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             Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Vol. 20, No. 7



                            Headlines

9898 REST CORP: "Fan" Suit Seeks to Recover Wages Under FLSA
3M CO: Scotchgard Wants Nothing to Do with Toxic Dumping Woes
ALLY FINANCIAL: "Doyle" Suit Alleges TCPA and ICFA Violations
AMERICAN CENTURY: Plan Participants Class Certified in "Wildman"
AMERIGAS PARTNERS: Illegally Procures Consumer Reports, Suit Says

ANGLO AMERICAN: Sick Gold Miners Nears Silicosis Settlement
ASANKO GOLD: Securities Class Action Voluntarily Dismissed
AVIGDOR LIBERMAN: Zionist Union Calls for Class Action Suit
BANC OF CALIFORNIA: Pomerantz Investigates Claims for Investors
BANK OF AMERICA: Appeals "McLeod" Suit Ruling to 9th Cir.

BEHR PROCESS: Hamil Sues Over Defective DeckOver Coating
BIG PHARMA: Sioux County Joins Opioid Lawsuit
BOVIS HOMES: Angry Homebuyers Plan Class-Action Lawsuit
BUSH ROSS: Wins Prelim. OK of Deal in "Kagno"; Hearing on April 6
CAPELLA EDUCATION: Faces "Franchi" Suit Over Sale to Strayer

CARNIVAL CORP: Cuban Nationals' Discrimination Case Withdrawn
CENTER THEATRE: Accused by "Gutierrez" Suit of Violating TCPA
CENTURYLINK: Faces "Birse" Suit Over Breach of Duty of Prudence
CENTURYLINK INC: Klein Law Firm Files Securities Class Action
CHARLES TYRWHITT: "Cohen" Suit Alleges Computer Wiretapping

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS: "Anderson" Suit Transferred to E.D. Wis.
COPPER COMPANIES: Business Unit Strikes Settlement Agreement
DEV MEDICAL: Prelim. Approval of Accord in "Moreno" Suit Sought
DISH DBS: Continues to Defend Against "Krakauer" Action
DYCOM INDUSTRIES: Accord in Subcontractors' Suit Has Final OK

DYCOM INDUSTRIES: Calif. Superior Court Approves Settlement
EMPIRE INTERNATIONAL: Certification Sought in "Paul" Suit
ENAGIC USA: Makaron Seeks Certification of Class and Subclasses
FINISAR CORP: Oklahoma Firefighters' Bid to Certify Class Denied
FIRST HAWAIIAN: Unit Continues to Defend Class Action Suit

FLINT, MI: Theodore Leopold Appointed Co-Lead Plaintiffs Counsel
FLORIDA: Certification of Subclasses Sought in "Hernandez"
FLORIDA BC: Reese Moves to Certify Class of Sales Coordinators
FORD MOTOR: Glancy Prongay Files Securities Class Action
GFIVE LLC: Duhart Seeks to Recoup Unpaid Wages for Exotic Dancers

GIGAMON INC: "Tjon-En-Fa" Suit Questions Proposed Sale to Elliott
GOLDEN KRUST: Workers Seek Class Action Lawsuit Over Wages
GRETNA, LA: Nelson Seeks Certification of Two Classes
GYRODYNE LLC: Says 2016 Unsold Properties Has Lower Appraisal
HERRICK CORP: Ybarra Sues Plan Trustees Over ERISA Violations

HOFFMAN-LAROCHE: Former Soldier's Lawsuit in Limbo
HOLLYWOOD CASINO: Employee Files Class Action Suit
HORIZON HEALTH: $1.2-Mil. Settlement Reached in Class Action
IDENTIV INC: 9th Cir. Appeal in Securities Suit Underway
ILLINOIS: Murphy Seeks to Certify Class of Freed Prisoners

INC RESEARCH: Faces "Bermudez" Suit Over Misleading Fin'l Reports
INTERACTIVE BROKERS: Hauptman Sues Over Accounts Administration
INVENTURE FOODS: Westmoreland Retirement Fund's Suit Underway
INVENTURE FOODS: Accord Underway in "Blair" Suit
INVENTURE FOODS: Consolidated Securities Suit Dismissed

JIM FISCHER: Laughlin Moves for Certification of Workers Class
KINGSLEY CONSTRUCTORS: "Deweese" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid OT
KNOLOGY INC: Carlton Fields Attorneys Defeat Shareholder Case
KOBE STEEL: Loses JIS Certifications, Faces Lawsuits in Canada
KUSHNER COS: Media Wants Md. Apartment Partners' Names Unsealed

LLR INC: Certification of 11 Classes Sought in "Webster" Suit
LULAROE CO: Customers File Class Action Over State Sales Taxes
LUNDIN MINING: Strosberg Sasso Files Securities Class Action
MARU RESTAURANT: Faces "Daoust" Suit Over Failure to Pay OT
MASONITE INTERNATIONAL: Final OK of Amended Deal Expected in Q2

MEGGITT-USA SERVICES: Cert. Bid Denied; Amended Accord Due Feb. 5
MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE: Vincent Wong Files Securities Class Action
MICROSOFT CORP: Overwhelmingly Underpays Women, Class Action Says
MISSOURI: Court Refuses to Certify Gasca's Class of Parolees
MONARCH RECOVERY: Wins Prelim. OK of "Hartman" Suit Settlement

NFL: Concussion Crisis Hits Helmet Manufacturers
NOODLES & COMPANY: Accord Reached in Selco Class Action
NRA GROUP: Bernal Appeals N.D. Ill. Decision to Seventh Circuit
OHIO: Fails to Keep Proper Records of Traffic Camera Fines
OSI SYSTEMS: Pomerantz Files Securities Class Action Lawsuit

OSI SYSTEMS: Feb. 5 Lead Plaintiff Bid Deadline
OXNARD, CA: Court Denies Kittel's Class Cert. Bid
PARK 'N FLY: Faces "James" Suit Over Failure to Pay Workers
PARK 'N FLY: Faces James' 2nd Suit Over Failure to Pay Workers
PEPPER TREE: Sued Over Illegal Electronic Funds Transfer Policies

PIAA: Sports Officials Seek Lawsuit for Unpaid Wages
PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTS: Debt Collection Defies FDCPA, Dodson Says
PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE: Violated ERISA, Judge Rules
QUICKEN LOANS: Illegally Wiretaps Website Visitors' Computers
RITE AID: Court Affirms Inflatable Pool Class Action Ruling

ROYAL WATER: "Cruz" Class Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid OT Wages
RYB EDUCATION: Vincent Wong Files Class Action
SAC CAPITAL: Reed Smith Appeals "Kaplan" Suit Ruling to 2nd Cir.
SAN JOSE, CA: Wins Bid to Decertify FLSA Class in "Wallace" Suit
SANOFI PASTEUR: VACC to File Class Suit Over Dengvaxia

SCOTTS MIRACLE: Wild Bird Food Product Class Action Ongoing
SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT: Misled Investors on Blackfish Impact
SEQWATER: Attorney Says Wivenhoe Dam Water Releases Necessary
SEQWATER: Mounts Contributory Negligence Argument in Flood Case
SILVERLEAF RESORTS: Fails to Pay Employees OT, "Dix" Suit Claims

STARWOOD HOTELS: Court Refuses to Certify Class in "Creamer" Suit
SUSHI NAKAZAWA: Accused of Wage Theft in Class Suit
TASCH LLC: Lemos Moves to Certify Independent Contractors Class
TASTY FAST: Faces "Zapata" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
TEZOS: Foundation's Probe Likely to Clear Gevers of Mismanagement

TOYOTA CORP: Soy Wiring Class Suit Filed in Massachusetts
TRIANGLE CAPITAL: Vincent Wong Files Securities Class Action
UBER TECHNOLOGIES: Sued in Ill. Over Unlawful Use of Drivers Data
UNITEDHEALTHCARE: Rivero Attorneys Obtains Hep C Drug Settlement
VOLVO CARS: Neale's Bid to Certify Denied With Leave to Re-File

WOLVERINE WORLD: 28 Locations in Michigan Contaminated with PFAS
XOMA CORP: Purcell Investigates Potential Fiduciary Duty Breach
YUMMYEARTH INC: Sandooval Moves to Certify Class of Consumers

* Lawyer Sues Media Outlets Over Videos Without Closed Captioning


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9898 REST CORP: "Fan" Suit Seeks to Recover Wages Under FLSA
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Lu Nan Fan, individually and on behalf of all other employees
similarly situated v. 9898 Rest. Corp. d/b/a Pearl East, Ching-
Yun Huang, Cathy Huang, Case No. 1:17-cv-06994 (E.D.N.Y.,
November 30, 2017), alleges that pursuant to the Fair Labor
Standards Act, the Plaintiff and the class are entitled to
recover from the Defendants: (1) unpaid wages and minimum wages,
(2) reimbursement for expenses relating to tools of the trade,
(3) liquidated damages, (4) prejudgment and post-judgment
interest; and (5) attorneys' fees and costs.

