Eli Lilly Sued by EEOC for Alleged Millennials Bias
On Tuesday, September 26, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a complaint against Lilly USA, LLC (“Lilly”) alleging age discrimination in violation of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (“ADEA”) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Lilly USA is the parent company of Eli Lilly, a U.S.-based pharmaceutical company.
On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, in the Takata Airbag Product Liability Litigation, U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno of the Southern District of Florida issued an order granting in part and denying in part motions to dismiss.
The judge denied Defendants’ motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction with respect to the Florida Consumer Plaintiffs. The judge did grant Defendants’ motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction with respect to the non-Florida direct-file Consumer Plaintiffs.
On Thursday, September 9, 2022 in the Abbott Infant Formula Multi-District Litigation (“MDL”), U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly of the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division issued Case Management Order #2 naming a plaintiff leadership committee.
The following two attorneys were appointed to serve as plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel: Stacy K. Hauer and E. Samuel Geisler. Judge Kennelly’s order specifically laid out their duties and responsibilities.
On August 26, 2022, Judge Jeffrey Graham, United State Bankruptcy Judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana denied Aearo Technologies’ (“Aearo”) request for a preliminary injunction for a non-debtor party, its parent company, 3M.
On Monday, August 22, 2022, the judge in the TikTok Privacy litigation approved the $92 million settlement reached by parties via mediation in October 2021. The Order was issued by U.S. District Judge John Lee of the U.S. Federal District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. Defendants are the TikTok platform and its parent company, ByteDance, Inc.
On July 26, 2022, Aearo Technologies (“Aearo”), a subsidiary of 3M, filed bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Aearo originally manufactured the earplugs that are at the core of the 3M Earplug MDL currently pending in the U.S. District Court, Northern District Florida. The MDL is overseen by U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers. The bankruptcy filing came on the heels of a court ordered mediation between the parties.
On July 4, 2022, a West Virginia federal judge found in favor of three drug distributors in the West Virginia opioid litigation. U.S. District Judge David Haber found that Cabell County and the city of Huntington, West Virginia failed to prove that AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health Inc. and McKesson Corp. created a public nuisance by flooding the area with large shipments of opioids. Further, the judge ruled that the plaintiffs could not seek relief for abating the damages from the Opioid Crisis.
Recently, Congress proposed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act as part of the larger Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 legislation (H.R. 3967), in order to provide compensation to those injured by exposure to polluted water at Camp Lejuene.
Camp Lejeune is a Marine Corps base and a military operations and training facility for the United States armed forces located in Onslow County, North Carolina. Thousands of military servicemembers, their families, civilian employees and contractors lived and/or worked there beginning in 1942 through the present.
On Friday, June 10, 2022, United States District Judge Casey Rodgers in the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division, ordered parties in the 3M earplug litigation to attend mediation. Claims against 3M are consolidated in a Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) and are overseen by Judge Rodgers. Plaintiffs, veterans and US servicemembers, claim that 3M’s earplugs were defectively designed. They allege that the defective design prevented the earplugs from providing protection to servicemembers and that this failure led to tinnitus and/or hearing loss.
On Friday, June 10, 2022, a Texas federal judge’s ruling allowed a University of Texas (“UT”) Law Professor’s discrimination claim to move forward. Despite a magistrate judge’s recommendation that summary judgement be granted in UT’s favor, U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra did not issue summary judgment in UT’s favor. Instead he allowed the plaintiff’s federal Equal Pay Claim to go forward, while dismissing her Title VII claim.
On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, over 90 women filed an administrative complaint against the FBI seeking compensation for their failure to act on reports of abuse by Lawrence Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor. Nassar was later convicted on state sexual abuse charges.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, parties announced a $997 million settlement was reached in the Champlain Towers South litigation. The announcement was made in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Florida in front of presiding Judge Michael Hanzman. Defendants included a multitude of entities, including some parties who were yet to be named as defendants.
On Friday, April 29, 2022, a federal jury found for the plaintiff in a suit against 3M alleging defective design of earplugs. The plaintiff, Jonathon Vaughan, is a veteran of the Army who served from 2006 to 2010. The suit alleged 3M’s Combat Arms CAEv2 earplugs led to plaintiff’s hearing loss and tinnitus.
On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, defendants in the TikTok Privacy litigation challenged over 2,200 class member opt-outs. The argument was made in the U.S. Federal District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division in front of U.S. District Judge John Lee. Defendants are the TikTok platform and its parent company, ByteDance, Inc.
On April, 15 2022, a jury found for a plaintiff in a case against C.R. Bard surrounding its Hernia Mesh product. The trial took place in federal court in Columbus, Ohio against Becton, Dickinson and Co. which acquired C.R. Bard Inc. in 2017.