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U.S. Postal Service allegedly fired African-American employee for reporting racial discrimination at the workplace

An African-American man is suing his former employer and supervisor, the U.S. Postal Service and Megan J. Brennan, for alleged discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

SCOTUS takes case of Pa. woman forced to make her land open to public because of graveyard

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a property rights lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania landowner who has a graveyard on her property, and the decision could have far-reaching implications across the country, according to the Pacific Legal Foundation - a group that is representing the landowner.

Widow of Amtrak machinist and conductor says the company's violations led to his fatal bladder cancer

PHILADELPHIA – The spouse of a deceased machinist and conductor for Amtrak alleges the defendant violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) by exposing her late husband to toxic substances and causing him to develop fatal bladder cancer.

Amtrak allegedly failed to prevent woman from slipping and falling into gap between platform and train

An individual is suing the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, also known as Amtrak, for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Sen. Scarnati appeals federal judge's order to pay League of Women Voters for costs of gerrymandering challenge

A state senator is appealing a federal judge's order earlier this month to pay more than $29,300 to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania in reimbursement for the fees and costs of its successful gerrymandering challenge.

Lack of jurisdiction dispels Delaware man's lawsuit for FELA violations against Amtrak

PHILADELPHIA – The case of a Delaware plaintiff and former Amtrak employee who alleged the company violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) by subjecting him to an unsafe workplace, has had his case dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

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SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

United States of America accused of wrongfully disqualifying store from food assistance programs

A retail store and two individuals are suing the United States of America for alleged of breach of duty.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Heartland Campus Solutions ordered to comply with request from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

A recent decision from Pittsburgh federal court shows that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, under new leadership, is continuing to pursue cases involving allegations of deceptive practices by student loan servicers, according to Jenny Lee, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Valiant Power Group allegedly failed to make monthly contributions

Two labor funds and a trustee are suing Valiant Energy Services LLC d/b/a Valiant Power Group for alleged breach of contract.

Amtrak accused of negligence

An employee has filed a lawsuit against National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) for alleged negligence.

Study on consumer lawsuit loans finds high rates, confusing terms

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AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The broadest study yet of consumer litigation finance – money forwarded to lawsuit plaintiffs in anticipation of a victory in court or a legal settlement – found a “very complicated and circuitous” system in which some borrowers appear to subsidize others and the median interest rate exceeds 40%.

Pennsylvania hospital, regional cardiology practice to pay $20 million after alleged kickback scheme

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 7 that UPMC Hamot (Hamot), an Erie, Pennsylvania, hospital that is affiliated with the with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and Medicor Associates Inc. (Medicor), a regional physician cardiology practice, will pay $20.75 million after allegations of kickbacks and improper financial relationships.

State AGs united for #MeToo, but changing federal law could be slippery slope

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – State attorneys general are united in championing a new cause – abolishing clauses that require sexual harassment claims to be heard in arbitration. But would it set a bad precedent for changing federal law while scoring political points for its supporters?

Synchrony Healthcare Communications Inc. alleged to have misappropriated trade secrets

PHILADELPHIA – A Palo Alto, California biopharmaceutical company alleges corporations in West Chester unlawfully used its trade secrets.

RD Legal Funding asks for oral arguments as it fights lawsuit from CFPB, N.Y. AG

PHILADELPHIA – The disagreement over funding by third parties continues to play out in an exchange between Pennsylvania and New York federal courts, as one such company defends itself from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Lawyer: Spokeo ruling not turning out like defendants hoped

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite optimism from the defense side, a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to again consider a high-profile class action lawsuit is a boost to plaintiffs lawyer, a Philadelphia attorney says.

Ballard Spahr's CFPB practice will continue, despite federal agency's new leadership

PHILADELPHIA – The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will become less Draconian and more complaint-based, its new stewards say, and there will likely be a decline in its investigations, but an attorney who focuses on the CFPB said the mission of the agency - and his firm - will continue.

Bad Science at NIOSH?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health.