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            Thursday, March 18, 2010, Vol. 12, No. 54

                            Headlines

AARON BROTHERS: Removes "Tijero" Overtime Suit to N.D. Calif.
AMERICAN STANDARD: Sued for Failure to Provide Underinsured Cover
BANK OF AMERICA: Accused of Violating Unfair Competition Law
BOWNE & CO: Sued in N.Y. Sup. Ct. for Breach of Fiduciary Duty
CAMPBELL SOUP: Accused of Deceptive Advertising in N.J. Suit

CHALIDA HAYNES: Sued for Violations of California Labor Code
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY: Accused of Underpaying Natural Gas Royalties
CITY OF ENCINITAS: Suit Complains About Short Term Rental Fee
COUNTY OF COOK: Sued for Refusing to Provide Courtroom Security
DREYER'S GRAND: Accused of False Advertising in California Suit

HOOTERS OF AMERICA: Accused in Ala. of Not Paying Proper Wages
JP MORGAN CHASE: Sued for Failure to Abide by Deposit Contracts
LINC HOUSING: Accused of Reneging on Written Contract; Fraud
NATURAL HAIR: Accused of Fraud Related to Hair Growth Products
PROCTOR & GAMBLE: Sued for Failing to Disclose Zinc in FIXODENT

QUEST DIAGNOSTICS: Sued for Violations of California Wage Laws
SCS-CHICAGO LLC: Accused of Violating Illinois Minimum Wage Law
SOUTHERN CALIF GAS: Discriminatory Disability Practices Alleged
SOUTHWEST WATER: Shareholder Sues to Block Deal with J.P. Morgan
SOUTHWEST WATER: Breach of Fiduciary Duty Alleged in Second Suit

SYSCO GUEST: Charged with Wage Underpayment in Los Angeles Cty.
UNITED OIL: Sued for Violations of California Labor Code

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AARON BROTHERS: Removes "Tijero" Overtime Suit to N.D. Calif.
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On May 7, 2009, Jose Tijero, on behalf of himself and others
similarly situated v. Aaron Brothers, Inc., and Michaels Stores,
Inc., et al., commenced a putative class action against the
Defendants in the Superior Court of California, County of
Alameda, as Case No. RG09451144.  Mr. Tijero alleged that he is a
former employee of Aaron Brothers and Michaels and asserted
claims for failure to pay wages and overtime pay, failure to pay
wages upon discharge, failure to provide meal and rest breaks,
failure to maintain pay records, violation of California's unfair
competition laws, unjust enrichment, and declaratory relief.

On Mar. 15, 2010, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Secs. 1332(d)(2), 1441,
1446 and 1453, removed the lawsuit to the U.S. District Court for
the Northern District of California, and the Clerk assigned Case
No. 10-cv-01089 to the proceeding.  

Under 28 U.S.C Sec. 1441(a), a defendant may remove to federal
district court "any civil action brought in a State court of
which the district courts of the United States have jurisdiction.
. . ."

Defendants tell the Court that they were not incorporated in
California and, at the time the class action was commenced, both
Defendants were corporations organized and incorporated under the
laws of Delaware.  Defendants add that each of the Defendant's
principal place of business is located in Texas.  

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Arthur Kim, Esq.
          Daniel L. Feder, Esq.
          LAW OFFICES OF DANIEL FEDER
          807 Montgomery Street
          San Francisco, CA 94133
          Telephone: (415) 391-9476
          E-mail: akimhaiti@gmail.com
                  danfeder@pacbell.net

The Defendants are represented by:

          Catherine A. Conway, Esq.
          Gregory W. Knopp, Esq.
          Gary M. McLaughlin, Esq.
          Aanand Mehtani, Esq.
          AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD LLP
          2029 Century Park East, Suite 2400
          Los Angeles, CA 90067-3012
          Telephone: (310) 229-1000
          E-mail: amehtani@akingump.com
                  cconway@akingump.com
                  gknopp@akingump.com


AMERICAN STANDARD: Sued for Failure to Provide Underinsured Cover
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Skye Darke, as Independent Administrator of the Estate of Sean
Darke, for the exclusive benefit of the surviving spouse and next
of kin of Sean Darke and others similarly situated v. American
Standard Insurance Company of Wisconsin, American Family Mutual
Insurance Company, d/b/a American Family Insurance Group, and
Kimberley M. Baccus, d/b/a/ American Family Insurance - Kimberley
M. Baccus Insurance Agency, Case No. 2010-CH-09246 (Ill. Cir.
Ct., Cook Cty. March 5, 2010), complains that the Insurer has
improperly denied Underinsured Motorist Coverage under a family
car policy in the amount of $100,000.  Sean Darke died on May 23,
2009, when a 1989 Kawasaki motorcycle insured by the defendants
crashed.  

