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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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California Misclassified Independent Contractors Settle for Employee Status—is it the Right Choice?

March 1, 2019.
Santa Clara, CA: From strippers to cooks to construction workers, independent contractors who say they are misclassified under California labor laws may want to take into consideration what they stand to lose before filing a misclassification lawsuit to be classified as an employee. Sure, the benefits are enticing but they come at a price, such as loss of independence
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Take the MRI, Hold the Gadolinium

February 27, 2019.
Tampa, FL: Studies have shown that a host of conditions are characterized by retention of gadolinium, and the proven retention of this heavy metal in brain tissue has been named “gadolinium storage condition”. Armed with these facts, Virginia says she refused to have a second MRI with contrast dye and her radiologist was okay with that.
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More 3M Defective Earplug Lawsuits Filed

February 19, 2019.
Santa Clara, CA: Since a whistleblower lawsuit last was settled for $9.1 million dollars, which alleged 3M sold Combat Arms defective earplugs to the military, hundreds of US army veterans nationwide have filed lawsuits against the company.
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Imerys Talc Claims Bankruptcy, J&J Ovarian Cancer Claims Continue

February 18, 2019.
Three Forks, MT: Facing about 14,000 asbestos-talc cases claiming that talc causes ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, Imerys Talc America has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Court records indicate that defending a single case can cost Imerys $4 million and some juries have awarded damages up to $2.75 million against the company. Imerys is the sole supplier of cosmetic talc to Johnson & Johnson.
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Discrepancies in Emergency Room Overcharges Cause Frustration and Financial Woes

February 11, 2019.
Scottsdale, AZ: Emergency room care in the US is the highest-priced care a patient can receive. Even a minor condition can set you back thousands of dollars, which in itself can cause health issues—financial problems are stressful. It can get worse: one patient dinged with outrageous emergency room overcharges later discovered that another patient with similar treatment paid a lot less.
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The Labor Commissioner's Office Working California Overtime?

February 4, 2019.
Oakland, CA: Last year the restaurant industry alone was cited in California labor law violations amounting to millions of dollars. And according to a 2017 report, California wage theft can cost workers about $2 billion per year. That amount may rise now that agricultural workers are entitled to farmworker overtime pay based on a schedule issued by the Labor Commissioner's Office that went into effect as of January 1, 2019.
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Underground Economy Keeping California’s Field Enforcers Busy

January 30, 2019.
San Diego, CA: The Labor Commissioner’s Office is cracking down on California’s underground economy. Daniel Yu, Assistant Chief with the Bureau of Field Enforcement is charged with making sure employers comply with California labor laws, and that every worker, including illegals, is entitled to full protection.
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2018 Busy Year for HealthCare Whistleblowers

January 23, 2019.
Washington, DC: Of more than $ 2.8 billion that the Department of Justice (DOJ)obtained in settlements and judgments from fraudsters in 2018, $2.5 billion involved the health care industry, and the largest recoveries came from drug and medical device manufacturers. And 2018 was a very good year for most all Whistleblowers (three whistleblower fraudsters were also busted last year.)
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Tests and Studies For and Against J&J Talc - Jury Still Out

January 22, 2019.
Santa Clara, CA: Despite a number of asbestos-talc lawsuits and studies to the contrary, Johnson & Johnson still stands by its talcum powder, asserting it doesn’t cause mesothelioma or ovarian cancer because their product sold to consumers never contained asbestos. J&J says plaintiffs are using attorney-driven science along with faulty studies. On the other hand, plaintiffs have brought scientific evidence showing studies linking talc exposure to cancer, adding that the giant pharma company knew the link for decades. As for the FDA, it’s still on the fence.
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Wife wonders whether Father-in-Law and Husband diagnosed with Cancer is associated with Monsanto’s Roundup

January 16, 2019.
Atlanta, GA: “My husband and father-in-law were both diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and they both sprayed the backyard with Monsanto’s Roundup,” says Veronica. (Because studies have continually linked the herbicide to that type of cancer, it also referred to as 'Monsanto cancer'.)
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