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Big Tech Testifies in Congressional Antitrust Hearing
Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook CEOs went before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to argue that their companies do not stifle competition.
By Simpluris Research - August 3, 2020 at 10:41 AM
Indivior Pleads Guilty to Marketing Fraud, Agrees to $600M Settlement
The Virginia-based pharmaceutical company admitted that it provided false information about Suboxone, a medication to treat opioid addiction.
By Simpluris Research - July 29, 2020 at 1:12 PM
Whole Foods Workers File Class Action Suit Against Grocery Chain
Employees claim they were discriminated against for wearing Black Lives Matter masks.
By Simpluris Research - August 6, 2020 at 7:38 AM
Companies Halt Ad Spending on Facebook
Over 500 companies have joined an advertising boycott against the social media giant for its handling of hate speech and misinformation.
By Simpluris Research - July 20, 2020 at 8:40 AM
DHS and ICE Rescind College Student Visa Policy
The Trump Administration decided to drop its order barring international students from the U.S. if their school decided to conduct classes online.
By Simpluris Research - July 16, 2020 at 8:51 AM
Lawsuits Filed Against Trump for College Student Visa Rule
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a policy that international students would be barred from the U.S. if college classes moved online in the fall.
By Simpluris Research - July 16, 2020 at 8:51 AM
SCOTUS Remands Case for Congressional Subpoenas of Trump Tax Docs
The Supreme Court said that while the President could not block his financial records, Congress would need to show 'valid legislative purpose.'
By Simpluris Research - July 16, 2020 at 8:51 AM
Supreme Court Permits NY Subpoenas for President's Financial Info
The Supreme Court held that Trump's banks and tax firm must comply with NY's investigation into his business dealings.
By Simpluris Research - July 16, 2020 at 8:51 AM
SCOTUS OKs Religious Exemption to Employers Against Contraceptives
The High Court allows religious entities to opt-out of ACA's birth control mandate.
By Simpluris Research - July 15, 2020 at 7:10 PM
SCOTUS Bans Robocalls to Collect Federal Debt
The Supreme Court held that the debt-collection exception to TCPA's automated-call restriction violates the First Amendment.
By Simpluris Research - July 14, 2020 at 8:21 PM
Supreme Court Extends State Aid Eligibility to Religious Schools
The High Court overturned a decision that excludes religious schools from receiving funds from Montana's tuition assistance program for private education.
By Simpluris Research - July 8, 2020 at 4:31 PM
Abortion Law in Louisiana Blocked by Supreme Court
The High Court struck down the requirement for doctors who perform the procedure to get admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
By Simpluris Research - July 8, 2020 at 4:12 PM
Supreme Court Allows President to Fire CFPB Director
The High Court ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could still exist but that its leadership could be removed by the President.
By Simpluris Research - July 6, 2020 at 12:47 PM
Army to Remove Photos from Promotion Process to Ensure Equality
The Pentagon will drop official photos from officer selection boards to eliminate racial bias.
By Simpluris Research - July 2, 2020 at 2:07 PM
Supreme Court Allows Expedited Removal of Asylum Seekers
The High Court upheld a federal law that noncitizens with meritless asylum claims have no right to a court review.
By Simpluris Research - July 2, 2020 at 12:30 PM
Sale of Cell Phone Location Data Under Congressional Investigation
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating Venntel for possibly selling location data gathered from cell phones to law enforcement agencies.
By Simpluris Research - July 1, 2020 at 4:15 PM
Bayer to Pay $10.5 Billion to Settle Roundup Cancer Lawsuits
The weedkiller maker reached a deal to resolve 95,000 lawsuits that claim an ingredient in its formula causes cancer.
By Simpluris Research - July 1, 2020 at 11:34 AM
Supreme Court Allows SEC to Use Disgorgement with Limits
The High Court upheld the SEC's ability to recover money in fraud cases but the amount must not exceed the wrongdoer's net profits.
By Simpluris Research - June 29, 2020 at 12:09 PM
Former eBay Employees Charged with Cyberstalking
The Justice Department charged six former eBay employees with harassing a couple who ran an e-commerce newsletter critical of the company.
By Simpluris Research - June 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Supreme Court Bans LGBTQ Job Discrimination
The High Court ruled that gays and transgenders are protected by the federal civil law prohibiting employers from firing workers based on sexual orientation.
By Simpluris Research - June 22, 2020 at 11:19 AM
Consumer Cases
Consumers File Class Action Against Juul and Altria
Several consumers filed class actions against Juul and Altria for monopolizing the e-cigarette market. The claims were brought to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California just a few weeks after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed an administrative complaint against both companies for antitrust violations.
By Simpluris Research - May 18, 2020 at 8:55 AM
Tesla Sues Alameda County for Denying Factory Reopening
Business Insider announced that over the weekend, Tesla filed a lawsuit against Alameda County for prohibiting the Fremont factory from reopening its doors. California Governor's Executive Order N-33-20 exempts 16 critical infrastructure sectors from the sheltering-in-place order issued on March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its claim, Tesla believed its operations fell under these critical sectors. Thus, it requested a court ruling for a permanent injunction barring the county from enforcing its shelter-in-pace order on the factory.
