A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of September 17-23.


Class-Action Suit Involving Drivers Ensnared In Bridgegate Closures Can Proceed, Judge Rules

Peter J. Sampson | The Record

A federal judge will allow a scaled down class-action lawsuit to proceed to trial on behalf of commuters and taxi drivers who were stalled in traffic when access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were closed without notice in September 2013.

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CEI Objects to Abusive Volkswagen Settlement at Center of Emissions Scandal

[Last] Friday evening, the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) Center for Class Action Fairness asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to reject the settlement reached in the class action litigation resulting from the Volkswagen emissions scandal that erupted last year. In the case, In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, CEI objected to class counsel’s breach of fiduciary duty in negotiating a settlement that imposes costs on class members with zero marginal benefits.

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How Sweet It Is: Lawsuit Accuses Honey Nut Cheerios of Deceptive Health Claims

Jacob Gershman | Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog

It may not come as a surprise to breakfast consumers that Honey Nut Cheerios — whose box features a gleeful cartoon bee dangling a honey dipper over a bowl like a magic wand — is sugary. A lawsuit filed in federal court in California against General Mills alleges, however, that consumers have been duped into thinking the company’s best-selling cereal brand is health food.

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Kim Kardashian Wants to Get a Law Degree So She’ll Have ‘Something to Do’ in Her Older Age

Jackie Willis | Entertainment Tonight

Kim Kardashian West wants to take after her late father, Robert Kardashian, Sr. In an interview with Wonderland magazine (via Daily Mail), the 35-year-old reality star talks about furthering her education, and going into law like her dad, who was best known as one of O.J. Simpson’s attorney during his double-murder trial. “If things slow down and I had time, I really want to go to law school,” she says. “Just something I can do in my older age.”

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