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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 - June 24, 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 22, 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 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Pro Bono Lawyers Help Foster Children in Class Action Lawsuit
Kirkland attorneys and two nonprofit partners represented foster children in a putative class-action lawsuit against Indiana's Child Services Department.
By. Simpluris Research - June 15, 2020 at 6:14 AM
DC and Other States Set to Move Bar Exam Online
The District of Columbia is the latest to join Nevada, Michigan, and Indiana in offering an online bar exam.
By. Simpluris Research - June 10, 2020 at 4:17 PM
Made in the USA Labels; Bigelow Tea Questioned
Some Bigelow tea products contained tea leaves grown outside the U.S. but are marketed as “Manufactured in the USA 100% American Family Owned.”
By. Simpluris Research - June 10, 2020 at 12:36 AM
Florida's Communication Laws Crack Down on Misleading Emails
The Sunshine State's laws that apply to phone, email, telemarketing, and other media protect its citizens from being deceived by businesses.
By. Simpluris Research - June 10, 2020 at 12:06 AM
High Court To Review Dispute Over Faulty Deportation Notices
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed earlier to consider whether a deportation notice containing missing information can be fixed with a follow-up notice.
By. Simpluris Research - June 9, 2020 at 11:51 PM
Reese Witherspoon's Fashion Line Faces Lawsuit for Giveaway Scam
A group of teachers filed a class-action lawsuit against the actress's retail label Draper James for breach of contract after advertising free dresses.
By. Simpluris Research - June 8, 2020 at 1:01 PM
Democrats Revamp Policing Laws In Response to Police Brutality
Led by the Congressional Black Caucus, House Democrats introduce a bill that overhauls police oversight and procedures, following George Floyd protests.
By. Simpluris Research - June 8, 2020 at 10:38 AM
Inovio Sued By Shareholders For False Claims of COVID Vaccine
A pharma company made public statements that it developed a vaccine for COVID-19. Stocks plummeted when a team of investigators questioned those claims.
By. Simpluris Research - June 4, 2020 at 5:37 PM
Court Approves $7.5 Million Google’s Data Breach Settlement
Google reached a $7.5 million settlement with users to end a class-action lawsuit over data breaches that exposed private information of former Google+ users.
By. Simpluris Research - June 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Federal Appeals Court Orders Dismissal of Michael Flynn Case
U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a federal judge drop the charges against the former National Security Advisor.
By. Simpluris Research - June 3, 2020 at 3:55 PM
Google Hit With Class Action Lawsuit for Violating Privacy Laws
Google users filed a class-action lawsuit against the search giant and its parent company, Alphabet, for intercepting, tracking, and collecting data through its web browser Chrome even when they select "incognito" or private mode. The plaintiffs claim that this practice of gathering users' data and internet activity violates their privacy rights.
By. Simpluris Research - June 3, 2020 at 11:56 AM
Tech Companies Legally Test Trump Directive
The Center for Democracy and Technology filed a lawsuit against Trump for violating the First Amendment's freedom of speech. The tech advocacy group claims that his executive order focusing on social media giants limits constitutionally protected speech during this presidential election.
By. Simpluris Research - June 2, 2020 at 5:42 PM
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 7, 2020 at 1:28 PM
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 11, 2020 at 8:55 AM
Pandemic
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 11, 2020 at 1:05 PM
Pandemic
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 11, 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 12, 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 13, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM
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