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Hair Relaxer Lawsuit Update
Hair Relaxer Lawsuit Update
Santa Clara, CA  As of early March, at least 8,334 hair relaxer lawsuits are pending in a federal MDL (multidistrict litigation). Following a study that linked cancer to hair straightener products in late 2022, African American women have filed product liability lawsuits claiming certain cosmetic companies caused their uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer and other serious injuries.

5 Effective Drug Possession Defense Strategies
5 Effective Drug Possession Defense Strategies
Santa Clara, CA Should you find yourself charged with possession of a controlled substance, understand that an arrest doesn't equate to a conviction. Such criminal law offenses are viewed with considerable gravity across many states, yet there exist numerous defense tactics that could be leveraged to contest the charges you're facing, tailored according to your case's specifics.

Disneyland Not Happy Place for Maintenance Workers
Disneyland Not Happy Place for Maintenance Workers
Los Angeles, CA Disney Hotels is facing yet another class action lawsuit claiming California labor law violations. This time, maintenance workers claim they are paid less than fast food workers. You’d think that Disney could afford to either supply its maintenance crews with tools or pay them the proper hourly rate, considering that its hotel rooms begin at $500 and some go for more than $800 per night, depending upon the location. That would likely be more cost-effective than a class-action lawsuit. Clearly, Disney is not the happiest place on earth for everyone.

Gig Economy Company Settles Wage Theft Lawsuit for $2.1 Million
Gig Economy Company Settles Wage Theft Lawsuit for $2.1 Million
San Francisco, CA Qwick, a gig economy online staffing company for hotel and restaurant workers, is required to pay its misclassified California workers $1.5 million in restitution and convert all workers to employees. This agreement settles a misclassification lawsuit brought by the City Attorney of San Francisco and it significantly reclassifies thousands of workers – permanently. Misclassified as independent contractors, workers will now be entitled to employee rights and benefits.

Exactech Defective Hip Implant MDL Takes Shape
Exactech Defective Hip Implant MDL Takes Shape
Brooklyn, NY As of March 2024, 1,244 defective, ankle, knee and hip implant lawsuits were pending in multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of New York. Although no trials or settlements have yet occurred, some speculate that individual hip plaintiffs may ultimately expect to recover as much as $300,000.

Meat Processors Pay $127.2 Million to Settle Wage-Fixing Case
Meat Processors Pay $127.2 Million to Settle Wage-Fixing Case
Lincoln, NE Plaintiffs in a wage-fixing class-action lawsuit asked a judge in Colorado federal court to preliminarily approve deals with two meat processors. In early March, Brazil’s JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, agreed to pay $55 million and Arkansas-based Tyson will pay $72.25 million to settle a complaint involving several companies that allegedly participated in a nationwide scheme to fix and depress wages for meat plant workers.

DOL Charges TPA Embezzled ERISA Plan Assets
DOL Charges TPA Embezzled ERISA Plan Assets
Pittsburgh, PA On February 5, the Western District of Pennsylvania issued a Temporary Restraining Order barring RiversEdge Advanced Retirement Systems, LLC and Paul Palguta, the company’s sole owner and president, from accessing the assets of various ERISA retirement plans. The Department of Labor has accused the third-party administrator of misappropriating and misallocating retirement plan assets from seventeen retirement plans, fourteen of which were covered by ERISA. The defendants also are alleged to have transferred assets among the trust accounts for these plans and generated false records to conceal these transfers. The fraudulent information provided to the plans duped them into filing false reports with the DOL, which further frustrated discovery of the embezzlement.

Ozempic MDL and Semaglutide Update
Ozempic MDL and Semaglutide Update
Philadelphia, PA Fifty-five Ozempic and similar weight loss drug lawsuits have been centralized in Eastern Pennsylvania, with U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter at the helm of the MDL and scheduled to commence March 14 at the first status conference. The litigation claims that Novo Nordisk's Ozempic, Wegovy and Rybelsus and Eli Lilly's Mounjaro and Trulicity cause gastroparesis and other serious gastrointestinal injuries, and the companies failed to warn patients about the risks associated with GLP-1 receptor agonist medications.

Bayer in the Weeds over Monsanto’s Roundup
Bayer in the Weeds over Monsanto’s Roundup
Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia Judge James Crumlish III dug Bayer’s Monsanto into the weeds last month. Along with rejecting Monsanto’s challenge to a $175 million Roundup verdict, he had harsh words regarding the company’s trial tactics, calling its performance indignant and self-promotional. And he dished out more punishment by awarding $2.3 million in delay damages to plaintiff Ernest Caranci.

9 Best Ways to Remain Informed About Your Personal Injury Case
9 Best Ways to Remain Informed About Your Personal Injury Case
Columbia, SC Columbia, South Carolina is the capital city of the state and serves as its geographic and cultural center. With a population of 146,306 individuals, the city is home to a diverse community, including people from various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. As such, the city, unfortunately, also sees a high number of accidents and personal injury cases.

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