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Pacific Western Bank Shorted Workers OT Pay Lawsuit Alleges

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:00:00 -0800

San Diego, CA: A class action lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of California alleges Pacific Western Bank failed to correctly calculate overtime wages of the non-exempt hourly workers and failed to provide staff with mandatory meal and rest breaks.

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$247M Verdict for Plaintiffs In DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Trial

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:15:00 -0800

Dallas, TX: A $247 million verdict has been awarded against the maker of DePuy’s Pinnacle line of metal-on-metal hip implants, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc, and its parent company Johnson & Johnson (J&J), with $90 million in punitive damages against J&J and $78 million in punitive damages against DePuy. The settlement is the third, consecutive multi-million dollar verdict delivered in this multidistrict litigation.

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Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuit Alleges Defective Product

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0800

White Plains, NY: In spite of a product recall of the troubled Ethicon Physiomesh last year, lawsuits brought by hernia patients negatively impacted by the failed medical device continue to be filed. To that end, a surgical mesh lawsuit was filed this past September by a plaintiff in US District Court for the Southern District of New York

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New Risperdal Trial Ordered

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Philadelphia, PA: The makers of Risperdal, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) must face a retrial of a lawsuit alleging their anti-psychotic drug Risperdal caused the plaintiff, a young man referred to as WC, to grow female-like breasts

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Unum Accused of Denying Disability Benefits as Corporate Profits Rise

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:30:00 -0800

Philadelphia, PA: An Unum lawsuit alleging unpaid Unum disability benefits has been filed by a Pennsylvania nurse claiming her rightful benefits were not only denied, but that the insurer failed to consider evidence that duly supported her claim

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The Opioid Crisis—Who is Responsible?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0800

Santa Clara, CA:: While cities, counties and states nationwide are filing opioid lawsuits, those defendants--that include big Pharma, manufacturers, distributors and pharmacy chains-- maintain that they cannot be held responsible for what happens to pain pills once they travel down the supply chain. And is anyone taking into account people in pain

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Health Care Provider Faces ERISA Lawsuit, Plaintiffs Allege Standard of Care Not Met

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:00:00 -0800

San Francisco, CA: A class action ERISA lawsuit that combines two separate cases is claiming that a provider of group health insurance is in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA, as amended 1974) as well as California state laws in denying coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatments

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Employees of Luxury California Resort Launch California Labor Lawsuit

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:00:00 -0800

Los Angeles, CA: Labor industry watchers in the State of California opine that even as California observes what are described as very protective labor laws, and in some cases more protective of workers than corresponding federal labor laws, there are nonetheless employers who will risk litigation in exchange for saving money by shortchanging their workers, regardless of the resources of the employer. To that end, a California labor lawsuit has been filed against the operators of a high-end resort in Rancho Palos Verdes

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Pennsylvania CIGNA Denied Disability Lawsuit Seeks Compensation

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 21:00:00 -0800

Johnstown, PA: A CIGNA long term disability lawsuit filed in September has been proposed as a class action on behalf of all persons who may have been adversely affected with regard to the handling of disability benefits by CIGNA Health and Life Insurance Co

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Taxotere Hair Loss Does Additional Harm to Breast Cancer Survivors

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:30:00 -0800

Washington, DC: It’s there – like a sub audible hum – underneath Sanofi-Aventis’s decision not to disclose the risk of permanent Taxotere hair loss. It will certainly be there, underpinning the drug manufacturer’s offers to settle the lawsuits according to National Trial Lawyers. The effort to minimize the harm that Taxotere alopecia does to breast cancer survivors, though rarely said aloud, goes a lot like this: “C’mon.

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Talcum Powder Judgements for Plaintiffs Reversed, Casting Similar Cases into Doubt

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0800

Los Angeles, CA: Courts have reversed two talcum powder judgements against Johnson & Johnson. The talcum powder lawsuits involve a woman who was awarded $417 million in August and another case was awarded $72. Both women have died from ovarian cancer

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First Responder Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Texas Seeks $1 Million

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 10:30:00 -0800

Dallas, TX: A recently-filed first responder malpractice lawsuit in Texas paints a heartbreaking story about a child whose death may have been prevented had more expert care been available at the emergency care facility to which the parents of Olivia Steinborn brought their critically-ill daughter

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Bedbug Victims Bite Back

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:30:00 -0800

Baltimore, MD: America has a bed bug problem according to attorney Daniel Whitney from Whitney LLP in Baltimore, Maryland. The veteran attorney and his team of lawyers have successfully resolved hundreds of bedbug lawsuits achieving six figure results on behalf of people who have been ravaged and mauled by the tiny bloodsucking insects.

