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The Good and Bad of the PPP Small Business Loans
The government's loan guarantee program to assist small companies affected by COVID-19 worked for some but failed to work for others that needed it most.
By. Simpluris Research - June 15, 2020 at 5:35 AM
Casinos Reopen After COVID Closure in Las Vegas
The Gambling Capital of the World is hoping to attract tourists with its social distancing measures in place after its mid-March shut down due to the pandemic.
By. Simpluris Research - June 5, 2020 at 4:29 PM
Government Sued By Student Loan Borrowers
Lead Plaintiff Kori Cole and similarly situated individuals filed a class-action lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of Treasury and Secretary of Education for seizing federal tax returns from student loan borrowers which violates the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act.
By. Simpluris Research - June 1, 2020 at 3:04 PM
Cisco, Finjan IP Trial Delayed Until October Due To Pandemic
A California federal judge on Tuesday, 26th May, delayed a trial in Finjan's patent infringement suit against Cisco from June to October because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The judge said she had "high hopes" it would be the first civil jury trial in the district, but the federal court's "enormous backlog" of criminal cases takes priority.
By. Simpluris Research - May 26, 2020 at 4:55 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 11, 2020 at 6:33 PM
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
Johnson and Johnson Talc Lawsuit Proceedings Continue Amidst Pandemic
The underlying class action involves women developing ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products. Ovarian cancer often is not detected until later stages of the disease as early signs of indicators do not occur.
By. Niral Shah - April 5, 2020 at 10:40 PM
Coronavirus (COVID19) – The First Class Actions
The lawsuit rests upon numerous media reports detailing Norwegian Cruise Line managers instructing sales staff, using scripted answers, to provide false assurances and outright misstatements, and to lie to consumers regarding COVID-19
By. Simpluris Research Team - March 30, 2020 at 10:50 AM
The Coronavirus, the Takings Clause, and Class Actions
The crux of their argument is the Governor’s Order benefits the public, but the weight is borne by private individuals and businesses. The lawsuit “does not seek to contest whether Governor’s decision to issue the COVID-19 Closure Orders were prudent or within his authority to issue.”
By. Simpluris Research Team - March 30, 2020 at 9:59 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 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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