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A New York judge has denied T-Mobile USA Inc.'s attempt to toss a lawsuit launched by New York City and its Department of Consumer Affairs claiming the company deceptively targeted young New Yorkers, immigrants and lower-income residents through its prepaid brand "Metro by T-Mobile."
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T-Mobile Bid To Toss NYC Consumer Deception Suit Denied

A New York judge has denied T-Mobile USA Inc.'s attempt to toss a lawsuit launched by New York City and its Department of Consumer Affairs claiming the company deceptively targeted young New Yorkers, immigrants and lower-income residents through its prepaid brand "Metro by T-Mobile."

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GE Service Provider Breach Exposes Trove Of Sensitive Data

Bank account numbers, Social Security numbers and other sensitive information from General Electric Co. current and former employees were exposed in a data breach at a Canon Inc. subsidiary where GE stored benefits files, the companies told authorities late last week.

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Entire TCPA Autodialer Ban Should Be Axed, High Court Told

Political groups challenging the constitutionality of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's blanket ban on autodialed calls to cellphones are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the entire litigation-fueling provision, arguing that merely severing an exemption for government-backed debt calls would not cure First Amendment issues.

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Cotchett Pitre Gets $8.3M In Fees In Resistor Antitrust Fight

Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP will walk away with $8.3 million for its role in securing a $33.4 million deal for indirect buyers who say that Panasonic Corp. and other electronics companies overcharged them for resistors.

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Judge Won't Acquit Bumble Bee Ex-CEO On Price-Fixing

A California federal judge has refused former Bumble Bee CEO Chris Lischewski’s bid for acquittal after he was found guilty of fixing prices for canned tuna with rivals StarKist and Chicken of the Sea.

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FTC Reaches Agreement With Brake Pad Co. Over Ad Claims

Michigan-based Federal-Mogul Motorparts LLC agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission administrative complaint Wednesday that alleged it made unsubstantiated claims about a type of aftermarket brake pad it sells, including that the product can stop certain vehicles "up to 50 feet sooner" than competing brake pads.

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AT&T Says 'Bait-And-Switch' Wireless Rates Suit Time-Barred

AT&T fired back at a proposed class action in California federal court alleging the telecom giant ensnared customers in a "bait-and-switch" wireless rate scheme, questioning why the plaintiffs renewed their services if they believed wireless service fees were unjustified and why they took nearly seven years to bring the complaint.

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Spectrum Brands Escapes Mosquito Candle False Ad Suit

A Missouri federal judge has dismissed claims against Spectrum Brands alleging its subsidiary's citronella mosquito repellent candles don't work as advertised, saying the proposed class failed to establish that the Eastern District of Missouri has jurisdiction over the company.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

DOJ And States Creatively Respond To Fraud Amid COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Justice and various states are addressing coronavirus-related fraud ranging from price gouging to fake charities, medical fraud and cybercrime in innovative ways, including by prosecuting under civil law to work around the current absence of grand juries, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

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And Now A Word From The Panel: Spotlight On MDL Venue

With travel plans on hold in this country and around the world, and changing venues being the norm of the day, it's a good time to consider the topic of venue for multidistrict litigation proceedings, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

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10 E-Discovery Challenges Caused By COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect e-discovery long after we overcome this pandemic. When litigation and investigations reengage and courts start moving their schedules forward, these concerns will need to be addressed, say David Kessler and Andrea D'Ambra at Norton Rose.

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Legal Community Rallies To Soften The Blow Of COVID-19

Amid the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the legal community has stepped up to lend financial support and services to colleagues, vulnerable populations, first responders and medical staff. Here, Law360 looks at some of the ways lawyers are helping others during the global crisis.

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Coping With A Pandemic: Google's Mary Shen O'Carroll

As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from people around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Mary Shen O'Carroll, director of legal operations at Google and president of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.

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ABA Says Gov't Should Declare Legal Workforce 'Essential'

The president of the American Bar Association on Tuesday called for the federal government to deem legal services "essential," so that lawyers are exempt from local shelter-in-place rules that prohibit employees from leaving their homes for work in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Relief Bill Would Expand Remote Court Hearings

The U.S. Department of Justice would receive an extra $1 billion and the federal courts would get $7.5 million as well as provisions allowing video or teleconferencing in some criminal hearings as part of the massive coronavirus relief bill, according to a draft of the bipartisan deal reached early Wednesday.

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Delaying Bar Exam Amid COVID-19 Is A Risky Move, Profs Say

With the coronavirus pandemic expected to disrupt the bar exam this summer, U.S. courts and regulators need to act fast to come up with a new way to license lawyers, and simply postponing the exam for later this year isn't going to cut it, according to a group of law professors.

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What Texas Patent Attys Need To Know For Remote Practice

Texas patent judges are working to adapt their pre-coronavirus pandemic courtroom procedures for the virtual world, even if that means conducting hearings with the occasional dog barking in the background or an attorney presenting argument in front of a backdrop designed by their children. Here, they break down what's been working for them.

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Virtual Arraignments Raise Real Concerns In NY Courtroom

New York criminal courts carried out the first virtual arraignments on Wednesday, an unprecedented step in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that was beset with delays and concerns over hard-to-see defendants and protective equipment for remaining courtroom staff.

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Old-School Mass. Courts Ill-Equipped For Pandemic, Attys Say

As Massachusetts state courts grapple with shutdowns and cancellations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lack of widespread online filing and limited use of video and phone conferencing could make an already-backlogged docket even worse.

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Miffed Client Alleges Malpractice By Pot-Smoking Attorneys

A man who hired a Southern California law firm to help him acquire a cannabis dispensary license slapped the firm with a legal malpractice suit in California state court Wednesday that claimed the attorneys smoked pot during business meetings and overcharged him for "untimely incompetent legal services."

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Andrus Wagstaff 401(k) Participant Ends Nationwide Fee Suit

Nationwide Life Insurance and a former employee at mass tort firm Andrus Wagstaff PC have agreed to settle her 401(k) suit, six months after a federal judge rejected a bid to certify sweeping classes that would have covered thousands of retirement plans and plan sponsors, according to a Wednesday filing.

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Law Firm Leaders: Herrick Feinstein's Irwin Kishner

Irwin Kishner has served as executive chairman for midsize New York law firm Herrick Feinstein LLP for the last 12 years. Here, Kishner chats with Law360 about his firm’s strategy and goals, and how it is responding to the spread of COVID-19.

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