Courts & Litigation

<b>KENNETH FEINBERG:</b> Administrator has extended the deadline for seeking compensation.

GM Defect Claims Falling Flat

By Amanda Bronstad |

When General Motors Co. first announced last summer that it would fully compensate victims of its ignition-switch defect, plaintiffs lawyers feared that many people would be left out. They might be right.

<b>MINING:</b> A worker in the Democratic Republic of the Congo engraves a gold bar with identifying marks. The SEC wants publicly traded companies to identify the source of their gold and other minerals.

D.C. Circuit to Give Second Look At SEC's Conflict-Minerals Rule

By Jenna Greene |

In a rare move, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will rehear a case challenging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Com­mission's conflict-minerals rule.

Emmet Sullivan.

Judges Face FBI Agent's Misconduct

By Zoe Tillman |

Federal judges in Washington are grappling with one of the biggest scandals to hit the U.S. attorney's office in years: revelations that an FBI agent allegedly tampered with drugs and firearms collected as evidence.

Reporters Tony Mauro, left, and Marcia Coyle, right, lead a panel discussion at The National Law Journal's Elite Trial Lawyers awards event, held at the Wynn, Las Vegas, on November 14, 2014.

Class Action Rulings Fuel Court's Reputation

By Amanda Bronstad |

That's one factor the NLJ's Supreme Court team sees driving perception that Supreme Court favors business.

<b>DEATH CHAMBER:</b> Mark Christeson argues his lawyers were conflicted.

How to Define 'Interests of Justice'?

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to put muscle behind its standard for substituting counsel in capital cases. The request is on behalf of a Missouri death row inmate whose appointed lawyers' conduct, according to legal ethics experts from around the country, amounted to malpractice.

Peter Asaad of Immigration Solutions Group.

Immigration Implications

By Zoe Tillman |

President Barack Obama last week unveiled his much anticipated proposal to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. Immigration lawyers say his plan — if it survives legal challenges — would likely ease the large backlog of cases in immigration courts.

Wyndham Hotel.

Trade Commission Takes Hard Line on Data Security

By Todd C. Taylor and Karin M. McGinnis |

Judge agrees that absence of adequate safeguards can represent an unfair trade practice.

American Idol contestant Chris Golightly.

Judge Rejects Lawsuit Accusing ‘American Idol’ of Racism

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal judge in New York has dismissed a class action filed by 10 disqualified contestants who alleged the reality show “American Idol” systematically discriminates against blacks with criminal records.

Andrew Ceresney.

SEC Defends Administrative Proceedings as ‘Eminently Proper’

By Jenna Greene |

A top U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer on Friday defended the agency’s increased use of administrative proceedings in the face of critics who question the integrity of the forum.

Fuel Group To Sue EPA Over Ethanol Standards

By Jenna Greene |

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers on Friday filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue a critical standard that sets the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels to be blended into the gasoline supply.

Judge Narrows Nexium Antitrust Class Action

By Sheri Qualters |

A Boston federal judge trimmed an antitrust class action against AstraZeneca PLC and two generic drug companies, striking the plaintiffs’ theory that the generic pharmaceutical companies had colluded with each other.

Boston Scientific Loses Second Verdict in Mesh Litigation

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal jury in West Virginia on Thursday awarded $18.5 million against Boston Scientific Corp. in the second verdict in federal court over one of its pelvic mesh devices.

Judge Considers Directed Verdict in Nexium Antitrust Case

By Sheri Qualters |

A Boston federal judge on Thursday rejected a mistrial motion but was weighing a directed verdict for the defense in an antitrust class action against AstraZeneca PLC and two generic drug companies.

U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling the border fence near Naco, Ariz. Oct. 2, 2012.

Immigration Courts Backlog Grows as Obama Prepares Executive Action

By Zoe Tillman |

More than 420,000 cases are pending in U.S. immigration courts, a steadily growing backlog that immigration lawyers say they hope will be eased by President Barack Obama’s soon-to-be-announced executive actions.