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Joseph Michael O'Callaghan, Esq.
          O'CALLAGHAN & COLLEAGUES, P.C.
          208 West Washington Street, Suite 2301
          Chicago, IL 60606
          Telephone: (312) 332-1600


BANK OF AMERICA: Accused of Violating Unfair Competition Law
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Harold C. Rose and Kimberly Lane, individually and on behalf of
others similarly situated v. Bank of America, N.A., et al., Case
No. BC433460 (Calif. Super. Ct., Orange Cty. March 9, 2010),
charges BofA with violations of the California Unfair Competition
Law because, around April 2009, the Bank didn't properly notify
them about specific pricing changes to fees applicable to their
particular deposit accounts held at BofA.  Plaintiffs seek
restitution plus injunctive relief (a) halting Defendants'
unlawful and unfair business acts and practices, and (b)
requiring Defendants to undertake measures to correct their
deficient and improper notices about pricing changes to fees
applicable to Plaintiffs' and other Class members' deposit
accounts.
  
The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Henry H. Rossbacher, Esq.
          James S. Cahill, Esq.
          Talin K. Tenley, Esq.
          THE ROSSBACHER FIRM
          811 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1650
          Los Angeles, CA 90017
          Telephone: (213) 895-6500
          Facsimile: (213) 895-6161


BOWNE & CO: Sued in N.Y. Sup. Ct. for Breach of Fiduciary Duty
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Shawn Parlich, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated
v. Bowne & Co., et al., Case No. 103246/2010  (N.Y. Sup. Ct.,
N.Y. Cty. March 11, 2010), asserts that the Board of Directors of
Bowne & Co., Inc., in connection with the proposed sale of Bowne
to R.R. Donnelley & Sons, failed to adequately discharge its
fiduciary duties to the Company's shareholders, by, inter alia,
(i) failing to ensure that they will receive maximum value for
their shares; (ii) failing to conduct an appropriate sale
process; and (ii) locking-up of the proposed sale by agreeing to
onerous terms in the Merger Agreement with RR Donnelley that will
dissuade or otherwise preclude the emergence of a superior
transaction, while certain Company insiders will be adequately
compensated in connection with the proposed transaction.

Plaintiff seeks equitable relief compelling Bowne's Board of
Directors to properly exercise its fiduciary duties to the
shareholders and to enjoin the closing of the proposed sale.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Samuel H. Rudman, Esq.
          David A. Rosenfeld, Esq.
          Mark S. Reich, Esq.
          Joseph F. Russello, Esq.
          Carolina C. Torres, Esq.
          COUGHLIN STOIA GELLER RUDMAN & ROBBINS LLP
          58 South Service Road, Suite 200
          Melville, NY 11747
          Telephone: (631) 367-7100
          Facsimile: (631) 367-1173


CAMPBELL SOUP: Accused of Deceptive Advertising in N.J. Suit
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Courthouse News Service reports that Campbell's charges extra for
its "Less Sodium" and "Healthy Request" Tomato Soups, but the
Less Sodium soup contains as much sodium as regular tomato soup,
and the Healthy Request soup "contains more fat than the Regular
Tomato Soup," a class action claims in Trenton, N.J., Federal
Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Smajlaj v. Campbell Soup Company,
Case No. 10-cv-_____, docketed as Doc. 231 in Case No.
33-av-00001 on March 12, 2010 (D. N.J.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/03/15/TomatoSoup.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:
          
          Jeffrey W. Herrmann, Esq.
          COHN LIFLAND PEARLMAN HERRMANN & KNOPF LLP
          Park 80 Plaza West-One
          Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
          Telephone: 201-845-9600

