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Will the New Asbestos Regulation Put the Public at Risk?

Will the New Asbestos Regulation Put the Public at Risk? August 17, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has enacted a new rule to purportedly strengthen oversight on asbestos: it will review applications for using asbestos in consumer products. But the agency’s critics and consumer groups argue that this rule makes it easier for asbestos to be used in consumer products, from construction materials to plastic bags.
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Retail giant Target Settles California Labor Lawsuits over Cashier Seating for $9 million.

Retail giant Target Settles California Labor Lawsuits over Cashier Seating for $9 million. August 16, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Oakland, CA: A California judge has given the green light to settle several California labor lawsuits alleging the retail giant violated California’s Private Attorneys General Act by failing to provide seating for more than 90,000 cashiers.
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Landmark Credit Union Settles Overdraft Fees Lawsuit

Landmark Credit Union Settles Overdraft Fees Lawsuit August 15, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
New Berlin, WI: Danell Behrens filed a proposed class action overdraft fees lawsuit in February 2017 against Landmark Credit Union (LCU), alleging the not-for-profit financial institution charged its members more than $2 million in overdraft fees, in violation of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (ETFA) and LCU’s own overdraft program contract. LCU has agreed to refund some of those fees and change its overdraft practices as part of the settlement agreement.
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Cash America Pawn, or First Cash Management Facing Overtime Lawsuit

Cash America Pawn, or First Cash Management Facing Overtime Lawsuit August 14, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Memphis, TN: A former Store Manager recently filed an employment complaint against First Cash and Cash America (also known as Cash America Pawn) for unpaid overtime compensation. “We estimate that 1,000 store managers nationwide have been misclassified and eligible for overtime,” says attorney Alan Crone, “and upwards of 3,000 employees may have an overtime claim against Cash America Pawn for violating the Fair Standards Labor Act.”
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Disability Claims Consultant Explains Unum’s Latest Practice to Dispute or Deny Long Term Disability Benefits

Disability Claims Consultant Explains Unum’s Latest Practice to Dispute or Deny Long Term Disability Benefits August 14, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA: As a disability claims consultant and former Unum employee, Linda Nee knows just about every trick in the insurance company’s books to dispute and deny disability benefits to claimants. She says that Unum, or First Unum is “nickel and diming” its policy holders by alleging overpayments associated with SSDI and other monthly earnings offsets, including Retirement Income.
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Hartford Insurance Denies Disability Benefits and Pays Millions to bail out a town

Hartford Insurance Denies Disability Benefits and Pays Millions to bail out a town August 13, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Hartford, CT: Imagine that an injury results in you being disabled and unable to return to work. You apply for long term disability but Hartford, your insurance company, denies your benefits. You don’t have any savings and no other source of income. And then you find out that Hartford, along with two other insurance companies, bails out the town of Hartford for millions of dollars – and not even their policyholders. Wouldn’t you want to be part of that payout? Wouldn’t you be angry, to say the least?
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Drywall Contractor Fined $2 million; Is California Wage Theft Rampant?

Drywall Contractor Fined $2 million; Is California Wage Theft Rampant? August 10, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles: After workers at Fullerton Pacific Interiors Inc., complained about California labor law violations to the non-profit Carpenters Contractors Cooperation Committee, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office stepped in. Investigators found that the drywall company paid a daily rate that didn’t include overtime hours or rest breaks and 28 workers were not even paid minimum wage. Fullerton was fined nearly $2million for wage theft violations.
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Ninth Circuit Says Pension Plan Participants Cannot be Forced to Arbitrate

Ninth Circuit Says Pension Plan Participants Cannot be Forced to Arbitrate August 9, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA On July 24, 2018, the Ninth Circuit held that the plaintiffs in a pension plan lawsuit could continue their legal fight as a class action, rather than having to arbitrate individually.Munro v. University of Southern California is a major victory for ERISA plan participants who were required to sign individual arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. The Court likened these ERISA lawsuits to whistle blower lawsuits–essentially viewing the plaintiffs as public prosecutors acting in defense of the pension plan itself. This is a very broad argument that may ultimately have wider legal implications.
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Monsanto Glyphosate Lawsuit: Expert Testimony Deemed Credible Enough for Trial

Monsanto Glyphosate Lawsuit: Expert Testimony Deemed Credible Enough for Trial August 8, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
San Francisco, CA Roundup Weed Killer has been used by homeowners, schools, gardeners, and farmers since its development in the 1970s. Its usage has increased exponentially since the 1990s when genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were developed that can survive heavy applications of Roundup, enabling farmers to kill all types of weeds but not the desired crops. In 2015, an arm of the World Health Organization (France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer “IARC”), designated glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a probable human carcinogen. Thousands of Monsanto glyphosate lawsuits over alleged Roundup cancer followed. Now Plaintiffs have cleared a crucial hurdle. A judge has ruled that the preliminary opinions of three experts linking glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were not “junk science,” and should be permitted for a jury’s consideration.
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SoCal Drywall Company Fined $1.9M for Wage Theft Violations

SoCal Drywall Company Fined $1.9M for Wage Theft Violations August 7, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Fullerton, CA According to California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, it is a known problem: construction companies often pay workers a flat rate rather than for all hours worked, in order to evade having to pay workers the rate required under state laws. This is wage theft, and it is a violation of California state labor laws. The state Labor Commissioner’s Office began an investigation into Fullerton Pacific Interiors Inc. (“Fullerton’s”) practices after employees reported the company to a nonprofit labor management organization, Carpenters Contractors Cooperation Committee. The outcome of that investigation was a $1.9 million dollar penalty, to be distributed primarily to the workers who were shorted pay.
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