It's a New Year - But Companies Are Up To Their Old Tricks
Well, 2015 is here, and after all the holiday celebrations, it's time to get back to work. There's a lot going on at the moment - and you can always stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook or Twitter. In this week's newsletter, we're talking about mislabeled or defective products (MonaVie and Essure, below), as well as companies that may be failing to properly pay their workers (Qdoba and Huddle House). As always, we also have the latest settlements you may be able to take part in. Read on - and happy new year!
Everyone deserves to be paid for the work they do - and that includes being paid for overtime. Assistant managers at Qdoba and servers at Huddle House, however, may have been working without proper compensation.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are currently investigating whether tipped employees at Huddle House locations in Tennessee, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and other states are working for less than the federal minimum wage. It has been alleged that the company is not making up the difference when employees' tips and hourly wages do not meet the federal standards. Huddle House workers may have also had their pay illegally deducted for breaks, even though they were still working.
Qdoba, meanwhile, may be failing to properly pay assistant managers for overtime work by claiming that managers don't qualify for overtime. It's an argument that's been used by multiple other companies before, many of whom have faced lawsuits and had to change their policies. If you work as an assistant manager at Qdoba, you may been tricked out of overtime pay - and a lawsuit could be filed on your behalf. If you work at Qdoba or Huddle House, we'd like to hear from you.
Thousands of women harmed by Essure, an allegedly defective birth control device manufactured by Bayer, have found themselves unable to sue the company thanks to a loophole in the law. Federal preemption is a legal doctrine that governs cases where federal law supersedes state laws – and a 1976 law passed by Congress means that certain medical devices may be covered by the rule. Now, though, women are taking action, and a lawsuit has been filed alleging that federal preemption should not apply to Essure. Read More
MonaVie sells several types of "super juices" designed to lower cholesterol and help with multiple medical problems. The catch? These claims, according to reports, have no scientific backing - and the drinks may be putting consumers at risk. A lawsuit has already been filed against MonaVie alleging that the company is misleading consumers and that the drinks are dangerous. Harmful levels of lead and arsenic were apparently found in those who drank the juices. If you bought MonaVie Active, Essential, Kosher, (M)mun, Mx or Pulse, you may be able to take part in a lawsuit to seek compensation. Get in touch today.
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GAF Timberline Shingles
Bank of America Late Fees
AmeriCredit Financial Services
Wells Fargo Force Placed Insurance (Jan. 27)
TwinAmerican NYC Bus Tours (Jan. 19)
Lexapro, Pediatric Celexa (Jan. 26)
To view a complete list of settlements and to find out how you can file a claim, click here.
Winter's here, but chilly weather isn't the only problem you could be facing. Several brands of refrigerators, including Whirlpool, Electrolux and Frigidaire, may be experiencing cooling problems. Lawsuits have already been filed against some manufacturers. Read more.
A lawsuit has been filed alleging that TimberTech XLM decking is defective and prone to discoloration, cracking and other problems. In the suit, the company is accused of failing to honor warranties and failing to properly test its XLM decking before selling the product. If you purchased or own TimberTech decking and had problems with it, get in touch with us. Learn more.
The holidays may be over - but if you received any gift cards this year, the time to spend them has only just begun. You don't want to get hit with any unexpected fees or accidentally throw away a card that has cash value - so check out our state-by-state guide to gift card laws across the country. Learn more.
Two manufacturers of Xarelto are pushing back against plaintiffs' request for all cases involving bleeding injuries to be consolidated before a single judge. The request was made to help streamline the litigation process, but lawyers for Bayer and Johnson & Johnson have asked the judges to reject it. The decision will affect more than twenty different cases. Learn more.
Electrolux Moldy Washing Machines
A Florida couple has filed a new lawsuit alleging that Whirlpool washing machines are defectively designed and allow mold and mildew to accumulate. The new suit, filed in Miami, is the latest in a string of lawsuits over Whirlpool's washing machines. The company has vigorously defended itself against past claims - setting the stage for another lengthy fight.
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