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  • 2018 Busy Year for HealthCare Whistleblowers
    Jan-23-19 Washington, DC: Of more than $ 2.8 billion that the Department of Justice (DOJ)obtained in settlements and judgments from fraudsters in 2018, $2.5 billion involved the health care industry, and the largest recoveries came from drug and medical device manufacturers. And 2018 was a very good year for most all Whistleblowers (three whistleblower fraudsters...
  • Employee 401(k) Lawsuit Claims GE Inflated Stock Value
    Jan-15-19 Albany, NY On December 14, 2018, Adele Vargas filed a class action ERISA lawsuit against General Electric Company (“GE”) and Jeffrey Immelt, its former CEO. She alleges that GE improperly manipulated its earnings and inflated its stock price. As a retirement plan sponsor, it failed in its fiduciary duty to GE employees who invested in the comp...
  • The New Year Rings in New Sexual Harassment Rules, Mainly Triggered by #MeTooMovement
    Jan-4-19 Sacramento, CA: The #MeTooMovement has resulted in a number of new laws with the goal to make it easier for employees to report sexual harassment and for employers to have a voice in investigations concerning this and other California labor law violations. Most of these laws took effect January 1, and employers would be wise to become familiar with them...
  • Trustmark National Bank Latest Defendant in Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit
    Dec-21-18 Jackson, MS In the waning days of December 2018, Cryesha McDonald and Chantal Lewis filed an excessive overdraft fees lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The lawsuit alleges that Trustmark National Bank assessed overdraft fees in violation of its contractual agreements with customers. Like similar lawsuits brought...
  • Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit against DFCU Survives Motion to Dismiss
    Nov-23-18 Boston, MA Brandi Salls’ excessive overdraft fees lawsuit against Digital Federal Credit Union (DFCU) has survived the credit union’s Motion to Dismiss. This is good news, but it was a near thing , at least with respect to some of the counts. Claimants in similar credit union lawsuits should take away five important lessons. Excessive Overdra...
  • Monsanto has appealed a $78 million award to DeWayne Johnson, More Lawsuits Coming
    Nov-23-18 San Francisco CA : School groundskeeper DeWayne Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014 at the age of 42. He is the first cancer victim to take Monsanto (now owned by drug giant Bayer) to court. In August, Johnson was awarded $289 million but damages were later to reduced to $78 million. And the first out of more than 620 Monsanto cancer...
  • Tennessee Drywall Workers Win Unpaid Overtime in DOL Settlement
    Nov-21-18 Hermitage, TN On October 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that Tennessee contractor, Vasquez Drywall, had agreed to pay $103,300 in back wages to workers misclassified as independent contractors and a $2,424 civil penalty. Employment misclassification is rampant in the construction industry in Tennessee and throughout the country. Th...
  • California Harassment Laws and Mandatory Arbitration Agreements stem from #MeToo movement
    Nov-14-18 Sacramento, CA: On the heels of the #MeToo movement, California is providing more protection for sexual harassment victims by amending the California labor law , specifically Civil Code Section 47. The goal of the new bill is to encourage more victims of sexual harassment to come forward. And more corporations are eliminating mandatory arbitration agreeme...
  • J.B. Hunt Settles California Labor Lawsuit with Truckers for $15million
    Nov-8-18 Los Angeles, CA More than a decade ago truck drivers filed a California wage lawsuit against J.B. Hunt Transport, an Arkansas trucking company, claiming the company violated California's wages, rest break and meal rules. Since that time, the class action lawsuit has been the subject of recent debates over when – and whether-- federal rules rega...
  • New Jersey Win for Johnson & Johnson and Los Angeles Mistrials in Asbestos –Mesothelioma Cancer Talc Trials
    Oct-17-18 Los Angeles, CA Within two weeks of each other, two juries in California failed to reach a verdict on the same issues regarding asbestos-talc claims , resulting in two mistrials. Nine votes are needed for a verdict on claims that J&J was guilty of negligence, failure to warn about the risk of asbestos and marketing defective products. On Sept 24, the sixt...
