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California Court Approves Taylor Farms Wage and Hour Settlement

California Court Approves Taylor Farms Wage and Hour Settlement November 25, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Sacramento, CA On November 2, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California approved an agreement to settle Del Carmen Pena v. Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. The workers allege that Taylor Farms failed to pay them for time spent "donning and doffing" equipment; provide them with rest and meal breaks; and issue paychecks in a timely manner. All of these violate the wage and hour requirements of California labor law.  
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California Office Manager Need Not Arbitrate PAGA Claim

California Office Manager Need Not Arbitrate PAGA Claim November 24, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Santa Ana, CA On October 26, California's Fourth District appellate court ruled that Enedina Aguirre does not have to arbitrate a claim she made against Prudential Overall Supply under the California Private Attorneys General Act. The California labor lawsuit affirms, once more, that the mandatory arbitration agreements, which many employees must sign as part of their routine onboarding process, do not prevent them from filing PAGA claims that may subject employers to stiff penalties.


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Chipotle Workers Argue Against Supreme Court Review of Wage and Hour Lawsuit

Chipotle Workers Argue Against Supreme Court Review of Wage and Hour Lawsuit November 23, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC On November 2, a group of Chipotle Apprentices (entry-level managers) filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking that their wage & hour lawsuit not be reviewed. Their lawsuit, originally brought in New York as Scott v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., seeks overtime pay for workers who were misclassified as managers and thus not protected by wage and hour laws.
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Hearing Examinations to Begin in 3M Combat Arms Defective Earplugs Lawsuits

Hearing Examinations to Begin in 3M Combat Arms Defective Earplugs Lawsuits November 19, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Pensacola, FL On October 20, the District Court for the Northern District of Florida issued a pre-trial order setting the requirements for the medical examinations of five service members who allege that they suffered hearing loss because of the 3M defective earplugs that were standard military issue from 2003 to 2015. The Order sets out a schedule, defines the scope of permitted testing and permits a non-lawyer representative of plaintiffs’ counsel, such as a paralegal or a law firm staff person, to attend.
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Is Dynamex Ruling Retroactive?

Is Dynamex Ruling Retroactive? November 18, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Just as the polls closed on Proposition 22—a ruling that allows companies to hire app-based drivers as independent contractors instead of employees—the California Supreme Court heard arguments in Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l, Inc. At issue is the Dynamex ruling and whether it should be retroactive to worker misclassification lawsuits filed before it was decided.
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Navy Federal to Settle Overdraft Fees Lawsuit for $16 Million

Navy Federal to Settle Overdraft Fees Lawsuit for $16 Million November 17, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Alexandria, VA  The Eastern District of Virginia appears poised to approve a proposed settlement in a class action bank overdraft fees lawsuit originally filed against Navy Federal Credit Union in 2019. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, checking account customers at Navy Federal who were overcharged will have a common fund of $16 million to divide among themselves. The settlement is notable because class members need not file claims to receive compensation. The settlement fund will be automatically allocated among them according to a distribution plan set out in the agreement.
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Third Circuit Revives Oil Workers’ Donning and Doffing Lawsuit

Third Circuit Revives Oil Workers’ Donning and Doffing Lawsuit November 16, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Philadelphia, PA On October 26, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals revived a wage & hour lawsuit originally filed by oil rig workers in 2011. At its heart, Tyger v. Precision Drilling Corp. is a “donning and doffing” lawsuit. Rodney Tyger, Shawn Wadsworth and approximately 1,000 other rig hands seek to recover unpaid overtime, allegedly due under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). It’s not over yet; the Third Circuit remanded the lawsuit back to the District Court for further proceedings.
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More Injectafer Lawsuits Alleging Hypophosphatemia – a Serious Health Risk

More Injectafer Lawsuits Alleging Hypophosphatemia – a Serious Health Risk November 13, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Conshohocken, PA Another Injectafer lawsuit filed in October 2020 joins numerous others filed since 2019, all claiming Vifor Pharma, Ltd., Daiichi Sankyo and its subsidiaries Luitpold Pharmaceuticals and American Regent failed to warn users about the risk of hypophosphatemia—a severe side effect whereby low phosphorous levels are caused by the multiple Injectafer injections.
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California Voters Weighed In: Gig Workers are Independent Contractors

California Voters Weighed In: Gig Workers are Independent Contractors November 12, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Proposition 22, approved by California voters in November, has classified drivers for app-based companies as independent contractors. Ten million votes were counted and the resolution led by nearly 2 million votes.
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Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Tangled in Delays

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Tangled in Delays November 11, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Concord, MA Hernia mesh lawsuits filed against three medical device manufacturers have been delayed mainly because of the coronavirus pandemic, and bellwether trials have been delayed a few times already. Nearly 15,000 hernia mesh claims pending in the federal court system have been consolidated in three multi-district litigations (MDLs).
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