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          Thursday, November 22, 2012, Vol. 14, No. 232


                              Headlines

ABIOMED INC: Says Securities Class Action Without Merit
ALABAMA: Judge to Rule on HIV-Positive Inmates Isolation Policy
ANCESTRY.COM INC: Faces Suits Over Permira's Proposed Acquisition
APPLE INC: Retail Store Workers File Overtime Class Action
ASSOCIATED ASSET: Faces Class Suit Over Debt Collection Practices

BEHRINGER HARVARD: Faces Class Action in Texas Over CMG Proposal
BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC: Faces Class Action Over School Fees
BP: Plaintiffs' Lawyers Seek Extension of Opt Back in Period
CAL-MAINE FOODS: Still Defends Egg Pricing Antitrust Litigation
CROSSMARK INC: Judge Refuses to Certify Overtime Class Action

EMCORE CORP: Judge Dismisses Shareholders' Class Action
DGSE COS: Faces "Barfuss" Suit Over Accounting Irregularities
DISCOVER FINANCIAL: Still Defends "Bradley" Suit in California
DISCOVER FINANCIAL: Still Defends "Steinfeld" Suit in California
EXPEDIA INC: Faces Another Antitrust Class Suit in California

FLATBUSH FEDERAL: Reached MOU to Settle Merger-Related Suit
GENERAL MOTORS: Recalls Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet Cars
GOODMAN GLOBAL: Faces Class Action Over Evaporator Coil Defects
GOOGLE INC: Faces Class Action Over Alleged ECPA Violation
GOVGUAM: No Agreement Reached in Tax Refund Negotiations

HANTZ FINANCIAL: May Face Class Action Over MedCap Notes
HYATT HOTELS: Faces Antitrust Class Action Suit in Connecticut
IBM CORP: Class Action Over Endicott Campus Pollution Drags
JEFFRIES GROUP: Faces Shareholder Class Action in New York
KAYAK SOFTWARE: Sued Over Proposed Priceline.com Buyout

KSW INC: Reaches Class Settlement to Resolve Merger-Related Suit
MARRIOTT INT'L: Stock Plan Lawsuit in Maryland Still Pending
MASCO CORP: $75MM Antitrust Suit Settlement Approved in October
MASCO CORP: Files Judgment Motion in "Von Der Werth" Class Suit
NORTHFIELD BANCORP: Hammered MOU to Resolve Merger-Related Action

PEP BOYS: Mechanics File Overtime & Minimum Wage Class Action
PFIZER INC: Faces Securities Fraud Class Action in New York
PJ CLARKE: Faces Class Action for Alleged Labor Law Violations
TJ MAXX: Assistant Managers Get Conditional Certification
TOYOTA MOTOR: Recalls 2.77MM Vehicles Worldwide to Fix Defects

UNILEVER UNITED: Judge Tosses False Advertising Class Action



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ABIOMED INC: Says Securities Class Action Without Merit
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Abiomed, Inc. disclosed that a purported class action complaint
was filed on November 16, 2012 in the United States District Court
for the District of Massachusetts by Karse Simon and Arlene Simon,
on behalf of themselves and persons or entities that purchased or
acquired Abiomed's securities between August 5, 2011 and October
31, 2012, against Abiomed, Michael R. Minogue, Abiomed's Chairman,
President and Chief Executive Officer and Robert L. Bowen,
Abiomed's Chief Financial Officer.

The complaint claims that Abiomed and Messrs. Minogue and Bowen
violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder in connection with
alleged disclosures related to the Food and Drug Administration
and the marketing and labeling of Abiomed's Impella 2.5 product.
The plaintiffs seek a jury trial.

Abiomed has reviewed the complaint and believes that the
allegations are without merit.  Abiomed plans to vigorously defend
itself against the allegations.  Abiomed's policy is not to
discuss pending litigation.

Based in Danvers, Massachusetts, Abiomed, Inc. --
http://www.abiomed.com-- is a provider of medical devices that
provide circulatory support.  Its products are designed to enable
the heart to rest by improving blood flow and/or performing the
pumping of the heart.


ALABAMA: Judge to Rule on HIV-Positive Inmates Isolation Policy
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Mark Heim, writing for Alabama Live, reports that Alabama and
South Carolina are the only states where HIV-positive inmates are
isolated from other prisoners.

According to a report in The New York Times, that policy could
soon change.

Judge Myron H. Thompson, according to the report, plans to rule on
the legality of the policy before Thanksgiving.  He presided over
a September trial in which a class action suit was brought by the
American Civil Liberties Union.

The goal of the policy is to prohibit the spread of the virus and
to keep down medical costs.  The Alabama Corrections Department's
concern, reports The Times, is that the virus will spread through
sex, through rape or through blood when inmates give one another
tattoos.

But other issues have been raised when separating infected
inmates.

Albert Knox, a former pimp convicted of cocaine possession, told
the paper that guards called out "dead man walking" as he passed
through the halls.  He was banned from eating in the cafeteria,
working around food or visiting with classmates in his substance-
abuse program. He said prisoners are denied equal treatment.

"It felt like we were lepers," Mr. Knox, 46, who is living in
Indiana on parole, told The Times.  "HIV inmates don't want
anything special.

All we want is to be treated like regular inmates."


ANCESTRY.COM INC: Faces Suits Over Permira's Proposed Acquisition
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Ancestry.com Inc. is facing class action lawsuits arising from its
proposed acquisition by a company owned by Permira funds,
according to the Company's October 31, 2012, Form 10-Q filing with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended
September 30, 2012.

On October 22, 2012, the Company announced that a company owned by
the Permira funds and co-investors entered into a definitive
merger agreement to acquire the Company for $32.00 per share in
cash in a transaction valued at $1.6 billion.  The transaction,
which is subject to the approval of holders of a majority of the
outstanding shares of the Company's common stock and other
customary closing conditions, is expected to close in early 2013
and potentially earlier.  In certain circumstances, if the
transaction were terminated, the Company would be required to pay
a fee of $37.8 million to a company owned by the Permira funds and
co-investors.

Following the announcement on October 22, 2012, of the execution
of the merger agreement between the Company and companies owned by
the Permira funds, the following complaints were filed in the
Delaware Court of Chancery challenging the proposed acquisition of
the Company: Heck v. Sullivan, et al. (C.A. No. 7893), Smilow v.
Ancestry.com Inc., et al. (C.A. No. 7987) Boca Raton Police &
Firefighters' Retirement System v. Billings, et al. (C.A. No.
7989) and Pontiac General Employees Retirement System v. Billings
(C.A. No. 7988).  Each of the actions is a putative class action
filed on behalf of the public stockholders of Ancestry.com and
names as defendants the Company, its directors and the entities
that were formed for effectuating the transaction.  All but the
Heck action also name Permira as a defendant.  The Boca Raton
Police & Firefighters' Retirement System and Pontiac General
Employees Retirement System actions also name Howard Hochhauser as
well as certain investment funds affiliated with Spectrum Equity
Investors as defendants.  The complaints generally allege that the
individual defendants breached their fiduciary duties in
connection with their consideration and approval of the merger and
that the entity defendants aided and abetted those breaches.  The
complaints seek, among other relief, declaratory and injunctive
relief enjoining the merger.

The Company says the outcome of these lawsuits is uncertain and
cannot be predicted with any certainty.  An adverse judgment for
monetary damages could have a material adverse effect on the
operations and liquidity of the Company.  A preliminary injunction
could delay or jeopardize the completion of the merger, and an
adverse judgment granting permanent injunctive relief could
indefinitely enjoin completion of the merger.  The Company
believes that the claims asserted against it in the lawsuits are
without merit.


APPLE INC: Retail Store Workers File Overtime Class Action
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Courthouse News Service reports that Apple stiffs workers for
overtime at its retail stores, a worker claims in a class action
in Superior Court.


ASSOCIATED ASSET: Faces Class Suit Over Debt Collection Practices
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Meredith Yeomans, writing for azfamily.com, reports that a class
action was filed against Associated Asset Management.

As a single income household, Robert and Kristy Leatham find
themselves spending a lot of family time at home.

Kristy is a nursing student and Robert is a law enforcement
officer.  While they still find time for their two kids, Robert
says an ongoing dispute with his homeowners association could cost
him his home.

"This is our home.  This is where we want to raise our children,"
he said.  "I don't want to lose it."

It is common for HOA's to contract with community management
companies to oversee their day-to-day business dealings, like
collecting HOA dues.

Earlier this year, the Leathams' management company, a Tempe
business called Associated Asset Management, placed a lien on the
Leathams' San Tan Valley home after the Leathams fell behind on
their HOA dues.

Robert contacted AAM and was shocked to learn his $150 in back
payments had ballooned to more than $1300.

According to Robert, his balance jumped to more than $1,300
because AAM had tacked on a number of fees including filing fees
for the lien and attorney fees for the law firm AAM hired.
Robert says the balance isn't fair at all.

"The law firm and the management company making money off the back
of homeowners is ridiculous," Robert said.

Robert hired his own attorney, Roger Wood, who told 3 On Your Side
that he's discovered thousands of liens and lawsuits that he
claims were wrongfully filed against Arizona homeowners, like the
Leathams.

As a result, Mr. Woods recently filed a class action lawsuit
against AAM, claiming it, and 26 other management companies,
violated fair debt collections practices by charging illegal and
exorbitant collection fees.

"That act is set up to help consumers, to help people like my
plaintiffs in this case to protect themselves from unjust,
unlawful predatory collection practices," Mr. Wood explained.