9898 Rest. Corp., doing business as Pearl East, owns and operates
a Chinese restaurant in the Nassau County, located at 1191
Northern Blvd., in Manhasset, New York.  The Individual
Defendants are owners, officers, directors or managing agents of
9898 Rest. Corp.[BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Jian Hang, Esq.
          HANG & ASSOCIATES, PLLC.
          136-20 38th Ave., Suite 10G
          Flushing, NY 11354
          Telephone: (718) 353-8588
          E-mail: jhang@hanglaw.com


3M CO: Scotchgard Wants Nothing to Do with Toxic Dumping Woes
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Garret Ellison, writing for MLive, reports that the multinational
conglomerate which manufactures Scotchgard and developed the
chemistry that has poisoned water supplies in Michigan and other
states wants nothing to do with Wolverine World Wide's toxic
dumping problem.

Minnesota-based 3M told Wolverine to mind its own mess in a Nov.
28 letter that 3M attorneys shared unsolicited with MLive, in
which the manufacturer accuses Wolverine of trying to "shift
blame for its own environmental practices to 3M."

"3M will not participate in response actions due to the
environmental practices of Wolverine," wrote 3M attorney William
A. Brewer III, who declined Wolverine's request that the
manufacturer attend the Nov. 29 townhall meeting in Rockford.

Whether 3M ends up on the hook for drinking water contamination
by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances named PFAS (or PFCs) in
Kent County will likely be decided in federal court, where 3M and
Wolverine are now co-defendants in a class action lawsuit.

3M -- which invented the fluorochemicals polluting 28 known sites
in Michigan -- is facing a similar but separate lawsuit in its
home state, where the Minnesota Attorney General alleges the
manufacturing giant has caused $5 billion in damage to the
state's natural resources by polluting drinking water and the
Mississippi River.

The 8-year-old case is scheduled for trial in February.

In the letter to Wolverine, Brewer spends significant space
chastising the shoemaker for spreading "misinformation" about its
ignorance of the risk posed by Scotchgard, which Wolverine
sprayed on leather at its Rockford tannery.  In August, Wolverine
said it "first learned" Scotchgard contained PFAS chemicals in
"fall 2016."

On Nov. 3, 3M undercut that claim by disclosing an 18-year-old
document showing Wolverine was specifically advised that the
former Scotchgard chemistry was being discontinued and the key
compound, PFOS, was a threat to environmental health in 1999.

In response to the letter, Wolverine sent MLive a statement
repurposing part of a blog post in which Wolverine acknowledges
"that there is some misunderstanding about what we knew and when
about the presence of PFOA/PFOS in Scotchgard."

PFOS and PFOA are two of numerous PFAS chemicals being found in
private and municipal drinking water wells in Kent County.

Nonetheless, "we never intended to infer that we did not know
PFOA/PFOS was in Scotchgard and we sincerely apologize for any
confusion," Wolverine wrote.

Wolverine has said it didn't know Scotchgard contained toxicant
until 2016.

In the latest communication between the two companies to be made
public, Brewer accuses Wolverine of having "distorted the record
to deflect blame for its responsibilities" by misleading the
public and state regulators by claiming ignorance of Scotchgard's
chemistry and 3M's product phaseout and reformulation.

Wolverine met with 3M "in person two days after the phaseout
announcement," Brewer wrote, referencing a May 22, 2000 letter.
Brewer also references an Oct. 23, 2017 letter from 3M directing
Wolverine to "3M-sponsored research" on PFAS in the public
domain. Neither letter has been made public.

Brewer accused Wolverine of writing in an Oct. 17 letter to area
residents that "ultimately, 3M Scotchgard should be responsible
for any adverse impact from this situation."  Neither 3M nor
Wolverine supplied the Oct. 17 letter upon MLive's request.

The letter references a Wolverine request that 3M attend the Nov.
29 townhall meeting at Rockford High School in which the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality disclosed that Wolverine has
not supplied the state with any waste disposal records.

The Kent County Health Department, which hosted the meeting, says
it did not invite 3M to the meeting and wasn't aware of any other
parties that did.

Wolverine's statement about 3M's Nov. 28 letter is below.

"Since 3M announced the phase-out of its Scotchgard product which
contained PFOA/PFOS, 3M has repeatedly assured Wolverine and the
public that there are no adverse effects to human health or the
environment.  Wolverine, along with many other manufacturers and
customers, purchased 3M's product based on those assurances. Now,
our focus continues to be on providing area residents confidence
in their water, and on working with community members, agencies,
and other partners to find answers.  We have sought out 3M's
expert knowledge and advice on the PFOA/PFOS compounds that were
in Scotchgard, but 3M has not engaged with Wolverine to discuss
the situation." [GN]


ALLY FINANCIAL: "Doyle" Suit Alleges TCPA and ICFA Violations
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DONALD DOYLE v. ALLY FINANCIAL, INC. a/k/a ALLY FINANCIAL a/k/a
BLUEYIELD a/k/a BLUEHARBOR FINANCIAL a/k/a CLEARLANE FINANCIAL
SERVICES, Case No. 1:17-cv-08667 (N.D. Ill., November 30, 2017),
is brought as class action complaint on behalf of the Plaintiff,
and a nationwide class of similarly situated individuals pursuant
to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Illinois
Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act.

Ally is a Delaware Corporation with its principal place of
business located in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Ally is engaged
in the business of collecting or attempting to collect, directly
or indirectly, debts owed or due or asserted to be owed or due
using the mail and telephone, including consumers in the state of
Illinois.[BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          James Vlahakis, Esq.
          Ahmad Sulaiman, Esq.
          Omar Sulaiman, Esq.
          SULAIMAN LAW GROUP, LTD.
          2500 South Highland Avenue, Suite 200
          Lombard, IL 60148
          Telephone: (630) 581-5456
          E-mail: jvlahakis@sulaimanlaw.com
                  ahmad.sulaiman@sulaimanlaw.com
                  osulaiman@sulaimanlaw.com


AMERICAN CENTURY: Plan Participants Class Certified in "Wildman"
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The Hon. Greg Kays grants the Plaintiffs' motion for class
certification in the lawsuit captioned STEVE WILDMAN and JON
BORCHERDING, Individually and as representatives of a class of
similarly situated persons, and ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY
RETIREMENT PLAN v. AMERICAN CENTURY SERVICES, LLC, et al., Case
No. 4:16-cv-00737-DGK (W.D. Mo.).

The Court certifies this class under Rule 23(b)(1) of the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure:

     All participants and beneficiaries of the American Century
     Retirement Plan at the time on or after June 30, 2010,
     excluding Defendants, employees with responsibility for the
     Plan's investment or administrative functions, and members
     of the American Century Services, LLC Board of Directors.

The Plaintiffs are appointed as class representatives.  The Court
also appoints Nichols Kaster, PLLP, as class counsel and Brady
and Associates, LLP, as local counsel.

The putative class action involves claims for breach of fiduciary
duty brought pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security
Act of 1974.  The Plaintiffs bring this suit on their own behalf
and on the behalf of a proposed class claiming the Defendants
breached their fiduciary duties and engaged in prohibited
transactions.

The Defendants' motion to strike Plaintiffs' reply brief is
denied.  The parties are ordered to meet and confer regarding a
trial date for this case.  The parties should file an amended
proposed scheduling order setting a trial date on or before
January 5, 2018.

A copy of the Order is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=zlcaAcuz


AMERIGAS PARTNERS: Illegally Procures Consumer Reports, Suit Says
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Arthur Oneil, individually, and on behalf of other members of the
general public similarly situated v. Amerigas Partners, L.P.,
Amerigas Propane, L.P., Amerigas Propane, Inc., and Amerigas,
Inc., Case No. 2:17-cv-08667 (C.D. Cal., November 30, 2017),
arises from the Defendants' acquisition and use of consumer and
investigative consumer reports to conduct background checks, and
rely on such information as a basis for adverse employment
action, including failure to hire, without first providing the
Plaintiff and other applicants with a written description of
their rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and a copy of
the report at issue.

