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U.S. alleges negligence in ExxonMobil refinery fire that injured 10, killed 2

By Marian Johns | Mar 19, 2019

BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil Oil Corporation, alleging violations of federal laws that contributed to a 2013 fire that injured 10 workers and caused the death of two contract employees.

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.

Massachusetts OKs settlements with 7 nursing homes over substandard care allegations

By Marian Johns | Mar 19, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts has reached settlements totaling nearly $500,000 with seven different nursing homes over allegations of substandard care and violations that resulted in the injury and death of some residents.

Lumber Liquidators to pay $33 million for allegedly lying to investors about laminate flooring

By Marian Johns | Mar 19, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Lumber Liquidators has agreed to a $33 million settlement for allegedly making false statements to investors relating to the sale of laminate flooring from China.

LUGENBUHL WHEATON PECK RANKIN HUBBARD: Benjamin Kadden to Speak at 66th Mineral Law Institute

By Press release submission | Mar 18, 2019

Lugenbuhl shareholder Benjamin Kadden will serve as a speaker at the upcoming 66th Mineral Law Institute.

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: Wedbush Settles Failure to Supervise Charge

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Mar 18, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Wedbush Securities Inc. will pay a $250,000 penalty and has agreed to be censured to settle its failure to supervise charge in a pending administrative proceeding.

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: SEC Charges Registered Investment Adviser and Former Chief Operating Officer With Defrauding Client

By Press release submission | Mar 18, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Talimco LLC, a registered investment adviser, and Grant Gardner Rogers, the former chief operating officer of the firm, with manipulating the auction of a commercial real estate asset on behalf of one client for the benefit of another.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Asurion to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

By Press release submission | Mar 18, 2019

Asurion, LLC, an international customer service support provider for electronic devices based in Nashville, Tenn., has agreed to pay $50,000 and furnish significant relief to settle a federal lawsuit charging disability discrimination brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced.

Wrongful death trial begins in Mass. court against R.J. Reynolds, grocery store chain

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 18, 2019

DEDHAM, Mass. (Legal Newsline) - Attorneys representing the estate of a Massachusetts nurse who smoked Newports and died of lung cancer seven years ago is arguing the tobacco industry is to blame, while defense attorneys say the woman never attempted to quit.

Neb. company fights subpoena in dispute over Fla. measure that would list governor candidates in a new way on ballots

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 18, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (Legal Newsline) – A software company is fighting a subpoena in a lawsuit over the constitutionality of a Florida statue that challenges the order of the names listed on the ballot for the gubernatorial election, saying the subpoena seeks the disclosure of confidential information.

George Mason's Scalia Law School receives a $50 million grant for new academic chairs

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 18, 2019

FAIRFAX, Va. (Legal Newsline) – The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Virginia has received a $50 million grant, the largest in the school's history.

Two Rivers Coffee owners allege they do not owe fees to Texas law firm because it was discharged for cause

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 18, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A father and son who own a New Jersey business are making a case for why they don’t owe legal fees to a Texas law firm that represented the business in a lawsuit.

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Texas lawmakers say the ALI's insurance law project 'not worthy of recognition by the courts'

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 18, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas – In response to the controversial passage of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance last year, legislation has recently been filed by Texas lawmakers to discourage its being relied upon by courts.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Sys-con, LLC to Pay $70,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

By Press release submission | Mar 18, 2019

Sys-Con, LLC, a Sys-Con, LLC, a Montgomery, Ala.-based general contractor, will pay two former female employees a total of $70,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Rutledge Announces Over $300,000 Restitution for Social Security Fraud

By Press release submission | Mar 18, 2019

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a Conway County man has been sentenced to probation and to pay more than $300,000 in restitution for social security fraud.

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.

Dissent in Sandy Hook decision says Conn. SC misread federal law, victims shouldn't be allowed to sue Remington

By Dan Fisher | Mar 15, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - The Connecticut Supreme Court has said family members of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre can sue the manufacturer of the Bushmaster rifle used in the assault under a theory the company’s advertising violated the state consumer protection statute.

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.

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.

Bulgarian lawyer files fraud allegations against Dixon Attorneys, Gibbons PC in $10M suit over legal fees

By Pat Morris | Mar 15, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A Bulgaria-based lawyer who does business in New York is suing two law firms and an individual attorney claiming mishandling of trust funds, fraudulent billing, double billing, misrepresenting work performed and dereliction of their legal duties. He is seeking $10 million in damages plus interest, costs and more.

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