COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced last month that he and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals have finally reached a settlement in the state's Risperdal case, ending a nine-year legal battle.
The nation’s highest court must decide, after hearing oral arguments in Cuozzo v. Lee next month, whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit should handle claims in patent cases arising from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or PTAB, the same as claims in cases arising from district courts.
LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) - The cybersecurity industry is closely following a first-of-its-kind lawsuit filed against Trustwave over allegations that the forensic investigating company botched its response to a data breach.
The state’s First Appellate District, Division Four, recently upheld a judgment of nearly $4 million in punitive damages alone against Kaiser Gypsum Company Inc. The company, a former manufacturer of building products, including drywall, joint compounds and cements, was sued over a product that allegedly contained asbestos.
CHICAGO (Legal News Line) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit's handling of a data breach lawsuit against P.F. Chang's will, in some form, play off its recent plaintiff-friendly ruling in another case and will have a significant impact on future claims, a Denver attorney says.
The company argues that a federal appeals court’s ruling, upholding $2.8 million in money damages awarded to a class of current and formerly hourly workers at an Iowa plant, sanctioned the use of “seriously flawed” procedures many district courts have used to permit certification and adjudication of class actions.
Todd M. Friedman, a Beverly Hills-based consumer protection attorney, alleges in a complaint filed in a California federal court last month that he received text messages with spam advertisements and promotional offers on his cell phone. Friedman says the messages are an invasion of his privacy and potentially “tens of thousands” of others.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — J.G. Wentworth will have to face a civil investigation demand after the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau denied the company's petition to set it aside.
The chemical company reached an agreement in a class action lawsuit filed against it over polyurethane pricing just weeks after Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of natural causes at a luxury hunting resort in Texas.
ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The case of a failed hip replacement of a Utah woman who received an $11 million jury award in a bellwether trial late last year isn't over yet, as the defense has filed routine post-trial motions.
In January, the nation’s highest court ruled that an unaccepted offer of complete relief to a named plaintiff in a putative class action lawsuit does not moot the plaintiff’s claim. But it would not decide whether the result would be different if a defendant deposits the full amount of the plaintiff’s individual claim in an account payable to the plaintiff, and the court then enters judgment for the plaintiff in that amount.
Nevada attorney Donald J. Bernard filed a complaint in a Louisiana federal court last month, seeking his portion of the $114 million in fees awarded in 2011. He points to his relationship with the class representative and work on the litigation.
According to the Supreme Court docket, the case is set for conference March 18. Attorneys for Milberg LLP argue the continued prosecution of the matter as a class action is time barred and the claims of the putative class members have expired.
The Department of Justice’s recent activity is pushing private attorneys to file more lawsuits alleging companies’ websites aren’t accessible to the disabled, while its overall inactivity is creating uncertainty for businesses facing those lawsuits, attorneys say.
MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – Weeks before the head of a national trial lawyers group condemned a legal maneuver used by businesses in attempts to fight class action lawsuits, the group was accused of using the same move – by one of its own members.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - A Florida appeals court last week reaffirmed the state attorney general's authority to dismiss a whistleblower action under the state’s False Claims Act, even in cases in which the state chooses not to intervene in the action.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court has unsealed a lawsuit filed by a former member against a prominent class action firm that he claims fired him for exposing unethical conduct regarding the firm’s contract with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.
“State tax rates and laws are extremely complex, which often leads to confusion, especially for small business owners like our franchisees,” Drake said. “For example, in New Jersey, a consumer must pay tax on a bottled water if purchased at a restaurant like Dunkin' Donuts, but that same bottle of water is not subject to tax if it is purchased at a convenience store.”