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May 16, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Plaintiffs Seek Recusal of Latest Judge in Home Depot ERISA Lawsuit ]
Atlanta, GA On April 15, plaintiffs in Pizarro v. The Home Depot asked U.S. District Judge Steven D. Grimberg to recuse himself because of his association with the Chamber of Commerce, which had filed an amicus curiae brief in support of The Home Depot in 2021. The $140 million class action ERISA lawsuit was assigned to Judge Grimberg on March 4 of this year only after Judge William M. Ray II, who had previously presided over the case, recused himself because he was about to inherit Home Depot stock. This is the fourth re-assignment sought by the plaintiffs.
May 10, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Alcoa Fights Retirees’ ERISA Lawsuit over Health Benefits Plan ]
Evansville, IN In December 2020, Alcoa USA Corp. retirees brought an ERISA lawsuit in the Southern District of Indiana to block Alcoa’s announced plan to change the way in which it provided collectively bargained retiree health benefits. The changes at issue in Kaiser v. Alcoa USA Corp. (originally captioned Simpkins v. Alcoa USA Corp.) became effective in 2021 and affect roughly 3,000 retirees and spouses. They were made unilaterally by Alcoa, apparently without negotiating with the workers’ collective bargaining representative.
April 30, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Teamsters Sue UPS for Pension and Welfare Contributions ]
Newark, NJ On March 23, the Trustees of the Teamsters Pension Trust Fund of Philadelphia and Vicinity filed a lawsuit in federal court in New Jersey, alleging that UPS had failed to make required contributions to the pension and welfare funds for 2015. The ERISA lawsuit seeks nearly $300,000 in unpaid contributions to the two plans plus attorneys’ fees and other costs.
April 27, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Long-Term Disability Attorney Discusses Long-COVID Disability Claims ]
Northridge, CA It’s no surprise that some “long COVID-19” claims are denied by insurance companies: there was even a debate about whether it was real. But long-term disability attorney Brent Dorian Brehm, with Kantor & Kantor LLP has already won “post-COVID-19 syndrome” appeals for his clients. Brehm discusses how best to file a long-COVID LTD claim.
April 6, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ More Hospital Overcharges Lawsuits against TeamHealth “Cartel” ]
Baton Rouge, LA No sooner has TeamHealth settled a $15 million class action lawsuit brought by physicians than it’s slammed with another class action claiming inappropriate ER billing and systematic overcharges from its central billing office which is controlled in a “cartel-like manner”.
March 21, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ Coca-Cola Bottler to Settle ERISA lawsuit for $3.5 Million ]
Charlotte, NC Large independent bottler, Coca-Cola Consolidated Inc., has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a class-action breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit that could have involved thousands of plan participants. The ERISA lawsuit was originally brought in 2020 by two participants in the Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc. 401k Plan. Cheyenne Jones v. Coca-Cola Consolidated Inc. alleges that the plan’s administrative committee breached its fiduciary duty to participants by failing to monitor unreasonable fees and the poor performance of a risky investment option.
March 9, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ UnitedHealthcare Cites Upcoding Fraud in Lawsuit against Emergency Room Staffing Company ]
Knoxville, TN On October 27, 2021, UnitedHealthcare filed a lawsuit against TeamHealth Holdings in the Eastern District of Tennessee. UnitedHealthcare Services v. TeamHealth Holdings, the ER fees lawsuit, charges that TeamHealth routinely overcharged emergency room patients for minor medical needs. UHC, as the administrator for many of those claims, alleges that it overpaid by as much as $100 million. The company claims that TeamHealth’s tactics crossed the line from aggressive profit maximization to outright fraud.
February 23, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ The No Surprises Act Not Foolproof ]
Santa Clara, CA The No Surprises Act, that went into effect January 1, 2022 intends to provide protection against surprise medical bills such out-of-network bills for in-network hospitals and services such as an air ambulance ride (not ground ambulance) to an in-network hospital. But don’t be surprised if you get a surprise bill…
February 10, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ ERISA Lawsuit Nets Nearly $9.4 Million for Plan Participants ]
St. Paul, MN The U.S. Department of Labor has announced an agreement to settle Walsh v. Reliance Trust Co. that will restore nearly $9.4 million to participants in the Kurt Manufacturing Company Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The ERISA lawsuit alleged that plan fiduciaries caused the ESOP to buy all the outstanding company stock for nearly $10 million more than it was worth. The sellers of the stock included company directors and the chairman of the board. The DOL claimed that the sellers either knew or should have known that the price was significantly inflated.
