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  • Google Abandons Forced Arbitration of Employment Disputes
    Mar-30-19 Mountain View, CA On March 21, 2019, Google employees were finally freed from contractual restrictions that forced them to arbitrate employment disputes. This follows widespread protests and challenges under California labor law stemming from the forced arbitration of sexual harassment claims. The #MeToo movement continues to bear fruit beyond the i...
  • Defective Earplug Lawsuits Piling Up
    May-25-19 Grand Rapids, MI: Military veterans nationwide are hopeful that they can bring to court an injury you cannot see and prove why they cannot hear too well. More than 600 military service members have filed defective earplug lawsuits against 3M, the manufacturer. Many branches of the military between 2003 and 2015 used Combat Arms Earplugs, and the lawsuit...
  • Sickening Stock Drop Prompts Boeing 737 ERISA Lawsuit
    Apr-19-19 Chicago, IL On March 31, participants in the Boeing Voluntary Investment Plan (VIP Plan) filed a class action ERISA lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois. The lawsuit alleges that Boeing knew about problems with its 737 MAX series of airplanes and hid the bad news, all while encouraging plan participants to invest in company stock though the...
  • $29 Million Verdict in Talcum Powder Lawsuit
    Mar-18-19 Oakland, CA On March 13, a jury in California Superior Court awarded Terry Leavitt and her husband $29.4 million in the first Johnson & Johnson (J&J) talcum powder lawsuit to go to trial in 2019. Ms. Leavitt linked her mesothelioma diagnosis to her use of asbestos-contaminated J&J baby powder and Shower-to-Shower talcum powder. The verdict includes $...
  • Jamba Juice Feels the Squeeze in California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit
    Mar-11-19 Los Angeles, CA Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl has approved Jamba Juice’s offer to settle a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit for $1.95 million. The plaintiffs in Arteaga v. Jamba Juice claimed that the smoothie chain forced nearly 5,500 employees to work off the clock – through meal breaks and without proper overtime pay. Amo...
  • Asbestos Mesothelioma and Ovarian Cancer Victims Claim they Breathed J&J Talc Dust
    May-28-19 South Carolina Donna Olson used J&J talc since she was a young girl, breathing in talc particles from the cloud she made. Teresa Leavitt’s mother used J&J’s baby powder on her as a baby in the 1960s and she continued to use it herself as a teen, powdering her face and hair daily for years. Both women testified in court last week and both women won thei...
  • Jury Finds Monsanto RoundUp a “Substantial Factor” in Causing Cancer
    Mar-21-19 San Francisco, CA On March 19, the jury in Hardeman v. Monsanto Co. unanimously found that RoundUp was a substantial factor in causing Edward Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This first phase of Hardeman’s Monsanto glyphosate lawsuit focused solely on scientific facts relevant to causation. The second phase will determine corporate liability...
  • President (of Yale) Can’t Dodge Deposition
    May-9-19 New Haven, CT Peter Salovey, the president of Yale University, must submit to a deposition in a long-running class action ERISA lawsuit . Vellali v. Yale University claims that the university, as a fiduciary of the Yale University Retirement Account Plan (the “Plan”), mismanaged Plan assets and investment options in a way that harmed workers try...
  • Ardent Settles Offshore Platform Workers’ Wage Claims for $2.3 Million
    Mar-20-19 Santa Barbara, CA Ardent Companies, Inc., an ExxonMobil subcontractor, has agreed to pay $2,325,000 to settle a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that oil platform workers were not paid for on-call time after their daily shifts had ended. Settlement of the California labor lawsuit will net each of the proposed class members an average of $14,828...
  • Along with Sexual Harassment Charges, Luxury Resort Faked Worker Breaks
    Jun-10-19 Los Angeles, CA: The Terranea Resort, which calls itself Los Angeles’ Hidden Gem and the only luxury destination resort on the LA coast, can also be known as the “Fake Break” Resort. The Lowes Enterprises Inc.-owned property agreed on April 26 to pay $2.1 million to settle a proposed class action brought by about 400 former and current employees wh...
