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New Jersey Allergan Biocell Textured Breast Implant Lawsuits Consolidated in New Jersey Superior Court
July 10, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Hackensack, NJ On July 7, the initial case management conference for In Re: Allergan Biocell Textured Breast Implant Products Liability Litigation (the “MCL”) was held before Judge Rachelle Harz in New Jersey Superior Court in Bergen County. The consolidation of state law actions is intended to permit speedy, cost-effective and consistent management of the common issues that the breast implant side effects lawsuits are expected to share. This multicounty litigation will proceed in parallel with the multidistrict federal lawsuits (the “MDL”) that have been consolidated in Newark.
July 9, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Camden, NJ On June 24, Judith Jimenez filed a class action bank overdraft fees lawsuit claiming that TD Bank, NA re-opened her checking account, which the bank had previously closed, for the express purpose of charging her an overdraft fee. Mission accomplished, the bank then closed her account again – all without her authorization. The lawsuit further claims that TD Bank had a routine practice of opening accounts in the names of consumers without lawful authority. If this sounds familiar, it should.
July 8, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Oakland, CA The long-awaited settlement in Rollins v. Dignity Health, a class action ERISA lawsuit, that has been moving through the legal system since 2013, continues to be just that – long awaited. On June 12, the District Court for the Northern District of California refused to approve a proposed settlement for the second time since 2019.
July 6, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC On April 1, the federal Food and Drug Administration asked manufacturers to withdraw Zantac and all other prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. It has also advised those who use OTC ranitidine medications to stop taking them immediately and patients with ranitidine prescriptions to speak with their health care providers. Zantac cancer lawsuits that cite the link between heartburn medications that contain ranitidine and various forms of cancer have been forming for months. The FDA has now finally taken affirmative steps to protect consumers.
July 5, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Uber and Lyft are getting slammed, from California to Canada. In May, California sued the ride-hailing companies claiming they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state’s new labor law, Bill AB5. North of the border, the Canadian Supreme Court has allowed Uber drivers to forge ahead with a class action lawsuit that will classify them as employers rather than independent contractors.
July 3, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA The herbicides dicamba and glyphosate have a lot in common. Both are made by Monsanto, both are associated with environmental problems such as chemical drift and both cause health problems, such as cancer. Nobody knows this more than investigative journalist Carey Gillam.
July 3, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA A California federal judge says Rite Aid violated California labor law by not reimbursing its employees for their uniforms. And one month previously, in May, Rite-Aid was hit with another lawsuit. Along with Thrifty PayLess Inc., about 10,000 employees may be owed wages for time spent undergoing off-the-clock security checks.
July 1, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA Jeree Gant filed a class action lawsuit against Aldi, Inc., claiming that the grocery chain failed to pay her for all the hours she worked between October 2017 and May 2018. The other allegations under the California labor code concerning meal breaks, rest breaks and wage statements follow from that central claim. Aldi has now offered to settle the claims of what might ultimately have been thousands of California plaintiffs for $2 million.
June 25, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Sacramento, CA Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has announced that he opposes a November 3 ballot initiative that would permit companies like Uber and DoorDash to continue to classify drivers as independent contractors. If approved, the measure would override AB 5 with respect to app-based drivers. These drivers could, as a result, be classified as independent contractors not protected by the wage and hour provisions of the California Labor Code.
June 24, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC On June 5, Karl Racine, Attorney General for the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against Elevate Credit Inc., alleging that Elevate charged loan interest rates on what are essentially internet payday loans in excess of the District’s usury limits. The interest rates of 149 to 251 percent associated with Elevate’s Rise and Elastic brand loans set a trap for low-income consumers similar to excessive bank overdraft fees many banks charge for “overdraft protection” on a checking account.
