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  • Pilgrim’s Pride Settles Out of “Wage-Fixing” Lawsuit
    Jul-12-21 Baltimore, MD Pilgrim’s Pride Group, one of many poultry processors/defendants, has agreed to settle out of Jien v. Perdue Farms Inc. for $29 million and an agreement to cooperate against the remaining defendants. Rather than proceeding as an unpaid wages claim , Jien was brought as an antitrust case under the Sherman Act . The Sherman Act prohib...
  • Jander ERISA Lawsuit Settles, but Leaves Questions
    Jul-9-21 New York, NY Jander v. Retirement Plans Committee of IBM , a long-running employee stock ownership lawsuit , settled on April 2, 2021 for $4.75 million. The attorneys who represented the retirement plan participants have now requested $1.4 million in fees for the latest Supreme Court phase of the case. In deciding whether to approve the fee, the Southern...
  • Jury heard 3M Combat Arms Earplug Plaintiff Loud and Clear
    Jul-8-21 Pensacola, FL In the third 3M earplug bellwether trial a federal jury determined that the company failed to provide adequate safety warnings about their combat arms earplugs. The plaintiff, veteran Lloyd Baker, was awarded $1.7 million. The jury determined on June 18, 2021 that the Minnesota-based 3M company was only 62 percent liable and therefore re...
  • sexual abuse by priests
    A survey commissioned by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has found that children have made more than 11,000 allegations of sexual abuse by priests dating back to 1950. According to the survey, 61 percent (6,700 claims), have been substantiated and although most of the children abused were between 11-17 years of age, 6 percent of the abused childr...
  • Syngenta Sues Insurers to Mount Defense, Pay Excess Claims
    Jun-30-21 Wilmington, DE On May 17 Syngenta, the manufacturer and distributor of paraquat-based herbicides , filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware seeking a declaratory judgment that would compel nearly 100 insurers to undertake Syngenta’s defense in the growing number of product-based personal injury lawsuits. The underlying lawsuits...
  • 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...
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