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  • Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million
    Mar-4-19 San Jose, CA Centerplate of Delaware Inc. , a multinational food and beverage company, has offered to pay $5.4 million to resolve stadium workers’ claims that the company failed to pay wages required under various provisions of California labor law . Raquedan v. Centerplate accuses the company of failing to provide meal breaks and sick days; as w...
  • $29 Million Verdict in Talcum Powder Lawsuit
    Mar-18-19 Oakland, CA On March 13, a jury in California Superior Court awarded Terry Leavitt and her husband $29.4 million in the first Johnson & Johnson (J&J) talcum powder lawsuit to go to trial in 2019. Ms. Leavitt linked her mesothelioma diagnosis to her use of asbestos-contaminated J&J baby powder and Shower-to-Shower talcum powder. The verdict includes $...
  • Jamba Juice Feels the Squeeze in California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit
    Mar-11-19 Los Angeles, CA Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl has approved Jamba Juice’s offer to settle a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit for $1.95 million. The plaintiffs in Arteaga v. Jamba Juice claimed that the smoothie chain forced nearly 5,500 employees to work off the clock – through meal breaks and without proper overtime pay. Amo...
  • Jury Finds Monsanto RoundUp a “Substantial Factor” in Causing Cancer
    Mar-21-19 San Francisco, CA On March 19, the jury in Hardeman v. Monsanto Co. unanimously found that RoundUp was a substantial factor in causing Edward Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This first phase of Hardeman’s Monsanto glyphosate lawsuit focused solely on scientific facts relevant to causation. The second phase will determine corporate liability...
  • Ardent Settles Offshore Platform Workers’ Wage Claims for $2.3 Million
    Mar-20-19 Santa Barbara, CA Ardent Companies, Inc., an ExxonMobil subcontractor, has agreed to pay $2,325,000 to settle a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that oil platform workers were not paid for on-call time after their daily shifts had ended. Settlement of the California labor lawsuit will net each of the proposed class members an average of $14,828...
  • ERISA Lawsuit Claims Fidelity Investments Took Secret Kickbacks
    Mar-11-19 Boston, MA On February 21, 2019, Andre W. Wong, a participant in T-Mobile USA Inc.'s 401(k) plan, filed a class action ERISA lawsuit in Massachusetts District Court. The lawsuit may ultimately affect nearly every 401k plan participant in every plan that has offered investment options managed by Fidelity Investments since 2017. Wong v. FMR LLC lays...
  • Patients Battle Surprise Emergency Room Charges
    Feb-20-19 Washington, DC Dr. Joaquin Lopez ‘s surprise emergency room bill came after he and his insurer had already paid $11,000 toward the cost of emergency gallbladder surgery . For dentist Brad Buckingham, who fell off his bicycle, the shock was a $70,000 bill to repair a broken hip. For Stacey Shapiro, it was a $6,720 emergency room fee to treat sudd...
  • Cash Advance? There’s an App for That
    Mar-25-19 Washington, DC What, you may ask, does the Pay feature of the new smartphone app, Branch , have to do with excessive overdraft fee lawsuits ? The honest answer is maybe nothing. On the other hand, it may be next new frontier for an under-regulated cash advance/overdraft fee/ payday loan industry. Loan sharks and payday lenders have long been players i...
  • Subpoenas Fly! Senate Demands Docs in Tainted Talcum Powder Probe
    Mar-5-19 Washington, DC The long-running Johnson & Johnson (J&J) talcum powder lawsuits have now taken a strangely contemporary turn as long-silent witnesses, both in this world and the next, tell tales. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have subpoenaed corporate documents, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) Ranking Membe...
  • Washington State Employees Credit Union Settles Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit for $2.99 Million
    Feb-15-19 Tacoma, WA Washington State Employees Credit Union (“WSECU”) has agreed to pay $2.99 million to settle an excessive overdraft fees lawsuit . The class action lawsuit, Wodja v. Washington State Employees Credit Union , alleges that WSECU charged overdraft fees when members actually had enough money in their accounts. The settlement covers indi...
