Government Sues 3 Biggest Credit Cards, Settles With 2

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Justice Department on Monday sued the three largest U.S. credit card companies for anticompetitive practices and reached a proposed settlement with two of them, MasterCard and Visa. "We want to put more money in consumers' pockets, and by eliminating credit card companies'...

N.C. Judge Bars Ads Claiming Harm From Water Bottles

RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) A North Carolina company that touted its stainless steel water bottles on television and the Internet as a safer alternative to plastic water bottles has been ordered to stop making those claims. The International Bottled Water Association sued Eco Canteen Inc. of Charlotte in federal...

N.Y. Attorney General Sues Online Tobacco Sites

MINEOLA, N.Y. - (AP) Six website operators are violating a state law that bans the online sale of tobacco to customers in New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday. Schneiderman said lawsuits were filed a day earlier in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeking $5,000 in fines for each...

Outgoing Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey Joins Venable

BALTIMORE - Expanding its roster of prominent former elected and appointed officials, Venable LLP has announced that Glenn Ivey, the two-term outgoing state's attorney for Prince George's County, Md., has joined the firm as a partner in its White Collar and Government Investigations practices...

Verizon To Pay $20 Million To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

BALTIMORE - (AP) Verizon will pay $20 million to resolve a lawsuit over its treatment of disabled employees who missed work as a result of their disabilities. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Wednesday. In the lawsuit filed in Maryland, the EEOC said Verizon unlawfully...

GM, EPA Reach $23.79 Million Agreement On Superfund Cleanup Costs

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The liquidation company for bankrupt General Motors Corp. on Jan. 30 reached a $23.79 million settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve environmental liabilities related to Superfund sites in three states ( In Re: Motors Liquidation Company f/k/a General...

Williams Mullen - Libor Litigation: The Next Big Wave In Financial Crisis Lawsuits?

By Camden R. Webb and Robert D. Perrow In June, Barclays Bank agreed to pay $453 million to settle charges that its conduct resulted in manipulation of the Libor interest rate. Although lawsuits involving potential Libor manipulation had been pending for nearly two years prior to the settlement, "Libor...

Maryland Jury Awards $1.7 Million In 2nd Actos Bladder Cancer Case

BALTIMORE — (Mealey’s) A Maryland state court jury on Sept. 26 awarded $1.76 million in the second Actos bladder cancer case to go to trial ( An v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. , No. 24-C12003565, Md. Cir., Baltimore City). ( Verdict sheet available. Document #28-131003-013V ....

Ballard Spahr LLP: Maryland Defendants Can Recover Attorneys' Fees Paid By Insurance Company

By Robert A. Scott Litigants that have been forced to defend groundless litigation are entitled to recover their attorneys' fees even if those costs were paid by an insurance company, Maryland's highest court has ruled. In Worsham v. Greenfield [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com...

Williams Mullen: Court Holds ERISA Plaintiff Can’t Claim Equitable Remedies When They Have Adequate Remedies to Recover Plan Benefits, Notwithstanding the Expansion of the Kinds of Equitable Relief in CIGNA Corp. v. Amara

By Mark S. Thomas and Robert W. Shaw A federal court has ruled that, although a recent U. S. Supreme Court decision expanded the kinds of equitable remedies available to a plaintiff under ERISA § 502(a)(3), those remedies are still unavailable when the ERISA plaintiff has an adequate remedy to...