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Judges overseeing giant Roundup verdicts have been 'derelict in their duty,' law prof says

By John Breslin | May 21, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Following the more than $2 billion awarded to a California couple who claimed the use of Monsanto's Roundup weed killer caused their cancer, one legal expert is arguing that the judges presiding over the cases were "derelict in their duty" for not granting summary judgment against the plaintiffs.

House Dems get screening of anti-PFAS movie, seek regulation as trial lawyers and states use litigation

By Daniel Fisher | May 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Congressional Democrats launched their latest push for blanket regulations on widely used industrial chemicals by screening a highly critical documentary film the night before, where invited guests included a partner at a law firm that has filed a lawsuit that seeks damages on behalf of every U.S. citizen.

Massive Roundup verdict, in wake of EPA ruling, shows how uncertainty and embarrassing emails can trump science

By Daniel Fisher | May 14, 2019

On April 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weedkiller Roundup, to be safe. Less than two weeks later, a California jury ordered Bayer AG to pay $2 billion to a couple who blamed their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Roundup.

Plaintiffs lawyers - and their experts - are gaining power in Michigan on PFAS issue

By John O'Brien | May 14, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiffs lawyers likely have their eyes on Michigan, as the new attorney general there wants to sue companies over chemicals known as PFAS but doesn’t think her staff will be able to handle it.

Federal government seeks $4 million in treble damages from JD Equipment de Mexico over fraud claims

By Carrie Bradon | May 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The United States of America alleges agricultural machinery retailers and exporters defrauded it with the submission of false and fraudulent documents and is seeking $4 million in treble damages.

Government alleges Honeywell discharged contaminated water

By Carrie Bradon | May 6, 2019

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — The federal government is suing Honeywell, alleging it discharged contaminated water in North Carolina.

At Univ. of Colorado, climate change plaintiffs present their side; Energy industry says event was 'one-sided'

By William Sassani | Apr 29, 2019

BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) – “This has nothing to do with national climate policy.”

Could regulation of PFAS chemicals affect efficient firefighting?

By Rich Peters | Apr 29, 2019

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – As the push to ban chemicals key to fighting fires continues across the country, it remains to be seen how successful alternatives will be.

Feds allege iSpring falsely advertised imported parts were made in USA

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 25, 2019

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The federal government alleges a company incorrectly advertised that its goods were crafted in the USA when they were not.

Wildearth Guardians alleges Office of Surface Mining Reclamation failed to produce documents requested under FOIA

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 25, 2019

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit conservation organization alleges two federal agencies have failed to produce documents requested via the Freedom of Information Act.

New York announces plans to sue EPA over issue of certificate of completion for Hudson River cleanup

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 24, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced April 11 that New York State will be suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the cleanup of the Hudson River.

Justice Department releases white paper on CLOUD Act

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 24, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 10 the publication of a white paper on the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, or CLOUD Act.

GE to pay $1.5 billion penalty to settle allegations regarding subprime loans

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 24, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – General Electric will pay a $1.5 billion civil penalty to resolve allegations regarding subprime residential mortgage loans originated through one of its subsidiaries.

PruittHealth-Raleigh to pay $25,000 to settle pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by EEOC

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 24, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled its lawsuit against a health care provider over allegations that a pregnant employee was discriminated against and not given the necessary accommodations.

Idaho residents allege Air Force-approved project would endanger health, safety of people and wildlife

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 24, 2019

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – A group of Idaho residents are challenging a project approved by the Air Force they allege is harmful to residents and wildlife.

DOJ, FBI failed to fully comply with congressional 9/11 mandate, lawsuit alleges

By John Suayan | Apr 22, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, Inc. and Architects & Engineers (AE) for 9/11 Truth are suing federal officials in an effort to have the defendants fully comply with a five-year-old mandate from Congress pertaining to 9/11.

Settlement reached in EEOC suit alleging Arby's female teen workers subjected to sexual harassment

By Marian Johns | Apr 15, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) — The owner and operator of more than 51 Arby's restaurant franchises in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida has settled a lawsuit filed by the federal government alleging sexual harassment of teen employees.

EEOC's stats show $505 million secured for employees who filed charges in FY 2018

By Marian Johns | Apr 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced it secured $505 million for private sector, state, local and federal employees who filed charges through the agency in fiscal year 2018.

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.

Lawsuit: Boot Gorsuch from SCOTUS, put Garland on and let next Dem president stack the court

By Brian Brueggemann | Apr 4, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – It's a lawsuit that a constitutional law expert says doesn't stand much of a chance, but a New York man is suing two U.S. senators over allegations his rights were violated because they didn't conduct a confirmation process for Merrick Garland to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

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