Month: August 2019

How Much Will It Cost Johnson & Johnson To Settle Most of Its Lawsuits?

Johnson & Johnson has been facing several lawsuits over its different products, including talc, hip-plants, and the blood thinner, Xarelto. There are a total of around 50,000 such cases against the company. The company has agreed to settle several of these cases, as announced over the last few months. However, if it were to settle all of the above 50,000 cases, it would cost the company an amount north of $6 billion, in our view. Johnson & Johnson is capable of settling all the claims if need be from its cash in hand of $14 billion. View our interactive dashboard analysis ~ How Much Money Could Johnson & Johnson Have To Shell Out To Settle Its Lawsuits? 

Employer Makes $1.3 Million FMLA Mistake by Firing Worker After Mexico Trip

A recent decision from the highest court in Massachusetts emphasizes the risk to employers of taking employment actions based on outrage rather than reason—particularly when it comes to decisions about leaves of absence.

In this case, an employee sued his former employer after he was fired for taking a vacation to Mexico while he was on a medical leave of absence, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld a $1.3 million damage award. A jury had found the company liable for retaliatory termination in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and a state law discrimination statute.

The jury awarded the employee $19,777 in back pay and $300,000 in front pay for lost future income and benefits.

How defective combat earplugs can cause long-term problems

Have you lost your hearing or developed tinnitus—a ringing in your ears—after serving in the military?

If you served between 2003 and 2015, were issued two-sided black and yellow earplugs, and have developed hearing loss or tinnitus, you may be eligible for financial compensation in a large lawsuit.

Here are the details: Military service members were issued 3M’s Combat Arms Earplugs from 2003 to 2015. One side of the earplugs would allow low-intensity sounds through, such as speaking, and the other side would muffle sound more. They were the only dual-sided earplugs issued by the military.

Unfortunately, they didn’t work.

“The earplugs didn’t maintain a tight seal and allowed dangerously loud sounds to slip through without the wearer knowing,” according to the Military Times.

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