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February 19, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Almost 43,000 plaintiffs claiming that Bayer’s Monsanto Roundup weed killer caused their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma have been told by their attorneys that several obstacles must be overcome before reaching the finish line -- the settlement. Bayer says the Roundup settlement may total $10 billion, which makes it one of the most complex and costliest litigations—but still not close to Apple v. Samsung ($40 billion) and the BP Oil Spill ($42 billion).
February 17, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC Effective February 6, a change in FDA policy banned sales of fruit, mint and dessert-flavored vape pods that were reportedly intended to attract teens. The effectiveness of this ban in protecting young consumers from e-cigarette health hazards remains in doubt, however. The ban does not affect menthol or tobacco-flavored pods, open-tank systems and thousands of flavored e-liquids not in pod form, including a disposable brand called Puff Bar that comes in flavors such as strawberry, cool mint and mango.
February 14, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA On February 10, the District Court for the Central District of California denied a motion for injunction that would halt enforcement of California’s Gig Worker Law against Uber and Postmates while both companies challenge the law’s constitutionality. The decision means that both companies must begin to treat workers as employees in accord with California labor law--and entitled (with few exceptions) to the benefits of California’s prevailing wage laws.
February 13, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA California has always been at the forefront of protecting individuals from workplace discrimination and employment laws. Despite the California labor law, within some groups, discrimination is pervasive.
February 12, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Maplewood, MN As of January 2020, approximately 1,000 defective earplug lawsuits, filed by over 2,000 U.S. veterans were transferred to the MDL court in Florida. All plaintiffs claim that 3M, the manufacturer, knew the earplugs worn by vets during combat in Iraq or Afghanistan or while training on U.S. military bases would result in hearing loss and/or tinnitus.
February 12, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC A cascade of recalls – by Sanofi, the manufacturer of Zantac and a collection of pharmacies that distribute the heartburn drug – is fuel to the fire of the Zantac cancer lawsuits now forming. Lawyers reportedly anticipate an explosion of Zantac lawsuits over the next several months.
February 11, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC On January 14, the Supreme Court sent Retirement Plans Committee of IBM v. Jander, a much-watched ERISA lawsuit, back to the Second Circuit for further consideration of defensive arguments raised by the plan administrators. The decision is a setback, although perhaps not a fatal one, for participants in employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) who claim that they have been injured because of corporate financial fraud. These “stock drop” lawsuits are one of several different kinds of 401k fiduciary mismanagement lawsuits.
February 10, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Riverside, CA The District Court for the Central District of California has approved a $3.65 million settlement to end a California labor lawsuit that claims The Spearmint Rhino nightclub chain misclassified dancers as independent contractors in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and provisions of California Labor Law. The dancers, who "provided nude, semi-nude, and/or bikini entertainment," at the club’s locations since Oct. 30, 2017, will ultimately net about $2.6 million.
February 5, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Pasadena, CA After an employee at the Chapala Bakery complained about California labor violations, specifically wage theft, a joint investigation with Pasadena officials and the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) followed by several meetings held with Pasadena officials and the bakery business owner, the bakery was fined more than $80,000.
February 5, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
New York, NY Cockrom v. Bank of America alleges that Bank of America (BofA) charged overdraft fees on everyday one-time purchases, like a cup of coffee or a tank of gas, even when its deposit agreements promised that overdraft fees would be levied only on recurring transactions, such as a mortgage payments. This is a new twist on bank overdraft fee lawsuits, but it’s a relatively simple scheme. There is nothing about the difference between “available balance” and “actual balance;” there are no delayed deposits and no selective check clearing. It’s a straightforward New York law breach of contract lawsuit.
