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  • ERISA Lawsuit Charges Plan with Mismanaging Both High and Low Yield Investment Choices
    Aug-23-19 Birmingham, AL In an ERISA lawsuit filed in the Northern District of Alabama, participants in the Compass SmartInvestor 401(k) Plan claim that Plan fiduciaries failed in their legal duty to act prudently for the benefit of plan participants and beneficiaries. The Plan offered only one poorly performing short-term bond investment option and failed to moni...
  • California Labor Lawsuit Targets Meal Break Violations
    Aug-21-19 Oakland, CA A former Payless Car Rental Inc. employee has asked a California court to grant class action status to a lawsuit that focuses on meal break waivers that were allegedly illegal under California labor employment law . Judge Michael Markman seemed doubtful, but set the next hearing date for November 5. A denial of class action status would likel...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • J&J Presents Article in Asbestos Talc Trial Indicating Weak Link to Peritoneal Mesothelioma
    Aug-15-19 New Brunswick, NJ: Johnson & Johnson presented scientific literature during the latest asbestos talc trial on August 9 indicating a “weak link” between peritoneal mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, challenging testimony of pathologist John Maddox and the four plaintiffs who have been diagnosed with this form of cancer. All four were exposed to asbe...
  • Gadolinium Dyeing Out?
    Aug-13-19 Buffalo, NY: Many reports of adverse side events associated with gadolinium contrast dye , along with recent data showing that gadolinium deposits in the brain and other organs have spurred researchers to find imaging approaches that don’t need gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs). The Multiple Sclerosis and Gadolinium Study There has been ongoi...
  • Department of Justice Probe Continues as Ford Fuel Economy Lawsuits Heat Up
    Aug-12-19 Washington, DC It was buried on page 70 of Ford Motor Co.’s March 31 SEC Form 10-Q , just before the last of many charts. The bland and reassuring words with which Ford disclosed a Department of Justice criminal investigation into Ford fuel economy representations belies the potential importance of that investigation to Ford class action lawsuits th...
  • Google’s Age Discrimination Settlement--Again
    Aug-9-19 Sacramento, CA: Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age, at least not with Google. If it did, Google would have wizened up a decade ago, when the courts warned the Internet giant of its “systematic practice of discrimination" involving job applicants who were age 40 and over. Instead, it recently shelled out $11 million to settle a California age di...
  • VyStar Credit Union Accused of Assessing NSF Fees Multiple Times for Same Transaction
    Aug-8-19 Jacksonville, FL A class action lawsuit filed in Jacksonville Circuit Court claims that VyStar Credit Union routinely assessed multiple insufficient funds charges on the same transaction without authorization by the customer. In her excessive overdraft fee lawsuit, Heather Washington alleges that VyStar charged three separate $32 overdraft fees on a sing...
  • Fidelity 401k Fiduciary Lawsuits Consolidated in Massachusetts
    Aug-7-19 Boston, MA Since the beginning of 2019, a collection of class action ERISA lawsuits has worked to expose a secret pay-to-play scheme that arguably benefited Fidelity Management and Research Company and related companies (“Fidelity”) at the expense of 401k retirement savers. These lawsuits have now been consolidated as In re Fidelity ERISA Fee L...
  • 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...
  • Uber to Settle Class Action Contract Lawsuit for $395,000
    Aug-5-19 San Francisco, CA The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California appears ready to approve a settlement in Dulberg v. Uber Technologies Inc. that will net nearly a quarter of the drivers only $20. The class action lawsuit is notable for two reasons. It was brought as a contract lawsuit, not under the provisions of California labor em...
  • 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...
  • $1.2 Billion Class Action Lawsuit Targets Ford Fuel Economy Claims
    Jul-29-19 Detroit, MI Rapidly multiplying Ford class action lawsuits focusing on deceptive fuel economy claims will now include owners or lessees of 2018 and 2019 Ford F-150s or 2019 Ford Rangers. Misrepresented mileage may have cost drivers as much as $2,000 a year. Claims abound, but in the latest lawsuit, plaintiffs seek damages of $1.2 billion , arising fro...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Forced Arbitration Threatens Class Action Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuits
    Jul-18-19 Washington, DC JPMorgan Chase, the country’s largest bank, is moving to require credit card customers, and by extension, checking account customers with a linked debit card, to settle disputes through arbitration. It would, reportedly, preclude class action excessive overdraft fee lawsuits like one that in 2012 led JP Morgan to settle with chec...
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