The Defendants own and operate a propane services company with
its principal place of business and headquarters in King of
Prussia, Pennsylvania. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Bevin Allen Pike, Esq.
      Robert K. Friedl, Esq.
      Trisha K. Monesi, Esq.
      CAPSTONE LAW APC
      1875 Century Park East, Suite 1000
      Los Angeles, CA 90067
      Telephone: (310) 556-4811
      Facsimile: (310) 943-0396
      E-mail: Bevin.Pike@capstonelawyers.com
              Robert.Friedl@capstonelawyers.com
              Trisha.Monesi@capstonelawyers.com


ANGLO AMERICAN: Sick Gold Miners Nears Silicosis Settlement
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Pete Lewis, writing for GrounUp, reports that a settlement
between thousands of sick gold miners and the mining industry is
possible before the end of the year, according to one of the
attorneys for the sick mineworkers.

Upwards of 100,000 mineworkers and former mineworkers, and their
dependents, are claiming damages for contracting silicosis and/or
TB from exposure to dust underground.  The class action has been
certified for trial by the South Gauteng High Court.

Richard Spoor, who represents the mineworkers, told the
Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources that he
was "reasonably confident" that the two-year negotiation over a
settlement of the class action litigation would be concluded
before the end of 2017.  The settlement will be recorded in a
Trust Deed signed by the gold mines and the mineworkers'
attorneys, and the deed will be registered with the Master of the
High Court.  The gold mines will pay into a Trust Fund to
compensate the workers.  Two of the largest of the top six gold
mining companies have already set aside a total of about R1.76bn
for this purpose.

Mr. Spoor told the committee it was urgent to reach a compromise
because mineworkers were dying.  He said about 4% of the 30,000
mineworkers who started the class action had died each year since
2006, when the litigation started.  It took five years to
establish the right of workers to sue their mining employers in
the Constitutional Court, and another five years to get
certification of the class action by the High Court.

Working from Mr. Spoor's figures, this means that over the ten
years from 2006/7 to 2016/17 there would have been about 11,619
avoidable deaths among the 30,000 mineworkers, leaving 19,147
alive -- an overall decade-long death rate of 38%.  So if there
were 100,000 eligible sick workers still living today, there
would only be 62,000 of them alive ten years from now.

Mr. Spoor told the committee that the gold mines had appealed
against the certification of the class action suit and further
litigation could last for "many more years".  A settlement now
would achieve a "substantial measure of justice", he said.

Though he was due to attend the meeting to discuss allegations of
state capture in his ministry, Minister Mosebenzi Zwane famously
failed to arrive, and was subpoenaed to do so in January by the
Committee.  His Deputy Minister, Godfrey Oliphant, was present to
represent the department. Oliphant, who hails from the Northern
Cape, spearheads the work of the Presidential Inter-Ministerial
Committee on Revitalising Distressed Mining Communities.  He
accounts to President Jacob Zuma's office as well as Parliament
on its work.

Mr. Spoor said that the Settlement Fund would have enough money
to operate over ten to 15 years, and would be responsible for
tracking, screening and compensating claimants, both in SA and
the rest of southern Africa.  Each claim would be assessed on its
merits, since "no-one will settle a bad claim".  Thirty mining
companies are involved, but sick workers who worked for companies
that have since wound up and deregistered cannot be paid out.
These workers will have no remedy.

Mr. Spoor said South Africa had sophisticated legislation
regulating dust in mines, but state inspection was limited and
there were few incentives for employers to improve working
conditions.

"In effect", he said, "workers are subsidising industry with
their health and with their lives".

He called for a complete review of existing compensation schemes.

Mr. Oliphant said private litigation was a flawed solution to the
problem of justice for victims of occupational disease. He
suggested the Committee consider calling for government
representatives on the Board of Trustees to oversee the silicosis
settlement. He also raised the question of other forms of
compensation to former mineworkers. "You can pay a worker
R100,000, and it is gone in three months. What about other
economic opportunities?"

Oliphant told the Committee that the Inter-Ministerial Committee
for the Revitalisation of Distressed Mining Communities had set
up a "National Trust" which had started macadamia plantations in
the Eastern Cape for former mineworkers.  So far 300 hectares had
been set aside and there were plans to move into table grapes,
pomegranates and figs. Oliphant said R60 billion had been put
aside in trusts and deposits, 10% of which was earmarked for
agricultural development projects, which were currently being
piloted in Limpopo, North West Province, and Mpumalanga.

He said that the state had contributed nothing to these
initiatives because the Treasury had refused to fund them, so the
contribution of mining companies was "very important".  The State
should take control, and "end exploitation by the powerful", said
Mr. Oliphant. [GN]


ASANKO GOLD: Securities Class Action Voluntarily Dismissed
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Asanko Gold Inc. ("Asanko" or the "Company") (TSX:AKG)(NYSE
American:AKG)(NYSE MKT:AKG) disclosed that a putative class
action securities lawsuit filed in the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of New York against Asanko Gold
and several executives has been dismissed.

The lawsuit, claiming that the Company made alleged misstatements
or omissions in a technical report and a press release relating
to the Company's mineral resources estimates, was voluntarily
dismissed without prejudice by lead plaintiff on November 21,
2017.  No payment or any other consideration was paid by or on
behalf of Asanko Gold or its executives in connection with the
lawsuit's dismissal.

The lawsuit was docketed under Sumethasorn v. Asanko Gold, Inc.,
et al., Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-03280-ILG-RML (E.D.N.Y.) in the
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New
York.

                       About Asanko Gold Inc.

Asanko's vision is to become a mid-tier gold mining company that
maximizes value for all its stakeholders.  The Company's flagship
project is the multi-million ounce Asanko Gold Mine located in
Ghana, West Africa. Asanko is managed by highly skilled and
successful technical, operational and financial professionals.
The Company is strongly committed to the highest standards for
environmental management, social responsibility, and health and
safety for its employees and neighbouring communities. [GN]


AVIGDOR LIBERMAN: Zionist Union Calls for Class Action Suit
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Israel National News reports that there were numerous
condemnations across the political spectrum of Defense Minister
Avigdor Liberman's call December 10 to boycott Wadi Ara Arabs.

MK Eyal Ben-Reuven (Zionist Union) called for Liberman to
apologize to the numerous Wadi Ara residents who do not throw
stones or incite and even work for coexistence in the state of
Israel.

MK Taleb Abu Arar(Zionist Union) called for convening the Arab
Higher Monitoring Committee and considering a class action suit
against Liberman "so that he personally pay the price for his
declarations which call for cutting off formal and economic ties
with residents of Wadi Ara." [GN]


BANC OF CALIFORNIA: Pomerantz Investigates Claims for Investors
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Pomerantz LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of
Banc of California, Inc. ("Banc of California" or the "Company")
(NYSE: BANC).  Such investors are advised to contact Robert S.
Willoughby at -- rswilloughby@pomlaw.com -- or 888-476-6529, ext.
9980.

The investigation concerns whether Banc of California and certain
of its officers and/or directors have engaged in securities fraud
or other unlawful business practices.

On December 8, 2017, Bloomberg reported that a former Banc of
California employee had filed a lawsuit against the bank
alleging, in part, that: (1) revenue generated by the Company in
2016 was improperly carried over to the following year in order
to inflate 2017 profits; and (2) the Company had ignored its
former Chief Financial Officer's use of Company funds to
patronize strip clubs.

On this news, Banc of California's share price fell $0.60, or
2.76%, to close at $21.15 on December 8, 2017.

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Los
Angeles, and Paris, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms
in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class
litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as
the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered
the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years
later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he
established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities
fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The
Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on
behalf of class members. [GN]


BANK OF AMERICA: Appeals "McLeod" Suit Ruling to 9th Cir.
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Defendant Bank of America, N.A., filed an appeal from a court
ruling in the lawsuit titled Gina McLeod v. Bank of America,
N.A., Case No. 3:16-cv-03294-EMC, in the U.S. District Court for
the Northern District of California, San Francisco.

As previously reported in the Class Action Reporter, the
Plaintiff brings the lawsuit on behalf of:

     All persons who are or have been employed, at any time from
     May 9, 2012 through the date of the Court's granting of
     class certification in this matter, by Bank of America,
     National Association ("Bank of America") in California under
     the job titles Loan Officer, Senior Loan Officer, Mortgage
     Loan Officer, Senior Mortgage Loan Officer, and Senior
     Lending Officer (collectively "Loan Officers" or "Class
     Members").

Ms. McLeod seeks claims for reimbursement of business expenses,
violations of California's Unfair Competition Law, and penalties
under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004.

