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  • Cannabis Workers Retaliated Against?
    Oct-29-21 San Jose, CA Three sisters—former cannabis farm workers—alleged they were fired for complaining about California labor  and employment law violations. Retaliation is a serious labor law violation. However, litigation ended October 18th when a federal judge signed off on a dismissal motion filed by the Montelongo sisters after reachin...
  • Boy Scouts of America Sex Abuse Settlement – For and Against
    Oct-25-21 Los Angeles, CA Voting a settlement of almost $1.9 billion to compensate over 82,000 Boy Scouts of America sexual abuse victims has begun with a December 14, 2021 deadline to vote for the Plan. But many survivors and their attorneys oppose the current proposal. 82,000 Victims The number of claims two decades ago. By 2019 over 12,000 victims –...
  • Second Hernia Mesh Bellwether Trial Underway
    Oct-19-21 Dayton, OH While the first Bard hernia mesh  bellwether trial is described by legal experts as a “crushing blow” to plaintiffs, others opine that it will likely have minimal impact on the overall outcome of the hernia mesh litigation. Round two is now underway. Over 13,000 hernia mesh lawsuits against C.R. Bard claiming the mesh is def...
  • Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Lawsuit News and Legal Information
    The Zimmer Biomet Shoulder replacement device has been recalled for allegedly fracturing at a higher rate than stated in the shoulder replacement label. The FDA issued the Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder recall as a Class I, the most serious type of recall because this allegedly defective product can cause severe injury and even death. Produc...
  • $95.7 Wells Fargo Settlement Offer in Question as Objector Raises New Issues
    Oct-4-21 San Jose, CA On September 23, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard objections to a $95.7 million offer made by Wells Fargo to settle consolidated class action lawsuits brought by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultants (HMCs). The lawsuits allege that the bank violated California state labor laws  by failing to either p...
  • Jury Hands Bard Quick Win in First Surgical Mesh MDL Lawsuit
    Sep-23-21 Columbus, OH It took the jury only hours to come back with a resounding victory for C.R. Bard in first bellwether surgical mesh lawsuit in the Multidistrict Litigation consolidated in the Southern District of Ohio. On September 8, the jury in Johns v. C.R. Bard, et al found in the defendants’ favor on all of Steven Johns' claims against the...
  • Arsenic Poisoning at Montana Super Fund Site
    Sep-20-21 Butte, MT U.S. Minerals, Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and to pay a criminal penalty of $393,200. The mining company has also agreed to a medical monitoring program for current and former employees who have been exposed to elevated levels of arsenic. Employees who take advantage of the medic...
  • Participants Sue $1.52 Billion Baptist Health South Plan for Wasting Retirement Savings
    Sep-6-21 Miami, FL  On August17, three former participants in the Baptist Health South Florida, Inc. 403(b) Employee Retirement Plan (BHSF Plan) sued plan fiduciaries for breaching their duty of loyalty and prudence to participants and beneficiaries by paying “astronomical” management fees. The named plaintiffs in the ERISA lawsuit  seek...
  • McDonald’s Employees “Treated Like Dogs” Reach Settlement
    Sep-3-21 Oakland, CA Workers at Oaklands McDonald’s who claimed they had to wear dog diapers and coffee filters instead of face masks settled a California safety lawsuit August 12. McDonald’s Safety Settlement Part of the settlement requires the franchise to maintain numerous safety measures, provide paid breaks to ensure that workers can saniti...
  • CVS to Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $10.4 Million
    Aug-31-21 Los Angeles, CA The federal court for the Central District of California has approved a settlement under which CVS Pharmacy will pay retail pharmacists $10.4 million to compensate them for off-the-clock training time. Chalian v. CVS alleges that the retail pharmacy giant failed to credit time actually spent in required training, in violation of Californ...
  • New Roundup MDL Claimants Must Participate in Settlement Process
    Aug-29-21 San Francisco, CA The Northern District of California has ordered current and future plaintiffs in the Monsanto glyphosate multidistrict litigation (MDL) who have not already reached a settlement with Monsanto to participate in a program that has been overseen by Special Master Ken Feinberg since 2019. The Order has apparently prompted Bayer AG, Mo...
  • Zantac Bellwether Trials Likely in 2023
    Aug-25-21 West Palm Beach, FL On June 14, the Southern District of Florida, where Zantac cancer lawsuits have been consolidated for pretrial motions, issued an amended case management schedule. The Order anticipates that bellwether trials will begin in 2023. It also sets a rough timeline for preliminary steps that will shape the litigation and determine the lik...
  • Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Agreement
    Aug-23-21 Irving, TX A tentative agreement has been reached with the Boy Scouts of America and some 70,000 sexual abuse victims, but there is opposition to the $850 million settlement, including sponsoring churches and insurance companies. Why now? Information kept secret for decades has recently become public knowledge and in its wake thousands of sexual abuse...
  • Washington Football Team to Pay $10 Million Plus Legal Fees to End Sexual Harassment Claims
    Aug-12-21 Alexandria, VA On July 1, the NFL announced that it had fined the Washington Football Team $10 million plus fees and expenses incurred in the investigation of allegations of sexual harassment by female employees. The conclusions of the investigation have not been publicly released, and efforts to keep the underlying allegations secret have sparked more l...
  • Antitrust - Verdict in favor of Plaintiff in the amount of US$1,200,000,000
    Case Name : In re: Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation Case Number : No. 12-md-02311 Verdict Date :   Outcome Type :  Settlement Court : UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION ...
  • ABM Industries to Settle Janitors’ Wage Lawsuits for $140 Million
    Jul-30-21 San Francisco, CA On July 8, ABM Industries entered into a written agreement to settle the consolidated lawsuits, ABM Industries Overtime Cases (also known as the “Bucio case”), pending in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. Filed in 2006, the lawsuits allege that ABM’s prior timekeeping and payment...
  • 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...
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