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Class Action

 
Victoria's Secret Served with Class Claims over Unpaid Employee Temperature Screenings
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On April 15, 2021, class claims were filed in federal court in the Eastern District of California against Victoria’s Secret Stores LLC and its parent company, L Brands Inc., by a group of employees who alleged that they were denied payment for all hours worked because of company compelled temperature screenings while off the clock. In the complaint, named plaintiff Monique Tirado alleges that Victoria’s Secret’s conduct violates California law by knowingly and willfully requiring employees to perform work and/or remain on duty for the benefit of the store while technically off the clock.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 04/22/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
First Male Accuser Sues Jeffrey Epstein Estate Over Abuse Claims
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A man from New York has accused Jeffrey Epstein of forcing him into sex when he was a teen intern for the financier. The plaintiff alleges the abuse took place when he was 17 years old and working for Epstein. According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Queens state court, the plaintiff continues to suffer as a result of being forced into sexual conduct by Epstein.
Patricia Hurtado, Bloomberg 04/21/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Case of Near Drowning Death of Child at Anaheim Hotel Goes to Trial
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A trial has begun in a lawsuit over the near drowning death of a 6-year-old girl at a hotel in Anaheim, California. The family of the child alleges that she sustained irreparable brain damages when she nearly drowned in a hot tub at the Howard Johnson hotel. However, attorneys for the hotel claim that the child nearly drowned as a result of complications from hand, foot, and mouth disease, not unsafe conditions surrounding the hot tub.
Staff Report, MyNewsLA.com 04/21/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Pollution Lawsuit Against Equipment Sterilization Facility Back in New Mexico Court
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A lawsuit alleging toxic pollution by a medical equipment sterilizing facility in New Mexico is back in state court. The plaintiffs who filed suit against the Sterigenics company, which operates the sterilizing plant in Santa Teresa, are seeking a preliminary injunction that would prevent the "continued uncontrolled emission of ethylene oxide from the facility." The company came under fire after a 2018 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report detailed the cancer risks associated with industrial ethylene oxide emissions.
Algernon D'Ammassa, Albuquerque Journal 04/21/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Community Group Files Second Lawsuit Over UC Santa Cruz's Housing Project
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A second lawsuit has been filed over the Student Housing West project at UC Santa Cruz. A community group has filed suit alleging that the housing development is unlawful. According to Habitat and Watershed Caretakers, the project violates the California Environmental Quality Act as well as two provisions in the Comprehensive Settlement Agreement between the university, the city, and the county in 2008.
Ryan Stuart, Santa Cruz Sentinel 04/21/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Products

 
NESCO Coffee Bean Roasters Recalled Due to Fire Hazard
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Metal Ware has issued a recall on NESCO Coffee Bean Roasters due to a fire hazard. The recall of over 5,300 roasters states that the devices can overheat. The company has received reports of 20 incidents of coffee bean roasters overheating, causing the surrounding plastic to melt, coffee beans to burn, and/or flames and smoke. The devices were sold at Blains Supply and Burman Coffee Traders stores nationwide, as well as at a number of online retailers.
Staff Report, Consumer Product Safety Commission 04/21/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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16th U.S. Death Linked to Defective Takata Air Bags in Honda Accord
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Another death has been reported in the U.S. that is linked to defective Takata air bags. On Wednesday, Honda Motor Co announced that it had confirmed the 16th death in the country that is tied to a Takata air bag in one of its vehicles. The air bag ruptured during a car crash involving a 2002 Honda Accord that took place on Jan. 9, 2021 in Lancaster County, South Carolina.
Staff Report, Yahoo News 04/21/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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