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  • PFAS Breast Cancer Lawsuit and PFAS Links to Breast Cancer
    Sep-22-21 Charleston, SC A Maryland woman in August filed a PFAS lawsuit  in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina claiming she developed breast cancer as a result of drinking water contaminated with firefighting foam chemicals for years. Nigora Akhmedova, diagnosed with breast cancer 2018, has been drinking the local water in Anne Arun...
  • California Assembly Bill 701 To Hold Amazon Accountable for Safe Workplace
    Sep-10-21 Santa Clara, CA Assembly Bill 701 is expected to reach California lawmakers any day now. Bill 701 will curtail Amazon’s algorithm-led and unfavorable warehouse work conditions by requiring warehouses to disclose quotas and work speed metrics to employees and government agencies. The bill will also put an end to “time off task” penalties...
  • NLRB Hears Complaints of Workers Fired, Disciplined for Protesting Google’s Anti-Immigrant Work
    Sep-8-21 San Francisco, CA In Google LLC and Alphabet Inc , the National Labor Relations Board (Board) charged Google and its parent company, Alphabet, Inc. with violating Sections 7 and 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). That federal law guarantees the rights of workers to unionize, join together to advance their interests as employees, and to refrai...
  • Philips CPAP Sleep Machines: Investors Over Individuals?
    Sep-1-21 Santa Clara, CA Philips “regretfully” told its investors of a foam problem with certain sleep and respiratory care products, including DreamStation CPAP Machines, but consumers weren’t told of the serious problem until the recall—issued 49 days after investors knew. Consequently, CPAP sleep machine lawsuits alleging failure to war...
  • CVS to Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $10.4 Million
    Aug-31-21 Los Angeles, CA The federal court for the Central District of California has approved a settlement under which CVS Pharmacy will pay retail pharmacists $10.4 million to compensate them for off-the-clock training time. Chalian v. CVS alleges that the retail pharmacy giant failed to credit time actually spent in required training, in violation of Californ...
  • Drivers’ PAGA Claims Survive Postmates’ Arbitration Challenge
    Aug-13-21 San Francisco, CA On July 20, the California Court of Appeals rejected Postmates Inc.’s argument that the plaintiff drivers must submit their Private Attorney Generals Act (PAGA) claims to arbitration. In Winns v. Postmates, Inc. , the couriers alleged that Postmates withheld wages, took tips given intended for couriers and misclassified the...
  • Washington Football Team to Pay $10 Million Plus Legal Fees to End Sexual Harassment Claims
    Aug-12-21 Alexandria, VA On July 1, the NFL announced that it had fined the Washington Football Team $10 million plus fees and expenses incurred in the investigation of allegations of sexual harassment by female employees. The conclusions of the investigation have not been publicly released, and efforts to keep the underlying allegations secret have sparked more l...
  • Uber and Lyft Drivers Strike, California Misclassification Lawsuit Drags On
    Aug-10-21 Los Angeles, CA California Uber and Lyft drivers last month joined forces nationwide for a 24-hour strike to protest poor working conditions due to misclassification, along with the right to organize. Meanwhile, a California misclassification complaint filed by a Lyft driver is dragging in California state court. Misclassification “Like Concrete...
  • Monsanto RoundUp Lawsuit News and Legal Information
    Roundup , a weed killer made by Monsanto , is believed to “probably” cause cancer. Recent evidence indicates that glyphosate , the active chemical in Roundup, is the probable human carcinogen. Some individuals diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Leukemia are filing claims against the agricultural giant, which has resulted in Monsan...
  • Creeping Data Collection at Family Dollar, Dollar Tree
    Jul-23-21 Chicago, IL Family Dollar collected Mantrise Herron’s fingerprints without her permission in apparent violation of Illinois’  Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). BIPA is a privacy-protection law, and Herron v. Family Dollar Inc. is a class action privacy protection lawsuit. But privacy is increasingly a luxury for the well-heele...