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          Lester L. Levy, Esq.
          Michele F. Raphael, Esq.
          James Kelly-Kowolowitz, Esq.
          WOLF POPPER LLP
          845 Third Ave., 12th Floor
          New York, NY 10022
          Telephone: 212-759-4600


CHALIDA HAYNES: Sued for Violations of California Labor Code
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Alma Polanco, on behalf of herself and others similarly situated
v. Chalida U. Haynes, et al., Case No. BC432762 (Calif. Super.
Ct., Los Angeles Cty. February 26, 2010), asserts, on an
individual basis, violations of the California Fair Employment
and Housing Act, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress,
and Battery, and as class representative, violations of the
California Labor Code and Business and Professions Code.  
Plaintiffs, who are current and former employees of the
Defendants, seek to recover, among other things, unpaid and
illegally calculated overtime compensation; unpaid wages earned
to date; indemnification for expenses; wages and penalties due
from illegal deductions, illegal break policies including meal
period policies, failure to maintain required records, and
falsifying hours worked; interest; attorneys' fees; costs; and
expenses.

Defendant Chalida U. Haynes owns and operates a 7 Eleven
franchise.  Plaintiff Alma Polanco was employed by 7 Eleven,
Inc., owned and operated by Chalida U. Haynes, located at 8147 E.
Arroyo Drive in San Gabriel, Calif.

Plaintiff Alma Polanco alleges that soon after the commencement
of her employment and continuing thereafter, she was subjected to
sexual harassment by Defendant JET (last name unknown).  Ms.
Polanco said that she complained to Defendant Chaida U. Haynes,
but Ms. Haynes failed to investigate, warn or discipline JET, and
the harassment continued.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

           Matthew J. Matern, Esq.
           RASTEGAR & MATERN
           1010 Crenshaw Boulevard, Suite 100
           Torrance, CA 90501
           Telephone: (310) 218-5500


CHESAPEAKE ENERGY: Accused of Underpaying Natural Gas Royalties
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Courthouse News Service reports that Chesapeake Energy and BP
America underpaid royalties on natural gas leases in Arkansas
through improper accounting and unconscionable contracts, a class
action claims in Little Rock Federal Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Vanoven v. Chesapeake Energy
Corporation, et al., Case No. 10-cv-00158 (E.D. Ark.)
(Miller, J.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/03/15/EnergyCA.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Keith L. Grayson, Esq.
          GRAYSON & GRAYSON, P.A.
          P.O. Box 1447
          Heber Springs, AR 72534
          Telephone: 501-206-0905

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          Charles R. Hicks, Esq.
          HICKS LAW FIRM
          111 Center St., Suite 1200
          Little Rock, AR 72201
          Telephone: 501-371-0068


CITY OF ENCINITAS: Suit Complains About Short Term Rental Fee
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Tim Hull at Courthouse News Service reports that the City of
Encinitas charges an illegal annual $150 "short term rental fee"
to discourage landlords from renting beach homes to tourists, a
class action claims in Superior Court.

Lead plaintiff Chris Carrico, who owns a property management firm
that rents beach houses, says the fee is an extra property tax
that violates the California Constitution.

Mr. Carrico says the goal of the ordinance, in addition to
collecting money for the city, is to drive out what the city
perceives as rowdy summer tourists by fining landlords who can't
control their tenants.

"A gullible Encinitas City Council, listening to an outspoken
minority of 'locals', apparently believes, wrongly, that
excessive noise, drunkenness, vandalism, trash accumulation and
illegal parking is rampant in Encinitas and would not exist but
for this specific type of vacationer," Mr. Carrico says.

He claims the poorly written, vague ordinance unfairly holds
landlords liable for tenants' behavior.  He says the ordinance
exempts hotels from the same "stringent regulations and very
stiff penalties" if their guests misbehave.

"The same misconduct that would be subject to fine and permit
revocation when committed by a short-term visitor [less than 30
days] is not actionable under this ordinance when committed by
renters of long-term rentals, hotels, or owner-residents,"
Mr. Carrico says.

Landlord fines start at $250 for a complaint not handled with 24
hours, and increase to $500, $750 and $1,000 for subsequent
violations.