By Simpluris Research - May 18, 2020 at 1:05 PM
Students From USC and Other Colleges Demand Tuition Reimbursement
Latisha Watson a graduate student at the University of Southern California (USC), filed a class-action lawsuit against the college for unwillingness to partially refund students for room, board, tuition and other fees due to the coronavirus pandemic. The school closed much of the campus and in-person activities and moved classes online. Watson and an estimated 40,000 students included the claim believe that since they are unable to access campus buildings, activities, health services, and meal plan, and are experiencing "dramatically lower quality and less valuable education and services now being provided," USC should reimburse them for part of the 2020 spring semester.
By Simpluris Research - May 18, 2020 at 6:33 PM
Class Action
Facebook Reaches $550M Privacy Deal
The New York Times reported that an Illinois judge approved Facebook users' $550M settlement against the social media giant for secretly gathering biometric data from its Tag Suggestions or Face Recognition tool. The disbursement ranges between $150 to $300 for each class member, or between 15% and 30% of the possible recovery on an individual claim. The deal is the largest of its kind in a U.S. consumer privacy class-action suit.
By Simpluris Research - May 19, 2020 at 11:32 AM
Employment & Labor
Facebook Pays Settlement To Content Moderators For Trauma
NPR just announced that Facebook reached a $52M payout following a class action lawsuit for failure to provide a safe working environment for its content moderators. The suit claims that as a result of the repeated exposure to extreme graphic content, many content moderators suffered "debilitating physical and psychological harm," including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The settlement gives class members, consisting of current or former content moderators, $1000 each and up to $50,000 for medical treatment. Facebook also agreed to provide mental health counseling to its moderators.
By Simpluris Research - May 20, 2020 at 10:24 AM
Class Action
Teens File Suit Against TikTok For Privacy Violation
Four Illinois teens, represented by their parents or legal guardians, took legal action against TikTok for allegedly gathering biometric data through its app without users' consent. The Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) guards against the unlawful collection and storing of biometric information.
By Simpluris Research - May 21, 2020 at 2:05 PM
Consumer Cases
J&J Ends Its Talcum Baby Powder Sales in North America
Johnson & Johnson decided to discontinue selling its talcum baby powder in the U.S. and Canada due to a significant decline in consumer demand. The company attributes the significant reduction in sales to claims that the product poses a health risk, which has caused an overwhelming increase in the number of lawsuits over the last several years.
By Simpluris Research - May 27, 2020 at 8:51 AM
Top Legal News
Employment & Labor
Government Looks to Prevent Litigation Epidemic As Businesses Reopen
As the government shifts its focus from coronavirus containment to restarting the economy, discussions have begun in Congress regarding the second pandemic relief bill, in particular, the issue of providing immunity for businesses from lawsuits related to the pandemic. As companies reopen, employees want to return to work without the risk of getting sick. At the same time, employers want liability protection from workers who might get COVID-19 on the job and decide to sue. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who will oversee much of the coronavirus relief legislation, thinks a lawsuit shield for companies against possible claims must be included.
By Simpluris Research - May 14, 2020 at 1:28 PM
Class Action
Lawsuit Filed Against Ikea For Deadly Dressers
Consumer Reports reported that a class action lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia against Ikea for marketing and selling dressers that it knew were hazards to consumers, and issuing "feeble" and "inadequate" recalls, which included failing to honor refunds. The lead plaintiffs are Diana and John Dukich, the parents of a toddler who died after being crushed by a Malm dresser.
By Simpluris Research - May 20, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Class Action
Detroit School District Reaches Groundbreaking Literacy Settlement
Seven teens, representing students from Detroit's worst-performing public schools, reached a $94.4 million deal with the state to fund literacy-related programming. The settlement comes after four years since the class-action lawsuit was filed against former Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder. It claimed that students were deprived of access to literacy because of a lack of books, teachers, and poor building conditions.
By Simpluris Research - May 21, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Class Action
California Uber Drivers Seek Class Action Certification
California drivers have asked a federal judge to certify their consolidated class-action lawsuit. They claim that Uber disregarded a state worker classification law by labeling drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, denying them proper wages, sick leave, and expense reimbursements. California is suing Uber and Lyft for the same reason.
By Simpluris Research - May 27, 2020 at 5:42 PM
Class Action
What Are Class Action Notices?
A class action notice is a form of written communication, such as a postcard, email, letter, newspaper or magazine ad, informing individuals of a filed or pending case and the legal rights they may exercise at that time.
By Simpluris Research - June 2, 2020 at 3:23 PM
Class Action
Passengers Sue Southwest Airlines for Double-Charges
A Southwest Airlines traveler alleges he was double-charged early boarding fees when he was required to reschedule a flight that was canceled by the airline company.
By Simpluris Research - June 2, 2020 at 5:49 PM
Class Action
Truckers File Lawsuit Against Trius for Underpayment
California truck driver and Lead Plaintiff Augustus Mondrian filed a class-action lawsuit against Trius Trucking for misclassifying him and other drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. The claim states that Trius paid its drivers on a piece-rate basis and failed to compensate them with minimum wage for company work performed outside of driving.
By Simpluris Research - June 3, 2020 at 10:43 AM
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