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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.

Tech Companies Sue Over H-1B Visas

For tech companies relying on foreign workers, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services makes the Department of Motor Vehicles look good.

The DMV is infamous for slow service, but the USCIS is getting ridiculous. For example, one company applied for an H-1B visa to employ a foreign worker but the agency mailed out the approval almost three weeks after it expired.

That's one reason an advocacy group representing more than 1,000 IT companies is suing the immigration agency. You could say it's about time.

Walmart Settles Cashiers' Seating Lawsuit

Have a seat, Walmart.

That's what $65 million says after nearly 100,000 current and former cashiers settled with the retail giant. The cashiers sued the company for refusing to provide seating while they worked.

Under California law, employers must provide seating for workers "when the nature of the work reasonably permits." Under the settlement, Walmart will also have a seat among payors for the largest settlement ever under a special state law.

Transit Authority GC Questioned Over Politics Ban

For a day, attorney Gino Benedetti probably felt like Brett Kavanaugh testifying before the U.S. Senate.

Benedetti, general counsel for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, had to testify in court about a controversial "no-politics" policy. His agency enacted the policy to ban certain advertising after a judge struck down its previous "public issue" policy.

Unlike Kavanaugh's case, however, it had nothing to do with sexual misconduct. But like the Supreme Court nominee, Benedetti felt the pressure of having every word strictly scrutinized in the free speech case.

A local New York brewery is facing one of the hallmark problems of many industries, and perhaps the most embarrassing: corporate in-fighting. The two owners are so at odds, that one fired the other, who then sued.

Naturally, the recently-filed lawsuit by the Fairpoint Brewing Company's minority (49 percent) owner against the majority owner alleges rather damning facts and makes demands that threaten the brewery's future. The spurned minority owner claims that the majority owner has acted to the detriment of brewery by misusing resources and exercising poor business judgment. For in-house and general counsel at small companies across the country, cases like these are likely the most frustrating.

Anti-Trust Case Moves Forward Against Wall Street Banks

A federal judge cleared the way for an anti-trust lawsuit against six of the biggest banks on Wall Street.

The proposed class-action alleges the banks engaged in an "illegal conspiracy" to drive out competitors from the $2 trillion stock lending market.

Big litigation has hurt big banking in recent years, but the latest allegations haven't seemed to change the landscape on Wall Street. The banks have paid for anti-trust violations before, and their stocks are up.

9 Attorneys General Back AT&T in Time Warner Deal

Nine states have thrown their support behind the AT&T/Time Warner deal, which a federal judge approved in June.

It was supposed to be a done deal when Judge Richard Leon ruled that AT&T could proceed in its acquisition of Time Warner. The judge even warned the federal government, which tried to block it, to back off.

But the Justice Department appealed, and now the attorneys generals are weighing in. They didn't start the fight, but they want to finish it.

If you have any say over how your company's arbitration agreements read with employees, clients, or anyone for that matter, you should take a look at the recent Eleventh Circuit decision in the JPay v. Kobel matter.

The court there ruled that arbitration agreements that did not specifically include or exclude class claims could fall under an arbitrator's purview to decide whether the claims should be arbitrated or litigated in court. Basically, it all depends on whether the clause calls for the application of particular arbitration rules, such as JAMS or AAA.

Visa, Mastercard Settle Merchant Fees Case for $6.2B

The Visa, Mastercard settlement is one for the record books.

At $6.2 billion, it's not the biggest bank settlement ever. Bank of America holds that record at $165 billion.

However, the bank card settlement is the largest-ever in an antitrust case. And after generating 65 million pages of documents over 13 years, it was about time.