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- California AG Pressures Walmart to Protect Vulnerable Employees By Anne Wallace (Jun-19-20)
- Employee Stock Ownership Lawsuit Unmasks Brazen Corporate Fraud By Anne Wallace (Jun-18-20)
- The Environmental Protection Agency no longer Protecting Monsanto? By Jane Mundy (Jun-17-20)
- Insured Californians Getting Gouged by Out-of-Network Providers By Jane Mundy (Jun-16-20)
- Ninth Circuit: Workers Must be Paid for Call-in Shifts By Anne Wallace (Jun-15-20)
- Two Zantac Lawsuits, Two types of Cancer By Jane Mundy (Jun-12-20)
- Safeway and McDonalds Coronavirus Safety Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Jun-11-20)
- Employment Discrimination, Disability Accommodations and Return to Work after COVID-19 Closures By Anne Wallace (Jun-10-20)
- ERISA Lawsuits Target United HealthCare Reimbursements Practices By Anne Wallace (Jun-10-20)
- Federal Court Sends Excessive Overdraft Fees Plaintiffs to Arbitration By Anne Wallace (Jun-9-20)
- Elmiron Vision Loss Lawsuits Mounting By Jane Mundy (Jun-5-20)
- Former Canadian Health Minister on Juul Board while Current Minister Opposes Vaping By Jane Mundy (Jun-4-20)
- Truckers Fight Against Bill AB5, No Backup from Teamsters or State of California By Jane Mundy (May-31-20)
- Excessive Overdraft Fee Lawsuits Hit the Heartland By Anne Wallace (May-29-20)
- Monsanto Roundup Cancer Appeal, Bayer Blames Coronavirus By Jane Mundy (May-27-20)
- California McDonald’s Workers Cite COVID-19 Safety Issues By Anne Wallace (May-25-20)
- Mandatory Arbitration Amendments Thwart Excessive Overdraft Fee Lawsuits By Anne Wallace (May-22-20)
- Zantac Associated with Breast Cancer By Jane Mundy (May-20-20)
- The Gig Economy v. Assembly Bill 5 By Jane Mundy (May-19-20)
- Tell teens that Now is the Time to Quit E-Cigarettes and Vaping By Jane Mundy (May-18-20)
- California Sues Uber and Lyft By Anne Wallace (May-15-20)
- Getting Caught Can Reduce Emergency Room Overcharges By Jane Mundy (May-14-20)
- Some California Food Workers Choose between COVID-19 exposure or lost wages—will worker safety lawsuits follow? By Jane Mundy (May-12-20)
- Hundreds of Documents Unsealed in 3M Defective Earplug Litigation By Jane Mundy (May-7-20)
- Putnam Investments to Settle 401k Self-Dealing Lawsuit for $12.5 Million By Anne Wallace (May-6-20)
- California Suspends Worker Layoff Notifications. Did Velodyne Take Advantage? By Anne Wallace (May-4-20)
- Employment Discrimination based on Perceived Sexual Orientation By Anne Wallace (May-1-20)
- Can California Employers Pay Workers with Reloadable Debit Cards? By Anne Wallace (Apr-27-20)
- California Labor Bill AB5 Adding Fuel to Fire with COVID-19 Crisis? By Jane Mundy (Apr-24-20)
- Wells Fargo Fake Account Scandal Grinds On By Anne Wallace (Apr-23-20)
- JPMorgan Chase to Settle 401k Self-Dealing Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Apr-22-20)
- E-Cig and Vape Companies Cashing in on COVID-19 By Jane Mundy (Apr-20-20)
- FDA Finally Pulls Zantac By Jane Mundy (Apr-17-20)
- Emergency Room Overcharges –Surprise! By Jane Mundy (Apr-16-20)
- Bayer Settles Roundup Advertising Class Action Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Apr-14-20)
- Uber Drivers May Have to Choose between COVID-19 Pay and Employee Status By Anne Wallace (Apr-13-20)
- Three litigation theories of excessive bank overdraft fee lawsuits By Anne Wallace (Apr-10-20)
- California Labor Law Issues During Coronavirus Crisis By Jane Mundy (Apr-8-20)
- Government Preemption Doesn’t Apply to 3M Earplugs By Jane Mundy (Apr-7-20)