Mr. Carrico estimates the class at 200 landlords.  He says summer
rental income makes it possible for many beachfront homeowners to
pay their mortgages.

The class seeks declaratory judgment voiding the ordinance and
the fee, and their money back.  

Internecine warfare among seaside cities in pricey San Diego
County is not unusual.  Residents of adjoining cities frequently
complain -- though not in court -- that neighboring Police
Departments arrest homeless people and "deport" them to the city
down the road.  The Police Departments, of course, deny it.  But
residents and some newspaper reporters insist that the practice
is common.

A copy of the Complaint in Carrico, et al. v. City of Encinitas,
et al., Case No. 37-2010-00087269 (Calif. Super. Ct., San Diego
Cty.) (Strauss, J.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/03/15/BeachTax.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Edward M. Teyssier, Esq.
          3200 Highland Ave., Suite 300
          National City, CA 91950
          Telephone: 619-474-7500


COUNTY OF COOK: Sued for Refusing to Provide Courtroom Security
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Steven Marshall, on behalf of himself and others similarly
situated, on behalf of the Judicial Branch of Illinois
Government, and the Circuit Court of Cook County v. The County of
Cook, Case No. 2010-L-003070 (Ill. Cir. Ct., Cook Cty. March 10,
2010), accuses Cook County of refusing to provide courthouse and
courtroom security for the protection of judges and litigants, as
required by law.  Specifically, the plaintiff states that
Defendant Cook County has willfully refused to use fees collected
for courtroom security from Plaintiff and others similarly
situated for the explicit purpose set by statute despite the
obligation that those fees be used solely and for the exclusive
purpose of providing courthouse and courtroom security through
the sheriff.  

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Steven J. Seidman, Esq.
          LAW OFFICES OF STEVEN J. SEIDMAN
          Two First National Plaza
          20 South Clark Street, Suite 700
          Chicago, IL 60603
          Telephone: (312) 781-1977

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          David A. Novoselsky, Esq.
          NOVOSELSKY LAW OFFICES
          120 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1400
          Chicago, IL 60602
          Telephone: (312) 346-8930


DREYER'S GRAND: Accused of False Advertising in California Suit
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Courthouse News Service reports that Dreyer's ice cream, a
Nestle's subsidiary, falsely advertises the fat contents of its
Drumsticks and Dibs, according to a class action in San Francisco
Federal Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Carrea v. Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream,
Inc., et al., Case No. 10-cv-01044 (N.D. Calif.), is available
at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/03/15/IceCream.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Michael R. Reese, Esq.
          Kim E. Richman, Esq.
          REESE RICHMAN LLP
          875 Sixth Ave., 18th Floor
          New York, NY 10001
          Telephone: 212-643-0500


HOOTERS OF AMERICA: Accused in Ala. of Not Paying Proper Wages
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Hooters stiffs employees for work they have to do before and
after their shift, a class action claims in Birmingham, Ala.,
Federal Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Calma v. Hooters of America, Inc.,
Case No. 10-cv-00538 (N.D. Ala.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/03/15/Hooters.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Robert L. Wiggins, Esq.
          Dennis G. Pantazis, Esq.
          Brian M. Clark, Esq.
          WIGGINS, CHILDS, QUINN & PANTAZIS, LLC
          The Kress Building
          301 19th St. North
          Birmingham, AL 35203
          Telephone: 205-314-0500

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          Darrell L. Cartwright, Esq.
          CARTWRIGHT LAW CORPORATION
          P.O. Box 383204
          Birmingham, AL 35238-3204
          Telephone: 205-202-1040

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          Allan L. Armstrong, Esq.
          ARMSTRONG LAW CENTER LLC
          P.O. Box 2434
          Birmingham, AL 35201
          Telephone: 205-821-4644


JP MORGAN CHASE: Sued for Failure to Abide by Deposit Contracts
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Jon Hart, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated v.
JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Case No. 10-cv-01075 (N.D. Calif.
March 12, 2010), accuses the bank of failing to abide by the
terms of its deposit contracts when charging Insufficient Funds
Fees or other charges.  The Plaintiff seeks the recovery of
monetary damages, restitution and injunctive relief to make the
bank credit deposits to its customers' deposit accounts in
accordance with the terms of the Chase Account Rules and
Regulations or other substantially similar contracts governing
deposit accounts.  Mr. Hart wants a jury trial.  

