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Jane Mundy

Jane MundyJane Mundy As the senior legal correspondent for Online Legal Media since 2004, Jane has interviewed over a thousand people—including plaintiffs and attorneys— about many issues for the company, from bad pharmaceuticals to labor law. She is also an award-winning freelance writer for a variety of international and national magazines and newspapers, including Scientific American, Readers Digest, the Globe & Mail and the National Post.

Jane has also written two Ocean Wise Cookbooks about sustainable seafood, the second having won Taste Canada's Gold Award. When Jane isn't at her computer or in the kitchen, she is hiking with her border collie Lizzy or traveling with her laptop. You can read some of Jane's travel and food articles at janemundy.com.

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Defective Earplug Lawsuits Piling Up

May 25, 2019.
Grand Rapids, MI: Military veterans nationwide are hopeful that they can bring to court an injury you cannot see and prove why they cannot hear too well. More than 600 military service members have filed defective earplug lawsuits against 3M, the manufacturer.
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The FDA Pulls (Most) Vaginal Mesh Products off the Market – Now What?

May 22, 2019.
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.
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For or Against Vaping? Depends Where You Live…

May 16, 2019.
San Francisco, CA: In case you didn’t know, Juul is a giant e-cigarette or vape company that is hugely popular with teens with flavors such as fruit medley and mango. It looks like a USB drive and recharges when plugged into a computer. Oh yes, it also has high nicotine content. In fact a study published in Tobacco Control revealed that the younger the teen, the more likely they will use Juul—and on a regular basis. And that has caused great concern for parents—so much so that a class action has hit Juul for illegally marketing to teens.
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Morgan Stanley Coughs Up Over $10 million For Failing to Cover Advisors Work- Related Expenses

May 15, 2019.
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 travel, phone and internet services and licensing fees and more, which violate the California Labor Law
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Wal-Mart Breaks for California Employees

May 6, 2019.
Los Angeles, CA: Every time an employee at a Wal-Mart fulfillment center in Chino, California wanted to leave the building they were required to go through anti-theft metal detectors. This time-consuming process cut into 30-minute lunch breaks, unless of course you didn’t leave the building to eat lunch. And on April 12, 2019 a federal district court jury ruled that a violation of the California labor law, ordering Wal-Mart to shell out over $6 million.
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Merchant Marine Asbestos Cases from 1989 Reinstated

April 29, 2019.
Philadelphia, PA: Back in the late 1980s merchant mariners began filing asbestos mesothelioma lawsuits against ship owner and manufacturing defendants in the Northern District of Ohio. Most of the claims languished in the court system – until April 9, 2019 when a U.S. District Court Appeals for the Third Circuit reinstated two lawsuits filed by the estates of two merchant marines.
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California Truckers Keep Trucking – by the Hour

April 17, 2019.
Los Angeles, CA: The Supreme Court’s decision in March to reject the California Trucking Association’s appeal regarding workers illegally misclassified by companies as independent contractors is a victory for the California Labor Commissioner, truckers and teamsters. While the decision doesn’t set a standard for determining whether an independent driver is an employee, workers may be considered employees under the California prevailing wage law.
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“I was a Gadolinium Guinea Pig,” says Woman Diagnosed with Kidney Problems

April 17, 2019.
Boulder, CO: Nicole had over two dozen MRI’s with gadolinium contrast dye before she discovered the risks and side effects associated with this heavy metal – side effects the FDA has known of since at least 2007, when it slapped a black-box warning on all gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI, detailing an increased risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis with kidney-disease patients.
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Company Execs Indicted for Failing to Report Flammable Dehumidifiers

April 11, 2019.
Industry, CA: Simon Chu and Charley Loh, part-owners and former executives of Chinese appliance manufacturer Gree Electric Appliances and a company that imported, distributed, and sold China-manufactured dehumidifiers to retailers, allegedly knew the dehumidifiers caught fire but failed to report and recall (too expensive) the defects for at least six months. According to the indictment, the two men “deliberately” withheld information about the defective dehumidifiers.
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Abdominal Mesh Victim Prescribed Oxycontin--Could the Pain have been Avoided if Medical Devices were Tested?

April 10, 2019.
Tallahassee, FL: Shirley had abdominal mesh implanted following the resection of colon cancer. That was in 2008 and she has been in debilitating pain ever since. And taking Oxycodone to numb the crippling abdominal pain not only resulted in an addiction to opioids; she had to give up her job as a federal prison officer. Wait, it gets worse: her surgeon said all the mesh cannot be removed because it has eroded into her bowel.
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