Suit Alleges Sephora Discriminated Against Online Customers

By Lisa Hoffman |

The beauty goods company Sephora USA, Inc., discriminated against thousands of online customers of perceived Chinese or Asian heritage, and those using China-based web domains, by barring them from participating in an annual sale in an effort by the company to prevent purchases intended for resale, a proposed class action alleges.

Southwest Airlines Sued Over ‘Early Bird’ Priority Boarding Claims

By Laura Castro |

Southwest Airlines has been hit with a class action in California federal district court by consumers alleging the airline's “Early Bird” boarding program is fraudulent because customers don't actually receive priority boarding upgrades even though they've paid fees for them.

EEOC Settles With California Seed Company Over Employee Hiring

By Lisa Hoffman |

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled its second class action under the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), reaching a $187,500 deal with a California seed and fertilizer corporation that allegedly refused to hire job applicants after viewing their medical histories and those of family members.

New Marlins Stadium under construction.  July 2011.

Workers Who Built Marlins’ Stadium Win Revival of Class Action

By Lalita Clozel |

The chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit might not be the biggest Miami Marlins fan—or one at all. In a decision Friday, Ed Carnes at once revived a class action on behalf of construction workers for the baseball team’s new stadium—while, at the same time, noting the Marlins’ “unremarkable record.”

Hiroshi Shimizu, Senior Vice President of Global Quality Assurance at Takata Corporation, answers questions during a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing titled “Examining Takata Airbag Defects and the Vehicle Recall Process.”  November 20, 2014.

Senators Call for Independent Probe of Air Bag Defect

By Andrew Ramonas |

Takata Corp. on Thursday came under Senate pressure to initiate an independent investigation into a deadly air bag safety defect, following a news report that the Japanese automobile parts maker covered up the problem.

Linda Singer.

Chicago Defends Hiring of Law Firm in Suit Against Drugmakers

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The city of Chicago argues it did not illegally delegate its police powers to a law firm hired to prosecute a lawsuit against several drugmakers over allegedly misinforming the public about the risks and benefits of opium-like pain medications.

Alienage Discrimination Suit Against Northwestern Mutual Continues

By Lisa Hoffman |

A New York federal judge has refused to dismiss a proposed class action alleging Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. engaged in alienage discrimination when it rejected a Mexican-born accounting ma-jor for a job even though he is legally allowed to work in the United States.

Sushi Yasuda.

Sushi Restaurant Class Award Comes With Fees Admonition

By Lisa Hoffman |

A federal judge has approved a $2.4 million wage-and-hour settlement between plaintiffs and a toney New York sushi restaurant, but only after the class counsels’ fees were cut nearly in half and a caution about rubber-stamped proposed orders to plaintiffs’ attorneys and judges.

Toyota Motor Corp.'s showroom in Tokyo.

Regulators Extend Air Bag Recall to Entire Nation

By Amanda Bronstad |

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ordered a nationwide recall of cars and trucks with air bags made by Takata Corp.

Chamber Hopes to Forestall Food-Labeling Class Actions

By Amanda Bronstad |

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and at least one other business group intervened in the appeal of a class action in hopes of stemming food-labeling cases in California.

U.S. Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C.

IRS Slow to Disclose Offshore Income Enforcement Guides

By Sheri Qualters |

The Brager Tax Law Group hopes the 6,500 document pages it demanded from the Internal Revenue Service about a voluntary reporting program for offshore income will give it a window into the way the agency sets penalties.

Class Action Targets Coca-Cola Over Security Breach

By Lisa Hoffman |

A former employee has filed a putative class action against The Coca-Cola Co. for allegedly failing to alert workers that their personal information was at risk following the theft of 55 laptop computers, blaming the company for being more careful in protecting the formula for its iconic beverage than in safeguarding them against identity theft.

