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Wife wonders whether Father-in-Law and Husband diagnosed with Cancer is associated with Monsanto’s Roundup

Wife wonders whether Father-in-Law and Husband diagnosed with Cancer is associated with Monsanto’s Roundup

January 16, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Atlanta, GA: “My husband and father-in-law were both diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and they both sprayed the backyard with Monsanto’s Roundup,” says Veronica. (Because studies have continually linked the herbicide to that type of cancer, it also referred to as 'Monsanto cancer'.)
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Employee 401(k) Lawsuit Claims GE Inflated Stock Value

Employee 401(k) Lawsuit Claims GE Inflated Stock Value

January 15, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Albany, NY On December 14, 2018, Adele Vargas filed a class action ERISA lawsuit against General Electric Company (“GE”) and Jeffrey Immelt, its former CEO. She alleges that GE improperly manipulated its earnings and inflated its stock price.
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LTD Claimants Win Big as Ninth Circuit Trims “Abuse of Discretion” Standard

LTD Claimants Win Big as Ninth Circuit Trims “Abuse of Discretion” Standard

January 11, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA In one of the earliest decisions of 2019, the Ninth Circuit gave plaintiffs in long term denied disability lawsuits a new way to challenge benefit denial decisions. It may turn out to be significant.
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ER Charges: Underserved and Over-Charged thanks to Upcoding

ER Charges: Underserved and Over-Charged thanks to Upcoding

January 10, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: When a nine-year old accidentally had gasoline splashed in her eyes, her mother immediately drove her to the closest hospital emergency room. They were directed to the eyewash station but it was so dirty they couldn’t use it, so Brianna’s mom rinsed her daughter’s eyes at a regular sink. Turns out, they would have been better off using the gas station’s eyewash, which was free. The ER sink cost $1,400: the hospital charged $600 and the ER doctor fee was $800 (for walking into the room, saying Brianna needed an eyewash station and walking out). Upcoding has become common practice, resulting in emergency room overcharges and increased health costs for everyone.
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Unum Disability Insurance Claimant Wins Reinstatement of LTD Benefits

Unum Disability Insurance Claimant Wins Reinstatement of LTD Benefits

January 8, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Santa Ana, CA On November 20, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California handed Pamela Fleming a resounding victory in her Unum disability insurance lawsuit. Unum had been paying her LTD benefits since 2005, after a serious and well-documented neck injury sustained in a car accident. A change in her treating physician and a brief surveillance video led the insurer to re-evaluate her claim and declare that she had recovered. The insurer terminated her benefits. Judge Cormac J. Carney was not impressed and reinstated her benefits due under the policy.
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Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Named in Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Named in Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

January 7, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Santa Clara, CA In late 2018, R. Ross and C. Rogus filed a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) that describes a pattern of gender-based pay discrimination. It’s hardly news, you think, that tech giants underpay women.
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The New Year Rings in New Sexual Harassment Rules, Mainly Triggered by #MeTooMovement

The New Year Rings in New Sexual Harassment Rules, Mainly Triggered by #MeTooMovement

January 4, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA:The #MeTooMovement has resulted in a number of new laws with the goal to make it easier for employees to report sexual harassment and for employers to have a voice in investigations concerning this and other California labor law violations. Most of these laws took effect January 1, and employers would be wise to become familiar with them.
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