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October 31, 2014
Whirlpool Beats Moldy Washer Class Action in Bellwether Trial

After winning class action status and surviving multiple appeals, plaintiffs lawyers hit a dead end in the first trial over claims that Whirlpool sold mold-prone washers to millions of unsuspecting customers.

October 31, 2014
Gerber Baby Formula Ads Are Misleading, FTC Claims

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday sued baby food maker Gerber Products Co., alleging the company misled consumers by suggesting that its ?Gerber Good Start Gentle? formula prevents or reduces the risk babies will develop allergies.

October 31, 2014
Ninth Circuit Clears Path for ERISA Suits

Judge William Fletcher's decision allowing ERISA claims to proceed against Amgen is possibly the first to apply a 2014 Supreme Court decision.

October 31, 2014
D.C., California Next Battlegrounds Over Online Streaming

Online television streaming service Aereo suffered a defeat last week in a New York federal court, but competitor FilmOn X is pressing on with similar fights against copyright lawsuits in Washington and California.

October 31, 2014
Charles Schwab Sues L.A. Law Firm Over Disparaging Website

The brokerage head and his son accuse Steiner & Libo of libel for allegedly helping a client post false statements online.

October 31, 2014
Patent Law — Best Practices as Seen From the Bench

Three U.S. district judges and a U.S. magistrate participated in a roundtable discussion in Dallas, "Patent Law: Best Practices As Seen From The Bench."

October 31, 2014
Roberta Gelb on Technology Training

Roberta Gelb, president of Chelsea Office Systems, talks about how trends such as cloud computing and bring your own device (BYOD) have law firms realizing the importance of training in the adoption of new technologies.

October 31, 2014
Eric Turkewitz on Legal Blogging

Eric Turkewitz, of The Turkewitz Law Firm and author of the New York Personal Injury Law Blog, offers dos and don'ts for first-time legal bloggers.

October 31, 2014
Twitter: A Sleeping Discovery Giant?

Attorney Daniel Cummins and staff reporter Ben Present discuss the emerging issue of social media law. In this installment, the two discuss the differences between Facebook and Twitter, and whether Twitter posts can be discoverable.

October 31, 2014
D.C. Judge Punts YouTube Video Suit to California

A federal trial judge in Washington hit the stop button on a suit over the removal of the YouTube video "LuvYa LuvYa LuvYa," sending the case against Google to a California judge to decide.

October 31, 2014
Disney Wins Round in Spider-Man Suit

On the eve of Halloween, a federal judge in Reading, Pa., reasserted that Stan Lee Media Inc. doesn't own Spider-Man.

October 31, 2014
Feds Press to Keep Mug Shots Secret

The federal government on Thursday asked a federal appeals court to block the compelled disclosure of mug shots, citing the ?substantial? privacy interests of defendants. The U.S. Department of Justice is fighting a Michigan judge?s ruling in a suit brought by the Detroit Free Press.

October 31, 2014
Oral Arguments in Texas Same-Sex Marriage Case Moved to 2015

"A January setting does not look very expedited to me, but we are eager to make our case for marriage equality as soon as the court gives us a chance," according to Daniel "Neel" Lane Jr., a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in San Antonio, who represents plaintiffs who filed against Texas and oppose its ban on same-sex marriages.

October 31, 2014
A Year After NJ's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Law Remains Hazy

A little more than one year after same-sex couples gained the right to marry in New Jersey, with thousands of couples having tied the knot, the right has yet to be codified by statute and remains predicated on a trial court ruling.

October 31, 2014
Surgeon sues surgical-gown manufacturer over claims that their product protects against Ebola

A Los Angeles surgeon has filed suit in federal court alleging that a manufacturer of surgical gowns falsely claims they protect against Ebola and other…

October 31, 2014
House suit against Obama still in planning stage after second law firm reportedly stops work on case

A law firm hired to take over a planned lawsuit against President Barack Obama has reportedly stopped work on the case. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart &…

October 31, 2014
Bankruptcy plan for Stockton, California, that saves worker pensions is confirmed by judge

Saying that a bankruptcy plan for the California city of Stockton was “the best that could be done in terms of restructuring the city’s debts,”…

October 31, 2014
Venice Beach residents sue Los Angeles, saying existing laws regarding transients not enforced

Residents of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach sued the city and county of Los Angeles today, alleging that they have illegally failed to…

October 31, 2014
After courtroom tears in high-profile case, lawyer closes office for one-year sabbatical

Lawyer Cheryl Carpenter was in tears as she argued for leniency on behalf of her client, Theodore Wafer, who was convicted of second-degree murder for…

October 31, 2014
Are spirits, slayings or slurs ‘material defects’ homebuyers must be told of?

Understandably, every homebuyer wants to know as much as possible about a prospective residence. New roof? Check. Hardwood floors? Check. No liens or taxes owed?…