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Law firm 'deeply regrets' the $4M fee steered to attorney who did no work on class action

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 11, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Securities class action firm Labaton Sucharow has reached a tentative truce with the special master investigating questionable activities that include a $4.1 million referral fee paid to a lawyer who did no work but served as the middleman between Labaton and an Arkansas pension fund that served as lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against State Street Bank and Trust.

Alaska Supreme Court affirms dismissal of suit over marijuana business prohibition initiative

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 11, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The dismissal of a lawsuit over a ballot initiative that attempted to prohibit marijuana business in the borough of Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska, has been affirmed by the state's high court.

Prior convictions prevent man from serving as class representative

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 11, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A solar panel worker who had class certification denied by a superior court has lost his appeal of the decision.

National Lawyers Guild will have to pay $3K for edited body cam footage from Calif. protest

By Mary Ann Magnell | Oct 11, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California appellate court reversed a trial court’s interpretation of the California Public Records Act (CPRA) and found that the language of the statute included defendant and appellant city of Hayward, et al.’s “actual expenditures to produce a copy of the body camera video recordings, including the cost of extracting exempt material from these video recordings with the aid of special computer programming.”

Colorado Supreme Court rules conversation with late doctor is inadmissible in malpractice case

By Asia Mayfield | Oct 10, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The Colorado Supreme Court used the state's Dead Man’s Statute to reverse an earlier ruling in a medical malpractice suit.

California court upholds judgment in wrongful death suit against YMCA over AED usage

By Mary Ann Magnell | Oct 10, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A California appeals court affirmed that a superior court’s judgment “correctly declined to impose an additional common law duty of care,” which would require the defendant and the respondent YMCA of San Diego County to provide hands-on usage instruction of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to its employees.

Uber ordered to release due diligence materials in Google's case against former employees who started self-driving car business

By Mary Ann Magnell | Oct 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California appeals court reversed a superior court’s decision that granted plaintiff and respondent Uber Technologies Inc.’s petition to vacate the arbitration panel’s discovery in its discovery order.

Alabama Supreme Court reverses $20 million malpractice award, orders new trial

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 10, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The family of a Gadsden woman who allegedly died as a result of malpractice and negligence had a $20 million decision in their favor reversed.

Ohio Supreme Court sends asbestos case back to trial court to determine if plaintiff is a smoker

By Charmaine Little | Oct 10, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – On Sept. 27, the Supreme Court of Ohio reversed an appeals court judgment that denied Union Carbide Corp.’s motion for administrative dismissal amid a case that challenges whether a man’s alleged smoking status contributed to his lung cancer diagnosis.

GOP AGs group sues Las Vegas police department after being denied body camera footage involving Dem AG candidate

By Charmaine Little | Oct 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Republication Attorneys General Association (RAGA) has called out the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department over allegations that a Democratic Attorney General candidate, Aaron Ford, was favored during a police-involved incident because of his status and position, according to RAGA.

N.D. county turns down meeting with opioid lawyers, favors state AG taking lead

By John Breslin | Oct 10, 2018

A North Dakota county recently declined to pursue a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, turning down a request for a meeting from five heavyweight law firms based from Texas to Washington D.C.

Facing complaints of excessive fees, Texas counties release billing records of their opioid lawyers for free

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 10, 2018

Texas counties that demanded tens of thousands of dollars to provide billing records from outside attorneys representing them in opioid lawsuits have mostly agreed to hand them over for free

Consumers allege Bosch Solar Energy breached warranty with defective solar panels

By Bree Gonzales | Oct 9, 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A California husband and wife have filed a class-action lawsuit against a solar panel manufacturer over allegations panels manufactured during a certain period are defective and pose a fire risk.

Individual challenges $50 million in contingency fees in Nevada court

By Bree Gonzales | Oct 9, 2018

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) – A Japanese citizen is disputing a law firm's claim he owes it several million dollars in contingency fees.

Opioid lawsuits should proceed, magistrate tells MDL judge

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 9, 2018

A magistrate judge recommended that a bellwether trial against the opioid industry proceed, rejecting nearly all the arguments presented by manufacturers, distributors and retailers in their motions to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits accusing them of causing a national crisis.

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