6th Circuit Issues Major Setback for EPA’s Clean Water Rule

The 2-1 panel decision in favor of the attorneys general of 18 states follows a similar ruling issued in late August in North Dakota federal court in a separate lawsuit involving 13 states. That stay was ordered a day before the rule was to have gone into effect. The most recent ruling, which was a consolidated appeal of four separate lawsuits by the states and other interest groups, greatly expands the geographically-limited North Dakota decision and instead blocks the majority of the country from the Obama-led initiative.


Money for Nothing – Slips are Free

Harry Reid is suing an exercise band manufacturer for damages sustained when the band either “broke or slipped” from his hand. The damages are serious, including broken facial bones & ribs and the loss of vision in his right eye. If, in fact, the band broke, Reid has a great case. However, if it merely slipped from his hand, he’s suing the manufacturer for his own clumsiness, which is a waste of the court’s time.


Cosby Deposition Stays Sealed, Unlike His Pants

Cosby failed in his attempt to dodge justice in the matter of Judy Huth, whose allegations include the comedian forcing her to perform a sex act on him when she was 15 years old. The judge ordered that the deposition, scheduled for Friday, October 9 at an undisclosed location would happen as planned. However, he ordered that no part of the deposition would be made public until a hearing on December 22nd at which he would decide what, if any, parts could be shared with the public.


Marijuana Industry faces First Product Liability Lawsuit

There are no federal regulations on the use of pesticides on marijuana plants because it is still considered to be an illegal crop at the federal level; however Colorado authorities did release a list of approved treatments, with Eagle 20 not being on the approved list. Flores justified filing the suit by saying, “I want these companies to take a step back and look at what they are putting into their products. These warehouses are getting big and really sloppy. They are adding chemicals to make things more efficient and more potent.


CFPB to Propose Forced Arbitration Changes

The proposed regulation would not completely ban the practice in its entirety, but instead force to add a section that states that the arbitration procedures do not apply if a complaint has been certified by a judge for class-action litigation. Codrary said about the provision, “Under this proposed approach, consumers would again get their day in court to hold companies accountable for potential wrongdoing. We think that’s quite important.” The rule would also require companies to publicly post which claims have been brought to arbitration and the awards issued.


Bill Cosby Tore Down His Own Legacy

Producer Judd Apatow is mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore! Whats he mad about? The fact that no one (other then him) in show business is willing to call a rapist a rapist and speak out against Bill Cosby’s victimization of women. Apatow is speaking and he’s letting Pudding Pops have it with both barrels.


BP Settlement Finalized at $20.8 Billion

Although the deal is finalized, various sources have differed in how the payout will be calculated. The New York Times is reporting that $5 billion of the $8.8 total allotment for environmental restoration will go to Louisiana, the state hardest hit by the disaster, payable over an 18-year period. $5.5 billion will go to Clean Water Act penalties, payable over a 15 year period, the largest environmental fine in history. $4.9 billion will also go towards economic damages to the states affected by the spill. The Wall Street Journal reports that a total of $8.1 billion will go towards environmental damages to the U.S. and the Gulf states. BP had already agreed to a separate criminal penalty of $4 billion in 2013.


Volkswagen Internal Audit Focuses on Engineers as Lawsuits Mount over Emissions Scandal

he engines were set to be a revolutionary breakthrough, used not just for Volkswagen models, but also for the company’s premium brand Audi, and less costly offshoots Skoda and Seat, along with some light commercial vehicles. Although specifics remain sketchy, it appears that management from the engineering team instructed the use of the software, under pressure to market the “clean diesel” breakthrough. The internal audit discovered that engineers realized that the vehicles would not, at the very least, meet U.S. diesel emissions standards, which are more stringent than in Europe.


Supreme Court Declines to Take up Newman Insider Trading Case

The case of Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson, where were convicted of insider trading in 2012, during New-York’s U.S. attorney, Preet Bharara’s astounding six-year run of 85 insider trading convictions before losing a case which netted him 60 other convictions. Last December, however, the 2nd Circuit overturned the Newman convictions, ruling that Bharara stretched the limits of insider trading laws too far, citing insufficient evidence. At issue is whether or not the giver of the confidential information must receive a benefit from providing the tip, and whether or not that benefit must be concrete and tangible to be considered insider trading.


Johnson and Johnson Won First Pelvic Mesh Trial

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, won the first case involving the company’s Gynecare Prosima pelvic mesh to go to trial. The plaintiff, Carol Cavness, had asked for $9.5M in damages for past and future medical expenses, pain & suffering and an unspecified amount in punitive damages. The jury decided in favor of J&J with a 10-2 vote.