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Texas Roadhouse restaurant.

Texas Roadhouse Inc. Sues EEOC Over 'Unprovoked Attack'

By Jenna Greene |

Restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse Inc. on Tuesday sued the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Kentucky federal court, demanding information about the origins of the agency’s age discrimination suit against it. In the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Texas Roadhouse wants to know what triggered the EEOC’s “unprovoked attack” against the company.

Automakers, Insurers Seek Access to Asbestos Claims Data

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The group of asbestos defendants that led the charge to gain access to alleged evidence of misrepresentation in a gasketmaker’s bankruptcy now argue that protective orders don’t trump the public’s right of access.

Pradaxa Parties Fighting Over Private-Liens Order

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Plaintiffs suing over the blood thinner Pradaxa are fighting a motion by a group of health insurers to dissolve a court order intended to manage private liens they have asserted against the settlements obtained by plaintiffs.

Pet-Food Advertising Claims May Be Consolidated

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal panel of judges will hear oral arguments on Thursday about whether to coordinate at least nine class actions filed by consumers of Blue Buffalo pet products.

Alleged Subscriber-Scam Suit Dismissed Against Dow Jones

By Lisa Hoffman |

A New York federal judge has dismissed allegations of fraud against Dow Jones & Co. Inc., closing the book on a proposed class action that accused the company, along with The New York Times Co. and Forbes Inc., of allowing a subscription business to defraud their customers by overcharging for renewals and pocketing the difference.

Arizona ‘Revenge Porn’ Law Challenged as Overbroad

By Sheri Qualters |

A coalition that includes bookstores and publishers is opposing an Arizona law that criminalizes the sale, publication or display of nude photos or sexual images without the subject’s consent. They claim the law amounts to an unconstitutional muzzle on free speech rights.

DePaul University College of Law.

Dismissal of Fraud Claims Against Law Schools Affirmed

By Karen Sloan |

Graduates of Chicago law schools who claimed administrators duped them with exaggerated job-placement statistics have found no relief from an Illinois appeals court.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Tycko & Zavareei

Tycko & Zavareei may be small, but their clients' adversaries are plenty big.

<b>BUSY MAN:</b> Timothy Hester handled a settlement that's the target of antitrust litigation; the plaintiffs want to compel his testimony.

Covington Chair Fights Subpoena

By Zoe Tillman |

When you run Washington's largest law firm, being stuck in a courtroom for days waiting to testify via video in a trial in Boston is an unpleasant ­proposition. That's the situation facing Covington & Burling chairman Timothy Hester.

<b>DEPARTURE:</b> President Obama appeared with Eric Holder as the latter announced his resignation on Sept. 25. “I’m sure [Holder] would have a lot of options,” one Washington attorney said.

Where Does Holder Go From Here?

By Katelyn Polantz and Zoe Tillman |

When Eric Holder Jr., the country's first black attorney general, said he would resign after nearly six years at the Jus­tice Department, the announcement revved up the next question: Would the former litigator turned controversial political figure return to Big Law?

Verdicts & Settlements

A summary of this week's notable decisions.

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Elite Trial Lawyers: The Buzbee Law Firm

The Buzbee Law Firm blows into personal injury cases like a hurricane, backed by the powerful personality of managing owner Tony Buzbee.

Robert Clifford of the Clifford Law Offices.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Clifford Law Offices

When lawyers at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago take cases to trial, it's all about teamwork.

Mark Lanier, founder of the Lanier Law Firm.

Elite Trial Lawyers: The Lanier Law Firm

To demonstrate the degree to which The Lanier Law Firm immerses itself in its cases, founder Mark Lanier points to the fact that the firm has its own mesothelioma museum.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Provost Umphrey Law Firm

Attorneys at Provost Umphrey Law Firm — which focuses on personal injury cases against large corporations — say that filing suit isn't just a way to redress the wrongs suffered by their clients. It's also a way keep others from experiencing a similar fate.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Susman Godfrey

Devotion to efficiency, plus its investment in talent — Susman Godfrey hires only attorneys who have clerked for federal judges or justices of the U.S. Supreme Court — have resulted in big legal victories.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Morgan & Morgan

At Morgan & Morgan, the news of winning verdicts travels fast, usually via pinging emails from founding partner John Morgan so all lawyers can share in the victories.

David Mazie of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman

Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman takes on large, high-value cases and court battles and routinely wins, even though the 10-lawyer litigation boutique is usually a fraction the size of opponents.

