The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s refusal to certify a class action accusing T-Mobile USA Inc. of unlawfully reactivating lost or stolen cellphones, saying the plaintiffs failed to address concerns over how proposed damages were to be determined.
A Virginia federal judge on Wednesday preserved Exela Pharma Sciences LLC's lawsuit alleging the federal government improperly revived a patent related to injectable acetaminophen treatment Ofirmev, a significant victory as the company defends itself in a separate patent infringement case.
A Florida federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a Medicare patient recruiter to 57 months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $1 million in restitution for taking kickbacks as part of a massive $205 million home health care fraud.
An Eleventh Circuit coverage battle between a builder and Mid-Continent Casualty Co. over a copyright settlement may clear up the question of whether under Florida law, insurers can avoid covering all — or just part — of an underlying settlement that's found unreasonable, but not fraudulent or collusive, attorneys say.
The Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that psychological counseling can count as a medical examination under the Americans With Disabilities Act, which forbids employers from requiring such exams unless they are job-related, reviving an ambulance driver's lawsuit against her employer.
Southern Co. unit Georgia Power has received the go-ahead from Georgia regulators for the remainder of its 2012 spending on a $14 billion nuclear plant expansion, the utility said Tuesday.
A Florida district judge on Wednesday granted final approval of a $2 million coupon settlement between strip club chain Rick's Cabaret International Inc. and a class of consumers who accused the company of sending them unwanted text messages.
The Eleventh Circuit on Monday dismissed a Sprint Nextel Corp. customer's putative roaming fee class action under the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Concepcion decision, ruling that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts any Florida law that might void a class action waiver in a consumer contract.
A former Hancock County, Miss., official and his wife and two brothers pled guilty Wednesday to taking part in a scheme to defraud the federal government through $1.2 million in kickbacks on federal money earmarked for Hurricane Katrina cleanup contracts.
Higher One Holdings Inc. and The Bancorp Bank were hit with a proposed class action in Alabama on Friday accusing the companies of automatically creating bank accounts for college students without their knowledge or permission, as well as other violations of consumer protection law.
A Florida federal judge on Wednesday denied Capital One Bank's bid to block Hawaii and Mississippi from pursuing consumer fraud lawsuits against it, saying those states' attorneys general couldn't be bound by a $250 million class action settlement to which they were not parties.
An Alabama federal judge tossed a putative class action against JPMorgan Chase Bank NA on Tuesday that alleged the bank unlawfully changed the terms of its home equity line of credit plans, noting that the bank's term interpretations were consistent with the contracts.
Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. was hit with a putative class action in South Carolina federal court Tuesday accusing the insurance giant of sending unsolicited fax advertisements to many recipients in violation of the Junk Fax Prevention Act.
Toledo, Ohio-based Health Care REIT Inc. will acquire Sunrise Senior Living Inc. and its interests in 125 senior housing facilities, it said Wednesday, announcing a $1.9 billion deal to become one of the country's biggest retirement-community owners.
HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. on Monday asked a Tennessee federal judge to dismiss Oreck Corp.’s lawsuit demanding that HCC cover the vacuum cleaner maker in multidistrict litigation alleging it misled consumers into purchasing products that did not perform as advertised.
A Tennessee company that manufactures shoe inserts for diabetics fired an employee who complained about Medicare fraud and illegal telemarketing practices, according to an amended whistleblower suit filed Tuesday that drops the company's now-imprisoned owner as a defendant.
Texas can proceed with a law that cuts off state funds to Planned Parenthood and other clinics affiliated with abortion providers after the Fifth Circuit vacated an injunction against the law Tuesday, ruling the clinics' free speech wasn't penalized by the state's decision to disfavor abortion.
A patent-holding company accused Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., Scottrade Inc. and OptionsHouse LLC in Georgia federal court Friday of infringing a group of security patents used to safeguard online information associated with customers' accounts.
A Kentucky federal judge on Tuesday tossed 17 lawsuits against bankrupt AAIPharma LLC, NeoSan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and AAIPharma Development Services Inc. in a multidistrict litigation over injuries tied to painkillers Darvocet and Darvon, saying the plaintiffs couldn’t prove who made the drugs they took.
A Mississippi federal judge ruled Monday that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. had no duty to defend a pharmacy and its employees against claims that they liberally doled out addictive drugs, causing injuries and in some cases deaths.
Boise County, Idaho, demonstrates one of the reasons that Chapter 9 is not a panacea for every kind of financial problem burdening U.S. municipalities. Unfortunately, an increasing number of municipalities are passing the test that Boise County failed, say Joseph Witalec and Mark Douglas of Jones Day.
In U.S. Bank Nat'l Ass'n v. Federal Ins. Co., litigation stemming from Hostess Brands Inc.'s first bankruptcy filing, the Eighth Circuit handed down a decision that offers instruction to insurance and bankruptcy practitioners alike, providing further refinement in the debate on the effect an agreement not to sue has when the covered loss is an amount the insured is “legally obligated to pay,” says William Webster of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP.
Regulated entities, courts and federal agencies have struggled with the question of whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's reliance on guidance documents, employed in place of formal rulemaking, can be used to preempt state law claims when such claims conflict with agency guidance, but do not explicitly conflict with formally adopted regulations or laws, say David Graham and Anthony de Sam Lazaro of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP.
The recently effective amendments to the federal removal statutes resolve a circuit split, cure potential inequities, clarify various aspects of removal procedure and jurisdiction, avoid a lurking constitutional problem, and present litigators with significant tactical choices and opportunities, say Colin Wrabley and Richard Heppner of Reed Smith LLP.
In Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Goldstein, a federal district court has struck down California's low-carbon fuel standard as prohibited by the federal Commerce Clause. The decision is likely to reverberate well beyond the state, as most other states' LCFS are based to some degree on California's regulations, says Kurt Blase of Holland & Knight LLP.
Now, as all law firms are grappling with a weak economy and an increasingly competitive market for legal services, the need for practice group leaders to actually lead has become acute. The good news is that the skills necessary to be an effective practice group leader can be learned and honed, says Susan Dunlap of Susan Dunlap & Associates.
Although Chapter 9 provides significant benefits to distressed municipalities, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s quick and effective move to block Harrisburg’s bankruptcy filing illustrates the severe constraints municipalities are under when seeking relief under Chapter 9 without the support of the state government, say attorneys with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.
A Missouri federal court has denied the class certification motion of consumers suing defendants in the multidistrict litigation over the use of bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups. The court offered a number of reasons for the denial, including the fact that plaintiffs’ proof of what defendants failed to disclose would not be common for all class members, says Sean Wajert of Dechert LLP.
In September 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a proposed rule that will have the effect of impeding an operator’s ability to comply with safety and environmental management system auditing requirements in Outer Continental Shelf drilling. The oil and gas industry ought to take the lead in proposing guidance for filling gaps in the proposed rule, say Stephanie Salek, Jonathan Henry and Kelsey Desloover of King & Spalding LLP.
Emitters of greenhouse gases now more than ever need to be keenly aware of the exact terms of their insurance coverage policy, as insurers will be able to use the Virginia Supreme Court's recent decision in AES Corp. v. Steadfast Insurance Co. to argue that greenhouse gas emissions do not constitute an occurrence under a standard general liability policy, say Joseph Jean and Kimberly Diamond of Lowenstein Sandler PC.