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Baltimore County hookah lounge midnight curfew is constitutional, Md. appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Dec 11, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Hookah smokers in Baltimore County, Maryland, will have to continue to get their puffs in before midnight following a recent decision by a Maryland appeals court that a county ordinance setting a curfew for hookah lounges is constitutional.

Trial lawyers find unusual allies in fight against arbitration: Conservative state treasurers

By Daniel Fisher | Dec 11, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Class action lawyers who see arbitration as a mortal threat to their business have found unlikely allies among some of the nation’s most conservative state officials.

Alabama Supreme Court grants venue change for case against Tyson Chicken

By Chandra Lye | Dec 11, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – In a 4-4 decision, the Supreme Court of Alabama has granted a writ of mandamus, ordering that a case against Tyson Chicken Inc. be moved from Marshall Circuit Court to Cullman Circuit Court.

More plaintiffs won't be added to Calif. class action against Heartland Payment Systems

By Chandra Lye | Dec 11, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The California Court of Appeal 2nd Appellate District, Division Eight has affirmed an order issued by the Los Angeles County Superior Court in a class action lawsuit over allegations of wage violations.

Using Bloomberg's activists to sue Exxon is ethics violation, group complains of N.Y. AG

By John O'Brien | Dec 10, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A controversial program arming states with environmental activist prosecutors has led to an ethics complaint being filed against New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood.

Unions allege Department of Veterans Affairs infringes on employees' right to freely associate

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 8, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Two labor unions allege a federal agency has violated the constitutional rights of some of its employees.

Malaysian company seeks to recoup $750 million investment in Fox World theme park

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Malaysia gaming company is seeking damages from several entertainment companies over the construction of a theme park in Malaysia.

Pandora Media stock owner alleges statement filed regarding SiriusXM merger omits facts

By Bree Gonzales | Dec 7, 2018

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – An owner of Pandora stock alleges a registration statement issued regarding a merger omits material facts.

Harvard University student alleges school is discarding policies in assault case

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 7, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware man who is currently a student at Harvard University alleges is discarding its own policies in a sexual assault allegation case.

Defendants get major NYC asbestos win, also fighting a 'ploy' used by plaintiffs lawyers

By John O'Brien | Dec 7, 2018

Defendants are celebrating a rare win in an asbestos case originating from New York City’s controversial asbestos court while also appealing a judge’s order that exposes them to even bigger verdicts there.

Alabama Supreme Court partially agrees with trial court in case involving pay to Space Science Exhibit commissioners

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Dec 6, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part a writ of mandamus filed by Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission officers in a case of alleged noncompliance with compensation laws.

Bobby Brown alleges Showtime, others violated privacy in Whitney Houston documentary

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 5, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New Edition singer Bobby Brown alleges his rights to publicity and privacy were violated in a 2017 documentary about his late ex-wife, Whitney Houston.

New York alleges it has incurred more than $1.4 million in costs to address contamination at property

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 5, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The state of New York alleges a property in Ithaca has contaminated groundwater.

Okie Energy Group III alleges Nortex misrepresented net acres in leasehold

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 5, 2018

OKLAHOMA (Legal Newsline) – An Oklahoma company alleges a Houston, Texas company misrepresented the amount of net acres in a leasehold.

California Right to Repair Act doesn't allow class actions, court rules

By Tomas Kassahun | Dec 5, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeal of the State of California 2nd Appellate District Division Four has reversed a trial court’s ruling against Kohler Co., saying homeowners can’t bring a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of an allegedly defective plumbing fixture used in the construction of class members’ homes.

Alabama Supreme Court denies petition as 'moot' in dispute over arbitration award

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Dec 5, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alabama has denied a petition for a writ of mandamus regarding the appeal of an arbitration award.

Calif. court reverses ruling against Morris Cerullo World Evangelism regarding attorneys' fees

By Tomas Kassahun | Dec 4, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – The California Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District Division Three has reversed a trial court’s decision against Morris Cerullo World Evangelism Inc., saying there was a failure of proof of the amount of damages.

Calif. court rules in favor of Pacific Bell, says it doesn't have to pay for technicians' commute time

By Tomas Kassahun | Dec 4, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The California Court of Appeal, 3rd Appellate District has affirmed a trial court’s ruling saying travel time is not compensable for certain employees of Pacific Bell Telephone Co. enrolled in an optional and voluntary program.

California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

Investors file fraud suit against ADC Downey, seek $4.9 million

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 3, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Chinese foreign investors have filed a suit against a Los Angeles-based partnership they subscribed to over allegations of fraud.

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