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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 08, 2012 States Negotiate $26 Billion Deal for Homeowners
QUOTE: After months of painstaking talks, government authorities and five of the nation’s biggest banks have agreed to a $26 billion settlement that could provide relief to nearly two million current and former American homeowners harmed by the bursting of the housing bubble, state and federal officials said. It is part of a broad national settlement aimed at halting the housing market’s downward slide and holding the banks accountable for foreclosure abuses.
New York Times Oct 06, 2011 Charging for Debit Cards Is Robbery
QUOTE: When Bank of America told its customers recently that it would start charging them $5 a month to use debit cards, it argued that it was forced to make that change because of regulations that altered the economics of the cards....But the banks’ simplistic statements are merely an attempt to rationalize and obfuscate one of the largest illegal transfers of wealth from consumers to banks in American history.
New York Times Jun 20, 2011 In fight against Wal-Mart, lawyers aren't enough
QUOTE: Today's decision, supporting Wal-Mart's argument that it's just too big to be sued, is a slap in the face to anyone hoping to fight a corporation in court. It's even more troubling, however, that this glacial, and ultimately ineffective, process was the only way that these women could seek justice. Wal-Mart has never allowed its employees to join a union.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 21, 2010 Bias Accord as Harbinger
QUOTE: A DECISION this month by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to drop its racial-discrimination lawsuit against Wells Fargo in exchange for a say in reviewing its lending practices could set the stage for similar agreements with other big mortgage lenders, some experts say. From 2007 to 2009, the N.A.A.C.P. filed suit against 15 lenders, accusing them of offering high-cost loans to many black borrowers during the subprime lending boom, even though many of the applicants could have qualified for lower interest rates and closing costs.
New York Times Sep 08, 2009 When Your Insurer Says You're No Longer Covered: Firms Defend 'Rescissions' as Fraud Control
QUOTE: Rescission -- the technical term for canceling coverage on grounds that the company was misled -- is often considered among the most offensive practices in an insurance industry...
Washington Post Aug 17, 2009 Supreme Court to Hear Case on Executive Pay (Sidebar)
QUOTE: The Supreme Court will hear the case this fall, as anger over huge bonuses paid to the executives of failing companies continues to grow. The case, Jones v. Harris Associates, may turn out to be the court’s first significant statement on the corporate culture that helped lead to the Great Recession.
New York Times Aug 08, 2009 Fatal Sunshine: The Plight of California's Farm Workers
QUOTE: Last week, the ACLU and the blue-chip law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson sued California's occupational-health and safety agency... According to the lawsuit "large numbers of agricultural employers fail utterly to provide basic access to water and shade for their employees" and, as a result, hundreds suffer heat-related illnesses and hospitalizations — or worse — each year .
Time Magazine Jul 01, 2009 Autism patients' treatment is denied illegally, group says
QUOTE: State regulators are violating mental health and other laws by allowing health insurers to deny effective treatment for children with autism, consumer advocates contend.
Los Angeles Times Jun 15, 2009 Microsoft Sues Three in Click-Fraud Scheme
QUOTE: AFTER an investigation that took more than a year, Microsoft has filed its first lawsuit over click fraud, where people manipulate clicks on a Web advertisement.
New York Times Jun 12, 2009 Lilly Sold Drug for Dementia Knowing It Didn’t Help, Files Show
QUOTE: Eli Lilly & Co. urged doctors to prescribe Zyprexa for elderly patients with dementia... even though the drugmaker had evidence the medicine didn’t work for such patients...
Dec 24, 2008 Wal-Mart Settles 63 Lawsuits Over Wages
QUOTE: Wal-Mart said on Tuesday that it would pay at least $352 million, and possibly far more, to settle lawsuits across the country claiming that it forced employees to work off the clock. Several lawyers described it as the largest settlement ever for lawsuits over wage violations....The newly settled cases involved hundreds of thousands of current and former hourly employees.
New York Times Sep 17, 2008 N.Y. City's Qualms Turned Aside in 9/11 Cases
QUOTE: [A New York judge] yesterday turned aside objections from New York City over how to proceed with the 10,800 claims of respiratory and other illnesses allegedly caused by toxic dust at Ground Zero.
