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UCLA Files Suit Against Under Armour For Terminating Deal
The sports apparel company claimed it terminated its sponsorship deal with the college due to COVID-19.
By Simpluris Research - September 24, 2020 at 8:01 AM
U.S. Strikes Deal with Pfizer and BioNTech for COVID Vaccine
The federal government ordered 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine pending USDA approval from the pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
By Simpluris Research - August 12, 2020 at 11:15 AM
The Good and Bad of the PPP Small Business Loans
The government's loan guarantee program to assist small companies affected by COVID-19 worked for some but failed to work for others that needed it most.
By Simpluris Research - June 22, 2020 at 5:35 AM
Casinos Reopen After COVID Closure in Las Vegas
The Gambling Capital of the World is hoping to attract tourists with its social distancing measures in place after its mid-March shut down due to the pandemic.
By Simpluris Research - June 12, 2020 at 4:29 PM
Government Sued By Student Loan Borrowers
Lead Plaintiff Kori Cole and similarly situated individuals filed a class-action lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of Treasury and Secretary of Education for seizing federal tax returns from student loan borrowers which violates the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act.
By Simpluris Research - June 8, 2020 at 3:04 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
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
Johnson and Johnson Talc Lawsuit Proceedings Continue Amidst Pandemic
The underlying class action involves women developing ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products. Ovarian cancer often is not detected until later stages of the disease as early signs of indicators do not occur.
By Niral Shah - April 12, 2020 at 10:40 PM
Coronavirus (COVID19) – The First Class Actions
The lawsuit rests upon numerous media reports detailing Norwegian Cruise Line managers instructing sales staff, using scripted answers, to provide false assurances and outright misstatements, and to lie to consumers regarding COVID-19
By Simpluris Research Team - April 6, 2020 at 10:50 AM
The Coronavirus, the Takings Clause, and Class Actions
The crux of their argument is the Governor’s Order benefits the public, but the weight is borne by private individuals and businesses. The lawsuit “does not seek to contest whether Governor’s decision to issue the COVID-19 Closure Orders were prudent or within his authority to issue.”
By Simpluris Research Team - April 6, 2020 at 9:59 AM
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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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