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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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No Surprises Act to Eliminate ER Overcharges?

June 15, 2021.
Santa Clara, CA Although the “No Surprises Act” will be in effect January 1, 2022, the first regulations are slated for July 2021. If all goes according to plan, patients to emergency rooms will no longer be hit with outrageous ER overcharges or receive surprise bills in the mail, mainly due to out of network treatment.
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3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial: So far a Draw

June 10, 2021.
Pensacola, FLThe second 3M earplug lawsuit ended with a win for the defense.  The Combat Arms Earplug manufacturer lost the first bellwether trial that ended with a $7.1 million win for veterans. Now, hundreds of thousands of victims with hearing loss allegedly from defective earplugs await the third and final trial on June 7th in Pensacola.
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In-N-Out Burger Accused of California Labor Violations

June 7, 2021.
Los Angeles, CA A former employee of In-N-Out Burger accuses the fast food restaurant chain of numerous California Labor Code violations, and unfair business practices, from COVID protocol failure to retaliation for whistleblowing. Luis Becerra is seeking to represent current and former In-N-Out employees dating back to January 2020.
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Kaiser Permanente settles two race discrimination class-action lawsuits totaling $18.9 million

June 4, 2021.
San Francisco, CA After more than two years of negotiations, Kaiser Permanente has settled two class action lawsuits claiming that it discriminated against employees on the basis of race and in violation of the California Labor law.
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Recent Studies Show Other Side Effects, including certain Cancers, with Long-term PPI Use

June 3, 2021.
Santa Clara, CA For more than a decade, studies have shown that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are associated with serious side effects, including kidney failure and other injuries. Researchers now add to “other” injuries biliary track cancer, gallbladder cancer and cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) and might be carcinogenic.
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3M Earplug Bellwether Trials: 1 For 3M, 1 for Plaintiffs

June 1, 2021.
Pensacola, FL  The second bellwether case of three found a Florida jury siding with 3M Co., which is the company’s first win in federal court. 3M allegedly sold defective earplugs to veterans but claims in its defense that the military is responsible for the design and delivery of the earplugs. This trial involves an estimated 240,000 total service members, 3,349 of whom have filed lawsuits.

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Bank of America Settles California Labor Lawsuits

May 28, 2021.
Santa Clara, CA The Bank of America (BofA) California reached an agreement whereby $11.5 million will be paid to approximately 25,000 tellers, personal bankers and operations managers. The settlements stem from three proposed class actions alleging California labor law violations, including overtime and off-the-clock work.
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Abdominal Mesh Surgery Destroys Life, say patients in the U.S. and Scotland

May 27, 2021.
Lancaster, SC Ruth underwent three abdominal mesh surgeries in the last few years, all of them unsuccessful. She now lives with an ugly scar and constant pain. She replaced her addiction to prescription painkillers with Suboxone (prevents painful addiction withdrawal) and trips to the emergency room with visits to the addiction center. 
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Emergency Room Opportunity to Overcharge

May 21, 2021.
Houston, TX Nick was working at his home office when he suddenly felt the left side of his body go numb and a searing pain in his lower back. “Thank God my wife was home. She drove me to the nearest urgent care center but a sign on the door said it was “running at capacity” and couldn’t see any patients that day,” says Nick. “We googled the nearest emergency room—at this point I was almost passing out. And I almost passed out two weeks later when my ER bill came in the mail. I’d heard about ER overcharges but this was ridiculous!”
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Aegis Nursing Homes Offers $16M Elder Care Abuse Deal

May 12, 2021.
Redmond, WA Residents of the nursing home chain “Aegis Senior Communities” have asked a California federal judge to approve a 16.25 million settlement that would resolve care center lawsuits alleging nursing home abuse.
Read [ Aegis Nursing Homes Offers $16M Elder Care Abuse Deal ]

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