New York Law Journal (NYLJ) Jun 17, 2008 Virginia Tech families win $11 million settlement from state
QUOTE: The 24 victims included in the settlement were among the 32 killed by Seung-Hui Cho's April 16, 2007, shooting rampage. The settlement also compensates 18 people injured. "The commonwealth has endeavored to meet the needs and concerns of the victims, including family members, through both monetary and non-monetary provisions," said Chief Deputy Attorney General William C. Mims.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 09, 2008 Justices Reject ‘Class of One’ Argument
QUOTE: Government employees who are singled out for arbitrary, irrational or even vindictive treatment by their supervisors will find no relief in the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, unless the mistreatment is due to discrimination on the basis of race, sex or another protected category.
New York Times Mar 18, 2008 Not a class Act! (The Gripe Line)
QUOTE: Many people have mixed feelings about class action lawsuits, seeing as how the only real winners are usually the lawyers. But is such litigation more justified against a software company that keeps putting out a buggy product?
InfoWorld Jan 22, 2008 In Vioxx Settlement, Testing a Legal Ideal: A Lawyer’s Loyalty
QUOTE: ...a critic of the settlement [between Merck and lawyers of various plantiffs who claim Vioxx caused their heart attacks and strokes], said that the deal ran afoul of a fundamental ethics rule prohibiting lawyers from promising not to handle certain cases in exchange for settlement money.
New York Times Nov 14, 2007 Colombian families' suit says Chiquita liable for torture, murder
QUOTE: Earlier this year, Chiquita, as part of a plea agreement, admitted that what it called protection payments had been given to Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, or AUC. AUC was named a terrorist organization by the United States in 2002, making it a crime to give them money.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 13, 2007 Rights Case Against 50 Companies Is Reinstated
QUOTE: A divided federal appeals court ruled yesterday that a human rights lawsuit filed against 50 major corporations that did business in South Africa under apartheid should be revived and reconsidered by the lower court that dismissed it.
New York Times Sep 05, 2007 Exhibit A in Painting Court as Too Far Right
QUOTE: The business community is scrambling to fight what would be the first legislative initiative of the Democratically controlled Congress to overturn a decision by the emerging conservative majority on the court, headed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Washington Post Jul 16, 2007 'You Can't Put a Dollar Sign' on Trauma: Victims of Abuse By Clergy Speak About L.A. Payout
QUOTE: Those alleging sexual abuse by clergy members in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles said yesterday that the record $660 million settlement from the church will go only part of the way toward healing their wounds.
Washington Post Mar 20, 2007 Lawsuit Says Education Dept. Overcharged on Student Loans
QUOTE: The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, says a complex billing problem affected Americans with consolidated loans that totaled more than $72 billion. The suit says the department essentially imposed late fees on borrowers even though their payments were made on time.
Washington Post Jan 14, 2007 They Say We Have Too Many Lawsuits? Tell It to Jack Cline
QUOTE: there was never a valid time for Mr. Cline to sue. If he had sued when he was exposed to the benzene, it would have been too early. Alabama law requires people exposed to dangerous chemicals to wait until a “manifest” injury develops. But when his leukemia developed years later, it was too late.
New York Times Nov 08, 2006 Insurer Sued for Refusing to Pay Costs of Anorexia
QUOTE: Insurers have balked at covering mental illnesses that they say do not have a proven physiological basis.
New York Times Sep 24, 2006 So Small a Town, So Many Patent Suits
QUOTE: On the surface, there is little to recommend Marshall as a locus for global corporations looking to duke it out over who owns the rights to important technology patents. Some 150 miles east of Dallas, and just minutes from the Louisiana border, Marshall and its 25,000 residents are fairly typical of most small cities in Texas....What’s behind the rush to file patent lawsuits here? A combination of quick trials and plaintiff-friendly juries, many lawyers say....Others point to a different reason why plaintiffs may win more often than defendants: plaintiffs, they say, typically hire local Marshall lawyers.
New York Times Sep 14, 2006 Federal Judge Questions Data Used by Smokers to Define Class
QUOTE: A federal judge Wednesday expressed skepticism over a proposed class action lawsuit that would seek as much as $200 billion in damages against the tobacco industry for its allegedly deceptive marketing of light cigarettes.
