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  • Nurses Seek Class Action in Overtime Pay Lawsuit against CareMeridian
    Oct-5-17 Fresno, CA: On September 6, 2017, McKenzie Erwin, a registered nurse, filed a lawsuit on behalf of herself and a class of similarly situated non-exempt employees against CareMeridian, LLC (CareMeridian)and Mentor Management, Inc. (Mentor), a related company. The defendants in the unpaid overtime  lawsuit operate skilled nursing facilities in Ca...
  • Taxotere Hair Loss Does Additional Harm to Breast Cancer Survivors
    Nov-12-17 Washington, DC: It’s there – like a sub audible hum – underneath Sanofi-Aventis’s decision not to disclose the risk of permanent Taxotere hair loss . It will certainly be there, underpinning the drug manufacturer’s offers to settle the lawsuits according to National Trial Lawyers . The effort to minimize the harm that T...
  • Invokana Amputation Lawsuits Cite Consumer Advertising
    Dec-22-17 Trenton, NJ: The pleasant-looking man looks into the camera and tells us that taking Invokana “may also help you lose a little weight.” Big problem. The FDA has not approved Invokana for weight-loss. The drug has had a rocky history since its approval in 2013, and a recent FDA warning cites the danger of Invokana leg and foot amputations...
  • Credit Union Lawsuit Cites Excessive Overdraft Fees
    Jun-20-18 Madison, WI: In March 2018, Matthew Domann filed a class action lawsuit against Summit Credit Union alleging that since 2010, SCU has wrongfully charged overdraft fees to checking account customers throughout Wisconsin. The credit union lawsuit details a practice of placing “holds” on pending debit card transactions and deposits to artificially d...
  • Burn Pit Lawsuit Shows How Hard it is to Sue Military Contractors
    Sep-25-17 Baltimore, MD: The US District Court’s dismissal of the multidistrict litigation, In re: KBR, Inc., Burn Pit Litigation is about more than Iraq and Afghanistan burn pits . The exhaustive opinion demonstrates why it is so hard for veterans and their families to sue military contractors when they are hurt because contractors fail to exercise ap...
  • Cook Celect IVC Filter Lawsuit Goes to Trial
    Oct-9-17 Indianapolis, IN: On October 23, 2017, Hill v. Cook Medical, Inc., et al , 1:14-cv-6016 will go to trial in the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. This will be the first  of three IVC filter lawsuits  to be heard in the brewing multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Cook Medical, Inc. That MDL now includes approximate...
  • Invesco Accused of Treating ERISA Plan Participants as Captive Investors
    Jun-13-18 Atlanta, GA On May 24,2018, participants in the Invesco 401(k) Plan filed an ERISA lawsuit in the Northern District of Georgia. The ERISA lawsuit contends that Invesco, Ltd. profited from the ERISA plan it offered to employees. The situation is rife with potential conflicts of interest because the employer, a plan fiduciary, is also an investment ma...
  • J.B. Hunt Settles California Labor Lawsuit with Truckers for $15million
    Nov-8-18 Los Angeles, CA More than a decade ago truck drivers filed a California wage lawsuit against J.B. Hunt Transport, an Arkansas trucking company, claiming the company violated California's wages, rest break and meal rules. Since that time, the class action lawsuit has been the subject of recent debates over when – and whether-- federal rules regarding dr...
  • Monsanto Glyphosate Lawsuit: Expert Testimony Deemed Credible Enough for Trial
    Aug-8-18 San Francisco, CA Roundup Weed Killer has been used by homeowners, schools, gardeners, and farmers since its development in the 1970s. Its usage has increased exponentially since the 1990s when genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were developed that can survive heavy applications of Roundup, enabling farmers to kill all types of weeds but not the desired...
