Class Action

  • November 9, 2007

    CNN Safeguards Stand n' Seal Raw Footage

    Citing a possible violation of its First Amendment rights, television news network CNN is refusing to hand over unaired video footage from a news report regarding Stand 'N Seal grout sealer to a defendant involved in product liability litigation over the product.

  • November 9, 2007

    Stunning Lawyers, Merck Plans To Settle Vioxx Cases

    In a remarkable reversal in litigation strategy, drug maker Merck & Co. is reportedly planning to announce Friday that it will settle injury claims related to 85% of the 27,000 cases the company is facing over the painkiller Vioxx for $4.85 billion.

  • November 8, 2007

    Firefighters Target Sacramento With Overtime Suit

    California's state capital has been hit with a putative collective action Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit accusing the city of shorting firefighters on overtime compensation by ignoring retroactive salary increases when calculating the plaintiffs' regular rate of pay.

  • November 8, 2007

    Energy Giants Lobby For Antitrust Case Dismissal

    The big energy companies at the center of an alleged conspiracy to raise and fix wholesale natural gas prices have kicked up their campaign to dismiss the antitrust lawsuit, with the group renewing its call for the judge to issue summary judgment in the defendants' favor.

  • November 7, 2007

    Creditors Help Calpine Against Pension Fund Claims

    The creditor and shareholder committees in Calpine Corp.'s bankruptcy case filed joinders on Tuesday seeking to throw out a pension fund's $60 million proof of claim for alleged securities violations.

  • November 7, 2007

    Bausch & Lomb Plaintiffs Try To Jump Twombly Hurdle

    Plaintiffs in a purported class action against Bausch & Lomb Inc. over a contact lens solution that allegedly causes fungal infections have revamped their complaint to bypass pleading hurdles created by the U.S. Supreme Court's Twombly ruling.

  • November 7, 2007

    Brokers Target Advocate Mortgage Group In FLSA Suit

    Overtime suits against financial services companies are taking on a special significance in light of the mortgage industry's recent troubles, said the attorney who filed a putative collective action lawsuit Tuesday against Advocate Mortgage Group Inc. on behalf of three former brokers.

  • November 7, 2007

    Another Co. Settles In Concrete Price-Fixing Scandal

    Shelby Gravel Inc. has agreed to pay $4.7 million to settle civil charges that it participated in a concrete price-fixing scandal in Indiana.

  • November 8, 2007

    Consumers Allowed To Push Claims Vs. Chip Makers

    A California federal judge has allowed graphics processing unit consumers who are accusing chip makers of price-fixing to file amended complaints that overcome heightened pleading standards from the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Twombly decision.

  • November 7, 2007

    Direct Purchasers Win Class In Ovcon Antitrust Suit

    In a boost to direct purchasers of Ovcon 35, a federal judge has granted the group class certification in their antitrust battle accusing Warner Chilcott Ltd. and Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. of entering into an illegal agreement to delay the market entry of Barr’s copycat version of the oral contraceptive.

  • November 6, 2007

    Judge Names Lead Plaintiff In Biotech Suit

    A judge has named a lead plaintiff in a proposed class action securities suit against biotechnology company Threshold Pharmaceuticals about two months after the suit was transferred across the country.

  • November 6, 2007

    BMS, AstraZeneca Pay AWP Plaintiffs Double Damages

    A federal judge has ordered AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay Massachusetts plaintiffs in the average wholesale drug price multidistrict litigation $12.9 million and $695,594, respectively, doubling the damages requested after finding that the drug companies knowingly and willfully inflated the average wholesale prices for specific drugs.

  • November 6, 2007

    Judge Keeps Privileged Ditropan Documents Sealed

    A federal judge has refused to force Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Alza Corp. to turn over 112 pages of privileged documents requested by indirect purchasers in the multidistrict litigation over bladder control drug Ditropan XL.

  • November 7, 2007

    E-Trade Faces Suit Amid Problems In Mortgage Market

    A shareholder has filed a proposed class action lawsuit against E-Trade Financial Corporation, alleging the company violated federal securities laws by misleading or not being forthright with investors.

  • November 5, 2007

    W-H Energy Services Faces FLSA Class Action

    Oil company W-H Energy Services Inc. and its subsidiary Coil Tubing Services LLC were hit with a proposed class action on Friday brought by employees who say that they were misclassified as exempt from overtime pay while working about 105 hours per week.

  • November 5, 2007

    J&J Overtime Suit To Remain In Federal Court: Judge

    A federal judge has refused to move a proposed class action suit against Johnson & Johnson back to state court, in a decision that echoes the recommendations of a magistrate judge.

  • November 5, 2007

    Insurance Antitrust Defendents Fight For Stay

    The defendants in a class action over anti-competitive conduct in the insurance industry on Friday insisted that, despite arguments from several plaintiffs, not staying the case as it goes through the appeals court would cause the multidistrict litigation to “degenerate into piecemeal litigation of common issue.”

  • November 6, 2007

    Firm Agrees To Pay $45M To Settle Class Action

    JMIC Life Insurance Co. will pay $45 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it did not refund customers their unearned insurance premiums.

  • November 5, 2007

    Medco, Merck Fight Pharmacies' Take On Per Se Rule

    Medco Health Solutions Inc. and Merck & Co. Inc. have accused pharmacies of distorting a recent Illinois district court decision, allegedly misinterpreting it as affirmation that agreements between buyers to depress prices paid to pharmacies constitute per se anti-competitive price-fixing.

  • November 5, 2007

    Staples Pays $38M To Settle FLSA Suit

    Staples Inc. said Monday that it would pay $38 million to settle a wage-and-hour class action lawsuit alleging it misclassified its California-based assistant store managers as exempt from overtime pay.