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CPAP Sleep Machine Nightmare – for both Consumers and Philips
CPAP Sleep Machine Nightmare – for both Consumers and Philips
St Louis, MO Philips CPAP sleep machine recall has caused a rude awakening for thousands of users who rely on the sleep machine to get them through the night – alive. Meanwhile, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will discuss next month the future of sleep machine lawsuits throughout the federal court system.


Assembly Bill 701 To Hold Amazon Accountable for Safe Workplace
Assembly Bill 701 To Hold Amazon Accountable for Safe Workplace
Santa Clara, CA Assembly Bill 701 is expected to reach California lawmakers any day now. Bill 701 will curtail Amazon’s algorithm-led and unfavorable warehouse work conditions by requiring warehouses to disclose quotas and work speed metrics to employees and government agencies. The bill will also put an end to “time off task” penalties that affect health and safety, including bathroom use, and prohibit retaliation against workers who complain.

NLRB Hears Complaints of Workers Fired, Disciplined for Protesting Google’s Anti-Immigrant Work
NLRB Hears Complaints of Workers Fired, Disciplined for Protesting Google’s Anti-Immigrant Work
San Francisco, CA In Google LLC and Alphabet Inc, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) charged Google and its parent company, Alphabet, Inc. with violating Sections 7 and 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). That federal law guarantees the rights of workers to unionize, join together to advance their interests as employees, and to refrain from such activity – rights in addition to those covered by California labor law.

Participants Sue $1.52 Billion Baptist Health South Plan for Wasting Retirement Savings
Participants Sue $1.52 Billion Baptist Health South Plan for Wasting Retirement Savings
Miami, FL  On August17, three former participants in the Baptist Health South Florida, Inc. 403(b) Employee Retirement Plan (BHSF Plan) sued plan fiduciaries for breaching their duty of loyalty and prudence to participants and beneficiaries by paying “astronomical” management fees. The named plaintiffs in the ERISA lawsuit seek to represent more than 23,500 current and former participants.

McDonald’s Employees “Treated Like Dogs” Reach Settlement
McDonald’s Employees “Treated Like Dogs” Reach Settlement
Oakland, CA Workers at Oaklands McDonald’s who claimed they had to wear dog diapers and coffee filters instead of face masks settled a California safety lawsuit August 12.


California Grocery Stores Fined for Failure to Pay COVID-19  Sick Leave
California Grocery Stores Fined for Failure to Pay COVID-19 Sick Leave
Santa Clara, CA Three El Super grocery stores in Southern California were slapped with fines of more than $447,000 by California regulators last month for failing to provide or delay sick leave during the pandemic. The California Labor Commissioner’s Office said some of the 95 employees were forced to work while sick, others were told to apply for unemployment while quarantining or in isolation, and others waited months to be paid.

Philips CPAP Sleep Machines: Investors Over Individuals?
Philips CPAP Sleep Machines: Investors Over Individuals?
Santa Clara, CA Philips “regretfully” told its investors of a foam problem with certain sleep and respiratory care products, including DreamStation CPAP Machines, but consumers weren’t told of the serious problem until the recall—issued 49 days after investors knew. Consequently, CPAP sleep machine lawsuits alleging failure to warn are mounting.

CVS to Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $10.4 Million
CVS to Settle California Labor Lawsuit for $10.4 Million
Los Angeles, CA The federal court for the Central District of California has approved a settlement under which CVS Pharmacy will pay retail pharmacists $10.4 million to compensate them for off-the-clock training time. Chalian v. CVS alleges that the retail pharmacy giant failed to credit time actually spent in required training, in violation of California labor law.

Bard Hernia Mesh Bellwether Trial Underway
Bard Hernia Mesh Bellwether Trial Underway
Columbus, OH More than 8,000 hernia mesh patients and their attorneys who filed Ethicon physiomesh complaints are likely watching closely C.R. Bard’s first bellwether trial, which is expected to last five weeks and two days.

New Roundup MDL Claimants Must Participate in Settlement Process
New Roundup MDL Claimants Must Participate in Settlement Process
San Francisco, CAThe Northern District of California has ordered current and future plaintiffs in the Monsanto glyphosate multidistrict litigation (MDL) who have not already reached a settlement with Monsanto to participate in a program that has been overseen by Special Master Ken Feinberg since 2019. The Order has apparently prompted Bayer AG, Monsanto’s corporate parent, to increase the settlement reserve fund by $4.5 billion.


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