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  • $24.5 Million Settlement in Navy Federal Credit Union Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit
    Apr-23-19 San Diego, CA Navy Federal Credit Union has agreed to settle a class action excessive overdraft fee lawsuit for $24.5 million. Plaintiffs’ lawyers will reportedly seek fees of $6.1 million , approximately 25 percent of the total settlement amount. The settlement marks the end of a lawsuit filed in June 2017. Banks and credit unions became more...
  • 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...
  • Uber Settles Driver Lawsuit for $20 Million
    Apr-18-19 San Francisco, CA The settlement in O’Connor v. Uber , if approved, will end a 6-year class action California labor lawsuit over worker misclassification. The affected drivers will receive approximately 37 cents per mile driven for Uber. Significantly, however, Uber has not agreed to re-classify drivers as employees for benefit, minimum wage and o...
  • “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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Abdominal Mesh Victim Prescribed Oxycontin--Could the Pain have been Avoided if Medical Devices were Tested?
    Apr-10-19 Tallahassee, FL: Shirley had abdominal mesh implanted following the resection of colon cancer. That was in 2008 and she has been in debilitating pain ever since. And taking Oxycodone to numb the crippling abdominal pain not only resulted in an addiction to opioids; she had to give up her job as a federal prison officer. Wait, it gets worse: her surgeon...
  • Xarelto Settlement of $775 million Over Failure to Warn Claims
    Apr-9-19 New Orleans : Thousands of patients who took Xarelto have settled, through multi-district litigation, with Johnson & Johnson and Bayer for three quarters of a billion dollars. Plaintiffs allege that the manufacturers marketed the drug to physicians to prevent blood clots, but failed to inform them of Xarelto side effects, which could cause life-threateni...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Johnson & Johnson Talc Tribulations Spark ERISA Lawsuit
    Mar-28-19 Newark, NJ On January 25, participants in the Johnson and Johnson Savings Plan (the “401k Plan”), filed a class action ERISA lawsuit claiming that the 401k Plan fiduciaries encouraged them to invest imprudently in company stock. The lawsuit, Tarantino v. Johnson and Johnson Pension and Benefits Committee , claims that the value of the stock was...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • $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 $...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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