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Lawyers Settle Fight Over $62 Million In Fees

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Lead lawyers in the litigation over hormone replacement therapy drugs have agreed to resolve their dispute involving $62.3 million in fees for work performed for the plaintiffs’ common benefit.

Actos.

Plaintiffs: $9B Verdict Against Drugmakers is Fair

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Plaintiffs who won $9 billion in punitive damages in the first federal bellwether trial over diabetes drug Actos said the verdict should be upheld because there is no bright-line rule that punitive damages have to be in a single-digit ratio with compensatory damages.

Wheelchair Users Sue Retailers over Accessibility

By Lisa Hoffman and Laura Castro |

Pittsburgh-area customers with mobility limitations are taking to task Starbucks Corp., CVS Caremark Corp., Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers and several shopping malls in proposed class actions for allegedly violating Americans with Disability Act rules by not providing parking areas accessible to those in wheelchairs.

Case Tossed Against Michaels over Data Breach

By Lisa Hoffman |

A federal judge has dismissed a putative class action filed against Michaels Stores Inc. after a data security breach, making it the latest company cleared because plaintiffs couldn’t show monetary damages stemming from the hacking.

Fourth Circuit Strikes Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today, divided, struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Frederick Scullin.

Smith & Wesson Pays $2M in Overseas Bribery Penalties

By Tony Mauro |

Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. agreed on Monday to pay $2 million to settle charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claiming that the firearms manufacturer bribed foreign officials to boost sales.

Gloria Ramirez, right, and  sister Erica wait to sign up for health insurance on California's state exchange. Two federal appeal courts have split on whether the federal government can create exchanges in states that declined to set up their own.

Round Two for Health Reform

By Marcia Coyle |

In trying to divine what the U.S. Supreme Court might do when asked to step into Round Two of the Affordable Care Act battle, it's only safe to say — as one academic put it — "All bets are off."

Inside DC 2014

Outside Firms Claim Share of D.C. Market

By Katelyn Polantz |

Law firms built outside Washington continue to muscle into a business landscape once locked down by the old regulatory practices of the Capital City.

Public Granted Access to Misrepresentation Evidence in Bankruptcy Case

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A trial held to estimate the liability of a company undergoing an asbestos-related bankruptcy should not have been closed to the public and press, a federal district court judge, sitting on appeal, has ruled.

Petco Moves to Dismiss Privacy Suit in Mass.

By Lisa Hoffman |

A seemingly simple mailing mixup, in which a required letter was posted to the wrong company, may well doom a proposed class action against Petco Animal Supplies Store, Inc.

G. Paul Howes.

California Recommends Against Disbarment of Ex-Prosecutor

By Amanda Bronstad |

Disgraced former federal prosecutor G. Paul Howes skirted disbarment this week in California after the state’s bar recommended suspending him from practicing law for at least three years.

Michael Daugherty.

Oversight Committee Questions FTC Data Case

By Jenna Greene |

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Thursday jumped in the middle of the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing data security trial against medical testing facility LabMD, holding a three-hour hearing that questioned whether the agency’s case is appropriate or fair.

Judge Flushes Some Claims Against Tea Company

By Lisa Hoffman |

Plaintiffs scored a partial dunk in their proposed class action accusing R.C. Bigelow, Inc., of improperly hyping the benefits of antioxidants in the company’s black teas.

Corporate Integrity Agreement at Issue in Dialysis Case

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A group of dialysis patients who allege their treatment at Fresenius Medical Care North America clinics put them at a higher risk of heart problems said the company had a heightened duty to them because of a January 2000 corporate integrity agreement entered into to resolve claims of health care fraud at a Fresenius subsidiary.

Objecting Plaintiffs Challenge Hyundai-Kia Fuel Accord

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A group of Virginia plaintiffs objecting to a national class action settlement over the fuel efficiency of Hyundai and Kia vehicles argue they will be deprived of due process rights if they are forced into the settlement.

FDA Rejects Citizen Petition Over Pelvic Mesh

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rejected a citizen petition from the Public Citizen's health resource group seeking a global recall of all transvaginal mesh and a ban on marketing of all such surgical mesh products.

Study: Consumer Class Settlements on the Rise

By Lisa Hoffman |

The number of consumer class action settlements in courts around the country has more than doubled since 2010, while the settlement amounts also has grown, but not as dramatically, according to a study released July 22 by an economic consulting firm.

