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Huge Verdict Shakes Up Nursing Home Industry

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) During Cindy Cool's almost daily visits to the nursing home, she would routinely find her Alzheimer's-suffering father wearing urine-soaked clothes. The Blue Lake, Calif. resident said it would take upwards of 20 minutes for the apparently short-handed staff of Eureka Healthcare...

Jury: BankAtlantic's Misrepresentations Violated Federal Securities Law

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A federal jury in Florida handed down a rare verdict in a securities class action lawsuit on Nov. 18, finding subprime lender BankAtlantic Bancorp. Inc. and certain of its executive officers guilty of federal securities law violations that led BankAtlantic's...

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Upholds $188M Wal-Mart Verdict

HARRISBURG, Pa. - (AP) A $188 million class-action verdict against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Sam's Club over payment to employees for rest breaks and off-the-clock work was upheld Friday by a Pennsylvania appeals court. A three-judge Superior Court panel said there was sufficient evidence at trial...

New York Federal Judge Says Chinese Vitamin C Makers Fixed Prices, Enters $153.3 Million Judgment

NEW YORK- (Mealey's) A federal judge in New York on March 14 entered judgment for $153.3 million after trebling a jury's $54.1 million verdict in favor of a direct purchaser class on its allegations that Chinese corporations participated in an illegal cartel to fix prices and limit supply for...

Florida Jury Awards $450,000 In Punitives To Daughter of Smoker (Watch The Closing Statement Videos)

BRONSON, Fla. — (Mealey’s) The daughter of a smoker who died of lung cancer was awarded $450,000 in punitive damages Nov. 12 by a jury in Florida’s Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in a trial limited to the redetermination of damages following the striking of an earlier award of almost...

Florida Jury Says Smoker Not Addicted, Returns Defense Verdict (Watch Video Excerpts Of The Closing Statements)

PENSACOLA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury returned a defense verdict May 21 in a suit alleging that the death of a former smoker from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease was caused by his years of smoking ( Ethel...

J.C. Penney Pays $50 Million To Settle California False Advertising Class Action

J.C. Penney Corporation Inc. allegedly engaged in a false price comparison advertising scheme by advertising "sale" prices substantially lower than "original" or "regular" prices for apparel and accessories using false regular and original prices. In an action initiated...