LAWSUITS NEWS & LEGAL INFORMATION
Anne Wallace is a New York lawyer, currently living in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. She writes on legal and business issues and teaches at the college and professional level. Anne graduated from Fordham Law School and Wellesley College.
March 13, 2019.
Read [ Multidistrict Surgical Mesh Lawsuit Awards and Settlements Approach $11 Billion ]
Charleston, WV As the nation’s largest mass tort product liability lawsuit winds to a close, those who have suffered from surgical mesh complications and their attorneys are pausing to take stock. Not everyone is happy.
March 11, 2019.
Read [ ERISA Lawsuit Claims Fidelity Investments Took Secret Kickbacks ]
Boston, MA On February 21, 2019, Andre W. Wong, a participant in T-Mobile USA Inc.'s 401(k) plan, filed a class action ERISA lawsuit in Massachusetts District Court. The lawsuit may ultimately affect nearly every 401k plan participant in every plan that has offered investment options managed by Fidelity Investments since 2017. Wong v. FMR LLC lays out a complicated pay-to-play scheme (disarmingly and perhaps deceptively described in internal documents as “supermarket fees”).
March 11, 2019.
Read [ Jamba Juice Feels the Squeeze in California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit ]
Los Angeles, CA Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl has approved Jamba Juice’s offer to settle a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit for $1.95 million. The plaintiffs in Arteaga v. Jamba Juice claimed that the smoothie chain forced nearly 5,500 employees to work off the clock – through meal breaks and without proper overtime pay.
March 6, 2019.
Read [ 3M Allegedly Reported False Safety Results to Procure Lucrative Contract ]
Kansas City, MO On February 21, 2019, Jonathan Foster, an Army Reserve veteran, filed a 3M Combat Arms defective earplug lawsuit in the Western District of Missouri. He suffers from tinnitus, a symptom of permanent hearing loss, because the earplugs supplied to him by the Army during his training and subsequent deployment to Afghanistan were badly designed. They failed to protect him from the preventable harm that the manufacturer guaranteed against.
March 5, 2019.
Read [ Subpoenas Fly! Senate Demands Docs in Tainted Talcum Powder Probe ]
Washington, DC The long-running Johnson & Johnson (J&J) talcum powder lawsuits have now taken a strangely contemporary turn as long-silent witnesses, both in this world and the next, tell tales. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have subpoenaed corporate documents, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has requested information back to 1966. Could this end the corporate stonewalling that has stymied so many J&J talcum powder lawsuits for so long?
March 4, 2019.
Read [ Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million ]
San Jose, CA Centerplate of Delaware Inc. , a multinational food and beverage company, has offered to pay $5.4 million to resolve stadium workers’ claims that the company failed to pay wages required under various provisions of California labor law. Raquedan v. Centerplate accuses the company of failing to provide meal breaks and sick days; as well as failing to pay for accrued vacation days, time spent waiting at security checkpoints and the cost of uniforms.
February 22, 2019.
Read [ School Bus Drivers’ Wage Lawsuit Survives Crippling Challenge ]
San Francisco, CA In Humes v. First Student Inc., a group of California bus drivers claim that the company for which they worked, First Student, Inc. (formerly Laidlaw) failed to pay them for all the hours that they worked. In the latest legal turn, the Ninth Circuit has cleared the way for the drivers to pursue their lawsuit as a class action. That keeps the lawsuit alive. Among their California labor law claims is that they received inaccurate pay stubs. It seems a small point in a big fight. Especially because of recent case law developments, however, pay stub claims be an increasingly important part of California wage lawsuits.
February 20, 2019.
Read [ Patients Battle Surprise Emergency Room Charges ]
Washington, DC Dr. Joaquin Lopez ‘s surprise emergency room bill came after he and his insurer had already paid $11,000 toward the cost of emergency gallbladder surgery. For dentist Brad Buckingham, who fell off his bicycle, the shock was a $70,000 bill to repair a broken hip. For Stacey Shapiro, it was a $6,720 emergency room fee to treat sudden spell of low blood sugar.
February 15, 2019.
Read [ Washington State Employees Credit Union Settles Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit for $2.99 Million ]
Tacoma, WA Washington State Employees Credit Union (“WSECU”) has agreed to pay $2.99 million to settle an excessive overdraft fees lawsuit. The class action lawsuit, Wodja v. Washington State Employees Credit Union, alleges that WSECU charged overdraft fees when members actually had enough money in their accounts. The settlement covers individuals affected by the credit union’s overdraft practices between 2009 and 2016.