Trucking Companies Sue Over Alleged Engine Defects

By Laura Castro |

Three trucking companies have filed a putative class action against Navistar International Corp. in an Illinois federal court, accusing the manufacturer of knowingly equipping its 2008-2013 model trucks with diesel engines containing defective emission systems that can lead to sudden breakdowns or poisonous exhaust fumes in the passenger compartment.

Stephen Yagman.

Disbarred California Attorney Fights Transfer of GM Suit

By Amanda Bronstad |

Plaintiffs who have sued General Motors Co. over defects in their cars, including disbarred civil rights attorney Stephen Yagman, are continuing to fight a federal panel’s decision to transfer their lawsuits to a coordinated proceeding in New York.

Texas Court Overturns Discovery Sanction in Leak Case

By Laura Castro |

The Texas Supreme Court has dismissed a $1.2 million judgment against Petroleum Solutions Inc. over a diesel spill, finding that the trial court abused its discretion by imposing spoliation sanctions against the company when there was no proof it intentionally lost or destroyed evidence.

Volvo Headquarters in Göteborg.

Circuit Upholds $72 Million in Penalties Against Volvo

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A Volvo subsidiary is responsible for violating a consent decree that a separate subsidiary entered into involving the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for new motor vehicle engines, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ruled.

Feds Sue Law Firms in Foreclosure Relief Scams

By Jenna Greene |

Federal and state consumer protection watchdogs on Wednesday took aim at lawyers, filing more than three dozen suits targeting law firms and other entities for running illegal foreclosure relief scams.

Illinois Solicitor General Carolyn Shapiro

Illinois Informs Justices They Ruled in a Moot Case

By Marcia Coyle |

Few lawyers beat the high odds against the grant of a petition for rehearing by the U.S. Supreme Court. But the state of Illinois, the losing party in a decision last May, is asking the high court to throw out that ruling in a rare and classic case of, well, oops.

Benjamin Horwich of Munger, Tolles & Olson

Munger Tolles Snags Benjamin Horwich From S.G.'s Office

By Tony Mauro |

Benjamin Horwich has left the U.S. Solicitor General's Office for a new job at the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, which praised his "extraordinary track record as a litigation strategist" in announcing the hire on July 21.

Goodyear Asks to Fight Toxic Exposure Lawsuit in France

By Lisa Hoffman |

Citing the inconvenience and unnecessary cost of litigating across the Atlantic Ocean, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has asked an Ohio federal court to dismiss a proposed class action filed by workers at the company’s subsidiary plant in France. The workers allege their health has been damaged by exposure to chemicals there.

Mesh Defendant Moves to Exclude Two Plaintiffs' Experts

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Boston Scientific Corp., which is defending more than 12,000 lawsuits in West Virginia federal court, has moved for the exclusion of two plaintiffs' experts in litigation in which women allege that pelvic repair systems caused them injury.

Gloria Ramirez, right, and  sister Erica wait to sign up for health insurance on California's state exchange. Two federal appeal courts have split on whether the federal government can create exchanges in states that declined to set up their own.

Appeals Courts Set Up Next Health Reform Fight for Justices

By Marcia Coyle |

Two federal appellate panels on Tuesday issued conflicting rulings on the availability of subsidies for health insurance purchased on federally run exchanges and moved the next major battle over the Affordable Care Act closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Highway Safety Investigator-in-charge Robert Accetta documents the damaged motor coach that was involved in a collission with a FedEx in Orland, CA.

Litigation Over Fiery Bus Crash Proceeds in California

By Amanda Bronstad |

More than a dozen lawsuits filed on behalf of victims of a fatal bus crash in Northern California have been consolidated in Los Angeles, where a judge held the first hearing this month.

Court Says Jury Can Decide Man’s ‘Popcorn Lung’ Claims

By Lisa Hottman |

A Michigan man who alleges he developed “popcorn lung” from the buttery fragrance of at least 6,200 bags of the microwave snack over 19 years may present three products liability claims to a jury, a feder-al judge has ruled.

LK-93 Wolverine muzzleloading rifle.

Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Muzzleloader Injury Claim

By Lisa Hoffman |

Ruling the claim came too late, a federal appeals panel shot down a products liability claim by a hunter whose muzzleloader rifle unexpectedly discharged and sent ammunition and a ramrod through his hands and forearm.

Fracking operation in Texas.

$3 Million Verdict Sustained Over Fracking Pollution

By Laura Castro |

A Texas judge has entered final judgment on a $3 million jury verdict to a family for illnesses they blamed on exposure to water, land and air pollution generated by Aruba Petroleum Inc.'s natural gas drilling operations around their 40-acre ranch in North Texas.

