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  • Multidistrict Surgical Mesh Lawsuit Awards and Settlements Approach $11 Billion
    Mar-13-19 Charleston, WV As the nation’s largest mass tort product liability lawsuit winds to a close, those who have suffered from surgical mesh complications and their attorneys are pausing to take stock. Not everyone is happy. The majority of cases filed in the seven multidistrict litigations (MDLs) consolidated in the Southern District of West Virginia...
  • Trouble ahead for California trucker wage lawsuits?
    Feb-7-19 Los Angeles, CA The California Labor Commissioner awarded 24 truck port drivers a total of $6 million for unpaid wages and benefits. The underpayment arose from NFI/California Cartage Express’s practice of intentionally misclassifying the drivers as independent contractors, rather than as employees. Since the 2018 California Supreme Court decision i...
  • Northern California Horse Training Facilities Busted for Wage and Hour Violations and Inhumane Workers’ Housing
    Apr-3-19 Oakland, CA: A Northern California owner and operator of two horse training facilities--Portola Valley Training Center in Menlo Park and Gilroy Gaits in Hollister, doing business as EWC & Associates Inc.—has been reigned in by federal court and ordered to pay $1,270,683 to 30 employees for several work visa program violations and California labor law v...
  • Johnson & Johnson Resolves Hip Implant Lawsuits for $1 Billion Dollars
    Jun-3-19 Dallas, TX: Johnson & Johnson has come up with $1 billion dollars to settle as many as 95 percent of the 6,000 lawsuits filed by patients who needed to have metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant devices removed due to severe pain. This amount includes a prior settlement for over $400 million. It has taken over four years of litigation to arrive at these s...
  • 3M Allegedly Reported False Safety Results to Procure Lucrative Contract
    Mar-6-19 Kansas City, MO On February 21, 2019, Jonathan Foster, an Army Reserve veteran, filed a 3M Combat Arms defective earplug lawsuit in the Western District of Missouri. He suffers from tinnitus, a symptom of permanent hearing loss, because the earplugs supplied to him by the Army during his training and subsequent deployment to Afghanistan were badly de...
  • Dockworkers’ ERISA Lawsuit Challenges Denial of Preapproved Benefits
    Feb-14-19 Los Angeles, CA Delgado v. ILWU-PMA Welfare Plan , an ERISA lawsuit now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, has more lives than a cat. Whether the lawsuit survives the latest Motion to Dismiss is important, though. To look at the issue from the plaintiffs’ perspective, this is because Delgado is about whether...
  • Texas 3M Combat Arms Defective Earplug Lawsuit Tells Tale of War Profiteering
    Apr-2-19 San Antonio, TX On March 8, 2019, Joe William Contreras, along with 17 other service members filed a 3M Combat Arms defective earplug lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. According to the Complaint , Contreras and the other plaintiffs suffer from hearing loss because 3M Company and its predecessor sold millions of doll...
  • California Misclassified Independent Contractors Settle for Employee Status—is it the Right Choice?
    Mar-1-19 Santa Clara, CA: From strippers to cooks to construction workers, independent contractors who say they are misclassified under California labor laws may want to take into consideration what they stand to lose before filing a misclassification lawsuit to be classified as an employee. Sure, the benefits are enticing but they come at a price, such as loss o...
  • School Bus Drivers’ Wage Lawsuit Survives Crippling Challenge
    Feb-22-19 San Francisco, CA In Humes v. First Student Inc. , a group of California bus drivers claim that the company for which they worked, First Student, Inc. (formerly Laidlaw) failed to pay them for all the hours that they worked . In the latest legal turn, the Ninth Circuit has cleared the way for the drivers to pursue their lawsuit as a class action. That...
  • Company Execs Indicted for Failing to Report Flammable Dehumidifiers
    Apr-11-19 Industry, CA: Simon Chu and Charley Loh, part-owners and former executives of Chinese appliance manufacturer Gree Electric Appliances and a company that imported, distributed, and sold China-manufactured dehumidifiers to retailers, allegedly knew the dehumidifiers caught fire but failed to report and recall (too expensive) the defects for at least six mo...