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Eric S. Somers, Esq.
          Mark N. Todzo, Esq.
          LEXINGTON LAW GROUP
          1627 Irving Street
          San Francisco, CA 94122
          Telephone: (415) 759-4111
          Facsimile: (415) 795-4112

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          Christopher M. Burke, Esq.
          SCOTT + SCOTT LLP
          600 B Street, Suite 1500
          San Diego, CA 92101
          Telephone: (619) 233-4565
          Facsimile: (619) 233-0508


LINC HOUSING: Accused of Reneging on Written Contract; Fraud
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Franciscan Mobile Home Owners for Justice, Rosendo Quiniquini,
Rory Mordinoia, Robert Quinn, Sandra Holman, and Mamie Zhu,
individually and on behalf of others similarly situated v. Linc
Housing Corporation, et al., Case No. 10-cv-01087 (N.D. Calif.
Mar. 15, 2010), complains that through the actions of the
Defendants, they have all indirectly or directly purchased and
sold municipal securities, or have had municipal securities
purchased and sold on their behalf, that are subject to anti-
fraud provisions of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934.  Plaintiffs allege that Defendants Linc Franciscan, LP,
Franciscan Park LLC and FHC were shams and shell entities that
were underfunded, inadequately capitalized and did not follow
state-mandated corporate formalities, formed by individual
Defendant Hunter Johnson who used said entities to perpetrate a
fraud on Plaintiffs and to then circumvent liability by
insulating themselves with a corporation that was unable to pay
judgment creditors.

Plaintiff Franciscan Mobile Home Owners for Justice is an
unincorporated association of mobile home owners at the
Franciscan Mobile Home Park consisting of 501 spaces located in
Daly City, California.  Plaintiffs Rosendo Quiniquini, Rory
Mordinoia, Robert Quinn, Sandra Holman and Mamie Zhu are mobile
home owners who have resided in the park from various times from
1996 to the present.

Plaintiffs state that on or about September 2001, individual
defendant Johnson of Defendant Linc Housing solicited and
represented to the residents of the Park that if they consented
to Defendant Linc Housing purchasing the Park with the proceeds
of tax-exempt bond issues from the City of Daly City Housing
Development Finance Agency, then the residents would control the
Park via ownership in their mobile home spaces and/or membership
interests in a new non-profit corporation that was to be formed
to hold title to the Park.  Defendant Johnson promised the
residents that if they would agree to a large monthly rent
increase of $90 to $100 per month, then they could participate in
the initial acquisition, and that if they also paid $1,000, then
they could acquire ownership and membership interests in the
Park.

On April 18, 2009, Defendant Johnson, Defendant Linc Housing,
Defendant Linc Franciscan LP and a now defunct resident's
organization, Defendant Franciscan Acquisition Corporation,
entered into a written contract for the transfer of ownership of
the Park to an entity controlled by the Park residents who were
the contract's intended beneficiaries.  Defendants Johnson, Linc
Housing and Franciscan LP have breached the written contract and
have refused to transfer the Park to Defendant FHC or even to
apply for a determination letter from the Internal Revenue
Service or the Franchise Tax Board for Section 501(c)(3) tax-
exempt status for Defendant FHC.  Plaintiffs believe that
Defendant FHC to whom the Park was to have been transferred under
the written contract is nothing but a sham entity and fraud and
was only formed to create an illusion of resident participation
in the management of the Park.

Plaintiffs further allege, among others, other causes of action
including material misrepresentations and omissions, conspiracy
to commit fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary
duty, negligence, unfair competition and violations of the
California Welfare and Institutions Code and the California
Health and Safety Code.