Ninth Circuit Rejects Objections to Nutella Settlement

By Lisa Hoffman |

A federal appeals court panel has brushed off objections to a settlement between a class of consumers and the maker of Nutella, ruling that an award of about $1 million for plaintiffs’ counsel was proper even though it was double the amount available to allegedly wronged consumers.

Roger Gregory.

Fourth Circuit Upholds IRS Rule on Health Care Subsidies

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday upheld IRS provisions that implement the Affordable Care Act exchanges. The ruling came two hours after the D.C. Circuit ruled against the government in a similar challenge.

Appellate Court Restores Warranty Suit Against Hyundai

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

After a trial judge granted a nonsuit in favor of Hyundai Motor America and a Hyundai dealer, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled that a defective sunroof constitutes a breach of implied warranty of merchantability.

Thomas Griffith,left, and Harry Edwards, right.

D.C. Circuit's Health Care Subsidies Ruling a Blow for Feds

By Marcia Coyle |

A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday dealt a severe blow to the federal Affordable Care Act by invalidating subsidies to individuals who buy health insurance through marketplaces known as federally created exchanges.

Appeals Court Rejects Securities Fraud Class Action

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed a lower court finding that a pension fund failed to show that purchasers of stock in a robotic surgical devices maker were defrauded by executives’ allegedly false statements.

Judgment in Motorized Tricycle Case Affirmed

By Laura Castro |

A federal appeals court has affirmed a $95,000 judgment against Texas-based Thoroughbred Motorsports Inc. over a defective motorized tricycle, rejecting the company's challenges to the jury instructions on the Wisconsin Lemon Law and federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act claims.

Lawsuit Against Opioid Drugmakers Will Be Unsealed

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The city of Chicago and a group of pharmaceutical companies that make opioid painkillers have agreed that the city's complaint against them can be unredacted and unsealed.

Florida Appeals Court Upholds Tobacco Judgment for Plaintiffs

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The Florida Court of Appeals, First District, has upheld a judgment against two tobacco companies.

A ship floats amongst a sea of spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

BP Claimant, Attorneys, Ordered to Return Settlement Cash

By Amanda Bronstad |

A New Orleans law firm at the center of an investigation into misconduct surrounding the processing of payments from BP PLC’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement must return $357,000 paid to a client based on allegedly fraudulent claims.

A Friend to Business? Maybe not

By Tony Mauro |

Business interests did not fare as well as usual before the U.S. Supreme Court in the term just ended, according to Mayer Brown's annual tally of the court's business docket.

A Friend to Business? Maybe not

By Tony Mauro |

Business interests did not fare as well as usual before the U.S. Supreme Court in the term just ended, according to Mayer Brown's annual tally of the court's business docket.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau building in Washington, D.C.

At 3, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Hits Stride

By Jenna Greene |

Lawyers who practice before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau agree on one thing: “It’s been good for law firms,” said Ballard Spahr partner Alan Kaplinsky. Created by the Dodd-Frank Act, the agency turned 3 years old Monday.

Verdicts & Settlements

A summary of this week's notable decisions.

ATTACKED: The September 2008 bombing of the Islamabad Marriott killed 56 people, including U.S. citizen Albert DiFederico, a civilian contractor. Hashwani Hotels Ltd. owned and operated the hotel.

Marriott Fights Wrongful Death Suit in Hotel Bombing

By Jimmy Hoover |

Lawyers for the Marriott hotel say its Islamabad franchiser should bear responsibility for security against terrorism.

<b>BETSY BENJAMINSON:</b> “I plan to vigorously represent my interests in regard to the subpoena.” Toyota wants her to come to the United States for a deposition.

A Translator Who Talked

By Amanda Bronstad |

Toyota Motor Corp. has subpoenaed a former translator-turned-whistleblower, hoping to discover how she secured access to hundreds of confidential documents that she posted on an online blog.

Susan Alexander, chief legal officer of Biogen Idec, Inc.

Biogen Idec Inc.

By Sheri Qualters |
Glen Weinstein, general counsel of iRobot Corp.

iRobot Corp.

By Karen Sloan |
Hartford, Connecticut

The Road to Recovery is Narrow in Connecticut

By Sheri Qualters |
Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island Struggling with Stratification

By Sheri Qualters |
Boston

Boston's the Brightest Spot in New England

By Sheri Qualters |
Judith Levy, introducing her family during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Obama Names Record Number of Gay Federal Judges

By Todd Ruger, John Council and John Pacenti |

President Barack Obama's 11th nomination of an openly gay or lesbian lawyer to a federal district judgeship reflects both his declared mission to diversify the courts and the widespread cultural shift in acceptance of gays and lesbians in public life.