Judge Scolds Warring Attorneys in Labor Class Action

By Lisa Hoffman |

Imparting guidance far more common in a kindergarten classroom than a federal courtroom, U.S. Dis-trict Judge Patricia Gaughan found herself ordering defense counsel to remember that it is not nice to pound your fist on the table during a deposition, and reminding the plaintiffs’ attorney that it is rude to interrupt when another person is talking.

Class Cannot Object to Dynegy Reorganization Plan

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A putative class representative pursuing a securities class action against an energy supplier lacks standing to object to the company’s bankruptcy reorganization, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled.

Bethany Whisman and Blake Kenney hand out bottled water at Poca High School to those affected by the Elk River water contamination.

Chemical Spill Litigation Staying in Bankruptcy Court

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The immediate future for litigation over a chemical spill into a West Virginia river rests in the hands of a bankruptcy judge after U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver Jr. said he would stay a fight over whether the lawsuits should proceed in state or federal court.

(l-r) Raymond Randolph, David Sentelle, and Sri Srinivasan.

Conflict-Minerals Rule to Get Second Look in DC Circuit

By Jenna Greene |

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday agreed to rehear a case challenging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s hotly contested conflict-minerals rules. In April, the divided panel struck down a key portion of the rule on First Amendment grounds, a partial win for business groups led by the National Association of Manufacturers.

Judge OKs Expert’s Exclusion From Milk Class Action

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A federal judge has upheld the exclusion of an expert witness in class actions alleging that WhiteWave Foods Co. misleadingly claims its Horizon milk is infused with an Omega-3 fatty acid that helps brain health.

Suit Alleges Soccer Team Owner’s Abuse

By Lisa Hoffman |

The owner of the newborn Seattle Impact FC indoor soccer league team is facing a putative class action alleging he is a profane tyrant who sexually assaulted two dance team members, threatened his staff with retribution if they discussed his conduct, and fired a manager because he spoke with police about the allegations.

Suit Filed Over Jimmy John's Data Breach

By Lisa Hoffman |

A data breach that targeted the Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches chain has spawned a proposed class action by a plaintiff who alleges the company’s information systems and security oversight were “grossly inadequate” and its delay in announcing the breach was unlawful.

Garlock Seeks to Block Rehash of Damages Issue

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC and related companies are objecting to a request from the plaintiffs who allegedly developed mesothelioma from their products to reopen a judge’s estimation of how much they are owed for their injuries.

Delaware High Court Denies Mine Co. Injunction

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The Delaware Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court decision that denied a permanent injunction in an insurance coverage battle in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware courts involving alleged failures in mine-safety equipment.

Suit Claims MacBook Pro System Failures

By Laura Castro |

Consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc. in California federal court, claiming a graphics defect in the company's 2011 MacBook Pro laptops result in software shutdowns and system failures that eventually render the computers unusable.

Kenneth Feinberg.

Feinberg Extends Deadline for GM Ignition-Switch Claims

By Amanda Bronstad |

The administrator of a fund set up to compensate victims for injuries or deaths associated with General Motors Co.’s ignition-switch defect has extended the Dec. 31 deadline to submit a claim.

Wells Fargo Faces Trial on Mortgage-Modification Claims

By Sheri Qualters |

A federal appellate court revived a pro se homeowner’s case against Wells Fargo Bank for its alleged refusal to consider him for a mortgage loan modification program required by the terms of the company’s settlement in a class action.

Bratz Dolls

Judge Green-Lights Bratz Maker’s $1B Suit Against Mattel

By Amanda Bronstad |

A Los Angeles judge has indicated she will allow a $1 billion lawsuit to go forward against Mattel Inc. in its latest battle with Bratz doll manufacturer MGA Entertainment Inc.

Couples Ask Justices to Decide on Same-Sex Marriage

By Marcia Coyle |

Gay and lesbian couples in all six cases in which a federal appellate court recently upheld bans on same-sex marriage and recognition of those marriages are now before the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the justices to resolve the constitutional question.