3 On Your Side contacted AAM which sent this statement:

"A lawsuit has been filed by three individuals on behalf of a
purported class of homeowners seeking relief for various property
management company practices. The lawsuit contains numerous
factual and legal errors and the claims against AAM have no merit.
Further comment cannot be made due to active litigation."

As for the Leathams, they hope their case will help other
homeowners in the long run.

"I wish I had a tree in the backyard that I can go pick the money
off.  I guess they think those money trees are in these
neighborhoods because it's ridiculous they're putting us in this
situation," Robert said.


BEHRINGER HARVARD: Faces Class Action in Texas Over CMG Proposal
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Behringer Harvard REIT I, Inc. disclosed in an October 4, 2012,
Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
that on September 17, 2012, a lawsuit, seeking class action
status, was filed in the United States District Court for the
Northern District of Texas (Dallas Division).  Neither the Company
nor any of the other defendants believe the suit has merit and
each intend to defend it vigorously.  The named plaintiff, Ms.
Lillian Hohenstein, states that she owns shares (less than one-
tenth of one percent) in the Company and purports to file the suit
individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated.

Plaintiffs named Behringer Harvard REIT I, Inc. (the "Company"),
Behringer Harvard Holdings, LLC ("BHH"), the Company's previous
sponsor, as well as each of the Company's directors: Robert M.
Behringer, Robert S. Aisner, Ronald Witten, Charles G. Dannis and
Steven W. Partridge (individually a Director and collectively the
Directors) and Scott W. Fordham, the Company's Chief Operating and
Financial Officer, and James E. Sharp, the Company's Chief
Accounting Officer (individually an Officer and collectively the
Officers), as defendants.

Plaintiffs allege that the Directors violated Sections 14(a) and
(e) and Rules 14a-9 and 14e-2(b) of and under federal securities
law in connection with: (1) the recommendations made to the
Company's shareholders in response to certain tender offers made
by CMG Partners, LLC and its affiliates; and (2) the solicitation
of proxies for the Company's annual meeting of shareholders held
on June 24, 2011.  CMG initiated a tender on August 23, 2011 for
up to 1.0 million shares of the Company's common stock at a price
equal to $1.80 per share.  CMG initiated a second tender for up to
1.0 million shares at the same price on February 23, 2012.  The
aggregate amount subject to the tender offers represented less
than 0.7 percent of the Company's outstanding common stock.

Plaintiffs also allege that the Company, BHH, the Directors and
Officers each individually breached various fiduciary duties
purportedly owed to Plaintiffs.  Plaintiffs also allege that the
Company, BHH, the Directors and Officers were unjustly enriched by
the purported failures to provide complete and accurate disclosure
regarding, among other things, the value of the Company?s common
stock and the source of funds used to pay distributions.  Finally,
Plaintiffs allege that the Company, BHH, the Directors and
Officers were also negligent in permitting the Company to make
what Plaintiffs allege were misleading disclosures.

Plaintiffs seek the following relief: (1) that the court declare
the proxy to be materially false and misleading; (2) that the
filings on Schedule 14D-9 were false and misleading; (3) that the
authorization secured pursuant to the proxy be found null and void
and that the Company be required to re-solicit a shareholder vote
pursuant to court supervision and court approved proxy materials;
(4) that the defendants have violated their fiduciary duties to
the shareholders who purchased shares of the Company from February
19, 2003 to the present; (5) that the defendants be required to
account to Plaintiffs for damages suffered by Plaintiffs; and (6)
that Plaintiffs be awarded costs of the action including
reasonable allowance for attorneys and experts fees.


BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC: Faces Class Action Over School Fees
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Hayley Beitman, writing for Downtown, reports that a husband and
wife have filed a class-action lawsuit against Birmingham Public
Schools, claiming the requirement to purchase a planner, lock and
gym uniform for their son who attends Derby Middle School
contradicts the state constitution and has been illegal since
1972.

On November 2, Troy residents John and Laurie Kelly filed a
lawsuit in Oakland Country Circuit Court.  The suit states that
during school registration every August, students are required,
"to purchase a planner or assignment book, a lock for their hall
locker, a lock for any locker used for physical education and a
specific uniform for physical education consisting of blue shorts
and gray T-shirts."  The locks cost either $3 or $6, the planner
costs $10, and the uniform costs $19.

Attorney-at-law Mark Wasvary represents the Kelly family.  "I've
spoken with many parents.  I've been contacted by other parents
who are upset by this.  It's a concern.  I know some people think
$40, what's the big deal? The big deal is the school is blatantly
violating the law when other districts don't seem to be doing
this.  Why should Birmingham be any different?" he said.

The Kelly family willingly purchased these items for their son,
who is in the sixth grade at Derby Middle School, 1300 Derby Road
in the Birmingham School District.  The issue came to the Kellys'
attention on October 18, when a staff member at Derby Middle
School sent an e-mail to parents stating, "in a review of fees
that have been charged to students and parents, it has been
determined that some fees are beyond what is permitted."  Mr.
Wasvary said the e-mail did not suggest parents will be refunded.

"They know every student spent $10 on a planner.  They keep a list
of locks they sell.  All of these things are listed in the
registration documents.  For these three schools, it's online
listing what you must buy, and at least for the locks and
planners, you must buy them directly from the school," Mr. Wasvary
said in response to the e-mail.

According to the lawsuit, points are deducted from the student's
grade if they fail to wear the gym uniform and due to the point
deduction, a student could fail the class if they did not purchase
the $19 uniform at all.

"These charges are contrary to the State Board of Education
position in 1972 following the lawsuit regarding these very same
issues.  The State Board of Education put out a statement stating
schools are not allowed to charge for these particular items,"
Mr. Wasvary said.  "The State Board of Education has sent out
notices reminding them they do not charge these things. The most
recent notice that I found was in 2011 but Birmingham has been
charging these fees for years."

Birmingham Public Schools spokesperson Marcia Wilkinson could not
be reached for comment.  Mr. Wasvary said Birmingham Public
Schools has 30 days to submit a response.  The case will come
before Judge Michael Warren.


BP: Plaintiffs' Lawyers Seek Extension of Opt Back in Period
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Emily Pickrell, writing for Chron, reports that BP and some
plaintiffs' lawyers in the litigation over the 2010 Gulf oil spill
are asking a federal judge to give claimants who asked to leave a
proposed class-action settlement another chance to participate.

The British oil company and the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, a
court-appointed group of attorneys representing private claimants,
asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans to give
claimants until Dec. 15 to revoke requests to opt out of the
proposed settlement, according to a Nov. 14 filing.

BP and the committee said in the filings that their request is in
response to individual plaintiffs' attorneys who want to revoke
some of the opt-out requests they filed on behalf of clients.

The deadline was Nov. 1 for opting out of the settlement and
Nov. 5 for revoking opt-out requests.  The motion on Nov. 14
doesn't ask Judge Barbier to re-open the opt-out period, but to
extend the deadline for opting back in.

The settlement, proposed earlier this year by BP and the Steering
Committee, could resolve claims against BP by 100,000-plus Gulf
Coast residents who suffered economic or health damages when BP's
Macondo well blew out, spilling millions of barrels of oil that
decimated coastal fishing, tourism and other businesses.

The deal requires Judge Barbier's approval, and he signaled at a
hearing that he's inclined to approve it.

Claimants who did not opt out by Nov. 1 are bound by the terms of
the settlement, which BP has estimated will total $7.8 billion,
although the proposed deal sets no cap on damages.

Court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau reported at
the hearing that 25,000 prospective claimants had filed to opt
out.

Mr. Juneau estimated that about half of these opt-out requests met
the court requirements, which include a valid claimant signature
and an address.

Plaintiff Steering Committee attorney Joe Rice estimated this week
that only about 6,000 opt-outs currently meet the court's
requirements.

At the hearing, Judge Barbier noted that some attorneys had tried
to opt out a large number of potential claimants.

"I am greatly concerned about some counsel who have attempted to
or encouraged their clients to participate in en masse opt-outs,"
Judge Barbier said.  "I think a lawyer owes a fiduciary duty or an
ethical duty to analyze each client's claim and inform the client
to let them make a claim.  To just send form letters to thousands
of clients and say, 'We don't like this settlement,' without
further analysis, is not serving your client well, at the least.
Those who do opt out, you have to consider that when you opt out
of the settlement, what are you opting in to? You are giving up
payment now for years of litigation and delays."

Houston lawyer Brent Coon, who estimated that about 10,000 of his
15,000 spill clients had opted out, welcomed the prospect of a
time extension, saying many of his clients opted out because they
didn't know what they would receive in the settlement.

"Our goal is just to make sure our clients get paid and are not
subject to the whims of an adjustor who doesn't understand the
math or had a bad day," he said.

The opt-out deadline fell before most prospective claimants
received settlement offers.  While many legal experts say that is
standard procedure in a class-action settlement, Coon and other
plaintiff attorneys have said the complex nature and high value of
many of the business claims make more information necessary for
claimants to weigh their options.

"We are not intimidated by the process," Mr. Coon said.  "I wish
they would have extended the date by a much longer amount."


CAL-MAINE FOODS: Still Defends Egg Pricing Antitrust Litigation
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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. continues to defend itself in egg pricing-
related antitrust lawsuits, according to the Company's October 4,
2012, Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission for the quarter ended September 1, 2012.

