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Anne Wallace

Anne WallaceAnne 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.


Overlooked, Underpaid California Workers Face Dire Coronavirus Risk

March 26, 2020.
Sacramento, CA On March 19, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians to stay home except for workers essential to health care, public safety, food, agriculture and media. Those who can work remotely may be juggling work and children. Laid off and furloughed workers are looking at reduced paychecks, even with the wage and benefit protections of federal and California labor law. Independent contractors and the self-employed may be looking at even worse circumstances.
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Zantac Cancer Lawsuits Move to MDL Phase

March 20, 2020.
West Palm Beach, FL Zantac cancer lawsuits will be consolidated in multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. At the time of its formation on February 6, the MDL included 15 cases. An additional 126 cases were pending in 21 districts nationwide, and more plaintiffs are expected to join. The consolidated lawsuit will include cancer injury claims and consumer class actions against defendants who manufactured, sold or distributed Zantac and other ranitidine medications.
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TIAA ERISA LAWSUIT TARGETS SELF-DEALING IN LOAN ADMINISTRATION

March 16, 2020.
New York, NY Retirement plan participants who are concerned that plan administrators and service providers may be running the plan for their own benefit can extract three important lessons from Haley v. Teachers Ins. & Annuity Assoc. of America. First, the possibility that plan fiduciaries and record keepers may be engaged in self-dealing is a very hot topic. These ERISA lawsuits may involve thousands of retirement plans and exponentially more retirement savers. That many plaintiffs can spell huge liability for those who manage a plan. Second, the success of these lawsuits depends on being granted class action status; and finally, the issue of who is a fiduciary and why it matters is often central when it comes to allegations of self-dealing.
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First Saving Bank Hit with Excessive Overdraft Fee Lawsuit

March 12, 2020.
Las Cruces, NM On January 14, Bonnie Becker, doing business as Oma’s Slice of Heaven, filed a class action lawsuit in New Mexico federal district court, claiming that First Savings Bank assessed bank overdraft fees even when the transactions in question did not overdraw the account.
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PricewaterhouseCoopers to Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit for $11.6 Million

March 12, 2020.
San Francisco, CA On March 3, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) offered to settle a lawsuit brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and California labor law. The lawsuit claims the accounting giant systematically discriminated against job applicants older than 40. The settlement offer includes payment of $11.625 million and a promise to remedy discriminatory hiring practices in the future.
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$2 Million Blue Apron Settlement Tells Two Stories

March 9, 2020.
Richmond, CA Blue Apron workers have agreed to settle Bailey v. Blue Apron LLC ,their lawsuit over the  company’s practice of requiring workers to submit to security checks before clocking in for work and after clocking out. The time required for the security checks was unpaid and allegedly violated California labor laws requiring payment for all time during which an employee is under the employer’s control. 
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E-Cigarette Toxic Vape Ban Less Than Meets the Eye, Critics Say

February 17, 2020.
Washington, DC Effective February 6, a change in FDA policy banned sales of fruit, mint and dessert-flavored vape pods that were reportedly intended to attract teens. The effectiveness of this ban in protecting young consumers from e-cigarette health hazards remains in doubt, however. The ban does not affect menthol or tobacco-flavored pods, open-tank systems and thousands of flavored e-liquids not in pod form, including a disposable brand called Puff Bar that comes in flavors such as strawberry, cool mint and mango.
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Judge to Uber on AB5: That Means You, Too, and Now

February 14, 2020.
Los Angeles, CA On February 10, the District Court for the Central District of California denied a motion for injunction that would halt enforcement of California’s Gig Worker Law against Uber and Postmates while both companies challenge the law’s constitutionality. The decision means that both companies must begin to treat workers as employees in accord with California labor law--and entitled (with few exceptions) to the benefits of California’s prevailing wage laws.
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Rantidine Recalls Stoke Zantac Cancer Lawsuits

February 12, 2020.
Washington, DC A cascade of recalls – by Sanofi, the manufacturer of Zantac and a collection of pharmacies that distribute the heartburn drug – is fuel to the fire of the Zantac cancer lawsuits now forming. Lawyers reportedly anticipate an explosion of Zantac lawsuits over the next several months.
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Supreme Court Sends IBM Stock Drop ERISA Lawsuit Back to Second Circuit

February 11, 2020.
Washington, DC On January 14, the Supreme Court sent Retirement Plans Committee of IBM v. Jander, a much-watched ERISA lawsuit, back to the Second Circuit for further consideration of defensive arguments raised by the plan administrators. The decision is a setback, although perhaps not a fatal one, for participants in employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) who claim that they have been injured because of corporate financial fraud. These “stock drop” lawsuits are one of several different kinds of 401k fiduciary mismanagement lawsuits.
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