The appellate case is captioned as Gina McLeod v. Bank of
America, N.A., Case No. 17-80255, in the United States Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[BN]

Plaintiff-Respondent GINA MCLEOD, individually and on behalf of
all others similarly situated, is represented by:

          Aaron David Kaufmann, Esq.
          LEONARD CARDER, LLP
          1330 Broadway
          Oakland, CA 94612
          Telephone: (510) 272-0169
          Facsimile: (510) 272-0174
          E-mail: akaufmann@leonardcarder.com

               - and -

          Edward Wynne, Esq.
          WYNNE LAW FIRM
          80 E. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Suite 3G
          Larkspur, CA 94939
          Telephone: (415) 461-6400
          Facsimile: (415) 461-3900
          E-mail: ewynne@wynnelawfirm.com

Defendant-Petitioner BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., is represented by:

          Adam P. KohSweeney, Esq.
          O'MELVENY & MYERS LLP
          Two Embarcadero Center
          San Francisco, CA 94111
          Telephone: (415) 984-8700
          E-mail: akohsweeney@omm.com

               - and -

          Apalla Chopra, Esq.
          O'MELVENY & MYERS LLP
          400 South Hope Street
          Los Angeles, CA 90071
          Telephone: (213) 430-6000
          E-mail: achopra@omm.com


BEHR PROCESS: Hamil Sues Over Defective DeckOver Coating
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KENNETH HAMIL AND LINDA STRATTON-HAMIL, individually and on
behalf of all others similarly situated v. BEHR PROCESS CORP.;
BEHR PAINT CORP.; MASCO CORP.; THE HOME DEPOT, INC.; and HOME
DEPOT U.S.A., INC., Case No. 6:17-cv-02058-JA-GJK (M.D. Fla.,
November 30, 2017), seeks an order forcing Behr and Home Depot to
stop their alleged deceptive conduct in misrepresenting the
durability of DeckOver and to provide appropriate remuneration to
affected consumers.

In 2013, Behr, through a national marketing campaign, released a
new patio and deck product, exclusively through Home Depot,
branded as DeckOver, according to the complaint.  Behr and Home
Depot represented to homeowners that DeckOver was worth its
premium price (3-5 times more expensive than ordinary paints and
stains) because it was a more durable coating (5 times thicker)
and it could repair decks by filling in cracks and stopping
splinters.

The Plaintiffs allege that contrary to the Defendants'
representation, DeckOver is not durable or long-lasting.  The
Plaintiffs assert that within mere months of application,
DeckOver begins to flake, peel, and separate from wood and
concrete surfaces.

Behr Process Corporation and Behr Paint Corporation are
California corporations, with their principal place of business
in Santa Ana, California.  Masco Corporation is a Delaware
corporation, with its principal place of business in Taylor,
Michigan.  Masco acquired Behr Process Corporation in 1999.

The Home Depot, Inc. is a Delaware corporation, with its
principal place of business in Georgia.  The Home Depot, Inc. is
the parent company of Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. and describes
itself in annual reports filed with the Securities Exchange
Commission as the world's largest home improvement retailer.

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Panagiotis "Pete" V. Albanis, Esq.
          MORGAN & MORGAN - COMPLEX LITIGATION GROUP
          12800 University Drive, Suite 600
          Fort Myers, FL 33907
          Telephone: (239) 432-6605
          Facsimile: (239) 204-2425
          E-mail: palbanis@forthepeople.com

               - and -

          Frank M. Petosa, Esq.
          MORGAN & MORGAN - COMPLEX LITIGATION GROUP
          600 North Pine Island Road, Suite 400
          Plantation, FL 33324
          Telephone: (954) 318-0268
          Facsimile: (954) 327-3018
          E-mail: fpetosa@forthepeople.com


BIG PHARMA: Sioux County Joins Opioid Lawsuit
---------------------------------------------
Kiwa Radio reports that one area county has joined a federal
class-action lawsuit, hoping to recover some damages.

The Sioux County Board of Supervisors recently signed on to join
a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies for damages caused by
the opioid epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) says
opioids are substances derived from the opium poppy or synthetic
analogues with similar effects. Examples include morphine,
heroin, tramadol, oxycodone (commonly sold under the trade names
OxyContin and Percocet) and methadone. The WHO says opioids have
the potential to cause substance dependence.

And that's the start of the problem, according to Sioux County
Board Of Supervisors Chair Mark Sybesma.

He tells us why the Board of Supervisors signed on.

He says while Sioux County is one of the first counties in Iowa
to sign on, there are many counties in other states that are part
of the class-action suit.

He says the Board of Supervisors passed it unanimously after it
was well-explained, and Sybesma says he encourages boards of
supervisors in other counties to do the same. [GN]


BOVIS HOMES: Angry Homebuyers Plan Class-Action Lawsuit
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Julia Kollewe, writing for The Guardian, reports that Bovis
Homes, one of Britain's biggest housebuilders, faces a potential
class-action lawsuit from a group of buyers who accuse it of
selling houses riddled with defects.

Puneet Verma bought a five-bedroom house with his wife for
GBP485,000 in Milton Keynes two years ago but says he still has a
list of 120 snags. He is now consulting two law firms, Leigh Day
and Slater & Gordon, about taking group action.

"I have had a survey done by a chartered surveyor that
categorically states the workmanship is extremely poor and that
Bovis is not in compliance with building regulations," Verma
says. "Bovis has treated, and continues to treat, its customers
appallingly and now the only way to get our problems resolved is
to take legal action."

Verma is aiming to raise a GBP100,000 fund through a GBP100
contribution per homeowner, assuming 1,000 of the 2,500-strong
Bovis Homes Victims group on Facebook sign up.

It has been almost a year since the housebuilder issued a profit
warning and was accused of paying thousands of pounds in cash
incentives to get buyers to move into unfinished homes. As the
scandal widened, the company set aside GBP7m to fix defects and
appointed a new chief executive.

A year on, some Bovis homeowners say they will be spending
Christmas in houses that are riddled with faults, including
leaks, moving and creaking floors, lack of insulation and sewage
backups, as well coping with shoddy workmanship.

Ian Tyler, the chairman of Bovis, apologised to buyers in May for
"letting them down" and admitted the firm had been cutting
corners to hit ambitious targets. The company says it slowed
production to iron out build problems, retrained sales staff and
set up an advisory homebuyers panel, which has met once.

Dave Howard, who set up the Facebook group with his wife, Ann,
and who sits on the panel, doubts whether Bovis has made any
progress on improving build standards and customer service. He
claims homeowners who report problems are being referred to the
National House Building Council (NHBC), the standard-setting body
and main home construction warranty provider for new-builds in
the UK. But in the first two years after purchase the
housebuilder is responsible for rectifying defects.

"We have had constructive contact with the new customer
experience director, but there are too many people hitting brick
walls with Bovis and NHBC," Howard says. "Some new customers have
had better experiences but that seems to have slipped too."

Bovis says: "We have made significant changes to how we operate
in 2017 and a growing majority of our customers would now
recommend us to family and friends.

"We remain determined to make things right for customers who
raise warranty items and apologise to those to whom we have not
previously delivered the high levels of quality and service they
rightly expected."

The company says customer problems in the first two years are
dealt with by an in-house team. If they are still not satisfied
they can then go to NHBC.

Guardian Money spoke to a number of people who have bought Bovis
homes in the past two years. Bovis declined to comment on the
individual cases, or the possible legal action.

                 Gas Safety Regulations Breached

When Tara Grosvenor recently returned from a 10-day holiday in
the US to her one-year-old, four-bedroom Bovis house in the
village of Honeybourne, Warwickshire, she could smell gas. She
alerted National Grid, which immediately capped the gas supply
off and condemned it.

The gas system, which was installed by a Bovis contractor and
signed off by NHBC, was found to be in breach of gas safety
regulations. "There were loads of other snagging issues in the
house, some of which remain outstanding, but this was potentially
life threatening," Grosvenor says.

The 29-year-old credit risk manager asked Bovis to buy back the
GBP325,000 house from her but it refused, so she took legal
action. Bovis initially offered GBP500 in compensation and later
raised it to GBP1,000.

She deplores what she calls "the lack of weight the consumer has
and the insignificance of their voice to fight their case in
these situations against a corporation the size of Bovis".

                    Sewage Smell In Kitchen

Amanda Clarke also wants Bovis to buy back her three-bedroom
detached house in Flitwick, Bedfordshire, after discovering major
defects. She bought it 14 months ago for GBP345,000.

Clarke, a 49-year-old content developer, has had blocked drains
and says she has had to put up with the smell of sewage in her
kitchen and toilet for the past 11 months. Not satisfied with
Bovis's response, she had her own survey done, which identified
other major issues such as high levels of moisture across the
ground floor.

                     Maggot And Fly Infestation

Alex Atrill, who purchased a four-bedroom detached house at
Boorley Park in Botley, Hampshire, at the end of June for
GBP439,000, has suffered a gas leak and a major maggot
infestation in his kitchen that turned into a fly infestation. He
also has poorly laid flooring. "It's just been a fight," he says.
"They all say they are really sorry but nothing ever gets done."

