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Wes Alford Joins Simpluris Leadership Team as SVP of Client Services
Simpluris, Inc., a technology-driven legal administrator, is proud to announce Wes Alford as Senior Vice President of Client Services. Wes joins Simpluris’ executive team, leading both the Client Services and Operations departments.
By Matthew Aires - August 23, 2021 at 12:52 PM
Financial Industry Veteran Saroj Joins Simpluris Leadership Team
Simpluris, Inc. Announces Paul Saroj as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.
By Simpluris Research - January 13, 2021 at 7:57 AM
Cyberpunk 2077 Developer Faces Securities Class Action Suit
CD Projekt investors claim that the company made misleading statements that artificially inflated its stock prices violating the Securities Exchange Act.
By Simpluris Research - January 12, 2021 at 9:30 AM
Antitrust Class Action Suit Filed Against Facebook
Users claim that the social media giant deceived consumers with its data privacy protections and exploited their information to maintain its monopoly.
By Simpluris Research - January 8, 2021 at 10:53 AM
Courier Drivers Claim Amazon Spies on Private Facebook Groups
The online retail giant faces a proposed class-action suit alleging that it wiretapped closed Facebook groups, violating California's Invasion of Privacy Act.
By Simpluris Research - December 22, 2020 at 2:24 PM
Yelp Must Face Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit
Investors allege that the company provided misleading information about its advertising churn rate.
By Simpluris Research - December 9, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Walgreens Employees Reach Settlement in Class Action Suit
The pharmacy store chain struck a $4.5 million deal with its employees to resolve claims of wage violations.
By Simpluris Research - December 7, 2020 at 9:11 AM
Class Action Suit Filed Against LinkedIn for Overreporting Ad Metrics
The plaintiffs alleged that the workplace social media giant overcharged for ineffective ads due to its faulty advertising measurements.
By Simpluris Research - December 7, 2020 at 8:14 AM
Apple Reaches $113M Settlement for Batterygate Lawsuit
The multistate case alleges that the tech giant purposely used an iOS update to slow the performance of its iPhones to cover-up battery issues.
By Simpluris Research - November 30, 2020 at 12:29 PM
Whirlpool Faces Class Action Suit Over Fridge Defective Control Panel
The lawsuit claims that the faulty control panels caused ice buildup, resulting in further damage to other parts of the fridge and its surroundings.
By Simpluris Research - November 23, 2020 at 9:32 AM
Justice Department and States Sue Google for Antitrust Violations
Eleven states joined the DOJ in pursuing legal action against the tech giant for its anti-competitive online search and advertising practices.
By Simpluris Research - November 12, 2020 at 1:41 PM
Zillow Investors Granted Class Certification in Lawsuit
The online real estate company concealed from shareholders a CFPB investigation that eventually went public and resulted in a drop in its stock price.
By Simpluris Research - November 5, 2020 at 10:37 AM
Judge Approves Alphabet $310M Settlement for Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit
The Google parent will fund diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to settle shareholder suits alleging the cover-up of sexual misconduct by ex-executives.
By Simpluris Research - November 5, 2020 at 10:37 AM
LA County Agrees to $14M Settlement for Unlawful Immigrant Holds
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to settle a class-action lawsuit against the Sheriff's Department for allegedly detaining immigrants illegally.
By Simpluris Research - October 20, 2020 at 12:11 PM
Supreme Court Nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett
Trump tapped the conservative U.S. Court of Appeals circuit judge to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. What are the implications?
By Simpluris Research - September 29, 2020 at 10:06 AM
Nikola Founder Resigns Amid Accusations of Fraud
Trevor Milton stepped down as CEO after a financial forensic research company alleged he made false claims about the company's electric trucks.
By Simpluris Research - October 27, 2020 at 10:28 AM
Appellate Court Hears Harvard Admissions Case
Students for Fair Admissions claim that the elite university unlawfully used racial discrimination in its admission process.
By Simpluris Research - October 27, 2020 at 10:28 AM
DoD Confirms JEDI Contract to Microsoft
Amazon claimed the Pentagon showed bias in awarding Microsoft the military's cloud computing contract.
By Simpluris Research - September 14, 2020 at 2:50 PM
Zuckerberg Addresses Role of Facebook Amid Election 2020
The tech CEO discussed how his social network will strive to protect the integrity of the election and provide voters with accurate information.
By Simpluris Research - October 13, 2020 at 8:34 AM
Black Former Franchisees Sue McDonald's for Discrimination
The burger giant faces a class-action lawsuit for breach of contract, fraud, and violating equal rights under the law.
By Simpluris Research - October 13, 2020 at 8:34 AM
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 18, 2020 at 8:55 AM
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 18, 2020 at 1:05 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 18, 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 19, 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 20, 2020 at 10:24 AM
Class Action
Teens File Suit Against TikTok For Privacy Violation
Four Illinois teens, represented by their parents or legal guardians, took legal action against TikTok for allegedly gathering biometric data through its app without users' consent. The Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) guards against the unlawful collection and storing of biometric information.
By Simpluris Research - May 21, 2020 at 2:05 PM
Consumer Cases
J&J Ends Its Talcum Baby Powder Sales in North America
Johnson & Johnson decided to discontinue selling its talcum baby powder in the U.S. and Canada due to a significant decline in consumer demand. The company attributes the significant reduction in sales to claims that the product poses a health risk, which has caused an overwhelming increase in the number of lawsuits over the last several years.
By Simpluris Research - May 27, 2020 at 8:51 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 14, 2020 at 1:28 PM
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 20, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Class Action
Detroit School District Reaches Groundbreaking Literacy Settlement
Seven teens, representing students from Detroit's worst-performing public schools, reached a $94.4 million deal with the state to fund literacy-related programming. The settlement comes after four years since the class-action lawsuit was filed against former Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder. It claimed that students were deprived of access to literacy because of a lack of books, teachers, and poor building conditions.
By Simpluris Research - May 21, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Class Action
California Uber Drivers Seek Class Action Certification
California drivers have asked a federal judge to certify their consolidated class-action lawsuit. They claim that Uber disregarded a state worker classification law by labeling drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, denying them proper wages, sick leave, and expense reimbursements. California is suing Uber and Lyft for the same reason.
By Simpluris Research - May 27, 2020 at 5:42 PM
Class Action
What Are Class Action Notices?
A class action notice is a form of written communication, such as a postcard, email, letter, newspaper or magazine ad, informing individuals of a filed or pending case and the legal rights they may exercise at that time.
By Simpluris Research - June 2, 2020 at 3:23 PM
Class Action
Passengers Sue Southwest Airlines for Double-Charges
A Southwest Airlines traveler alleges he was double-charged early boarding fees when he was required to reschedule a flight that was canceled by the airline company.
By Simpluris Research - June 2, 2020 at 5:49 PM
Class Action
Truckers File Lawsuit Against Trius for Underpayment
California truck driver and Lead Plaintiff Augustus Mondrian filed a class-action lawsuit against Trius Trucking for misclassifying him and other drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. The claim states that Trius paid its drivers on a piece-rate basis and failed to compensate them with minimum wage for company work performed outside of driving.
By Simpluris Research - June 3, 2020 at 10:43 AM
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