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August 2, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA SkyWest flight attendants are proceeding with their meal and rest break proposed class action after a California judge rejected the airline’s argument that federal regulations governing the airline industry preempt their claims.
July 30, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA On July 8, ABM Industries entered into a written agreement to settle the consolidated lawsuits, ABM Industries Overtime Cases (also known as the “Bucio case”), pending in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. Filed in 2006, the lawsuits allege that ABM’s prior timekeeping and payment practices shortchanged as many as 50,000 janitorial employees in violation of the California Labor Code. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, ABM will pay a total sum of $140 million to resolve all claims. The settlement remains subject to court approval.
July 28, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently reported that the price tag to clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from nearly 700 military bases nationwide will probably exceed -- and cost taxpayers-- $2.1 billion. According to the Department of Defense (DOD) that price is up from $1.1 billion last year.
July 26, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA Monsanto has been hit with another lawsuit claiming its Roundup product causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. Plaintiff Michael Langford of Sacramento was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2007 and later developed other cancers. Langford’s Monsanto lawsuit filed in late June comes on the heels of a claim also filed in June. An Ohio resident filed suit in Delaware Superior Court claiming her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was also the result of many years’ exposure to Roundup in the care of her home garden.
July 23, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Chicago, IL Family Dollar collected Mantrise Herron’s fingerprints without her permission in apparent violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). BIPA is a privacy-protection law, and Herron v. Family Dollar Inc. is a class action privacy protection lawsuit. But privacy is increasingly a luxury for the well-heeled and well-informed. The rubber hits the road when privacy concerns become unpaid wages claims or employment discrimination lawsuits. This is where many workers begin. Let us also begin at the beginning….
July 22, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA A former Uber driver claims in a California labor lawsuit that he was terminated due to poor ratings from passengers and the ride-sharing app’s star-based ratings system is racist. San Francisco U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria somewhat agrees, at least at the pleading stage, saying that “the inference that Uber’s practice is racially discriminatory is … strong.”
July 21, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Wilmington, DE M.P. Moon will have another chance to persuade a Delaware federal court that DuPont and its corporate predecessors and successors cheated him and similarly situated retirees of thousands of dollars in pension benefits. His ERISA lawsuit describes years of misinformation, followed by internal procedural rules that protected DuPont from the necessity of correcting its own error.
July 16, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Arley, AL Catrina arrived at the hospital emergency room bent over in pain--three days later she was sent home after having her gallbladder removed. The surgery went well--until the bills arrived. Particularly galling was a CT Scan charge about three times more than the national average cost--a typical example of ER overcharges. (Granted, scans are typically more expensive when ordered in an ER.) Her total bill rings in at 86,381.04.
July 15, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Sacramento, CA On June 8, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe recommended that the Eastern District of California certify several classes of plaintiffs in Trevino v. Golden State FC LLC. In Trevino, workers at various Amazon fulfillment centers alleged that the internet retail giant had violated the California Labor Code by failing to pay wages due for regular and overtime hours worked and provide required meal and rest periods. The lawsuit sought class action certification for groups of similarly situated workers who could number in the hundreds of thousands and who worked at 50 California facilities. The Magistrate determined, however, that the claims of some workers were too individualized to merit inclusion in a class action lawsuit.