  • Uber’s Ratings System Racist?
    Jul-22-21 San Francisco, CA A former Uber driver claims in a California labor lawsuit that he was terminated due to poor ratings from passengers and the ride-sharing app’s star-based ratings system is racist. San Francisco U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria somewhat agrees, at least at the pleading stage, saying that “the inference that Uber&rsqu...
  • ERISA Lawsuit Alleges DuPont Underpaid Retirees
    Jul-21-21 Wilmington, DE M.P. Moon will have another chance to persuade a Delaware federal court that DuPont and its corporate predecessors and successors cheated him and similarly situated retirees of thousands of dollars in pension benefits. His ERISA lawsuit describes years of misinformation, followed by internal procedural rules that protected DuPont from the...
  • Pilgrim’s Pride Settles Out of “Wage-Fixing” Lawsuit
    Jul-12-21 Baltimore, MD Pilgrim’s Pride Group, one of many poultry processors/defendants, has agreed to settle out of Jien v. Perdue Farms Inc. for $29 million and an agreement to cooperate against the remaining defendants. Rather than proceeding as an unpaid wages claim , Jien was brought as an antitrust case under the Sherman Act . The Sherman Act prohib...
  • Syngenta Sues Insurers to Mount Defense, Pay Excess Claims
    Jun-30-21 Wilmington, DE On May 17 Syngenta, the manufacturer and distributor of paraquat-based herbicides , filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware seeking a declaratory judgment that would compel nearly 100 insurers to undertake Syngenta’s defense in the growing number of product-based personal injury lawsuits. The underlying lawsuits...
  • Ninth Circuit Reverses $102 Million Wage Penalty against Walmart
    Jun-24-21 San Francisco, CA On May 28, the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision by the Northern District of California that had required Walmart to pay $102 million in penalties for violations of the California Labor Code. The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Roderick Magadia v. Wal-Mart Associates was a blow to thousands of Walmart workers. It may also have sig...
  • Ecolab to Settle Overtime Lawsuit for $2.55 Million
    Jun-11-21 San Francisco, CA Parties have asked the Northern District of California to approve an agreement to settle unpaid wages claims against Ecolab. If approved as expected, the settlement would end a lawsuit in which employees claim  that they were misclassified as salaried workers and consequently deprived of overtime, double time and unpaid rest perio...
  • In-N-Out Burger Accused of California Labor Violations
    Jun-7-21 Los Angeles, CA A former employee of In-N-Out Burger accuses the fast food restaurant chain of numerous California Labor Code violations , and unfair business practices, from COVID protocol failure to retaliation for whistleblowing. Luis Becerra is seeking to represent current and former In-N-Out employees dating back to January 2020. Former In-N-Out b...
  • Recent Studies Show Other Side Effects, including certain Cancers, with Long-term PPI Use
    Jun-3-21 Santa Clara, CA For more than a decade, studies have shown that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are associated with serious side effects, including kidney failure and other injuries. Researchers now add to “other” injuries biliary track cancer, gallbladder cancer and cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) and might be carcinogenic...
  • California Lawsuit: Paraquat Caused Parkinson’s disease
    May-25-21 San Francisco, CA On April 2, Russell Denes filed a personal injury Paraquat lawsuit  in the Northern District of California, alleging that his Parkinson’s disease was caused by his decades’ long, low-dose exposure to Paraquat. Denes, a certified pesticide applicator, allegedly used the herbicide according to safety regulations, and was awa...
  • ERISA Lawsuit against the University of Miami Cites Excessive Fees
    May-17-21 Miami, FL   On April 5, the four named plaintiffs in Santiago v. University of Miami asked the Southern District of Florida to certify a class of roughly 16,000 beneficiaries of and participants in the University of Miami Savings Plan. Their ERISA lawsuit alleges that the University breached its duties of loyalty and prudence by permitting the Plan...
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