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.
May 20, 2019.
Read [ Jury Awards Alberta and Alva Pilliod more than $2 Billion in Roundup Cancer Case ]
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 and the eighth largest in US history. Although the punitive portion of the award will likely to be reduced under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the trend in jury sentiment is clear.
May 17, 2019.
Read [ Expert in ERISA Lawsuit Stumped by Basic Questions ]
New York, NY McCutcheon v. Colgate- Palmolive Co. is a rarity among modern ERISA lawsuits for the simple reason that it deals with a defined benefit retirement plan. In her class action lawsuit, Rebecca McCutcheon claims that her benefit and the benefits of many participants in the Colgate-Palmolive Co. Employees’ Retirement Income Plan (“Plan”) were miscalculated. Surprisingly, the expert witness offered by the Plan was unable to answer fundamental questions about how benefits were calculated.
May 9, 2019.
Read [ President (of Yale) Can’t Dodge Deposition ]
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 workers trying to save for retirement. It occurs in the context of several similar university ERISA lawsuits. The results of these have been very mixed – some wins, some losses for plan participants, with no clear trend developing. Yale University also has a long history of labor troubles.
May 8, 2019.
Read [ Online Lender Settles with FTC for $3.85 Million ]
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 protection zeal of the excessive overdraft fee lawsuits recently leveled against credit unions, banks and payday lenders. But it also reveals shortcomings in federal consumer protection laws.
May 7, 2019.
Read [ Glasswerks L.A, Inc. to pay $1.3 Million to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit ]
Los Angeles, CA A Los Angeles commercial glass manufacturer has agreed to pay $1.3 million to resolve a class action California unpaid wages lawsuit brought on behalf of workers who claim they were shorted on overtime and meal and rest breaks between 2012 and 2018. Most of the more than 1,000 current and former employees affected will pocket about $800, although some will collect as much as $2,400.
May 3, 2019.
Read [ Monsanto Trial: Fake Evidence or Phony Expert? ]
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 undermine expert Charles Benbrook’s testimony by questioning his credentials.
Latest ERISA Lawsuit News – 401k Mismanagement Lawsuits Going Strong, New Settlement in Treatment Denial Case
April 26, 2019.
Read [ Latest ERISA Lawsuit News – 401k Mismanagement Lawsuits Going Strong, New Settlement in Treatment Denial Case ]
Los Angeles, CA Three ERISA lawsuits – two in the District Court for the Central District of California and two in the Northern District of California – show that ERISA can be a powerful tool to protect workers’ rights. Plan participants who claim that their 401k accounts were mismanaged are on a lawsuit hot streak, and patients who have had coverage denied for medical treatments deemed too “investigational” are beginning to see some success, as well.
April 23, 2019.
Read [ $24.5 Million Settlement in Navy Federal Credit Union Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit ]
San Diego, CA Navy Federal Credit Union has agreed to settle a class action excessive overdraft fee lawsuit for $24.5 million. Plaintiffs’ lawyers will reportedly seek fees of $6.1 million, approximately 25 percent of the total settlement amount. The settlement marks the end of a lawsuit filed in June 2017.
April 19, 2019.
Read [ Sickening Stock Drop Prompts Boeing 737 ERISA Lawsuit ]
Chicago, IL On March 31, participants in the Boeing Voluntary Investment Plan (VIP Plan) filed a class action ERISA lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois. The lawsuit alleges that Boeing knew about problems with its 737 MAX series of airplanes and hid the bad news, all while encouraging plan participants to invest in company stock though the VIP Stock Fund. When the planes dove out of the sky, the stock price dropped, too. Although it hardly compares to the terrible and tragic loss of life, plan participants were also injured when their retirement savings vanished.
April 18, 2019.
Read [ Uber Settles Driver Lawsuit for $20 Million ]
San Francisco, CA The settlement in O’Connor v. Uber, if approved, will end a 6-year class action California labor lawsuit over worker misclassification. The affected drivers will receive approximately 37 cents per mile driven for Uber. Significantly, however, Uber has not agreed to re-classify drivers as employees for benefit, minimum wage and overtime protections under California labor law. The settlement occurs as Uber moves toward an initial public offering that could value the company at $100 billion.
- Jury Awards Edwin Hardeman $80.2 Million in Roundup Cancer Lawsuit (Apr-15-19)
- Revel Systems to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit for $2.75 Million (Apr-12-19)
- Workers Win California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit over Shift Call-Ins (Apr-8-19)
- Texas 3M Combat Arms Defective Earplug Lawsuit Tells Tale of War Profiteering (Apr-2-19)
- Google Abandons Forced Arbitration of Employment Disputes (Mar-30-19)
- Johnson & Johnson Talc Tribulations Spark ERISA Lawsuit (Mar-28-19)
- Cash Advance? There’s an App for That (Mar-25-19)
- Jury Finds Monsanto RoundUp a “Substantial Factor” in Causing Cancer (Mar-21-19)
- Ardent Settles Offshore Platform Workers’ Wage Claims for $2.3 Million (Mar-20-19)
- $29 Million Verdict in Talcum Powder Lawsuit (Mar-18-19)
- Multidistrict Surgical Mesh Lawsuit Awards and Settlements Approach $11 Billion (Mar-13-19)
- ERISA Lawsuit Claims Fidelity Investments Took Secret Kickbacks (Mar-11-19)
- Jamba Juice Feels the Squeeze in California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit (Mar-11-19)
- 3M Allegedly Reported False Safety Results to Procure Lucrative Contract (Mar-6-19)
- Subpoenas Fly! Senate Demands Docs in Tainted Talcum Powder Probe (Mar-5-19)
- Stadium Concessionaire Settles California Wage Lawsuit for $5.4 Million (Mar-4-19)
- School Bus Drivers’ Wage Lawsuit Survives Crippling Challenge (Feb-22-19)
- Patients Battle Surprise Emergency Room Charges (Feb-20-19)
- Washington State Employees Credit Union Settles Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit for $2.99 Million (Feb-15-19)
- Dockworkers’ ERISA Lawsuit Challenges Denial of Preapproved Benefits (Feb-14-19)
- 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)