Scott Summy, Shareholder and Head of the Environmental Litigation Group, left, and Russell Budd, President and Co-Founder, right, of Baron & Budd.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Baron & Budd

Baron & Budd is best known for its asbestos work but its interests run much broader than that.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Podhurst Orseck

Podhurst Orseck began a half-century ago, with early roots in airplane-crash litigation. Today, its cases and plaintiffs are not only U.S.-based but stretch from Brazil to Russia.

Max Berger of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann nailed the biggest class action resulting from the subprime mortgage crisis.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Sanford Heisler

Sanford Heisler, recognized for representing workers charging employment discrimination and qui tam cases, has had a record of success. Among recent victories: representing one of the whistleblowers in a $762 million settlement against biotech giant Amgen Inc.

Michael Hausfeld of Hausfeld.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Hausfeld

Hausfeld's small size belies its strength and ability to win big for its clients.

Robert Eglet, left, and Tracy Eglet, right, of Eglet Wall Christiansen.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Eglet Law Group

Eglet Law Group's wins against HMOs and pharmaceutical companies in the hepatitis C outbreak cases have put the small Las Vegas firm in the national ­spotlight.

Laddie Montague of Berger & Montague.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Berger & Montague

Antitrust and securities class action powerhouse Berger & Montague has won more than $22 billion for clients since the firm was founded in 1970.

Steven J. Toll of Cohen Milstein

Elite Trial Lawyers: Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll likens the firm's work to that of a defibrillator — resuscitating cases on the brink of death. Then it wins multimillion-dollar verdicts for its clients.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd

In institutional investors, notably public pension funds, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd has found perfect partners to extract meaningful recoveries in securities cases and ensure that related governance reforms are instituted.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Known for taking on cases deemed unwinnable by others, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has racked up $11 billion for clients in the past 18 months on cases against Visa and MasterCard, Starbucks and the most powerful private-equity concerns, including KKR & Co., Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Simmons Hanly Conroy

The two strongholds of mass tort law that merged in June to become Simmons Hanly Conroy started "dating" 10 years ago as co-counsels on the suit against Purdue Pharma for Oxycontin off-label prescribing.

Steve Berman, Hagens Berman

Elite Trial Lawyers: Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro

Steve Berman interviews every prospective attorney at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro because he wants lawyers who relish "the idea of being the underdog and being out on the edge."

Robin Gibbs, left, and Kathy Patrick, right, of the law firm Gibbs & Bruns

Elite Trial Lawyers: Gibbs & Bruns

Most commercial cases settle before trial, but Gibbs & Bruns' key strategy is avoiding that assumption.

Steve Herman of Herman, Herman, and Katz.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Herman Herman & Katz

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, residents and businesses across the Gulf region used Chinese-manufactured drywall to repair their homes — drywall that turned out to be toxic. Herman Herman secured a $1.1 billion settlement in a class action.

Jay Eisenhofer, left, and Stuart Grant, right, Managing Partners of Grant & Eisenhofer.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Grant & Eisenhofer

The firm focuses on representing institutional investors, whether they are mutual funds, hedge funds or retirement systems.

Stanley D. Bernstein, left, and Sandy A. Liebhard, right, of Bernstein Liebhard.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Bernstein Liebhard

"We're not a one-trick pony," said founding partner Stanley Bernstein. "Securities cases were our bread and butter, but we are applying that skill set to all kinds of litigation."

Tom Girardi of Girardi and Keese.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Girardi Keese

Attorneys and staff at Girardi Keese are motivated by a keen sense of right and wrong, said Thomas Girardi, co-founder of the 30-attorney shop.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Milberg

When Milberg attorneys want to talk to the people working on electronic discovery for the firm, they don't have to call an outside company. They simply walk down the hall.

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto's Stephen Kohn

Elite Trial Lawyers: Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto

As one of the oldest law firms focused on whistleblower cases, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto has not only weighed in on U.S. laws but also impacted international treaties.

Robert C. Hilliard, a partner in Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales in Corpus Christi.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales

Robert Hilliard does his homework.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Weitz & Luxenberg

At Weitz & Luxenberg, hours logged in the courthouse make the difference, said cofounding member Perry Weitz.

Frederic Fox, left, and Robert Kaplan, right, of Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer

Though technology has evolved since Robert Kaplan and Fred Fox began litigating in the 1980s, their formula for winning class actions against national companies hasn't changed: expertise, brunt work and persistence.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton

When Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton secured a $25 million settlement from Merck & Co. over the company's marketing of the painkiller Vioxx, the money went to fund Kentucky's drug treatment programs.

