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California Judge Orders Kaiser to Broaden Reconstructive Surgery Coverage

A California judge has ruled that Kaiser Permanente cannot systematically classify removal of excess skin following bariatric weight loss surgery as a cosmetic procedure after a trial in a class action case. The trial began in March. The judge did …

Suit Against New Mexico College Becomes Class Action Proceeding

A New Mexico district court judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by eight former Dona Ana Community College students against the school will become a class-action proceeding. Las Cruces Sun-News reported that the initial lawsuit was filed after the students …

North Carolina Judge Grants Class-Action Status to Magistrates’ Pay Lawsuit

A judge is approving class-action status to a lawsuit saying North Carolina has broken its promise to give magistrates pay raises. Forty magistrates filed the lawsuit last year. But with Superior Court Judge Michael O’Foghludha’s ruling, the number could jump …

Jury Verdict Favors Texas Insurer in Hidalgo County Hail Claim Case

A Texas-based insurance company has prevailed in the first lawsuit to go to trial over claims from two massive hailstorms in Hidalgo County, Texas, in 2012. The 12-member jury in Amaro v. National Lloyds found that National Lloyds Insurance Co. …

Insurance Lawsuit Settled by Bank of America For $31M

Bank of America has agreed to pay $31 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claims mortgage borrowers were forced to maintain excessive flood insurance coverage. The Oregonian reports Friday that U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon approved the …

Oregon High Court Declines to Hear Del Monte’s Appeal

The Oregon Supreme Court has declined to review a 2009 Multnomah County jury’s class action verdict, upholding a finding that a Portland food-processing plant violated Oregon’s wage and hour laws. Because of the denial Thursday, Del Monte Fresh Produce will …

California Tops ‘Judicial Hellhole’ List

California isn’t just a warm place to live, which is often the case even in winter, but it turns out the state is considered a “judicial hellhole.” The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its annual “Judicial Hellholes” report on Tuesday, and …

Class Status Denied in Cowboy Stadium Super Bowl Seating Lawsuit

A judge in Texas has denied class-action status in a lawsuit filed by ticket-holders who were displaced when seats weren’t properly installed for the 2011 Super Bowl in Texas. The ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn denied class-action …

Ex-workers Sue Over Pay on Oregon Public Projects

Former workers on public projects say in a federal court suit in Eugene, Ore. they were underpaid and have asked for more than $3.5 million. The Eugene Register-Guard reported the suit names four former workers as plaintiffs but was filed …

High Court Rules for American Express in Class Action Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that an arbitration agreement prevents merchants from bringing class action claims against American Express Co . The nine-member court ruled on a 5-3 vote, with liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor recused, that American Express’s …