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  • E-Cigarette Lawsuit Claims Deceptive Advertising, Fraud
    Jan-20-20 Eugene, OR Among other e-cigarette side effects , Kewmarse Imani, who began JUULing in 2018, is now addicted to nicotine and will struggle with that addiction for life. Imani v. JUUL Labs, Inc. and Altria Group, Inc. , a class action lawsuit , claims that his nicotine addiction is the result of a permanent injury to his developing brain and that he suff...
  • California Workers File Class Action Lawsuit against Cannabis Companies
    Dec-10-19 San Francisco, CA On November 21, Casey Denning and Natalia Cole filed a lawsuit on behalf of themselves and similarly situated cannabis workers alleging that harvesting company Loud Buddha LLC and Pura Cali Management Corp, a cultivation contractor hired by Loud Buddha, violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the California labor code. T...
  • Goldman Sachs 401k Plan Participants file ERISA Lawsuit over Self-Dealing
    Nov-21-19 New York, NY A class action ERISA lawsuit filed on October 25 in the Southern District of New York claims that Goldman Sachs Inc. and related defendants failed to administer the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 401k plan prudently and in the best interest of participants. Instead, Falberg v. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. alleges that Goldman managed the plan to ben...
  • California Assembly Bill 5 in for a Bumpy Ride with Truckers
    Nov-20-19 Sacramento, CA California trucking fleets don’t agree with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who says that AB5, a new California labor law , he signed into law on Sept 11 is a “landmark legislation for workers and our economy.” Rather, the California Trucking Association (CTA) argues in its federal lawsuit that the bill “runs afoul of...
  • Vytorin Liver Damage and Heart Attack Risk
    Vytorin , a drug prescribed to treat high cholesterol, is a combination of the cholesterol-lowering Zetia and the statin Zocor. Since its FDA approval in 2004, serious Vytorin side effects have been reported, including Vytorin liver problems and statin cardiomyopathy , which can lead to Vytorin heart attack. Furthermore, the ENHANCE study in 2008 showed...
  • Players Challenge NCAA Pay Caps
    Nov-13-19 Oakland, CA Here’s the big question:  Does it make sense to resolve pay cap disputes between college athletes and the NCAA under federal antitrust law; or will justice be better served if courts understand the issue through the lens of wage and hour laws, including California labor law ?   On October 23, student athletes appealed the No...
  • Credit Union Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit News & Legal Information
    Credit unions are not-for-profit organizations run cooperatively by members. They are different from banks in how they are run, but may still face many of the same legal issues as banks, including claims about mismanagement, consumer fraud and overdraft fees. Credit union lawsuits can be filed by members whose credit unions have not been properly managed or...
  • T-Mobile Retail Workers Reach Wage Deal under California Labor Law
    Nov-8-19 Santa Clara, CA T-Mobile will pay $8 million to settle California labor law violations. The telecommunications company allegedly failed to pay minimum and overtime wages; and compensation for off-the-clock work, and didn’t provide workers proper meal and rest breaks. The T-Mobile retail workers asked a federal judge on October 29 to okay a...
  • Intel Corp. Investment Policy Committee v. Sulyma to shape ERISA fiduciary lawsuits
    Nov-7-19 Washington, DC On December 4, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in an ERISA lawsuit that may have lasting implications for the ability of plan participants to sue over mismanagement of retirement funds. As Christopher Sulyma argues in his Supreme Court brief , ERISA plan participants should not be assumed to know about (and perhaps have consented...
  • Court Rejects $1.75 Million Hertz Wage Lawsuit Settlement for the Third Time
    Oct-11-19 Los Angeles, CA The Central District of California has refused to approve a $1.75 million settlement designed to end a class action California labor lawsuit brought by more than 2,000 Hertz Transportation Inc. workers. The workers claim that their paystubs were inaccurate, in violation of California labor employment law . Hertz Transportation has o...
  • Plaintiffs Cry Foul over $10.2 Million Morgan Stanley Settlement Offer
    Oct-3-19 San Francisco, CA The Northern District of California has preliminarily approved an agreement to settle a California labor lawsuit brought by a group of financial advisors who claim that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney failed to pay business expenses in violation of California labor laws. The $10.2 million settlement covers a class of 2,800 California-based f...
  • Diamonds and Wage Theft
    Sep-25-19 Los Angeles, CA A proposed class of approximately 3,800 workers appears to be on the verge of settling a class action lawsuit against Sterling Jewelers Inc. Hudson v. Sterling Jewelers Inc. alleged that the jewelry giant failed to pay employee overtime pay, wages and meal breaks in violation of the provisions of California labor employment law . If...
  • USAA Bank Forces Individual Arbitration of Excessive Overdraft Fee Claims
    Sep-17-19 San Francisco, CA Elizabeth Eiess overdrew her USAA bank account when she tried to pay her Citibank credit card bill of $358.85.The payment was returned, and USAA bank assessed an overdraft charge of $29.00. USAA then charged her twice more – every time Citibank submitted the payment – ultimately for a total of $87.00. In her class action excessive ov...
  • Fiduciaries’ Desperate Drive to Fund Benefits Backfires
    Sep-11-19 Santa Ana, CA Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, who mismanaged the investments of the Retirement Plan of Freedom Communications, Inc. (the Pension Plan) have offered to settle an ERISA lawsuit brought by the federal Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) for $7.8 million. Following the twists and turns of this lawsuit requires not only some app...
  • Safeway’ $1.45 million deal Just One of Many PAGA California Labor Complaints
    Sep-4-19 Oakland, CA: If finally approved, a lawsuit brought under PAGA will settle California labor law claims brought on behalf of 35,000 workers in California who allege that Safeway failed to provide accurate pay stubs. The giant supermarket chain’s $1.45 million deal would affect former and current workers. The Altamirano v. Safeway Inc. Settlement...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • New FLSA Interpretation Would Limit Worker Wage Lawsuits
    Jul-5-19 Washington, DC The Department of Labor has proposed changes in the interpretation of the “joint employer rule.” The rule allows workers, especially in class action wage and hour lawsuits, to reach beyond an immediate employer to seek recovery from a franchisor, corporate parent or other related business entity. If the change goes into effect, it wi...
  • UCSD Study: Monsanto Roundup Linked to Liver Disease
    Jun-27-19 San Diego, CA A new study , conducted by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, suggests an association between glyphosate , the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in human beings. This is new. It is in addition to the link between Roundup and non-Hodgkin l...
  • 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...
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