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?
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. In addition, the jury also awarded the employee $200,000 for emotional distress and $715,385 in punitive damages.
Defective combat earplugs causing long-term problems?
3M Company sold Combat Arms earplugs to the US military from 2003 to 2015. They were supposed to work like this: One side of the earplug allows low-intensity sounds, such as speaking, through. The other side was supposed to muffle much more sound. The only problem is that they didn’t work