Since September 25, 2008, the Company has been named as one of
several defendants in 25 antitrust cases involving the United
States shell egg industry.  In 16 of these cases, the named
plaintiffs sued on behalf of themselves and a putative class of
others who claim to be similarly situated.  In 14 of those
putative class actions, the named plaintiffs allege that they are
retailers or distributors that purchased shell eggs and egg
products directly from one or more of the defendants.  In the
other two putative class actions, the named plaintiffs are
individuals or companies who allege that they purchased shell eggs
and egg products indirectly from one or more of the defendants --
that is, they purchased from retailers that had previously
purchased from defendants or other parties.  In the remaining nine
cases, the plaintiffs sued for their own alleged damages and are
not seeking to certify a class.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all of
the putative class actions (as well as certain other cases in
which the Company was not a named defendant) for pretrial
proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania court has organized the putative
class actions around two groups (direct purchasers and indirect
purchasers) and has named interim lead counsel for the named
plaintiffs in each group.

Six of the nine non-class suits were filed in the same court that
is presiding over the putative class actions.  Another of these
non-class cases was filed in the United States District Court for
the Western District of Pennsylvania, but it has been transferred
to the Eastern District and consolidated for pretrial proceedings
with the other cases.  Another non-class suit was filed in the
District Court of Wyandotte County, Kansas, where it remains
pending.  The remaining non-class suit was filed in the United
States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, but
the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred that
case to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania where it has been
consolidated with the other cases pending in that court for
coordinated pretrial proceedings.  The plaintiffs in two of the
non-class suits originally filed in the Eastern District of
Pennsylvania voluntarily dismissed their suits without prejudice,
and there are thus now seven non-class suits pending.

            The Direct Purchaser Putative Class Action

The named plaintiffs in the direct purchaser case filed a
consolidated complaint on January 30, 2009.  On April 30, 2009,
the Company filed motions to dismiss the direct purchasers'
consolidated complaint.  The direct purchaser plaintiffs did not
respond to those motions.  Instead, the direct purchaser
plaintiffs announced a potential settlement with one defendant.
The final hearing on approval of that settlement has been held,
but the court has not yet ruled.  If it is approved, the
settlement would not require the settling party to pay any money.
Instead, the settling defendant, while denying all liability,
would provide cooperation in the form of documents and witness
interviews to the plaintiffs' attorneys.  After announcing this
potential settlement with one defendant, the direct purchaser
plaintiffs filed an amended complaint on December 11, 2009.  On
February 5, 2010, the Company joined with other defendants in
moving to dismiss the direct purchaser plaintiffs' claims for
damages outside the four-year statute of limitations period and
claims arising from a supposed conspiracy in the egg products
sector.  On February 26, 2010, the Company filed its answer and
affirmative defenses to the direct purchaser plaintiffs' amended
complaint.  The court denied the motion to dismiss the claims
related to the egg products sector.  The court granted the motion
to dismiss plaintiffs' claims for damages outside the four-year
statute of limitations but did so without prejudice to the
plaintiffs' right to seek leave to further amend their complaint
if they, in good faith, believe they can address the deficiencies
noted by the court.  On June 4, 2010, the direct purchaser
plaintiffs announced a potential settlement with a second
defendant.  The final hearing on approval of this settlement has
also been held, but the court has not ruled.  If this settlement
is approved, then the defendant would pay a total of $25 million
and would provide other consideration in the form of documents,
witness interviews, and declarations.  This settling defendant
denied all liability in its potential agreement with the direct
purchaser plaintiffs and stated publicly that it settled merely to
avoid the cost and uncertainty of continued litigation.  On
January 30, 2012, the direct purchaser plaintiffs filed a motion
for leave to file a third amended complaint.  The Court has not
yet ruled on the motion for leave.

         The Indirect Purchaser Putative Class Action

The named plaintiffs in the indirect purchaser case filed a
consolidated complaint on February 27, 2009.  On April 30, 2009,
the Company filed motions to dismiss the indirect purchasers?
consolidated complaint.  The indirect purchaser plaintiffs did not
respond to those motions.  Instead, the indirect purchaser
plaintiffs filed an amended complaint on April 8, 2010.  On May 7,
2010, the Company joined with other defendants in moving to
dismiss the indirect purchaser plaintiffs' claims for damages
outside the four-year statute of limitations period, claims
arising from a supposed conspiracy in the egg products sector,
claims arising under certain state antitrust and consumer fraud
statutes, and common-law claims for unjust enrichment.  The court
granted the motion to dismiss claims arising outside the
limitations period applicable to each cause of action.  The court
granted in part and denied in part the motion to dismiss claims
arising under certain state antitrust and consumer fraud statutes
and common-law claims for unjust enrichment.  The court denied
without prejudice the motion to dismiss a claim for a supposedly
separate conspiracy in the egg products sector.  On June 4, 2010,
the Company filed its answer and affirmative defenses to the
indirect purchaser plaintiffs' amended complaint.  On May 25,
2012, the indirect purchaser plaintiffs filed a motion for leave
to file another amended complaint.  The court has not yet ruled on
that motion.  On June 7, 2012, the court ordered the indirect
purchasers to submit a brief addressing whether they have standing
to assert an injunctive relief claim under federal law.

                         The Non-Class Cases

The cases in which plaintiffs do not seek to certify a class were
filed between November 16, 2010 and December 12, 2011.  The
plaintiffs in the non-class cases pending in the Eastern District
of Pennsylvania filed amended complaints on February 10, 2012.  On
March 26, 2012, the Company joined other defendants in filing a
motion to dismiss all claims barred by the statute of limitations.
On May 1, 2012, the non-class plaintiffs responded to that motion.
On May 22, 2012, the Company joined other defendants in filing a
reply brief in support of that motion.  The court has not yet
ruled on that motion.  The Company filed its answer and
affirmative defenses to the six non-class cases pending in
Pennsylvania on April 26, 2012.

On January 27, 2012, the Company filed its answer and affirmative
defenses to the non-class complaint in the case pending in Kansas
state court, and the Company joined other defendants in the Kansas
case in moving to dismiss all claims for damages arising outside
the three-year statute of limitations period and all claims for
damages arising from purchases of eggs and egg products outside
the state of Kansas.  The court took under advisement the
limitations motion, pending a ruling in another case that will
determine whether the limitations period in the Kansas case will
be three or five years. The court reserved judgment on the motion
to dismiss claims for damages arising from purchases of eggs and
egg products outside the state of Kansas until discovery reveals
which sales occurred within Kansas.  In reserving judgment, the
court stated that only sales within Kansas would be relevant to
any calculation of alleged damages.

                    Allegations in Each Case

In all of the cases described above, the plaintiffs allege that
the Company and certain other large domestic egg producers
conspired to reduce the domestic supply of eggs in a concerted
effort to raise the price of eggs to artificially high levels. In
each case, plaintiffs allege that all defendants agreed to reduce
the domestic supply of eggs by (a) manipulating egg exports and
(b) implementing industry-wide animal welfare guidelines that
reduced the number of hens and eggs.

Both groups of named plaintiffs in the putative class actions seek
treble damages and injunctive relief on behalf of themselves and
all other putative class members in the United States.  Both
groups of named plaintiffs in the putative class actions
originally alleged a class period starting on January 1, 2000 and
running "through the present."  The court has now granted the
defendants' motion to dismiss the direct purchasers' and the
indirect purchasers' claims outside the statute of limitations
period, and thus the putative class claims now only relate to a
September 2004 to present class period.  The direct purchaser
putative class action case alleges two separate sub-classes ? one
for direct purchasers of shell eggs and one for direct purchasers
of egg products.  The direct purchaser putative class action case
seeks relief under the Sherman Act.  The indirect purchaser
putative class action case seeks relief under the Sherman Act and
the statutes and common-law of various states and the District of
Columbia.

Seven of the nine non-class cases remain pending.  In five of the
remaining non-class cases, the plaintiffs seek damages and
injunctive relief under the Sherman Act.  In one of the remaining
non-class cases, the plaintiff seeks damages and injunctive relief
under the Sherman Act and the Ohio antitrust act (known as the
Valentine Act).  In the other remaining non-class case, the
plaintiffs seek damages and injunctive relief under the Kansas
Restraint of Trade Act.

The Pennsylvania court has entered a series of orders related to
case management, discovery, class certification, and scheduling.
The Pennsylvania court has not set a trial date for any of the
consolidated cases. The Kansas state court has entered a schedule
for discovery and dispositive motions. The Kansas state court case
is set for trial starting February 3, 2014.

The Company intends to continue to defend these cases as
vigorously as possible based on defenses which the Company
believes are meritorious and provable.


CROSSMARK INC: Judge Refuses to Certify Overtime Class Action
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Dan Packel, writing for Law360, reports that a Pennsylvania
federal judge on Nov. 14 refused to certify a class of retail
employees of marketing company Crossmark Inc. in a putative class
action surrounding overtime pay, ruling that the proposed class
members were not similarly situated to the named plaintiffs.

U.S. District Judge Norma Shapiro concluded that the 52 employees
named in the suit failed to demonstrate any nationwide policy by
the company that led to the denial of overtime pay for the class
of employees.


EMCORE CORP: Judge Dismisses Shareholders' Class Action
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Michael Hartranft, writing for ABQ Journal, reports that a federal
judge has dismissed a shareholders' class action against Emcore
Corp. and top executives alleging securities violations related to
company activities in 2007 and 2008.

U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez granted Emcore's motion to
dismiss the case earlier this fall and issued an order last week
dismissing an Emcore motion for sanctions against the shareholder
plaintiffs.

Emcore officials declined to comment on the rulings.

