Local news source The San Mateo Daily Journal reported that two separate lawsuits have been filed in San Mateo County Superior Court against Foster Farms. The first lawsuit was filed by Winston Mendoza on behalf of himself, six other adults, and his three young children. According to his complaint, Mr. Mendoza purchased cooked chicken from the El Camino Real Costco store in South San Francisco, California, on September 14, 2013. Mr. Mendoza and the other plaintiffs became very ill after consuming the chicken. Most of the individuals required hospitalization. More »

On August 7, 2013, a New York federal judge allowed a consumer fraud lawsuit targeting Walgreens glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to move forward. The proposed class action, Quinn v. Walgreen Co., alleges that Walgreens advertises these supplements with false and misleading statements regarding the efficacy of the supplements, including “the false promise and deceptive warranty that its products ‘rebuild cartilage.'” More »

According to NBC News, Foster Farms has not ordered a recall of its chicken products that have been linked to the salmonella outbreak in 21 states. As of October 29, 2013, 362 cases of salmonella illnesses have been reported, primarily in California. The strain of salmonella linked to the contaminated chicken is Salmonella Heidelberg, which is resistant to some common antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More »

On October 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a public health alert regarding a salmonella outbreak that is linked to chicken produced and packaged at three Foster Farm facilities in California. The illnesses have not been pinpointed to a specific source or a specific production period. However, suspect packages are those that contain the following establishment numbers: P6137, P6137A, and P7632. More »

On October 4, 2013, Adobe Systems, Inc. announced that it has been a target of a cyber-attack. According to Silicon Valley Business Journal, the online security breach included “sophisticated attacks,” leading to confidential information theft involving about 2.9 million customer accounts. The kind of information compromised includes customers’ user names, passwords, credit or debit card numbers, and expiration dates. Brad Arkin, Adobe chief security officer, stated that the company does not believe that decrypted credit or debit card numbers were taken from its system, only encrypted ones. Adobe plans to notify customers who were affected and get federal law enforcement involved. Customers will also be instructed to change their user IDs and/or passwords. More »

Employers are coming under increased scrutiny for issuing payday debit cards to employees. These cards often subject employees to hidden fees and charges which often financially cripple many lower paid workers. More »

Girard Gibbs LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of Vocera Communications, Inc. (NASD: VCRA) stock. More »

An article published by the New York Times on July 20, 2013 suggested that Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) and its subsidiary Metro International Trade Services have artificially raised the price of aluminum, and reported the findings of an investigation into Goldman’s aluminum warehousing system. More »

According to consumers, Lennox International air conditioning units and heat pumps may have defective evaporator coils. Lennox International has a reputation as a leader in the heating and cooling industry. Lennox products sell for a premium price and Lennox advertises “one of the best warranties in the business” on their website. However, a growing number of consumer complaints tell the same story of high out of pocket costs to fix known problems with the evaporator coils. More »

A recently filed lawsuit alleges that the Volvo 850, manufactured in 1997, does not have a safety feature that it was advertised as having. According to the class action lawsuit, the Volvo 850 was held out to consumers as having solid steel bars in all four of the car’s doors – a feature Plaintiffs’ say was intended to reduce side impact fatalities. However, according to the lawsuit, the rear doors of the Volvo 850 did not have steel bars and instead of steel contained an unsupported piece of corrugated plastic. More »