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$29 Million Verdict in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

$29 Million Verdict in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

March 18, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Oakland, CA On March 13, a jury in California Superior Court awarded Terry Leavitt and her husband $29.4 million in the first Johnson & Johnson (J&J) talcum powder lawsuit to go to trial in 2019. Ms. Leavitt linked her mesothelioma diagnosis to her use of asbestos-contaminated J&J baby powder and Shower-to-Shower talcum powder. The verdict includes $22 million for pain and suffering, $5 million in compensatory damages, nearly $1.3 million for her medical costs and $1.2 million for lost wages.
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Multidistrict Surgical Mesh Lawsuit Awards and Settlements Approach $11 Billion

Multidistrict Surgical Mesh Lawsuit Awards and Settlements Approach $11 Billion

March 13, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Charleston, WV As the nation’s largest mass tort product liability lawsuit winds to a close, those who have suffered from surgical mesh complications and their attorneys are pausing to take stock. Not everyone is happy.
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ERISA Lawsuit Claims Fidelity Investments Took Secret Kickbacks

ERISA Lawsuit Claims Fidelity Investments Took Secret Kickbacks

March 11, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Boston, MA On February 21, 2019, Andre W. Wong, a participant in T-Mobile USA Inc.'s 401(k) plan, filed a class action ERISA lawsuit in Massachusetts District Court. The lawsuit may ultimately affect nearly every 401k plan participant in every plan that has offered investment options managed by Fidelity Investments since 2017. Wong v. FMR LLC lays out a complicated pay-to-play scheme (disarmingly and perhaps deceptively described in internal documents as “supermarket fees”).
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Jamba Juice Feels the Squeeze in California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit

Jamba Juice Feels the Squeeze in California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit

March 11, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl has approved Jamba Juice’s offer to settle a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit for $1.95 million. The plaintiffs in Arteaga v. Jamba Juice claimed that the smoothie chain forced nearly 5,500 employees to work off the clock – through meal breaks and without proper overtime pay.
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3M Allegedly Reported False Safety Results to Procure Lucrative Contract

3M Allegedly Reported False Safety Results to Procure Lucrative Contract

March 6, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Kansas City, MO On February 21, 2019, Jonathan Foster, an Army Reserve veteran, filed a 3M Combat Arms defective earplug lawsuit in the Western District of Missouri. He suffers from tinnitus, a symptom of permanent hearing loss, because the earplugs supplied to him by the Army during his training and subsequent deployment to Afghanistan were badly designed. They failed to protect him from the preventable harm that the manufacturer guaranteed against.
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Subpoenas Fly! Senate Demands Docs in Tainted Talcum Powder Probe

Subpoenas Fly! Senate Demands Docs in Tainted Talcum Powder Probe

March 5, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC The long-running Johnson & Johnson (J&J) talcum powder lawsuits have now taken a strangely contemporary turn as long-silent witnesses, both in this world and the next, tell tales. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have subpoenaed corporate documents, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has requested information back to 1966. Could this end the corporate stonewalling that has stymied so many J&J talcum powder lawsuits for so long?
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Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million

Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million

March 4, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
San Jose, CA Centerplate of Delaware Inc. , a multinational food and beverage company, has offered to pay $5.4 million to resolve stadium workers’ claims that the company failed to pay wages required under various provisions of California labor law. Raquedan v. Centerplate accuses the company of failing to provide meal breaks and sick days; as well as failing to pay for accrued vacation days, time spent waiting at security checkpoints and the cost of uniforms.
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