The Albuquerque-headquartered Emcore makes compound semiconductor
components for the fiber-optic and solar-power markets and has
hundreds of contracts for space-based solar arrays.

The initial complaint, filed by shareholders Maurice and Claude
Prissert of Florida in 2008, accused Emcore of federal securities
violations and asked for compensatory damages.  It also named five
company officials, seeking to hold them liable.  Another
shareholder filed a similar complaint shortly after and the cases
were consolidated.

Emcore said the claims had no merit.

The plaintiffs alleged Emcore knowingly made false or misleading
statements and omitted information about multimillion-dollar
contracts for solar components with Green and Gold Energy and ES
System and the resulting order backlog in 2007 and 2008.  The
announcements caused Emcore stock to trade at inflated levels,
they claimed.  The plaintiffs contended that when the alleged
misrepresentations were revealed in two analyst reports, Emcore's
stock fell, causing a loss to the plaintiffs who bought stock,
they claimed.

In her dismissal of the case, Judge Vazquez said the analyst
reports were skeptical of Emcore's customers' ability to fulfill
their contracts, but neither identified the alleged
misrepresentations that formed the basis for the claims.  She said
the complaint failed to say Emcore's alleged statements and
omissions were ever disclosed to the market so as to have affected
the price of stock.

The judge also determined the plaintiffs failed to adequately show
the defendants had specific knowledge of the alleged
misrepresentations, or to show their loss was the result of
wrongdoing.


DGSE COS: Faces "Barfuss" Suit Over Accounting Irregularities
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DGSE Companies, Inc. is facing a class action lawsuit commenced by
Grant Barfuss arising from certain accounting irregularities,
according to the Company's October 31, 2012, Form 10-Q filing with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended
June 30, 2012.

On April 16, 2012, the Company filed a Current Report on Form 8-K
disclosing that its Board of Directors had determined the
existence of certain accounting irregularities beginning
approximately during the second calendar quarter of 2007 and
continuing in periods subsequent thereto (the "Accounting
Irregularities"), which could affect financial information
reported since that time.  The Company also announced that it had
engaged forensic accountants to analyze the Accounting
Irregularities, and that financial statements and information
reported since the inception of the Accounting Irregularities,
believed to be the second calendar quarter of 2007, should not be
relied upon.

The Company brought the Accounting Irregularities to the attention
of the SEC in a letter dated April 16, 2012.  On
June 18, 2012, the Company received written notice that the SEC
had initiated a private investigation into the Accounting
Irregularities, to determine whether any persons or entities had
engaged in any possible violations of the federal securities laws.
The Company has cooperated fully, and continues to cooperate
fully, with the SEC staff in the investigation.  This
investigation is still pending as of the date of October 31, 2012,
and there can be no certainty as to the outcome of this
investigation, or to the findings of the SEC.

Also, in connection with the Accounting Irregularities, and the
subsequent halt in trading of the Company's common stock on the
Exchange, the Company has received notice of two lawsuits that
have been filed by its shareholders.  The first is a lawsuit filed
by Grant Barfuss, one of the Company's shareholders, on September
7, 2012, in the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Texas.  Although Mr. Barfuss desires this lawsuit to
be a class action, the court has not certified a class for this
lawsuit.  Mr. Barfuss filed this lawsuit against DGSE, Dr. L.S.
Smith, the Company's former Chief Executive Officer, John Benson,
the Company's former Chief Financial Officer, and William H.
Oyster, the Company's former Chief Operating Officer and Chief
Executive Officer.  Mr. Barfuss alleges violations of securities
laws and seeks unspecified damages, and alleges that certain of
the Company's public filings in 2010 and 2011 were false and
misleading.  The second lawsuit is a derivative lawsuit.


DISCOVER FINANCIAL: Still Defends "Bradley" Suit in California
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Discover Financial Services continues to defend itself against a
consumer class action commenced by Walter Bradley, according to
the Company's October 4, 2012, Form 10-Q filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended August
31, 2012.

On November 30, 2011, a class action lawsuit was filed against the
Company by a cardmember in the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California (Walter Bradley, et al. v.
Discover Financial Services).  The plaintiff alleges that the
Company contacted him, and members of the class he seeks to
represent, on their cellular telephones without their express
consent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
("TCPA").  Plaintiff seeks statutory damages for alleged negligent
and willful violations of the TCPA, attorneys' fees, costs and
injunctive relief.  The TCPA provides for statutory damages of
$500 for each violation ($1,500 for willful violations).  The
Company will seek to vigorously defend against all claims asserted
by the plaintiff.

Discover Financial Services is a direct banking and payment
services company.


DISCOVER FINANCIAL: Still Defends "Steinfeld" Suit in California
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Discover Financial Services continues to defend itself against a
consumer class action commenced by Andrew Steinfeld, according to
the Company's October 4, 2012, Form 10-Q filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended August
31, 2012.

On March 6, 2012, a class action lawsuit was filed against the
Company by a cardmember in the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California (Andrew Steinfeld, et al. v.
Discover Financial Services, et al.).  The plaintiff alleges that
the Company contacted him, and members of the class he seeks to
represent, on their cellular telephones without their express
consent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
("TCPA").  Plaintiff seeks statutory damages for alleged negligent
and willful violations of the TCPA, attorneys' fees, costs and
injunctive relief.  The TCPA provides for statutory damages of
$500 for each violation ($1,500 for willful violations).  The
Company will seek to vigorously defend against all claims asserted
by the plaintiff.

Discover Financial Services is a direct banking and payment
services company.


EXPEDIA INC: Faces Another Antitrust Class Suit in California
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Will Winkelstein, on behalf of himself and all others similarly
situated v. Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com LP, Travelocity.com LP,
Sabre Holdings Corporation, Priceline.com Incorporated,
Booking.com B.V., Booking.com (USA), Inc., Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.,
Hilton Worldwide Inc., Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.,
Marriott International, Inc., Trump International Hotels
Management, LLC, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC,
Intercontinental Hotels Group Resources, Inc. and John Does 1-100,
Case No. 3:12-cv-05573 (N.D. Calif., October 30, 2012) is brought
to recover for the injuries sustained by the Plaintiff and the
members of the proposed class as a result of the Defendants'
alleged anticompetitive, unfair and deceptive conduct.

The Defendants conspired, through a combination of contracts,
mutual promises, agreements and understandings to eliminate
competition on the online prices offered to the public for the
Hotel Defendants' rooms and to fix the retail price for room
reservations at the price the Hotel Defendants were selling room
reservations ("Rack Rates"), Mr. Winkelstein alleges.  He contends
that the Defendants' retailer agreements were unlawful resale
price maintenance agreements in that they constituted a conspiracy
between the Online Defendants and the Hotel Defendants to fix,
maintain, and inflate Rack Rates in the market for online
reservations.

Mr. Winkelstein is a resident of San Francisco, California.

Expedia is a Delaware corporation based in Bellevue, Washington.
Hotels.com, an affiliate of Expedia, is a Texas limited
partnership headquartered in Dallas, Texas.  Travelocity.com , a
Delaware limited partnership based in Southlake, Texas, is owned
by Sabre.  Booking.com, a company based in Amsterdam, the
Netherlands, owns and operates Booking.com, the leading worldwide
online Room Reservations agency by room nights sold, attracting
over 30 million unique visitors each month via the Internet from
both leisure and business markets worldwide.  Booking.com is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Priceline.com.  Booking.com (USA) is a
Delaware corporation with its primary place of business in New
York.  Booking.com (USA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Priceline.com.  Priceline.com is a Delaware corporation based in
Norwalk, Connecticut.  Orbitz Worldwide is a Delaware corporation
headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.  Sabre is a Delaware
corporation headquartered in Southlake, Texas.

Intercontinental is a Delaware corporation with its primary place
of business in Atlanta, Georgia.  Starwood is a Maryland
corporation based in Stamford, Connecticut.  Starwood's hotels are
primarily operated under the brand names St. Regis(R), The Luxury
Collection(R), Sheraton(R), Westin(R), W(R),Le Meridien(R), Four
Points(R) by Sheraton, Aloft(R)and Element(R).  Marriott is a
Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in
Bethesda, Maryland.  Trump International is a Delaware limited
liability company headquartered in New York.  Hilton is a Delaware
company based in McLean, Virginia.  Kimpton is a Delaware limited
liability based in San Francisco, California.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Terry Gross, Esq.
          Adam Belsky, Esq.
          Sarah Crowley, Esq.
          GROSS BELSKY ALONSO LLP
          One Sansome Street, Suite 3670
          San Francisco, CA 94104
          Telephone: (415) 544-0200
          Facsimile: (415) 544-0201
          E-mail: terry@gba-law.com
                  adam@gba-law.com
                  sarah@gba-law.com


FLATBUSH FEDERAL: Reached MOU to Settle Merger-Related Suit
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Flatbush Federal Bancorp, Inc. disclosed in its October 4, 2012,
Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,
a memorandum of understanding regarding the settlement of certain
litigation relating to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as
of March 13, 2012, by and among (i) Northfield Bank, Northfield
Bancorp, Inc. and Northfield Bancorp, MHC and (ii) Flatbush
Federal Savings & Loan Association, Flatbush Federal Bancorp, Inc.
and Flatbush Federal Bancorp, MHC, as amended, pursuant to which
Flatbush Federal Savings & Loan Association would be merged with
and into Northfield Bank (the "Bank Merger"), Flatbush Bancorp
would be merged with and into Northfield Bancorp (the "Mid-Tier
Merger" and Flatbush MHC would be merged with and into Northfield
MHC (the "MHC Merger", and together with the Bank Merger and Mid-
Tier Merger, the "Proposed Mergers").

