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  • National Black Farmers Association Joins Monsanto MDL
    Apr-27-21 San Francisco, CA  On April 1, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation denied Monsanto Company’s request that it reconsider its decision to include National Black Farmers Association v. Monsanto Co. in the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), consolidated in the Northern District of California. National Black Farmers Association, a Monsan...
  • Boston Scientific Vaginal Mesh Settlement and More Abdominal Mesh Lawsuits Filed
    Apr-23-21 Washington, DC Boston Scientific will pay $188.6 million to resolve transvaginal mesh lawsuits in 47 states and the District of Columbia. This means that tens of thousands of women who have been injured by vaginal mesh implants will qualify for some restitution. The multi-state lawsuit accused the medical device manufacturer of failing to disclose the...
  • Ninth Circuit Asked to Require Hotel to Rehire Workers with Back Pay and Damages
    Apr-20-21 Los Angeles, CA On March 17, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) asked the Ninth Circuit to enforce its Order that the Hotel Bel-Air rehire workers laid off in September 2009 who reapplied for their jobs in 2011 with back pay and damages. The Order further requires the hotel to recognize Unite Here Local 11 as the workers’ bargaining represen...
  • Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million
    Apr-15-21 Los Angeles, CA  On April 15, a federal court in the Central District of California is expected to approve a $3.3 million settlement in Christina Epstein v. Walgreens Pharmacy Services Midwest LLC. The settlement will end a California labor lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of 6,745 pharmacy technicians who allege that Walgreens failed to compens...
  • Paraquat Parkinson's Disease Legal News and Lawsuit Information
    The weed-killer Paraquat has been linked to increased rates of Parkinson’s disease and other serious health conditions in farmers, agricultural workers, families living near farming communities and others exposed to the toxic herbicide. Paraquat lawsuits claim Syngenta and other chemical manufacturers have not adequately warned users about the life-alt...
  • Ninth Circuit Upholds Flight Attendants’ Claims for Overtime, Rest and Meal Breaks
    Mar-17-21 San Francisco, CA On February 23, the Ninth Circuit largely upheld a District Court grant of summary judgment to flight attendants in their class action lawsuit against Virgin America. Bernstein v. Virgin America Inc. alleged that the airline had failed to pay minimum wage and overtime and permit meal and rest breaks, as required by California labor l...
  • Employer Must Pay Attorney for Secret Settlement
    Mar-7-21 Los Angeles, CA Former motel employee William Hang filed a wage and hour lawsuit against his employer, but when Hang’s attorney sought the employer’s payment and obtained a default judgment of $255,000, he discovered that the employer had coerced Hang into a substantially less settlement: $20,000 cash. Litigation in this case is rather con...
  • Repeated Sexual Abuse in Nursing Home Criminal
    Mar-2-21 Oswego, NY A female resident in Pontiac Nursing Home in Oswego suffering from dementia was sexually abused  three times by another resident who was admitted to Pontiac in 2019. Management declined to tell Pontiac’s doctor and other employees that he was a known sexual offender. And Pontiac management didn’t call the police to report th...
  • California Labor Lawsuit News & California Employment Legal Help
    California labor laws are put in place to protect you. The California labor employment law and the California prevailing wage law ensures that your employer does not violate wage and hour issues.  Although California boasts some of the strictest state labor laws in the country with stiff penalties for violations, California labor lawsuits are on the ris...
  • Ninth Circuit Sends "High-Tech Debt Trap" Lawsuit to Arbitration
    Feb-27-21 Los Angeles, CA  On February 19, the Ninth Circuit held that a borrower, who found herself in what she described as a “high-tech debt trap,” must arbitrate her claims against the lender, having waived her right to sue. Marggieh DeCarlo was trying to build credit but instead found herself entangled instead in a ruinous web of loan charg...
  • NHTSA Orders Ford to Recall 3 Million Cars for Defective Airbags
    Feb-25-21 Washington, DC  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ordered Ford to recall three million cars that contain defective driver’s side airbags. The airbags contain potentially faulty Takata inflators that may cause the bags to rupture, resulting in catastrophic airbag injuries . This follows a similar 2020 order affecting Gener...
  • Nursing Home Abuse And Personal Injury
    You may have gone to great lengths and expense to find the right elder care facility or nursing home for a member of your family or someone you know. It is a traumatic and difficult decision to place someone in a nursing home and you can only hope that they will receive the best possible care. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is more prevalent than...
  • Northern District of Illinois Nixes Mandatory Arbitration in ERISA Lawsuit
    Feb-8-21 Chicago, IL On January 25, the Northern District of Illinois denied Triad Manufacturing’s attempt to force ESOP participants to individually arbitrate their claims of fiduciary self-dealing. The ERISA lawsuit , James Smith v. Board of Directors of Triad Manufacturing Inc. , alleged that the Board of Directors caused the plan to buy Triad stock at a...
  • California Coronavirus Litigation—Amazon Evades Attorney General: A TimeLine
    Jan-21-21 Sacramento, CA California's Attorney General slapped a lawsuit on Amazon, alleging the company refused to provide information about its coronavirus safety protocols and potential outbreaks, adding to the wave of coronavirus litigation nationwide and violating the California labor code . Amazon Won’t Comply with COVID-19 Information Califor...
  • Olson v. Becerra Challenges AB 5 Constitutionality Again
    Jan-13-21 Los Angeles, CA On November 9, two individual and two company plaintiffs, including Uber and Postmates, filed a California labor lawsuit  against the State of California. Olson v. Becerra challenges the constitutionality of AB 5 and related laws. In December, California filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that the Second Amended Complaint does li...
  • Bank Overdraft Fees Lawsuit Stresses Lack of Consumer Sophistication, Unfair Process
    Jan-6-21 Atlanta, GA On December 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit heard oral arguments in Garcia v. Wachovia Bank , one of the bank overdraft fees lawsuits , consolidated in In Re: Checking Account Overdraft Litigation . The checking accountholders are appealing a September 2019 District Court decision that denied them the chance to proceed...
  • California Nursing Home Overtime Settlement
    Jan-5-21 Los Angeles, CA A California labor lawsuit claiming wage and labor violations has finally been agreed upon for $3 million. The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), originally filed in 2015, sought to represent over 250 former and current nursing home workers employed by Five Star Quality Care Inc. The 2015 lawsuit, filed in San Bernardino County...
  • Can California Cashiers Sit on the Job?
    Dec-17-20 Sacramento, CA The latest ruling over Ralphs Grocery Store seating for cashiers – initially filed in 2016— has reversed a trial court’s decision to link two California labor lawsuits that accuse parent company The Kroger Co. of not providing its employees with seating. On November 20, the California state appeals court found that cases...
  • Ride-Hailing Companies exempt from classifying drivers as employees, but not exempt from California labor lawsuits
    Dec-9-20 San Francisco, CA Despite winning Proposition 22, which means that Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies are exempted from AB5 and drivers are reclassified as independent contractors, the companies are not immune to California labor lawsuits . Proposition 22 Opposition Proposition 22, bankrolled mainly by Uber, goes into effect December 17, bu...
  • Walmart Howls at California Labor Law Fines
    Dec-3-20 San Jose, CA  “This case is about Walmart’s practice of routinely violating the California Labor Code .” The first sentence of plaintiff’s’ brief to the Ninth Circuit in Magadia v. Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. neatly sums up the workers’ argument. Walmart, on the other hand, argues that this is all very unfair,...
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