O'Brien Nov. 15, 2017, 8:00am

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Former students still saddled with college loans were urged by lawyers and debt-relief companies to stop making payments because filing a lawsuit was an easier way to get out of debt, according to racketeering allegations against two law firms.

Peter Angelos, facing the loss of thousands of asbestos lawsuits, wants lawmakers' help

Daniel Fisher Nov. 14, 2017, 2:10pm

On Dec. 1, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, is scheduled to hear an appeal of Duffy v. CBS, a 2015 decision that applied Maryland’s 20-year statute of repose to an asbestos lawsuit.

Court says size of 2x4s isn't misleading, but class action plaintiffs appealing to Seventh Circuit

Sara McCleary Nov. 14, 2017, 9:44am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Two plaintiffs who accused a hardware store chain of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (ICFA) have appealed a trial court’s dismissal of their claims.

Senate urged to pass legal reform bills; Dems opposed, still mourning arbitration rule

John O'Brien Nov. 10, 2017, 1:53pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A two-hour hearing on frivolous lawsuits before a U.S. Senate committee may have lacked focus on pending legislation but did produce a few noteworthy moments - including Sen. Al Franken’s assertion that there are “bad actors” filing meritless lawsuits, though he is opposed to the reforms presented.

Minn. judge issues injunction against DOL’s fiduciary rule, also grants stay

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 7, 2017, 4:20pm

Judge Susan Richard Nelson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, in her order last week, said an “actual, ongoing controversy” exists between plaintiff Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Miss. justices split on holding hospital accountable for death of man who was stabbed

Karen Kidd Nov. 7, 2017, 9:41am

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Three Mississippi Supreme Court justices objected to the high court's recent change of mind about whether to hear an appeal of a medical malpractice case against University of Mississippi Medical Center over the 2010 stabbing death of a 19-year-old man.

Koch Industries puts Bestwall unit, a small player in asbestos, in bankruptcy

Daniel Fisher Nov. 4, 2017, 11:00am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - Koch Industries has put a division of its Georgia-Pacific unit in Chapter 11 bankruptcy after failing to stem a rising tide of lawsuits by mesothelioma victims who attribute their disease to asbestos-containing drywall compound.

Plaintiffs in class action lawsuit over Subway’s ‘footlong’ sandwiches abandon litigation

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 3, 2017, 11:00am

The plaintiffs filed a two-page stipulation of dismissal without prejudice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Oct. 24. Their voluntary dismissal comes nearly two months after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissed a proposed settlement agreement, describing it as “utterly worthless.”

Phoney Lawsuits: Man has filed 80 lawsuits and uses sleuthing skills to track down defendants

John O'Brien Nov. 3, 2017, 9:54am

A Tennessee man, described as a professional plaintiff and sleuth with three cell phones, is allowed to continue one of his many lawsuits after faking interest in a free home security system to identify whom he wanted to sue for calling him about it.

Illinois federal judge preliminarily OKs $295 million settlement in Stericycle class action

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 2, 2017, 1:09pm

The lawsuit, filed in 2013, alleges the medical waste disposal company misled its customers, including veterinary clinics, medical clinics and medical labs, regarding pricing.

Watchdog group sues DOL for records related to rollback of fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 2, 2017, 10:00am

American Oversight, which was formed in March to serve as a check on the Trump administration, claims the U.S. Department of Labor has failed to respond to a July Freedom of Information Act request.

Couple at center of alleged PTSD attack denied damages over former defense attorneys’ alleged conflict

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 1, 2017, 12:27pm

In Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf P.S., the Washington State Supreme Court rejected the insureds’ attempt to collect damages for breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice from their former insurance defense counsel.

Details of new Rhode Island sick leave law will leave employers scratching heads, attorney says

Dee Thompson Nov. 1, 2017, 12:23pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act was signed into law in September with the intent of giving employees more paid time off, but some attorneys feel the new law is confusing and will cause more headaches for employers.

Pfizer sues Johnson & Johnson over alleged anti-competitive practices

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 30, 2017, 3:55pm

Pfizer’s lawsuit, filed in a Pennsylvania federal court in September, alleges Johnson & Johnson’s exclusionary contracts and other anti-competitive practices have denied U.S. patients access to therapeutic options and undermined the benefits of “robust” price competition in the “innovative and growing” biologics marketplace for patients.

Delaware firm’s former attorney fires back at claims of stealing client at center of Celgene whistleblower lawsuit

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 30, 2017, 11:45am

Defendants Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and senior founding partner Reuben Guttman filed a motion to dismiss or, alternatively, for summary judgment Oct. 10. On Friday, the defendants also filed a motion to strike plaintiff Grant & Eisenhofer PA’s complaint in its entirety.

New York contingency fee lawyers not offering discounts, study shows

Daniel Fisher Oct. 30, 2017, 9:54am

CLAREMONT, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A trove of data revealing the contingency fees charged by New York City lawyers suggests that in virtually every tort case, lawyers charge the full one-third allowed under state regulations.