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  • J&J Seeks Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict in Talcum Powder Lawsuit
    Sep-30-17 Los Angeles, CA: On September 15, 2017, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) filed a Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict   (JNOV) in the Echeverria talcum powder lawsuit  . This is in addition to a motion for a new trial. With its jaw-dropping $417 million jury award, Echeverria et al v. Johnson & Johnson is n...
  • How to Think Like a Plaintiff in a Unum Lawsuit
    Jan-24-18 Richmond, VA Kimberly Stoddard had been receiving long term disability payments under her Unum disability insurance policy for more than ten years, so it was a shock when the plan reconsidered and stopped paying her. She filed a lawsuit in federal court. She lost. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ December 2017 opinion is brief and brut...
  • California Saxagliptin Lawsuit Plaintiffs Score Big Procedural Win
    Aug-11-17 Washington, DC: Saxagliptin lawsuit  plaintiffs just got a big victory. The fact that they can sue in California courts under California law will affect whether and how much they can recover for the injuries they have suffered. Saxagliptin, a prescription drug used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, is marketed as Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR. In 20...
  • California ‘Bad Faith’ Claim in Disability Denial Lawsuit
    Oct-15-17 Los Angeles, CA: Allegations of wrongly denied insurance claims hardly count as news, when it comes to the Standard Insurance Company . Even when disability claims are not denied outright, processing time may drag on, investigations may be delayed, requests for additional information may pile up, and claimants may even be advised not to consult a l...
  • California State Labor Commissioner Slams Restaurants with Wage Theft Violations
    Jun-13-18 San Francisco, CA: Despite California restaurants in the past few years receiving huge fines for California labor law violations, some employers seem to have missed the memo, or perhaps they think employees on salary aren’t entitled to overtime compensation. Or perhaps they think restaurant workers, from dishwashers to cooks to General Managers, are af...
  • $55M Personal Injury Verdict Against Honda Stands
    Apr-19-17 Santa Clara, CA: A $55 million jury verdict brought against Honda Motor Co, in 2014 will stand, according to a ruling by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The settlement resulted from a personal injury lawsuit against Honda that alleged the automotive manufacturer ignored a seat belt defect. The suit was brought by a man who claimed that defect resu...
  • Bag Search Plaintiffs Get Another Bite at Apple
    Aug-30-17 Los Angeles, CA: On August 17, 2017, the Ninth Circuit breathed new life into Frlekin v. Apple , a class action suit brought by Apple employees : Frlekin v. Apple  who contend that, under the provisions of California labor law they should be paid for the time they have to spend waiting to have their bags searched at the end of a shift. The ques...
  • A New Way for Unum Lawsuit Plaintiffs to Fight Biased Medical Review
    Mar-5-18 Washington, DC: Unum lawsuits frequently claim the insurance behemoth relies on unfair, inadequate or biased medical review to deny long term disability benefits. If and when the case goes to trial, courts tend to defer to whatever the plan administrator decided. A plaintiff could get depressed. New DOL rules may change that, however, because they...
  • California Woman Slams J&J, Ethicon with 7-Count Physiomesh Lawsuit
    Feb-15-18 Los Angeles, CA: The Johnson & Johnson Ethicon surgical mesh lawsuits just keep on coming. On January 19, 2018, Sharon Smith filed a new Hernia Mesh lawsuit in the US District Court for the Central District of California. In 2012, her surgeon repaired her hernia with an Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh implant; it didn't heal well...
  • Onglyza Lawsuits Seek MDL Status in California
    Nov-4-17 San Francisco, CA: On October 11, 2017, a group of Onglyza plaintiffs filed a Motion to Transfer  with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). The motion seeks to consolidate the Onglyza lawsuits  filed throughout the federal court system in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. At the time of...
  • Citibank Borrowers Beware
    Oct-4-17 Washington, DC Here’s a scary question: If a Citibank borrower: signs a loan agreement that includes an arbitration clause; falls behind on payments; and is harassed with debt collection robocalls; can he or she still join a class action debt collector harassment lawsuit  based not on the debt, but on phone calsl that are illegal unde...
  • Attorneys Investigating Actemra Complaints and its Approval Process
    Oct-31-17 Santa Clara, CA: On the heels of a STAT investigation that linked the rheumatoid arthritis drug Actemra to a number of deaths and many serious complications not listed on its label, attorneys are investigating potential lawsuits against Roche-Genentech, the manufacturer. From the time of Actemra’s approval in 2010 until the STAT investigation...
  • Six Sue Tristar for Exploding Pressure Cooker Injuries
    Oct-29-17 Philadelphia, PA On September 19, 2017, six burn victims filed a lawsuit  against Tristar Products, Inc. in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. They claimed they were hurt when their Tristar pressure cooker’s advertised “Built-In Safety Features” failed. All of the incidents cited in In Re: Kenneth Christian, et al. v. Tris...
  • Replacement Airbags Pose Serious Risk of Injury to Consumers
    Aug-23-17 Las Vegas, NV: On Friday, August 18, 2017, attorneys for Karina Dorado, a young woman who suffered severe airbag injuries , filed suit in a Nevada state court. The case highlights the danger consumers face from replacement airbags. These are situations that slip through the cracks of massive airbag recall efforts and remain largely unaddressed by law. Th...
  • Emergency Room Charges and What to Do About Them
    Jan-14-18 Washington, DC: A study into medical bills, treatment costs at hospitals and emergency room charges undertaken last year and published in May by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine confirmed what we already know: charges for medical care can be excessive when compared to what Medicare and Medicaid interprets as the true value for services. ...
  • Defective Airbag Deaths and Injuries Continue
    Mar-17-18 Oklahoma City, OK: With the revelation earlier this year that yet another victim of Takata airbag injuries had died, it’s instructive to look back at the case of Ashley Parham, widely believed as the first known victim of a defective airbag in 2009. The facts of the two cases are similar. Both victims – the first, and the 21st – were...
  • California Seeks $6.3 Million for Overtime Pay Law Violations
    Sep-28-17 Los Angeles, CA: The California Labor Commissioners Office has filed a lawsuit against Calcrete Construction. Inc. seeking $6,300,338 for unpaid overtime  and sick leave as well as the company’s failure to provide proper wage statements. The complaint  alleges that Calcrete forced workers to sign contracts stating they were independen...
  • Handy Guidance for Colorado Workers’ Compensation
    Dec-1-17 Denver, CO: Anyone in need of, or thinking about filing a Colorado Denied Workers Comp Claim would be wise to remain conversant with applicable laws, requirements and updates to statutes in concert with an attorney to ensure you haven’t inadvertently hamstrung your claim by missing a deadline, or dropping the ball on various requirements. Provid...
  • SoCal Drywall Company Fined $1.9M for Wage Theft Violations
    Aug-7-18 Fullerton, CA According to California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, it is a known problem: construction companies often pay workers a flat rate rather than for all hours worked, in order to evade having to pay workers the rate required under state laws. This is wage theft, and it is a violation of California state labor laws . The state Lab...
  • Fibromyalgia sufferer wins denied disability claim lawsuit against Hartford
    May-4-18 Seattle, WA: Long term denied disability lawsuits have a way of careening into highly technical territory about the appropriate standard of legal review or the precise process for deciding appeals. Not so with Reetz v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co. . This was an evidence case. Hartford cut Kristen Reetz ‘s benefits off as her chron...
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