  • Patients Battle Surprise Emergency Room Charges
    Feb-20-19 Washington, DC Dr. Joaquin Lopez ‘s surprise emergency room bill came after he and his insurer had already paid $11,000 toward the cost of emergency gallbladder surgery . For dentist Brad Buckingham, who fell off his bicycle, the shock was a $70,000 bill to repair a broken hip. For Stacey Shapiro, it was a $6,720 emergency room fee to treat sudd...
  • ERISA Lawsuit Claims Fidelity Investments Took Secret Kickbacks
    Mar-11-19 Boston, MA On February 21, 2019, Andre W. Wong, a participant in T-Mobile USA Inc.'s 401(k) plan, filed a class action ERISA lawsuit in Massachusetts District Court. The lawsuit may ultimately affect nearly every 401k plan participant in every plan that has offered investment options managed by Fidelity Investments since 2017. Wong v. FMR LLC lays...
  • Workers Win California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit over Shift Call-Ins
    Apr-8-19 Los Angeles, CA It is clear that workers who show up for a shift but are then told to go home because there is not enough work are entitled to wages under California law. The decision in Ward v. Tilly’s , a recent California unpaid wages lawsuit takes it a step further. If you have to call before your scheduled shift is to begin to find out if you rea...
  • Revel Systems to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit for $2.75 Million
    Apr-12-19 Oakland, CA The District Court for the Northern District of California has approved a settlement in a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit . In the lawsuit, Bisaccia v. Revel Systems , a group of inside sales representatives claim that Revel Systems, Inc. (Revel) failed to pay overtime wages as required under the federal Fair Labor Standard...
  • Jury Awards Edwin Hardeman $80.2 Million in Roundup Cancer Lawsuit
    Apr-15-19 San Francisco, CA On March 27, a jury in Hardeman v. Monsanto Co. , a Monsanto glyphosate lawsuit awarded Edwin Hardeman more than $80 million. A third trial, Pilliod v. Monsanto Co. is well under way . Allegations have flown about untoward jury influence, and U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria has begun to push the parties’ attorneys toward...
  • Cash Advance? There’s an App for That
    Mar-25-19 Washington, DC What, you may ask, does the Pay feature of the new smartphone app, Branch , have to do with excessive overdraft fee lawsuits ? The honest answer is maybe nothing. On the other hand, it may be next new frontier for an under-regulated cash advance/overdraft fee/ payday loan industry. Loan sharks and payday lenders have long been players i...
  • Washington State Employees Credit Union Settles Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit for $2.99 Million
    Feb-15-19 Tacoma, WA Washington State Employees Credit Union (“WSECU”) has agreed to pay $2.99 million to settle an excessive overdraft fees lawsuit . The class action lawsuit, Wodja v. Washington State Employees Credit Union , alleges that WSECU charged overdraft fees when members actually had enough money in their accounts. The settlement covers indi...
  • Subpoenas Fly! Senate Demands Docs in Tainted Talcum Powder Probe
    Mar-5-19 Washington, DC The long-running Johnson & Johnson (J&J) talcum powder lawsuits have now taken a strangely contemporary turn as long-silent witnesses, both in this world and the next, tell tales. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have subpoenaed corporate documents, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) Ranking Membe...
  • “I was a Gadolinium Guinea Pig,” says Woman Diagnosed with Kidney Problems
    Apr-17-19 Boulder, CO: Nicole had over two dozen MRI’s with gadolinium contrast dye before she discovered the risks and side effects associated with this heavy metal – side effects the FDA has known of since at least 2007, when it slapped a black-box warning on all gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI, detailing an increased risk of nephrogenic systemic...
  • Credit Unions – A Case of Shutdown Shame?
    Jan-24-19 Washington, DC This is a good news/bad news story. The good news is that many banks and credit unions are offering financial relief to workers affected by the US government shutdown. The bad news is that the relief is designed to be temporary and limited. It also fails to address the widespread problem of excessive checking account overdraft charges that h...
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