Georgia city sues drug company over medicine that went from $40 to $39,000
ATLANTA — The city of Marietta, Ga., has filed a class action lawsuit against a drug company after the price of a decades-old medicine went from $40 a vial to more than $39,000.The city, which covers health care costs for employees and their families, says it has already spent more than $2 million on the drug for a single patient.Stacie Dusetzina, an associate professor of health policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, reviewed the complaint and said it’s indicative of a national problem with market-driven drug prices.“A company can choose to do this to any drug a person is taking ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Vaping giant Juul bought ad space on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network websites, new lawsuit claims
Juul Labs used Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Seventeen magazine to hawk its vaping products, despite the company’s insistence that it never marketed to kids, a new lawsuit claims.The suit filed Wednesday by the Massachusetts attorney general presents some of the most blunt evidence yet that the company was targeting kids in 2015 and early 2016 as it rolled out its tobacco-based electronic cigarettes.The 66-page complaint says Juul “rejected” a proposed “technology-focused advertising campaign” that sought to juxtapose the sleek Juul e-cigarette with “retro” images of a bulky boom box, an ol...
New York Daily News
In 'Blackfish' lawsuit, SeaWorld reaches $65 million settlement
SeaWorld has reached a $65 million settlement agreement to end a 2014 class-action civil lawsuit that accuses the company of misleading investors over the damage from the “Blackfish” documentary.The Orlando-based company revealed the settlement in a new SEC filing Tuesday.The settlement comes as SeaWorld seeks to move forward after years of scrutiny over its orca habitats, turnover in the chief executive position and declining attendance. SeaWorld has seen high turnover among executives in recent years. Many of the leaders named in the lawsuit left years ago.In the filing, SeaWorld does not ad...
Flight attendants sue Boeing over design they say causes 'toxic' cabin air
CHICAGO — Boeing Co. is being sued by flight attendants who say they were made sick by toxic air that leaked onto a company-built airplane because of what they say is a design flaw.The lawsuit by three flight attendants, filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges some Boeing planes use a “bleed air system,” which captures air from the outside off the engines. The air that enters the cabin can be contaminated with various chemicals, according to the lawsuit.The contamination occurred on a Boeing 767-300 Delta flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit on Feb. 5, 2018, according to the ...
Delta to issue new uniforms after lawsuits over worker illnesses
Delta Air Lines, facing mounting pressure from employees who say their uniforms are making them sick, will issue an entirely new garment line for its flight attendants and airport customer service agents by late next year.The Atlanta-based airline promises the new line will be better than the current uniforms, which have been in use for less than two years. The Zac Posen-designed garments were celebrated upon launch in May 2018, but many flight attendants, gate and ticket agents say they quickly began experiencing adverse health effects from the apparel.Delta has faced withering public critici...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bank founded by Tom Steyer has long record of lawsuits against low-income borrowers
SAN JOSE, Calif. — In one of his many campaign ads airing across California, presidential candidate Tom Steyer has touted the work of a nonprofit-owned bank he founded, portraying it as a counterweight to Wall Street corruption.But while the Oakland-based institution has a well-regarded record of making socially responsible investments, its auto loan program has left behind a long trail of defaults and lawsuits against low-income borrowers in the state, a Bay Area News Group review of financial and legal documents found.Beneficial State Bank — which Steyer co-founded with his wife, Kat Taylor,...
The Mercury News
Bank apologizes for calling police on black customer trying to deposit checks
DETROIT — TCF Bank says it should not have called police on an African American customer who was trying to deposit three checks that were part of a race discrimination lawsuit settlement with his former employer.The bank suspected the checks were fraudulent and called police, triggering a race discrimination lawsuit against the bank on Wednesday by Sauntore Thomas, 44, of Detroit, who says he was humiliated after four officers showed up at the bank when he was trying to cash the checks.“We apologize for the experience Mr. Thomas had at our banking center. Local police should not have been invo...
Detroit Free Press
MightyVine puts up a mighty fight over its tomato's trademark
MightyVine is suing a major grower of greenhouse tomatoes over its use of the term “mighty” in its branding.The company, which grows hydroponic tomatoes in a greenhouse in Rochelle, Ill., has filed a federal lawsuit against Canadian grower Mastronardi Produce, whose Sunset brand of tomatoes can be found at many U.S. retailers.The suit alleges Mastronardi’s Tiny Mighty Tomatoes infringe on MightyVine’s trademark because the branding is “confusingly similar” and “trades off the goodwill and brand reputation” of the Illinois company. MightyVine has held a registered trademark on its name since 20...
Chart-topping Ariana Grande single '7 RINGS' plagiarized from unknown songwriter: lawsuit
An obscure hip-hop artist says one of Ariana Grande’s biggest hits had a familiar ring to it.Josh Stone, in a Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit filed Thursday, charges the singer’s global No. 1 smash “7 Rings” was directly lifted from one of his songs written two years earlier.Grande’s massively successful single, a chart-topper last year in the U.S. and 22 other countries, swiped the beat, lyrics, hook, rhythmic structure and narrative context from Stone’s composition “You Need It, I Got It,” his suit alleges.The Grande song “is a forgery, plagiarized from plaintiff Stone who wrote, recorded an...
New York Daily News
Sears' estate and new owner settle dispute over bankruptcy sale for $18 million
The estate of bankrupt Sears Holdings has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the $5.2 billion sale of its Sears and Kmart chains to former chairman and CEO Edward Lampert for about $18.3 million.Lampert and his hedge fund formed a new company, Transform Holdco, to buy most of Sears’ remaining assets, including 425 stores, last year. Disputes between Sears and Transform over certain terms of the sale “arose before the ink even dried on the contract,” according to a motion filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York on Friday.Sears claimed Transform failed to turn over...