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Plaintiffs Cry Foul over $10.2 Million Morgan Stanley Settlement Offer
Plaintiffs Cry Foul over $10.2 Million Morgan Stanley Settlement Offer
San Francisco, CAThe Northern District of California has preliminarily approved an agreement to settle a California labor lawsuit brought by a group of financial advisors who claim that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney failed to pay business expenses in violation of California labor laws. The $10.2 million settlement covers a class of 2,800 California-based financial and private wealth advisers who worked with Morgan Stanley from 2013 until the present.

Johnson and Johnson Asbestos Talc Trials Not About Attorneys
Johnson and Johnson Asbestos Talc Trials Not About Attorneys
New JerseyJohnson & Johnson struck another loss in its asbestos talc trial September 11, 2019, and the pharma giant has been ordered to pay $37.3 to four plaintiffs – after the defendants’ attorney called the plaintiffs’ attorney “sinister”, according to Courtroom View Network. That seemed to be enough for the judge, the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak.

Diamonds and Wage Theft
Diamonds and Wage Theft
Los Angeles, CA A proposed class of approximately 3,800 workers appears to be on the verge of settling a class action lawsuit against Sterling Jewelers Inc. Hudson v. Sterling Jewelers Inc. alleged that the jewelry giant failed to pay employee overtime pay, wages and meal breaks in violation of the provisions of California labor employment law.

Ford Fuel Economy Lawsuits Ramping Up
Ford Fuel Economy Lawsuits Ramping Up
Detroit, MI: At least ten Ford class action lawsuits against Ford allege its 2019 Ford Ranger and 2018 Ford F-150 trucks underwent inaccurate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testing that overstated fuel economy. But complaints are pouring in regarding other Ford models with poor fuel economy MPG ratings.

Taylor Farm’s Don-Doff Deal is Off
Taylor Farm’s Don-Doff Deal is Off
Tracy, CA: A proposed $5.3 million settlement by Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. to resolve claims that employees were not paid for donning and doffing and other California labor law violations was declined by a California federal judge last month, because the court “cannot simply rubber stamp a class action settlement.”

USAA Bank Forces Individual Arbitration of Excessive Overdraft Fee Claims
USAA Bank Forces Individual Arbitration of Excessive Overdraft Fee Claims
San Francisco, CA Elizabeth Eiess overdrew her USAA bank account when she tried to pay her Citibank credit card bill of $358.85.The payment was returned, and USAA bank assessed an overdraft charge of $29.00. USAA then charged her twice more – every time Citibank submitted the payment – ultimately for a total of $87.00. In her class action excessive overdraft fee lawsuit Eiess claims that this was a violation of her deposit agreement and that it was part of a widespread pattern of abusive conduct toward depositors.

Another Lawsuit Fired at 3M combat earplug maker.
Another Lawsuit Fired at 3M combat earplug maker.
A former member of the U.S. Navy SEABEES adds one more lawsuit to hundreds of others filed by veterans nationwide against 3M Corporation, claiming that the company falsified testing documents and knowingly manufactured and distributed 3M combat arms defective earplugs to the U.S. Military.

Health Canada in Gadolinium Denial
Health Canada in Gadolinium Denial
How can a heavy metal accumulate in the brain but not be considered harmful? After undergoing seven MRI scans, all with injections of a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA), Wanda Milley experienced the same gadolinium contrast dye side effects that many other patients have suffered, and have subsequently filed gadolinium lawsuits.

What’s Next for Ethicon Hernia Mesh Lawsuits?
What’s Next for Ethicon Hernia Mesh Lawsuits?
Atlanta, GA Judge Richard W. Story has now identified ten bellwether Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits that will likely shape the multidistrict litigation pending in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia. Trials in these hernia mesh lawsuits are now scheduled to begin in April 2020. But there will be plenty to watch even before opening statements begin.

Fiduciaries’ Desperate Drive to Fund Benefits Backfires
Fiduciaries’ Desperate Drive to Fund Benefits Backfires
Santa Ana, CA Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, who mismanaged the investments of the Retirement Plan of Freedom Communications, Inc. (the Pension Plan) have offered to settle an ERISA lawsuit brought by the federal Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) for $7.8 million.

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