February 14, 2019.
Read [ Dockworkers’ ERISA Lawsuit Challenges Denial of Preapproved Benefits ]
Los Angeles, CA Delgado v. ILWU-PMA Welfare Plan, an ERISA lawsuit now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, has more lives than a cat.
- Johnson & Johnson Settles Deceptive Hip Implant Marketing Lawsuits for $120 Million (Feb-12-19)
- Trouble ahead for California trucker wage lawsuits? (Feb-7-19)
- Credit Unions – A Case of Shutdown Shame? (Jan-24-19)
- Employee 401(k) Lawsuit Claims GE Inflated Stock Value (Jan-15-19)
- LTD Claimants Win Big as Ninth Circuit Trims “Abuse of Discretion” Standard (Jan-11-19)
- Unum Disability Insurance Claimant Wins Reinstatement of LTD Benefits (Jan-8-19)
- Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Named in Gender Pay Discrimination Lawsuit (Jan-7-19)
- Trustmark National Bank Latest Defendant in Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit (Dec-21-18)
- Jury Awards $25.6 Million in Bad Faith Insurance Lawsuit (Dec-17-18)
- “Face of Channel 4 News” Fired -- Too Old to be Female on TV (Dec-13-18)
- SEI Investments Company Accused of Self-Dealing in 401(k) Mismanagement Lawsuit (Dec-12-18)
- California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit Goes to Jail (Dec-7-18)
- California Independent Contractor Rules Collapse in Confusion (Nov-24-18)
- Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit against DFCU Survives Motion to Dismiss (Nov-23-18)
- Tennessee Drywall Workers Win Unpaid Overtime in DOL Settlement (Nov-21-18)
- Hacks, Embezzlements, and 401(k) Mismanagement – What You Can Do to Protect Your Retirement Nest Egg (Nov-17-18)
- Fibromyalgia Sufferer Brings LTD Lawsuit against Life Insurance Co. of North America (Nov-16-18)
- Sephora Accused of Shorting Workers for Time to Don Makeup (Nov-5-18)
- Is a Health Plan Liable for the Negligence of an Unqualified Claims Reviewer? (Oct-23-18)
- Google Employee Tagged as “Too Old” May Yet Have the Last Word (Oct-23-18)
- Judge Upends $289 Million Monsanto Roundup Cancer Award (Oct-19-18)
- Fidelity Faces Self-Dealing Lawsuit over 401(k) Plan Mismanagement (Oct-18-18)
- 401(k) Lawsuit Continues against Franklin Templeton (Oct-15-18)
- UNUM LTD Claimants Must Beware of Exhaustion of Remedies Roadblock (Oct-15-18)
- Los Angeles Sweatshops Cited for Wage and Hour Violations (Oct-14-18)
- Digital Federal Credit Union Snared in Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit (Oct-3-18)
- Trunk Club Settles California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit for $1.75 Million (Sep-21-18)
- Amputees Fighting for Insurance Coverage Get Tips from Blue Cross Antitrust Lawsuit (Sep-20-18)
- Exotic Dancers Bring California Labor Lawsuit to Recover Back Wages (Sep-18-18)
- Valsartan Recall Lawsuits Filed over Alleged Carcinogenic Contaminants (Sep-17-18)
- Wheeler v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Seeks LTD Benefits for Injured Seaman (Sep-14-18)
- New California Class Action Lawsuit Targets Deceptive Bank Fees (Sep-11-18)
- California Court Saves Class Action Wage Claims from Forced Arbitration (Sep-7-18)
- Amputees’ Fight for Insurance Coverage Focuses on ‘Medical Necessity’ of Microprocessor Prosthetics (Sep-4-18)
- CFPB Moves to Protect Students from Overdraft Fees (Aug-28-18)
- Lawsuits Brewing over Insurance Denials for “Smart” Prostheses (Aug-21-18)
- Ninth Circuit Says Pension Plan Participants Cannot be Forced to Arbitrate (Aug-9-18)
- Anthem Denials of Emergency Room CT Scans and MRIs; Patients Sent to Clinics (Aug-6-18)
- California Supreme Court Says Employers Must Pay for De Minimis Off-the-Clock Work (Aug-3-18)
- Sen. McCaskill Probes Anthem Emergency Room Coverage Denials (Jul-28-18)