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Judge Names Committee to Audit BP Oil-Spill Claims

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal judge overseeing the $9.2 billion Deepwater Horizon settlement has approved creation of a committee headed by a local law professor to audit oil-spill claims.

Exclusive: Ex-SEC Lawyer Speaks Out on Agency Failings

By Susan Beck |

Senior writer Susan Beck interviews James Kidney about what he sees as the SEC’s misplaced priorities.

Professor Brian Tamanaha of Washington University Law

Theory: The Time Was Never Better to Enroll in Law School

By Karen Sloan |

Is now the ideal time to enroll in law school? An assistant dean for admissions has been making the counterintuitive case that it is. He's not the first to float the idea, but he's struck a nerve.

Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, age 19

Judge Favors Unsupervised Family Visits for Bomb Suspect

By Sheri Qualters |

A Boston federal judge said Wednesday that accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be able to see his sisters without a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent present.

Elkan Abramowitz

Patton Boggs Taps White-Collar Pro Abramovitz in Chevron Fight

By Jan Wolfe |

Famed criminal defense attorney Elkan Abramowitz will help the beleaguered firm battle claims that its lawyers engaged in fraud while trying to enforce a $9.5 billion environmental judgment against Chevron Corporation.

Class Action Against Homeopathic Remedy Company To Go Forward

By Lisa Hoffman |

A class action which contends that children’s cold and flu products sold by a 100-year-old California homeopathic remedy company are nothing more than “flavored water” has been certified by a California federal judge.

Court Orders Identity of 'Company Doe' Revealed

By Mike Scarcella |

The sealing of the identity of a company that fought to block public access to a consumer safety report was improper, a federal appeals court said Wednesday in ordering the disclosure of its name and publication of case documents.

Mayer Brown's Andrew Pincus

A Busy Two Weeks for Court as Adjournment Draws Nigh

By Marcia Coyle |

Lying, streaming and phoning top the April argument docket of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices enter the homestretch of the October 2013 term.

Professor Paul Secunda of Marquette University Law School

Court Asked to Protect Public Worker’s Subpoenaed Speech

By Marcia Coyle |

The Roberts Court has been lauded as one of the most protective of speech rights in modern times. But there is at least one area where that praise is less effusive: speech by public employees. The justices on April 28 will revisit that area in a public employee's claim that he was fired for giving subpoenaed testimony during the trial of a corrupt state legislator.

Like Justice, Like Law Clerk

By Tony Mauro |

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court law clerks are more aligned with their bosses’ judicial ideologies, have more influence over the court’s work and are more likely to head into private practice than ever before..

Josh Cull, left, and Samantha Zollman, right, prior to their accident on October 31, 2012.

Plaintiffs Sue GM Over Loss of Eye, Loss of Teeth in Ignition Switch Suit

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against General Motors, LLC allege that a locked ignition switch in a Chevy Cobalt led to a car accident that cost one plaintiff his eye and the other to lose her teeth and require several facial reconstruction surgeries.

Ortho Evra contraceptive patch.

MDL Judge Dismisses Stroke Patient's Birth Control Failure-to-Warn Claim

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A plaintiff who was a teenager at the time she was prescribed a birth control patch can't sue over allegedly inadequate warnings against the stroke she later suffered, a federal judge has ruled.

Northwestern University School of Law professor emeritus Newton Minow

Harvard, Northwestern Announce Endowed Professorships

By Karen Sloan |

Two top law schools are creating endowed professorships, thanks to hefty donations.

False Advertising Suit Against Pasta Maker Nears Deal

By Lisa Hoffman |

A putative class action that accuses the manufacturer of Dreamfields Pasta of false advertising is all but done, and a proposed settlement filed April 14 would, if approved, require Dakota Growers Pasta Co. to pay nearly $8 million to consumers and to the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Federal Judge Overturns Massachusetts' Ban on Painkiller

By Sheri Qualters |

A Boston federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Massachusetts ban on the painkiller Zohydro ER because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the drug trumped the state’s authority.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa

Citing SCOTUS, Judge Revives Madoff Feeder Fund Claims

By Jan Wolfe |

Predictions that the Supreme Court's ruling in Chadbourne & Parke v. Troice would affect Bernie Madoff litigation proved correct this week, when a judge revived claims against one of Madoff's so-called feeder funds, Tremont Group.