Judge Orders Protection For HIPAA Information in Dialysis Suits

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A federal judge presiding over lawsuits brought by plaintiffs alleging they were hurt or killed because of defective dialysis products has approved a qualified protective order for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act information.

Propecia Plaintiffs Fight Attorney-Client Privilege Claims

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Plaintiffs lawyers are objecting to what they call “unfounded claims” of attorney-client privilege or attorney work-product privilege for 1,800 documents produced by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. in litigation over male pattern hair loss drug Propecia.

Discrimination Claim Lodged Against Northwestern Mutual

By Lisa Hoffman |

Employing the rarely used Civil Rights Act of 1866 as its basis, a Mexican-born college honors graduate claims in a putative class action against Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. that the insurer engaged in alienage discrimination when it rejected him for a job even though he has legal status to work in the United States.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Accused of Duping Customers

By Laura Castro |

Two California men are suing the national retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc., claiming it artificially inflates prices of its regular merchandise to mislead consumers into believing they are getting great bargains when items go on sale.

Wheelchair Patrons Sue Pennsylvania Malls Over Access

By Lisa Hoffman |

Several malls in Pennsylvania present unacceptable obstacles to people in wheelchairs, who face difficult slopes and other barriers when seeking to patronize the shopping centers, according to a proposed federal class action against a real estate investment trust.

Antitrust Complaint Against Tablesaw Industry Rejected

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The maker of safety technology for tablesaws failed to show antitrust violations by the tablesaw industry because it was not anticompetitive behavior for manufacturers to dominate a standards-setting organization in pursuit of commercial interests, a Virginia federal judge ruled.

Pondering DOJ’s Absence in Utah’s Big Corruption Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

When Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill unveiled one of Utah's largest public corruption cases against two former attorneys general this week, he didn't mince words about who he thought should have been prosecuting.

San Quentin State Prison.

Justices Unlikely to Smile on Anti-Death Penalty Ruling

By Marcia Coyle |

A federal judge's decision striking down California's death penalty would be unlikely to receive a warm reception from the U.S. Supreme Court, which repeatedly has turned away similar challenges during the past 20 years.

Michael Millikin, executive vice president and general counsel of General Motors Company, testifying before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance during a hearing titled, “Examining Accountability and Corporate Culture in Wake of the GM Recalls.”

GM’s GC Tells Skeptical Senators He’s ‘Deeply Sorry’

By Andrew Ramonas |

Michael Millikin, general counsel of General Motors Co., told skeptical senators on Thursday that he was "deeply sorry" for his legal department's handling of an ignition-switch defect and was working to make sure a similar scandal doesn't happen again.

FDA Pursues Injunction Against Feminine Product Maker

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking a permanent injunction against the California manufacturer of over-the-counter vaginal products because regulators say the products have not been approved for safety.

John Minor Wisdom U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit building, New Orleans, LA.

Fifth Circuit Rejects Brand-Name Liability for Generic Drug

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A sharply divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled against consulting the Louisiana Supreme Court on whether brand-name drugmakers can face liability for generic versions of their products in the Pelican State.

Culinary School Sued Over Alleged Deception

By Lisa Hoffman |

A law firm that secured a $40 million settlement for former students of the California Culinary Academy, where aspiring chefs allegedly faced a hard sell and $40,000 in tuition debt with little hope for a well-paying job, has turned its sights on another cooking school.

Spray Foam Maker Seeks $400K in Sanctions

By Lisa Hoffman |

Convinced it has been the victim of fictitious and frivolous claims, a global manufacturer of spray foam insulation wants a court to slap a New York couple and their former counsel with $400,000 in sanctions for two years of needless litigation costs.

Newspapers Move to Unseal Chicago's Opioid Lawsuit

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today have moved to intervene in the lawsuit the city of Chicago is prosecuting against pharmaceutical companies over the epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse.

US Tax Court, Washington, D.C.

Attorney Sees Fatal Flaw in Tax Court's Authority

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Tax Court has existed in various forms since 1924. But its most recent incarnation, now more than 40 years old, contains a serious constitutional flaw that causes its judges to be biased against taxpayers, some taxpayers and tax scholars contend.

US Tax Court, Washington, D.C.

