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United Airlines Appears to Stiff Early Retirees

United Airlines Appears to Stiff Early Retirees

August 8, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Chicago, IL Cast your mind back to 2020. We were staying at home, fully masked, wearing blue gloves, bleaching our kitchen counters and very worried about people living in congregate settings, like nursing homes. Needless to say, we weren’t flying anywhere. United Airlines, like all other airlines, had a powerful incentive to reduce overhead, including employee costs. Such is the background for this ERISA lawsuit.

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Marine at Camp LeJeune with Cancer Concerned about Children

Marine at Camp LeJeune with Cancer Concerned about Children

August 4, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Raleigh, NC  Patrick and his wife spent three years at Camp LeJeune – long enough to develop health problems from contaminated water. “When I first heard about the contamination I was extremely concerned,” says Patrick. “None of us had heard about the toxic water until a few years ago, and now I am extremely mad.”

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Supreme Court Deals Blow to California PAGA Claims

Supreme Court Deals Blow to California PAGA Claims

July 31, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC On June 15, in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The decision reverses standing precedent under California labor law, which had permitted class action labor lawsuits against employers even when workers had agreed to resolve employment disputes through individual arbitration.

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Nurse Files Same California Labor Class Action – Twice

Nurse Files Same California Labor Class Action – Twice

July 31, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Riverside, CA The California Supreme Court has given the green light to a nurse who brought a second class action lawsuit, alleging the same California wage and hour violations, but against two entities not directly connected.


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Lawsuit: Philips Knew CPAP Sleep Machines Link to Cancer

Lawsuit: Philips Knew CPAP Sleep Machines Link to Cancer

July 28, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Philips has been slammed with another Dreamstation lawsuit, alleging the company knew its sleep machines could cause cancers and other injuries years before the world-wide recall.

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U.S. v. Academy Mortgage Corp., the Whistleblower Lawsuit that Will not Die

U.S. v. Academy Mortgage Corp., the Whistleblower Lawsuit that Will not Die

July 27, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA  Academy Mortgage Corp. has asked the Northern District of California to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former underwriter, Gwen Thrower. The lawsuit, which was initially filed in 2016, accuses Academy Mortgage of writing shaky FHA-backed mortgage loans to boost the company’s profits. In 2020, the federal government unsuccessfully sought to the lawsuit dismissed in the Ninth Circuit. In 2018, the Northern District had denied a similar motion.

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Airlines Meal & Rest Break Appeal

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Airlines Meal & Rest Break Appeal

July 26, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA The U.S. Supreme Court at the end of June declined to take up Alaska Airlines appeal of a ruling that Virgin America – now part of Alaska Airlines-- had to give California-based flight attendants meal and rest breaks required by California labor law. The justices found that California's break requirements are not preempted by federal law on the deregulation of airlines' prices, routes and services.


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