                           More Than 100 Snags

Jenny and Philip Thomas moved into The Winchester, a five-bedroom
detached house in Little Wootton, Bedfordshire, in late June.
They sold their previous home before Christmas because Bovis
promised their new one would be ready in January. But they had to
stay in temporary accommodation with two children, one just a few
weeks old. They were given two days' notice before their move-in
date.

"This is a GBP600,000 'executive' home - we had better quality in
our two-bedroom council home seven years ago," Jenny says.

Sewage backed up into their house after plumbing was put in
incorrectly, a damp-proof course has been severely breached and
the garage floods.

"We have had over 100 snags and some major breaches of NHBC
standards and building regulation law. Since we have challenged
this, with the support of my father-in-law who is an ex-NHBC
inspector, and not accepted the offered solutions that are not
compliant with the standards, they [Bovis] have totally
stonewalled us."

                     Hole in The Living Room

Karen Stacey-Pope says Bovis has been slow to fix a series of
serious defects at the four-bedroom detached house she and her
family bought for GBP335,000 in Banbury last December. She paid
GBP1,100 for a survey by a Royal Institution of Chartered
Surveyors member, but says Bovis won't accept many of the
findings.

Defects include damp in the loft, stairs that are too high,
missing movement joints (the house is built on a flood plain) and
a leak through the kitchen ceiling. She has also had a big hole
in the living room near the patio door since March.

She is recovering from a breast cancer operation and has an
autoimmune disease. Her GP wrote a letter to Bovis, seen by
Money, warning about the impact of damp and the issue with the
stairs on her health.

                        All The Floors Move

Pete Oldham and his wife, a retired couple, bought a three-
bedroom semi-detached house in Cranbrook, Devon, for GBP234,995
in December 2015. "All the floors move," Oldham says. "When you
walk into a room the furniture moves. They haven't fitted things
properly but are in denial." He says the floor joists should be
400mm apart, not 600mm. There has been a breakdown in
communication with Bovis and he has been referred to NHBC. [GN]


BUSH ROSS: Wins Prelim. OK of Deal in "Kagno"; Hearing on April 6
-----------------------------------------------------------------
The Hon. Richard A. Lazzara preliminarily approved the class
action settlement agreement in the lawsuit titled JULIET KAGNO,
on behalf of herself and others similarly situated v. BUSH ROSS,
P.A., Case No. 8:17-cv-01468-RAL-AEP (M.D. Fla.).

Judge Lazzara preliminarily certified the lawsuit, for settlement
purposes only, as a class action on behalf of this class of
plaintiffs:

     All persons (a) with a Florida address, (b) to whom Bush
     Ross, P.A., (c) from June 16, 2016 through November 20,
     2017, (d) in connection with an attempt to collect an
     alleged debt incurred for personal, family, or household
     purposes, (e) mailed an initial debt collection
     communication not returned to Bush Ross, P.A. as
     undeliverable that: (1) stated "[u]nless the entire sum is
     paid within thirty (30) days of the date of this letter, we
     may proceed with action to protect the Association's
     interests, including, but not limited to the recording of a
     claim of lien, which can result in additional attorney's
     fees, costs and interest," and/or (2) stated "[i]f you
     notify the attorney named below within the said 30-day
     period that the aforesaid debt, or any portion thereof, is
     disputed, the attorney named below shall obtain written
     verification of said debt . . . and mail same to you,"
     and/or (3) failed to provide a statement that, upon the
     consumer's written request within the 30-day period after
     receipt of the communication, the debt collector will
     provide the consumer with the name and address of the
     original creditor, if different from the current creditor.

The Court appoints Juliet Kagno as the Class Representative, and
also appoints Michael L. Greenwald, Esq., and Jesse S. Johnson,
Esq., of Greenwald Davidson Radbil PLLC as Class Counsel.

The Court also sets this schedule:

   -- 12/27/2017 -- Notice Sent (21 days after entry of
      Preliminary Approval Order;

   -- 02/19/2018 -- Deadline to Submit Claim, Send Exclusion or
      File Objection (75 days after entry of Preliminary Approval
      Order);

   -- 03/09/2018 -- Filing of Motion for Final Approval,
      Responses to Any Objections, and Attorneys' Fees Petition
      (28 days prior to final fairness hearing);

   -- 03/23/2018 -- Filing of Opposition to Attorneys' Fees
      Petition (14 days prior to final fairness hearing); and

   -- 04/06/2018 -- Final Fairness Hearing Held.

A copy of the Order is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=oDgP7cZ9


CAPELLA EDUCATION: Faces "Franchi" Suit Over Sale to Strayer
------------------------------------------------------------
ADAM FRANCHI, Individually and On Behalf of All Others Similarly
Situated v. CAPELLA EDUCATION COMPANY, DAVID W. SMITH, RITA D.
BROGLEY, H. JAMES DALLAS, J. KEVIN GILLIGAN, MICHAEL A. LINTON,
MICHAEL L. LOMAX, JODY G. MILLER, JEFFREY W. TAYLOR, DARRELL R.
TUKUA, STRAYER EDUCATION, INC., and SARG SUB INC., Case No. 0:17-
cv-05288-JRT-DTS (D. Minn., November 30, 2017), stems from a
proposed transaction, pursuant to which Capella will be acquired
by Strayer Education, Inc. ("Parent") and Sarg Sub Inc. ("Merger
Sub").

On October 29, 2017, Capella's Board of Directors caused the
Company to enter into an agreement and plan of merger with
Strayer.  Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement,
shareholders of Capella will receive 0.875 shares of Strayer
common stock for each share of Capella.

Capella is a Minnesota corporation and maintains its principal
executive offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Individual
Defendants are directors and officers of the Company.  Capella is
a pioneer in developing online, high-quality degree programs for
adults.  Capella's academic programs are delivered through its
wholly-owned subsidiary, Capella University, an accredited online
academic institution.

Parent is a Maryland corporation and a party to the Merger
Agreement.  Defendant Merger Sub is a Minnesota corporation, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent, and a party to the Merger
Agreement.[BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Adam Altman, Esq.
          Douglas B. Altman, Esq.
          ALTMAN & IZEK
          901 North Third Street, Suite 140
          Minneapolis, MN 55401
          Telephone: (612) 335-3700
          E-mail: adam@altmanizek.com
                  douglas@altmanizek.com

               - and -

          Brian D. Long, Esq.
          Gina M. Serra, Esq.
          RIGRODSKY & LONG, P.A.
          2 Righter Parkway, Suite 120
          Wilmington, DE 19803
          Telephone: (302) 295-5310
          Emails: bdl@rl-legal.com
                  gms@rl-legal.com

               - and -

          Richard A. Maniskas, Esq.
          RM LAW, P.C.
          1055 Westlakes Drive, Suite 3112
          Berwyn, PA 19312
          Telephone: (484) 324-6800
          Email: rm@maniskas.com


CARNIVAL CORP: Cuban Nationals' Discrimination Case Withdrawn
-------------------------------------------------------------
ALM reports that Javier A. Lopez has dedicated over 1,000 hours
in pro bono matters ranging from an international discrimination
case against Cuban nationals by Carnival Corp. to a police
brutality case against the Hollywood police department.

Mr. Lopez's work in a high-profile case resulted in an immediate,
unprecedented policy change by the Cuban government in its
treatment of Cuban-born U.S. citizens.  It marks the first time
since the Castro government took over in 1959 that Cuba has
changed a discriminatory policy at the insistence of the United
States.

When Miami-based Carnival became the first U.S. cruise line
approved by the Cuban government to sail from the U.S. to Cuba,
the company planned to honor the Cuban government's practice of
denying ship passage to people born in Cuba.

Mr. Lopez, the president of the Cuban American Bar Association,
filed federal and state class action lawsuits in the month before
the first cruise scheduled for May 1, 2016, seeking an emergency
injunction against Carnival subsidiary Fathom.

Pressure mounted on the company when Miami-Dade County Mayor
Carlos Gimenez, a Cuban-born naturalized U.S. citizen, asked for
a legal opinion on whether Carnival was violating the county code
by banning passengers based on national origin.

Carnival agreed to suspend cruises to Cuba until the decadesold
policy was withdrawn, and the Cuban government quickly rescinded
its ban. The lawsuit was withdrawn before the inaugural cruise
launched. But delicate negotiations continued for months to avoid
a recurrence.

