A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of July 19-25.
Peter Loftus | Wall Street Journal
William LaCorte keeps a half-dozen marble paperweights at his medical practice in this New Orleans suburb, engraved with images of checks from a lucrative sideline: suing companies for alleged health-care fraud.
Richard Khavkine | The Star-Ledger
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants to be clear: It is not in the restaurant business, in this state or any other. To underline the point, the agency has filed a federal lawsuit against a Florida chain of two New Jersey-themed pizza places, claiming the restaurants’ yellow-and-green logo too closely resembles the Garden State Parkway sign, according to the New Jersey Law Journal, which first reported the story.
Eugene Volokh | Volokh Conspiracy
An interesting question that has split state courts…
Debra Cassens Weiss | ABA Journal
A San Francisco woman found out about the downside of a 44-day Airbnb rental after the renter refused to leave her Palm Springs vacation condo. The guest who overstayed his welcome has renters’ protections under California law because he was in the unit for more than 30 days…
Amanda Bronstad | The National Law Journal
A New Orleans law firm at the center of an investigation into misconduct surrounding the processing of payments from BP PLC’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement must return $357,000 paid to a client based on allegedly fraudulent claims.
Jacob Gershman | Wall Street Journal
No damages for you! So ruled a New York judge who dismissed a defamation suit this week brought by the real-life inspiration for the oddball “Seinfeld” character Cosmo Kramer against a former writer for the classic sitcom.
Richard Newman | The Record
A man from Mount Laurel is suing Unilever, maker of Breyers ice cream, saying the company’s claims that its products were “all natural” were “false, misleading, inaccurate and deceptive.”