Circuit OKs Punishment for Lawyer Found to Have Lied

By Sheri Qualters |

A federal appeals court affirmed a lower court ruling blocking a California lawyer from representing a plaintiff in Boston federal court because he lied to the court about passing a note to his client during a deposition.

Justices Taking Up Disputes Over Underwater Mortgages

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to dip into the problems faced by banks and homeowners with underwater mortgages in two bankruptcy cases brought by Bank of America.

Court: Limit on Closing Argument Didn’t Require New Trial

By Marcia Coyle |

A federal appellate court was wrong to conclude that a trial judge's improper restriction of a criminal defense lawyer's closing arguments requires automatic reversal of a conviction, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

Vinson & Elkins

By Sheri Qualters |
Danielle Spinelli of WilmerHale.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

By Marcia Coyle |
Linda Coberly of Winston & Strawn.

Winston & Strawn

By Lalita Clozel |
Gregory Garre of Latham & Watkins.

Latham & Watkins

By Sherry Karabin |

Morrison & Foerster

By Carlyn Kolker |
M. Miller Baker of McDermott Will & Emery.

McDermott Will & Emery

By Sheri Qualters |
Beth Heifetz of Jones Day.

Jones Day

By Katelyn Polantz |
Joshua Rosenkranz of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

By Carlyn Kolker |
Peter Keisler of Sidley Austin.

Sidley Austin

By Tony Mauro |
Kathleen Sullivan of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

By Amanda Bronstad |

Civil Actions

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Paul Smith of Jenner & Block.

Jenner & Block

By Jenna Greene |
<b>STRONG FEELINGS:</b> Demonstrators gathered outside FCC headquarters in May to voice opposition to any agency plan that would limit net neutrality. President Obama now has come down on their side.

Telecoms Poised to Fight Obama's Net-Neutrality Proposal

By Jenna Greene |

When President Barack Obama last week urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality" by regulating broadband Internet service as a utility, it sounded like a simple solution to a long-running fight. If only it were so easy.

2014 Election voting poll in Baltimore, MD.

'Sweet Spot' Elusive in Voting Case

By Marcia Coyle |

Race and voting once again appeared to badly divide the U.S. Supreme Court as it struggled on Wednesday over what to do with an Alabama legislative redistricting plan challenged as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.

Verdicts & Settlements

Jeffrey Wall of Sullivan & Cromwell.

Sullivan & Cromwell

By Andrew Ramonas |
Christopher Landau of Kirkland & Ellis.

Kirkland & Ellis

By Sherry Karabin |
Michael McKeon of Fish & Richardson.

Fish & Richardson

By Sheri Qualters |
APPELLATE HOT LIST BUG

The 2014 Appellate Hot List

We've identified 20 firms with outstanding achievements before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts and state courts of last resort.

Rex Heinke of Akin Gump.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

By Sheri Qualters |
Theodore Boutrous Jr. of Gibson Dunn,

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By Sheri Qualters |
Lisa Blatt of Arnold & Porter.

Arnold & Porter

By Sheri Qualters |
Aaron Streett of Baker Botts

Baker Botts

By Sheri Qualters |
Charles Rothfeld of Mayer Brown.

Mayer Brown

By Sherry Karabin |
Catherine Stetson of Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells

By Zoe Tillman |

After Guilty Plea, Credit Suisse Pension Business Under Review

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday announced it will hold a public hearing in January on whether Credit Suisse should be allowed to continue to provide asset management services to ERISA-covered pension funds and Individual Retirement Accounts.

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day the Court issued its decisions in key cases regarding the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's same-sex marriage ban Proposition 8.  June 26, 2013.

Justices Given New Chance to Address Same-Sex Marriage

By Mike Sacks |

Proponents of same-sex marriage on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit's ruling on Nov. 6 that upheld bans on same-sex marriage rights in Ohio and three other states.

