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  • 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...
  • 7-Eleven Franchisees Glorified Managers or Business Owners?
    Apr-8-21 Los Angeles, CA Who is minding the store? 7-Eleven franchisees say they aren’t; they claim that Seven-Eleven, Inc. is in complete control and treats them like “glorified managers” rather than business owners. The franchise owners say they have been misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. At the heart of this matt...
  • Credit Union of New Jersey Hit with Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit
    Apr-6-21 Camden, NJ  Laronda Hickmond filed a bank overdraft fees lawsuit against Credit Union of New Jersey in New Jersey District Court on March 17. Hickmond v. Credit Union of New Jersey alleges that the credit union repeatedly charged Ms. Hickmond $30 overdraft fees even though, according to the monthly account statements prepared by the credit union,...
  • Birth Injury and Birth Defect Lawsuit News and Legal Information
    Birth Defects can result from different factors, including environmental toxins, drug side effects and negligence. Tragically, birth defects can also result in wrongful death. Sadly, more than 150,000 children in the U.S. are born with birth defects. When a child is born with a birth defect or later diagnosed with a functional birth defect, paren...
  • Insurer May Renew Defense in Tangled ESOP Lawsuit
    Apr-2-21 Detroit, MI On March 4, The District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan held that Great American Fidelity Insurance Co. (Great American) could renew its argument that it should not be required to defend Stout Risius Ross (Stout) against a claim by Appvion Retirement Savings and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (Appvion ESOP). Great American Fidelity...
  • Insufficient Funds Charges Threaten Small-Balance Accountholders
    Mar-31-21 Albany, NY Excessive bank fees that are based on insufficient funds (NSF) charges may pose a greater threat to checking accountholders than overdraft fees. Recent lawsuits recognize that, without protections based largely in state contract law, consumers have little protection from NSF fees that result when checks or electronic payments that are presente...
  • City of LaCrosse sues 3M Company over PFAS Water Contamination
    Mar-30-21 LaCrosse, WI On March 4, the City of La Crosse filed a lawsuit in the Wisconsin Circuit Court alleging that 3M Company and 22 other defendants produced and marketed products containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS/PFOA) with knowledge that these substances were likely to contaminate public and private wells throughout the city. The PFAS/PFO...
  • Charité Spinal Disc - Charité Disc Complications
    Many patients who have received the Charité artificial disc replacement are experiencing Charité disc complications , including more back pain than before their Charité spinal disc implant. Still, there has not yet been a Charité disc recall . Charité ™ Spinal Disc Lawsuit...
  • PG&E Executives Sued Personally for California Wildfire Damage
    Mar-22-21 San Francisco, CA On February 24, victims of deadly 2017 and 2018 California wildfires filed a lawsuit  in San Francisco Superior Court seeking to hold former officers and directors of PG&E liable for failing to protect them from the harm that followed from the 2018 Camp Fire and the 2017 North Bay Fires. In addition to devastating personal and p...
  • Federal Court Okays Class Action Status for 401k Mismanagement Lawsuit
    Mar-15-21 Philadelphia, PA On March 8, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted  class action status to plaintiffs in Boley v. Universal Health Services . The ERISA lawsuit claims that fiduciaries of the Universal Health Services Inc. Retirement Savings Plan mismanaged the 401k plan in violation of ERISA. The latest decisi...
  • 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 Wildfire Bad Faith Insurance Denial Lawsuits Get New Life
    Mar-1-21 San Francisco, CA In May 2020, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to State Farm Insurance Co. Leonard and Patricia Fadeeff challenged the insurer’s denial of their claim for damage to their home in the 2015 Valley Fire. Fadeeff v. State Farm continues to be a...
  • 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...
  • Denied Insurance Coverage for Proton Beam Therapy
    Feb-24-21 Santa Clara, CA Proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) is purportedly a safer and more effective cancer treatment than x-ray or photon-based treatments and less invasive than surgery, but some insurance companies deny coverage, which has led to bad faith insurance lawsuits . Despite doctors recommending proton therapy treatment to treat cancer, some insu...
  • 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...
  • Forever Waiting for EPA’s Limits on PFAS “Forever Chemicals”
    Jan-27-21 Washington, DC  The EPA on January 19, 2021 finally announced two preliminary actions toward regulating “forever chemicals” in Americans’ drinking water. These toxic chemicals include PFAS, which do not break down in the environment. They are linked to serious health issues, including cancer, reproductive and developmental harm, and...
  • 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...
  • Motion Picture Industry ERISA Plan under the Bright, Hot Lights
    Jan-18-21 Los Angeles, CA  On October 7, Patricia Klawonn filed an ERISA lawsuit  against the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture Industry Pension Plans in the District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit alleges that The Board breached its fiduciary duty under ERISA, citing as evidence “abysmal returns [that] are the pro...
  • SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Dumps Oldest Participants
    Jan-8-21 Los Angeles, CA On December 1, 91-year-old actor Ed Asner and nine other participants in the Screen Actors Guild-Producers Health Plan filed a class action ERISA lawsuit against the SAG-AFTRA Health Fund and Trustees of the Plan. The early coverage of the lawsuit focuses on what appears to be age discrimination against veteran actors, many of whom s...
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