In the Hollywood police brutality case, Mr. Lopez reached a
$242,000 settlement, and his indigent client received an apology
from a police captain.  Mr. Lopez spent hundreds of hours and
took 17 depositions to resolve the case, which settled for the
highest amount in the history of the department.

His work for the client continues on a different front, with
Mr. Lopez working with health care providers to guarantee mental
health services from the Veterans Administration. [GN]


CENTER THEATRE: Accused by "Gutierrez" Suit of Violating TCPA
-------------------------------------------------------------
FRANK GUTIERREZ, individually and on behalf of all others
similarly situated v. CENTER THEATRE GROUP OF LOS ANGELES; DOES
1-10, AND EACH OF THEM, Case No. 8:17-cv-02090 (C.D. Cal.,
November 30, 2017), seeks damages and other available legal or
equitable remedies resulting from the alleged illegal actions of
the Defendant in negligently, knowingly, and willfully contacting
the Plaintiff on his cellular telephone in violation of the
Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles is a company involved in the
sale of theatre shows and tickets.[BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Todd M. Friedman, Esq.
          Meghan E. George, Esq.
          Adrian R. Bacon, Esq.
          LAW OFFICES OF TODD M. FRIEDMAN, P.C.
          21550 Oxnard St., Suite 780
          Woodland Hills, CA 91367
          Telephone: (877) 206-4741
          Facsimile: (866) 633-0228
          E-mail: tfriedman@toddflaw.com
                  mgeorge@toddflaw.com
                  abacon@toddflaw.com


CENTURYLINK: Faces "Birse" Suit Over Breach of Duty of Prudence
---------------------------------------------------------------
Bonnie Birse, individually and as the representative of a class
consisting of the participants and beneficiaries of the
CenturyLink Dollars & Sense 401(k) Plan invested in the Active
Large Cap U.S. Stock Fund v. CenturyLink, Inc.; CenturyLink
Investment Management Company; CenturyLink Employee Benefits
Committee; Marina Pearson; and Does 1 through 10 Consisting Of
The Members of the CenturyLink Employee Benefits Committee, Case
No. 1:17-cv-02872 (D. Colo., November 30, 2017), arises out of
the Defendants' alleged breach of duty of prudence, specifically
by failing to replace or restructure the Large Cap Fund as the
CenturyLink Dollars & Sense 401(k) Plan participants' investment
option, for five years despite its poor design and performance.

The Defendants own and operate a multi-billion dollar publicly
traded telecommunications company in Louisiana. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Franklin D. Azar, Esq.
      H. Zachary Balkin, Esq.
      Paul R. Wood, Esq.
      FRANKLIN D. AZAR & ASSOCIATES, P.C.
      14426 East Evans Avenue
      Aurora, CO 80014
      Telephone: (303) 757-3300
      Facsimile: (303) 757-3206
      E-mail: azarf@fdazar.com
              balkinz@fdazar.com
              woodp@fdzar.com


CENTURYLINK INC: Klein Law Firm Files Securities Class Action
-------------------------------------------------------------
The Klein Law Firm disclosed that a class action complaint has
been filed on behalf investors who purchased 7.60% Senior Notes,
Series P, due 2039, of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) between March
1, 2013 and June 19, 2017. The action, which was filed in the
United States District Court for the Southern District of New
York, alleges that the Company violated federal securities laws.

The complaint alleges that defendants during the Class Period
made false and misleading statements and/or failed to disclose
that: (1) CenturyLink's policies allowed its employees to add
services or lines to accounts without customer permission,
resulting in millions of dollars in unauthorized charges to
CenturyLink customers; (2) CenturyLink's illicit practices were
designed to allow it to gain an advantage over its competitors
and to increase profits; (3) CenturyLink's illicit conduct was
likely to subject it to heightened regulatory scrutiny; (4)
CenturyLink's revenues were the product of illicit conduct and
were unsustainable; and (5) as a result, CenturyLink's public
statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant
times.

Shareholders have until December 26, 2017 to petition the court
for lead plaintiff status. Your ability to share in any recovery
does not require that you serve as lead plaintiff. You may choose
to be an absent class member.

If you suffered a loss during the class period and wish to obtain
additional information, please contact Joseph Klein, Esq. by
telephone at 212-616-4899 or visit
http://www.kleinstocklaw.com/pslra-sbm/centurylink-inc-2?wire=3.

Joseph Klein, Esq. represents investors and participates in
securities litigations involving financial fraud throughout the
nation. Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee
similar outcomes. [GN]


CHARLES TYRWHITT: "Cohen" Suit Alleges Computer Wiretapping
-----------------------------------------------------------
Brady Cohen, individually and on behalf of all others similarly
situated v. Charles Tyrwhitt, Inc. and Navistone, Inc., Case No.
1:17-cv-09389 (S.D.N.Y., November 30, 2017), is a class action
suit brought against the Defendants for wiretapping the computers
of visitors to CTShirts' website, CTShirts.com., to observe
visitors' keystrokes, mouse clicks and other electronic
communications in real time for the purpose of gathering
visitors' Personally Identifiable Information ("PII") to de
anonymize those visitors -- that is, to match previously
unidentifiable website visitors to postal names and addresses.

Charles Tyrwhitt, Inc. is a Delaware corporation that designs and
manufactures apparel for men and women.

Navistone, Inc. is an online marketing company and data broker
that deals in U.S. consumer data. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Scott A. Bursor, Esq.
      Neal J. Deckant, Esq.
      Frederick J. Klorczyk III, Esq.
      Alec M. Leslie, Esq.
      BURSOR & FISHER, P.A.
      888 Seventh Avenue
      New York, NY  10019
      Telephone: (212) 989-9113
      Facsimile: (212) 989-9163
      E-mail: scott@bursor.com
              ndeckant@bursor.com
              fklorczyk@bursor.com
              aleslie@bursor.com


CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS: "Anderson" Suit Transferred to E.D. Wis.
----------------------------------------------------------------
The class action lawsuit filed on April 27, 2017 captioned
Christopher Anderson, individually and on behalf of classes of
similarly situated individuals v. Charter Communications, Inc.,
d/b/a Spectrum, Case No. 1:17-cv-03181 was transferred on
December 1, 2017 from the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of Illinois, Eastern Division to the U.S. District Court
for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The District Court Clerk
assigned Case No. 2:17-cv-01684-DEJ to the proceeding.

The case seeks to stop the Defendant's unlawful telephone
solicitation practices and to obtain redress for all persons
injured by its conduct.

Charter Communications, Inc. is a nationwide provider of cable
television, internet, and telephone services. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Eugene Y. Turin, Esq.
      MCGUIRE LAW, P.C.
      55 W. Wacker Dr., 9th Fl.
      Chicago, IL 60601
      Telephone: (312) 893-7002
      Facsimile: (312) 275-7895
      E-mail: eturin@mcgpc.com

The Defendant is represented by:

      Daniel H. Gaynor, Esq.
      Nathan D Chapman, Esq.
      Ryan D. Watstein, Esq.
      KABAT CHAPMAN & OZMER LLP
      171 17th St NW-Ste 1550
      Atlanta, GA 30363
      Telephone: (404) 400-7300
      E-mail: dgaynor@kcozlaw.com
              nchapman@kcozlaw.com
              rwatstein@kcozlaw.com

         - and -

      Ethan Emery White, Esq.
      LEONARDMEYER LLP
      120 N LaSalle St-Ste 2000
      Chicago, IL 60602
      Telephone: (312) 380-6634
      E-mail: ewhite@leonardmeyerllp.com


COPPER COMPANIES: Business Unit Strikes Settlement Agreement
------------------------------------------------------------
The Cooper Companies, Inc. said in its Form 10-Q Report filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly
period ended July 31, 2017, that CooperVision entered into a
settlement agreement with class action plaintiffs.

Since March 2015, over 50 putative class action complaints were
filed by contact lens consumers alleging that contact lens
manufacturers, in conjunction with their respective Unilateral
Pricing Policy (UPP), conspired to reach agreements between each
other and certain distributors and retailers regarding the prices
at which certain contact lenses could be sold to consumers. The
plaintiffs are seeking damages against CooperVision, Inc., other
contact lens manufacturers, distributors and retailers, in
various courts around the United States. In June 2015, all of the
class action cases were consolidated and transferred to the
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

CooperVision and the other defendants jointly filed a motion to
dismiss the complaints in December 2015. In June 2016, the motion
to dismiss with respect to claims brought under the Maryland
Consumer Protection Act was granted, but the motion to dismiss
with respect to claims brought under Section 1 of the Sherman Act
and other state laws was denied. The actions currently are in
discovery. In March 2017, the plaintiffs filed a motion for class
certification. In August 2017, CooperVision entered into a
settlement agreement with the plaintiffs, without any admission
of liability, to settle all claims against CooperVision, subject
to Court approval of the settlement. The Company has recorded a
settlement accrual of $3.0 million for the third quarter fiscal
ended July 31, 2017.