Mark Robinson, Jr., of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc., left, with Master of Ceremonies Nicole Lapin, right, receives his award at The National Law Journal's Elite Trial Lawyers awards event, held at the Wynn, Las Vegas, on November 13, 2014.

NLJ Awards Honor the Country’s Elite Plaintiffs Attorneys

By Amanda Bronstad |

Fifty of the nation’s leading plaintiffs firms were honored at The National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers awards ceremony on Thursday.

Lenovo Fights Legal Fee Request in Laptop Litigation

By Lisa Hoffman |

Lenovo Inc. is blasting as “fantasy” a request by plaintiffs attorneys for eight times the fees the company says they are due for crafting a relatively simple class action settlement over laptops with WiFi connection problems.

Consumers Sue Over Allegedly Defective Resurfacing Paint

By Laura Castro |

Home Depot Inc. and Rust-Oleum Corp. have been slapped with a putative class action in New York federal court, accusing the retailer and manufacturer of selling a defective liquid armor resurfacer that causes surfaces to peel and crack.

$7.4M Verdict Upheld in Watercraft Incident

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The California Fourth Court of Appeal has upheld a $7.4 million verdict awarded to two teenaged friends who had their flesh ripped open from the jet thrust of a Sea-Doo watercraft made by Bombardier.

Betsy Benjaminson.

Toyota Presses For Sanctions Over Confidential Discovery Docs

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Even though a translator who allegedly leaked confidential discovery documents from litigation against Toyota Motor Corp. says she has removed those materials from the public domain, the carmaker says she should still face civil sanctions.

W.Va. Court Rules Against Overtime Pay for In-Home Care Workers

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Workers who provide in-home companionship services to the elderly and people with disabilities have lost their fight to get overtime compensation after a West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruling.

FDA Sued Over Approvals for Food Additives

By Laura Castro |

Environmental and animal groups have sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over their approvals of ractopamine-based animal drugs since 2008 allegedly without conducting the environmental analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Suit Against Bayer Over Digestive Aids

By Lisa Hoffman |

A New Jersey federal judge has refused to dump a proposed class action alleging Bayer falsely hyped the value of two purported digestive aids in defending against colon distress.

‘Four Loko’ Brewer Faces Liability in Student’s Shooting Death

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A brewer of Four Loko can be held liable in the death of a college student shot to death by police after he drank two cans of the alcoholic beverage infused with caffeine, the California Fifth Court of Appeal ruled.

Lance Cooper.

GM Sharing Ignition Documents With Plaintiffs Lawyers

By Amanda Bronstad |

Plaintiffs lawyers are meeting with General Motors Co.’s outside law firm, King & Spalding, in hopes of obtaining internal emails and documents that could show how much the automaker’s lawyers knew about a faulty ignition switch.

Trial Judge to Decide Class Certification Over ATM Fees

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has held that a proposed class representative can continue to prosecute a lawsuit alleging that Home Town Bank violated a now-repealed law requiring that fee notices be posted on automatic teller machines.

Judge Limits Deposition Request in Mesh Litigation

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The plaintiffs alleging that C.R. Bard’s transvaginal mesh caused them pain, bleeding and other problems received a partial denial to their emergency motion to strike the deposition questions the manufacturer has posed to their treating physicians.

Dominic Perella of Hogan Lovells.

Justices Troubled by Maryland's 'Double Taxation'

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to have little sympathy on Wednesday for a Maryland tax that has the effect of "double-taxing" residents for income they make outside the state.

Defense to Disclose Boston Marathon Bombing Witnesses

By Sheri Qualters |

A federal judge has ordered accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers to identify their witnesses a week before the trial, despite their protests that they’re “struggling” to get any witnesses on board.

2014 Election voting poll in Baltimore, MD.

Alabama Redistricting Case Divides Supreme Court

By Marcia Coyle |

Race and voting once again appeared to badly divide the U.S. Supreme Court as it struggled on Wednesday over what to do with an Alabama legislative redistricting plan challenged as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.

