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J&J Focused on Product Liability Settlements as Huge Trial Looms

Most of our readers likely surmise that global medical device and consumer-goods manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has deep pockets when it comes to litigation outlays. A recent number cited in a massive settlement the company has reached with thousands of plaintiffs in product liability litigation certainly provides strong evidence of the company’s brimming coffers. That […]

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FedEx Agrees to $2.1 Million Settlement in NY Underpayment Suit

On December 20, 2018, FedEx Corporation (“FedEx”) agreed to a $2.1 million settlement in a 2010 suit brought by the New York attorney general alleging that hundreds of FedEx workers were underpaid as a result of being misclassified as independent contractors. As independent contractors, approximately 500 delivery drivers were denied overtime pay and had illegal […]

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From Alleged Software Glitch to Litigation: Bank’s Continuing Woes

An individual interested in learning more about class action litigation in the realm of consumer protection would be quickly and well served by simply googling this phrase: Wells Fargo and home foreclosure. Try as it might, the bank just can’t seem to shake off adverse news and publicity for long. Its foreclosure activities in recent […]

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CareFirst Agrees to $3.6 Million Settlement of Breastfeeding Benefits Claims

On December 10, 2018, CareFirst Inc. (“CareFirst”) agreed to a $3.6 million uncapped settlement regarding claims that it violated the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in failing to cover comprehensive breastfeeding and lactation counseling and support. Proposed class members will receive complete reimbursement for any cost-sharing CareFirst imposed on them, and CareFirst will also cover the […]

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Hyundai and Kia Face Engine Defect Class Action

A class action suit filed on December 14, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California alleged that Kia Motors Corp. (“Kia”) and Hyundai Motor Co. (“Hyundai”) knew and failed to warn customers about an engine defect that caused their vehicles to spontaneously combust. According to the complaint, Hyundai and […]

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Are Insulin Pumps Used by Diabetics Routinely Safe or Not?

The verbal sparring persists regarding mobile insulin pumps used by high numbers of U.S. consumers. Legions of those individuals are children. Reportedly, about 250,000 adolescents across the country use pumps manufactured by Medtronic Inc., the leading device maker. Unsurprisingly, Medtronic touts the safety of its product, given its sheer market clout and popularity stamped over […]

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Cheez-It “Whole Grain” Mislabeling Suit Revived

On December 11, 2018, a three-judge panel consisting of Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Pierre N. Leval, Robert D. Sack, and Christopher F. Droney vacated a 2017 decision dismissing a complaint alleging that the “whole grain” label on Cheez-It crackers was misleading. The suit was originally filed in 2016 as a class of all […]

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Law Enforcers Turn up Heat on Fuel Company in Fraud Case

A company that provides heat to towns, school districts, prisons and other entities was prominently spotlighted recently for its corporate activities and involvement in the communities it serves. And not in a good way. In fact, a Hudson Valley fuel supplier just achieved material notoriety for reportedly being the first company ever to suffer civil […]

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Hyundai Faces Class Action Suit Over Sonata Brake Defect

On December 5, 2018, plaintiffs Steve Miller, Rebecca McCormick, Darrell R. White, Karen Marshall, and Charlene Liddle (“Plaintiffs”) filed a motion to certify a proposed class in their action against Hyundai Motor America (“Hyundai” or “HMA”), alleging the auto manufacturer sold Sonata models with defective brakes. The proposed class consists of all consumers who bought […]

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Discrimination Lawsuit Against Global Financial Firm Gets Bigger

The global financial, tax and money-management advisory firm KPMG justifiably wants to be known for the stellar results it crafts for diverse individual and institutional clients across the world. Not for this. “This” is a high-profile and protracted lawsuit, which just got appreciably bigger. Employee-linked litigation that has ensnared the iconic company since 2011 suddenly […]