August 2017 Archives

Mass torts claim that baby powder caused ovarian cancer

Johnson & Johnson's baby powder has been around since the 1890s. Many people here in Tennessee and elsewhere use it on their babies' bottoms to keep them dry, and many women use it on themselves for the same reason. This widely used product has recently become the subject of numerous mass torts that claim this product, which is commonly used in numerous households, can cause ovarian cancer.

Nurses file wage and hour disputes for unpaid meal breaks

The work of a Tennessee nurse is often exhausting. Nurses spend many hours on their feet and may work long shifts with demanding responsibilities. When a nurse has the opportunity to take a break, that time is likely precious and well-deserved. However, recently some nurses in another state have revealed that the hospitals where they work are not granting them the breaks they deserve. The wage and hour disputes between the nurses and their employers may gain class action status.

Sears faces new ERISA lawsuit

It is no secret that retail stores in Tennessee and elsewhere are struggling to keep up with changes in consumer shopping habits. Brick-and-mortar stores that do not also have a strong e-commerce presence continue to fight through bankruptcies and lawsuits. Sears Holdings Corporation, for example, seems to be trying to hold on to solvency even as the value of company stocks declines. Because of these failing stocks, participants in the company's retirement plan recently filed a lawsuit claiming Sears fiduciaries violated their duties according the ERISA rules.

Mass torts for mesothelioma may bring some relief to victims

In Tennessee, many major industries put workers at risk. For example, employees of power plants, manufacturing companies and transportation industries may have suffered exposure to asbestos particles, which developed into life-threatening conditions like cancer and mesothelioma. Rather than individually seeking financial help for their conditions, many from similar industries come together in mass torts to pursue compensation from their employers. This compensation may be especially helpful to those suffering from deadly and incurable mesothelioma.

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