Law.com Aug 18, 2006 New Limits Set Over Marketing for Cigarettes
QUOTE: A federal judge ordered strict new limitations on tobacco marketing on Thursday after finding that cigarette makers deserved to be punished for a decades-old conspiracy to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking.
New York Times Jul 21, 2006 China Postpones Trial of Family Rights Activist
QUOTE: The trial of a blind rural lawyer, charged in what rights activists say is a politically motivated case, was postponed Thursday, and a group of his supporters was assaulted by unknown assailants outside the courthouse...being punished for trying to organize a rare class-action lawsuit revealing abuses in enforcing China's one-child family planning policy.
Washington Post Jun 21, 2006 Suit Claims Hospitals Fixed Nurses' Pay
QUOTE: hospitals had violated federal antitrust laws by conspiring to hold down nurses' wages. The lawsuits maintain that hospitals in each city agreed not to pay their registered nurses above a certain amount...
New York Times Mar 28, 2006 States Face Loss of Funds From Tobacco Settlement
QUOTE: States could lose billions of dollars they now receive from tobacco companies under a 1998 national tobacco settlement because the big cigarette makers are losing market share to small companies that did not sign the agreement.
Washington Post Feb 15, 2006 Senate Foes Block Proposed Trust Fund For Asbestos Victims: Vote Short Against Budgetary Challenge
QUOTE: ...the Senate derailed legislation to create a trust fund for asbestos victims, a victory for Democrats and their trial-lawyer allies who waged a relentless campaign to defeat a bill that took five years to negotiate.
Washington Post Feb 02, 2006 The Lawsuits over James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces": Although the Author Has Conceded Fabrication, The Suits Should be Dismissed
QUOTE: ...James Frey's best-selling memoir, A Million Little Pieces, contains inaccuracies and fabricated events....Some readers have now decided to sue the book's publisher, Random House and the relevant subdivision, Doubleday, in three separate class action lawsuits, in Los Angeles, Illinois, and Seattle. Each suit alleges breach of contract, and negligent misrepresentation as well as consumer fraud...
Findlaw Jan 19, 2006 FDA Tries to Limit Drug Suits in State Courts: Agency's 'Federal Preemption' Policy Included in Labeling Guidelines for Medications
QUOTE: People who believe they were injured by drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration should not be allowed to sue drug companies in state courts, the agency said...
Washington Post Dec 30, 2005 Unsettled by the Sony Settlement
QUOTE: The "rights" that Sony is being such a good sport to say it will not enforce in this instance include its right to take away a paid-for license because a customer is insolvent, the right to say which competitor's devices the audio files can be played on, and the right to have customers indemnify Sony for the harm Sony has caused them.
InfoWorld Dec 23, 2005 Calif. Jury Backs Wal-Mart Workers: Thousands Claimed They Were Denied Lunchtime Breaks
QUOTE: A California jury yesterday awarded $172 million to thousands of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. workers who claimed that they were illegally denied lunch breaks.
Washington Post Dec 04, 2005 Are Lawyers Being Overbilled for Their Test Preparation?
QUOTE: But now BAR/BRI could use a few lawyers itself....lawsuit charging that the company that helped them to become lawyers has operated an illegal monopoly and has overcharged hundreds of thousands of students by an average of $1,000 each - or, collectively, by hundreds of millions of dollars.
New York Times Nov 01, 2005 Preliminary Approval for KPMG Settlement on Tax Shelters
QUOTE: Objectors to the settlement had argued that the law firm that brokered the deal, Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman, had colluded with KPMG and had engaged in conflicts of interest by representing individual former KPMG clients while secretly negotiating a settlement.
New York Times Oct 07, 2005 Lactose Intolerant Say Grocers Hide Risks
QUOTE: Milk...a new lawsuit demanding that each and every carton sold in Washington carry a warning label for people who are unable to tolerate it.
Washington Post Sep 27, 2005 Agencies' Rules Quietly Enable Tort Reform
QUOTE: Embedded in proposed federal regulations are provisions that would preempt lawsuits the Bush administration says conflict with federal standards... "The fact that manufacturers and drug companies want unconstitutional protection is nothing new," Suggs said. "The fact that this administration is complicit with it is a new development and a scary one."