On March 26, 2012, a Flatbush Bancorp stockholder filed a putative
class action lawsuit on behalf of Flatbush Bancorp shareholders in
the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Kings,
against Flatbush Bancorp, Flatbush MHC, each member of the
Flatbush Bancorp board of directors and Northfield Bancorp and
Northfield MHC (the "Action").  The complaint was amended June 28,
2012.  The case is captioned Robert H. Elburn et. al. v. Jesus R.
Adia, D. John Antoniello, Patricia A. McKinley Scanlan, Alfred S.
Pantaleone, Charles J. Vorbach, Michael J. Lincks, Flatbush
Federal Bancorp, Inc., Flatbush Federal Bancorp, MHC, Northfield
Bancorp, Inc. and Northfield Bancorp, MHC.  The amended complaint
alleges, among other things, that the Flatbush Bancorp board of
directors breached its fiduciary duties by agreeing to inadequate
consideration, engaging in a process that involved conflicts of
interest and by failing to disclose certain material facts to
Flatbush Bancorp stockholders in a registration statement filed
with the SEC on June 15, 2012.  The complaint also alleges that
Flatbush Bancorp, Flatbush MHC, Northfield Bancorp and Northfield
MHC aided and abetted the Flatbush Bancorp board of directors'
breaches of fiduciary duties.

On October 2, 2012, defendants and plaintiff entered into a
memorandum of understanding with the Plaintiff regarding the
settlement of the Action.

Defendants continue to deny the allegations set forth in the
amended complaint; however, to avoid the risk of the Action
delaying or adversely affecting the Proposed Mergers and to
minimize the expense and disruption that defending the Action
would engender, Flatbush Bancorp, while not admitting that it
committed any disclosure violations, agreed, pursuant to the terms
of the proposed settlement, to provide certain additional
disclosures related to the Proposed Mergers.  The disclosures are
contained in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus that was mailed to
stockholders on or about September 21, 2012.  Subject to
completion of certain confirmatory discovery by counsel to
plaintiff, the memorandum of understanding contemplates that the
parties will enter into a stipulation of settlement.  The
stipulation of settlement will be subject to customary conditions,
including court approval following notice to Flatbush Bancorp's
stockholders.  In the event that the parties enter into a
stipulation of settlement, a hearing will be scheduled at which
time the Supreme Court of the State of New York will consider the
fairness, reasonableness, and adequacy of the settlement.  From
the time of execution of the memorandum of understanding and while
the Court is considering the settlement, the Action will be stayed
and the plaintiff has agreed that he will not move or seek to
obtain a temporary restraining order or injunction to delay, halt
or postpone the stockholders' vote on the Proposed Mergers or the
consummation of the Proposed Mergers.  If the settlement is
finally approved by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, it
will resolve and release all claims in all actions that were or
could have been brought challenging any aspect of the Proposed
Mergers, the Merger Agreement, and any disclosure made in
connection therewith, pursuant to terms that will be disclosed to
stockholders prior to final approval of the settlement.  The
proposed settlement will not affect the amount of the merger
consideration that Flatbush Bancorp's stockholders are entitled to
receive in the Mid-Tier Merger.

In addition, in connection with the settlement, the parties
contemplate that plaintiff's counsel will file a petition in the
Supreme Court of the State of New York for an award of attorneys'
fees and expenses to be paid by Flatbush Bancorp or its successor.
Defendants and plaintiffs will negotiate in good faith regarding
the appropriate amount of attorneys? fees to be paid by Flatbush
or its successor in interest if the Proposed Mergers are
consummated. The fees are subject to Court approval and will not
be deducted from merger consideration.  Defendants, however, have
reserved the right to challenge any request for an award of
attorneys' fees and expenses.  There can be no assurance that the
parties will ultimately enter into a stipulation of settlement or
that the Supreme Court of the State of New York will approve the
settlement even if the parties were to enter into such
stipulation.  In such event, the proposed settlement as
contemplated by the memorandum of understanding may be terminated.


GENERAL MOTORS: Recalls Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet Cars
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Jonathan Welsh at The Wall Street Journal reports that General
Motors Co. is recalling a number of its newer Buick, Cadillac and
Chevrolet models for problems that could compromise passenger
safety in a collision.

The car maker's Cadillac luxury division is recalling certain XTS
large sedans from the 2013 model year because their rear-seat head
restraints may not lock onto the upright position after being
folded forward.  This could result in the hear rests being
positioned too low, based on federal safety standards, which could
increase the risk of neck injury in a crash.

Cadillac said the recall affects 12,626 cars that it built from
October 12, 2011, through August 30, 2012.  Under the recall
dealers will replace the head restraints free of charge.  The
recall is scheduled to begin this month.  Owners may contact
Cadillac at 800-458-8006.

In a separate filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, GM is recalling certain 2012 Buick Verano,
Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic cars because their driver-
side frontal air bags may not work properly.

The airbags have a part called a shorting bar that may
intermittently touch the air bag terminals.  If the bar and
terminals are in contact during a crash, the bag might not deploy
when needed, which increased the risk of injury.

GM said the recall affects 2,949 vehicles.  The Company said its
dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil to correct the
problem.  Owners may contact GM at 800-521-7300.


GOODMAN GLOBAL: Faces Class Action Over Evaporator Coil Defects
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The law firms of Tycko & Zavareei LLP and Whitfield Bryson & Mason
LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Goodman Global, Inc. and
its affiliates for allegedly selling defective central air
conditioning units.  The civil action was filed in Kentucky state
court on behalf of all consumers in Kentucky, and in the United
States, that purchased a central air conditioning unit bearing the
trade names Goodman(R) and Amana(R) from 2008 to the present.

The lawsuit alleges that Goodman and Amana central air
conditioning units sold during this time frame contained defective
evaporator coils that improperly and prematurely rupture and leak
refrigerant (a.k.a. Freon), which in turn causes the air
conditioners to stop functioning properly.  The lawsuit also
alleges that Goodman has known about the defective evaporator
coils since at least 2008, but that the company has failed to
inform consumers about the problem or issue a recall.

The lead plaintiff, Susan Pastor-Richard, acquired her Goodman air
conditioner when her family moved into their new house in November
2009.  As alleged in the complaint, after only one summer of use,
her Goodman air conditioner stopped working.  According to the
lawsuit, she added Freon to it, which allowed it to function over
the next summer.  But as also alleged in the complaint, in summer
2012, Ms. Pastor's Goodman air conditioner again stopped working
and she found out that the evaporator coil on her unit had
ruptured and was leaking Freon.  Goodman allegedly refused to
repair her unit or provide any credit toward the cost of repairs.
Through their investigations, attorneys for the putative class
have uncovered numerous reports of similar incidents across the
county.

The lawsuit is captioned Susan Pastor-Richard v. Goodman Global,
Inc., et al., civil action no. 12-CI-2239, and a copy of the
complaint can be found at the Web site of Tycko & Zavareei LLP,
http://www.tzlegal.com


GOOGLE INC: Faces Class Action Over Alleged ECPA Violation
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Bethany Krajelis, writing for The Madison-St. Clair Record,
reports that a Madison County teen on Nov. 15 sued Google,
claiming the search engine giant intercepts and uses Gmail
subscribers' e-mails to generate advertising revenue.

The suit was filed in federal court by A.K., as next friend of the
16-year-old child, J.K, who seeks class action status for the
complaint that alleges violations of the Electronic Communications
Privacy Act (ECPA) and Illinois' eavesdropping statute.

Thomas Rosenfeld, Mark Goldenberg and Kevin Green of Goldenberg,
Heller, Antognoli & Rowland in Edwardsville submitted the
complaint on behalf of the plaintiff.

The minor asserts in the complaint that Google makes the majority
of its revenue from advertising and charges advertisers based on
the either number of times an ad appears on the screens of Gmail
subscribers or the number of time Gmail subscribers click on these
ads.

Google, the suit states, "utilizes an electronic device to
intercept and scan the contents of subscribers' incoming and
outgoing e-mails immediately after the e-mail communication is
sent and before it arrives at its intended recipient."

This "allows Google to place targeted ads on its subscribers'
Gmail screens and, thereby, generate revenue for Google," the
minor asserts in the complaint that notes minors do not need
parental consent to obtain a Gmail account.

It adds, "As a result of Google's interception, scanning, and use
of Minor Child's e-mails to place targeted advertisements, Google
has obtained a monetary benefit."

The minor's suit proposes the creation of a class that includes
minors throughout the nation who have a Gmail account and have
sent or received e-mails from non-Gmail users or another minor
Gmail subscriber within the past two years.

"The Class consists of millions of individuals," the minor asserts
in the suit.

The complaint also suggests a sub-class that would include minor
Gmail subscribers in Illinois.  The sub-class relates to the
suit's allegation that Google violated Illinois' eavesdropping
statute.

The first count of the complaint alleges a violation of the ECPA
in that the minor did not consent to Google's alleged practice of
intercepting e-mails.

It also contends that Google didn't obtain consent from the
minor's parents to do so or from non-Gmail users who sent or
received e-mails from Gmail subscribers.

The minor asserts in the complaint that the alleged ECPA violation
entitles each class member to statutory damages in the amount of
$100 for each day of the violation or $10,000, as well as
injunctive and\or declaratory relief, punitive damages, attorneys'
fees and litigation costs.

In addition, the complaint includes counts for intrusion upon
seclusion, unjust enrichment and violations of the state's
eavesdropping statute.


