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Man alleges Wal-Mart's Organic Marketside eggs are falsely advertised

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A Pittsburg, California consumer alleges he paid a premium for eggs that were falsely advertised as being laid by hens with outdoor access.

Structured settlement company Future Income Payments behind suit against CFPB

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A previously anonymous company that filed suit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) last year has now been identified as Future Income Payments LLC (FIP), a company investigated by numerous states for questionable loan practices.

Chicago law firm the first to file lawsuits over Washington Amtrak derailment

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A Chicago attorney says several factors may have led to the derailment of the Amtrak train near Tacoma, Washington, on Dec. 18. He is representing some of the plaintiffs who are suing Amtrak over the incident.

Judge allows class action over Cosco car seats to continue

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has denied a car seat maker's motion to dismiss a class action against it over allegations the seats were mislabeled as to the height and weight of the child the seats could accommodate.

Slack-fill class action over Fruit Bliss date product transferred to N.Y. court

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A U.S. District Court for the Central District of California approved Penguin Trading Inc.'s motion to transfer a class action suit over slack-fill allegations to a New York court.

Stockholder alleges YuMe filed incomplete form with SEC regarding RhythmOne agreement

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A stockholder of California advertising company YuMe is seeking to enjoin its merger agreement with RhythmOne.

California consumer claims Home Depot falsely advertises wood as mahogany

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A California consumer alleges that wood he purchased from a home improvement store was not mahogany as advertised.

Colorado hospital to pay $400,000 to settle age discrimination charges

MONTROSE, Colo. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Jan. 4 that Montrose Memorial Hospital will pay $400,000 after allegations of age discrimination.

Consumer claims Güd products are misrepresented as natural

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit over allegations that a brand of health and beauty products is falsely represented as natural.

Texas woman alleges law firm Burr & Forman LLP charged higher fee than stated in contract

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Harris County, Texas woman alleges a law firm that represented her in an arbitration matter charged more than what was agreed upon.

Aloha Auto Group reaches $30,000 settlement with EEOC over retaliatory discrimination suit

HONOLULU — Aloha Auto Group, Ltd,, has agreed to a $30,000 settlement after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against the company for retaliatory discrimination.

NLRB reversal on joint employer issue should please business community

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Well-versed in federal and state labor law matters, award-winning attorney James Nicholas has much to say about two recent National Labor Board Relations (NLRB) verdict reversals.

GEO Group to pay $550,000 for sexual harassment, retaliation suits

PHOENIX — The GEO Group Inc., will pay $550,000 as part of a consent decree to settle two lawsuits for sexual harassment and retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Arizona Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General's Office (ACRD).

Pioneer Health Services agrees to $85,000 settlement after alleged ADA violation

JACKSON, Mississippi — Pioneer Health Services Inc. of Mississippi, recently agreed to pay a settlement of $85,000 after a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit alleged the company illegally fired an employee after she underwent liver transplant surgery.

FTC reaches $650,000 settlement with VTech for allegedly violating U.S. children's privacy laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a $650,000 settlement with VTech Electronics to settle charges that the electronic toy manufacturer violated U.S. children's privacy laws.

False Claims Act defendant challenges civil penalties as excessive before any amount determined

RICHLAND, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A False Claims Act lawsuit in Washington state could help defendants challenge excessive fine amounts early in the litigation process.

Phoney Lawsuits: Polish immigrant concludes six-figure run by settling 31st lawsuit

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The last of a Polish immigrant's 31 Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, which paid out more than $800,000, has settled, but the need to reform telemarketing regulation continues, a privacy and securities class actions defense lawyer says.

Federal judge joins others, says bankruptcy court not allowed to impose punitive sanctions

BURLINGTON, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – A U.S. district court judge has overturned a bankruptcy court ruling that level $375,000 in punitive sanctions against PHH Mortgage Corp. in three Chapter 13 cases pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont.

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

FTC charges 'work from home,' 'get rich quick' scheme operators with FTC Act violations

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 28 that it has charged a group of defendants with allegations of deceiving consumers about a “work from home” scheme.