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Death by Delay – CFPB Defers Credit Union Overdraft Regulations into Indefinite Future

Death by Delay – CFPB Defers Credit Union Overdraft Regulations into Indefinite Future 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.
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Wells Fargo to Pay $97M to Commissioned Brokers for Rest Breaks

Wells Fargo to Pay $97M to Commissioned Brokers for Rest Breaks 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.
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Unum Insurance Lawsuits Gain Momentum

Unum Insurance Lawsuits Gain Momentum 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.
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New California Ruling Easy as 'ABC' to Determine Employee or Independent Contractor?

New California Ruling Easy as 'ABC' to Determine Employee or Independent Contractor? 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.
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Home Depot Employees File ERISA Class Action Lawsuit over 401(k) Mismanagement

Home Depot Employees File ERISA Class Action Lawsuit over 401(k) Mismanagement 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.
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Class Action Status Critical to California Donning and Doffing Wage Lawsuit

Class Action Status Critical to California Donning and Doffing Wage Lawsuit 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.
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Fibromyalgia sufferer wins denied disability claim lawsuit against Hartford

Fibromyalgia sufferer wins denied disability claim lawsuit against Hartford 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.
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Temp Worker Seeks Class Action Status for California Labor Lawsuit

Temp Worker Seeks Class Action Status for California Labor Lawsuit May 3, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Fremont, CA: Since the California Supreme Court issued its precedential California labor law decision in Brinker v. Superior Court of San Diego County, there have been a number of lawsuits alleging violations of California state labor laws for meal and rest break violations. Now, a woman who was hired by Tesla to work in its Fremont, California factory in late 2016 claims that she was denied breaks.
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MB Financial Facing Lawsuit re $6,000 in Overdraft Fees

MB Financial Facing Lawsuit re $6,000 in Overdraft Fees April 30, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Chicago, IL MB Financial dinged Rhonda Boone for a truly jaw-dropping $6,000 in bank overdraft fees between 2015 and 2017. That was 18 percent of her total income for those years. On March 12, 2018 she filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois seeking class action status on behalf of herself and other similarly situated checking and money market account customers. The fact that these are state law claims suggests that the future direction of consumer financial protection lies in the class action lawsuits to enforce state, rather than federal, law.
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Vehicle Owners with Defective Takata Airbags Urged to Get Replacement

Vehicle Owners with Defective Takata Airbags Urged to Get Replacement April 28, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Miami, FL: If you received an “owner notification letter” from your car dealership regarding a defective airbag and there was a problem getting a replacement inflator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says supply problems are over. But the Center for Auto Safety states that only a fraction of car owners have acted, with nearly 60 percent of inflators untouched. That statement, however, may not be completely accurate.
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