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May 25, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Miami, FL: Of about 50 million Takata defective airbagsRead [ US DOT: Your Car and Where You Live May Increase Defective Airbag Risk ]
Federal Government Discourages Penalties for Nursing Home Abuse Despite Report Calling for More Oversight
May 24, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
New York, NY: Since 2017, the Trump administration has been rolling back Obama-era rules intended to protect patients from elder care neglect. Since 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, has been making rules that prevent victims of nursing home injury from bringing civil lawsuits to recover damages for neglect and abuse. Then in 2017, CMS discouraged its regional offices from fining care centers for one-time violations and issued a memo discouraging directors of state agencies from issuing daily fines for certain violations.Read [ Federal Government Discourages Penalties for Nursing Home Abuse Despite Report Calling for More Oversight ]
May 23, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Los Angeles: A groundbreaking decision has been issued in Dynamex v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County. The Court adopted a three-part test that applies to any alleged misclassification under a California Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) wage order. The IWC regulates wages, hours, and working conditions, and requires “employees” to be paid minimum wage, receive meal and rest breaks, and overtime pay. Now that the highest court in the state has ruled on this issue, there is a rebuttable presumption that all workers are “employees” and must be paid overtime accordingly. Workers who have been misclassified may now be more likely to prevail in a California unpaid wages lawsuit.Read [ CA Top Court Makes it Harder for Employers to Deny Overtime by Designating Workers as Independent ]
May 22, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC On May 10, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) quietly scuttled proposed consumer overdraft protection regulations, moving them to the inactive list until some undefined, unknown day in the future when a permanent director is named. Meanwhile, banks and credit unions continue to rake in fees through questionable practices, including some arguably strained definitions of phrases like “not enough money.” Fortunately for consumers, the plaintiffs’ bar soldiers on, pursuing excessive overdraft fees lawsuits on their behalf.Read [ Death by Delay – CFPB Defers Credit Union Overdraft Regulations into Indefinite Future ]
May 21, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: A Wells Fargo mortgage broker last year filed a wage and hour lawsuit alleging the bank failed to provide rest breaks, among other violations. The bank said it owed employees $25 million, but last week a federal judge agreed with its bankers and consultants: the money they were entitled to for unpaid rest breaks should be based on their commissions as well as their hourly pay, and Wells Fargo is now on the hook for $97 million.Read [ Wells Fargo to Pay $97M to Commissioned Brokers for Rest Breaks ]
May 18, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Ellicott City, MD: A former Maryland project manager for a real estate company has accused the Unum Group of suspending her monthly disability payments after 26 years of payments when she was elected to serve part-time on the Howard County Board of Education. Five years after notifying Unum life insurance that she had been elected to the Board of Education position, her benefits were terminated and she does not know why.Read [ Unum Insurance Lawsuits Gain Momentum ]
May 10, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: California courts have been debating, defining and determining employment status—whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor-- since 1989. Misclassification has always been a gray area, despite California labor law holding for three decades the “Borello” standard. As of April 30, however, the new and more rigid “ABC test” is being used to identify disputes under wage orders. And experts say it will have far-reaching implications for the California workforce.Read [ New California Ruling Easy as 'ABC' to Determine Employee or Independent Contractor? ]
May 9, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Atlanta, GA On April 12, 2018, two Home Depot 401(k) plan participants, Jaime Pizarro and Craig Smith, filed an ERISA lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia. The complaint alleges that The Home Depot breached its duty to Plan participants in three ways: by choosing poorly-performing investment options, allowing investment advisors to charge unreasonable fees and ignoring a kickback scheme between an investment adviser and the plan’s record keeper. A nickel here, a buck and half there – it adds up.Read [ Home Depot Employees File ERISA Class Action Lawsuit over 401(k) Mismanagement ]