Lawrence Sucharow of Labaton Sucharow.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Labaton Sucharow

Before 2010, Labaton Sucharow partner Joel Bernstein knew a lot about financial institutions and nearly nothing about coal mines.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik

Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik has prevailed in some of the highest-profile personal-injury cases involving pharmaceuticals.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Panish Shea & Boyle

Panish Shea & Boyle represents plaintiffs in wrongful death, personal injury and products liability cases.

Richard Heimann of Lieff Cabraser.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

At Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, it's not the so much the size of a class or the amount of damages that drives the firm as the reality of unfairness.

Thomas Kline, left, and Shanin Specter of Kline & Specter.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Kline & Specter

In twenty years, Kline & Specter has won 26 verdicts and settlements worth $10 million or more — a record in Pennsylvania.

Stephen Tillery of Korein Tillery.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Korein Tillery

For a firm that handles an array of complex securities, antitrust and employment cases, Korein Tillery has retained a daredevil attitude more common among tech startups.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Nagel Rice

Nagel Rice takes on litigation ranging from personal injury and medical malpractice cases to major class actions — no small challenge given its a relatively short roster of 13 attorneys — and has developed a reputation as one of New Jersey's go-to litigation firms.

Joe Cotchett, lead partner of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

In the face of scorched earth tactics by defense counsel, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy doesn't back down.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Neufeld Scheck & Brustin

New York's Neufeld Scheck & Brustin has only five partners and limits itself to about 25 to 30 cases a year, but the firm has an outsized reputation because of the often dramatic cases it pursues — and wins.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Seeger Weiss

Seeger Weiss is more than just a "trial threat" to defense attorneys, says founding partner Christopher Seeger.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo

Since 2000, New York City-based plaintiffs firm Sullivan Papain, founded more than 80 years ago, has won more than $2 billion for victims and their families.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Nichols Kaster

At Nichols Kaster, a culture of risk-taking is the norm. It's what motivated the firm to go up against Citibank N.A. in the consumer class action over flood and hazard insurance, which led to reforms in the industry.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Motley Rice

Since its founding in 2003, Motley Rice has expanded its practice beyond traditional mass torts to cover areas including securities fraud, aviation and anti-terrorism.

Frank Branson of The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson.

Elite Trial Lawyers: The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson

Frank Branson sometimes describes his practice as "planes, trains and automobiles" because he represents so many victims of transportation accidents, routinely winning multimillion-dollar recoveries.

Elite Trial Lawyers: Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis

Mark Robinson had decades of experience suing automobile manufacturers when he got the lead role in hundreds of suits arising from Toyota Motor Corp.'s sudden-acceleration defect recalls. But the litigation turned into one of the biggest fights of his career.

Drugmakers Argue Chicago Unlawfully Delegated Police Power

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The city of Chicago illegally delegated its investigative police powers to a law firm hired to prosecute a lawsuit against several drugmakers for allegedly seeking to misinform the public about the risks and benefits of opium-like pain medications, seven pharmaceutical companies are arguing in Illinois federal court.

Boeing headquarters in Chicago, IL.

Court Limits Boeing Worker's Recovery in Asbestos Suit

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The Boeing Company has defeated a lawsuit brought by the estate of a worker who was exposed to asbestos while pipe insulation containing asbestos was repaired above his workspace, even though the repairs created “visible dust and debris” and a supervisor did not allow him to relocate.

Cell Phone Company Can’t Compel Arbitration, Ark. Supremes Rule

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A cellphone company cannot compel a class action over early termination fees into arbitration after a split 4-3 Arkansas Supreme Court ruling.

Texas Court Voids $400K Damages Award to Ranch Owner

By Laura Castro |

The Texas Supreme Court has voided a $400,000 damages award to the owner of a 155-acre ranch in Chappell Hill, Texas, for the loss of its market value based on the "stigma" that remained after the contamination of hazardous industrial waste subsided.

Judge Allows Suit Over Tea Company’s Marketing to Brew

By Lisa Hoffman |

A proposed class action accusing a tea company of marketing herbal teas as a weight-loss potion—when they allegedly are little more than laxatives with potentially serious side effects—has survived a motion to dismiss it in California federal court.

Judge Richard Posner and Chief Judge Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday were among five judges who voted to rehear a ruling over Wisconsin's voter ID law.

In 5-5 Split, Seventh Circuit Won’t Reconsider Voter Law

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit split evenly on whether to review Wisconsin’s contested voter-identification law prior to the midterm election. The 5-5 ruling means the law will stand for now.

