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Ninth Circuit Asked to Require Hotel to Rehire Workers with Back Pay and Damages
Ninth Circuit Asked to Require Hotel to Rehire Workers with Back Pay and Damages
Los Angeles, CA On March 17, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) asked the Ninth Circuit to enforce its Order that the Hotel Bel-Air rehire workers laid off in September 2009 who reapplied for their jobs in 2011 with back pay and damages. The Order further requires the hotel to recognize Unite Here Local 11 as the workers’ bargaining representative. The important story for unionized workers or those who seek to organize is about union-busting -- hotel workers who were left without jobs and potential unpaid wages claims for more than a decade.

PPI Wrongful Death Lawsuit
PPI Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Newark, NJ A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against AstraZeneca, Merck & Co., Procter & Gamble and other manufacturers of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs. Plaintiff Daisy Perez claims her husband, a New Mexico man, died of metastatic gastric cancer after taking Nexium and Prilosec.

Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million
Walgreens Poised to Settle Pharmacy Tech Wage Lawsuit for $3.3 Million
Los Angeles, CA  On April 15, a federal court in the Central District of California is expected to approve a $3.3 million settlement in Christina Epstein v. Walgreens Pharmacy Services Midwest LLC. The settlement will end a California labor lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of 6,745 pharmacy technicians who allege that Walgreens failed to compensate them for off-the-clock work and pay overtime wages, as required by California state labor law.

Emergency Room Overcharges Complaints Outrageous but True
Emergency Room Overcharges Complaints Outrageous but True
Santa Clara, CA Many emergency room overcharges complaints submitted to LawyersandSettlements are so outrageous they seem fictional. Sadly, they are true. In each complaint below, the patient’s bill isn’t even close to the “going rate”.

Did Detroit Edison Mislead Retirees about Benefits?
Did Detroit Edison Mislead Retirees about Benefits?
Cincinnati, OH  On March 23, the Sixth Circuit revived an ERISA lawsuit that alleges that Detroit Edison Co. misled plan participants about the benefits they could expect at retirement when the plan design was changed in 2002. The Appeals Court’s decision in Nolan v. Detroit Edison Co. gives the participants a fresh opportunity to show that the disclosure to participants about the plan’s conversion to a cash balance plan failed to meet basic ERISA requirements. Nolan seeks class action status.

7-Eleven Franchisees Glorified Managers or Business Owners?
7-Eleven Franchisees Glorified Managers or Business Owners?
Los Angeles, CA Who is minding the store? 7-Eleven franchisees say they aren’t; they claim that Seven-Eleven, Inc. is in complete control and treats them like “glorified managers” rather than business owners. The franchise owners say they have been misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. At the heart of this matter is the AB5 law.

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Credit Union of New Jersey Hit with Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit
Credit Union of New Jersey Hit with Excessive Overdraft Fees Lawsuit
Camden, NJ  Laronda Hickmond filed a bank overdraft fees lawsuit against Credit Union of New Jersey in New Jersey District Court on March 17. Hickmond v. Credit Union of New Jersey alleges that the credit union repeatedly charged Ms. Hickmond $30 overdraft fees even though, according to the monthly account statements prepared by the credit union, her account balance never dropped into the negative. She seeks class action status for the lawsuit on behalf of herself and all similarly situated accountholders.

Insurer May Renew Defense in Tangled ESOP Lawsuit
Insurer May Renew Defense in Tangled ESOP Lawsuit
Detroit, MI On March 4, The District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan held that Great American Fidelity Insurance Co. (Great American) could renew its argument that it should not be required to defend Stout Risius Ross (Stout) against a claim by Appvion Retirement Savings and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (Appvion ESOP). Great American Fidelity Insurance Co. v. Stout Risius Ross Inc., an insurance contract claim, is one piece of the fallout from the sprawling ERISA lawsuit that includes Appvion v. Buth. The facts are complicated.

Emergency Room Overcharges Attorney Helps—if you are Committed
Emergency Room Overcharges Attorney Helps—if you are Committed
Los Angeles, CA Attorney Barry Kramer may be able to get your emergency room services reduced, but his goal is to change the hospital system and stop ER overcharges for everyone. If you think your hospital has overcharged you for their services and you’re willing to go the distance, and if you want to make a difference and help others, read on.

Insufficient Funds Charges Threaten Small-Balance Accountholders
Insufficient Funds Charges Threaten Small-Balance Accountholders
Albany, NY Excessive bank fees that are based on insufficient funds (NSF) charges may pose a greater threat to checking accountholders than overdraft fees. Recent lawsuits recognize that, without protections based largely in state contract law, consumers have little protection from NSF fees that result when checks or electronic payments that are presented and re-presented multiple times without the accountholder’s permission.

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