GOVGUAM: No Agreement Reached in Tax Refund Negotiations
-------------------------------------------------------
Jerick Sablan, writing for Pacific Sunday News, reports that after
three closed-door negotiation meetings, attorneys for the
government and taxpayers have been unable to reach an agreement on
how tax refunds should be paid.

Attorneys in a class-action refunds suit said on Nov. 16 that
negotiations had resulted in no agreement despite the assistance
of Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan, according to District Court
of Guam documents.

As a result, the attorneys filed their proposed permanent
injunction -- which would require GovGuam to pay all tax refunds
in six months -- to be considered by a federal judge. The Office
of the Attorney General has said this requirement would force the
government into contempt almost immediately.

These negotiations sprang from a class-action lawsuit filed last
April.  The lawsuit sought to end GovGuam's failure to pay refunds
on time.  Over the last decade, it has not been uncommon for
GovGuam to pay refunds as many as four years late.

The court documents stated GovGuam would save money in interest
owed on refunds and conserve resources previously devoted to
processing requests to expedite refunds.

However, the government disagrees.

If the government is forced to pay all tax refunds within six
months of the day taxes are filed, the government won't have
enough money to provide "critical services" to the community,
according to the AG's office.

The proposal also would eliminate the expedited tax refund
program, which the attorneys argued was unfair.

Some taxpayers were given their refunds due to hardship or need.
The injunction would eliminate this and instead go in order of
filing.  People who file early would be the first to receive
refunds regardless of their hardship or need.

The injunction would require, for a period of five years, a
quarterly report showing GovGuam is complying.

In the past, the government has cleared this refund debt by
borrowing money on the bond market.  Gov. Eddie Calvo used bond
funding to clear most of the government's refund debt, but the
government has reached its borrowing capacity, which means 2012
tax refunds will have to come from government coffers.


HANTZ FINANCIAL: May Face Class Action Over MedCap Notes
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Bruce Kelly, writing for InvestmentNews, reports that it appears
that the private-placement debacle that swept through the
independent-broker-dealer industry and forced dozens of small to
midsize firms to close is finally over.

It has been several months since InvestmentNews and other industry
publications have covered the story in any meaningful way, and a
certain amount of stability has returned to the marketplace.

For firms that sold Medical Capital Holdings Inc. notes and
survived -- most notably Securities America Inc. -- the litigation
is over, and they can get back to business.

But the picture for one broker-dealer isn't so clear.

Hantz Financial Services Inc. is still dealing with the fallout
from Medical Capital, the $2.2 billion Ponzi scheme built on shaky
medical receivables that the Securities and Exchange Commission
closed down in July 2009.

According to InvestmentNews sister publication Crain's Detroit
Business, Hantz still faces a potential class action over the sale
of the notes.

A judge in Michigan's Oakland County soon could decide on what may
be a final attempt to certify the class of investors.

The report -- published Nov. 11, about Hantz's selling MedCap
private placements to 300 clients -- came as something of a
surprise.  A midsize firm with 260 affiliated advisers, Hantz had
flown under the radar when it came to selling MedCap notes.

According to the Crain's Detroit story, the remaining investors
could have damage claims against the firm totaling more than $20
million.

Hantz general counsel David Shea told Crain's Detroit that the
firm stopped selling MedCap notes in 2008 after it learned that a
previous series of notes had defaulted.

Hantz also performed due diligence on the company and the notes,
he said.

In an interview on Nov. 12, Mr. Shea said that the plaintiffs
failed to certify a class action in another lawsuit in 2010.

"It's in front of the same judge as before," Mr. Shea said, adding
that he is confident of a favorable outcome for Hantz.  "You don't
get a do-over."

The firm has settled with a couple of clients over the sale of the
notes, but another client failed to win an award against Hantz in
securities arbitration, Mr. Shea said.

The firm didn't sell the final series, the disastrous MedCap VI,
he added.

MedCap is in receivership. Meanwhile, thousands of investors are
waiting to find out if they will get any of their money returned.


HYATT HOTELS: Faces Antitrust Class Action Suit in Connecticut
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Hyatt Hotels Corporation is facing an antitrust class action
lawsuit in Connecticut, according to the Company's October 31,
2012, Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

In September 2012, a putative class action was filed against the
Company, several other hotel companies and several online travel
companies in federal district court in Connecticut seeking an
unspecified amount of damages and equitable relief for an alleged
violation of the federal antitrust laws.  The online travel
companies and the other hotel companies have also been named in
other actions, and a motion for consolidation is before the
Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation.  The Company disputes
the allegations and will defend its interests vigorously.  The
Company currently does not believe the ultimate outcome of this
litigation will have a material effect on its consolidated
financial position, results of operation or liquidity.


IBM CORP: Class Action Over Endicott Campus Pollution Drags
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Matt Porter, writing for WBNG Binghamton, reports that in five
pre-trial decisions, a Broome County Supreme Court Judge has
likely set the stage for a number of appeals before the trial even
begins.

Judge Ferris D. Lebous ruled twice in favor of the plaintiffs, a
group of village residents suing IBM Corporation over
contamination at its former campus in Endicott, and three times in
favor of IBM.

Resident and business owner Mark Bacon is part of a class action
lawsuit.

He claims pollution contaminated his investment, a two-story
brownstone that stands alone in a parking lot across from the
former campus that used to be a full block of businesses and
residences.

"If they had came out and told me there was a problem," said
Mr. Bacon, "I wouldn't have put the money into this building, this
building was fallen down."

Mr. Bacon bought and renovated the building in 2000 costing him
just over $130,000.

Two years later, tests showed contaminants in the ground as well
as vapor contamination in the air.

"All of a sudden, IBM's problem is my problem," he said, "They
hide behind their lawyers and this will drag on forever.  And I
live with the problem they created."

The judge's rulings for the plaintiffs were:

Judge Lebous denied IBM's motion preventing jurors from hearing
allegations of negligence for groundwater pollution that made its
way into the air.

He also ruled that trespass allegations must be considered as part
of the case.

For IBM, Lebous ruled:

The plaintiffs did not show enough evidence to bring damages as a
result of continued medical monitoring.

The plaintiffs did not have enough "medical proof" to back up
their argument linking other contaminants besides TCE to cancers
in residents.

The judge also ruled that only property owners of affected
properties can bring a suit against the company.

With the mixed decision, both sides are expected to appeal.

And that's going to extend this case longer than it already is.
Frustrating residents in the village including Rick White, a
former IBM employee, who's a member of the Western Broome
Environmental Stakeholder's Coalition (WBESC).

"We cannot get to a resolution that will make this village well,"
said Mr. White, "It's as simple as that, make the village well."

The coalition has stayed out of the lawsuit, but advocates on
behalf of the village.

Mr. White hopes a future study by the National Institute of
Occupational Safety (NIOSH) of more than 25,000 IBM employees'
medical records will prove the plaintiff's case.

Action News reached out to attorneys for both sides and IBM.  None
were available for comment.


JEFFRIES GROUP: Faces Shareholder Class Action in New York
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Courthouse News Service reports that Jeffries Group is selling
itself too cheaply through an unfair process to Leucadia National
Corp., in a stock swap valued at $3.4 billion, shareholders claim
in New York Supreme County Court.


KAYAK SOFTWARE: Sued Over Proposed Priceline.com Buyout
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Courthouse News Service reports that Kayak Software is selling
itself too cheaply through an unfair process to Priceline.com, for
$1.8 billion, shareholders say in Chancery Court.


KSW INC: Reaches Class Settlement to Resolve Merger-Related Suit
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KSW, Inc. negotiated a settlement resolving a Delaware class
action complaint relating to a merger transaction, according to
the Company's October 4, 2012, Form 8-K filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission.

On September 18, 2012 a putative stockholder class action lawsuit
was filed against the Company, the Company Board, Kool Acquisition
Corporation (Offeror), Kool Acquisition LLC (Parent), and The
Related Companies, L.P. (Parent Guarantor) in the Court of
Chancery of the State of Delaware encaptioned Thomas McCormack v.
KSW, Inc. et al., Case No. CA7875.  The plaintiff in the case
purported to sue on behalf of a class of Company stockholders and
alleged that the members of the Company Board breached their
fiduciary duties by, among other things, the Company entering into
the proposed transaction with affiliates of Parent Guarantor
without taking reasonable steps to maximize stockholder value and
without performing a meaningful market check or bargaining for a
"go shop", agreeing to sell the Company at an inadequate price,
and filing a materially incomplete and misleading Schedule 14D-9.
The complaint also alleged that Offeror, Parent and Parent
Guarantor aided and abetted the purported breach of fiduciary
duties.  The complaint sought, among other things, an injunction
prohibiting consummation of the proposed transaction or, if the
transaction is consummated, rescinding the transaction or
rescissory damages, and costs, including reasonable attorneys'
fees, expenses, and expert fees.  In addition, on September 19,
2012, the plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction
against the closing of the Offer and the Merger.  Pursuant to the
Merger Agreement, and on the terms and subject to the conditions
described, Purchaser has agreed to commence a cash tender offer to
purchase all of the Company's issued and outstanding shares of
common stock, par value $0.01 per share, at a price of $5.00 per
share, net to the holder in cash, without interest, subject to any
required withholding taxes.

