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  • Diamonds and Wage Theft
    Sep-25-19 Los Angeles, CA A proposed class of approximately 3,800 workers appears to be on the verge of settling a class action lawsuit against Sterling Jewelers Inc. Hudson v. Sterling Jewelers Inc. alleged that the jewelry giant failed to pay employee overtime pay, wages and meal breaks in violation of the provisions of California labor employment law . If...
  • Taylor Farm’s Don-Doff Deal is Off
    Sep-18-19 Tracy, CA A proposed $5.3 million settlement by Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. to resolve claims that employees were not paid for donning and doffing and other California labor law violations was declined by a California federal judge last month, because the court “cannot simply rubber stamp a class action settlement.” Along with the donning and...
  • Fiduciaries’ Desperate Drive to Fund Benefits Backfires
    Sep-11-19 Santa Ana, CA Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, who mismanaged the investments of the Retirement Plan of Freedom Communications, Inc. (the Pension Plan) have offered to settle an ERISA lawsuit brought by the federal Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) for $7.8 million. Following the twists and turns of this lawsuit requires not only some app...
  • Safeway’ $1.45 million deal Just One of Many PAGA California Labor Complaints
    Sep-4-19 Oakland, CA: If finally approved, a lawsuit brought under PAGA will settle California labor law claims brought on behalf of 35,000 workers in California who allege that Safeway failed to provide accurate pay stubs. The giant supermarket chain’s $1.45 million deal would affect former and current workers. The Altamirano v. Safeway Inc. Settlement...
  • Department of Justice Probe Continues as Ford Fuel Economy Lawsuits Heat Up
    Aug-12-19 Washington, DC It was buried on page 70 of Ford Motor Co.’s March 31 SEC Form 10-Q , just before the last of many charts. The bland and reassuring words with which Ford disclosed a Department of Justice criminal investigation into Ford fuel economy representations belies the potential importance of that investigation to Ford class action lawsuits th...
  • Google’s Age Discrimination Settlement--Again
    Aug-9-19 Sacramento, CA: Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age, at least not with Google. If it did, Google would have wizened up a decade ago, when the courts warned the Internet giant of its “systematic practice of discrimination" involving job applicants who were age 40 and over. Instead, it recently shelled out $11 million to settle a California age di...
  • Uber to Settle Class Action Contract Lawsuit for $395,000
    Aug-5-19 San Francisco, CA The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California appears ready to approve a settlement in Dulberg v. Uber Technologies Inc. that will net nearly a quarter of the drivers only $20. The class action lawsuit is notable for two reasons. It was brought as a contract lawsuit, not under the provisions of California labor em...
  • Dignity Health Poised to Settle ERISA Lawsuit for $100 Million
    Jul-30-19 San Francisco, CA Dignity Health has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a proposed class action ERISA lawsuit that accused it of using a undeserved religious exemption to justify underfunding its pension plan by $1.5 billion. The proposed settlement would require Dignity Health to add $50 million in retirement plan funding in 2020 and at least $50 mill...
  • Forced Arbitration Threatens Class Action Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuits
    Jul-18-19 Washington, DC JPMorgan Chase, the country’s largest bank, is moving to require credit card customers, and by extension, checking account customers with a linked debit card, to settle disputes through arbitration. It would, reportedly, preclude class action excessive overdraft fee lawsuits like one that in 2012 led JP Morgan to settle with chec...
  • Comcast and O.C. Communications California Wage and Hour Settlement Finally Reached
    Jul-8-19 San Francisco, CA: After two years of litigation, a California labor lawsuit involving about 4,500 technicians has finally settled for $7.5 million, after legal fees. The federal class action alleged that O.C. Communications Inc., a tech talent supplier, and Comcast Corp. violated state and federal laws, including not paying the workers for all the hours...
