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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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The Whistleblower and H&M Unused Gift Cards - $36 Million Settlement

May 23, 2022.
New York, NY A whistleblower is getting a big payout after he filed a lawsuit under the New York False Claims Act, accusing H&M of keeping millions of dollars in unused funds from its gift cards. Rather than transferring unredeemed gift card balances to the Abandoned Property Fund as the law stipulates, H&M lied about an out-of-state company handling its gift cards business. But H&M didn’t count on the whistleblower: greed ultimately cost the fashion retailer $36 million—from keeping about $18.4 million in unused gift cards. Clearly, deception doesn’t pay when the whistle is blown.
Read [ The Whistleblower and H&M Unused Gift Cards - $36 Million Settlement ]

Flowers Foods and its Drivers Settle for a Lotta Dough

May 19, 2022.
Portland, ME Flowers Foods has been given the green light by a U.S. District judge to settle a unpaid wages class action lawsuit with its current and former distributors in Maine to the tune of $23 million. No wonder the cost of bread has risen. It can’t be blamed solely on supply shortages.
Read [ Flowers Foods and its Drivers Settle for a Lotta Dough ]

Longshore Act and Truckers Workers’ Comp Coverage

May 18, 2022.
Oakland, CA Whether or not trucking companies with operations on port property – such as the Port of Oakland and the Port of San Francisco – are subject to Longshore Act coverage is yet to be determined. 
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Bard v. Milanesi Good News for Hernia Mesh Victims

May 17, 2022.
Pensacola, FL Lorna P., one of many hernia mesh victims, is hopeful that she will receive compensation after hearing that the jury in the second C.R. Bard bellwether trial awarded $255,000 to a man allegedly injured by C.R. Bard’s hernia mesh.
Read [ Bard v. Milanesi Good News for Hernia Mesh Victims ]

Minor League Players “Chasing a Dream” Under Harsh Living Conditions

May 11, 2022.
Santa Clara, CA If Major League Baseball and its teams have their way, minor leaguers will be prohibited from mentioning their purported poor living conditions at a California wage trial, arguing that the evidence is irrelevant and could unfairly sway jurors.

Read [ Minor League Players “Chasing a Dream” Under Harsh Living Conditions ]

Uber’s Petition to Arbitrate Driver’s Misclassification Complaint Denied

May 9, 2022.
Santa Clara, CA A state appeals court told Uber last month that it cannot force a former driver to arbitrate his misclassification lawsuit or even whether he is an employee and therefore entitled to bring a representative claim under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
Read [ Uber’s Petition to Arbitrate Driver’s Misclassification Complaint Denied ]

Activision Blizzard To Settle for $18 million in Discrimination Lawsuit

April 30, 2022.
Santa Monica, CA Activision Blizzard has agreed to pay $18 million to settle a workplace discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Workers employed by the video game giant after September 2016 and believe that they experienced harassment, discrimination or retaliation will be eligible to apply for a share of the settlement.
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Two Open-Heart Surgery Outcomes Involving Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System

April 29, 2022.
Santa Clara, CA The chances of developing an infection after cardiac surgery is slim – an estimated 1 in 5,000 patients who had heart valve surgery and even lower for other types of surgery. But that percentage is higher if a Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler was used during surgery. Rod says he hasn’t recovered from his heart surgery and Carol’s husband died from infection. Now they are pursuing a claim against Sorin, the heater-cooler device manufacturer.   
Read [ Two Open-Heart Surgery Outcomes Involving Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System ]

Two Brooklyn Health Care Agencies Settle Fraud Lawsuits

April 28, 2022.
Brooklyn, NY  Two Brooklyn Home Care Service agencies failed to cheat both the federal government and their health care aids and now they have to pay nearly $7 million in back wages and Medicaid payments following two settlement agreements with New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Read [ Two Brooklyn Health Care Agencies Settle Fraud Lawsuits ]

Long-Term Disability Attorney Discusses Long-COVID Disability Claims

April 27, 2022.
Northridge, CA It’s no surprise that some “long COVID-19” claims are denied by insurance companies: there was even a debate about whether it was real. But long-term disability attorney Brent Dorian Brehm, with Kantor & Kantor LLP has already won “post-COVID-19 syndrome” appeals for his clients. Brehm discusses how best to file a long-COVID LTD claim.
Read [ Long-Term Disability Attorney Discusses Long-COVID Disability Claims ]

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