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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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  • For or Against Vaping? Depends Where You Live…
    For or Against Vaping? Depends Where You Live…
    May 16, 2019

    San Francisco, CAIn case you didn’t know, Juul is a giant e-cigarette or vape company that is hugely popular with teens with flavors such as fruit medley and mango. It looks like a USB drive and recharges when plugged into a computer. Oh yes, it also has high nicotine content. In fact a study published in Tobacco Control revealed that the younger the teen, the more likely they will use Juul—and on a regular basis. And that has caused great concern for parents—so much so that a class action has hit Juul for illegally marketing to teens.

  • The DMV and Driver’s Privacy Protection Act: Part Two
    The DMV and Driver’s Privacy Protection Act: Part Two
    December 29, 2016

    Dallas, TX: Although the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act DPPA disallows state DMV’s from disclosing your personal information for direct marketing, without your express consent, attorney Joseph Malley has discovered that most states sell that information to companies using it for such purpose—in direct violation of the DPPA. And it’s a multi-billion dollar business from which you get nothing.

  • Has DMV Violated the Drivers’ Privacy Protection Act and Your Security?
    Has DMV Violated the Drivers’ Privacy Protection Act and Your Security?
    November 28, 2016

    If you are a licensed driver with the Department of Motor Vehicles, chances are your private information has been sold. And your privacy and security could be at risk. Having worked on cases involving the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) for more than a decade, Attorney Joseph Malley says that Department of Motor Vehicles in 37 states are selling private driver information to thousands and thousands of entities. And Malley has filed cases involving about 145 million people.

  • Cold-FX Canadian Class-Action Lawsuit
    Cold-FX Canadian Class-Action Lawsuit
    May 10, 2016

    Vancouver, BC: Compared to our friends south of the border, Canadians don’t complain much. But when a Vancouver resident filed a lawsuit against the makers of Cold-FX alleging fraud, many Canadians were up in arms. No one likes being duped.

  • Two Families Accept GM Defective Ignition Switch Offer
    Two Families Accept GM Defective Ignition Switch Offer
    September 28, 2014

    New York, NY The lawyer representing the families of two victims killed in a General Motors vehicle due to its faulty ignition switch say they have accepted offers from a compensation program for crash injuries and deaths.

  • Effexor and Generic Version Recalled
    Effexor and Generic Version Recalled
    March 9, 2014

    Pfizer’s Effexor was recalled on March 6, 2014 after a pharmacist discovered that some of the bottles contained a different drug that could be fatal. Pfizer has recalled three lots of its antidepressant medication, totaling approximately 104,450 bottles, nearly 65,800 of which were stocked in pharmacies nationwide.

  • Heart Attack Patient Joins Fresenius Class-Action Lawsuit and Files DaVita Complaint
    Heart Attack Patient Joins Fresenius Class-Action Lawsuit and Files DaVita Complaint
    November 27, 2013

    Las Vegas, NV Ron says his heart attack started right after dialysis treatment with Granuflo at a DaVita Dialysis Center. He is lucky: a number of negligence lawsuits have been filed against DaVita and Fresenius Medical Care by members of families whose loved ones died of a heart attack as a result of using Granuflo and NaturaLyte.

  • More Reports of Heart Complications and Deaths from DaVita and Fresenius Dialysis
    More Reports of Heart Complications and Deaths from DaVita and Fresenius Dialysis
    September 9, 2013

    Laguna Niguel, CA Sons and daughters of parents believed to have suffered cardiac arrest, stroke, respiratory issues and other health problems linked to the use of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte administered at DaVita Healthcare Centers are now considering a DaVita and Fresenius lawsuit.

  • More DaVita and Fresenius Medical Centers Lawsuits, and DaVita Settlement
    More DaVita and Fresenius Medical Centers Lawsuits, and DaVita Settlement
    August 16, 2013

    Denver, CO Having already put aside $300 million to settle criminal and civil anti-kickback investigations, DaVita healthcare clinics might soon be digging deeper into their profits as more DaVita and Fresenius lawsuits are filed.

  • Cruiser Files Carnival Cruise Ship Lawsuit
    Cruiser Files Carnival Cruise Ship Lawsuit
    February 16, 2013

    Miami, FL The first cruise ship accident lawsuit has been filed against Carnival Cruise Lines and a flood of lawsuits from other passengers aboard the Triumph are expected.