Defendants ask the Court to, among other things, order (i) that
the Defendants hold the Park as constructive trustees for the
benefit of the Plaintiffs, individually and on behalf of all
others similarly situated, (ii) the dissolution of Defendant FCH,
(iii) the appointment of a receiver, and (iv) the enforcement of
the Cooperation Agreement to transfer the Park to an entity to
hold title to and operate the Park for the benefit of the Park
residents and the removal of the Defendants from the management
and operation of the Park.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Shelley S. Buchanan, Esq.
          92 Cole Street, PMB #120
          San Francisco, CA 94117
          Telephone: 415-566-3526
          E-mail: buchananshelley@aol.com


NATURAL HAIR: Accused of Fraud Related to Hair Growth Products
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Jamie Bouma, on behalf of herself and others similarly situated
v. Natural Hair Growth Institute, Ltd., and Steve Bennis a/k/a,
Abdel Bennis, Abdelouahhab Bennis and Wahib Bennis, individually
and as President of Natural Hair Growth Institute, Ltd. and d/b/a
Omega Hair Group, American Hair Growth Centers and Chicago Hair
Growth Centers, Case No. 2010-CH-08879 (Ill. Cir. Ct., Cook Cty.
March 3, 2010), accuses NHGI of making numerous false
representations of fact about their hair growth business,
including statements that their products are all natural and are
chemical-free, that they have a 100% money back guarantee, and
that their laser light treatment program recently received FDA
approval.  The plaintiff accuses the defendants of breach of
written contracts, violation of the Illinois consumer fraud and
deceptive business practices act, and breach of express
warranties.  

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Robert J. Shelist, Esq.
          LAW OFFICES OF ROBERT J. SHELIST, P.C.
          1061 West Monroe Street
          Chicago, Illinois 60607
          Telephone: (312) 226-0675


PROCTOR & GAMBLE: Sued for Failing to Disclose Zinc in FIXODENT
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John Dixon, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated v.
The Proctor & Gamble Company, et al., Case No. 10-cv-01096  (N.D.
Calif. Mar. 15, 2010), alleges that since 1990, the consumer
products giant has added zinc to its FIXODENT denture cream
products, in a dangerous and misleading fashion, without
disclosing or warning about or otherwise disclosing the
significant and debilitating hazards of zinc poisoning resulting
from ingestion of denture cream zinc, in violation of the
California Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Remedies Act.

Plaintiff John Dixon, 67 years old, states that he has been using
FIXODENT products more than 10 years ago.  Mr. Dixon claims that
recently he began suffering from unexplained numbness in his
right arm and legs, memory loss and imbalance.

Plaintiff, individually and for the class, has demanded trial by
jury of each cause of action.  

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Clayeo C. Arnold, Esq.
          Kirk J. Wolden, Esq.
          Clifford Carter, Esq.
          CLAYEO C. ARNOLD. P.C.
          608 University Avenue
          Sacramento CA 85825
          Telephone: (916) 924-3100  
          E-mail: kwolden@justice4you.com


QUEST DIAGNOSTICS: Sued for Violations of California Wage Laws
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Julieta M. Mora, on behalf of herself and others similarly
situated v. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, Case No. BC433285  
(Calif. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cty. March 5, 2010), asserts that
the Defendants have violated California wage-and-hour laws.  
Plaintiff seeks to recover, among other things, unpaid wages,
reimbursement of work expenses, and waiting time wages.  In
addition to restitution, Ms. Mora requests injunctive relief
concerning these violations.  Plaintiff states that Defendants
promised and paid Plaintiff and other hourly employees certain
performance-based bonuses, but failed to factor those bonuses
into their regular rates of pay for purposes of calculating
overtime wages, resulting in underpayment of overtime wages.  
Defendants also failed to pay Plaintiff and other hourly
employees who worked as Floaters for the time spent driving
between work sites, as well as to indemnify them for the costs of
maintaining cell phones the Defendants required Floaters to
carry.  Plaintiff also claims that Defendant willfully failed to
pay all wages due their hourly employees upon their termination
of employment, giving rise to waiting time wages due these
employees.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Justian Jusuf, Esq.
          LAW OFFICE OF JUSTIAN JUSUF, APC
          17011 Beach Blvd., Suite 600
          Huntington Beach, CA 92647
          Telephone: (714) 274-9815
          E-mail: jjusuf@social.rr.com

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          Sahag Majarian, II, Esq.
          LAW OFFICES OF SAHAG MAJARIAN, II
          18250 Ventura Blvd.
          Tarzana, CA 91356-4229
          Telephone: (818) 609-0807