2014 Election voting poll in Baltimore, MD.

Alabama Redistricting Case Divides Supreme Court

By Marcia Coyle |

Race and voting once again appeared to badly divide the U.S. Supreme Court as it struggled on Wednesday over what to do with an Alabama legislative redistricting plan challenged as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.

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.

Texas Affirmative Action Case Could Return to High Court

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday declined to review a panel ruling from July that upheld the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race in admissions.

Judge Won’t Stay Settlement in Fuel-Efficiency Action

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A California federal has rejected an entreaty by a group of Virginia plaintiffs to stay a national class settlement over the fuel efficiency of Hyundai and Kia vehicles so they can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Military Class Objectors Insist They Weren’t Ripped Off

By Lisa Hoffman |

In an uncommon twist, more than half the objectors to a pending class action settlement aren’t complaining that class members would get too little in the $39 million deal with Prudential Insurance Co., or that the plaintiffs’ attorneys would get too much.

Tubing’s Lightning Risk Too Speculative to Support CIaim

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A proposed class action alleging that stainless steel tubing poses a risk of causing fires if struck by lightning is too speculative to proceed, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled.

Yosemite National Park.

U.S. Claims Immunity from Yosemite Hantavirus Lawsuit

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The federal government has asked for dismissal of multidistrict litigation over a breakout of a rare virus at Yosemite National Park on the ground the courts lack subject-matter jurisdiction.

Hawaiian Court Demands Fairness in Arbitrator Selection

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

In a case of first impression, the Hawaii Supreme Court has adopted a “fundamental fairness” standard for judges to use in reviewing the enforceability of contract clauses governing the selection of arbitrators.

Five Megabanks Learned to 'Game the System,' Feds Say

By Jenna Greene |

Five megabanks agreed to pay nearly $1.5 billion on Wednesday to settle charges by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission of attempting to manipulate global foreign-exchange benchmark rates.

Antonin Scalia.

Net Neutrality’s Biggest Fan: Justice Scalia?

By Jenna Greene |

Before net neutrality became a left-wing cause célèbre, it had an unlikely champion: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Neurontin Plaintiffs Attorneys to Share $91M Fee Award

By Sheri Qualters |

A federal judge gave plaintiffs lawyers $91 million—a 28 percent cut—in a $325 million settlement with Pfizer Inc. over allegedly fraudulent marketing of its epilepsy drug Neurontin.

Demonstrators against same-sex marriage outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the case challenging California's Prop 8 legislation.  March 26, 2013.

Justices Urged Not to Stop Same-Sex Marriages in Kansas

By Marcia Coyle |

Lawyers for two Kansas gay couples on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the state's request to block a federal court order allowing same-sex marriages to begin in Kansas.

Jason Daniel Heap.

U.S. Navy Sued Over Rejection of Humanist Chaplain

By Amanda Bronstad |

A religion scholar endorsed by The Humanist Society has sued the U.S. Department of Defense after the U.S. Navy denied his application to be a chaplain.

Plaintiffs Renew Bid to See Diabetes Drug Reports

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

More than 540 plaintiffs alleging they developed pancreatic cancer by taking one of four Incretin-based drugs have asked a federal judge to reconsider his ban on discovery into adverse events involving those drugs that were reported to the Food and Drug Administration.

Bosch Sparkplug Class Action Survives Dismissal Motion

By Lisa Hoffman |

A Florida federal judge has kept running a proposed class action alleging Robert Bosch LLC deceptively misrepresents that its spark plugs contain platinum.

Class Action Targets Jimmy John’s in Data Breach

By Lisa Hoffman |

A data breach that targeted the Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches chain has spawned a proposed class action by a plaintiff who alleges the company’s information systems and security oversight were “grossly inadequate” and that its delay in announcing the breach was unlawful.