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  • Former CNN Producer Gets Green Light to Proceed With Discrimination Claim
    Aug-20-19 Los Angeles, CA: Former Emmy-winning producer Stanley Wilson filed an employee discrimination lawsuit against CNN, as a violation of California labor law , back in 2014 and the case has wound up in the California Supreme Court, partially overturning a previous court decision allowing CNN to wield California’s anti-SLAPP statute to dismiss Wilson’s la...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Veterans with Hearing Loss Chucked 3M Defective Earplugs During Deployment
    Aug-6-19 Kalamazoo, MI: Brian is a former Marine Corps combatant diagnosed with hearing loss and tinnitus. “I served three tours in Iraq and many training missions where I was a forward observer of artillery, heavy guns, and aircraft ordnance. These 3M earplugs were my standard issue and we were also given no instruction on use or efficacy,” says Brian. “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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Another Victory for J&J Talc Lawsuit Plaintiff
    Jun-28-19 Alameda, CA: Patricia Schmitz, age 61, a mother of two with grandchildren and former school teacher, was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year and her doctors say she has little chance to survive. Her asbestos talc case states that J&J products caused the disease; J&J’s attorneys and expert witness argued her cancer was “spontaneous in nature”. The...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Johnson & Johnson Investors Accuse the Company of Cover-Up
    Jul-19-19 New York, NY: A Johnson & Johnson shareholder in February 2018 filed a securities class action claiming that J&J has known its talcum powder contains asbestos fibers and that exposure to J&J’s talc can cause mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Shareholders are now urging a federal judge to move forward with the lawsuit because they purportedly have eviden...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Daubert Hearing Underway is Crucial to Johnson & Johnson Asbestos Talc Lawsuits
    Jul-24-19 Trenton, NJ : Johnson & Johnson is hoping to snuff out over 20 plaintiffs’ expert witnesses from the multi-district litigation in a Daubert Hearing that began this week. The plaintiff cases are built on expert testimonies who say that asbestos fibers have been found in samples of talcum powder provided by plaintiff lawyers purchased on eBay and other pl...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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