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  February 15, 2017

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Class Action

 
Class Claims Filed Against Harry & David Over Under-filled Popcorn Containers
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On February 10, 2017, a disgruntled Harry & David customer filed a punitive class action lawsuit in New York federal court against the gourmet food and gift company alleging that it deceptively under-filled its popcorn containers. In the complaint, named plaintiff, Bria Brown, claims that the defendant actively mislead customers into purchasing large opaque cylinder containers of popcorn that a reasonable customer would assume was filled to capacity with product.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 02/15/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
Correctional Officer Says She Was Forced to Go on Pregnancy Leave
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A correctional officer at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was forced to take unpaid leave when she got pregnant. The lawsuit filed against the state alleges that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) discriminated against the plaintiff because of her pregnancy. The woman is seeking unspecified damages for loss of income, emotional distress and attorneys fees, as well as a judicial order that the agency stop discriminating against its employees “based on disability, sex and gender.”
Matt Fountain, San Luis Obispo Tribune 02/14/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit Filed By Louisiana Woman Who Injured at Smoothie King Center
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A Louisiana woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that poor lighting caused her to fall and suffer injuries at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The woman was seeing a concert at the venue when she fell on the stairs on the way to her seat and was injured. The lawsuit accuses the defendant of "negligence through failing to create a safe environment of guests, failing to provide sufficient lighting and overall negligence." The woman's lawsuit seeks all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney fees and all appropriate relief.
Carrie Bradon, The Louisiana Record 02/09/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Councilman Calls for Larger Health Study Funds in Air Quality Settlement
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A Los Angeles city councilman has called for added funds to go toward a health study in the settlement of a lawsuit over air quality. The lawsuit was filed against Southern California Gas Co. over a massive methane leak at its Aliso Canyon storage facility above Porter Ranch. The lawsuit was then settled for $8.5 million. However, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander says that the amount set aside for a health study needs to be increased. Currently, $1 million of the settlement is set aside for the health study.
Gregory J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Daily News 02/14/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Federal Judge Denies Zika Concerns in Lawsuit to Block Jersey Shore Dunes
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A federal judge will not block a protective sand dune project along part of the New Jersey shoreline. Opponents of the project attempted to block the sand dunes on the basis of concerns about the Zika virus. The federal judge stated in his ruling that fear of the mosquito-borne illness is not a realistic concern. The lawsuit was a last ditch effort at blocking the sand dune project initiated by Gov. Chris Christie's administration, four years after Superstorm Sandy ravaged parts of the Jersey shore.
Wayne Parry, NBC 10 Philadelphia 02/15/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Products

 
Chicken, Pork Products in California and Texas Recalled for Listeria
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Certain chicken and pork products distributed throughout Texas, California and Oregon have been recalled due to listeria concerns. On Saturday, federal officials announced the recall of 6,630 pounds of chicken and pork salad products produced by Taylor Farms, located in Dallas, Texas, and Tracy, California. The recall states that the potentially tainted products were distributed to Roanoke, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas; Los Angeles and Tracy, California; and Portland, Oregon.
Mitch Mitchell, Ft. Worth Star Telegram 02/11/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Pittsburgh Medical Center Sued After Sixth Patient Death From Mold Outbreak
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The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is facing another lawsuit regarding patient deaths related to a mold outbreak. Reports say that a sixth patient has died due to the outbreak at the hospital. Attorneys are filing a wrongful death lawsuit representing the estates of multiple patients who died, saying the deaths were caused by the fungal infection. A linen-cleaning company has been blamed for the outbreak which affected at least three hospital locations.
Julie Grant, CBS - Pittsburgh 02/14/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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