Chevrolet Cobalt 2007

GM Car Owners Bring Class Action Over Fatality-Causing Ignition Defect

By Charles Toutant |

A federal court putative class action alleges General Motors Corp. fraudulently concealed a defect in ignition switches of 2.6 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles, a problem that has caused at least 13 deaths.

Court's Role in Addressing Impairments Is Clarified

By Mark Hamblett |

The Sixth Amendment requires courts to provide reasonable accommodations to hearing-impaired defendants equal to the severity of their impairment, but "perfection is not required," the Second Circuit has ruled, because it's the defendant's responsibility to tell the court about any impairment.

Claims Dismissed Against Dialysis Company

By Lisa Hoffman |

Adding water to a compound used in hemodialysis does not make a clinic operator a "manufacturer" of the solution, a federal judge in Colorado has ruled in tossing part of a putative class action against DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc.

Robocall Lawsuit Survives Against Cruise Line

By Lisa Hoffman |

Caribbean Cruise Lines has failed to sink a putative class action that claimed the company unlawfully used robocalls to drum up business, but a federal judge allowed the company’s president to disembark from the suit.

Grower Loses Motion to Dismiss Farmworker Claims

By Lisa Hoffman |

A federal magistrate has denied a motion by a California fruit grower to dismiss a putative class action by farmworkers alleging they have not been fully paid for their work and have been cheated out of 10-minute rest breaks.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Honey Labeling

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance for the proper labeling of honey products and is seeking comments from consumers and the industry.

Insurer Wins Access to Evidence in Asbestos Case

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The bankruptcy judge who found widespread evidence of misrepresentation by plaintiffs' lawyers in asbestos cases has granted access to some of that evidence to an insurer and to a cost-containment vendor for insurers.

Mustafa Kamel Mustafa in October 2012.

Jury Selection to Begin for Second Terror Trial

By Mark Hamblett |

As in the case against recently-convicted Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, jurors in Mustafa Kamel Mustafa's trial will see images of the Sept. 11 attacks, the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole and pictures of the late Osama bin Laden. But there are several differences between the two trials that begin with the proximity of the defendants to bin Laden.

Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law professor Donald Tobin

New Maryland Law Dean Is Tax, Campaign Law Expert

By Karen Sloan |

Donald Tobin, a professor at Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, will be the next dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Randy Mastro

Gibson Dunn Witness Interviews in Bridgegate Probe Are Made Public

By Michael Booth |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has publicly released summaries of its interviews of 75 witnesses as part of its investigation of Gov. Chris Christie's administration's potential involvement in the Bridgegate affair.

The Verizon Headquarters at Manhattan - New York City. July 12, 2012. Credit: Bjoertvedt. (PUBLIC DOMAIN - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS).

Whistleblower Barred from Double-Dipping Against Verizon

By Jan Wolfe |

An appeals court has tossed a False Claims Act case against Verizon Communications Inc., ruling that the suit is barred by an earlier case in which the same whistleblower netted a big settlement. Wilmer Hale Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr advised Verizon.

Ninth Circuit Sustains Attorney’s Extortion Conviction

By Amanda Bronstad |

A California attorney serving prison time for attempting to extort money from the lawyer representing a rabbi in an immigration visa fraud investigation has failed to convince a federal appeals court to reverse his conviction.

50 mg pills of Zoloft

Zoloft Plaintiffs Argue Against Limiting Expert Testimony

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A key causation witness for plaintiffs who allege Zoloft caused birth defects is not limited to testifying to the four corners of her expert report, plaintiffs attorneys argued in a court filing.

A Ford

Asbestos Defendants Seek Access to Bankruptcy Documents

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Litigation over access to evidence of misrepresentation in asbestos cases is not quite over yet.

Actos.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Faces More Actos Plaintiffs

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

One plaintiff's lawsuit in Louisiana federal court over allegations that diabetes drug Actos increases the risk of bladder cancer resulted in a $9 billion verdict. What might a jury do in a case consolidating claims by two plaintiffs?

Attorneys David Boies, left, and Theodore B. Olson discuss the issue of gay marriage at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Next Step for Marriage Equality

By Marcia Coyle |

Two federal appellate courts are poised to decide the constitutionality of three state bans against same-sex marriage and move the fundamental question closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ryobi BTS10 table saw.