  • Fourth Ford Recall Due to Fire Hazard
    Fourth Ford Recall Due to Fire Hazard
    December 1, 2012

    Detroit, MI More than 89,000 new Escape SUVs and Fusion sedans are being recalled by Ford due to a potential fire hazard. The engines can overheat, leak fluids onto hot parts and cause fires, Ford stated on November 30th.

  • Student Loans Scam? Attorney Weighs In
    Student Loans Scam? Attorney Weighs In
    August 6, 2012

    Birmingham, AL If you’ve had—or have--a student loan, “creative accounting” practices by private institutions may have negatively impacted your financial situation—and you don’t even know it! Attorney Tyler Vail of Hollis, Wright and Couch says this practice is widespread at many private lending institutions nationwide—and may constitute consumer fraud.

  • Tyler Pipe History Includes Litany of Lawsuits
    Tyler Pipe History Includes Litany of Lawsuits
    February 15, 2012

    Tyler, TX To many Tyler Pipe workers, the company is the source of pipe nightmares that take the form of workplace violations including asbestos exposure and much, much more…

  • Lawsuits Filed Against Costa Concordia Cruise Liner
    Lawsuits Filed Against Costa Concordia Cruise Liner
    January 28, 2012

    Miami, FL One day before divers found the 17th body in the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise liner, at Giglio island, Italy two US law firms and a consumer group filed a maritime class-action lawsuit in the US demanding at least $160,000 for each passenger.

  • FDA Issues Warning on Boston Scientific Heart Stents
    FDA Issues Warning on Boston Scientific Heart Stents
    November 20, 2011

    Washington, DC A newer class of heart stents are under investigation by the FDA. According to US health regulators, these tiny tubular devices made of wire mesh may shrink or lengthen after implantation, which can potentially cause a serious problem.

  • Bextra and Stevens Johnson Syndrome—FAQ
    Bextra and Stevens Johnson Syndrome—FAQ
    August 30, 2011

    Washington, DC An association between Bextra and Stevens Johnson Syndrome has been known for a number of years, and because of that, many lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer, the maker of Bextra.

  • Arbitration Trumps Class Action?
    Arbitration Trumps Class Action?
    April 30, 2011

    Washington, DC The US Supreme Court's ruling on AT&T vs. Concepcion this past Wednesday, April 27—that companies can require its customers or employees to arbitrate disputes individually rather than joining forces in a class action—has created ire from attorneys and a number of organizations, including consumer and civil rights advocates.

  • Nurse Says She Has Osteoporosis because of Depo-Provera
    Nurse Says She Has Osteoporosis because of Depo-Provera
    March 2, 2011

    New Orleans, LA Like most women who chose Depo-Provera as a method of birth control, Thuan thought it would be "simple and easy." Instead, a shot of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, better known as DMPA or depo shot, has caused confusion and complications, namely loss of bone density and early signs of osteoporosis.

  • 150 People Sickened on Royal Caribbean Cruise
    150 People Sickened on Royal Caribbean Cruise
    January 8, 2011

    St. Petersburg, FL An outbreak of intestinal illness that has sickened about 150 people caused a Royal Caribbean cruise to return to port in Tampa, Florida today. The ship, The Radiance of the Seas, returned from a 5-day trip to Mexico that began January 3.

  • American Tourists Killed in Bus Accident
    American Tourists Killed in Bus Accident
    December 26, 2010

    Cairo, Egypt Eight American tourists were killed and another 21 injured when a bus collided with a truck near Aswan in southern Egypt. A police official said that six of the dead were women. Some of the injured tourists would be airlifted Sunday afternoon to a Cairo hospital-- four crash victims were reported in critical condition.

  • Verizon Wireless Paying up to $90 million in Refunds
    Verizon Wireless Paying up to $90 million in Refunds
    October 3, 2010

    Washington, DC Verizon Wireless announced today that it will pay refunds totaling about $90 million to 15 million cell phone customers who were illegally charged for data sessions or Internet use. According to the New York Times, customers will receive either credits ranging from $2 to $6 on their Verizon Wireless October or November bills or, in the case of former customers, refund checks.

