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Multidistrict litigation swamps courts as rules struggle to catch up; Is reform on the way?

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 21, 2019

Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.

Lawsuit: Coffee from Hawaii not actually grown there

By Marian Johns | Mar 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A California resident has filed a class action lawsuit against Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee, alleging the company uses false and deceptive packaging regarding the origination of its coffee product.

Litigious Louisiana municipalities the focus of Federalist Society event

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 15, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The New Orleans Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society held an event at Galatoire's in New Orleans to discuss class action litigation on March 8.

Class action lawyers can benefit from new push for automatic renewal laws; Two states and D.C. follow California's lead

By Charmaine Little | Mar 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Class action lawyers can take advantage of a recent trend in state legislation to adopt measures similar to a California law that prevents the automatic renewal of certain memberships and subscriptions, like to gyms and magazines.

Class action lawsuit: Saints fans who bought tickets to NFC title game deserved better than that finish

By Pat Morris | Mar 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - The penalty call not heard ’round the world – one that many believe would have sent the New Orleans Saints to the Super Bowl instead of the L.A. Rams – is being resurrected in a lawsuit filed against the National Football League (NFL) on behalf of everyone who bought a ticket to the infamous NFC championship game in January.

Hershey says class action lawyers recruited plaintiffs through a website; Fight over subpoena ensues

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – Chocolate maker Hershey's, who was sued by some customers regarding alleged artificial flavoring in its Brookside dark chocolate products and has moved to dismiss the case, is now facing challenges of its subpoena against the plaintiff's lawyer.

L'Oreál accused of marketing cosmetic line as 'skin-altering drugs' without FDA approval

By Marian Johns | Mar 13, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline)— A California woman has filed a class action lawsuit against L'Oreál USA, Inc., alleging its skin care cosmetic products are being marketed as "skin-altering drugs" without Food and Drug Administration approval.

Yoga clothing subscription program accused of violating California law

By Marian Johns | Mar 11, 2019

LOS ANGELES — Delaware-based Yoga Club LLC faces a class action lawsuit over allegations of violating California state law with its automatic renewal program.

'Easy grandstanding': Congress backs trial lawyers' effort to condemn chemicals, win lawsuits while science debated

By John O'Brien | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – As Congress vilifies chemicals known as PFAS, some question whether the research upon which lawmakers – and trial lawyers – are relying shows that anyone has actually been harmed by them.

Fitbit's Charge 2 device screens allegedly prone to cracks

By Marian Johns | Mar 7, 2019

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — An Illinois woman has instituted a class action lawsuit against Fitbit, Inc., alleging its devices were manufactured with screens that are prone to crack over time.

Class action lawyer sweet on white chocolate; Starbucks, Clif Bars ask courts to toss cases

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 4, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Several well-known companies are facing lawsuits over allegations that they misrepresented that their products contain white chocolate, with one company claiming these cases follow in the tradition of lawyers who sued over the lack of fruit in Froot Loops.

Consumer alleges honey manufacturer falsely says product is '100 percent raw honey'

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2019

DALLAS — A Texas woman has filed a class action suit against the makers of Nature Nate's Raw Honey, alleging the company knowingly deceived consumers by falsely marketing their product as "raw."

Molson Coors, senior officers allegedly reported false income that caused stock drop

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2019

CHICAGO — Molson Coors Brewing Company, along with its chief executive officer and chief financial officer, face a federal securities class action lawsuit over alleged false and misleading statements in reporting income.

Class action alleges Cento Fine Foods misled consumers on premium tomato; Company calls suit frivolous

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2019

NEW YORK — A class action lawsuit alleges Cento Fine Foods Inc. deceived consumers by saying a certain type of its canned tomatoes were "certified" to be a rare and premium tomato only grown in volcanic, southern Italian soil.

Foster children in Indiana allege their rights have been violated

By Takesha Thomas | Feb 28, 2019

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (Legal Newsline) – Children currently under the care of Indiana's foster system allege that three counties in the state have violated their constitutional due process and equal protection rights because they were not appointed counsel.

Lawyer: Rockefeller U tried to cover its financial tracks when it contacted victims of child sex abuse

By Karen Kidd | Feb 27, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – How many alleged victims could join a class action against Rockefeller University Hospital for allegedly covering up decades of a doctor's child sexual abuse may be indicated by the number of letters the university sent to former patients.

Papa John's has a policy of paying less than minimum wage, drivers say in lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Feb 26, 2019

PADUCAH, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Three former delivery drivers for a pizza chain filed a putative class action earlier this month claiming they were so poorly paid for using their vehicles for deliveries that they ended up making less than minimum wage.

DoorDash failed to pay all tips to Dashers, class action states

By Charmaine Little | Feb 25, 2019

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – Two DoorDash drivers have filed a class action suit over allegations the on-demand food delivery service did not pay them 100 percent of tips as advertised.

Class action lawyers pounce after Hill's Pet announces dog food recall

By Charmaine Little | Feb 25, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Class action lawsuits are rolling in against a major pet nutrition food producer after it recalled canned dog food products because of potentially elevated amounts of vitamin D.

California court sides with Dark Horse drivers in wage lawsuit, reverses denial of class certification

By Charmaine Little | Feb 20, 2019

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeal of the state of California, 5th Appellate District said it reversed a lower court’s order that denied a wage lawsuit class certification because the lower court used improper legal criteria.

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