Lawsuits Piling Up in Home Depot Data Security Breach

By Amanda Bronstad |

At least 15 lawsuits have been filed against The Home Depot Inc. over a security breach that compromised data belonging to 56 million customers.

Judge Certifies Class of Vanderbilt Medical Center Workers

By Laura Castro |

A Tennessee federal judge has certified a class of former Vanderbilt University Medical Center workers who claim that defendant Vanderbilt terminated their jobs without providing 60 days of written, advanced notice as required by the federal Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

Class Action Accuses Whiskey-Maker of Marketing Deception

By Lisa Hoffman |

Another purportedly “small-batch” whiskey—this one Templeton Rye Spirits, advertised as distilled in Iowa from a recipe favored by Al Capone—has drawn the focus of a proposed class action alleging marketing deception.

Company Challenges Liability Over Tainted Steroids

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A company that built cleanrooms for a pharmacy that compounded tainted steroids, leading to a multi-state breakout of fatal meningitis, says it cannot be held responsible for the people killed or seriously injured from those steroids.

Samsung Galaxy S4.

Judge Denies Samsung Arbitration Request Over Galaxy S4 Claims

By Laura Castro |

A California federal judge has denied Samsung Telecommunications America LLC’s motion to compel arbitration of a proposed class action about alleged performance issues with its Galaxy S4 phone, after finding that a valid, enforceable contract to arbitrate had not been formed.

What's Next For Eric Holder Jr.?

By Katelyn Polantz and Zoe Tillman |

"In the months ahead, I will leave the Department of Justice, but I will never, I will never leave the work," Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said Thursday in announcing his resignation. "I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals."

Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev

Judge Invokes ‘Skilling’ in Refusing to Move Bomb Trial

By Sheri Qualters |

A Boston federal judge pointed to case law involving former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling’s financial-crimes trial in denying accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s bid to move his trial out of Massachusetts.

Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco.

Settlement Talks Underway ‘In Earnest’ in Asiana Crash

By Amanda Bronstad |

Asiana Airlines Inc. is in talks to settle lawsuits filed by as many as 70 passengers of Flight 224, which crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport last year.

Successful DOMA Challengers Can’t Recover Attorney Fees

By Sheri Qualters |

A federal appeals court has ruled that plaintiffs who successfully challenged the Defense of Marriage Act are not entitled to recover attorney fees and costs.

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

Justice Stevens Turns Gumshoe in His Retirement

By Marcia Coyle |

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens recently revealed that he did some historical sleuthing into one of the U.S. Supreme Court's most significant race cases shortly after he left the high court.

Brian Baucham.

Former Athlete Says USC Forced Him to Play While Sick

By Amanda Bronstad |

A former University of Southern California football player has sued the school and former head coach Lane Kiffin over injuries he says he suffered after being forced to play while he was ill.

Mesh Maker Fights Discovery Request for Personnel Files

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

C.R. Bard Inc., a manufacturer of pelvic mesh products facing over 9,000 cases in West Virginia federal court, is opposing a discovery request for the personnel files of over 40 employees.

The Same-Sex Marriage Petitions

By Marcia Coyle |

A list of cases, along with counsel of record and additional counsel.

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the case challenging California's Prop 8 legislation. March 26, 2013.

Advocates Waiting for Supreme Court Action on Marriage

By Marcia Coyle |

From the perspective of Evan Wolfson, the lawyer-activist who founded the Freedom to Marry national campaign in 2003: "It is time. America is ready. The Supreme Court should act" on marriage equality for lesbians and gays. Will it? And when?

Betsy Benjaminson.

Translator Fights Back in Dispute Over Toyota Documents

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A translator who provided internal Toyota documents to news reporters has objected to the carmaker’s requests for sanctions against her for alleged failure to obey a protective order in litigation over sudden acceleration.

'Pie Guy' Smacks Dough Maker With Antitrust Class Action

By Laura Castro |

Dough equipment company Comtec Industries Ltd. has been hit with an antitrust class action in New York federal court for allegedly creating a monopoly by coercing customers to refrain from purchasing products and services from competitors so it can charge higher prices.

United States Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. speaks at the University of Nebraska College of Law. Roberts participated in a public conversation with the Honorable William Jay Riley, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. September 19, 2014.

Roberts on Brief-Writing: 'Be Concise'

By Tony Mauro |

A warning to lawyers who are drafting U.S. Supreme Court briefs this fall: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. would like you to take a red pencil and lop off 15 pages of verbiage.