- Uber Steering around AB40 By Jane Mundy (Feb-4-20)
- Court Permanently Halts California Ban on Mandatory Arbitration By Anne Wallace (Feb-3-20)
- More 3M Earplug Lawsuits Filed by Veterans Nationwide By Jane Mundy (Jan-25-20)
- Employees May Work 6 Years Longer when Employer Skims Fees off the Top of 401k Plan By Anne Wallace (Jan-22-20)
- Ninth Circuit Affirms $54.6 Wage Award for Walmart Truckers By Anne Wallace (Jan-21-20)
- E-Cigarette Lawsuit Claims Deceptive Advertising, Fraud By Anne Wallace (Jan-20-20)
- New Research: Brief Heat Exposure Increases Zantac Cancer Odds By Anne Wallace (Jan-14-20)
- California Employment Laws include Wage & Hour and Misclassification Updates By Jane Mundy (Jan-13-20)
- U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jan-10-20)
- More Ranitidine Cancer Concerns Lead to Zantac Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (Jan-9-20)
- Disneyland Workers file a lawsuit alleging they aren’t paid Minimum Wage By Jane Mundy (Jan-7-20)
- Target Red Card Lawsuit Poised to Settle for $8.2 Million By Anne Wallace (Jan-6-20)
- California Uber Drivers Survive Motion to Dismiss, Lose Preliminary Injunction By Anne Wallace (Jan-2-20)
- Does Monsanto (Bayer) Have a Silver Bullet? By Jane Mundy (Jan-1-20)
- Latest Studies Link E-Cigarette Vaping to Heavy Metal Lung Disease By Jane Mundy (Dec-20-19)
- Former Juul employee files California Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Dec-19-19)
- Uber Likely to Dodge “Existential Threat” Posed by Driver Misclassification Lawsuit – Again By Anne Wallace (Dec-17-19)
- Defendant 'Grateful' for Credit Union Overdraft Fee Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Dec-13-19)
- Will Juul Go Up in Smoke? By Jane Mundy (Dec-12-19)
- California Workers File Class Action Lawsuit against Cannabis Companies By Anne Wallace (Dec-10-19)
- Dignity Health ERISA Lawsuit Inches Toward $100 Million Settlement By Anne Wallace (Dec-10-19)
- Zantac – Buyer Beware, but from Whom? By Jane Mundy (Dec-9-19)
- Monsanto Banned from Hawaii – And How Dangerous is Methyl Parathion? By Jane Mundy (Dec-6-19)
- McDonald’s $26 million California Labor Class Action Settlement By Jane Mundy (Dec-5-19)
- Unconscionable Arbitration Agreements; Less than Candid Lawyers By Anne Wallace (Nov-26-19)
- Disney’s Overtime Deal By Jane Mundy (Nov-25-19)
- Goldman Sachs 401k Plan Participants file ERISA Lawsuit over Self-Dealing By Anne Wallace (Nov-21-19)
- California Assembly Bill 5 in for a Bumpy Ride with Truckers By Jane Mundy (Nov-20-19)
- More Zantac Cancer Lawsuits and Recalls By Jane Mundy (Nov-19-19)
- Asbestos Re-Surfaces in J&J Talcum Powder By Jane Mundy (Nov-15-19)
- Players Challenge NCAA Pay Caps By Anne Wallace (Nov-13-19)
- Bayer “Not Playing Nice in the Sandbox” of Monsanto Litigation By Jane Mundy (Nov-12-19)
- Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Accused of “Gouging” Consumers with Multiple NSF Fees By Anne Wallace (Nov-11-19)
- T-Mobile Retail Workers Reach Wage Deal under California Labor Law By Jane Mundy (Nov-8-19)
- Intel Corp. Investment Policy Committee v. Sulyma to shape ERISA fiduciary lawsuits By Anne Wallace (Nov-7-19)
- Delta Settles Overtime Lawsuit for $3.5 Million By Anne Wallace (Nov-6-19)
- Consumers Bring DoorDash Lawsuit over Stolen Tips By Anne Wallace (Nov-4-19)
- Has J&J Lost Its Way? By Jane Mundy (Oct-25-19)
- Halliburton Settles California Labor Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Oct-24-19)
- Southwest Airlines Pilots Get $18.8 Million Settlement By Anne Wallace (Oct-23-19)