Attorney Sees Fatal Flaw in Tax Court's Authority

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Tax Court has existed in various forms since 1924. But its most recent incarnation, now more than 40 years old, contains a serious constitutional flaw that causes its judges to be biased against taxpayers, some taxpayers and tax scholars contend.

Class Action Over Subprime Car Lending Is Time-Barred

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Class action claims by car purchasers against their subprime lender were filed beyond the statute of limitations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has ruled.

Stanford Law School's Mark Lemley

'Alice Corp.' Is Already Making its Mark on Patent Law

By Tony Mauro |

Less than a month after the Supreme Court issued its much-debated Alice Corp. ruling on patent eligibility for abstract ideas, the decision is already making a mark on patent litigation and claims.

Stanford Law School's Mark Lemley

'Alice Corp.' Is Already Making its Mark on Patent Law

By Tony Mauro |

Less than a month after the Supreme Court issued its much-debated Alice Corp. ruling on patent eligibility for abstract ideas, the decision is already making a mark on patent litigation and claims.

Joseph Cavallo, left, with attorney John Barnett during his arraignment in Los Angeles.

California Attorneys Accused of Trying to Extort Sheik

By Amanda Bronstad |

A prominent personal injury attorney in Orange County, Calif., has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to extort a Saudi sheik by falsely accusing his son of sexually assaulting and torturing his client.

ADA Violations Alleged against Wendy’s Affiliate

By Laura Castro |

A Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers affiliate has been targeted with a proposed class action that claims its Pittsburgh-area restaurants violate the Americans with Disabilities Act because of architectural barriers that limit access for wheelchair users.

Carolyn Jones, former dean of the University of Iowa College of Law.

Circuit Revives Political Bias Case Against Iowa Law Dean

By Karen Sloan |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has ordered a new trial for Teresa Wagner, who sued the former dean of the University of Iowa College of Law in 2009 alleging that the school discriminated against her because of her conservative views.

Iowa Court Finds Possible Liability in Generic Label

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a plaintiff can sue a generic drugmaker for failing to update its warning label to reflect a U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s order to the brand-name manufacturer to include a stronger warning.

Indictments for Two Former Attorneys General in Utah

By Amanda Bronstad |

Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested on Tuesday and charged in a massive public corruption scandal.

Bert Rein of Wiley Rein, who represented Abigail Fisher (right) in Fisher v University of Texas, addresses the media after arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court in October 2012.

Divided Fifth Circuit Upholds UT’s Race-Conscious Admissions

By Tony Mauro |

A federal appeals court panel ruled on Tuesday the University of Texas can continue to use race as a factor in admissions in spite of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2013 ordering greater scrutiny of the university's affirmative-action program.

Ninth Circuit Sides With Truckers in Breaks Class Action

By Lisa Hoffman |

A federal appeals panel has delivered a win to California workers, reversing a lower court ruling that federal transportation laws pre-empted state rules governing rest and meal breaks for Penske Logistics LLC truck drivers.

Osram Sylvania Settles Headlight Marketing Class Action

By Lisa Hoffman |

Osram Sylvania Inc. has agreed to pay $30 million to settle a class action accusing the company of con-sumer fraud for falsely marketing its SilverStar automobile headlights as a safety enhancement be-cause they are brighter, project a wider beam and allow better sight down the road.

President Barack Obama

Law Profs Urge Obama to Hold Line on Anti-Gay Bias

By Karen Sloan |

Fifty-four law professors have written a letter urging President Obama not to include a religious exemption in his promised executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

Intex Air Mattress.

Wal-Mart, Manufacturer Targeted in Air-Mattress Injury

By Lisa Hoffman |

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and an air mattress manufacturer have failed to free themselves fully from a lia-bility complaint brought by a Florida man who said he was injured when a new air mattress “popped” and collapsed under him.

Remington Model 700 rifle.

Remington Talking Settlement in Trigger Defect Litigation

By Lisa Hoffman |

After years of legal combat over an allegedly dangerous flaw in its most popular rifle, Remington Arms Co. is close to surrendering. The company has agreed to pursue settlement of proposed class claims and to fix a suspect trigger mechanism in its Model 700 bolt-action firearms.

Dialysis Plaintiffs Seek Disclosure of Adverse-Event Data

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A manufacturer of dialysis machines and related products should have to disclose what it knew about “adverse events,” plaintiffs argue in federal multidistrict litigation pending in Massachusetts.