SCS-CHICAGO LLC: Accused of Violating Illinois Minimum Wage Law
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Warren Andrew, individually and on behalf of others similarly
situated v. SCS-Chicago, L.L.C., Case No. 2010-CH-08380 (Ill.
Cir.  Ct., Cook Cty. February 26, 2010) accuse the Defendant of
violating the Illinois Minimum Wage Law and the Illinois Wage
Payment Collection Act.  SCS-Chicago, L.L.C., owns and operates
the Le Colonia restaurant located in Chicago, Ill.  Specifically,
plaintiff claims, among other things, that Defendant's inclusion
of the Manager in the Tip Pool violates Illinois wage laws.  The
Plaintiffs further allege that the Defendant imposes a mandatory
"Food Credit" deduction from Plaintiffs' and other hourly
employees' wages, and accuses the Defendant of the improper
taking of tips received by Tipped Employees.

The plaintiff is represented by:

          James X. Bormes, Esq.
          LAW OFFICE OF JAMES X. BORMES, P.C.
          8 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 2600
          Chicago, IL 60603
          Telephone: (312) 201-0575

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          Jeffrey Grant Brown, Esq.
          CONVERSE & BROWN, LLC
          35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 650
          Chicago, IL 60601
          Telephone: (312) 789-9700


SOUTHERN CALIF GAS: Discriminatory Disability Practices Alleged
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David Lavaggi and Amber Boggs, on behalf of themselves and others
similarly situated v. Southern California Gas Company, et al.,
Case No. BC432273 (Calif. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cty. Mar. 3,
2010), alleges discriminatory practices in violation of
California statutes and common law designed to protect
individuals with a physical disability, including denial of
access to places of public accommodation and the discriminatory
treatment given to individuals on account of their physical
disabilities.  As a result of these discriminatory practices the
Plaintiff Classes were not able to benefit from the full use and
enjoyment of Defendants' public utility services and were
discriminated against in failing to provide bills, statements,
shut-off notices, and other important communications in
accessible formats, such as Braille or large print, despite the
fact that they have requested accessible formats.

Plaintiffs Lavaggi and Boggs are both visually impaired, and
therefore considered to have a physical disability, as that term
is defined in Cal. Code Sec. 12926.

Specifically, the Plaintiffs ask the Court, among others, for an
injunction ordering Defendants to comply with California statutes
for the protection of persons with disabilities, a judicial
determination and declaration be made of the rights of Plaintiffs
and the Plaintiff Classes, and of the Court approved remedial
measures that Defendants must take to prevent discrimination of
the visually impaired by all employees of Southern California
Gas.  

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Mike Arias, Esq.
          Mikael H. Stahle, Esq.
          Mark J. Bloom, Esq.
          ARIAS, OZZELLO & GIGNAC LLP
          6701 Center Drive West, Suite 1400
          Los Angeles, CA 90045
          Telephone: (310) 670-1600

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          Eugene Feldman, Esq.
          EUGENE FELDMAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW, APC
          555 Pier Avenue, Suite 4
          Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
          Telephone: (310) 372-4636


SOUTHWEST WATER: Shareholder Sues to Block Deal with J.P. Morgan
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Jeff Kratz, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated v.
SouthWest Water Company, Case No. BC433238 (Calif. Super. Ct.,
Los Angeles Cty. March 5, 2010), accuses SWWC of breaching its
fiduciary duty in connection with SWWC's directors efforts to
complete the sale of SWWC to J.P. Morgan Asset Management and
Water Asset Management L.L.C. through an unfair process and at an
unfair price, for $11 per share.  Plaintiff claims that SWWC's
directors were aided and abetted by the Company and the Buyout
Group in breaching their fiduciary duties.  

Plaintiff adds that the Proposed Acquisition does not maximize
shareholder value, does not fully account for the value of the
Company (including valuable claims on behalf of the Company), and
affords the Buyout Group onerous deal protections that limit the
possibility of a superior offer for the Company.  