  • $80 Million Verdict in Ethicon Prolift Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit
    Jun-17-19 Philadelphia, PA On May 17, a jury returned an $80 million verdict for Patricia and George Mesigian in their surgical mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon. The award included $50 million in punitive damages and a record-setting $30 million in compensatory damages. In April, the Food & Drug Administration ordered manufac...
  • Monsanto Roundup: Killer Cocktail?
    Jun-12-19 Oakland, CA The jury in Pilliod v. Monsanto Co heard evidence that was not presented in previous Monsanto glyphosate lawsuits . It may have prompted the record-breaking $2 billion award, and the information may be central to the more than 13,000 Roundup lawsuits still pending. Roundup is more toxic than glyphosate, alone. It may be the combina...
  • Along with Sexual Harassment Charges, Luxury Resort Faked Worker Breaks
    Jun-10-19 Los Angeles, CA: The Terranea Resort, which calls itself Los Angeles’ Hidden Gem and the only luxury destination resort on the LA coast, can also be known as the “Fake Break” Resort. The Lowes Enterprises Inc.-owned property agreed on April 26 to pay $2.1 million to settle a proposed class action brought by about 400 former and current employees...
  • Johnson & Johnson Resolves Hip Implant Lawsuits for $1 Billion Dollars
    Jun-3-19 Dallas, TX: Johnson & Johnson has come up with $1 billion dollars to settle as many as 95 percent of the 6,000 lawsuits filed by patients who needed to have metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant devices removed due to severe pain. This amount includes a prior settlement for over $400 million. It has taken over four years of litigation to arrive at these...
  • The FDA Pulls (Most) Vaginal Mesh Products off the Market – Now What?
    May-22-19 Philadelphia, PA: The FDA has finally ordered the last two medical device companies selling transvaginal mesh products to pull them from the market. The agency said it is “committed to patient safety” but hundreds of thousands of women –victims of surgical mesh--would disagree. And the lawsuits are still pouring in. (Not all surgical mesh has be...
  • Jury Awards Alberta and Alva Pilliod more than $2 Billion in Roundup Cancer Case
    May-20-19 Oakland, CA The jury in Pilliod v. Monsanto Co , the third Monsanto glyphosate lawsuit to go to trial, awarded Alva and Alberta Pilliod $55 Million in compensatory damages and a staggering $1 billion each (that’s $2 billion) in punitive damages for their Roundup-linked cancers. This is reportedly the largest award personal injury award this year...
  • Morgan Stanley Coughs Up Over $10 million For Failing to Cover Advisors Work- Related Expenses
    May-15-19 Sacramento, CA: Morgan Stanley, known as one of the world's top investment banks, regularly stiffed its workers, according to a proposed class action lawsuit that was settled in California federal court last month to the tune of $10.2 million. The international financial firm was accused of forcing its financial advisers to pay expenses such as business tr...
  • President (of Yale) Can’t Dodge Deposition
    May-9-19 New Haven, CT Peter Salovey, the president of Yale University, must submit to a deposition in a long-running class action ERISA lawsuit . Vellali v. Yale University claims that the university, as a fiduciary of the Yale University Retirement Account Plan (the “Plan”), mismanaged Plan assets and investment options in a way that harmed wor...
  • Online Lender Settles with FTC for $3.85 Million
    May-8-19 Chicago, IL Avant LLC, the online lending phenomenon which had previously been hailed as a “breakout financial success story,” has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for $3.85 million. Although the lawsuit largely relied on a different federal statute, it shares much of the consumer financial protectio...
  • Monsanto Trial: Fake Evidence or Phony Expert?
    May-3-19 Oakland, CA Pilliod v. Monsanto Co., the latest a Monsanto glyphosate lawsuit to go to trial, has focused squarely on the quality of the scientific evidence. Relying on expert testimony, counsel for Alberta and Alva Pilliod has accused Monsanto of outright fraud in securing regulatory approval for Roundup. Counsel for Monsanto has tried to undermin...
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