Class Certified in Action Over Debt Collection Law

By Lisa Hoffman |

A federal judge has certified a class action alleging a company that performs services for mortgage firms unlawfully hung “please call” notes on the front door knob of a homeowner whose mortgage status is in dispute.

Expert Evidence Properly Excluded in Car-Accident Suit

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A plaintiff’s expert was properly excluded in a products liability lawsuit against Kia Motors America Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled.

Class Action Accuses Tito’s Vodka of Misrepresentation

By Lisa Hoffman |

Although marketed as a craft alcoholic beverage, Tito’s Handmade Vodka actually is mass-produced in a large industrial complex in a process “devoid of human hands,” a proposed class action alleges.

Snorkeler Files Class Action Against Cruise Line

By Lisa Hoffman |

An experienced snorkeler has filed a proposed class action against a cruise line for allegedly discriminating against diabetics by barring them from joining in snorkeling excursions and other activities the company deems too strenuous.

Sealed court documents.

Gasket-Maker Moves to Seal Documents in Bankruptcy Case

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A gasket-maker that has been fighting to unseal evidence of alleged misrepresentation by plaintiffs in its bankruptcy wants to keep some information in the case sealed.

Judge Certifies Olive-Oil Labeling Class on Rebound

By Lisa Hoffman |

Plaintiffs have won certification in a reformulated class action alleging a food distributor duped consumers by selling containers of supposedly 100-percent pure olive oil that actually held an industrially processed substance made from olive pits and skins.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Building.

FTC Steps Up Pressure Against Bitcoin Fraud

By Jenna Greene |

After a long hands-off period, federal regulators are starting to crack down on bitcoin-related fraud. The Federal Trade Commission is the latest to make a move, winning a federal court order shutting down a Missouri-based company that sold specialized computers designed to produce bitcoins, the agency announced Tuesday.

Data-Breach Lawsuits Meet Mixed Receptions

By Sheri Qualters |

The Home Depot Inc. is the latest retailer to report a security breach that might have compromised 56 million customers’ credit card data. The courts have not always been kind to legal claims arising from these incidents.

Anchor-handling tugboats battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.

BP Loses Bid to Recover Deepwater Horizon Payout Money

By Amanda Bronstad |

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Wednesday denied BP PLC’s motion to for reimbursement of payments it made to oil-spill claimants based on an accounting method later overturned by an appeals court.

Occupy protesters gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court on January 20, 2012. The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday heard argument over the constitutionality of a law that restricts certain expressive activity outside the high court.

D.C. Circuit Weighs Ban On High Court Protests

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court returns to the bench Oct. 6 for a new term that may generate protests outside its iconic building on issues ranging from same-sex marriage to the Affordable Care Act. But it is almost certain that those demonstrations will be confined, as usual, to the public sidewalk in front of the court.

Health Reform Law Extends Black-Lung Benefits to Widow

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that survivors of miners who died from black lung disease can get survivors benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act even if they previously were denied such benefits.

Coal export terminal.

Former Mine Inspector Not Presumed Entitled to Benefits

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that a former federal mine inspector does not qualify for Black Lung Benefits Act assistance.

Twitter Denounces ‘Abusive’ Text-Message Class Action

By Lisa Hoffman |

Denouncing a putative class action against it as “abusive,” Twitter Inc. has asked a California federal judge to throw out allegations the company unlawfully sends texts to new holders of cellphone num-bers without their consent.

EEOC Accuses Hospital of Pregnancy Discrimination

By Sheri Qualters |

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a Chicago hospital in an early test of fresh agency guidelines addressing discrimination by failure to accommodate pregnancy-related medical restrictions.

Court Says Schools Discriminated Against Girls in Sports

By Lisa Hoffman |

A federal appeals panel has upheld a lower court’s ruling that a California school district violated Title IX by providing unequal treatment, benefits and opportunities for high school female athletes, and by unlawfully retaliating against a softball coach.

Michael Rowles, executive vice president and general counsel of Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

By Sheri Qualters |
<b>CLIENTS:</b> Undocumented children at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Arizona. The Justice Department has found $1.8 million to provide them with lawyers.

Grants Pay Lawyers to Represent Undocumented Children

By Karen Sloan |

Crush of new arrivals has worsened an existing shortage of immigration attorneys.

Verdicts & Settlements

A summary of this week's notable decisions.

<b>TARGETED:</b> At issue were televisions, cellphones, videoplayers and other devices.

Important Victory for Google Inc.

By Jenna Greene |

Software makers led by Google Inc. scored a big win at the U.S. Inter­national Trade Commission in the form of a ruling that could shield their products in some instances from the agency's jurisdiction.