  • Johnson & Johnson Settles Deceptive Hip Implant Marketing Lawsuits for $120 Million
    Feb-12-19 Washington, DC Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) has agreed to pay $120 million to the attorneys general of 46 states and Washington, D.C. to settle claims that the company made unfair and deceptive statements in the promotion of its ASR XL and Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant systems. A separate agreement is expected to resolve most of the thousands of co...
  • SEI Investments Company Accused of Self-Dealing in 401(k) Mismanagement Lawsuit
    Dec-12-18 Philadelphia, PA On September 28, 2018, Gordon Stevens filed a class action ERISA lawsuit claiming that his employer, SEI Investments Company, forced him and other SEI 401(k) plan participants into retirement investments that made money for the company, regardless of the employees’ own best interests. These investment manager self-dealing lawsuits...
  • Take the MRI, Hold the Gadolinium
    Feb-27-19 Tampa, FL: Studies have shown that a host of conditions are characterized by retention of gadolinium, and the proven retention of this heavy metal in brain tissue has been named “gadolinium storage condition”. Armed with these facts, Virginia says she refused to have a second MRI with contrast dye and her radiologist was okay with that. Gadolinium...
  • “Face of Channel 4 News” Fired -- Too Old to be Female on TV
    Dec-13-18 Nashville, TN News anchor Demetria Kalodimos, who had repeatedly been named the Best Local Reporter and Best Local TV News Personality by the readers of the Nashville Scene, was abruptly fired by WSMV, Channel 4 on December 4, 2017. On November 27, 2018, she filed an employment lawsuit in the Middle District of Tennessee, alleging violations of the f...
  • Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Named in Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit
    Jan-7-19 Santa Clara, CA In late 2018, R. Ross and C. Rogus filed a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) that describes a pattern of gender-based pay discrimination. It’s hardly news, you think, that tech giants underpay women. But what may be most important about the lawsuit is the pervasiveness and typicality...
  • Trustmark National Bank Latest Defendant in Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit
    Dec-21-18 Jackson, MS In the waning days of December 2018, Cryesha McDonald and Chantal Lewis filed an excessive overdraft fees lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The lawsuit alleges that Trustmark National Bank assessed overdraft fees in violation of its contractual agreements with customers. Like similar lawsuits brought...
  • Tests and Studies For and Against J&J Talc - Jury Still Out
    Jan-22-19 Santa Clara, CA: Despite a number of asbestos-talc lawsuits and studies to the contrary, Johnson & Johnson still stands by its talcum powder, asserting it doesn’t cause mesothelioma or ovarian cancer because their product sold to consumers never contained asbestos. J&J says plaintiffs are using attorney-driven science along with faulty studies. On the...
  • 2018 Busy Year for HealthCare Whistleblowers
    Jan-23-19 Washington, DC: Of more than $ 2.8 billion that the Department of Justice (DOJ)obtained in settlements and judgments from fraudsters in 2018, $2.5 billion involved the health care industry, and the largest recoveries came from drug and medical device manufacturers. And 2018 was a very good year for most all Whistleblowers (three whistleblower fraudsters...
  • Wal-Mart Breaks for California Employees
    May-6-19 Los Angeles, CA: Every time an employee at a Wal-Mart fulfillment center in Chino, California wanted to leave the building they were required to go through anti-theft metal detectors. This time-consuming process cut into 30-minute lunch breaks, unless of course you didn’t leave the building to eat lunch. And on April 12, 2019 a federal district court jur...
  • More 3M Defective Earplug Lawsuits Filed
    Feb-19-19 Santa Clara, CA: Since a whistleblower lawsuit last was settled for $9.1 million dollars, which alleged 3M sold Combat Arms defective earplugs to the military, hundreds of US army veterans nationwide have filed lawsuits against the company. The whistleblower lawsuit, which was filed by the Department of Justice , claimed that the dual-ended earplugs,...
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