Deb Hipp is a freelance writer who lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Deb is a journalist and former investigative reporter for New Times media and also worked as a courthouse reporter covering civil lawsuits for Courthouse News Service. She writes about a wide range of topics including legal, personal finance, real estate, moving, lifestyle and health and wellness. When Deb isn’t writing for us, she’s hanging out with her rescue dogs at the dog park, traveling or cheering on the Kansas City Royals to their next World Series win.
July 29, 2017.
Pittsburgh, PA: A new study by a Pittsburgh scientific researcher has found that more than one-third of heater-cooler devices used in open-heart surgery could be contaminated with dangerous bacteria.Read [ Study Finds That Heater-Cooler Devices Used in Surgery Could Be Contaminated ]
July 27, 2017.
San Francisco, CA: The US Department of Labor has ordered Wells Fargo to reinstate a former branch manager whistleblower that the bank fired for reporting bank employees who where secretly opening new accounts for customers without their knowledge or consent.Read [ Labor Department Orders Wells Fargo to Reinstate Whistleblower and Pay $577,000 in Back Wages ]
July 22, 2017.
Pleasanton, CA: California cloud computing company Veeva Systems has filed a lawsuit against three of its competitors, hoping to stop companies' widespread misuse of non-compete and other employment agreements that are barred by California law and can restrict employees' basic rights, according to The Mercury News.Read [ California Software Company Sues Competitors Over Use of Employment Agreements ]
July 19, 2017.
Washington, DC: A consumer protection report has found a correlation between the banks that customers complain about most and the amount of revenue from overdraft fees and insufficient funds (NSF) those banks collect.Read [ Study Finds Consumers Complain Most About Banks With Highest Overdraft Fee Revenue ]
July 18, 2017.
New Orleans, LA: Plaintiffs in a Louisiana multidistrict Taxotere litigation have asked the court to remand several cases back to state courts.Read [ Taxotere Multidistrict Litigation May Remand Some Cases to State Courts ]
July 15, 2017.
Miami, FL: Four auto manufacturers have agreed to compensate owners of vehicles with recalled Takata airbags in a proposed class action settlement worth $553 million.Read [ Automakers Agree to Compensate Takata Airbag Recall Consumers ]
July 13, 2017.
St. Louis, MO: A June 2017 Supreme Court ruling may hurt Missouri lawsuit claims alleging that Johnson & Johnson's talcum products caused ovarian cancer in women who used Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder or Shower to Shower for personal hygiene.Read [ Supreme Court Ruling May Affect Talcum Powder Lawsuit Claims ]
July 12, 2017.
Detroit, Michigan: Even though a federal judge granted approval of a $6.5 million settlement in a labor violations class action involving Deja Vu nightclubs, payment to class members will be delayed until the appeal is resolved.Read [ Appeal Could Delay Deja Vu Club Class Action Settlement Payments ]
July 12, 2017.
San Diego, CA: The parties in a class action against Citibank for alleged Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations have reached a settlement in the lawsuit.Read [ Settlement Reached in Citibank Robocall Proposed Class Action ]
July 7, 2017.
St. Louis, MO: A new study suggests that some popular heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors are associated with a higher risk of death.Read [ New Study Suggests Popular Heartburn Drugs Associated With a Higher Risk of Death ]