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Did FDA Fast-Track Contribute to IVC Filter Injuries?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:30:00 -0800

Washington, DC: While we wait for the bellwether trials to proceed in the Cook IVC Filter Litigation MDL and the Bard IVC Filters MDL, maybe it’s time to have a conversation about root causes. How did we end up in late 2017 with more than 2,000 pending IVC filter lawsuits? One thing these IVC filter injury cases have in common is this: the medical devices were approved under a fast-track Federal Drug Administration process, known as 510(k) Clearance. Is the process flawed?

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Attorney Estimates California Wildfire Damage is in the Billions

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:30:00 -0800

San Diego, CA: Epic wildfires rampaged through Northern California in the fall of 2017 destroying everything in their path leaving thousands of people to literally start over from the ground up. An estimated 6,000 homes and buildings were destroyed and at least 42 people died.

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Bank of America to Settle Excessive Fees Class Action for $66.6 Million

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:30:00 -0800

Los Angeles, CA: Yet another major bank has bowed to litigants enraged over excessive bank overdraft fees, following the announcement of a settlement worth $66.6 million. The bank overdraft fees settlement, designed to end a lawsuit against Bank of America, still requires court approval

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The Fix is In for St. Jude Defective Batteries, But Is it Enough?

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:30:00 -0800

Washington, DC: The announcement last month of a new software tool capable of alerting patients with defective St. Jude cardiac defibrillators when a battery is in danger of failing prematurely may be too little, too late for patients who have suffered adverse events when defective defibrillator batteries failed too soon. Many have filed St. Jude ICD and CRT-D device lawsuits over the issue

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Lawsuit Alleges Hormone Coated Mirena IUD Can Lead to Blindness

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0800

Oakland, CA: The next twelve months will be critical for Mirena IUS (Intrauterine System) contraceptive plaintiffs currently engaged in a Multi-District Litigation lawsuit against Bayer alleging the hormone coated device leads to an intracranial condition with the potential to cause permanent blindness in some users.

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Bayer Reports Spike in Essure Lawsuits and Congress Questions FDA

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0800

Decatur, IL: Litigation involving Essure is taking its toll on Bayer. In less than a year, the permanent birth control device manufacturer has seen lawsuits more than double, and it has been removed from every global market, except in the U.S

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Canadian Couple’s Fight against Home Warranty Insurance a Full Time Job

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:00:00 -0800

Coquitlam, BC: The machinations and frustrations experienced by homeowners dealing with home warranty insurance is reflected in the dealings of one Canadian couple who told Global News last year that success with a home warranty provider appears to hinge on the capacity for a homeowner to push the envelope and make noise – through a home warranty lawsuit perhaps, or otherwise – in order to have any success with a claim. C

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Time Runs Short for Actemra Lawsuits

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:00:00 -0800

Washington, DC How is this possible when few, if any, Actemra lawsuits have even been filed yet? The answer lies in the tried-and-true defense pharmaceutical companies, like Roche and its subsidiary Genentech, will reach for first: the statute of limitations. The best thing a potential plaintiff can do is to file a lawsuit as soon as possible. Don’t wait.

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Sun Life Denied Disability Benefits Lawsuit Settled Previously, But Issues Remained

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:30:00 -0800

New York, NY: A Sun Life disability claims lawsuit dating back to 2009 initially settled, but took on added longevity with a dispute over attorneys’ fees. On Halloween day of this year a Ninth Circuit panel reversed a lower court’s ruling that originally denied an employee benefit plan appellate attorneys’ fees. The

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Former Employee of NBCUniversal Media Alleges Wrongful Termination

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:30:00 -0800

Los Angeles, CA: A California wrongful termination lawsuit that also has overtones of sexual harassment and an inappropriate workplace environment was launched in September against NBCUniversal by a former employee of the media company

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First Xarelto Trial Stalled Over Allegations of Witness Tampering

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0800

Philadelphia, PA: Allegations of witness tampering have stalled the beginning of the Xarelto litigation. The first Xarelto trail was set to being Monday, November 6, but instead got sidelined by attempts to determine the significance of a meeting between a key witness, Dr. Timothy Aldridge, the plaintiff’s treating physician, and a Janssen sales representative.

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Phoenix Warehouse of California Hit with Overtime Pay Class Action Lawsuit

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0800

Los Angeles, CA Plaintiffs, including approximately 1,500 workers at Phoenix Warehouse of California between 2009 and 2016, allege that they were expected to work eight to 12 hours a day, without meal or rest breaks and without overtime pay. The lawsuit describes a rancid environment in which workers, mostly Latinos who could only speak Spanish, were threatened with deportation if they complained. One worker has also reported that she had to accede to the sexual advances of her manager in order to get paid for the day.

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