Class Action

  • October 23, 2007

    Willis Group Settles Sex Discrimination Suit For $8.5M

    A class of 180 current and former women officers at Willis Group Holdings Ltd. has secured initial court approval for an $8.5 million settlement over charges that the insurance broker discriminated against them on the basis of gender.

  • October 23, 2007

    Clear Channel Concertgoer Class Certified

    In the litigation that accuses Clear Channel Communications Inc. of using its dominant market position to drive out competing concert promoters and inflate ticket prices, classes of plaintiffs spanning five regional markets were certified Monday, paving the way for discovery in those bellwether suits.

  • October 23, 2007

    U.K. Judge Denies Request For Exemplary Damages

    The High Court of Justice in the United Kingdom has ruled that punitive damages are not available when a member of an alleged cartel has already been fined by the European Commission or the U.K. Office of Fair Trading.

  • October 23, 2007

    Countrywide Hit With Another Overtime Suit

    Two former home loan consultants have filed a putative collective action against Countrywide Home Loans Inc., claiming the nation’s largest mortgage lender denied overtime to a class of home loan consultants and other non-exempt salaried employees.

  • October 23, 2007

    Generics Fight Nifedipine Direct Purchaser Class

    Biovail Corp., Elan Corp. plc and Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. have opposed certification of a direct purchaser class in the multidistrict litigation a slew of distributors and stores filed against them for allegedly divvying up the market for a generic hypertension drug to keep prices high.

  • October 25, 2007

    Toxic Tort Settlers Sue Conoco Managers Over Firings

    A group of former employees at ConocoPhillips Inc.'s Lake Charles, La. refinery has filed a purported class action accusing the company's managers of giving the boot to scores of workers who received settlement funds for participating in separate lawsuits over chemical releases at the oil giant.

  • October 22, 2007

    Judge Greenlights Class Action Against PwC

    A month after he shot down efforts by R&G Financial Corp. and its officers to get the shareholder litigation against them tossed, a Manhattan federal judge has refused to dismiss the consolidated suit's claims that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC conducted faulty audits of the Puerto Rican mortgage lender.

  • October 22, 2007

    DuPont Hit With $196M Verdict

    A West Virginia jury has ordered DuPont to pay $196.2 million in punitive damages, thus ending a four-part trial in which the chemical company was accused of contaminating the area around a former zinc-smelting plant and then lying about the health risks.

  • October 22, 2007

    Tire Cos. Say Complaint Over Defects Is Lacking

    Companies who distribute the products of Chinese tire company Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Company Ltd. are fighting an effort to amend a lawsuit that alleges the tires have design defects that make them likely to malfunction.

  • October 22, 2007

    Liberty Seeks Dismissal From Murphy Fire Suit

    Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. has asked to be dismissed from a proposed personal injury class action over a fire at a Murphy Oil USA Inc. refinery, arguing that the energy company has exhausted its insurance coverage.

  • October 19, 2007

    Dow Jones, Shareholders Reach Settlement

    The Bancroft family and several directors of Dow Jones & Co. have settled a putative shareholder class action accusing the publisher of committing "a gross abuse of trust" in its $5 billion sale to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

  • October 18, 2007

    Top Tankers Moves To Toss Shareholder Class Action

    Grecian oil shipping company Top Tankers Inc. asked the court on Wednesday to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by shareholders over its alleged accounting fraud, arguing that the plaintiffs in the case could not offer a single document, witness or source that suggest the company acted fraudulently.

  • October 18, 2007

    Best Buy Sued Over Unpaid Breaks, Security Searches

    Hourly-wage employees at Best Buy Co. aren't properly compensated for time they spend undergoing daily security checks and working through break periods, a proposed class action filed on Wednesday claims.

  • October 18, 2007

    Sony Settles Suit Over "Defective" TVs

    Sony Corp. has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging its rear projection televisions were flawed, with the deal largely contained to compensation for prior repairs and continued warranty protections for consumers.

  • October 18, 2007

    Potentially Massive Wells Fargo FLSA Class Certified

    A judge on Wednesday granted certification to two collective classes that could swell to 30,000 members, in the nationwide litigation brought by home mortgage consultants against Wells Fargo & Co. for allegedly improperly classifying them workers as exempt from federal overtime wage requirements.

  • October 18, 2007

    Plaintiffs' Firms From Zyprexa Case Seek More Fees

    Two years after a $690 million settlement was reached in the multidistrict product liability suit over Eli Lilly & Co.’s blockbuster drug Zyprexa, four law firms that represented the plaintiffs have petitioned the district court for $4.2 million more in fees and expenses.

  • October 17, 2007

    Lufthansa Close To Settlement In Price-Fixing Case

    A magistrate judge has recommended the approval of a settlement between German airline Lufthansa AG and the plaintiffs in the ongoing antitrust litigation over price-fixing in the air cargo shipping service industry.

  • October 16, 2007

    ERISA Driver Class Certified Against FedEx

    An Indiana federal court judge has allowed a nationwide class of drivers to sue FedEx Ground Package System Inc. under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act for allegedly misclassifying the employees as contractors.

  • October 16, 2007

    Eviction Co. Must Respond In Homeless Workers Suit

    A U.S. magistrate judge has ordered Butch Enterprises to respond to discovery requests in an antitrust case that accuses District of Columbia area eviction companies of cheating a purported class of homeless employees out of minimum wages.

  • October 16, 2007

    First Suits Hit Medtronic In Wake Of Advisory

    As news that Medtronic Inc. will no longer sell an electronic lead in its implantable defibrillators because of potential deaths surfaced Monday, lawyers were running to the courthouse to file lawsuits alleging the medical device maker was negligent.