  • Blog Postings are Potential Lawsuits
    Blog Postings are Potential Lawsuits
    August 23, 2010

    Brooklyn, NY Be careful what you blog about. If the courts have their way, you may not be protected by freedom of speech on the Internet. A number of lawsuits have emerged over content and Internet privacy issues and blogging in particular.

  • More Multiple Sclerosis Drug Tysabri Warnings
    More Multiple Sclerosis Drug Tysabri Warnings
    February 6, 2010

    Washington, DC US health officials have warned that the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri (generic name natalizumab) can potentially cause a fatal brain disorder and the risk is greater as patients receive more infusions.

  • Yellow Freight Employees Disgruntled with Wage Cuts
    Yellow Freight Employees Disgruntled with Wage Cuts
    January 20, 2010

    Cincinatti, OH Robert is still working for Yellow Freight (YRC), unlike many of his coworkers, who recently lost their jobs without any notice. "My main beef is that Yellow Freight, which has always been in financial trouble, seized all of our funds and used that money to pay off some of their debts," says Robert. "Now they asked us union members to take a 15 percent wage cut, and at the same time, gave themselves bonuses."

  • Yellow Freight in Violation of ERISA
    Yellow Freight in Violation of ERISA
    December 22, 2009

    Kansas City, MO An ERISA class action suit has been filed against YRC Worldwide Inc., alleging violations of ERISA statutes. "We represent people who are either retired or still working for Yellow Freight [YRC]," says attorney Diane Nygaard. "This class is on behalf of all plan participants whose 'Defined Contributions' and 'Individual Account' plans invested in Yellow Freight stock from April 6, 2009 until the present."

  • Study Finds US Infants Contaminated with BPA
    Study Finds US Infants Contaminated with BPA
    December 7, 2009

    Washington, DC A two-year study commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), in conjunction with Rachel's Network, found that most US infants are contaminated in the womb with bisphenol A (BPA). Alarmingly, further tests found 232 other common household chemicals in the umbilical cord of American babies.

  • FDA Looking into Lasik Surgery
    FDA Looking into Lasik Surgery
    October 18, 2009

    Washington, DC On October 16 the FDA issued warning letters to 17 Lasik centers that weren't properly reporting problems with the procedure. LASIK is eye surgery done with a laser to help you see better. The laser makes tiny cuts that change the shape of the clear cover over the eye, the cornea. If done right, it can reduce a person's need for glasses or contact lenses. However, there are risks involved.

  • American Express Blue Cash—Hey Big Spender…
    American Express Blue Cash—Hey Big Spender…
    May 22, 2009

    New York, NY A lot of consumers are confused about their American Express Blue Cash credit card cash-back ratio. Amex advertises "up to 5 percent cash back" but AMEX leaves the details to the fine print.

  • "Amex Blue Cash Won't Allow Consumers to take Advantage of Rebate"
    "Amex Blue Cash Won't Allow Consumers to take Advantage of Rebate"
    May 9, 2009

    Blue Eye, MO Mark and Tina believe they were duped by American Express and its Amex Blue Cash credit card. If they had known that it would be almost impossible to get the 5 percent rebate that American Express promised, they would never have used the Blue Cash card for any purchases. In fact, it deterred them from saving on other credit cards…

  • Amex Blue Cash Didn't Deliver
    Amex Blue Cash Didn't Deliver
    April 23, 2009

    Manhattan Beach, CA Ron was one of the first American Express Blue Cash card holders, back in 2003. But he stopped using the Blue Cash credit card when it didn't deliver the cash back percentage he was expecting. " You have to read the fine print because I thought Amex was giving 5 percent cash back across the board," says Ron.

  • Has Children's Motrin caused SJS, leading to Death and Blindness? If so,why isn't it  Withdrawn?
    Has Children's Motrin caused SJS, leading to Death and Blindness? If so,why isn't it Withdrawn?
    April 18, 2009

    Los Angeles, CA: How many children will it take to suffer and even die from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) after taking Children's Motrin before the FDA slaps a black box warning on the drug or even better, withdraws it from the market?

  • "Why Should I Pay for Nissan's Brake Defect?"
    "Why Should I Pay for Nissan's Brake Defect?"
    April 18, 2009

    Cleveland, OH You spend over $30,000 on a luxury car and expect it to last a very long time, especially if you only have 19,000 miles on it. But for many consumers, the 2005 Infiniti G35x brakes are following in the tracks of the 2003 and 2004 models, i.e., they are dealing with a Nissan brake defect.