  • Liberty Mutual Administrator Must Consider Evidence of 'Broken Heart'
    Mar-13-18 Youngstown, OH Shelley Westfall and her son both worked at the same WalMart distribution center. Her son died while working there, and Shelley could not bring herself to go back to work at that location. When her long term disability benefits were discontinued, she filed a lawsuit alleging that her denied disability appeal had been wrongly decided beca...
  • Takata Airbag Recall Heating Up
    Jun-19-18 Los Angeles, CA: The chances of a defective Takata airbag exploding and firing metal shards at you, even in a minor fender bender, increase with rising temperatures. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says many people driving unsafe cars, including Honda, Ford and Mazda, haven’t grasped the recall’s urgency. Southern Cal...
  • New California Ruling Easy as 'ABC' to Determine Employee or Independent Contractor?
    May-10-18 Los Angeles, CA: California courts have been debating, defining and determining employment status—whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor-- since 1989. Misclassification has always been a gray area, despite California labor law holding for three decades the “Borello” standard. As of April 30, however, the new and mor...
  • Time Runs Short for Actemra Lawsuits
    Nov-7-17 Washington, DC How is this possible when few, if any, Actemra lawsuits  have even been filed yet? The answer lies in the tried-and-true defense pharmaceutical companies, like Roche and its subsidiary Genentech, will reach for first: the statute of limitations. The best thing a potential plaintiff can do is to file a lawsuit as soon as possible. Do...
  • Rumors of Doom for Talcum Powder Lawsuits Greatly Exaggerated
    Oct-29-17 Los Angeles, CA: No, to answer the question recently posed by a widely-read legal publication, the recent reversal of the $417 million California verdict does not foreshadow doom for talc cases. But last week was undeniably tough for the plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson lawsuits . On October 20, 2017, the Los Angeles Superior Court reversed a $417 m...
  • Denied Disability Claimant Wins when Administrator Blows Deadline
    Jan-10-18 San Jose, CA Employers can change the terms of their long-term disability plans whenever they want. Those changes often affect what employees must show to make a disability claim , and they rarely make it easy to collect. Plans usually apply changed provisions even to employees who are already receiving benefits. They often lose those payments. But when...
  • Invokana Lawsuits Consolidated into MDL in New Jersey
    Nov-20-17 Trenton, NJ: The FDA warns of fracture risk with Invokana and Invokamet and more recently of a higher risk for foot and leg amputation. The lawsuit chickens have now come home to roost. As of November 7, 2017, 943 Invokana lawsuits had been filed in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey. These have now been consolidated into Invokan...
  • It Just Got Harder to Sue Your Bank for Excessive Overdraft Fees
    Oct-30-17 Washington, DC: On October 24,2017, the Senate voted to overturn a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule that limited banks’ ability to enforce mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts. While this change is unlikely to alter the course of existing excessive overdraft fee lawsuits , it will make it much harder for consumer...
  • Untold Story of Opioid Epidemic: Attorney Explains Kickbacks and Billing Fraud
    Nov-27-17 Washington, DC It’s not the users. It’s the doctors. In a November 22 interview with lawyersandsettlements.com, attorney Jason Brown told a strange two-track story where healthcare whistleblower lawsuits  meet the opioid epidemic. It’s not pretty. He believes that 2018-2019 will bring a proliferation of whistleblower lawsuits that...
  • Temp Worker Seeks Class Action Status for California Labor Lawsuit
    May-3-18 Fremont, CA: Since the California Supreme Court issued its precedential California labor law decision in Brinker v. Superior Court of San Diego County , there have been a number of lawsuits alleging violations of California state labor laws for meal and rest break violations. Now, a woman who was hired by Tesla to work in its Fremont, California f...
  • Pregnant Worker Wins California Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
    Jan-6-18 Oakland, CA When Eva O’Brien told her boss she was pregnant, he went nuts. He yelled, threw papers, made rude comments about her big belly and breast feeding. Then got in really close to ask if she wanted to quit. She didn’t and things got worse. Lower-paid hourly employees are among the most vulnerable and the least likely to file lawsuits...
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