July 13, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA A former senior vice president for City National Bank, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, alleges he was fired because of whistleblower retaliation and in violation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which allows California employees to sue their employers in federal court if the employer wrongfully terminates or retaliates against them for reporting potential unlawful conduct
- Pilgrim’s Pride Settles Out of “Wage-Fixing” Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Jul-12-21)
- Jander ERISA Lawsuit Settles, but Leaves Questions By Anne Wallace (Jul-9-21)
- Jury heard 3M Combat Arms Earplug Plaintiff Loud and Clear By Jane Mundy (Jul-8-21)
- Entry-Level Manager Sues Amazon for Misclassification By Anne Wallace (Jul-6-21)
- Syngenta Sues Insurers to Mount Defense, Pay Excess Claims By Anne Wallace (Jun-30-21)
- J&J Talc Plaintiffs: It Pays to Persevere By Jane Mundy (Jun-25-21)
- Ninth Circuit Reverses $102 Million Wage Penalty against Walmart By Anne Wallace (Jun-24-21)
- Air Force Veteran Files Kidney Cancer Lawsuit Citing Firefighting Foam By Anne Wallace (Jun-22-21)
- Goodbye to Glyphosate? By Anne Wallace (Jun-18-21)
- Nike to Settle Bag Check Lawsuit for $8.25 Million By Anne Wallace (Jun-16-21)
- No Surprises Act to Eliminate ER Overcharges? By Jane Mundy (Jun-15-21)
- Participants Sue Bronson Healthcare Plan over Inclusion of Fidelity Freedom Fund By Anne Wallace (Jun-14-21)
- Ecolab to Settle Overtime Lawsuit for $2.55 Million By Anne Wallace (Jun-11-21)
- 3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial: So far a Draw By Jane Mundy (Jun-10-21)
- California Supreme Court to Rule on Rest and Meal Premium Payments By Anne Wallace (Jun-8-21)
- In-N-Out Burger Accused of California Labor Violations By Jane Mundy (Jun-7-21)
- Kaiser Permanente settles two race discrimination class-action lawsuits totaling $18.9 million By Jane Mundy (Jun-4-21)
- Recent Studies Show Other Side Effects, including certain Cancers, with Long-term PPI Use By Jane Mundy (Jun-3-21)
- 3M Earplug Bellwether Trials: 1 For 3M, 1 for Plaintiffs By Jane Mundy (Jun-1-21)
- Bank of America Settles California Labor Lawsuits By Jane Mundy (May-28-21)
- Abdominal Mesh Surgery Destroys Life, say patients in the U.S. and Scotland By Jane Mundy (May-27-21)
- New York Insurance Bill Addresses Bad Faith Insurance Practices By Anne Wallace (May-26-21)
- California Lawsuit: Paraquat Caused Parkinson’s disease By Anne Wallace (May-25-21)
- One Fair Wage Slams Darden Restaurants’ Wage Practices By Anne Wallace (May-24-21)
- Emergency Room Opportunity to Overcharge By Jane Mundy (May-21-21)
- Zantac Breast Cancer Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (May-20-21)
- ERISA Lawsuit against the University of Miami Cites Excessive Fees By Anne Wallace (May-17-21)
- Cannabis Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Pushes Policy By Anne Wallace (May-13-21)
- Aegis Nursing Homes Offers $16M Elder Care Abuse Deal By Jane Mundy (May-12-21)
- KImberly-Clark 401k ERISA lawsuit Alleges Excessive Costs By Anne Wallace (May-10-21)
- Auditor Whistleblower vs. PricewaterhouseCoopers By Jane Mundy (May-7-21)
- Drillers’ Unpaid Wage Claim Gets Conditional Class Certification By Anne Wallace (May-6-21)
- National Black Farmers Association Joins Monsanto MDL By Anne Wallace (Apr-27-21)
- Production Worker Sues Sporting Goods Retailer for Overtime, COVID-19 Testing By Anne Wallace (Apr-26-21)
- Boston Scientific Vaginal Mesh Settlement and More Abdominal Mesh Lawsuits Filed By Jane Mundy (Apr-23-21)
- Ninth Circuit Asked to Require Hotel to Rehire Workers with Back Pay and Damages By Anne Wallace (Apr-20-21)
- PPI Wrongful Death Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Apr-16-21)
- Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million By Anne Wallace (Apr-15-21)
- Emergency Room Overcharges Complaints Outrageous but True By Jane Mundy (Apr-14-21)
- Did Detroit Edison Mislead Retirees about Benefits? By Anne Wallace (Apr-13-21)