ANALYTICS: Paraquat, the New Roundup of Herbicide-Related Lawsuits?

The first lawsuit covered by Law Street regarding paraquat was filed in early December 2020. Since then lawsuits with similar allegations against Syngenta AG, Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, and Chevron USA alleging that paraquat-based herbicides caused Parkinson’s disease for farmers and individuals living by...

Nestle Moves for Summary Judgment in Poland Springs Case

On Tuesday, a motion for partial summary judgement was submitted to the District of Connecticut by Nestle Waters Inc. Nestle is...

Nutrien Claims Employment Allegations Against it Belong in Federal Court

On Monday, Nutrien removed a class action civil lawsuit filed against it containing employment allegations to the Eastern District of California. The...

SCOTUS Reverses Ninth Circuit Ruling on California Farmworker Union Regulation

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to reverse the Ninth Circuit ruling on a property rights lawsuit, ruling...

Tech Giants

Featured Viewpoints

Motion to Dismiss Partially Granted in Uber Wage and Hour Class Action

The Northern District of California partially granted a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging Uber Technologies Inc. violated the California...

Amazon Flex Driver Sues Over Unpaid Wages, Tips

In a District of New Jersey complaint filed on Tuesday, Geran Smith, a former Amazon Flex driver, accused Amazon.com Services Inc. and...

5th Circuit Issues Precedential Opinion in ADA Case Against Microsoft

The Fifth Circuit affirmed a district court decision in favor of Microsoft Corporation, the defendant, after finding that plaintiff-appellant John Thompson failed...

Court Compels Arbitration in Consumer Suit Against Verizon

Alyce Fraher’s complaint against Verizon Wireless Services LLC over billing and service issues has been sent to arbitration, after the Southern District...

VIEWPOINTS: Civil and Criminal Prosecution of the Many Flavors of COVID-19 Relief Fraud Will Be Around for Years

Dan Eckhart It’s not as if we needed another cautionary tale about good intentions colliding with unbridled...

VIEWPOINTS: A Journey from Law to Tech

Tim Fox is the Director of Practice Intelligence at Ogletree Deakins.  In 2016, the managing...

VIEWPOINTS: Open Fields in Indiana

Brianna Schroeder is a founding partner at Janzan Schroeder Ag Law. Here in Indiana, can the...

VIEWPOINTS: Flood Insurance Policy Must Be Strictly Construed

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is not the same as commercial insurance. Every claim that is...

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Emerging Tech

LOCIcoin Issuer and CEO to Pay $7.6M in Securities Fraud and Registration Settlement

On Tuesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it settled fraud charges against Loci Inc. and its CEO John Wise. The accompanying order accused the respondents of making materially false and misleading statements in connection...

Nutrien Claims Employment Allegations Against it Belong in Federal Court

On Monday, Nutrien removed a class action civil lawsuit filed against it containing employment allegations to the Eastern District of California. The...

SCOTUS Reverses Ninth Circuit Ruling on California Farmworker Union Regulation

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to reverse the Ninth Circuit ruling on a property rights lawsuit, ruling...

Court Denies Intervention in Farmworker Wage Rate Lawsuit

The California Eastern District Court denied attempts from organizations representing agricultural employers to intervene in and stay a lawsuit regarding wage rates...

Motion to Dismiss Partially Granted in Uber Wage and Hour Class Action

The Northern District of California partially granted a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging Uber Technologies Inc. violated the California...

Health

FTC Finalizes Settlement with Flo Health Regarding Exchanged Data

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finalized a settlement proposed earlier this year in response to allegations that Flo Health, Inc. had conspired with companies such as Google and Facebook to exchange its users’ personal health information for their own benefit. The FTC claimed that Flo...

Complaint Alleges Bionpharma Is Infringing Azurity’s Epaned Patent

Azurity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Bionpharma, Inc with allegations that the company committed patent infringement when it filed an Abbreviated...

4th Circuit Remands Putative Class Action Against Aetna

The Fourth Circuit issued an opinion in a lawsuit Tuesday, which was originally filed by Sandra Peters against Aetna Inc.; Aetna Life...

Express Scripts Claims U.S. Owes it $34M in Tax Refunds

On Tuesday, Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit company, filed a lawsuit against the United States in the Eastern District of Missouri. The...

Complaint Alleges Bionpharma Is Infringing Azurity’s Epaned Patent

Azurity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Bionpharma, Inc with allegations that the company committed patent infringement when it filed an Abbreviated...

4th Circuit Remands Putative Class Action Against Aetna

The Fourth Circuit issued an opinion in a lawsuit Tuesday, which was originally filed by Sandra Peters against Aetna Inc.; Aetna Life...

Express Scripts Claims U.S. Owes it $34M in Tax Refunds

On Tuesday, Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit company, filed a lawsuit against the United States in the Eastern District of Missouri. The...

DOL Claims Best Choice Home Health Care Failed To Properly Compensate Employees

The United States Department of Labor (DOL), and its Secretary of Labor, Martin J. Walsh, filed a lawsuit against Best Choice Home...

Agriculture

Nestle Moves for Summary Judgment in Poland Springs Case

On Tuesday, a motion for partial summary judgement was submitted to the District of Connecticut by Nestle Waters Inc. Nestle is currently the defendant in a class action lawsuit. The motion stems from a lawsuit brought against them in August 2017....

Nutrien Claims Employment Allegations Against it Belong in Federal Court

On Monday, Nutrien removed a class action civil lawsuit filed against it containing employment allegations to the Eastern District of California. The...