The Plaintiff demands a trial by jury and is represented by:

          Frank J. Johnson, Esq.
          Francis A. Bottini, Jr., Esq.
          Derek J. Wilson, Esq.
          JOHNSON BOTTINI, LLP
          501 West Broadway, Suite 1720
          San Diego, CA 92101
          Telephone: (619) 230-0063
          Facsimile: (619) 238-0622


SOUTHWEST WATER: Breach of Fiduciary Duty Alleged in Second Suit
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Shiela Simon, individually and on behalf of others similarly
situated v. SouthWest Water Company, et al., Case No. BC433199
(Calif. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cty. March 5, 2010), asserts
that, in connection with the acquisition of SouthWest by
unidentified institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset
Management and Water Asset Management, the proposed transaction
and the acts of the Director Defendants, constitute a breach of
Defendants' fiduciary duties to Plaintiff and a violation of
applicable legal standards governing the Defendants.

Plaintiff allege that Defendants prematurely entered into a plan
of merger and the proposed transaction without conducting a full
and fair sale process to ensure that the SouthWest shareholders
received the highest possible value for their shares of SouthWest
common stock.

Plaintiffs ask the Court to enjoin Defendants from proceeding
with consummating or closing the proposed transaction and in the
event that the proposed transaction is consummated to rescind it
and set it aside.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Francis M. Gregorek, Esq.
          Betsy C. Manifold, Esq.
          Rachele R. Rickert, Esq.
          WOLF HALDENSTEIN ADLER FREEMAN & HERZ LLP
          750 B Street, Suite 2770
          San Diego, CA 92101
          Telephone: (619) 239-4599
          Facsimile: (619) 234-4599

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          Jacob T. Fogel, Esq.
          LAW OFFICES OF JACOB T. FOGEL
          32 Court Street, Suite 602
          Brooklyn, New York 11201
          Telephone: (718) 221-5552
          Facsimile: (718) 875-4500


SYSCO GUEST: Charged with Wage Underpayment in Los Angeles Cty.
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Justin Gordon, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated
v. Sysco Guest Supply, LLC, Case No. BC432330 (Calif. Super. Ct.,
Los Angeles Cty. Mar. 1, 2010), accuses Sysco of unlawful labor
practices in California.  Plaintiff alleges that the Defendants
have committed labor law violations including, but not limited
to, wage underpayments.

Plaintiff Justin Gordon, who was employed as an inside sales
manager earning $10.40 per hour plus commissions, alleges that
Sysco failed to compensate him and other California employees for
all of the hours that they have worked, failed to compensate them
for all of the overtime hours that they have worked at overtime
rates, failed to provide them with all required rest and meal
periods, failed to pay them additional required wages for rest
and meal periods, failed to timely pay all final wages owed, and
intentionally failed to provide them with accurate written wage
statements.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          David G. Spivak, Esq.
          THE SPIVAK LAW FIRM
          9454 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 303
          Beverly Hills, CA 90212
          Telephone: (310) 4994730
          Facsimile: (310) 4994739

             
UNITED OIL: Sued for Violations of California Labor Code
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Guillermo Vasquez, individually and on behalf of others similarly
situated v. United Oil Co., Inc., et al., Case No. BC432979
(Calif. Super. Ct., County of Los Angeles March 8, 2010), alleges
violations of the California Labor Code, specifically for failure
to provide meal periods, failure to provide rest breaks, failure
to provide itemized wage statements, failure to pay vested
vacation wages, and unfair business practices.

Mr. Vasquez was employed by United Oil Co., Inc. (or Rapid Gas,
Inc.) as a convenience store clerk from October 2007 to about
August 2009, in Los Angeles County, Calif.  United Oil operates
gas stations with convenience stores located in California.  
Plaintiff demands a trial by jury.

The plaintiff is represented by:

          Dennis F. Moss, Esq.
          H. Scott Leviant, Esq.
          Linh Hua, Esq.
          SPIRO MOSS LLP
          11377 West Olympic Boulevard, 5th Floor
          Los Angeles, CA 900641683
          Telephone: (310) 235-2468
          Facsimile: (310) 235-2456

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          Sahag Majarian, II, Esq.
          LAW OFFICES OF SAHAG MAJARIAN, II
          18250 Ventura Blvd.
          Tarzana, CA 91356-4229
          Telephone: (818) 609-0807

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