On October 1, 2012, the plaintiffs agreed to settle their claims
with the defendants, on behalf of themselves and the class of
Company stockholders who are entitled to tender their shares in
the Offer, in accordance with a Settlement Term Sheet, dated and
filed with the Chancery Court of the State of Delaware on October
1, 2012.  Among other things, the Settlement Term Sheet releases
any and all claims that have been or could have been made by the
class of Company stockholders against any of the Defendants (as
defined in the Settlement Term Sheet) and their affiliates
relating to: (i) the Merger, including but not limited to the vote
on the Merger; (ii) the disclosures made by or on behalf of the
Company through and including consummation of the Merger; and
(iii) the compensation received by any Defendant through and
including the consummation of the Merger.  The settlement also
releases any claims that have been or could have been made by
either party or its counsel against any other party or its
counsel, relating to the prosecution or defense of the action. The
settlement is subject to preparation of a final settlement
agreement and court approval.


MARRIOTT INT'L: Stock Plan Lawsuit in Maryland Still Pending
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Marriott International, Inc. continues to defend itself against a
class action complaint over the Company's Employee Stock Plan,
according to the Company's October 4, 2012, Form 10-Q filing with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended
September 7, 2012.

On January 19, 2010, several former Marriott employees (the
"plaintiffs") filed a putative class action complaint against the
Company and the Stock Plan (the "defendants"), alleging that
certain equity awards of deferred bonus stock granted to the
plaintiffs and other current and former employees for fiscal years
1963 through 1989 are subject to vesting requirements under the
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended
("ERISA"), that are in certain circumstances more rapid than those
set forth in the awards, various other purported ERISA violations,
and various breaches of contract in connection with the awards.
The plaintiffs seek damages, class attorneys' fees and interest,
with no amounts specified.  The action is proceeding in the United
States District Court for the District of Maryland (Greenbelt
Division) and Dennis Walter Bond Sr. and Michael P. Steigman are
the current named plaintiffs.  The parties currently are engaged
in limited discovery concerning the issues of statute of
limitations and class certification.  The Company anticipated
filing a motion for summary judgment in the fall of 2012.

The Company and the Stock Plan have denied all liability, and
while the Company intends to vigorously defend against the claims
being made by the plaintiffs, it can give no assurance about the
outcome of the lawsuit.  The Company currently cannot estimate the
range of any possible loss to the Company because an amount of
damages is not claimed, there is uncertainty as to whether a class
will be certified and if so as to the size of the class, and the
possibility of its prevailing on its statute of limitations
defense may significantly limit any claims for damages.


MASCO CORP: $75MM Antitrust Suit Settlement Approved in October
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Masco Corporation's $75 million settlement of an antitrust class
action lawsuit was approved in October 2012, according to the
Company's October 31, 2012, Form 10-Q filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended September
30, 2012.

A lawsuit was brought against the Company and a number of its
insulation installation companies alleging that certain of their
practices violated provisions of the federal antitrust laws during
the period 1999 through 2004.  The case was filed in October 2004
in the United States District Court for the Northern District of
Georgia by Columbus Drywall & Insulation, Inc., Leo Jones
Insulation, Inc., Southland Insulators, Inc., Southland Insulators
of Maryland, Inc. d/b/a Devere Insulation, Southland Insulators of
Delaware LLC d/b/a Delmarva Insulation, and Whitson Insulation
Company of Grand Rapids, Inc. against the Company, its
subsidiaries Masco Contractors Services Group Corp., Masco
Contractor Services Central, Inc. ("MCS Central") and Masco
Contractor Services East, Inc., and several insulation
manufacturers (the "Columbus Drywall case").  In February 2009,
the court certified a class of 377 insulation contractors.

In July 2012, the parties reached a settlement in principle in
which the Company and its insulation installation companies named
in the lawsuit agreed to pay $75 million in return for dismissal
with prejudice and full release of all claims, which was recorded
by the Company in the second quarter of 2012.  The Company and its
insulation installation companies continue to deny that the
challenged conduct was unlawful and admit no wrongdoing as part of
the settlement.  A settlement was reached to eliminate the
considerable expense and uncertainty of this lawsuit.  The
settlement was approved by the court on October 26, 2012.


MASCO CORP: Files Judgment Motion in "Von Der Werth" Class Suit
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Masco Corporation disclosed in its October 31, 2012, Form 10-Q
filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the
quarter ended September 30, 2012, that it filed a renewed motion
for judgment in October 2012 in the class action lawsuit brought
by Albert Von Der Werth and Valerie Good.

In March 2007, Albert Von Der Werth and Valerie Good filed a
lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern
District of California against the Company, its subsidiary Masco
Contractor Services, and several insulation manufacturers seeking
class action status and alleging anticompetitive conduct (the "Von
Der Werth case").  In the Von Der Werth case, plaintiffs allege
that the alleged conspiracy in the Columbus Drywall case
indirectly resulted in an increase in the retail price of
fiberglass insulation they purchased from retailers from 1999 to
2004.  The Von Der Werth case was subsequently transferred to the
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
and was administratively stayed by the court in February 2010.
The Company, along with its insulation manufacturer co-defendants,
filed a Renewed Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings in October
2012.  Based upon the advice of its outside counsel, the Company
believes that the conduct of the Company and its insulation
installation companies, which is the subject of the Von Der Werth
case, has not violated any antitrust laws.  While there cannot be
any assurance that the Company will ultimately prevail in this
lawsuit, the Company does not believe that the ultimate
disposition of the Von Der Werth case will be material to the
Company.


NORTHFIELD BANCORP: Hammered MOU to Resolve Merger-Related Action
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In an October 4, 2012, Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities
and Exchange Commission, Northfield Bancorp, Inc. disclosed that
on October 2, 2012, it entered into a memorandum of understanding
regarding the settlement of certain litigation relating to the
Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of March 13, 2012, by and
among (i) Northfield Bank, Northfield Bancorp, Inc. and Northfield
Bancorp, MHC and (ii) Flatbush Federal Savings & Loan Association,
Flatbush Federal Bancorp, Inc. and Flatbush Federal Bancorp, MHC,
as amended.

As previously disclosed in the definitive proxy
statement/prospectus filed with the SEC by Northfield Bancorp on
September 21, 2012, on March 26, 2012, a Flatbush Bancorp
stockholder filed a putative class action lawsuit on behalf of
Flatbush Bancorp stockholders in the Supreme Court of the State of
New York, County of Kings, against Flatbush Bancorp, Flatbush MHC,
each member of the Flatbush Bancorp board of directors and
Northfield Bancorp and Northfield MHC.  The complaint was amended
June 28, 2012. The case is captioned Robert H. Elburn et. al. v.
Jesus R. Adia, D. John Antoniello, Patricia A. McKinley Scanlan,
Alfred S. Pantaleone, Charles J. Vorbach, Michael J. Lincks,
Flatbush Federal Bancorp, Inc., Flatbush Federal Bancorp, MHC,
Northfield Bancorp, Inc. and Northfield Bancorp, MHC. The amended
complaint alleges, among other things, that the Flatbush Bancorp
board of directors breached its fiduciary duties by agreeing to
inadequate consideration, engaging in a process that involved
conflicts of interest and by failing to disclose certain material
facts to Flatbush Bancorp stockholders in a registration statement
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 15,
2012.  The complaint also alleges that Flatbush Bancorp, Flatbush
MHC, Northfield Bancorp and Northfield MHC aided and abetted the
Flatbush Bancorp board of directors? breaches of fiduciary duties.

Defendants continue to deny the allegations set forth in the
amended complaint; however, to avoid the risk of the Action
delaying or adversely affecting the Proposed Mergers and to
minimize the expense and disruption that defending the Action
would engender, Flatbush Bancorp, while not admitting that it
committed any disclosure violations, agreed, pursuant to the terms
of the proposed settlement, to provide certain additional
disclosures related to the Proposed Mergers. The disclosures are
contained in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus that was mailed to
stockholders on or about September 21, 2012. Subject to completion
of certain confirmatory discovery by counsel to plaintiff, the
memorandum of understanding contemplates that the parties will
enter into a stipulation of settlement. The stipulation of
settlement will be subject to customary conditions, including
court approval following notice to Flatbush Bancorp?s
stockholders. In the event that the parties enter into a
stipulation of settlement, a hearing will be scheduled at which
time the Supreme Court of the State of New York will consider the
fairness, reasonableness, and adequacy of the settlement. From the
time of execution of the memorandum of understanding and while the
Court is considering the settlement, the Class Action will be
stayed and the plaintiff has agreed that he will not move or seek
to obtain a temporary restraining order or injunction to delay,
halt or postpone the stockholders? vote on the Proposed Mergers or
the consummation of the Proposed Mergers. If the settlement is
finally approved by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, it
will resolve and release all claims in all actions that were or
could have been brought challenging any aspect of the Proposed
Mergers, the Merger Agreement, and any disclosure made in
connection therewith, pursuant to terms that will be disclosed to
stockholders prior to final approval of the settlement. The
proposed settlement will not affect the amount of the merger
consideration that Flatbush Bancorp's stockholders are entitled to
receive in the Mid-Tier Merger.

In addition, in connection with the settlement, the parties
contemplate that plaintiff's counsel will file a petition in the
Supreme Court of the State of New York for an award of attorneys?
fees and expenses to be paid by Flatbush Bancorp or its successor.
Defendants and plaintiffs will negotiate in good faith regarding
the appropriate amount of attorneys' fees to be paid by Flatbush
or its successor in interest if the Proposed Mergers are
consummated.  The fees are subject to Court approval and will not
be deducted from merger consideration.  Defendants, however, have
reserved the right to challenge any request for an award of
attorneys' fees and expenses. There can be no assurance that the
parties will ultimately enter into a stipulation of settlement or
that the Supreme Court of the State of New York will approve the
settlement even if the parties were to enter into such
stipulation.  In such event, the proposed settlement as
contemplated by the memorandum of understanding may be terminated.


