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  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Americans Want Automakers to Improve Fuel Economy
    Sep-10-19 Washington, DC: A recent survey by Consumer Reports confirms that most Americans want automakers -- not only Ford -- to improve and increase fuel economy on every type of vehicle. Consumer Reports Survey The August, 2019 Automotive Fuel Economy Survey shows that 88 percent of Americans want automakers to continue to improve fuel economy and 8...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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