Table Saw Targeted as Lacking Safety Technology

By Laura Castro |

A Pennsylvania consumer who claims he suffered severe and permanent injuries while using an "unreasonably dangerous" table saw has filed a products liability suit against the manufacturers of the device.

Hungarian Vizsla dog behind a fence

Court OKs Warrantless Animal Rescue When 'Appropriate'

By Sheri Qualters |

Massachusetts' highest court has ruled that officials may enter private property without a search warrant to rescue animals "in appropriate circumstances."

Family members of people killed in accidents attributed to General Motors’ defective ignition switch gathered in Washington on April 1, 2014.

GM Docket Is Growing

By Amanda Bronstad |

General Motors Co.'s legal troubles have shifted into overdrive, with plaintiffs lawyers insisting that drivers of recalled cars are risking their lives by getting behind the wheel.

Federal Magistrate Judge John Facciola

D.C. Judge Battles DOJ On Searches

By Zoe Tillman |

Federal Magistrate Judge John Facciola was introduced during a 2008 conference as the "Italian Stallion of e-discovery." Long at the forefront on technology and the law, Facciola is back in the national spotlight over the scope of prosecutors' power to access elec­tronically stored information.

Adam West: “To be able to take control and finish early was a nice option,” he concluded.

Arizona's Early Bar Exam Sitting Attracts 38 Hopefuls

By Karen Sloan |

Thirty-eight 3Ls from Arizona's three law schools elected to participate in the state's inaugural early bar sitting. Their exam results won't be available until May, but students in Arizona and legal leaders around country are keeping tabs on the two-year pilot program.

Colorado In-House Legal Departments of the Year

The National Law Journal spotlights Colorado in-house legal teams that are setting standards in outside counsel management, corporate compliance, diversity in the profession, pro bono service and in handling really big deals.

A debt collection notice

Debt Collection Class Action Sent Back to Federal Court

By Lisa Hoffman |

Plaintiffs in a proposed class action against an Illinois debt collector have suffered a setback in their efforts to trade a potentially greater award of damages available in federal court for a presumed friendlier state venue.

Whole Foods Market. March 25, 2009. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/LEGAL TIMES.

Mislabeling Lawsuit Against Whole Foods Proceeds

By Laura Castro |

A California federal judge has refused to dismiss a class action lawsuit against Whole Foods Market California that accused it of mislabeling several food products as natural when they contain artificial ingredients.

stack of credit cards

Credit Card Companies Narrowly Escape Antitrust Class Action

By Jan Wolfe |

Somewhat grudgingly, a federal judge in New York tossed claims that American Express, Discover and other companies used meetings organized by lawyers at Wilmer and Ballard Spahr to cook up a conspiracy to preempt consumer class actions.

Medical bill

Employee Trust Files Antitrust Action over Hospital Costs

By Laura Castro |

A union trust fund for grocery store workers has filed a class action lawsuit against Sutter Health for violations of California’s antitrust and unfair competition statutes, alleging the unchecked, anti-competitive behavior by the health care provider and its affiliates resulted in substantial overcharges by its hospitals.

A natural gas facility.

Appeals Court Pushes Judge in Gas Suit to Speed It Up

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A federal appeals court has directed a lower court judge to make up his mind about whether an arbitration agreement pertains to a class-action dispute over a business deal.

Forman Mills

Retailer Penalized for Children’s Clothing Hazard

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The Consumer Product Safety Commission provisionally approved a $600,000 civil penalty with retail chain Forman Mills Inc. for its failure to report the sale of garments that could put kids at risk of strangulation.

Consolidation of Diet Supplement Cases Rejected

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Two dietary supplements made by the same company don't have enough in common to warrant pre-trial consolidation, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has ruled.

Students in school.

Settlements Pending for Los Angeles Schools, Homeless

By Amanda Bronstad |

Pro bono organization Public Counsel has inked two class action settlements that would reinstitute funds to struggling schools and homeless residents in the Los Angeles area affected by California’s budget crisis.

Correction

Verdicts & Settlements

Rich Baer, general counsel of Liberty Media Corp./Liberty Interactive Corp.

