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California Coronavirus Litigation—Amazon Evades Attorney General: A TimeLine

California Coronavirus Litigation—Amazon Evades Attorney General: A TimeLine

January 21, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA California's Attorney General slapped a lawsuit on Amazon, alleging the company refused to provide information about its coronavirus safety protocols and potential outbreaks, adding to the wave of coronavirus litigation nationwide and violating the California labor code.


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“Do I Have a Firefighting Foam or Contaminated Water Lawsuit?” PFAS Contamination Lawyer Weighs In

“Do I Have a Firefighting Foam or Contaminated Water Lawsuit?” PFAS Contamination Lawyer Weighs In

January 20, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Houston, TX PFAS contamination lawyer Bill Barfield, with McDonald Worley law firm, says the number of calls they receive about PFAS exposure is on the rise, from individuals worrying that their drinking water is contaminated to first responders exposed to firefighting foam at vehicle accident scenes. “Their first question is, ‘Do I have a claim?’ and their second question is, ‘Where can I get PFAS testing?’” says Barfield. 

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Walgreens Wages and Waste Settlements

Walgreens Wages and Waste Settlements

January 19, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Glendale, CA Walgreens employees recently settled a California labor lawsuit, filed by a former worker who claimed the huge nationwide retail pharmacy failed to pay him and other employees for all hours worked. Around the same time, Walgreens settled another lawsuit alleging it improperly disposed of hazardous waste and mishandled customers’ records.


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Motion Picture Industry ERISA Plan under the Bright, Hot Lights

Motion Picture Industry ERISA Plan under the Bright, Hot Lights

January 18, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA  On October 7, Patricia Klawonn filed an ERISA lawsuit against the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture Industry Pension Plans in the District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit alleges that The Board breached its fiduciary duty under ERISA, citing as evidence “abysmal returns [that] are the product of a fundamentally flawed investment strategy.” The Board has moved to dismiss the lawsuit, citing fundamental flaws, including a statute of limitations problem.

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Bard Hernia Mesh Bellwether Trial Posptoned

Bard Hernia Mesh Bellwether Trial Posptoned

January 15, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Columbus, OH Having been delayed three times now, the first C.R. Bard hernia mesh lawsuit is slated for April 19, 2021. The bellwether jury trial has been centralized before U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus in the Southern District of Ohio. At issue is that Bard and its subsidiary Davol knew and when they knew about their defective hernia mesh.

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Pot Shop Employees High-Five Union for Back Pay

Pot Shop Employees High-Five Union for Back Pay

January 14, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Oakland, CA It doesn’t matter how many times a California business changes its name or sells to another company—a union contract stays put. Case in point: the United Food and Commercial Workers, (UFCW) pressured two pot shops on behalf of their weed workers, despite the dispensaries changing hands a few times, and they came to a $75,000 settlement over back pay, specifically union raises.

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Olson v. Becerra Challenges AB 5 Constitutionality Again

Olson v. Becerra Challenges AB 5 Constitutionality Again

January 13, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA On November 9, two individual and two company plaintiffs, including Uber and Postmates, filed a California labor lawsuit against the State of California. Olson v. Becerra challenges the constitutionality of AB 5 and related laws. In December, California filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that the Second Amended Complaint does little to remedy the flaws that led to the lawsuit’s dismissal without prejudice in September. This time California seeks to bar the lawsuit permanently.

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