Class Claims Consolidated in Suit Against California Fertility Clinic for Negligent Destruction of Embryos
On April 30, 2018, Federal Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley consolidated three proposed class action suits against California-based fertility clinic, Pacific Fertility Center, and its parent company, Prelude Fertility, in the Northern District of California. The newly consolidated cases similarly revolve around the events of March 4, 2018 when the temperature of a liquid nitrogen-filled storage tank allegedly rose to an unsafe level, causing the storage tank to fail and destroy 4,000 eggs and embryos. In addition to claims of negligence, plaintiffs allege breach of contract claims against the clinic and are asking for in excess of $8 million in damages. Customers of the Pacific Fertility Center pay around $8,345 for one cycle of retrieving, freezing and storing eggs and embryos. The plaintiffs have 30 days from April 30, 2018 to file a consolidated complaint.
On April 17, 2018, the parents of Anthony Borges filed the first civil action on behalf of a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting.
Fifteen-year-old Anthony Borges took five bullets from shooter Nikolas Cruz—three in the legs and two in the torso—while heroically blockading a classroom of 20 students.
On April 23, 2018, a $22 million settlement was submitted to Washington federal judge Ronald B. Leighton for preliminary approval in the proposed class action litigation involving claims that the popular “take-and-bake” pizza chain Papa Murphy’s violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).
On April 20, 2018, a $2.9 million settlement agreement was submitted to California federal Judge S. James Otero for approval regarding a class action suit which alleged that luxury retailer Neiman Marcus intentionally misled customers who shopped at its outlet store, Last Call, by listing item prices as “compared to” a higher price.
The team at Counsel Financial recently returned from yet another great Mass Torts Made Perfect™ conference in Las Vegas, NV. To kick off the week, they channeled their inner Mario Andretti and hit the Las Vegas Motor Speedway!
On April 16, 2018, organic food grocery store chain Trader Joe’s Co. and its subsidiary, Trader Joe’s East Inc., were served with a proposed class action suit alleging that the company is misleading consumers as to the true ingredients of its popular fruit bars.
On April 6, 2018, a lawsuit was filed against Capital One N.A. by Capital One account holders who alleged that the company violated customer contracts by charging numerous undisclosed fees for both out-of-network and in-network ATM transactions.
You’re applying for a business loan. As you go through the process, you see something in the documents you didn’t anticipate—a personal guarantee.
Generally, business owners may be surprised to learn that they are going to be asked to sign a personal guarantee to borrow money. But, there is a reason it is required and even some advantages to giving it.
Below are some insights as to the reasoning, history and benefits of a guarantee, so you can be prepared in the event one is required.
On April 3, 2018, a $7 million settlement was reached between Deoleo USA Inc., the makers of the popular Bertolli Italian food brand, and a class of plaintiffs who accused the company of misleading consumers with the packaging of Bertolli olive oil.
On April 2, 2018, Driveline Retail Merchandising Inc. (“Driveline”) was sued in Illinois federal court in connection with a proposed class action, alleging that the company disclosed employees’ personal and tax information to identity thieves in a well-known email phishing scheme.
A $3.875 million settlement was reached on March 30, 2018, between Illinois-based school bus company, Durham School Services (“Durham”), and a class of California bus drivers who argued that the company failed to properly compensate its California employees for meal and rest breaks, as well as failing to pay employees for time spent at mandatory training and safety meetings.
On March 28, 2018, Washington federal judge Ronald B. Leighton granted preliminary approval for a $16.8 million settlement between food giant Kellogg Co. and a class of employees alleging that the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Your firm is on the move, and in order to continue the momentum, you’ve decided that you’re ready for legal financing. But how do you know what type of financing is best for your firm—recourse or non-recourse funding?
Looking at your firm’s main objectives can help you find the answer.
On March 26, 2018, a federal jury in Illinois awarded a $3.2 million verdict for plaintiff Jesse Mitchell in the latest AndroGel bellwether litigation. Mitchell, like thousands of similarly situated plaintiffs in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability multidistrict litigation, alleges that he was prescribed AndroGel by his doctor to combat symptoms of depression and fatigue after a test showed that he had low testosterone levels. The plaintiff claims that he was given the testosterone replacement drug without any warnings as to the potentially dangerous side effects such as increased risk of heart attack and other blood clotting events associated with the drug.
On March 22, 2018, yet another class action suit alleging a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) was filed in New Jersey federal court against Gold’s Gym (“Gold’s”). New Jersey resident, Tzvi Zemel filed the case naming the popular national fitness chain as a defendant because received unsolicited text messages to his cell phone from Gold’s, despite having never been a member of the Gym or signing up for any services or company phone lists.