LIBERTY MEDIA CORP./LIBERTY INTERACTIVE CORP.

By Karen Sloan |

A busy start to 2014 for the media conglomerate and its electronic commerce-focused spinoff is keeping the legal team on their toes.

FDA Seeks Comments on Labeling For Accelerated-Approval Drugs

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking comments on its draft guidance for manufacturers of human prescription drugs and biological products that get accelerated approval in order to get onto the market for treatment of life-threatening conditions.

Christine Searls, Senior Associate General Counsel of CenturyLink.

CENTURYLINK INC.

By George Erb |

The communication company's Denver legal department and the local office of Bryan Cave were instrumental in establishing a pro bono hotline for pro se litigants.

Michael Mooney, Level 3’s general counsel for regulatory policy

LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS INC.

By George Erb |

Look no further than Level 3 Communications Inc.'s legal department to see the results of their commitment to inclusiveness.

SIGNING UP: Health care applicants line up outside an SEIU-United Health Care Workers West ­building in California last month. March 31 marked the open enrollment deadline under the ACA.

In Health Care Arena, Law Firms Explore New Lobbying Ventures

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington law firms are reassessing how they structure their health care lobbying practices this year, as the industry expands to implement the Affordable Care Act and the government continues to tinker with Medicare.

Liza McKelvey, Vice President and  General Counsel of Cochlear Americas

COCHLEAR AMERICAS CORP.

By Sherry Karabin |
Daniel Jablonsky, general counsel of DigitalGlobe Inc.

DIGITALGLOBE INC.

By Todd Ruger |

When DigitalGlobe Inc. launched a merger with its rival in the U.S. satellite imaging market, the in-house legal team had to navigate challenges from a constellation of federal government interests.

Lee Reichert, deputy general counsel at Molson Coors Brewing Co.

MOLSON COORS BREWING CO.

By Sheri Qualters |

As deputy general counsel at Molson Coors Brewing Co., Lee Reichert relies on a diverse team to handle global compliance demands.

Kevin MacCary, general counsel of United Launch Alliance

UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE LLC

By Sheri Qualters |

Working at United Launch Alliance LLC, is, in fact, ­rocket science, but its general counsel says that creating a first-class legal department isn't. Kevin MacCary believes it's more about developing talent and fostering inclusion and volunteerism than numbers and statistics.

Civil Actions

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

National Association for Law Placement executive director James Leipold

Legal Jobs Picture: 'We're Not Going Back to 2006'

By Karen Sloan |

The entry-level legal job market hasn’t recovered from the hit it took during the recession, and isn’t likely to return to the robust days of the mid-2000s in the foreseeable future.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel

Bayer Moves to Eliminate Mirena IUD Claims

By Amanda Bronstad |

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc. has moved to dismiss some of about 450 lawsuits filed over its Mirena intrauterine contraceptive device on ground that the cases exceed the applicable statute of limitations.

Sealed court documents.

Insurers Join in Efforts to Unseal Asbestos 'Misrepresentation' Evidence

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Two insurance companies are joining Ford Motor Company's effort to unseal the evidence that led a bankruptcy judge to find “demonstrable misrepresentation” in several asbestos cases.

Horizon organic milk

Defendant Criticizes 'Do-Over' By Experts in Organic Milk Class Actions

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A milk company defending its labeling against seven proposed class actions said that the plaintiffs are attempting a “do-over” of their expert testimony by having their experts complete new reports.

A stack of documents

Pelvic Mesh Maker Must Provide Discovery About Hernia Products

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A federal judge has ruled that Cook Medical Inc. must disclose information about its medical devices used to repair hernias even though the manufacturer argued they have nothing to do with the pelvic mesh products plaintiffs have sued over.

Sixth Circuit Slams EEOC in Kaplan Bias Case

By Jan Wolfe |

Not only did the EEOC base its case on flawed methodology, the court ruled, but the agency employs the same hiring practice that it claimed Kaplan was using to discriminate against minorities.

A Golden Corral

Class Action Accuses Restaurant of Overtime Violations

By Lisa Hoffman |

A Florida restaurant worker alleges his bosses required him to work under his own name and also under an “alter ego” so the company would not have to pay him overtime or comply with health care reform mandates, according to a proposed class action filed in federal court.