May 8, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA: In his California labor lawsuit, Douglas Troester claims that Starbucks underpaid him by $102.67 during the year that he worked there. Chump change for Starbucks, but no one in his right mind would sue a huge multinational corporation for $102.67 -- even when that’s the grocery money – unless, of course, he or she can win and make a bigger point.Read [ Class Action Status Critical to California Donning and Doffing Wage Lawsuit ]
May 4, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Seattle, WA: Long term denied disability lawsuits have a way of careening into highly technical territory about the appropriate standard of legal review or the precise process for deciding appeals. Not so with Reetz v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co. . This was an evidence case.Read [ Fibromyalgia sufferer wins denied disability claim lawsuit against Hartford ]
- Temp Worker Seeks Class Action Status for California Labor Lawsuit By Lori Prapas (May-3-18)
- MB Financial Facing Lawsuit re $6,000 in Overdraft Fees By Anne Wallace (Apr-30-18)
- Vehicle Owners with Defective Takata Airbags Urged to Get Replacement By Jane Mundy (Apr-28-18)
- California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit: Class Action Lawsuit Brewing Against Starbucks By Lori Prapas (Apr-27-18)
- Another Chance after LTD Denial? Arbitrary and Capricious Standard Continues to Crumble in MetLife Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Apr-25-18)
- Sexual Harassment and Workplace Bullying–Both California Labor Law Violations--Results in $2.6M Verdict By Jane Mundy (Apr-24-18)
- More Type 2 Diabetics add Complaints to Ongoing Onglyza Litigation By Jane Mundy (Apr-4-18)
- Blue and White-Collar California Employees Wrongfully Terminated, National Labor Relations Board Assists By Jane Mundy (Apr-3-18)
- “The Public Must Pressure Johnson & Johnson to List all their Talcum Powder Ingredients", says Attorney By Jane Mundy (Mar-31-18)
- Ethicon Physiomesh Bellwether Trials to Start in September, 2019 By Gordon Gibb (Mar-30-18)
- How Will Passage of Save America’s Pastime Act Impact California Lawsuit? By Gordon Gibb (Mar-27-18)
- IVC Filter Trials: Cook Medical Bellwether Dismissed, Bard Bellwether, Cordis and Rex Medical Going Forward By Jane Mundy (Mar-27-18)
- Unum: You Win Some, You Lose Some By Gordon Gibb (Mar-26-18)
- The Curious Case of the Disappearing DePuy Damages By Anne Wallace (Mar-24-18)
- Are Missed Contributions Considered Plan Assets Under ERISA? By Gordon Gibb (Mar-22-18)
- Indignación en la carretera: Los camioneros de California se les negaron salarios y beneficios justos By Fernando Marcano (Translation) (Mar-21-18)
- Plaintiff Blames Loss of his Lower Leg to Invokana Use By Gordon Gibb (Mar-21-18)
- New Evidence Reopens Scotts Turf Builder Mesothelioma Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Mar-20-18)
- Big Banks Don’t appear to be Getting the Message over Excessive Banking Fees By Gordon Gibb (Mar-19-18)
- Indiana Woman Wins $35 Million in Johnson & Johnson Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Mar-18-18)
- Defective Airbag Deaths and Injuries Continue By Gordon Gibb (Mar-17-18)
- California Labor Lawsuit Expected to Settle for $2 Million By Gordon Gibb (Mar-14-18)
- Liberty Mutual Administrator Must Consider Evidence of 'Broken Heart' By Anne Wallace (Mar-13-18)
- Defective Hip Litigation Continues On against Zimmer, Smith & Nephew By Jane Mundy (Mar-12-18)
- A Tale of Two Unum Lawsuits By Gordon Gibb (Mar-12-18)
- Will Pennsylvania Supreme Court Hear Risperdal Time Bar Appeal? By Gordon Gibb (Mar-12-18)
- Last-Minute Maneuvering Underway Prior to Next Round of Xarelto Lawsuits By Gordon Gibb (Mar-11-18)
- First Responders Sue after Chemical Plant Meltdown during Hurricane Harvey By Brenda Craig (Mar-9-18)
- "Essure Problems" Women Bring FDA's Data to Meeting that FDA were Unaware Of By Jane Mundy (Mar-8-18)
- "Tarde para el almuerzo" explica las demandas laborales de California y un entorno de trabajo cambiante By Fernando Marcano (Translation) (Mar-7-18)
- Unwanted Text Messages Results in $3.5 Million Settlement By Gordon Gibb (Mar-6-18)
- A New Way for Unum Lawsuit Plaintiffs to Fight Biased Medical Review By Anne Wallace (Mar-5-18)
- Trabajadora embarazada gana la Demanda de Terminación Injusta en California By Fernando Marcano (Translation) (Mar-5-18)
- Google Hit with Another California Wrongful Termination Lawsuit By Gordon Gibb (Mar-5-18)
- Georgia Plaintiff Alleges Use of Nexium Caused Chronic Kidney Disease By Gordon Gibb (Mar-4-18)
- Attorney is Hopeful Current Opioid Litigation will Pave the Way for Individual Opioid Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (Mar-3-18)
- The Legal Landscape for Whistleblowers May Have Changed By Gordon Gibb (Mar-2-18)
- Takata Settles with 44 States. No Dough, Though By Anne Wallace (Mar-1-18)
- Paisajista declara propuesta colectiva de salarios no remunerados en California By Fernando Marcano (Translation) (Feb-28-18)
- Families Ask GSK to Hand Over Zofran Data By Lucy Campbell (Feb-27-18)