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  • Goodbye to Glyphosate?
    Jun-18-21 San Francisco, CA  In the wake of the Northern District of California’s rejection of a proposed settlement that would have limited Monsanto’s future liability for glyphosate lawsuits, Monsanto has announced that it will reconsider reformulating Roundup products marketed for residential use. Bayer AG has looked to limit its potential fina...
  • Nike to Settle Bag Check Lawsuit for $8.25 Million
    Jun-16-21 San Francisco, CA Sneaker giant Nike seems poised to settle a long-running California labor lawsuit for $8.25 million. Rodriguez v. Nike Retail Services Inc. has a history that reflects one of the more significant developments in California labor law since 2018. But settlements do little to predict the future for California workers who continue to h...
  • Ecolab to Settle Overtime Lawsuit for $2.55 Million
    Jun-11-21 San Francisco, CA Parties have asked the Northern District of California to approve an agreement to settle unpaid wages claims against Ecolab. If approved as expected, the settlement would end a lawsuit in which employees claim  that they were misclassified as salaried workers and consequently deprived of overtime, double time and unpaid rest perio...
  • Kaiser Permanente settles two race discrimination class-action lawsuits totaling $18.9 million
    Jun-4-21 San Francisco, CA After more than two years of negotiations, Kaiser Permanente has settled two class action lawsuits claiming that it discriminated against employees on the basis of race and in violation of the  California Labor law . In the first settlement, plaintiffs accused the health care giant of passing black workers over for promotion and b...
  • 3M Earplug Bellwether Trials: 1 For 3M, 1 for Plaintiffs
    Jun-1-21 Pensacola, FL  The second bellwether case of three found a Florida jury siding with 3M Co., which is the company’s first win in federal court. 3M allegedly sold defective earplugs to veterans but claims in its defense that the military is responsible for the design and delivery of the earplugs. This trial involves an estimated 240,000 total se...
  • Bank of America Settles California Labor Lawsuits
    May-28-21 Santa Clara, CA The Bank of America (BofA) California reached an agreement whereby $11.5 million will be paid to approximately 25,000 tellers, personal bankers and operations managers. The settlements stem from three proposed class actions alleging California labor law violations , including overtime and off-the-clock work. On behalf of himself and oth...
  • New York Insurance Bill Addresses Bad Faith Insurance Practices
    May-26-21 Albany, NY  On May 18, New York Senate Bill 6813 (S6813) was referred to the Senate Insurance Committee. If enacted into law, it would add a new Section 2601-a to the New York Insurance law. Proponents of the legislation see an opportunity to address the problem of insurance companies’ bad faith insurance claim practices. Detractors predict th...
  • ERISA Lawsuit against the University of Miami Cites Excessive Fees
    May-17-21 Miami, FL   On April 5, the four named plaintiffs in Santiago v. University of Miami asked the Southern District of Florida to certify a class of roughly 16,000 beneficiaries of and participants in the University of Miami Savings Plan. Their ERISA lawsuit alleges that the University breached its duties of loyalty and prudence by permitting the Plan...
  • Aegis Nursing Homes Offers $16M Elder Care Abuse Deal
    May-12-21 Redmond, WA Residents of the nursing home chain “Aegis Senior Communities” have asked a California federal judge to approve a 16.25 million settlement that would resolve care center lawsuits alleging nursing home abuse . Nursing home residents and their family members in both California and Washington claim that Aegis misled vulnerable adul...
  • KImberly-Clark 401k ERISA lawsuit Alleges Excessive Costs
    May-10-21 Dallas, TX On April 15, two participants in the Kimberly-Clark Corporation 401(k) & Profit Sharing Plan filed a class action ERISA lawsuit  in the federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Seidner v. Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges that plan fiduciaries violated ERISA by failing to monitor plan administrative expenses, thus wastin...
  • National Black Farmers Association Joins Monsanto MDL
    Apr-27-21 San Francisco, CA  On April 1, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation denied Monsanto Company’s request that it reconsider its decision to include National Black Farmers Association v. Monsanto Co. in the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), consolidated in the Northern District of California. National Black Farmers Association, a Monsan...
  • Boston Scientific Vaginal Mesh Settlement and More Abdominal Mesh Lawsuits Filed
    Apr-23-21 Washington, DC Boston Scientific will pay $188.6 million to resolve transvaginal mesh lawsuits in 47 states and the District of Columbia. This means that tens of thousands of women who have been injured by vaginal mesh implants will qualify for some restitution. The multi-state lawsuit accused the medical device manufacturer of failing to disclose the...
  • Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million
    Apr-15-21 Los Angeles, CA  On April 15, a federal court in the Central District of California is expected to approve a $3.3 million settlement in Christina Epstein v. Walgreens Pharmacy Services Midwest LLC. The settlement will end a California labor lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of 6,745 pharmacy technicians who allege that Walgreens failed to compens...
  • California Managers Overtime Pay Legal News and Lawsuit Information
    Under California law, employers are obligated to pay workers for overtime hours worked, unless the employees are exempt. But California employers tend to misclassify workers to avoid overtime payment and other benefits. Misclassification has resulted in an explosion of wage and overtime litigation, including many class action lawsuits covering an entire cla...
  • 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...
  • Bayer’s Roundup Settlement: A Brief History
    Mar-29-21 Santa Clara, CA Bayer has been working out Monsanto’s Roundup settlement  since acquiring the glyphosate manufacturer in 2018. The corporation expects to resolve future claims that its weedkiller causes cancer by mid-May. Here is a brief history of Bayer’s $11 billion outline settlement.   2015: The World...
  • 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...
  • San Diego to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Firefighters’ Overtime Claims
    Feb-26-21 San Diego, CA On February 8, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California approved a proposed settlement of Kelley v. City of San Diego . The settlement ends a class action California labor lawsuit brought by San Diego firefighters who claim that their overtime payments were miscalculated under the provisions of the Fair Labor Stand...
  • Amazon to Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Tip Theft
    Feb-23-21 Washington, DC  On February 2, the FTC announced that Amazon will pay $6.17 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company pocketed tips promised to Amazon Flex drivers. The company allegedly changed its driver compensation structure in 2016 without informing drivers. Pending California labor lawsuits against Amazon, those, like...
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