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Michigan man alleges National Geographic's disclosure of personal information caused unwanted junk mail

By Marian Johns | Apr 10, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – A Michigan man has filed a class action lawsuit against National Geographic alleging the magazine disclosed subscribers' personal information regarding their subscriptions in violation of the state's privacy law that resulted in a bombardment of "unwanted junk mail."

Class action lawsuit claims Walmart charges too much sales tax on reduced-price items

By Payton Kuhn | Apr 10, 2019

GREENBELT, Md. (Legal Newsline) – A Maryland man alleges Walmart misrepresented the sales price of items by including and collecting amounts in excess of sale taxes from shoppers.

New Jersey using contingency fee lawyers to take lead in PFAS litigation

By Karen Kidd | Apr 9, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – New Jersey is ahead of the rest of the country in using private lawyers to sue manufacturing companies over chemicals known as PFAS, whose toxicity levels are still being determined by federal regulators while lawsuits stack up.

Lindsey Graham says 'litigation abuse is real,' class action reform should be considered

By John O'Brien | Apr 3, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and receives backing from trial lawyers, said in a Tuesday hearing that lawsuit abuse “is real” and reform in the class action system should be explored.

Former Google exec's company gets caught in 'rent-a-tribe' class action lawsuits; Interest rates allegedly as high as 490%

By Brian Brueggemann | Apr 2, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - While it awaits the results of an appeal, ZestFinance - a company founded by the former chief information officer of Google - is facing another claim over payday loans that allegedly featured triple-digit interest rates.

Okla. opioid settlement: Most to OSU, lawyers, and small percentage to cities and counties

By John O'Brien | Mar 29, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) – A small portion of the $270 million settlement reached by Purdue Pharma and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter “directly” addresses the opioid crisis around the state, while the bulk goes to lawyers and a treatment center at Oklahoma State University.

Class action alleges online ticket vendor ran 'bait-and-switch scheme' with deceptive pricing

By Marian Johns | Mar 29, 2019

CHICAGO — An Illinois man has filed a class action lawsuit against an online ticket vendor, alleging the company uses deceptive pricing and advertising as part of a consumer "bait-and-switch scheme."

Welch's fruit snacks make misleading nutrition claims, class action says

By Marian Johns | Mar 29, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — A class action lawsuit has been filed against Welch Foods, alleging the food producer's fruit snacks have deceptive and misleading labels regarding the nutritional value of their products.

Mikal Watts defeats competitor's lawsuit that claims he misled farmers who wanted to sue Syngenta

By John Severance | Mar 27, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge in Kansas has dismissed a lawsuit brought against plaintiffs attorney Mikal Watts by one of his competitors who cried foul over the recruitment of farmers to sue Syngenta.

Making money out of spam: 'Excessively punitive' Calif. law allows $1K per email

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 27, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Instead of clearing out their spam folder, some email users are instead using a California law - one that a telecommunications attorney thinks is possibly unconstitutional - to file lawsuits.

Legal but illegal: How Illinois shut down a company that played by the rules

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 26, 2019

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - As of Oct. 29, 2018, a medical sterilization firm called Sterigenics was in full compliance with state and federal regulations over its use of ethylene oxide, a carcinogen. Then on Oct. 30, it wasn’t.

Critic: Class action settlements that provide cash to charities actually 'for and by the lawyers'

By John Breslin | Mar 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - After the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to opine on whether it was fair that no money from an $8.5 million class action settlement actually went to class members, a critic of such agreements noted that lawyers will continue to succumb to the "perverse incentive" to line their own pockets this way.

Behr faces class action for alleged deceptive marketing of 'Paint & Primer in One' products

By Marian Johns | Mar 25, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — A class action lawsuit has been filed against Behr Process Corporation over allegations of false and deceptive marketing of its paint products.

Lawsuit alleges texts from Americans for Prosperity were unlawful and used to 'spread political ideology'

By Charmaine Little | Mar 22, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – A Missouri man alleges nonprofit Americans for Prosperity sent unlawful text messages to "spread its political ideology" and has filed a suit in federal court.

SCOTUS punts on cy pres issue; Millions would be paid to lawyers and causes of their choosing, while class members get nothing

By John Severance | Mar 21, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court on March 20 sent an internet privacy case back to the lower courts, refusing to rule on the merits of an appeal that questioned why class members received nothing in a multimillion-dollar settlement

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