January 30, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Mother Files Lawsuit Claiming Similac Infant Formula Caused Baby’s Death ]
Chicago, IL A mother has filed a lawsuit against Abbot Laboratories, the manufacturer of Similac Special Care, claiming the infant formula caused the death of her premature baby after he developed necrotizing enterololitis (NEC). Baby Eli never left the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
- ERISA Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth Subsidiary Gets Class Action Status By Anne Wallace (Jan-7-22)
- Bronson Healthcare to Settle Excessive Fee ERISA Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Dec-29-21)
- University of Miami to Settle ERISA Lawsuit for $1.85 Million By Anne Wallace (Dec-23-21)
- TeamHealth vs. United HealthCare Services By Jane Mundy (Dec-21-21)
- ER Charged $1,200 for Nosebleed By Jane Mundy (Nov-30-21)
- Physician Billed Exorbitant ER Overcharges By Jane Mundy (Nov-28-21)
- Rollins v. Dignity Health Creeps toward Settlement By Anne Wallace (Nov-23-21)
- Patient is Charged ER Fees Without Being Seen By Jane Mundy (Nov-12-21)
- District Court Greenlights ERISA Lawsuit over Firing to Avoid Severance Pay Obligation By Anne Wallace (Nov-7-21)
- Smokers Claim They Were Overcharged for Health Insurance Premiums By Anne Wallace (Oct-8-21)
- Participants Sue $1.52 Billion Baptist Health South Plan for Wasting Retirement Savings By Anne Wallace (Sep-6-21)
- Patients “Deceived” and “Scammed” by ER Fees By Jane Mundy (Aug-18-21)
- YUM! Brands Recruiter Files ERISA Lawsuit over Misclassification By Anne Wallace (Aug-16-21)
- Another Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit filed in California By Jane Mundy (Jul-26-21)
- ERISA Lawsuit Alleges DuPont Underpaid Retirees By Anne Wallace (Jul-21-21)
- Emergency Room Overcharges Patient now Debt Collector Victim By Jane Mundy (Jul-16-21)
- Jander ERISA Lawsuit Settles, but Leaves Questions By Anne Wallace (Jul-9-21)
- 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)
- Emergency Room Opportunity to Overcharge By Jane Mundy (May-21-21)
- ERISA Lawsuit against the University of Miami Cites Excessive Fees By Anne Wallace (May-17-21)
- KImberly-Clark 401k ERISA lawsuit Alleges Excessive Costs By Anne Wallace (May-10-21)
- 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)
- Credit Union of New Jersey Hit with Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Apr-6-21)
- Insurer May Renew Defense in Tangled ESOP Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Apr-2-21)
- Emergency Room Overcharges Attorney Helps—if you are Committed By Jane Mundy (Apr-1-21)
- Insufficient Funds Charges Threaten Small-Balance Accountholders By Anne Wallace (Mar-31-21)
- Federal Court Okays Class Action Status for 401k Mismanagement Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Mar-15-21)
- Texas Sues Griddy Energy for Deceptive Advertising By Anne Wallace (Mar-12-21)
- Two Former Cardiologists Awarded $10.6 million for Reporting Patient Care Problems and Overcharging By Jane Mundy (Feb-28-21)
- Ninth Circuit Sends "High-Tech Debt Trap" Lawsuit to Arbitration By Anne Wallace (Feb-27-21)
- Northern District of Illinois Nixes Mandatory Arbitration in ERISA Lawsuit By Anne Wallace (Feb-8-21)
- Motion Picture Industry ERISA Plan under the Bright, Hot Lights By Anne Wallace (Jan-18-21)
- SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Dumps Oldest Participants By Anne Wallace (Jan-8-21)
- Bank Overdraft Fees Lawsuit Stresses Lack of Consumer Sophistication, Unfair Process By Anne Wallace (Jan-6-21)
- “Abysmal” or “Too Conservative”? Supermarket ERISA Lawsuit to Settle for $17.5 Million By Anne Wallace (Dec-14-20)
- Victory for Women with Ovarian Cancer linked to Johnson & Johnson’s Talc in Missouri Court of Appeals By Jane Mundy (Jul-14-20)
- Tobacco Industry’s Back in Business with E-Cigarettes By Jane Mundy (Jun-22-20)
- The Environmental Protection Agency no longer Protecting Monsanto? By Jane Mundy (Jun-17-20)