With Fewer Claims, Action Against Chrysler Proceeds

By Laura Castro |

A New Jersey federal judge has refused to dismiss a putative class action against Chrysler Group LLC over alleged manufacturing flaws that cause sunroofs on several of its Jeep models to leak, although he reduced the number of claims allowed to proceed in the suit.

Appeals Court Rejects Class Action Against Chesapeake

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Plaintiffs in a proposed securities class action against Chesapeake Energy Corp. failed to show at the complaint stage that the defendants acted with recklessness or intent regarding their duty to disclose material facts to investors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled.

Discovery Plan Demanded in Tainted Steroid MDL

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A group of health care providers in federal litigation over steroids tainted with fungus argue that a detailed discovery plan is needed because they have not yet received any discovery from the plaintiffs. Plaintiffs want to first trial to begin in May 2015.

FDA Issues Regulations About Compounding Pharmacies

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Good manufacturing practices for physicians and pharmacists that are compounding drugs and are registered as outsourcing facilities include assuring the sterility of drug products, the Food and Drug Administration said in interim guidance issued earlier this month.

Class Spiked in Litigation Over ‘100 Percent Natural’ Oil

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal judge on Monday tentatively denied certification of a consumer class action alleging that the "100 Percent Natural" labels on Wesson cooking oils are misleading because the products contain seeds from genetically modified plants.

David Cunningham.

Settlement Will Pay for Scholarships, Dialog at UCLA Law

By Karen Sloan |

The University of California at Los Angeles School of Law will host a daylong conference on police and community relations as part of a $500,000 settlement between the university and a judge who accused campus police of roughing him up during a traffic stop last year.

Karen LeCraft Henderson.

D.C. Circuit Rejects Guantánamo Detainee's Challenge

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Monday rejected a constitutional challenge brought by Osama bin Laden's former personal assistant to his conviction by a military commission for conspiracy to commit war crimes.

justices

Did You Hear the One About the Appellate Lawyer?

By Marcia Coyle |

With a full plate of problems in its 2013 term, the U.S. Supreme Court still found some humor in its pursuit of solutions, and sometimes at the expense of the lawyers appearing before it. Here are some lighter moments that provoked outright or nervous laughter—moments that some lawyers may prefer to forget.

justices

Did You Hear the One About the Appellate Lawyer?

By Marcia Coyle |

With a full plate of problems in its 2013 term, the U.S. Supreme Court still found some humor in its pursuit of solutions, and sometimes at the expense of the lawyers appearing before it. Here are some lighter moments that provoked outright or nervous laughter—moments that some lawyers may prefer to forget.

Verdicts & Settlements

A summary of this week's notable decisions.

<b>BARRACKS BOMBING:</b> The litigation arose from the 1983 attack on U.S. Marines in Beirut, but additional claimants later joined the litigation. A trial judge entered a default judgment in 2007.

Terrorism Victims to Share $2B

By Julie Triedman |

A federal appeals court ruling paves the way for nearly $2 billion held in ­frozen New York bank accounts to be handed over to claimants who sued Iran over its role in multiple acts of terrorism.

<b>TARGETED:</b> Enforcers cited Bass Pro Outdoor World for a dearth of minority employees.

No Plaintiffs? No Problem

By Jenna Greene |

When the federal government sued Bass Pro Outdoor World for hiring discrimination, it offered statistics showing a dearth of minority employees, damaging comments from the retailer's managers, and asked for $300 million in potential damages. But the original complaint lacked one thing: named victims.

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas.

Emergency Aid Won't Solve Immigration Courts' Problems

By Todd Ruger |

President Barack Obama wants to hire more immigration judges and lawyers to confront the growing humanitarian crisis on the Southwest border, but his plan would still fall short of meeting the need of the nation's overburdened immigration courts.

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas.

Emergency Aid Won't Solve Immigration Courts' Problems

By Todd Ruger |

President Barack Obama wants to hire more immigration judges and lawyers to confront the growing humanitarian crisis on the Southwest border, but his plan would still fall short of meeting the need of the nation's overburdened immigration courts.

Motion to Dismiss Class Action Against eBay Denied

By Laura Castro |

A California federal judge has refused to dismiss a putative class action against San Jose-based eBay Inc. that seeks refunds for sellers who claim they were misled by the online auction company's removal policy for fixed-price listings that end early without completion of a sale.

Spotlight 29 Casino.

Tribe's Former GC Loses Right to Practice in California

By Amanda Bronstad |

A Minnesota attorney who faces five years in prison for fleecing a California Indian tribe of thousands of dollars in federal money has become ineligible to practice law in the Golden State.