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Jenny Albano

18 Workers Hospitalized Due to Ammonia Leak

On Monday, August 6, an anhydrous ammonia leak at a nitrogen fertilizer plant next to an oil refinery sent 18 of the refinery’s employees to the hospital. Two of the refinery workers remained in the hospital on Tuesday. The leak affected 47 of the workers, but only 18 were thought to have potential respiratory problems.Ammonia is a colorless gas that has a strong and distinctive odor. …

Jenny Albano

Trampoline-Related Injuries Doubled in Last Ten Years

A new study, published in Academy Emergency Medicine, found that the number of children visiting emergency rooms because of trampoline injuries has more than doubled over the last ten years.From 2002 to 2006 there were over half a million visits to the ER, but from 1990 to 1995 there were only around a quarter-million accidents that sent children to the hospital. When Dr. James G. Linakis of…

Chrissie Cole

NovaStar to Settle Class Action Lawsuit

NovaStar Mortgage has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $5.1 million. The suit alleges the lender hid fees it paid to brokers for referring Washington homeowners to higher rate loans.The settlement, reached Thursday, affects over 1,600 borrowers within the state.Plaintiffs sued NovaStar, of Kansas City, Mo., last fall, claiming the lender did not disclose the “yield spread premium” fee…

Chrissie Cole

Greenies Class-Action Lawsuit Filed

A new Greenies class action lawsuit has been filed in New York. This time the suit is against Petco and its food distributor Pet Food Experts Inc.The plaintiff’s of the lawsuit filed in state court, Tuesday, are requesting reimbursement on their purchases of the original Greenies dental chews for dogs between June 2001 and May 2007.Ten pet owners from eight different states filed a class action…

Chrissie Cole

Sprint Sued in Class Action Lawsuit(2)

Former Sprint Call Center employees – one in Oklahoma City and the other in Texas are suing Sprint Nextel Corporation. The suit is a collective action, similar to a class action lawsuit, but the potential plaintiffs need to take steps to become members of the class action and join the lawsuit.One of the women states the company didn’t pay their call center employees overtime. The lawsuit was…

Chrissie Cole

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Walgreens

On Wednesday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a class action lawsuit against Walgreens Co. for allegedly discriminating against African-American management workers.The suit was prompted in part from a Kansas City store manager that alleges the drugstore chain assigned black managers to low-performing stores and to stores only in African-American communities and has denied black…

Chrissie Cole

Class Action Lawsuit against Wal-Mart Largest in History

A Federal appeals court decision to allow a complaint alleged against Wal-Mart by six women to go ahead with a class action case, is the largest sex discrimination class action lawsuit in American history to date.To sum it up, this decision means, over one million present and past female Wal-Mart employees might seek compensation. This action could end up costing Wal-Mart billions of dollars!The…

Chrissie Cole

Costco Disappointed with Class-Action Decision

Jim Sinegal, CEO of Costco, is “disappointed” with a San Francisco federal judge’s decision to allow a class action discrimination case against the company to continue proceeding. Sinegal said they will continue to defend themselves in the suit and they are optimistic that the company will prevail.In a ruling last week, U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel decided the suit Ellis vs….

Chrissie Cole

Toyota Settles Class Action Lawsuit

Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. has come to a tentative agreement to settle a class action lawsuit by the owners of select Toyota and Lexus models whom made complaints that their engines were damaged by oil sludge. A Louisiana federal judge is expected to give final approval to the settlement on February 7, said Sam Butto, spokesman for Lexus.The settlement applies to owners of specific 1997-2002…

Chrissie Cole

Settlement with Consolidated Workers Approved by Judge

On Thursday, a Wichita judge approved a settlement agreement in a class action suit brought upon by employees of Consolidated Manufacturing.Checks made out to the 98 employees involved in the suit should be sent before year end, said the employees’ representative. “They have ten days, so theoretically they can issue them New Year’s Eve,” said Spahn.The suite alleges the company violated Federal…