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Anheuser-Busch Mocks Alcohol Content Claims

Meanwhile, CNN conducts its own beer testing

(Newser) - Anheuser-Busch is having a bit of fun with the class-action lawsuits accusing it of watering down its beers , Bloomberg reports. In full-page advertisements that ran in 10 major newspapers yesterday, the brewer jokes, "They must have tested one of these," showing a can of drinking water. The company... More »

Shareholders Sue JPMorgan

They say it misled them regarding risk

(Newser) - Two shareholders filed separate lawsuits against JPMorgan and its top executives in the wake of its $2 billion trading loss , accusing them of misleading investors about the company's risk exposure. One aspires to be a class action suit, representing anyone who owned JPMorgan stock from April 13 to May... More »

Shareholders Sue Netflix

Class-action suit says company issued 'misleading statements'

(Newser) - Netflix's shareholders are none too happy with the streaming video giant's plummeting share price, and now they're biting back with a class action lawsuit. The suit, filed recently in California, alleges that Netflix "issued materially false and misleading statements," and failing to disclose crucial info.... More »

Female Workers Hit Walmart With New Class-Action Suits

Colossal nationwide suit split into regional cases

(Newser) - Four months after the Supreme Court decided that 1.5 million past and present female workers at Walmart couldn't be lumped together in a single class-action suit , the first of what promises to be a flood of fresh lawsuits have begun. The original plaintiffs—who say they were denied... More »

Lawsuit: NFL Hid Concussion Effects for 90 Years

75 ex-players suing the league

(Newser) - A group of 75 former NFL players is suing the league, claiming that it has been hiding the harmful effects of the concussions for nearly a century. “The NFL knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects on a player's brain of concussions,” the lawsuit... More »

Apple Pays Off South Korean for iPhone Tracking

Lawyer snags $946 in compensation

(Newser) - A South Korean lawyer has drawn first blood in the battle to make Apple pay for its iPhone tracking glitch , scoring a 1 million won ($946) payout from the tech giant, Reuters reports. The lawyer, Kim Hyung-suk, originally sued Apple on his own for collecting his location data without his... More »

Supreme Court Sides With Wal-Mart in Sex Bias Case

More than 1M women don't have enough in common: justices

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has ruled for Wal-Mart in the biggest sex discrimination lawsuit ever, holding that the case cannot proceed as a class action. The court rejected a US appeals court decision that as many as 1.6 million women could take part in the suit, which could have ultimately... More »

Walmart: Too Big to Sue?

Company says it's too big to be sued by 1.5M female employees

(Newser) - Walmart will go before the Supreme Court today and argue that it is simply too big to face a class action gender discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of some 1.5 million current and former female employees. “They have brought a case that implicates 3,400 stores around the... More »

Lawyers Mass for Assault on BP

Firms involved in spill will be in court for decades

(Newser) - The Deepwater Horizon rig was ablaze for less than 24 hours when the first lawsuit on behalf of a dead worker's widow was filed—marking the start of a flood of legal action that will match the gush of oil spilling into the Gulf, say experts. Damages are far reaching... More »

Lawsuits Over Chinese Drywall Mounting

More homeowners cite damage, sickness, as feds finish inquiry

(Newser) - With the controversy over Chinese drywall about to come to a head, the New York Times checks in on the issue and finds hundreds of lawsuits piling up around the country. The imported material, which became common as builders scrambled for supplies during the housing boom, is said to be... More »

Female Brokers Sue BofA for Discrimination

Men got higher retention bonuses, they allege

(Newser) - A former Merrill Lynch broker is leading a class-action lawsuit against Bank of America for offering female workers lower retention bonuses, Reuters reports. The suit alleges that Merrill had a longtime practice of steering wealthier clients to its male brokers. Because of that, when BofA acquired the firm and offered... More »

NAACP Accuses Banks of Loan Discrimination

Blacks were forced into subprime mortgages, group says

(Newser) - The NAACP is accusing Wells Fargo and HSBC of forcing black people into subprime mortgages while whites with identical qualifications got lower rates. Class-action lawsuits were to be filed against the banks today in federal court in Los Angeles. Similar NAACP lawsuits are pending against a dozen other subprime lenders.... More »

'Winston Man' Dies of Cancer Amidst Trial

Actor was set to testify against tobacco giant RJ Reynolds

(Newser) - Alan Landers, the one-time face of Winston cigarettes, has died at 68 of lung and throat cancer in the middle of a multi-million dollar legal action against his former employers, the Guardian reports. Landers, who was to testify next month, was among about 9,000 Florida smokers suing cigarette companies... More »

Apple Customer Sues Over iPhone 3G Glitches

Service nowhere close to what's advertised, complaint alleges

(Newser) - An Alabama woman is suing Apple after purchasing the new iPhone 3G, alleging the gizmo does not nearly live it to its hype—plagued by problems like slow email and text-messaging, excessive dropped calls, and the inability to connect to AT&T’s 3G network. Her complaints are echoed across... More »

Airborne Will Offer Refunds Over Ad Claims

Maker of fizzy orange tablet settles with feds after cold-cure boasts

(Newser) - Airborne—the fizzy orange tablet long pitched as a way to cure and prevent the common cold—will refund consumers the price of up to six purchases because it has no evidence to back up those claims, the Washington Post reports. Under a deal cut yesterday, the company will add... More »

Star Lawyer Gets 5 Years in Bribery Rap

Class-action leader Scruggs 'could not be more ashamed'

(Newser) - Disgraced Mississippi lawyer Dickie Scruggs was sentenced to the maximum 5 years in prison today in a judicial bribery scheme; at the hearing, the class-action pioneer said, “I could not be more ashamed than I am today.” The judge hinted he might shave some time off if Scruggs... More »

Grand Theft Auto Sex Scenes Fail to Excite

Lawsuit over hidden footage gets few takers

(Newser) - Moral outrage that sparked a class action lawsuit over the hidden sex scenes in the wildly popular Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has failed to translate into complaints, the New York Times reports. Despite the millions of copies of the game sold to date, only 2,676 offended owners have... More »

WR Grace Makes Deal to Settle Asbestos Claims

Chemical company hopes to leave bankruptcy by year's end

(Newser) - Chemical company WR Grace cleared a major hurdle in its 7-year effort to emerge from bankruptcy yesterday, agreeing to pay more than $3 billion to settle asbestos-related personal injury lawsuits, reports the Baltimore Sun. The deal, which a bankruptcy judge must approve, would establish a trust fund to settle current... More »

J&J Hid Birth Control Patch Risks: Suit

Scientist accused of veiling heart attack, stroke dangers

(Newser) - Johnson & Johnson doctored data to get its birth control patch FDA-approved, according to a class action lawsuit that claims Ortho-Evra caused blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. A J&J scientist allegedly doctored the data with a "correction factor" for the FDA, lowering estrogen-related risk by 60%: He... More »

Starbucks Balks at Paying Back Barista Tips

Firm challenges court ruling, calls it 'unfair beyond reason'

(Newser) - Starbucks is defying a California court ruling, arguing a judge has created a tempest in a tip jar, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The court ruled the coffee shop must pay nearly $100 million to California baristas forced to share tips with their supervisors. Similar suits have been filed in Minnesota... More »

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