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Navajos Say Wells Fargo Defrauded Them

In the 1800s, Wells Fargo usually knew when its stage coaches were crossing Indian territory.

Today, the bank says its representatives have done nothing to cross the Navajo Nation. Only that was a lie, the tribe says in a federal complaint.

The Navajo Nation alleges that Wells Fargo targeted its people with "predatory sales tactics" to create unnecessary accounts. For the nation's third-largest bank, it is an attack at the worst possible time.

Using a ride sharing service is already filled with enough unpleasant surprises that some riders are saying enough is enough. But rather than the ride share services facing the wrath of the riders, this time it's TD Bank, Bank of America, and Bank of the West.

The banks are being sued, in separate lawsuits, due to overdraft charges the banks hit ride share users with, despite the users not agreeing to the banks' overdraft protection services.

VW Exec Gets Maximum Prison Term

Note to client: "When pleading guilty, do not blame someone else for your crime."

Oliver Schmidt, a former Volkswagen executive, apparently didn't get the memo. Not that one anyway.

He was sentenced to the maximum term of seven years and ordered to pay $400,000 for his part in the auto company's scandal. Volkswagen cheated emissions tests, and Schmidt covered it up.

Trump Administration Sues to Block Time Warner Merger

Did you see the photobomb behind the AT&T-Time Warner deal?

President Trump tweeted it earlier this year. The fake video shows him pouncing on a CNN-faced victim at a wrestling event.

Strangely, it's the backstory to the proposed merger and is more interesting than the news. The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to block the deal, and CNN is being dragged into the fight.

Given the massive worldwide market share in the personal care products sector, Johnson and Johnson is no stranger to legal battles. Over the past couple years, the company has been facing hundreds of claims that their talcum powders, or baby powders, contain cancer causing agents.

Recently, a California jury, hearing the evidence at the first trial over a woman claiming she contracted mesothelioma as a result of using talcum power, ruled in Johnson and Johnson's favor. The plaintiff claimed that the products contained asbestos, which is a known cancer causing agent known to cause mesothelioma. Commenting on the ruling, Johnson and Johnson welcomed the verdict and affirmatively stated that their talcum powders do not contain asbestos. The company further asserted that this claim of talc causing mesothelioma was nothing more than a novel claim borne out of the recent losses in the lawsuits claiming that talc causes ovarian cancer.

Tesla Board Member Vows Defamation Action

Every lawyer knows that defamation cases are hard to win -- especially if your client is a public figure.

You have to get over the First Amendment, New York Times v. Sullivan, and all those privileges you learned in law school. Even if you can prove actual malice, the ultimate question is damages.

"It's not about the money," some clients say. But let's face it, some lawsuits are just not worth it.

CNN Faces Repeat of Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

If at first you don't succeed, add more plaintiffs?

That's apparently part of the strategy in re-filing a class action against CNN for racial discrimination. Atlanta lawyer Daniel R. Meachum sued the broadcast company earlier this year, only to have a federal judge dismiss it.

Meachum says he has 30 more plaintiffs to add to the original 175. But the judge didn't say it was about the numbers.

Grubhub Case With Implications for Gig Economy Is Bumping to a Close

It's not a good sign when the judge interrupts your argument to call your client a liar.

Shannon Liss-Riordan, suing Gubhub over how it pays drivers, was closing in the closely-watched case. If she wins, it could have deep impact on the gig economy.

The lawyer will have to get past the judge, however, who jumped in to say her client was untruthful and the "decision would reflect that." It's not over 'till it's over, but this seems like a pretty significant foreshadow.

Tort Reformers Dig at 'Judicial Hellhole'

New York City has a few nicknames.

"The Big Apple." "The Big City." "Hong Kong on the Hudson." And then there's "Judicial Hellhole."

That last one is courtesy of the American Tort Reform Association and businesses mired in asbestos litigation. ATRA, joining an amicus brief in a New York appellate division, has a problem with a recent order affecting asbestos cases there.

Corporate Liability for Overseas Torts -- Finally?

It 'beggars all belief,' attorney Paul Clement told the U.S. Supreme Court.

The lawyer dragged out the medieval phrase to rail against a centuries-old law, the Alien Tort Statute. It was enacted in 1789, and Clement said it was unbelievable that his corporate client was being sued for torts abroad under the statute.

Corporations may have to become believers, however. Even though the Supreme Court has scaled back corporate liability recently, the justices listened carefully to arguments in Jesner v. Arab Bank.