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Juvenile Detention Center Residents “Obscenely Abused” for Years File Another Lawsuit

Juvenile Detention Center Residents “Obscenely Abused” for Years File Another Lawsuit

January 19, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Burlington, VA It’s like a gruesome scene from the Dark Ages: children with disabilities shackled and thrown into isolation without supervision, sometimes for months. Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, aka “Juvie Jail” has finally closed, and a second lawsuit filed in December 2021, claims 22 Vermont Department of Children and Families employees, along with the former commissioner and Woodside staff, regularly abused children between 2016 and 2020.

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Thousands more CPAP Lawsuits in Store for Philips

Thousands more CPAP Lawsuits in Store for Philips

January 18, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Philadelphia, PA A recent FDA investigation has determined that Philips, the manufacturer of up to 15 million potentially defective sleep and breathing devices worldwide, knew its machines were faulty years before it issued a recall last June. The CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and BiPAP devices were recalled because sound abatement foam (PE-PUR Foam) in the machines had been degrading and causing users to inhale toxic particles. Now the investigation has been made public, CPAP sleep machine lawsuits are rolling in.

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See’s Candies Employee Can Sue for COVID Death, Rules Appeals Court

See’s Candies Employee Can Sue for COVID Death, Rules Appeals Court

January 10, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA  A California Appeals Court ruled that a See’s Candies worker can move forward with a labor lawsuit alleging the company’s lax COVID-19 safety protocols caused her husband’s death. The company had argued that it couldn’t be held liable for an injury or illness that a non-employee suffered outside their workplace.

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ERISA Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth Subsidiary Gets Class Action Status

ERISA Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth Subsidiary Gets Class Action Status

January 7, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Madison, WI On December 15, the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin agreed that plaintiffs in a lawsuit against UMR, the benefits administrator for employer-sponsored UnitedHealth insurance plans, could proceed as a class. As many as 1,600 individuals may ultimately be included in ERISA lawsuit. This appears to have weighed heavily in the Court’s decision that Berceanu v. UMR, Inc. could proceed as a class action lawsuit.

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Pay Increases in 2022 for California’s Guest Farm Workers

Pay Increases in 2022 for California’s Guest Farm Workers

January 5, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA Farmworkers will finally see pay increases in 2022, thanks to winning a California labor lawsuit that will stop the guest farmworkers wage freeze, and also to the USDA’s annual survey results on farm labor.

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Flowers Foods Leaves Bad Taste for Distributor Drivers

Flowers Foods Leaves Bad Taste for Distributor Drivers

December 30, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA A California federal judge ruled that Flowers Foods Inc. misclassified its distributor drivers as independent contractors and drivers can go ahead with overtime claims against the second-largest commercial bakery in the US (whose brands include Wonder Bread, Tastykake, Sunbeam, and Nature’s Own). It has a track record of misclassification lawsuits nationwide: in October 2021 the company agreed to pay $20 million to resolve nearly six years of Fair Labor Standards Act litigation involving more than 50 delivery drivers in Maine, and that’s not all. No wonder the cost of bread has gone up – it can’t put all the blame on the pandemic.


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Bronson Healthcare to Settle Excessive Fee ERISA Lawsuit

Bronson Healthcare to Settle Excessive Fee ERISA Lawsuit

December 29, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Kalamazoo, MI Bronson Healthcare and participants in the Bronson Healthcare Group, Inc. 403(b) Tax Sheltered Matching Plan have agreed in principle to settle a proposed class action ERISA lawsuit. The lawsuit focused on the fiduciaries’ decision to include the actively-managed Fidelity Freedom Fund in the plan’s investment portfolio. Details of the proposed settlement have not been disclosed.

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