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  • VyStar Credit Union Accused of Assessing NSF Fees Multiple Times for Same Transaction
    Aug-8-19 Jacksonville, FL A class action lawsuit filed in Jacksonville Circuit Court claims that VyStar Credit Union routinely assessed multiple insufficient funds charges on the same transaction without authorization by the customer. In her excessive overdraft fee lawsuit, Heather Washington alleges that VyStar charged three separate $32 overdraft fees on a sing...
  • Gadolinium Dyeing Out?
    Aug-13-19 Buffalo, NY: Many reports of adverse side events associated with gadolinium contrast dye , along with recent data showing that gadolinium deposits in the brain and other organs have spurred researchers to find imaging approaches that don’t need gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs). The Multiple Sclerosis and Gadolinium Study There has been ongoi...
  • Department of Justice Probe Continues as Ford Fuel Economy Lawsuits Heat Up
    Aug-12-19 Washington, DC It was buried on page 70 of Ford Motor Co.’s March 31 SEC Form 10-Q , just before the last of many charts. The bland and reassuring words with which Ford disclosed a Department of Justice criminal investigation into Ford fuel economy representations belies the potential importance of that investigation to Ford class action lawsuits th...
  • Uber to Settle Class Action Contract Lawsuit for $395,000
    Aug-5-19 San Francisco, CA The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California appears ready to approve a settlement in Dulberg v. Uber Technologies Inc. that will net nearly a quarter of the drivers only $20. The class action lawsuit is notable for two reasons. It was brought as a contract lawsuit, not under the provisions of California labor em...
  • Monsanto Accused of Fudging Glyphosate Evidence
    Jul-17-19 Washington, DC A disturbing theme has emerged from the trio of recent Monsanto glyphosate lawsuits . In each of them, Johnson v. Monsanto Co. , Hardeman v. Monsanto Co. and Pilliod v. Monsanto Co. , the plaintiffs’ cancers were linked to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. And in each of them, the company’s liabi...
  • Fidelity 401k Fiduciary Lawsuits Consolidated in Massachusetts
    Aug-7-19 Boston, MA Since the beginning of 2019, a collection of class action ERISA lawsuits has worked to expose a secret pay-to-play scheme that arguably benefited Fidelity Management and Research Company and related companies (“Fidelity”) at the expense of 401k retirement savers. These lawsuits have now been consolidated as In re Fidelity ERISA Fee L...
  • Forced Arbitration Threatens Class Action Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuits
    Jul-18-19 Washington, DC JPMorgan Chase, the country’s largest bank, is moving to require credit card customers, and by extension, checking account customers with a linked debit card, to settle disputes through arbitration. It would, reportedly, preclude class action excessive overdraft fee lawsuits like one that in 2012 led JP Morgan to settle with chec...
  • California Labor Lawsuit Targets Meal Break Violations
    Aug-21-19 Oakland, CA A former Payless Car Rental Inc. employee has asked a California court to grant class action status to a lawsuit that focuses on meal break waivers that were allegedly illegal under California labor employment law . Judge Michael Markman seemed doubtful, but set the next hearing date for November 5. A denial of class action status would likel...
  • Google’s Age Discrimination Settlement--Again
    Aug-9-19 Sacramento, CA: Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age, at least not with Google. If it did, Google would have wizened up a decade ago, when the courts warned the Internet giant of its “systematic practice of discrimination" involving job applicants who were age 40 and over. Instead, it recently shelled out $11 million to settle a California age di...
  • $1.2 Billion Class Action Lawsuit Targets Ford Fuel Economy Claims
    Jul-29-19 Detroit, MI Rapidly multiplying Ford class action lawsuits focusing on deceptive fuel economy claims will now include owners or lessees of 2018 and 2019 Ford F-150s or 2019 Ford Rangers. Misrepresented mileage may have cost drivers as much as $2,000 a year. Claims abound, but in the latest lawsuit, plaintiffs seek damages of $1.2 billion , arising fro...
  • Farmers Worldwide Filed Monsanto Herbicide Lawsuits
    Aug-17-19 Denton, MT: A Montana farmer recently filed a Monsanto glyphosate lawsuit claiming its herbicide Roundup he used since 1982 caused his Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. In a similar case filed in France, a French court found Monsanto guilty of poisoning a farmer and in June the first Australian legal action was filed against Bayer, which bought Monsanto in 2018. ...
  • Georgia Court of Appeals Affirms Class Action Status for Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit
    Jun-7-19 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. Much has happ...
  • Forced Arbitration, Stock Drop Disputes and ACA Repeal Loom Large for ERISA Lawsuits in Latter Half of 2019
    Jul-12-19 Washington, DC It’s semiannual prognostication time for ERISA lawsuits , and in our crystal ball, we see a mysterious stranger, great fortune and heartbreak. No, actually, not. But relying on our lesser powers, we suspect that, for the next six months, three issues will loom large. These include the impact of forced arbitration clauses, the future viab...
  • Too Hard to Eat Lunch? – That Cost Wal-Mart $6 Million
    Jun-26-19 Los Angeles, CA Chelsea Hamilton and Alyssa Hernandez brought a class action California labor lawsuit against Wal-Mart, claiming that going through the mandatory security check took so much time and was so intrusive that they were left with less than their legally protected half-hour meal break. Taking feminine hygiene stuff out of their purses was...
  • UCSD Study: Monsanto Roundup Linked to Liver Disease
    Jun-27-19 San Diego, CA A new study , conducted by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, suggests an association between glyphosate , the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in human beings. This is new. It is in addition to the link between Roundup and non-Hodgkin lym...
  • Lawmakers Suspect Gilead Has Ulterior Motives for Donating HIV/AIDS drug Truvada
    Jul-25-19 Washington, DC: The drug manufacturer Gilead announced in May that it was making an annual donation of 2.4 million bottles of Truvada that is prescribed as a prophylactic to prevent the spread of HIV, also known as PrEP. Some lawmakers, however, suspect that the donation comes with strings attached. A letter to the drug maker on June 26 from Elijah C...
  • Glasswerks L.A, Inc. to pay $1.3 Million to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit
    May-7-19 Los Angeles, CA A Los Angeles commercial glass manufacturer has agreed to pay $1.3 million to resolve a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit brought on behalf of workers who claim they were shorted on overtime and meal and rest breaks between 2012 and 2018. Most of the more than 1,000 current and former employees affected will pocket about $8...
  • Monsanto Roundup: Killer Cocktail?
    Jun-12-19 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. Roundup is more toxic than glyphosate, alone. It may be the combinati...
  • Did Northrup Grumman Squander ERISA Pension Money?
    Jun-5-19 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. The latest twist in this long-runnin...
  • Dignity Health Poised to Settle ERISA Lawsuit for $100 Million
    Jul-30-19 San Francisco, CA Dignity Health has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a proposed class action ERISA lawsuit that accused it of using a undeserved religious exemption to justify underfunding its pension plan by $1.5 billion. The proposed settlement would require Dignity Health to add $50 million in retirement plan funding in 2020 and at least $50 mill...
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