Washington Post Aug 22, 2005 The $253 Million Verdict Against the Maker of Vioxx: Its Likely Short-Term and Long-Term Impact For the Company
QUOTE: The real risk to Merck comes from the estimated 4300 other lawsuits that have been filed against it. Merck cannot afford to pay $20 million per case... a significant number of those cases will be tried in jurisdictions that do not cap punitive damages... And more big-ticket verdicts against the company will likely mean more suits are filed.
Findlaw Aug 04, 2005 Time Warner Settles Shareholder Lawsuit: 2nd-Quarter Loss Is First in 3 Years
QUOTE: Time Warner Inc. said yesterday that it would set aside $3 billion to cover a potential settlement with shareholders who lost billions of dollars because of its disastrous merger with America Online.
Washington Post Jul 29, 2005 Liability Shield for Gunmakers Near Passage
QUOTE: The nation's gun lobby is close to realizing a long-sought goal of protecting firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held legally responsible for violent crimes committed with their handguns and automatic weapons... a bill making it virtually impossible for victims of gun violence to file civil suits against the industry...
Washington Post Jun 30, 2005 Payback Time for Bill Lerach?
QUOTE: The king of shareholder lawsuits against Silicon Valley firms may be caught up in a federal probe of allegedly improper payments to plaintiffs
BusinessWeek Jun 25, 2005 Lawyer Accused of Being a Paid Plaintiff: Federal Probe Leads to Kickback Charges
QUOTE: Federal prosecutors here have charged a retired Palm Springs, Calif., lawyer with taking kickbacks from a prominent New York law firm in exchange for serving as plaintiff in dozens of class-action and shareholder lawsuits that earned the firm $44 million over 20 years.
Washington Post Jun 15, 2005 Verdict in Scotch Tape Case Binds 3M
QUOTE: "In a huge victory for the plaintiffs in a class action antitrust suit against office supply giant 3M, a federal judge has ruled that several key issues have already been decided by the jury in a prior antitrust trial."
Law.com Jun 10, 2005 Lilly to Pay $690 Million in Drug Suits
QUOTE: "Eli Lilly & Company said last night that it had agreed to pay $690 million to settle about 8,000 lawsuits filed by people who claimed they developed diabetes and other diseases after taking Zyprexa, a medication for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that is Lilly's biggest-selling drug."
New York Times Mar 08, 2005 Boston Archdiocese, Insurer Settle on Abuse
QUOTE: The church filed a lawsuit against the insurer a year ago, soon after the archdiocese agreed to pay about $85 million to more than 500 people who alleged they had been molested by priests....Lumbermens said it was not responsible for abuse settlement payments because its policy covered accidents, not crimes.
Washington Post Mar 01, 2005 Telecom Mogul Held in Tax Case: Entrepreneur Faces Charges of Evading Over $200 Million
QUOTE: Reclusive tycoon Walter Anderson is grounded, locked up after federal authorities accused him of evading more than $200 million in federal and local income taxes.
Washington Post Feb 12, 2005 When Law Firms Collide, Things Sometimes Get Ugly
QUOTE: Documents related to the settlement and how it was reached remain under seal, according to other court documents. If they are disclosed in litigation, they will offer a rare glimpse of how defendant companies settle class-action lawsuits with firms representing thousands of claimants.
New York Times Feb 10, 2005 Senate Limits Class-Action Lawsuits: House Action, Bush Signature Set to Follow Senate Passage
QUOTE: ...funnel class-action suits with plaintiffs from multiple states out of state courts and into the federal system. Proponents say the change will lead to more rational and more consistent rulings. Consumer groups fighting the bill warned that, in practice, many valid claims will never be heard, because federal judges often dismiss class-action cases on procedural grounds.
Washington Post Jan 29, 2005 Tax-Exempt Hospitals' Practices Challenged: 46 Lawsuits Allege That Uninsured Pay the Most
QUOTE: The business practices of nonprofit hospitals are under attack on several fronts. The IRS is said to be investigating management's compensation, and Congress conducted hearings last summer on price-gouging claims.
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