PEP BOYS: Mechanics File Overtime & Minimum Wage Class Action
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Courthouse News Service reports that The Pep Boys stiffs mechanics
for overtime and minimum wages, a class action claims in San
Bernardino Superior Court.


PFIZER INC: Faces Securities Fraud Class Action in New York
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Nate Raymond, writing for Reuters, reports that a dozen large
investors have sued Pfizer Inc. for securities fraud, distancing
themselves from a long-running shareholder class action over
allegations the company misled them about the safety of the pain
relievers Celebrex and Bextra.

The plaintiffs in the new case, filed late on Nov. 15 in U.S.
District Court in Manhattan, include the California Public
Employees' Retirement System (Calpers), the biggest U.S. public
pension fund, the California State Teachers' Retirement System
(Calstrs), and several mutual funds.

"Opting out" of securities class actions has become a growing
trend, as some plaintiffs gamble they can do better by suing solo
or in a small group instead of joining a larger case.

The plaintiffs in the new case said in September that they would
not be part of the pending class action.  The class action, led by
the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana, grew out of lawsuits
that started in 2004 following a study on the cardiovascular risks
of Celebrex and Bextra.

Pfizer said it will fight the new case, as well as another opt-out
case and the larger class action.

"The company believes these cases and the original class action
lawsuit have no merit based on the undisputed facts in the record
and the governing federal securities law," said Pfizer spokesman
Chris Loder.

He said both drugs "were rigorously studied and tested" by the
company and independent experts, and that the U.S. government,
doctors, patients, and investors received accurate information on
the risks and benefits of the medications.

Revenues from Celebrex and Bextra dropped by over $2 billion in
the first nine months of 2005 after the safety concerns were made
public, while Pfizer saw a $68.4 billion loss in stock market
value between October 2004 and October 2005, according to
allegations by investors.

In September 2009, Pfizer agreed to pay $2.3 billion to settle a
U.S. Department of Justice probe into the marketing of drugs
including Bextra.

Plaintiffs have opted out of past securities fraud class actions,
including cases involving Countrywide Financial Corp and stemming
from the collapse of WorldCom.

"Opt-outs are a major trend, probably reflecting the increased
competition within the plaintiff's bar," said John Coffee, a law
professor and securities law expert at Columbia University Law
School.  He said large institutional investors "can settle for
more in cases in which they are not submerged in a huge class with
smaller investors."

Other public pension funds in the Nov. 15 lawsuit include the
Teacher Retirement System of Texas, the Montana Board of
Investments and the Arizona State Retirement System.  Thrivent
Financial for Lutherans and American Century Investment Management
are also among the plaintiffs.

The complaint seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as
interest and attorneys' fees.

The plaintiffs are represented by Bernstein Litowitz Berger &
Grossmann, a New York law firm that often leads class actions.

Other investors also have opted out of the Pfizer class action.
Wolf Opportunity Fund Ltd and Okumus Capital LLC sued Pfizer on
Nov. 14, making similar allegations of fraud.

Matthew Siben, a lawyer for Wolf and Okumus with law firm Dietrich
Siben Thorpe, did not respond to a request for comment on Nov. 15.

Jay Eisenhofer, a lawyer for the lead plaintiff in the class
action, declined to comment on the new cases.

The case is Montana Board of Investments, et al. v. Pfizer Inc.,
et al., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No.
12-cv-9379.


PJ CLARKE: Faces Class Action for Alleged Labor Law Violations
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Mariela Lombard, writing for New York Daily News, reports that a
former P.J. Clarke's bartender is serving the legendary red brick
saloon with a class action lawsuit, claiming unsavory treatment of
its service staff.

Michael Nielsen worked at the venerable watering hole on Third
Avenue at 55th Street from 2007 through February and claims its
owners -- including actor Timothy Hutton -- failed to pay
overtime, unlawfully deducted meal costs and forced employees to
over-report tips to avoid an IRS audit.

"I worked there for five years, very hard, and throughout the
entire time was treated without respect and unfairly,"
Mr. Nielsen, 43, told the Daily News.

He said for three years he started his Saturdays with a 7-hour
shift at the 128-year-old flagship bar favored by Jackie O. and
Frank Sinatra, then raced across town for another 9-hour shift at
its spin-off in Lincoln Square.

He regularly worked more than 60 hours a week but never received
overtime, he claimed.

"I've been a bartender since I was 19 years old, and I've never
seen anything like this," he said.

Lawyer David Gottlieb said "hundreds" of current and former
staffers should be eligible to join the federal suit, filed on
Nov. 16 in Manhattan.

P.J. Clarke's owner Phil Scotti characterized Nielsen as
disgruntled.

"He was fired because he refused to declare all his tips
consistently," Mr. Scotti told The News.  "He can file this
lawsuit, and we'll bring up all his sales and how much he declared
and it will become obvious, and in the end he'll end up paying a
lot of money."

He said the Upper East Side location is a separate company from
its Lincoln Square outpost, and a third location near the World
Financial Center.

"Nobody works at two locations unless they want to," he said.
"I'm ethical.  I make sure all that stuff is taken care of, so
this doesn't worry me much.  It just makes me angry."


TJ MAXX: Assistant Managers Get Conditional Certification
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Katie Johnston, writing for The Boston Globe, reports that about
3,000 T.J. Maxx assistant managers nationwide will be allowed to
join a lawsuit against TJX Cos. for failure to pay overtime,
following a federal court ruling last week.

The ruling, in U.S. District Court for Eastern New York, grants
conditional certification for a collective action lawsuit, similar
to a class-action suit, which was filed in early 2011 by a former
assistant manager in New York.  The complaint alleges that the
Framingham company regularly required Mohammed M. Ahmed and other
salaried assistant managers to perform duties usually done by
hourly workers, such as running the cash registers and unloading
delivery trucks, without paying them overtime when they worked
more than 40 hours a week.

"It's a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act," said Sara
Kane, who is representing Mr. Ahmed.

About 3,000 assistant managers who worked at TJ Maxx from August
of 2007 to the present -- though the time frame is in dispute --
could receive invitations to join the lawsuit.

TJX, which also runs Marshalls and HomeGoods, did not return calls
seeking comment.

TJX is facing several lawsuits over similar wage and employee
misclassification violations, Ms. Kane said.


TOYOTA MOTOR: Recalls 2.77MM Vehicles Worldwide to Fix Defects
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Yoshio Takahashi, writing for The Wall Street Journal, reports
that Toyota Motor Corp. said on November 14, 2012, that it will
recall 2.77 million vehicles world-wide to fix shaft and water-
pump defects, just a month after the Company's biggest recall for
a single part, in a move that may once again dent its reputation
for quality after the massive recalls two years ago.

Recalls don't necessarily hurt a company's sales in the long term.
Still, vehicle reliability plays a large part in the strength of
Toyota.  Successive large recalls could hurt the Company's brand
image, as seen in a series of serious glitches by the car maker in
2009 and 2010 when it came under harsh criticism for its slow
response to vehicle flaws.

Toyota has since then aimed for quick responses to fix defects as
it strives to regain customers' trust.

For the latest repairs, Toyota will recall 2.76 million vehicles
due to a defect in the shaft connecting the steering wheel to the
gearbox, a spokeswoman for the Company said.  The problem affects
10 models produced between August 2000 and December 2011,
including the Corolla and Avensis.

The Company also will recall a further 630,000 vehicles in five
models to fix a defect in the water pump used in the hybrid
system, the spokeswoman said.  The affected models, built between
May and September 2011, include the second-generation Prius and
the FCHV-adv fuel-cell vehicle.

In all, 620,000 vehicles have both the shaft and water-pump
defects, including the second-generation Prius, the spokeswoman
said.

There have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to
these faulty parts, she added.

The latest glitches follow a global recall of 7.4 million vehicles
by Toyota last month for faulty power-window switches, the
Company's largest recall to date for a single part.

This is an unwelcome setback for Toyota after the Japanese car
maker last week posted a solid quarterly profit and lifted its
earnings forecast for the current business year.

The Company has been bouncing back from the March 2011 earthquake
and tsunami in Japan, despite faltering sales in China related to
a consumer backlash amid the territorial disputes between Beijing
and Tokyo.

On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Toyota shares fell slightly on
November 14 to close at 3,060 Yens ($38.54), their lowest for the
day.  The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average finished nearly flat.

To fix the defective shaft, which might disable the steering
function, Toyota will recall 1.51 million vehicles in Japan,
669,000 in the U.S. and 496,000 in Europe, with the rest of the
affected vehicles in Australia, the Middle East, Asia and
elsewhere.

The pump glitch, which might cause the vehicles to be unable to
run, affects 350,000 vehicles in the U.S., 175,000 in Japan and
83,000 in Europe, with the remainder in other markets.


UNILEVER UNITED: Judge Tosses False Advertising Class Action
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Gavin Broady, writing for Law360, reports that a California judge
on  Nov. 15 tossed a proposed class action accusing Unilever
United States Inc. of falsely marketing butter substitute products
as "light," saying the label can be applied fairly as compared to
butter and not just to regular versions of the substitute
products.

A pair of California consumers had alleged that Unilever violates
California labeling requirements regarding the term "light" --
which can only be applied to products that contain at least 50
percent less fat than similar products under California law.


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