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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Georgia Court of Appeals Affirms Class Action Status for Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit
    Jun-7-19 Atlanta, GA In 2010, Jeff Bickerstaff Jr. filed a class action excessive overdraft fee lawsuit against SunTrust Bank, claiming that the $36 overdraft fees he paid when he overdrew his checking account violated Georgia state laws limiting interest charges. The Complaint claims that the fees amount to interest rates as high as 1,000 percent. Much has happ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The FDA Pulls (Most) Vaginal Mesh Products off the Market – Now What?
    May-22-19 Philadelphia, PA: The FDA has finally ordered the last two medical device companies selling transvaginal mesh products to pull them from the market. The agency said it is “committed to patient safety” but hundreds of thousands of women –victims of surgical mesh--would disagree. And the lawsuits are still pouring in. (Not all surgical mesh has been...
  • Jury Awards Alberta and Alva Pilliod more than $2 Billion in Roundup Cancer Case
    May-20-19 Oakland, CA The jury in Pilliod v. Monsanto Co , the third Monsanto glyphosate lawsuit to go to trial, awarded Alva and Alberta Pilliod $55 Million in compensatory damages and a staggering $1 billion each (that’s $2 billion) in punitive damages for their Roundup-linked cancers. This is reportedly the largest award personal injury award this year...
  • Expert in ERISA Lawsuit Stumped by Basic Questions
    May-17-19 New York, NY McCutcheon v. Colgate- Palmolive Co. is a rarity among modern ERISA lawsuits for the simple reason that it deals with a defined benefit retirement plan. In her class action lawsuit , Rebecca McCutcheon claims that her benefit and the benefits of many participants in the Colgate-Palmolive Co. Employees’ Retirement Income Plan (“Plan...
  • 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...
  • Online Lender Settles with FTC for $3.85 Million
    May-8-19 Chicago, IL Avant LLC, the online lending phenomenon which had previously been hailed as a “breakout financial success story,” has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for $3.85 million. Although the lawsuit largely relied on a different federal statute, it shares much of the consumer financial protection zeal of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Merchant Marine Asbestos Cases from 1989 Reinstated
    Apr-29-19 Philadelphia, PA: Back in the late 1980s merchant mariners began filing asbestos mesothelioma lawsuits against ship owner and manufacturing defendants in the Northern District of Ohio. Most of the claims languished in the court system – until April 9, 2019 when a U.S. District Court Appeals for the Third Circuit reinstated two lawsuits filed by the est...
  • Latest ERISA Lawsuit News – 401k Mismanagement Lawsuits Going Strong, New Settlement in Treatment Denial Case
    Apr-26-19 Los Angeles, CA Three ERISA lawsuits – two in the District Court for the Central District of California and two in the Northern District of California – show that ERISA can be a powerful tool to protect workers’ rights. Plan participants who claim that their 401k accounts were mismanaged are on a lawsuit hot streak , and patients who have had c...
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