  • Multidistrict Surgical Mesh Lawsuit Awards and Settlements Approach $11 Billion
    Mar-13-19 Charleston, WV As the nation’s largest mass tort product liability lawsuit winds to a close, those who have suffered from surgical mesh complications and their attorneys are pausing to take stock. Not everyone is happy. The majority of cases filed in the seven multidistrict litigations (MDLs) consolidated in the Southern District of West Virginia...
  • Credit Unions – A Case of Shutdown Shame?
    Jan-24-19 Washington, DC This is a good news/bad news story. The good news is that many banks and credit unions are offering financial relief to workers affected by the US government shutdown. The bad news is that the relief is designed to be temporary and limited. It also fails to address the widespread problem of excessive checking account overdraft charges that h...
  • Trouble ahead for California trucker wage lawsuits?
    Feb-7-19 Los Angeles, CA The California Labor Commissioner awarded 24 truck port drivers a total of $6 million for unpaid wages and benefits. The underpayment arose from NFI/California Cartage Express’s practice of intentionally misclassifying the drivers as independent contractors, rather than as employees. Since the 2018 California Supreme Court decision i...
  • 3M Allegedly Reported False Safety Results to Procure Lucrative Contract
    Mar-6-19 Kansas City, MO On February 21, 2019, Jonathan Foster, an Army Reserve veteran, filed a 3M Combat Arms defective earplug lawsuit in the Western District of Missouri. He suffers from tinnitus, a symptom of permanent hearing loss, because the earplugs supplied to him by the Army during his training and subsequent deployment to Afghanistan were badly de...
  • California Misclassified Independent Contractors Settle for Employee Status—is it the Right Choice?
    Mar-1-19 Santa Clara, CA: From strippers to cooks to construction workers, independent contractors who say they are misclassified under California labor laws may want to take into consideration what they stand to lose before filing a misclassification lawsuit to be classified as an employee. Sure, the benefits are enticing but they come at a price, such as loss o...
  • Dockworkers’ ERISA Lawsuit Challenges Denial of Preapproved Benefits
    Feb-14-19 Los Angeles, CA Delgado v. ILWU-PMA Welfare Plan , an ERISA lawsuit now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, has more lives than a cat. Whether the lawsuit survives the latest Motion to Dismiss is important, though. To look at the issue from the plaintiffs’ perspective, this is because Delgado is about whether...
  • School Bus Drivers’ Wage Lawsuit Survives Crippling Challenge
    Feb-22-19 San Francisco, CA In Humes v. First Student Inc. , a group of California bus drivers claim that the company for which they worked, First Student, Inc. (formerly Laidlaw) failed to pay them for all the hours that they worked . In the latest legal turn, the Ninth Circuit has cleared the way for the drivers to pursue their lawsuit as a class action. That...
  • Johnson & Johnson Settles Deceptive Hip Implant Marketing Lawsuits for $120 Million
    Feb-12-19 Washington, DC Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) has agreed to pay $120 million to the attorneys general of 46 states and Washington, D.C. to settle claims that the company made unfair and deceptive statements in the promotion of its ASR XL and Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant systems. A separate agreement is expected to resolve most of the thousands of co...
  • Take the MRI, Hold the Gadolinium
    Feb-27-19 Tampa, FL: Studies have shown that a host of conditions are characterized by retention of gadolinium, and the proven retention of this heavy metal in brain tissue has been named “gadolinium storage condition”. Armed with these facts, Virginia says she refused to have a second MRI with contrast dye and her radiologist was okay with that. Gadolinium...
  • SEI Investments Company Accused of Self-Dealing in 401(k) Mismanagement Lawsuit
    Dec-12-18 Philadelphia, PA On September 28, 2018, Gordon Stevens filed a class action ERISA lawsuit claiming that his employer, SEI Investments Company, forced him and other SEI 401(k) plan participants into retirement investments that made money for the company, regardless of the employees’ own best interests. These investment manager self-dealing lawsuits...
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