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$80 Million Verdict in Ethicon Prolift Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit
$80 Million Verdict in Ethicon Prolift Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit
Philadelphia, PA On May 17, a jury returned an $80 million verdict for Patricia and George Mesigian in their surgical mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon. The award included $50 million in punitive damages and a record-setting $30 million in compensatory damages.

Still No Pay for California Residential Care Workers
Still No Pay for California Residential Care Workers
Los Angeles, CA Residential care workers can win California unpaid wages lawsuits when they sue their employers for wage theft and other illegal employment practices. That’s the good news. But the bad news is that they are still having trouble getting paid, and the violations of California state labor laws continue.

Monsanto Roundup: Killer Cocktail?
Monsanto Roundup: Killer Cocktail?
Oakland, CA The jury in Pilliod v. Monsanto Co heard evidence that was not presented in previous Monsanto glyphosate lawsuits. It may have prompted the record-breaking $2 billion award, and the information may be central to the more than 13,000 Roundup lawsuits still pending.

San Diego Firefighters Exposed to Asbestos at Training Facility
San Diego Firefighters Exposed to Asbestos at Training Facility
San Diego Until last summer, San Diego firefighters were training in a facility built with asbestos. Because their training activities involving breaching walls and doors, some firefighters were exposed to asbestos for hundreds of hours over two decades. Now almost 1,000 firefighters have filed documents to ensure their right to financial compensation for asbestos cancer.

Along with Sexual Harassment Charges, Luxury Resort Faked Worker Breaks
Along with Sexual Harassment Charges, Luxury Resort Faked Worker Breaks
Los Angeles, CA: The Terranea Resort, which calls itself Los Angeles’ Hidden Gem and the only luxury destination resort on the LA coast, can also be known as the “Fake Break” Resort.

Georgia Court of Appeals Affirms Class Action Status for Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit
Georgia Court of Appeals Affirms Class Action Status for Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit
Atlanta, GA In 2010, Jeff Bickerstaff Jr. filed a class action excessive overdraft fee lawsuit against SunTrust Bank, claiming that the $36 overdraft fees he paid when he overdrew his checking account violated Georgia state laws limiting interest charges. The Complaint claims that the fees amount to interest rates as high as 1,000 percent.

Did Northrup Grumman Squander ERISA Pension Money?
Did Northrup Grumman Squander ERISA Pension Money?
Los Angeles, CA Marshall v. Northrop Grumman Corp a class action ERISA lawsuit alleges that fiduciaries of the Northrup Grumman Savings Plan (“Plan”) squandered nearly $10 million in employee 401k retirement money through mismanagement that included paying unnecessary administrative fees between 2010 and 2016.

Johnson & Johnson Resolves Hip Implant Lawsuits for $1 Billion Dollars
Johnson & Johnson Resolves Hip Implant Lawsuits for $1 Billion Dollars
Dallas, TX: Johnson & Johnson has come up with $1 billion dollars to settle as many as 95 percent of the 6,000 lawsuits filed by patients who needed to have metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant devices removed due to severe pain. This amount includes a prior settlement for over $400 million.

Asbestos Mesothelioma and Ovarian Cancer Victims Claim they Breathed J&J Talc Dust
Asbestos Mesothelioma and Ovarian Cancer Victims Claim they Breathed J&J Talc Dust
South Carolina Donna Olson used J&J talc since she was a young girl, breathing in talc particles from the cloud she made. Teresa Leavitt’s mother used J&J’s baby powder on her as a baby in the 1960s and she continued to use it herself as a teen, powdering her face and hair daily for years. Both women testified in court last week and both women won their asbestos-talc lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson.

Jolene Provencio stood up for a co-worker. Then Intel drove her out of her job.
Jolene Provencio stood up for a co-worker. Then Intel drove her out of her job.
Denver, CO On April 30, 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ended Jolene Provencio’s lawsuit against Intel Corporation. She claimed that she had been retaliated against for participating in an internal discrimination investigation involving a co-worker. It’s a different state and a different judicial circuit, but some of the lessons of Provencio v. Intel Corporation apply in California workplace retaliation lawsuits, as well.

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