SCOTUS Reverses Ninth Circuit Ruling on California Farmworker Union Regulation

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to reverse the Ninth Circuit ruling on a property rights lawsuit, ruling...

Court Denies Intervention in Farmworker Wage Rate Lawsuit

The California Eastern District Court denied attempts from organizations representing agricultural employers to intervene in and stay a lawsuit regarding wage rates...

Nutrien Claims Employment Allegations Against it Belong in Federal Court

On Monday, Nutrien removed a class action civil lawsuit filed against it containing employment allegations to the Eastern District of California. The...

SCOTUS Reverses Ninth Circuit Ruling on California Farmworker Union Regulation

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to reverse the Ninth Circuit ruling on a property rights lawsuit, ruling...

Court Denies Intervention in Farmworker Wage Rate Lawsuit

The California Eastern District Court denied attempts from organizations representing agricultural employers to intervene in and stay a lawsuit regarding wage rates...

Tyson Moves Another Lawsuit Alleging it is at Fault for COVID-19 Related Deaths to Federal Court

Another lawsuit against Tyson Foods, Inc. and related entities and individuals regarding COVID-19 pandemic deaths was moved to federal court on Monday. ...

Around Law Street

Washington State Sues Facebook For Violating State Campaign Finance Laws

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for selling Washington state political ads on its platform but...

9th Circuit Affirms Plaintiff’s Judgment in Bellwether Roundup Lawsuit

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a Roundup herbicide judgment on Friday in favor of the plaintiff, Edwin Hardeman, in a bellwether trial lawsuit....

FCC Makes 6 GHz Broadband Available for Next-Gen Wi-Fi

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Thursday they are making 1,200 megahertz of 6 GHz wireless spectrum band available for unlicensed use....

DEA Takes Steps Toward Letting Companies Produce Marijuana for Research Purposes

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) notified companies recently that they are moving toward approving applications to grant federal authorization for manufacturing...

USPTO Rules That AI Cannot Invent Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) ruled last week that artificial intelligence systems cannot be credited as an inventor in a...

FCC Moves Forward with Changes to Robocall Verification Requirements

In a press release dated Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed that it had proposed and sought comment on changes that...

Sinclair Broadcasting to Pay $48m FCC Penalty

On May 6, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its largest civil penalty ever given to a broadcaster. Sinclair Broadcasting Group will...

47 Attorneys General Press Congress to Pass Elder Financial Abuse Bill Aimed at Curbing E-Fraud

On Tuesday, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), on behalf of a bipartisan coalition of nearly all state attorneys general, appealed...

Apple, Corellium Each File for Summary Judgment In Emulation Suit

Apple has filed a motion for partial summary judgment in its copyright infringement suit against Corellium. In turn, defendant software company Corellium...

Intellectual Property

Texas Supreme Court Ends Photography Copyright Lawsuit Against University of Houston

The Supreme Court of Texas ruled against Jim Olive Photography in its case against the University of Houston which the plaintiff alleged...

American Patents Sues Sierra Wireless for Communication Network Patent Infringement

On Monday, American Patents LLC sued Sierra Wireless Inc. in the Western District of Texas for infringing four of its patents. The...

Class-Action Lawsuit Against Ancestry.com Regarding Yearbook Photos Dismissed

The Northern District of California dismissed a class action lawsuit against Ancestry.com on Tuesday with prejudice, ruling that the company’s use of...

Policy

FCC Prevails in Huawei ‘National Security Threat’ Designation Case

In a ruling ruling last Friday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition brought by Huawei Technologies Company and its...

Proposed Senate Bill Tackles Data Privacy With Creation of New Federal Agency

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and co-sponsor Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the introduction of the Data Protection Act of 2021, a bill that...

FCC Improves Wireless Emergency Alert System

A news release issued Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it has adopted rules strengthening the nation’s emergency alert...

Cybersecurity

SEC Settles With First American Financial Over Cybersecurity Disclosure Control Failures

According to a press release issued on Tuesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged a real estate settlement services company with...

Amazon Sued Over Alexa Audio Recording

On Monday, a group of consumers brought a lawsuit against Amazon regarding “smart speakers” and other devices that use Amazon’s voice...

DOJ Recovers $2.3M in Bitcoin From Colonial Pipeline Ransom Paid to Darkside

On Monday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it seized 63.7 bitcoins, representing a May 8 ransom payment by Colonial Pipeline...

Cannabis

Nestle Moves for Summary Judgment in Poland Springs Case

On Tuesday, a motion for partial summary judgement was submitted to the District of Connecticut by Nestle Waters Inc. Nestle is...

Nutrien Claims Employment Allegations Against it Belong in Federal Court

On Monday, Nutrien removed a class action civil lawsuit filed against it containing employment allegations to the Eastern District of California. The...

SCOTUS Reverses Ninth Circuit Ruling on California Farmworker Union Regulation

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to reverse the Ninth Circuit ruling on a property rights lawsuit, ruling...

Land Use

Nestle Moves for Summary Judgment in Poland Springs Case

On Tuesday, a motion for partial summary judgement was submitted to the District of Connecticut by Nestle Waters Inc. Nestle is...

Nutrien Claims Employment Allegations Against it Belong in Federal Court

On Monday, Nutrien removed a class action civil lawsuit filed against it containing employment allegations to the Eastern District of California. The...

SCOTUS Reverses Ninth Circuit Ruling on California Farmworker Union Regulation

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to reverse the Ninth Circuit ruling on a property rights lawsuit, ruling...