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Johnson & Johnson Hit With $8 Billion Punitive Judgement

After a series of high-profile (and costly) legal setbacks, the hits keep coming for Johnson & Johnson. Tuesday, October 8th saw a Philadelphia jury award a Maryland man $8,000,000,000 in punitive damages after he said his use of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal as a child caused him to develop enlarged breasts. Yes, BILLION, with a “B.” The award was the largest to date among more than 13,000 lawsuits which generally claim that Risperdal led the plaintiffs to develop a condition called gynecomastia, a side effect which Johnson & Johnson was allegedly aware of but understated when marketing their product to doctors. Originally approved in late 1993 by the Food and Drug Administration, Risperdal was originally approved for treating schizophrenia and episodes of bipolar mania in adults before eventually being expanded to treat symptoms of autism. The plaintiff in the case—Nicholas Murray, 26, of Maryland—originally won a $680,000 compensatory award over the same claims. Although the punitive damages are likely to be reduced some, the move by the jury sends a message to companies that gross misconduct and wrongdoing will not be tolerated. Tuesday’s verdict is just the latest in a string of high-profile blows to the wider reputation of Johnson & Johnson. An August ruling in Oklahoma ordered the company to pay the state $572 million for their contribution to the state’s opioid crisis; similarly, a St. Louis jury found that Johnson & Johnson should pay $4,690,000,000 to 22 ovarian cancer victims and their families after use of the company’s baby powder allegedly led to the ovarian cancer diagnoses.

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Minimum Wage Raised in LA County, But Not For Everyone

California and Los Angeles County’s Minimum Wage Inches Closer to $15.00 per Hour Although the California minimum wage is now $12.00 per hour for large employers and $11.00 per hour for small employers, that hasn’t stopped many counties and municipalities across the state from increasing their minimum wages. Starting July 1st, 2019, workers in the City of Los Angeles and Unincorporated Los Angeles County received [a small bump in pay](https://abc7.com/society/cities-across-la-county-see-new-minimum-wage-increase/5375233/) as part of the county’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2021. What are LA County’s New Minimum Wage Laws? Cities all throughout California have varying wage and hour laws—in fact, California has some of the most complicated minimum wage laws in the country. The actual minimum wage paid out depends on a few things, namely: the location, the employer’s size, and the employee’s line of work. In Unincorporated LA County, the new minimum wage laws are as follows: Employers with fewer than 26 employees must pay at least $13.25 per hour. If an employer has 26 or more employees, they are now required to pay at least $14.25 per hour. Both figures represent a $1.00 per hour increase over the previous minimum wage. Although the City of Los Angeles raised its minimum wage in accordance with Los Angeles County, special provisions have been granted to hotel workers within the City of Los Angeles. Wages for hotel employees made a small jump from their previous rate of $16.10 per hour to $16.63 per hour. Where Else Has The Minimum Wage Changed? These developments are not unique to LA—localities stretching from San Francisco to Santa Monica are pushing their minimum wages higher in-step with Los Angeles. But cities like Long Beach and Torrance are failing to keep pace, refusing to raise their minimum wage above the state-required levels. For a complete list of all recent minimum wage changes in California, The National Law Review has compiled a complete list of changes throughout the state.

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Uber Class Action Lawsuit: Important Update

As many of you know, Wilshire Law Firm has filed a class action lawsuit against driving app Uber. Our lawsuit claims that Uber Technologies, Inc. deliberately and systematically manipulated navigational data. The result of their actions was a higher fare to the “rider” and unjust, lower pay for the “driver” for the same trip. Wilshire Law Firm has discovered extremely solid evidence of this gross pay manipulation, and we look forward to exposing Uber during the ongoing litigation. Please note: This Uber class action lawsuit will only be available to Uber drivers who operate in the state of California. If you are an Uber driver in the state of California, you are owed recovery compensation and Wilshire Law Firm is ready to represent you in this groundbreaking case. IMPORTANT: If you are currently driving for Uber, you may still participate in this suit. Your private information will be kept 100%, completely anonymous. To be clear, you will not appear as a named plaintiff and you can keep driving for Uber. Furthermore, Wilshire Law Firm does not encourage members of this or any class action suit to share information on any social media channels or other types of sharing platforms. These posts could adversely affect the legitimacy of your claim. How much money will each driver receive from the suit? There are multiple factors that determine the financial recovery for any class action lawsuit, which makes it difficult to give a solid prediction of what each individual driver will get in recovery compensation. Factors include: How many class action members are involved. The scope and amount of work each driver has performed. Each driver’s personal circumstances and other considerations. Thousands of Uber drivers have already signed up to participate anonymously in this very important class action suit. We are still signing up new drivers every day, and we look forward to your involvement in this case. What did Uber do wrong to deserve this class action suit? There are six allegations that our suit will be pursuing during this case. They are as follows: Breach of Contract – Uber failed to live up to payment commitments in “driver” contracts. Unjust Enrichment – Uber collected portions of fares that should have been given to “drivers.” Fraud by Concealment – “Upfront pricing” features were inaccurate and misleading. Violation of the Lanham Act – False claims in advertising misled “drivers” to sign up for Uber. Unfair Competition – Manipulating fares charged to “riders” vs. fares paid to “drivers.” Misclassification and Failure to Pay Wages – Uber classified “drivers” as independent contractors, when they are really employees. Learn more about this class action suit today We understand that legal matters, especially when opposing large, famous companies like Uber, can be intimidating. Wilshire Law Firm specializes in representing small parties against these types of intimidating cases. It’s what we do, because we care for you! That’s why we’ve laid out all the information you need to make an informed decision with regards to this class action suit in one easy-to-read website: JusticeForDrivers.com. There you will learn all the details you need to make an informed decision as to whether or not you should apply to participate in this case. Wilshire Law Firm looks forward to working with you, and to getting you fair and just recovery compensation very soon! Drive safe!

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