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  • Coca-Cola Faces ERISA Lawsuit
    Sep-10-10 Seattle, WA Coca-Cola faces a lawsuit filed by its employees alleging violations of ERISA plan regulations. The employees say the soft drink producer illegally canceled their benefits in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). According to komonews.com on 8/27/10, Coca-Cola canceled the employees' health care plan one day...
  • Breast Cancer Patient Awarded $8.1 Million in Discrimination Case
    Fort Lauderdale, FL : A former employee of the Texas based chain store, Michaels, has been awarded $8.1 million as settlement of her discrimination case. Following a five-day trial, a jury found that Kara Jorud was unjustly fired from her position as a manager at a Michael's store in Boca Raton, Florida on allegations of theft. The plaintiff held...
  • $1.5 Million Awarded in First Ever Vaccine Autism Settlement
    Sep-9-10 Washington, DC The family of Hannah Poling, a young child who at the age of 18 months allegedly developed autism after receiving vaccines against nine diseases in one doctor's visit, has been awarded $1.5 million. The case of Hannah Poling was in fact settled by the government in 2008, before going to court. The government then had the documents sea...
  • Attorney Discusses Whistleblowers and Qui Tam Lawsuits
    Sep-9-10 Los Angeles, CA Bijan Esfandiari, an attorney at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, has participated in a number of cases that have shaped and developed the law for the benefit of injured victims and consumers of pharmaceutical products. He also assists potential whistleblowers to determine whether they have a qui tam case and, if so, will file a cl...
  • SJS Victim Awarded $21 Million in Product Liability Lawsuit
    Concord, NH: Stevens-Johnson Syndrome victim 51-year old Karen Bartlett, who lost her sight and is now legally blind as a result of taking the non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) Sulindac (Clinoril) has been awarded a $21 million settlement by a federal jury. Bartlett was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necroly...
  • Attorney Gary E. Mason Discusses Recent Activity in the Chinese Drywall Litigation
    Sep-8-10 Washington, DC Attorney Gary E. Mason can attest to the fact that the Chinese drywall litigation isn't cut-and-dried. "At the August status conference, US District Court Judge Fallon said the case was 'rapidly approaching the end game,' says Mason. "Fallon announced that a mediation was scheduled for August 24. The participants would include representa...
  • Skilled HealthCare Settles Class Action for $50 Million
    Foothill Ranch, CA: Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc has announced that it has reached agreement to settle the case entitled VINNIE LAVENDER, by and through her Conservator, WANDA BAKER; WALTER SIMON; JACQUELYN VILCHINSKY vs. SKILLED HEALTHCARE GROUP, INC., et al (and 22 individually-named California nursing facilitiers receiving administrative services...
  • WaMu Mutual Stock Class Action Settlement Proposed
    Seattle, WA: If you were a participant in the WaMu Savings Plan and invested any of your 401(k) money in Washington Mutual stock at any time between October 19, 2005 and September 26, 2008, both dates inclusive, your rights may be affected by a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit. The settlement has been preliminarily approved...
  • Zumiez Overtime Settlement Increased to $2.1M
    Washington, DC: Zumiez Inc has increased the settlement cost of a class action overtime lawsuit in California from $1.3 million to $2.1 million. According to documents filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Everett-based you apparel retailer said "the lawsuit is similar to numerous lawsuits filed against retailers and others with ope...
  • Did Seroquel Cause Veteran's Death?
    Sep-5-10 Washington, DC Families of soldiers and veterans who have died while taking Seroquel have requested an investigation, citing concerns that the antipsychotic medication may have caused their loved ones' deaths. The Associated Press ( AP ) reported on 8/30/10 that Andrew White returned from a tour of duty in Iraq showing signs of post-traumatic...
  • Jury Awards $1.8 Million in Legal Malpractice Suit
    Philadelphia, PA: A woman who sued her lawyer for legal malpractice has been awarded a $1.787 million settlement by a jury in Philadelphia. The plaintiff, Barbara Cox, alleged that the lawyer she had hired to represent her in a medical malpractice lawsuit, David M. Barry, was negligent in his pleading of the underlying medical malpractice case...
  • Google Settles Buzz Class Action for $8.5 Million
    San Francisco, CA: Google has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed against it over allegations that it was automatically registering people using Gmail into its social networking feature "Buzz", without the participants consent. The reported settlement amount is $8.5 million which Google will place in a fund for organizations focused on inte...
  • Paxil Researcher Pleads Guilty to Charges
    Sep-2-10 Washington, DC GlaxoSmithKline is the subject of more bad publicity after a researcher was allegedly found to have falsified data in trials about Paxil. Meanwhile, the drug maker faces lawsuits alleging newborns suffered Paxil Birth defects when they were exposed to Paxil prior to birth. The psychiatrist who reportedly falsified clinical data, Dr. M...
  • Allergan Pleads Guilty to Off-Label Promotion of Botox, Will Pay $600M
    Washington, DC: American pharmaceutical manufacturer Allergan Inc. has agreed to plead guilty and pay $600 million to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company's unlawful promotion of its biological product, Botox Therapeutic, for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Justice Dep...
  • Checkbook Accounts: Unum Gets a Reality Check
    Sep-2-10 Washington, DC In 2008 the US First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Unum after three beneficiaries of an employer-sponsored plan sued the insurer when they were mailed checkbooks, arguing that their policies with Unum stated they would be paid "in one lump sum." According to the 8/6/10 edition of the Wall Street Journal Unum and plaintiffs law...
  • Veterans PTSD Families Question Seroquel, Settlement Announced
    Sep-1-10 Washington, DC Veterans PTSD , or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a fact of post-tour life for scores of veterans young and old alike. Now, a medication that has been increasingly prescribed to returning soldiers and post-traumatic stress disorder veterans is the subject of settlement news, a warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and...
  • Mobile Content Class Action Settlement Announced
    Chicago, IL: A group of mobile content providers, including Flycell, Inc., Glomobi, Mobilefunster, Inc., Thumbplay, Inc., WebAMG Holdings, as well as the marketing affiliate Glispa, LLC, and the aggregator Motricity, Inc., have agreed to settle a number of class action lawsuits against them, involving claims that these companies charged wireless subscriber...
  • Settlement of Class Action Lawsuit Against Beazer Homes
    Atlanta, GA: A settlement has been preliminarily approved by a federal court in Atlanta in a consolidated class action lawsuit against Beazer Homes USA, Inc. ("Beazer Homes") and certain of its current and former directors and officers (collectively, "Defendants"), alleging breaches of fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1...
  • Average Paxil Birth Defect Settlement $1.2 Million
    Aug-28-10 London, UK While no amount of money can adequately compensate for a life-altering birth defect allegedly caused by or linked to the use of the antidepressant Paxil, the average settlement in a Paxil birth defect lawsuit appears to be in excess of $1.2 million for each family involved. The Newark Star-Ledger noted in July that Paxil manufacturer GlaxoSm...
  • Settlement Approved in Countrywide Identity Theft Suit
    Aug-28-10 Louisville, KY A settlement in a suit concerning identity theft between Countrywide Financial Corp. and 17 million of its customers received final approval from a federal judge. The 17 million people included anyone who obtained a mortgage from Countrywide or had the company service a mortgage before July 1, 2008, according to the Associated Press...
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