The Cooper Companies, Inc. is a US based multinational company in
the medical specialities sector. With its headquarters in
Pleasanton, California, it has over 8,000 employees and consists
of two subsidiaries, CooperVision (CVI) that provides contact
lenses for both wearers and practitioners, and CooperSurgical
(CSI) that provides products for health care professionals and
establishments that are involved in women's health care. Contact
lens sales, in particular, soft toric lenses which correct
astigmatism, make up for 80% of Cooper Company sales.


DEV MEDICAL: Prelim. Approval of Accord in "Moreno" Suit Sought
---------------------------------------------------------------
The Plaintiffs in the lawsuit titled ERNESTINA MORENO and
AGNIESZKA K. SOBCZYK, individually and on behalf of all persons
similarly situated as collective representatives under the Fair
Labor Standards Act and as Class Representatives for Class Action
under IWPCA v. DEV MEDICAL ASSOCIATES S.C., Case No. 1:16-cv-
09519 (N.D. Ill.), move for an order:

   (A) granting preliminary approval of the parties' settlement
       agreement;

   (B) approving the form of notice to members of the proposed
       Settlement Class and authorizing dissemination of the
       notice as provided in the Settlement Agreement;

   (C) entering the deadlines set forth in the Settlement
       Agreement for filing requests for exclusion from the
       proposed Settlement Class and objections to the proposed
       settlement;

   (D) establishing a schedule for the filing of motions and
       memoranda in support or objecting to final approval of the
       proposed Settlement; and

   (E) establishing a date for a fairness hearing to consider
       approval of the settlement and its terms.

On October 5, 2016, the Plaintiffs commenced this action as a
purported class and collective action against Defendant DEV
Medical Associates, S.C., on behalf of hourly employees, who were
employed by the Defendant at any time since October 5, 2006.  The
Plaintiffs alleged that they, and similarly situated employees,
were not paid overtime premium for hours they worked more than 40
hours in an individual workweek in violation of the Fair Labor
Standards Act and the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and that they
were not paid on a semi-monthly basis in violation of the
Illinois Wage Payment and Collections Act.

The settlement provides an "opt-out" method of excluding class
members.  The settlement provides an opportunity for a potential
recovery for every member of the class (ending date of change
over to new system), based on all the potential claims asserted.

The Plaintiffs and Class Counsel say that they have determined
that this settlement confers substantial benefits upon the Class,
that it is in the best interest of the Class, that the settlement
is fair and reasonable, and that the claims should be settled as
set forth in the Settlement Agreement.

Defendant agrees to the proposed settlement without admitting any
liability or wrongdoing. Defendant states its motivation for
entering into the proposed settlement is to dispose expeditiously
of the claims asserted against it in this lawsuit by settlement
and compromise rather than incur the expense and uncertainty of
protracted litigation.

A copy of the Motion is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=fRagK6j4

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          John C. Ireland, Esq.
          THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN C. IRELAND
          South Elgin, IL 60177
          Telephone: (630) 464-9675
          Facsimile: (630) 206-0889
          E-mail: attorneyireland@gmail.com


DISH DBS: Continues to Defend Against "Krakauer" Action
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DISH DBS Corporation said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended
September 30, 2017, that the company's total accrual related to
the Krakauer Action at September 30 was $61 million.

A portion of the alleged telemarketing violations by an
independent third-party retailer at issue in a civil action by
the United States Attorney General and several states in the
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
-- FTC Action -- are the subject of a certified class action
filed against DISH Network L.L.C. in the United States District
Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (the "Krakauer
Action").

In the FTC Action, the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary DISH
Network L.L.C. was sued for alleged violations of the Telephone
Consumer Protection Act and the Telemarketing Sales Rule, as well
as analogous state statutes and state consumer protection laws.

In the Krakauer Action, following a five-day trial, on January
19, 2017, a jury in that case found that the independent third-
party retailer was acting as DISH Network L.L.C.'s agent when it
made the 51,119 calls at issue in that case, and that class
members are eligible to recover $400 in damages for each call
made in violation of the TCPA.

On March 7, 2017, DISH Network L.L.C. filed motions with the
Court for judgment as a matter of law and, in the alternative,
for a new trial, which the Court denied on May 16, 2017. On May
22, 2017, the Court ruled that the violations were willful and
knowing, and trebled the damages award to $1,200 for each call
made in violation of TCPA.

Dish DBS said "During the nine months ended September 30, 2017,
we recorded $41 million of "Litigation expense" related to the
Krakauer Action on our Condensed Consolidated Statements of
Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss). We recorded $20
million of "Litigation expense" related to the Krakauer Action
during the fourth quarter 2016.  Our total accrual related to the
Krakauer Action at September 30, 2017 was $61 million and is
included in "Other accrued expenses" on our Condensed
Consolidated Balance Sheets."

Dish DBS said in its Form 10-Q Report for the quarterly period
ended June 30, 2017, that "The rulings in the Do Not Call
litigation requiring us to pay up to an aggregate amount of $341
million and imposing certain injunctive relief against us, if
upheld, would have a material adverse effect on our cash, cash
equivalents and marketable investment securities balances and our
business operations."

"We intend to vigorously defend these cases.  We cannot predict
with any degree of certainty the outcome of these suits," the
Company said.

DISH DBS provides cable television services. The company offers
pay-per-view and video on demand services. Dish Network operates
throughout the United States and is based in Englewood, Colorado.


DYCOM INDUSTRIES: Accord in Subcontractors' Suit Has Final OK
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The United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Pennsylvania has granted final approval to the settlement of a
class action lawsuit by subcontractors against Dycom Industries,
Inc., the Company said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period
ended October 28, 2017.

In September 2016, certain former employees of two subcontractors
of TESINC, LLC ("TESINC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of the
Company, commenced a lawsuit against those subcontractors, TESINC
and a customer of TESINC in the United States District Court for
the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The lawsuit alleges
violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pennsylvania
Minimum Wage Act of 1968, the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and
Collection Law, and the New Jersey Wage and Hour Law by failing
to comply with applicable minimum wage and overtime pay
requirements as a result of the misclassification of workers as
independent contractors.

The plaintiffs sought unspecified damages and other relief on
behalf of themselves and a putative class of similarly situated
workers who had performed work between April 1, 2016 and June 30,
2016. The parties agreed to settle the lawsuit in March 2017 for
an immaterial amount. On August 16, 2017, the District Court
granted Preliminary Approval of the settlement.

Dycom said in its Form 10-K Report for the fiscal year ended July
29, 2017, that a final approval hearing was scheduled for
November 2017.

Dycom Industries, Inc. is a provider of specialty contracting
services throughout the United States and in Canada. The
company's subsidiary companies provide program management,
engineering, construction, maintenance, and installation services
for telecommunications providers, underground facility locating
services for various utilities, including telecommunications
providers, and other construction and maintenance services for
electric and gas utilities. The company provides the labor, tools
and equipment necessary to design, engineer, locate, maintain,
expand, install and upgrade the telecommunications infrastructure
of its customers.


DYCOM INDUSTRIES: Calif. Superior Court Approves Settlement
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Dycom Industries, Inc. said in its Form 10-K report filed with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the fiscal year
ended July 29, 2017, that a California state court has entered an
order approving the settlement in a class action lawsuit.

In April 2016, a former employee of Prince Telecom, LLC
("Prince"), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, commenced a
lawsuit against Prince in the Superior Court of California under
the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act ("PAGA").
The lawsuit alleges that Prince violated the California Labor
Code by, among other things, failing to pay the California
minimum wage, failing to pay for all hours worked (including
overtime), failing to provide meal breaks and failing to provide
accurate wage statements.

The plaintiff sought to recover all penalties arising from each
alleged PAGA violation on behalf of himself and a putative class
of current and former employees of Prince who worked as
technicians in the State of California in the year preceding the
filing date of the lawsuit. In December 2016, the parties agreed
to settle the lawsuit for an immaterial amount. On July 11, 2017,
the Court entered an Order approving the settlement.

Dycom Industries, Inc. is a provider of specialty contracting
services throughout the United States and in Canada. The
company's subsidiary companies provide program management,
engineering, construction, maintenance, and installation services
for telecommunications providers, underground facility locating
services for various utilities, including telecommunications
providers, and other construction and maintenance services for
electric and gas utilities. The company provides the labor, tools
and equipment necessary to design, engineer, locate, maintain,
expand, install and upgrade the telecommunications infrastructure
of its customers.