A nursing home

Residents Allege Negligence at Nursing Home in N.D.

By Lisa Hoffman |

At least 44 residents of a North Dakota nursing home have contracted Hepatitis C through the negligence of the ManorCare facility, a proposed class action alleges.

Compliance: A Special Report

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is undertaking a major review of the disclosure requirements for public companies, opening an opportunity to home in on material information of true value to investors.

Dewey: Don't Let it Happen to Your Law Firm

By Donna Boehme |

Dewey & LeBoeuf's collapse offers a grim example to other major law firms about failed oversight.

The First Step is Understanding Risk Environment

By Keith Korenchuk, Samuel Witten and Christopher Yukins |

International corruption investigations show importance of drafting and enforcing compliance regimes.

Companies Bury Information in Plain Sight

By Howard E. Berkenblit |

As it reviews reporting requirements, SEC would do well to consider what investors really need to know.

Laura Witte, general counsel of Cargill Inc.

CARGILL INC.

By Andrew Ramonas |

For Cargill Inc. general counsel Laura Witte, attention to the management of outside counsel has paid off.

Court Weighs Whether Deportation Fits Crime

By Sheri Qualters |

A federal appellate court heard oral arguments Wednesday about whether immigration judges must consider whether deportation amounts to disproportional punishment for a legal permanent resident following a criminal conviction.

Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft

Microsoft GC Complains of Legal Training Shortfall

By Karen Sloan |

Microsoft Corp. general counsel Brad Smith has some advice for young lawyers: Look for jobs that offer good training opportunities right off the bat, as those first years are so formative in one's career.

Call for Nominations: The 2014 Intellectual Property Hot List

The National Law Journal is accepting nominations for our 2014 Intellectual Property Hot List. We will highlight firms that focus significantly on patent, copyright or trademark work and have demonstrated creative strategies for litigation, patent prosecution, licensing and other transactional work.

William Mitchell College of Law marker

William Mitchell Law School Offers Hybrid JD Program

By Mark Gerlach |

The American Bar Association approves a variance allowing the Minnesota law school to offer online and on-campus program.

'Very Modest' Jobs Growth Seen For Law School Graduates

By Karen Sloan |

The law school class of 2013 didn’t have much better luck than their predecessors in finding jobs, as entry-level employment data released Wednesday by the American Bar Association revealed that very little changed in the hiring market.

Anonymous user on the NOLA website

Court: Newspaper Must Reveal Commenters' Identities

By Mike Scarcella |

The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans cannot shield private identifying information about two people who posted anonymous comments on its website about a corruption probe, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Oral surgeon at work

Court: Testimony from Oral Surgeon Improperly Excluded

By Lisa Hoffman |

The expert testimony of an oral surgeon should have been allowed in a product liability suit brought by a patient who contends her use of the drug Zometa led to the destruction of bone in her jaw, a federal appeals court has ruled, reversing a lower court’s decision and remanding the case.

An X26 Taser

Court Dismisses Design Claim Against Taser

By Laura Castro |

A federal appeals court has dismissed a defective design claim brought against Taser International Inc. by the mother of a Missouri man who died of cardiac arrest after being shot in the chest with the device.

Electronic bingo

Class Certification for Electronic Bingo Players Reversed

By Lisa Hoffman |

Ruling that a lower federal court abused its discretion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a decision granting class status to electronic bingo players suing to recover their losses at an Alabama greyhound race track.

Electronic health records

FDA Proposes Rules for Health Information Technology

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The U.S. Food Drug Administration, the Federal Communications Commission and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are looking to get feedback on a regulatory framework for health information technology, including electronic health records.

Members of the Arkansas Supreme Court

Arkansas Supreme Court Rejects Class Action Over Medical Records

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Class action plaintiffs suing over the charges levied to get copies of their medical records are not exempt from taxes, the Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled.

A vaccination

Divided Federal Circuit Rejects Vaccine Injury Claim

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled 2-1 that a claimant did not prove it was more likely than not that her son's brain injury was related to a vaccine he received.

Department of Labor headquarters at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, DC

Judge Socks Labor Department With Costs of Failed Lawsuit

By Andrew Ramonas |

The U.S. Department of Labor must pay more than $565,000 in attorney fees to an oilfield services company it accused of wage-and-hour violations totaling more than $6 million, a federal judge has ruled.

