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Whole Foods Faces Class Claims Over Sparkling Water Ingredients
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On April 11, 2021, class claims were filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York against grocery store chain Whole Foods Market Group Inc. alleging that it engages in false, deceptive and misleading advertising in relation to its Lemon Raspberry Italian Sparkling Mineral Water, which depicts pictures of fresh lemons and raspberries on the label. In the complaint, named plaintiff Kevin Kelly asserts that when consumers purchase the Product, they reasonably expect that it will contain lemon and raspberry as the main ingredients, based on the labeling of the product.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 04/15/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Husband and Wife Landlords Accused of Harassing and Evicting Tenant
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The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against a pair of Pennsylvania landlords who allegedly subjected a tenant to sexual harassment and retaliation. The female tenant alleges one of her landlords sexually harassed her by touching her without her consent. After the incident, the wife of the man evicted her from her home. The lawsuit was filed on Monday against the husband and wife in U.S. District Court in Erie.
Ed Palattella, Erie Times-News 04/13/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Amazon Announces Plan to Increase Black and Women Employees in Senior Roles
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In the midst of facing legal action alleging discrimination, Amazon says it plans to increase the numbers of Black and female employees in senior roles. The announcement was made by Amazon in a blog post on Wednesday and stated that the company plans to double the number of Black employees in senior roles. The company says it also intends to increase the number of women in senior positions in tech and science. The announcement was made weeks after a racial discrimination was filed against Amazon.
Palash Ghosh, Forbes 04/14/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit: New Jersey Pizzeria Discriminated Against Pregnant Employee
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A New Jersey pizzeria is being accused of discriminating against a pregnant employee. The woman filed a lawsuit against Pizza Heaven in Superior Court of Cape May County alleging that her hours were reduced after her boss learned of her pregnancy. According to the complaint, the woman was moved from evening shifts to lesser-paying morning shifts. The lawsuit alleges violations of the plaintiff's civil rights under New Jersey law, which prohibits discrimination based on gender and pregnancy.
Anthony G. Attrino, 04/13/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Detention Center Detainee's Foot Burns Were Not Treated, Case to Move Forward
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A federal judge says that a Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility detainee can proceed with a lawsuit alleging he was not given medical treatment for an injury. This week, U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell Jr. rejected a motion by the prison to dismiss the lawsuit. The plaintiff, a 35-year-old Dominican national awaiting trial in Connecticut, says prison officials failed to get him prescribed medical treatment for burns on his foot. Now he experiences daily pain and can no longer use his foot to walk, according to the complaint.
Katie Mulvaney, The Providence Journal 04/09/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Meow Mix Sold at Walmart Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination
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The J. M. Smucker Co. has announced a recall on its Meow Mix cat food due to potential salmonella contamination. The recall applies to two lots of Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food (30LB bag). The affected bags of cat food were sold at Walmart stores across seven states. J. M. Smucker is not aware of any adverse reactions to the food.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 04/09/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

Kansas Woman Dies After COVID-19 Vaccine, Family Considering Lawsuit
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The family of a Kansas woman who died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The 68-year-old woman died last month at Topeka's Stormont Vail Health Center after she experienced an allergic reaction to the vaccine. She received medical treatment at the vaccination site and was taken to a Topeka hospital, where she died. The family has retained an attorney and may file a lawsuit over the woman's death.
Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital-Journal 04/14/2021   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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