  • American Express Blue Cash "Farce"
    American Express Blue Cash "Farce"
    April 17, 2009

    North Palm Beach, FL David believes that American Express did a "bait and switch" with its AMEX Blue Cash Credit Card and says the giant company has deceived consumers—not a good thing for American Express or its customers in this economic climate. "I was told that all purchases over $6,000 would give me a 5 percent cash rebate, but that is not the case," David says.

  • Brake Defects: "I Will Never Buy Another Nissan"
    Brake Defects: "I Will Never Buy Another Nissan"
    March 22, 2009

    Long Beach, CA: Since Jennifer bought her brand new G35 Infiniti 4-door sedan in 2004, she has had brake issues."If I knew about the recall and Nissan brake defects I would never have bought this car," says Jennifer, "and I will never buy another Nissan."

  • Clearwire Problems? You're Not Alone.
    Clearwire Problems? You're Not Alone.
    March 18, 2009

    Tacoma, WA According to several Internet message boards, Clearwire, a wireless broadband Internet service provider (ISP) serving markets in the US, has upset a lot of people. And that's putting it politely. If Clearwire (also called "Crackwire") continues to charge early termination fees, it will likely start losing a lot of customers and create a whole lot of lawsuits.

  • Attorney Gary Graifman Explains AMEX Blue Cash Class Action Lawsuit
    Attorney Gary Graifman Explains AMEX Blue Cash Class Action Lawsuit
    March 16, 2009

    Montvale, NJ A suit filed in New Jersey federal court claims that American Express failed to give the cash rebates promised to consumers on its highly marketed Blue Cash Card. Attorney Gary Graifman, one of the counsel for plaintiffs, suggests "it may have been overly aggressive advertising that motivated it. This is a competitive market and we believe they crossed the line."

  • Succession Planning
    Succession Planning
    March 13, 2009

    Toronto, ON It comes as no surprise to legal advisors that many law firms and law departments haven't given succession planning a second thought and some experts warn that future business may suffer if a plan is not in place today.

  • AMEX May Soon Sing the Blues over its Blue Cash Card
    AMEX May Soon Sing the Blues over its Blue Cash Card
    March 12, 2009

    Washington, DC: A class action lawsuit against American Express (AMEX) alleges that the terms outlined in the promotion of its American Express Blue Cash Card were misleading: The Blue Cash Card claimed that consumers could earn up to 5 percent cash back on purchases made with the card but the suit claims that that the terms outlined in the promotion were misleading, and that cash has not been returned as promised.

  • Mother says SJS Children's Motrin almost Killed her Daughter
    Mother says SJS Children's Motrin almost Killed her Daughter
    March 2, 2009

    Spokane, WA Brianna's 18-month-old daughter, Mackenzie, was given Children's Motrin in hospital after she had minor surgery. Three days after she was sent home Mackenzie was rushed back to the hospital--she had developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome. The doctors told Brianna it was the most severe form of SJS Children's Motrin they had ever seen.

  • Infiniti G35 2005 Owners say they will never buy another Nissan
    Infiniti G35 2005 Owners say they will never buy another Nissan
    March 1, 2009

    New Jersey, NY Many disgruntled consumers have filed complaints against Nissan North America Inc. over the Nissan brake defect in their Infiniti G35 2005. Not only are they out-of-pocket for the cost of brake pad and brake rotor replacements (that a class action suit claims Nissan should cover under warranty); vehicle owners also say the break defect has undercut the Infiniti's resale value.

  • California Test Engineer Overtime—Do it or Leave it?
    California Test Engineer Overtime—Do it or Leave it?
    February 14, 2009

    Palo Alto, CA Right across the keyboard, California test engineers are asked to work more overtime and in many cases, their wages are decreasing. Most online test engineer applications come with the caveat: "Must be willing to work overtime and weekends". Andreas Ramos, co-founder of a Silicon Valley search engine marketing agency and advisor to a number of Silicon Valley startups, says California Test Engineer Overtime is really common and most workers don't even know they are entitled to overtime compensation.

