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Hawaiian Brand Chips Sued for Misleading Name

In case you didn't know, Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips are made in Washington State.

And that's why there is a new case against the chip maker. The company doesn't hide the fact that the chips are made in the mainland, but the plaintiffs say it is false advertising to call them "Hawaiian" chips.

By motion or settlement, the case could be over before too long. But it's still a wake-up call for businesses that advertise products using a state name.

Cable Companies Don't Have a Free Speech Right to Discriminate in Programming

Byron Allen, a comedian-turned-producer, hasn't worried too much about racial censors in his career.

He once called President Barack Obama a white president in black face. In a later meeting with Obama, he used the "N-word" to complain about a business issue.

Now Allen is suing a major cable company for racial discrimination. So far, free speech is on his side.

Several major airlines have found themselves in the crosshairs of a massive price fixing lawsuit alleging that air carriers conspired to raise prices at the expense of air traveling consumers.

Notably, Southwest and American Airlines have both settled out for $15 million and $45 million, respectively, with both companies denying any liability. Delta and United are still fighting it out, denying the claim. A Delta spokesperson called the claims ridiculous and offensive.

Florida Sues Walgreens, CVS for Opioid Sales

Florida has had more than its share of misfortune, and then the opioid crisis happened.

Earlier this decade, Florida became known for its "pain mills." Federal officials said 90 percent of the nation's biggest opioid prescribers were Florida doctors.

Now Florida is suing Walgreens and CVS for its opioid problem, saying they oversold painkillers. Looks like a clean-up on aisles one and two.

Feds Subpoena Snap Over IPO Disclosures

"Snap!" is an expression to use when you get shocked or surprised, according to the urban dictionary.

But that's not what they were thinking at Snap, Inc. when the camera company started in 2011. The founders were focused on building Snapchat and other tech products.

Now they are urban-thinking "snap," however, because federal authorities have subpoenaed information about the company's initial public offering. According to a class-action lawsuit, Snap misled investors.

Wells Fargo Sued for Allegedly Knowing Auto Insurance Hurt Customers

When James Strother retired as general counsel of Wells Fargo, he hoped to leave all that behind him.

Strother retired last year after 30 years with the company and its predecessor, including a sales scandal that kept him from leaving at the mandatory retirement age. Now another legal problem has brought him back into the mix.

A new lawsuit claims Strother and other Wells Fargo executives knew its auto insurance program was hurting customers, but kept it going for years. The legal scandals, meanwhile, never seem to end.

Penn State GC Cleared of Ethics Violations in Sandusky Case

When football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing boys, the locker room talk changed.

It was no longer about what he did in the showers; it was about who covered for him. Three university officials soon joined Sandusky on the guilty bench.

But no one thought their lawyer would be in trouble. Cynthia Baldwin, after all, was a former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

For some individuals, arbitration might actually be a better option than litigation. And as such, those arbitration clauses that are generally designed to make pursuing legal action more burdensome could actually backfire for employers.

In the employment context, in particular, an employee might be better served by pursuing a legal complaint via arbitration than a lawsuit due to the stigma of suing an employer and the fact that arbitration will keep the matter confidential. The potential cost saving benefits of arbitration over litigation also quickly dissipate when certain states, like California, require employers to bear the costs of arbitration. And while arbitration is generally disfavored, it can also have perks for certain employees.

Big tuna is a big deal.

It's an $11 billion global market. And in the U.S., 80 percent of the tuna market share is dominated by three companies: StarKist, Bumble Bee, and Chicken of the Sea.

Although the companies maintain that there is nothing fishy to see there, StarKist just pleaded guilty to price-fixing with their competitors, who have also had to come clean over the same. Unfortunately for StarKist, the company may be in for the worst wrist slapping out of the three, and maybe a real apology for Charlie this time.

Biometrics Privacy Law Challenged in Six Flags' Lawsuit

Illinois, the first state to enact a privacy law for biometric data, will soon have another first in the field.

The Illinois Supreme Court will decide whether plaintiffs have to show harm to sue under the privacy law. In Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., a state appeals court said a mother wasn't an "aggrieved party" when she sued Six Flags for scanning her son's thumbprint.

In that sense, it is a unique case. But the outcome could affect a lot of other biometric privacy cases.