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April 2017 Archives

Legal loophole allows faulty air bags back into salvage vehicles

We haven't heard very much in recent months about the federal government's largest auto product recall in history. It wasn't all that long ago that nearly every major news outlet had at least one headline offering up the latest bad news regarding Takata air bags. Age and the environment have not proven kind to certain models of these crash safety devices. As a result, many of them have come to be deadly defective products.

Report: 2016 notably concerning year for defective kids' products

A 12% jump regarding select subject matter relating to America's children can be salutary, indeed, if it is linked with something like collectively improved test scores, an increased immunization rate, lower rates of family-based domestic violence or some other positive development.

Explosive allegations prompt securities fraud class action claim

The sordid details surrounding a long-tenured private arbitration case became available for public scrutiny several weeks ago. The matter centrally pits the mega national jewelry manufacturer and retailer Signet Jewelers Ltd. (the parent company of Sterling Jewelers, which owns mall mainstays Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, respectively) against a stunning 69,000 female plaintiffs alleging pay and promotion discrimination, as well as sexual harassment.

Seventh Circuit Extends Civil Rights to Sexual Orientation

In June 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States in its Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015) decision. Although it was considered a victory for the LGBTQ community, that community's right to jobs, education, and other civil liberties remained unprotected from discrimination. For example, Professor Kimberly Hively filed a discrimination lawsuit against her employer, Ivy Tech Community College ("Ivy Tech"), for discriminatory employment practices based on her sexual orientation. Her claims were originally dismissed until they reached the Seventh Circuit.

Allergan Kickback Claims Survive Provisional Stage

John Wood ("Wood") served as a senior territory manager for Allergan Inc. ("Allergan" or the "Company") from October 2008 through July 2010, during which time he became privy to the allegedly illegal practice of bribing physicians to prescribe Allergan drugs in exchange for $100 million worth of drug samples and other goods. Once Wood internally reported the purported misconduct to Allergan, his was terminated. Consequently, Wood brought a False Claims Act ("FCA") lawsuit on behalf of the federal government and 25 states.