Google successful in dismissing web browser cookie lawsuit

In a 60-page decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, Judge Julio Fuentes, along with two other judges, rejected a proposed class action lawsuit claiming that Google violated user rights by placing cookies in their browsers to track user activities for ad placement, Reuters reported on November 10.

Jawbone files third lawsuit against Fitbit

The new Fitbit products, including wearable arm bands to track users' motions, are taking America by storm, with the company growing fast. However, the company is facing its third lawsuit in two months from the company, Jawbone. Jawbone is another line of fitness trackers and is seeking to stop Fitbit from importing products needed to make the bands.

Lawsuit filed against St. Joseph’s University for ‘sexually charged hazing’

As the discussions about sexual assaults in college campuses across America come to a full boil, another lawsuit adds kindling to the raging fire. As reported by AP, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia is in the middle of a controversy involving a lawsuit filed by a former softball player alleging questionable hazing activities.

Xarelto Lawsuits can Go One Way or the Other

Xarelto lawsuit plaintiffs have recently submitted a motion to the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consolidate the cases in multidistrict litigation (MDL). Defendants Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (a division of Johnson & Johnson) have made a similar motion. The thing is, the motions are for different districts.

Red Bull Denies Misleading the Public

We have all seen it time and again; product marketing makes use of exaggeration to promote their products by using catchy taglines that may not be precisely factual. They say “the best in Somewhereville” or “once you pop you can’t stop” and similar claims, and in general the consumers know that it is all just talk. There is actually a term for this: puffery. No one really takes it seriously, and in most cases it is caveat emptor or buyers beware. In other words, use your common sense.

Dodd-Frank only Applies to Local Whistleblowers

According to a ruling by a US court in a lawsuit brought by a foreign worker against their employer for retaliation, the anti-retaliation statute for whistleblowers comes into effect only when the employee works in the US. Foreign employees have no redress if they are terminated for whistleblowing, even if the employer has significant dealings in the US i.e. sells to companies based in the US.

College Athletes May Not Need Summer Jobs Soon

Playing college football or basketball is often a good way to get a scholarship; that is, if you make the cut. However, colleges and universities are often restricted from giving out cash and other incentives by the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and that can severely limit their options. When pitted against well-established institutions, lesser known colleges find it hard to compete for available talent.

Civil Action for Bullying

Bullying is not taken as seriously as it should be in under criminal law, so parents are now turning to civil litigation to address the problem.

Most people have grown up with at least one bully in school, and most of the time it is upsetting but most children quietly suffer through it. However, with an increasing number of bully-induced suicides and the 24-hour reach of bullies through social media, it is not something that can be safely tolerated any longer. Most states have anti-bullying laws in place, but legislation is a far cry from enforcement.

The No-fault Insurance Coverage or PIP – Coverage for the Liable Driver’s Injuries

Proving one’s capability to pay for injuries and/or damaged properties is a basic requirement for all drivers in the US. To this effect, all states mandate drivers to carry either the liability car insurance coverage or the no-fault insurance coverage (also called the Personal Injury Protection or PIP), that is, whichever their states require. If you've been in an accident contact

Compensation Plan for GM Victims

General Motors has set up a settlement plan for those who have been injured or killed because of the defective ignition switch in their GM vehicles even as it recalls a further 7.6 million vehicles for the same defect. Those who make a successful claim waive the right to sue the automaker in civil court. Claims can be made from August 1 to December 31, 2014 through the dedicated website or by calling a toll-free number.
The provisions of the plan are as follows:

  • All vehicle occupants in an accident prior to December 31, 2014 that sustained injury or died not due to any driver negligence but by failure of the ignition switch of specific car models can make a claim
  • Claimants submitted all relevant documentation showing that the ignition switch was the proximate cause of the crash
  • Compensation will be
    • Minimum of 1 million for the family of those who died, plus $300,000 each for the spouse and any dependent for lost lifetime earnings
    • Variable for catastrophic injuries covering life-care and lost wages
    • Maximum of $500,000 for those with less serious injuries to cover hospital expenses
    • Maximum of $20,000 for those availing of outpatient services
  • Those who have already settled with GM prior to the recalls are also allowed to make a further claim

GM is currently in multidistrict litigation involving 85 cases claiming economic losses because their vehicles lost value due to the recalls (MDL 2543, In Re General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation). The company expects some victims will not take advantage of the settlement program in order to sue the company for punitive damages in civil court.


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