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Courts unlikely to dismiss whistleblower cases filed on behalf of feds, just because DOJ asks, attorney says
The U.S. Justice Department has signaled a greater willingness in recent months to seek to short-circuit lawsuits filed by private plaintiffs seeking to collect money from companies, supposedly on behalf of the federal government.
A Chicago federal appeals court has overridden a downstate federal judge, who sent an ex-Boeing worker’s asbestos suit against the company back to state court, saying the case belongs under federal jurisdiction because Boeing claims the federal government was in control of its bomber production and knew the danger of asbestos was involved.
Appeals panel: Attorneys didn't do enough to merit fees topping amount paid to plaintiffs in junk fax suit
A federal appeals court rejected a request for attorney’s fees that exceeded the amount paid to claimants in a quickly settled lawsuit over faxed ads, as judges faulted the attempt by plaintiffs’ lawyers to lay claim to one-third of a potential settlement amount, rather than basing their fee request on the actual deal.
Appeals court rules card-issuing banks can’t sue retailer directly for losses from retailer's data breach
A federal appellate court upheld a lower court’s ruling that banks whose customers’ information was compromised in a grocery store data breach cannot recover losses directly from the retailer.
A different decision from a federal appeals court could have made it easier for third party candidates to get on ballots. But they still would face long electoral odds.