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Zicam Settles False Advertising Class Action for $16 Million

August 8, 2018 by

The makers of the cold and allergy medication Zicam have agreed to pay a $16 million settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, Zicam made “false and misleading statements about the effectiveness of certain Zicam products in violation of state and federal law.” Zicam is denying these claims.

Stoll Berne Defeats Motions to Dismiss Aequitas Securities Class Action

August 2, 2018

Stoll Berne represents plaintiffs-investors in Ciuffitelli et al. v. Deloitte & Touche LLP, et al., No. 3:16-cv-00580-AC (U.S. District Court, Oregon). Plaintiffs seek to represent a class of investors in securities issues by Aequitas. On August 1, 2018, defendants’ motions to dismiss were denied. The court upheld plaintiffs’ claims against Deloitte & Touche, the Sidley

John Hancock Settles Insurance Class Action for $91 Million

July 31, 2018 by

John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) has entered into a preliminary settlement with certain owners of its universal and variable universal life insurance policies who have policies that contain a contractual promise that “Applied Monthly Rates will be based on [John Hancock’s] expectations of future mortality experience”—and nothing else.

American Airlines Settles Antitrust Class Action for $45 Million

June 20, 2018 by

American Airlines has agreed to pay $45 million to settle class actions alleging that violated the Sherman Act by colluding to limit the number of seats available on domestic flights and raising ticket prices. The settlement is intended to include the millions of people who bought domestic tickets from the airline defendants between July 2011 and

Job Seekers File Class Action Against a Class of Employers Who Use Facebook Ad Placement Tools

June 13, 2018 by

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of older workers who seek to sue a defendant class of all employers and employment agencies who use Facebooks’ ad placement tools to direct ads to younger workers to the exclusion of older workers. The Communication Workers Union and other plaintiffs allege that employers that do

Foot Locker Pension Plan Members Recover $290 Million in ERISA Class Action

June 12, 2018 by

A New York federal judge confirmed that 16,000 Foot Locker pension plan members were entitled to $290 million in benefits following a successful challenge to a cut in their plan. The judge entered an amended final judgment in the long-running case after the U.S. Supreme Court in February denied Foot Locker’s petition, confirming that the retailer

Monsanto Settles False Labeling Class Action for $21.5 Million

June 4, 2018 by

On May 25, a federal court in Missouri approved a $21.5 million settlement between Monsanto and a class of consumers who alleged the agrochemical giant used misleading labeling on its Roundup weed killer. The complaint stated that Monsanto misled consumers about how much Roundup could be made from bottles of concentrate. The concentrate labels say the formula

Samsung and Toshiba Agree to Settle Antitrust Claims of Indirect Purchasers of Optical Disk Drives

May 30, 2018 by

After losing on a motion for summary judgment, a class of optical disk drive (“ODD”) end users has agreed to settle with Samsung and Toshiba. The case is currently on appeal to the Ninth Circuit, but attorneys for the plaintiffs filed a request with the Ninth Circuit to extend the appeals briefing by 60 days

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