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  • Lexmark to Pay $8.3M in Employee Vacation Class Action
    Los Angeles, CA: Lexmark has been ordered to pay $8.3 million in compensation to its employees in California as settlement of the class action lawsuit they brought over the company's "use it or loose it" vacation policy The employees originally challenged the company saying they should not lose compensation for the time that they did not use. L...
  • $7.5 Million Asbestos Judgment Upheld in New Jersey
    Trenton, NJ: A $7.5 million settlement has been awarded to a woman who contracted asbestos mesothelioma from washing her husband's work clothes for three decades. The settlement was upheld by a New Jersey appellate court, resulting from an earlier decision in the case of Bonnie Anderson vs. AJ Friedman Supply Co Inc. The court also awarded $500,000 for Mr...
  • Recent Chinese Drywall Settlement Smells like Rotten Eggs
    Aug-25-10 New Orleans, LA Homeowners with Chinese drywall are likely on tenterhooks awaiting the mediation outcome today by US District Judge Eldon Fallon, who is presiding over about 10,000 federal and state Chinese drywall cases consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Orleans. Some of those in attendance are Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd...
  • Indiana AG Urges Qui Tam Lawsuits for Medicare Fraud
    Aug-25-10 Indianapolis, IN Indiana's attorney general, Greg Zoeller, is encouraging residents to report instances of Medicare fraud to his office or to file a qui tam lawsuit . Zoeller urges Hoosiers to follow the lead of Kathleen McCoy, a South Bend child therapist, said she had seen health professionals give treatments that patients didn't need and then bill...
  • Metro Gang Strike Force to Pay Victims $3 million
    The Metro Gang Strike Force in Minneapolis has agreed to a $3 million settlement for victims who claimed their rights were violated by members of the now-defunct Strike Force. The settlement will allow victims of proven Metro Gang Strike Force misconduct to submit claims seeking compensation for monetary and property losses, as well as compensation for havin...
  • Colgan Continental Airlines Wrongful Death
    Two families have agreed to settle wrongful-death lawsuits over the crash of Continental Airlines Connection Flight 3407 outside Buffalo, New York, that killed all 49 people aboard and one person on the ground. The families of John G. Roberts III and Darren Tolsma claimed that corporate decisions caused Captain Marvin Renslow, 47, and co-pilot Rebecca Sh...
  • Some Denture Cream Lawsuits Reportedly Settled
    Aug-24-10 Seattle, WA GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Super Poligrip denture adhesive , has settled lawsuits alleging that the denture cream caused zinc poisoning and other serious health problems. What this means for remaining lawsuits against Poligrip and Fixodent denture creams is yet to be seen. News about the Poligrip settlement comes from a GlaxoSmithKli...
  • Call Center Reps Entitled to Overtime
    Aug-23-10 Columbia, MO How many class action lawsuits and subsequent settlements will it take for call centers to pay their employees overtime ? Just last week a class action suit was filed by a former State Farm claims processor from Columbia, alleging the insurance company required telephone-dedicated workers to work overtime without pay. Federal labor law...
  • Peanut Corp. of America to Pay Settlements
    The Peanut Corp. of America (PCA) will give settlement payments to the families of nine victims who died and 44 children who got sick from salmonella-contaminated PCA peanut butter last January, 2009. Kellogg has agreed to pay part of the settlement payments: contaminated peanut ingredients used in its crackers came from PCA. After PCA filed for bankrupt...
  • Two Energy Companies Settle Whistleblower Qui Tam Suit
    A unit of Dominion Resources Inc. and Marathon Oil Corp agreed to pay $2.2 million and $4.7 million, respectively, to settle a claim that arose from a whistleblower qui tam lawsuit. The Justice Department said both companies knowingly underpaid royalties owed on natural gas from federal and Indian leases. The settlement resolves claims that the companies...
  • Matrixx agrees to settle Zicam cold remedy suits
    Matrixx Initiatives has agreed to settle 18 class action lawsuits outstanding in federal courts over its Zicam cold remedy, which was taken off the market in June following a safety warning from federal regulators. The FDA told consumers to discontinue Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can permanently damage the sense of smell. ...
  • Will Paxil Settlements Affect Potential Effexor Lawsuits?
    Aug-20-10 Seattle, WA Now that certain Paxil lawsuits have been settled, the question remains as to whether those settlements will have an effect on potential Effexor lawsuits. Although Paxil and Effexor are similar, there are some important differences between the two that make it impossible to determine for sure if Effexor plaintiffs will reach the same r...
  • Atlanta Offers $4.9 Million to End Wrongful Death Lawsuit
    Aug-19-10 Atlanta, GA The city of Atlanta has offered $4.9 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the estate of a 92-year-old woman who was shot and killed by police during an illegal raid of her home. In November 2006, police, acting on a tip from an informant, executed a "no-knock" warrant on Kathryn Johnston's home to conduct a drug raid, accordin...
  • Legal Malpractice: Lawyer Accused of Swindling Grandma
    Aug-18-10 New York, NY Legal malpractice law is designed to ensure that lawyers act in the best interests of their clients. Legal malpractice claims can include malicious or negligent acts on the part of attorneys, such as fraud, elder abuse or simply failing to file court documents on time. Whatever the situation, when an attorney's improper conduct hurts a clie...
  • Gildan Activewear Reaches $22.5M Securities Settlement
    Montreal, PQ: Gildan Activewear Inc has announced that it has entered into an agreement to settle all proposed securities class action proceedings filed in 2008 before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Quebec Superior Court and the United States District for the Southern District of New York (the 'Courts'). The proposed litigation related to,...
  • Taser Brain Damage Suit Settled for $2.8 Million
    Santa Cruz, CA: A 49-year old man who suffered permanent brain damage as the result of police use of a taser, has won a $2.8 million settlement against Taser International Inc, the makers of the controversial stun gun. In 2006, Steven Butler who was intoxicated and off his medications, refused to get off a bus he was riding. The Watsonville poli...
  • Lowe's Settles Defective Drywall Suit with $6.5M in Gift Cards
    Washington, DC: Lowe's, the home improvement retailer, has agreed to a tentative settlement in the class action suit over alleged defective drywall. Under the terms of the settlement Lowe's has agreed to give out $6.5 million in gift cards and pay up to $2.2 million in attorney fees, according to the Wall Street Journal . Plaintiffs claim similar di...
  • 17,500 Seroquel Suits Settled for $198 Million
    London, UK: Astra Zeneca (AZ), the maker of the antipsychotic medication, Seroquel, has settled 17,500 US-based personal injury claims for $198 million. The suits claim illnesses such as diabetes related to the drug, which is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. According to a report on Reuters, the average settlement per claim is $11,300...
  • WellCare Settles Securities Class Action
    Tampa, FL: WellCare Health Plans, Inc announced today that it has reached an agreement on the material terms of a settlement which will resolve the claims asserted against the Company in the previously disclosed putative securities class action consolidated complaint filed against the Company. The securities class action settlement provides, amo...
  • Glaxo Reportedly Settles Paxil Birth Defects Lawsuits for $1 Billion
    Aug-8-10 London, England GlaxoSmithKline recently announced that it had settled a number of Paxil birth defect lawsuits but didn't release any specific financial details. The UK's largest drug manufacturer had set aside nearly $2.4 billion in the second quarter to handle Paxil lawsuits, as well as cases stemming from its diabetes medication, Avandia, accordi...
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