Jury Awards Edwin Hardeman $80.2 Million in Roundup Cancer LawsuitSan Francisco, CA
On March 27, a jury in Hardeman v. Monsanto Co.
, a Monsanto glyphosate lawsuit awarded Edwin Hardeman more than $80 million. A third trial, Pilliod v. Monsanto Co.
is well under way
. Allegations have flown
about untoward jury influence, and U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria has begun to push the parties’ attorneys toward settlement. Things are now moving very fast in the world of Monsanto glyphosate lawsuits.
Revel Systems to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit for $2.75 MillionOakland, CA
The District Court for the Northern District of California has approved a settlement in a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit. In the lawsuit, Bisaccia v. Revel Systems
, a group of inside sales representatives claim that Revel Systems, Inc. (Revel) failed to pay overtime wages as required under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
. Under the terms of the settlement, a group of 149 plaintiffs will share a total of $2.75 million.
Company Execs Indicted for Failing to Report Flammable Dehumidifiers
Simon Chu and Charley Loh, part-owners and former executives of Chinese appliance manufacturer Gree Electric Appliances and a company that imported, distributed, and sold China-manufactured dehumidifiers to retailers, allegedly knew the dehumidifiers caught fire but failed to report and recall (too expensive) the defects for at least six months. According to the indictment, the two men “deliberately” withheld information about the defective dehumidifiers.
Xarelto Settlement of $775 million Over Failure to Warn Claims
Thousands of patients who took Xarelto have settled, through multi-district litigation, with Johnson & Johnson and Bayer for three quarters of a billion dollars. Plaintiffs allege that the manufacturers marketed the drug to physicians to prevent blood clots, but failed to inform them of Xarelto side effects, which could cause life-threatening complications such as internal bleeding, stroke and death.
Workers Win California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit over Shift Call-InsLos Angeles, CA
It is clear that workers who show up for a shift but are then told to go home because there is not enough work are entitled to wages under California law. The decision in Ward v. Tilly’s
, a recent California unpaid wages lawsuit takes it a step further. If you have to call before your scheduled shift is to begin to find out if you really should go in, then you are entitled to wages for a portion of your shift, even if the answer is “no.”
Texas 3M Combat Arms Defective Earplug Lawsuit Tells Tale of War ProfiteeringSan Antonio, TX
On March 8, 2019, Joe William Contreras, along with 17 other service members filed a 3M Combat Arms defective earplug lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. According to the Complaint
, Contreras and the other plaintiffs suffer from hearing loss because 3M Company and its predecessor sold millions of dollars’ worth of Combat Arms earplugs to the military without disclosing design flaws that rendered the product useless.
Google Abandons Forced Arbitration of Employment DisputesMountain View, CA
On March 21, 2019, Google employees were finally freed
from contractual restrictions that forced them to arbitrate employment disputes. This follows widespread protests and challenges under California labor law stemming from the forced arbitration of sexual harassment claims.
Johnson & Johnson Talc Tribulations Spark ERISA LawsuitNewark, NJ
On January 25, participants in the Johnson and Johnson Savings Plan (the “401k Plan”), filed a class action ERISA lawsuit claiming that the 401k Plan fiduciaries encouraged them to invest imprudently in company stock. The lawsuit, Tarantino v. Johnson and Johnson Pension and Benefits Committee
, claims that the value of the stock was inflated because J&J hid the possibility that Baby Powder, its signature product, was contaminated with asbestos. The company allegedly held on to the secret for decades.