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DOJ urges appeals court to throw out NYC's global warming lawsuit

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 15, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – In a brief filed March 7 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said it supports the dismissal of New York City's climate change lawsuit against the oil industry.

Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

CFPB seeks to enforce investigative demand issued to New York law firm

By Marian Johns | Mar 13, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has petitioned the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to enforce a civil investigative demand (CID) issued to a New York law firm.

Can a body of water have rights like a human? Lake Erie Bill of Rights faces challenge

By Brian Brueggemann | Mar 12, 2019

TOLEDO, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – A new law that gives Lake Erie legal rights that are normally reserved for humans is expected to have a difficult time surviving appeals, but that’s little comfort to Ohio’s farmers right now.

Stanley Black & Decker to pay $140,000 after firing employee for absence due to cancer treatment

By Marian Johns | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Stanley Black & Decker has settled allegations by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that the tool manufacturer fired an employee for poor attendance due to work absence for cancer treatments and medical appointments.

Illinois casino to pay former worker's estate after denying medical leave for cancer treatment

By Marian Johns | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Illinois casino will pay the estate of a deceased former employee whom the federal government says was fired for asking for medical leave so he could receive cancer treatment.

Michigan poultry ranch accused of harassing, mocking disabled employee

By Marian Johns | Mar 11, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan egg producer faces a lawsuit from the federal government, alleging a line worker at the poultry ranch with a disability was subjected to a hostile work environment.

SCOTUS to hear oral arguments over power of government agencies to interpret regulations

By John Breslin | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Oral arguments over how much power government agencies can wield when interpreting their own regulations will be made before the U.S. Supreme Court before the end of the month.

'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.

EPA sued as groups seek to initiate rules regarding asbestos reporting

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 8, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Several nonprofit public health and environmental groups have filed an amended complaint for relief in a federal district court in California asking that the EPA require companies to submit reports on potential amounts of asbestos in products.

Associated Press, other news organizations seek records relating to Roger Stone

By Chandra Lye | Mar 8, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A group of news organizations has requested access to warrants from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

House urges EPA to regulate PFAS, but chemist warns 'lawyers are trying to grab onto this'

By Rich Peters | Mar 7, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Alleged risks to water supplies posed by chemicals commonly used by firefighters and the military were discussed at a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday as lawmakers sounded anxious for a regulatory measure.

Purdue Pharma calls Massachusetts opioid suit 'oversimplified scapegoating,' seeks dismissal

By Dan Fisher | Mar 5, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Purdue Pharma is asking a Massachusetts court to dismiss the state’s lawsuit against it, calling sensational allegations of wrongdoing by company executives and members of the founding Sackler family “oversimplified scapegoating based on a distorted account of the facts.”

FTC reaches settlement in first case regarding dietary supplement 'fake paid reviews'

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline). — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement in its first-ever case regarding a dietary supplement manufacturer's alleged use of "fake paid reviews" to market a weight-loss supplement.

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