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  • $24.4 Million Flag Telecom Settlement Proposed
    New York, NY: All persons or entities who purchased the common stock of FLAG Telecom Holdings Limited ("FLAG") between March 6, 2000 and February 13, 2002, or purchased FLAG common stock pursuant to or traceable to FLAG's IPO between February 11, 2000 and May 10, 2000, inclusive, and who were damaged thereby, except for those who sold all their shares...
  • Jury Awards $82.5M in Workplace Death Lawsuit
    Harris County, TX: An $82.5 million settlement has been awarded to the estate of 27-year old Josua Wade Petrie, who was killed in a workplace accident. His estate had initiated a wrongful death suit. On May 25, 2007, Mr. Petrie was working as a plant operator at a natural gas processing plant. A hot oil heater had stopped during the previous shif...
  • Chinese Drywall Manufacturer Pursues Contractor Settlements
    Jul-20-10 Manatee, FL As huge numbers of Chinese drywall lawsuits proceed in a massive consolidated action before US District Court Judge Eldon Fallon, legal representatives of homeowners have expressed fear that settling with manufacturers could undermine homeowners' rights. The 7/16/10 issue of the Bradenton Herald revealed the lawyers' concerns that Knauf...
  • AIG Agrees $725 Million Settlement in Pension Funds Class Action
    Washington, DC: A $725 million settlement has been agreed by American International Group, and the states of Florida and Ohio, in what is reportedly the tenth-largest securities class-action settlement in United States history. The settlement brings the total recovery for public pension funds to over $1 billion. The Attorney General for Ohio said this...
  • Mega-T brand Weight Loss Products Class Action Settlement
    Los Angeles, CA: If you are a consumer who purchased (for personal use) any of any of the following: Mega-T dietary supplements: Mega-T Ultra, Mega-T Plus, Mega-T Effervescent, Mega-T Green Tea Dietary Supplement and/or Mega-T Dietary Supplement, between Sept 29, 2005 to June 9, 2010, who lives in the United States, the makers of that line of supplements...
  • $240,000 Preliminary Settlement Reached in Hotel Employee Class Action
    Williamstown, MA: A $240,000 settlement has been proposed in a wages class action lawsuit brought against The Orchards Hotel by 150 current and former hourly employees. The suit alleged that the hotel had withheld tips and wages. State law dictates that food establishments found to withholding either or both, must play employees three times as...
  • Strip-Search Lawsuit Settled for $1.1 Million
    Springfield, MA: A $1.1 million settlement has been approved ending a class action brought against the Franklin County Jail by hundreds of detainees who allege they were strip searched without justification, and that it was unconstitutional. Some 486 plaintiffs, who are former detainees, will each be eligible for as much as $3500 under the set...
  • A Tale of Two Qui Tam Whistleblower Suits
    Jul-13-10 South Bend, IN So far the month of July has been financially lucrative for at least two and possibly more qui tam whistleblowers . The Office of the Attorney General of Indiana filed notice that it will join two whistleblowers' Medicaid fraud lawsuit, and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation's Los Angeles Field Office annou...
  • Billboard Manufacturer Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
    Jul-12-10 O'Fallon, MO A workplace harassment case alleging sexual harassment appears to have been settled with an agreement by the defendant in the case to pay $55,000. According to a 7/6/10 statement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought the lawsuit after a failed initial attempt to reach a voluntary settlement through conciliation. Ac...
  • Florida Attorney's Solutions to the Consumer Debt Trap
    Jul-10-10 Miami, FL Attorney Stephen Nagin is a big picture guy. A well-known Florida attorney and an expert in debt settlement for consumers, Nagin sees even more cash flow trouble for people in the southern states that are directly or indirectly affected by the BP catastrophe . The damage to the tourism industry means more job losses, foreclosures and b...
  • Skilled Health Care Faces $670 Million in Damages over Nursing Home Violations
    Los Angeles, CA: A jury in Humboldt County has ordered California-based Skilled Healthcare Group to pay $670 million in damages, as settlement in a class action suit alleging nursing home staffing violations. Specifically, the suit alleges that the company understaffed its 22 assisted living facilities in California, and the jury agreed, finding...
  • Settlement Proposed in Travelers Insurance Class Action
    New Orleans, LA: A class action settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit pending against certain property casualty insurance affiliates of The Travelers Companies, Inc. ("Travelers") in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (styled Arthur v. Travelers, Case No. 09-7332) alleging, among other things, that Travel...
  • Exhaustive Accutane IBD Lawsuit Finally Coming to a Close
    Jul-5-10 Edwardsville, IL An Accutane lawsuit that was originally to be tried in 2007 appears to be finally heading to resolution, according to the 6/22/10 issue of the Madison County Record. As part of the Accutane inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) lawsuit, a Circuit Court judge was to hear various arguments in favor of a settlement for plaintiff Jason Peipert...
  • Plaintiffs Hoping for More Paxil Birth Defects Settlements
    Jul-5-10 Boston, MA Although very little information has been released concerning the settlement of Paxil birth defects lawsuits, news reports indicate that approximately 190 cases have been settled while another 100 are in various stages of settlement. At issue in the lawsuits is whether or not Paxil caused the birth defects of infants whose mothers took th...
  • Whistleblower's Share in Qui Tam Lawsuit More than Two Million
    Jul-4-10 Washington, DC A Qui tam whistleblower filed a lawsuit on behalf of the federal government, alleging that Northrop Grumman Systems Corp failed to test electronic components used in military equipment as well as in outer space. The suit resulted in a settlement agreement worth $12.5 million, of which the whistleblower will receive more then two million...
  • Call Center Settles Wages and Overtime Class Action for $13M
    Bakersfield, CA: Spherion Pacific Workforce has settled a wages and overtime class action brought by employees hired during the 2005 hurricane Katrina disaster, who allege they were not properly paid and that the company failed to provide meals and rest breaks. Spherion set up a call center with 2000 employees to assist the American Red Cross i...
  • Lawyer Wins Landmark Drywall Case in Florida
    Jun-30-10 Miami, FL "This is an important case for consumers," says attorney Ervin Gonzalez. "And this is what I do: sue bad companies who do bad things." Gonzalez has recently landed a $2.4 million verdict for a Florida family whose dream home was ruined by toxic Chinese drywall . The trial, says Gonzalez, sent a powerful message. It's the first jury trial in th...
  • Paxil Birth Defect Cases Continue on the Road to Settlement
    Jun-29-10 Washington, DC Expectant mothers who suffer from depression face a difficult decision: Paxil and other antidepressants have been linked to an increased risk of birth defects, yet many pregnant women are unable to manage their depression without medication. While the debate rages on over the best course of action, it seems that the US Food and Drug Admi...
  • $173M Settlement Reached in Chip Antitrust Suit
    Seattle, WA: A negotiated settlement between state attorneys and six top Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) manufacturers has been reached, in an antitrust class action lawsuit alleging that the chip makers colluded to fix prices of the electronics. The suit was brought by consumers and 33 states, following a federal investigation that began in...
  • Night Attendant Owed California Overtime—Big Time
    Jun-27-10 Sacramento, CA Edward, a former night attendant at a drug rehab center, was contacted by an attorney who advised him and another former co-worker to file a California overtime class action lawsuit. "My attorney believes I am owed $30,000 in overtime pay, but I am afraid of retaliation from my new employers," says Edward. "My shift began at 5 pm and...
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