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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ZF-TRW Holdings and Six Automakers Slammed with Defective Airbag Class Action Lawsuits
    Jul-22-19 Santa Clara, CA: German airbag manufacturer ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and six major automakers have been slammed with class action defective airbag lawsuits alleging ZF TRW airbags are defective. The defective airbags have been linked to at least eight deaths and several serious injuries. The class action lawsuits were filed on the heels of a Nat...
  • 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...
  • New FLSA Interpretation Would Limit Worker Wage Lawsuits
    Jul-5-19 Washington, DC The Department of Labor has proposed changes in the interpretation of the “joint employer rule.” The rule allows workers, especially in class action wage and hour lawsuits, to reach beyond an immediate employer to seek recovery from a franchisor, corporate parent or other related business entity. If the change goes into effect, it wi...
  • Ninth Circuit Confirms Death of “De Minimus” Rule in California Wage and Hour Lawsuits
    Jul-15-19 San Francisco, CA On June 28, the Ninth Circuit confirmed that, in lawsuits brought under the California Labor Code , even very small amounts of work time – measured in seconds, not minutes – must be counted and compensated. The opinion in Rodriguez v. Nike should put an end to latest employer-driven campaign to revive the federal de minimus s...
  • San Diego Firefighters Exposed to Asbestos at Training Facility
    Jun-11-19 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 fo...
  • Still No Pay for California Residential Care Workers
    Jun-14-19 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. Much has been written about the pli...
  • MRI with Gadolinium – Better to be Safe than Sorry?
    Jun-19-19 Washington, DC: The FDA in December 2017 recommended that repeated use of MRIs with gadolinium contrast dye be minimized wherever possible, and when MRIs are taken closely together in particular. It’s like a Catch-22: an MRI can detect cancer but it can also pose certain risks -- is it better to be safe than sorry? The American Cancer Society recomme...
  • Jolene Provencio stood up for a co-worker. Then Intel drove her out of her job.
    May-27-19 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 Proven...
  • Women’s Soccer Team California Discrimination Lawsuits Trigger Athletics Fair Pay Act
    Jul-19-19 Santa Clara, CA: On the heels of the U.S. women's soccer team victory and two ongoing California labor law discrimination lawsuits, two Democratic senators have introduced legislation that calls for equal pay for female Olympic and national team athletes. The two lawsuits filed against U.S. Soccer are both California labor lawsuits for violation of the...
  • Ford Fuel Economy Lawsuit—Attorney Weighs In
    Jul-17-19 New York, NY: If you are a current or former Ford vehicle owner or you leased Ford model years 2017-2019 (the “Class Vehicles”) that were marketed and sold with overstated fuel economy, you may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Gary Graifman has filed the Ford class action lawsuit on behalf of Ford customers nationwide who believe the advertised...
  • Monsanto Trial: Fake Evidence or Phony Expert?
    May-3-19 Oakland, CA Pilliod v. Monsanto Co., the latest a Monsanto glyphosate lawsuit to go to trial, has focused squarely on the quality of the scientific evidence. Relying on expert testimony, counsel for Alberta and Alva Pilliod has accused Monsanto of outright fraud in securing regulatory approval for Roundup. Counsel for Monsanto has tried to undermin...
  • The FDA Pulls (Most) Vaginal Mesh Products off the Market – Now What?
    May-22-19 Philadelphia, PA: The FDA has finally ordered the last two medical device companies selling transvaginal mesh products to pull them from the market. The agency said it is “committed to patient safety” but hundreds of thousands of women –victims of surgical mesh--would disagree. And the lawsuits are still pouring in. (Not all surgical mesh has been...
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