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YouTube’s $4.3M to Settle Moderator Trauma Lawsuit

YouTube’s $4.3M to Settle Moderator Trauma Lawsuit December 8, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Oakland, CA A proposed California labor class action alleging YouTube failed to protect its content moderators from psychological trauma caused by constantly viewing violent and disturbing videos has reached a deal. The technology giant has agreed to pay $4.3M, according to a motion filed in California federal court.

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California Labor Lawsuit Alleges SpaceX Employees Unlawfully Fired

California Labor Lawsuit Alleges SpaceX Employees Unlawfully Fired December 7, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Eight former SpaceX employees have filed California unfair-labor-practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), alleging that SpaceX after they wrote a letter to management asking them to publicly condemn Elon Musk’s “harmful” behavior on social media. Musk appears to have his own policy: Do as I say, Not as I Do.
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North Carolina Sues 3M Co. for PFAS/PFOA Environmental Damage

North Carolina Sues 3M Co. for PFAS/PFOA Environmental Damage December 5, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Wilmington, NC On November 4, 2022 North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein filed four separate per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) state court lawsuits in Mecklenburg, Wayne and Stanly Counties. This is in addition to federal Camp LeJeune toxic tort lawsuits that have been consolidated in the Eastern District North Carolina.
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Booz Allen Hamilton BlackRock Target Date Funds at Heart of New ERISA Lawsuit

Booz Allen Hamilton BlackRock Target Date Funds at Heart of New ERISA Lawsuit December 4, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Richmond, VA On August 2, 2022, Michael Tullgren filed a class action ERISA lawsuit against Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. and fiduciaries of the company’s Capital Accumulation Plan in the Eastern District of Virginia. Tullgren v. Booz Allen Hamilton alleges that company violated its fiduciary duty under ERISA by including poorly performing BlackRock target date funds in its investment menu.
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Twitter Layoffs Trigger Labor Lawsuits

Twitter Layoffs Trigger Labor Lawsuits November 30, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA The richest man in the world wasted no time to “drastically reduce costs and bring in new revenue from the social media site,” by laying off 3,000 of Twitter’s 7,500 employees – 50 percent of the work force. After purchasing the company for $44 billion on October 27, a mass layoff began during the first week of November. Just days later, the California labor class action was filed in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of Twitter employees who say they were not given the requisite notice, which violated the WARN Act.
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Time Spent “Booting Up” Computers may be Compensable

Time Spent “Booting Up” Computers may be Compensable November 29, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA On October 24, 2022, the Ninth Circuit held that the time spent by call center workers booting up their computers could be considered compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Nevada law  because it was integral and indispensable to their primary duties. Although Cadenav. Customer Connexx, LLC is very fact-specific, there is no immediate indication that the decision would be different under California labor law.

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3M Earplug Injury Verdict of $50M Firm

3M Earplug Injury Verdict of $50M Firm November 28, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Pensacola, FL  A Florida federal judge in October denied 3M a new trial after a jury awarded $50 million to veteran Luke Vilsmeyer. Like more than 280,000 veterans, Vilsmeyer claimed that 3M’s CAEv2 earplugs were defective and caused his tinnitus and hearing loss. The judge ruled that the trial evidence “substantially supported” the verdict.   
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Wells Fargo Settlement Raises Legal Fees Queries

Wells Fargo Settlement Raises Legal Fees Queries November 25, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA A Wells Fargo's $6.5 million California labor class action wage-and-hour settlement involving about 27,500 workers may be a good deal for the class reps and plaintiffs’ lawyers, but employees may be getting shortchanged – again.

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Department of Defense to Stop Using PFAS-Based Firefighting Foam in 2024

Department of Defense to Stop Using PFAS-Based Firefighting Foam in 2024 November 14, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS/PFOA) foams have been a staple of military and civilian firefighting operations for sixty years. But their usefulness in fighting liquid fuel fires comes at a steep price for the planet and human health.
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Veteran Files Camp LeJeune Contaminated Water Lawsuit

Veteran Files Camp LeJeune Contaminated Water Lawsuit November 7, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Wilmington, NC On September 13, 2022, Victor Malafronte filed a toxic tort lawsuit in the Eastern District of North Carolina. His complaint  alleges that his exposure to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune from 1963 to 1967 led to stage 4 chronic kidney disease and severe chronic interstitial nephritis. His lifelong health problems have made it difficult for him maintain steady employment, and at one point, he even tried to take his own life.
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