  • Stevens Johnson Syndrome Not So Rare
    Stevens Johnson Syndrome Not So Rare
    January 21, 2009

    Washington, DC:Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) may not be as rare as the drug makers would have us believe. The Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation has posted on its website hundreds of reports from SJS victims, most of whom suffered this horrific illness due to an allergic reaction to a medication. LawyersandSettlements alone has received many complaints, mainly regarding SJS and its association to medications such as Ibuprofen in Advil and Children's Motrin, the antibiotic Ketek and the anticonvulsant Dilantin.

  • Children's Motrin, Antibiotics and More Linked to SJS
    Children's Motrin, Antibiotics and More Linked to SJS
    November 20, 2008

    Atlanta, GA Since Ainsley's sister developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) after taking an antibiotic, one of her major goals in life has been to prevent it from happening to anyone else. SJS is usually caused by a drug—from a supposedly harmless painkiller such as over-the-counter Children's Motrin to an anti-epileptic drug or antibiotic prescribed by a doctor. Worst of all, because this terrible illness may have a genetic component, she is afraid her children are also at risk.

  • Hormone Therapy and Prempro: Two Women's Accounts
    Hormone Therapy and Prempro: Two Women's Accounts
    October 20, 2008

    Clinton Township, MI Debbie was prescribed Prempro for post-menopausal symptoms and hormone therapy 12 years ago. Her endocrinologist warned her to discontinue taking it "because it causes breast cancer." Joyce from Savannah, GA wants to tell all women to "quit Prempro now". Tragically the warnings came too late and both women now have breast cancer.

  • Bisphenol-A and its link to Breast Cancer
    Bisphenol-A and its link to Breast Cancer
    October 17, 2008

    Washington, DC Bisphenol A (BPA) may deliver women a double whammy by putting them at risk for developing breast cancer and again by interfering with the treatment for cancer recovery. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that BPA may reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapy in fighting breast cancer. Researchers have been worried that BPA leaching from consumer products is giving women what amounts to an extra dose of hormones, raising lifetime risk of malignancy.

  • Vytorin: "My Heart Attack could have been Prevented"
    Vytorin: "My Heart Attack could have been Prevented"
    March 19, 2008

    St. George, UT About two years ago, Deloy's doctor prescribed Vytorin to lower his cholesterol. "My doctor was taking it as well so that was good enough for me," says Deloy. "Then I saw ads on TV about how great it was and that reassured me even more—it takes care of what your mum gave you and what your wife gives you." But Vytorin didn't give. In fact, it took.

  • Vytorin: Yet Another Consumer Complaint
    Vytorin: Yet Another Consumer Complaint
    March 13, 2008

    Lafayette, LA Imagine taking a drug that costs about three times more than similar medications, doesn't work and even does more harm than good. Colin G. doesn't have to imagine: he took Vytorin and is suffering the consequences. He wonders how drug makers could fraudulently market a drug and put people's lives at risk.

  • Menu Foods: "It was a Slow Death"
    Menu Foods: "It was a Slow Death"
    March 5, 2008

    Long Island, NY "Spunky, our Miniature Schnauzer, started to get sick and stopped acting his name," says Helen. "Our vet did some tests and found that his liver and kidney enzymes kept fluctuating so he gave us a few prescriptions, but he never got better." Sadly, Spunky passed away a few months before the Menu Foods recall.

  • Improved Instructions for Nobel Direct Dental Implants
    Improved Instructions for Nobel Direct Dental Implants
    March 2, 2008

    Stockholm, Sweden In October 2007, Nobel Biocare issued a safety notice after evaluating more than 2000 Nobel Direct dental implants involved with 1183 patients. Some patients were seen as having a lower-than-marginal bone level and the company concluded that the implants were not placed according to "the intended protocol."

  • Vytorin: Good for Absolutely Nothing
    Vytorin: Good for Absolutely Nothing
    February 28, 2008

    New York, NY "My doctor had me on Zetia and Zocor then I switched to Vytorin when it came on the market," says Jeffrey Aaronson. "Every month I spent $200 on this drug and all I got were nasty side effects." He also got two more heart attacks. Aaronson believes that he was duped into taking Vytorin because of the company's fraudulent marketing, even after it knew that Vytorin (and Zocor) had no effect in preventing plaque buildup in the arteries.

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