Massachusetts state governor Deval Patrick

Judge: State's Painkiller Ban Appears 'Out of Line'

By Sheri Qualters |

A Boston federal judge said Tuesday that pharmaceutical company Zogenix Inc. would likely win its bid to temporarily stop a Massachusetts state ban on its painkiller Zohydro, but postponed ruling until next week.

Courthouse News Service

Reinstatement for Suit Seeking Access to Court Filings

By Amanda Bronstad |

Courthouse News Service should be able to pursue a lawsuit seeking access to civil complaints because it “presents an important First Amendment question” for the federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled.

W. Mark Lanier

Huge Punitive Damages Award in Actos Bellwether Trial

By Amanda Bronstad |

A jury in Louisiana has awarded more than $9 billion in the first federal bellwether trial over claims that taking Actos increases the risk of getting bladder cancer.

India's search areas for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Obstacles to U.S. Lawsuits in Malaysia Airlines Mystery

By Amanda Bronstad |

The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is unlikely to lead to lawsuits in the United States because, unlike the Asiana Airlines crash last year, there’s no potential case against the American manufacturer, The Boeing Co., according to lawyers with aviation litigation expertise.

ABA President James R. Silkenat

Tax Proposal Harms Law Firms, ABA President Says

By Todd Ruger |

American Bar Association President James Silkenat wants to convince members of Congress this week that the leading tax reform proposals on Capitol Hill would harm not only law firms and lawyers but also the businesses and other clients who hire them.

The Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System.

Judge Reinstates Claims Against Goldman Sachs

By Lisa Hoffman |

After throwing out a putative class action against Goldman Sachs twice before, a federal judge has switched gears on the mortgage securities suit brought by Detroit police and fire retirees and allowed it to proceed.

Vaginal mesh

Mesh Defendant Objects to Plaintiffs' Sanctions Bid

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The plaintiffs suing Cook Medical Inc. over its pelvic mesh products have asked for sanctions because they say the defendant made a last-minute document dump that required the cancellation of a deposition of a defense witness.

Alder Law founder Michael Alder

Lawyer Warns Against California Medical-Bill Precedent

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The California Supreme Court ruled 2 1/2 years ago that tort plaintiffs can't recover the full amounts billed by their health care providers, only the discounted amounts actually paid by health insurers.

Hebrew National beef hot dogs.

Hotdog Class Action Thrown Out of Federal Court

By Lisa Hoffman |

A federal appeals panel, acting as the “higher authority” to which the maker and consumers of Hebrew National hotdogs must answer, has ruled that a proposed consumer class action challenging the product’s kosher status belongs in state, not federal, court.

Class Certified in Download Insurance Lawsuit

By Lisa Hoffman |

Computer security firm Symantec Corp. and one of its contractors face a certified class action brought by consumers who say the companies duped them into buying “download insurance” when the same service was available for free.

The Fracas Over Fracking

As energy companies push to expand extraction of oil and natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, we consider some of the legal angles in this special section.

Target.

Target Data-Breach Litigation Coordinated in Minnesota

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal panel has ordered about 100 consumer class actions filed against Target Corp. over its data breach transferred to Minnesota, where lawyers in related derivative shareholder actions have moved to appoint lead counsel.

U.S. Supreme Court building

Conservatives Plan Follow-Up Affirmative Action Attack

By Marcia Coyle |

Edward Blum, head of the one-man Project on Fair Representation, announced on Monday that he is targeting three major universities for potential legal challenges to their use of race in admissions: Harvard University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Wisconsin.

Toyota

Complaint Says Toyota Ignored Oil Problem

By Lisa Hoffman |

Some of the most popular Toyota models suffer from a potentially dangerous defect that causes rapid oil burning, a problem that manifests at about the time the warranty expires and for which Toyota Motor Corp. claims no responsibility, a newly filed class action alleges.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, was on the three-judge panel that ruled for Nicholas Slatten.

Ex-Blackwater Guard Wins Challenge of Manslaughter Indictment

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal appeals court in Washington handed the U.S. Department of Justice a loss Monday in its revived prosecution of former Blackwater guards charged with killing Iraqi civilians in 2007.