  • UNUM LTD Claimants Must Beware of Exhaustion of Remedies Roadblock
    Oct-15-18 Chattanooga, TN On September 25, 2018, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals granted UNUM Life Insurance’s motion for summary judgment, thus ending Richard Ravenscraft’s UNUM disability lawsuit on the grounds that he had not exhausted administrative remedies. These are the rocks on which many long term disability lawsuits have been dashed. An earlier...
  • Digital Federal Credit Union Snared in Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit
    Oct-3-18 Boston, MA The allegations in the latest excessive overdraft fees lawsuit against Digital Federal Credit Union (DFCU) may seem familiar by now. It is about two different ways of calculating an account balance – one which the consumer saw, and the other, lower number, which DFCU kept much closer to the vest. Similar lawsuits have been filed against L...
  • California Donning and Doffing on the Clock?
    Sep-26-18 Sacramento, CA: Workers in California, from farm harvesters to computer technicians, can’t come to terms with the California labor law regarding donning and doffing—putting on and taking off employer-mandated uniforms, clothing and safety gear, even though a number of donning and doffing lawsuits have settled in favor of the employee. The employer...
  • Trunk Club Settles California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit for $1.75 Million
    Sep-21-18 Los Angeles, CA The District Court for the Central District of California has approved an agreement under which Trunk Club, Inc., a Nordstrom-owned personal styling service, will pay $1.75 million to settle a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit . The settlement amount will be divided among 3,000 stylists located throughout the country. Un...
  • Valsartan Recall Lawsuits Filed over Alleged Carcinogenic Contaminants
    Sep-17-18 Washington, DC On August 27, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration published updated press information that expands its original July 17 valsartan recall notice. Sixteen companies have now announced voluntary recalls of blood pressure and heart medications. Valsartan is an off-patent component of several commonly prescribed drugs used to treat hig...
  • Google Mail California Claims Expire end of September: File Now, Attorney Urges
    Sep-14-18 Santa Clara, CA: Attorney Ray Gallo has filed a lawsuit against Google on behalf of individuals seeking compensation for invasion of privacy. Gallo says that if you do not use Gmail but sent an email to a Gmail user, Google intercepted it and processed it for advertising purposes, and you may be owed $5,000 under the California Invasion of Privacy Act. ...
  • Google Gmail Privacy Lawsuit News and Legal Information
    A lawsuit has been filed against Google seeking damages under privacy statutes for people who never used Gmail but emailed people who did. If you’ve never had a Google account and didn’t know that Google was intercepting your emails to Gmail users and processing them for advertising purposes, you may have strong claims under the California Invasion of Pr...
  • New California Class Action Lawsuit Targets Deceptive Bank Fees
    Sep-11-18 San Diego, CA Bank fees are growing rapidly, and consumers are feeling the pinch. Furthermore, many customers feel that they are somehow being hoodwinked into paying hidden, undisclosed costs. On August 2, 2018, Reyna McGovern filed a class action excessive bank fees lawsuit against U.S. Bank, N.A. (US Bank). Her lawsuit tackles two thorny issues:...
  • Are Tutors Independent Contractors or Employees Under the California Labor Code?
    Sep-6-18 San Francisco, CA: The education company General Assembly agreed to pay $1million to settle an overtime lawsuit brought by two former full-time tutors ( education instructors) who taught at the company’s San Francisco campus. This California labor law settlement may have implications for similar companies that hire independent contractors to work in th...
  • CFPB Moves to Protect Students from Overdraft Fees
    Aug-28-18 Washington, DC On July 20, 2018, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) offered to settle its claim that TCF National Bank engaged in deceptive practices to market its overdraft protection services. In its bank overdraft fees lawsuit the CFPB alleged that these practices affected students at the University of Minnesota, with which TCF has...
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