EMPIRE INTERNATIONAL: Certification Sought in "Paul" Suit
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Yonaldo Paul, Michael McDermott, and Fred Mitchko, Plaintiffs in
the lawsuit entitled YONALDO PAUL, et al. v. EMPIRE
INTERNATIONAL, LTD d/b/a EMPIRE CLS, et al., Case No. 2:17-cv-
12012-SDW-LDW (D.N.J.), move the Court for conditional
certification of a nation-wide collective action pursuant to the
Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Named Plaintiffs also seek permission from the Court to
facilitate notice to all employees of the Defendants, who were,
at some point during the three years preceding the filing of the
instant action through the present, employed as drivers.

The Named Plaintiffs further ask that the Court compel the
Defendants to provide, in electronic and importable format, the
names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of each
member of the class.  The Named Plaintiffs request that this
Court approve the Notice attached to this Motion as Exhibit HH to
be sent to the class.

A copy of the Motion is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=l03hXoDC

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Matthew D. Miller, Esq.
          Justin L. Swidler, Esq.
          Richard S. Swartz, Esq.
          SWARTZ SWIDLER, LLC
          1101 Kings Highway North, Ste. 402
          Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
          Telephone: (856) 685-7420
          Facsimile: (856) 685-7417
          E-mail: mmiller@swartz-legal.com
                  jswindler@swartz-legal.com
                  rswartz@swartz-legal.com


ENAGIC USA: Makaron Seeks Certification of Class and Subclasses
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The Plaintiff in the lawsuit entitled EDWARD MAKARON,
individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated v.
ENAGIC USA, INC., Case No. 2:15-cv-05145-DDP-E (C.D. Cal.),
pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, asks the Court
to certify these Class and Subclasses:

   * Class:

     All persons within the United States who received a
     telephone call from Defendant or one of its Distributors, on
     said Class Member's telephone made through the use of any
     automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or
     prerecorded voice, between July 8, 2011 and Present

   * Prerecorded Voice Subclass:

     All persons within the United States who received a
     telephone call from Defendant or one of its Distributors, on
     said Class Member's telephone made through the use of any
     system that utilized an artificial or prerecorded voice,
     between July 8, 2011 and Present

   * Cell Phone Subclass:

     All persons within the United States who received a
     telephone call from Defendant or one of its Distributors, on
     said Class Member's cellular telephone made through the use
     of any automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial
     or prerecorded voice, between July 8, 2011 and Present

   * Prerecorded Voice Cell Phone Subclass:

     All persons within the United States who received a
     telephone call from Defendant or one of its Distributors, on
     said Class Member's cellular telephone made through the use
     of any system that utilized an artificial or prerecorded
     voice, between July 8, 2011 and Present

   * Prerecorded Voice Cell Phone 2015 Subclass:

     All persons within the United States who received a
     telephone call from Defendant or one of its Distributors, on
     said Class Member's cellular telephone made through the use
     of any system that utilized an artificial or prerecorded
     voice, between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

The Plaintiff also asks the Court to appoint him as Class
Representative and to appoint his attorneys as Class Counsel.

The Court will commence a hearing on February 26, 2018, at 10:00
a.m., to consider the Motion.

A copy of the Notice of Motion is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=ttoQb1CF

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Todd M. Friedman, Esq.
          Adrian R. Bacon, Esq.
          Thomas E. Wheeler, Esq.
          LAW OFFICES OF TODD M. FRIEDMAN, P.C.
          21550 Oxnard St. Suite 780,
          Woodland Hills, CA 91367
          Telephone: (877) 206-4741
          Facsimile: (866) 633-0228
          E-mail: tfriedman@toddflaw.com
                  abacon@toddflaw.com
                  twheeler@toddflaw.com


FINISAR CORP: Oklahoma Firefighters' Bid to Certify Class Denied
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The Hon. Edward J. Davila denied the motion for class
certification filed by the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension &
Retirement System, Lead Plaintiff in the lawsuit titled In re
Finisar Corporation Securities Litigation, Case No. 5:11-cv-
01252-EJD (N.D. Cal.).

The Lead Plaintiff brings this putative securities fraud class
action against Defendants Finisar Corporation, Eitan Gertel and
Jerry S. Rawls, alleging that they issued a single false or
misleading statement on December 2, 2010, denying an inventory
build-up of Finisar's key telecom products by the Company's
customers.  The Lead Plaintiff brings this action on behalf of
itself and a class of all persons and entities, who purchased or
otherwise acquired the common stock of Finisar between December
2, 2010, and March 8, 2011.

The Defendants have rebutted the Basic presumption of fraud-on-
the-market reliance by demonstrating through a preponderance of
evidence that Eitan Gertel's December 2nd statement had no price
impact when made or thereafter, Judge Davila opined, citing Basic
v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224, 248, n.27 (1988).  Eitan Gertel served
as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Finisar from August
2008 to September 2015.

"It follows that the predominance requirement for class
certification has not been met.  Accordingly, Plaintiff's motion
for class certification is DENIED," Judge Davila explained.

A copy of the Order is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=nSHvZ8UH


FIRST HAWAIIAN: Unit Continues to Defend Class Action Suit
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First Hawaiian, Inc. said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended
September 30, 2017, that its subsidiary First Hawaiian Bank (FHB)
continues to defend itself from a class action suit, filed by a
bank customer for an alleged unjust and deceptive trade
practices.

On January 27, 2017, a purported class action lawsuit was filed
by a Bank customer alleging that FHB improperly charges an
overdraft fee in circumstances where an account has sufficient
funds to cover the transaction at the time a transaction is
authorized by the customer but not at the time the transaction is
posted, and that this practice constitutes an unjust and
deceptive trade practice. The lawsuit further alleges that FHB's
practice of assessing a one-time continuous negative balance
overdraft fee on accounts remaining in a negative balance for a
seven-day period constitutes a usurious interest charge and an
unfair and deceptive trade practice.

This lawsuit is similar to lawsuits filed against other financial
institutions pertaining to available balance overdraft fee
disclosures and continuing negative balance overdraft fees.
Because of the many questions of fact and law that may arise in
the future, the outcome of this legal proceeding is uncertain at
this point. Based on information available to the Company at
present, the Company cannot reasonably estimate a range of
potential loss, if any, for this action because, among other
things, its potential liability depends on whether a class is
certified and, if so, the composition and size of any such class,
the applicable time period at issue, as well as an assessment of
the appropriate measure of damages if the Company were to be
found liable.

Accordingly, the Company has not recognized any liability
associated with this action. Management disputes any wrongdoing
and the case is being vigorously defended.

First Hawaiian said "In addition to the litigation noted above,
various other legal proceedings are pending or threatened against
the Company. After consultation with legal counsel, management
does not expect that the aggregate liability, if any, resulting
from these proceedings would have a material effect on the
Company's consolidated financial position, results of operations
or cash flows."

First Hawaiian, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for First
Hawaiian Bank that provides banking services to consumer and
commercial customers in the United States. It operates through
Retail Banking and Commercial Banking segments. It was formerly
known as BancWest Corporation and changed its name to First
Hawaiian, Inc. in April 2016. The Company was founded in 1874 and
is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.  First Hawaiian, Inc. is a
subsidiary of BancWest Corporation.


FLINT, MI: Theodore Leopold Appointed Co-Lead Plaintiffs Counsel
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ALM reports that Theodore J. Leopold was appointed co-lead
plaintiffs counsel in the Flint, Michigan, lead-contamination
water case and in a Palm Beach Circuit Court lawsuit by more than
90 survivors and victims' families of the Pulse nightclub
shooting.

The Flint case alleges state and city governments allowed
contaminated water to poison citizens of the financially strapped
and predominantly black city for more than a year.

The Pulse wrongful death and negligence lawsuit is against
shooter Omar Mateen's employer, security company G4S PLC,
alleging failure to act on threats against his co-workers and
failure to perform a comprehensive background check and an
appropriate psychological evaluation before hiring him.

Leopold served as lead plaintiffs trial counsel and co-lead
counsel when a 10-member jury in the District of Columbia
unanimously held defense contractor DynCorp responsible for its
subcontractor pilots in an anti-drug campaign along the Colombia-
Ecuador border.  The same jury awarded no damages in April to the
first six Ecuadorean plaintiffs among about 2,000 farmers and
their families who blamed herbicide applications for illnesses
and crop losses.

Mr. Leopold also was co-lead counsel in a national consolidated
class action, representing 22 trucking and transportation
companies and individuals in 18 states who alleged defective C13
and C15 engines made by Caterpillar Inc. left passengers stranded
and unduly delayed the transportation of goods. A $60 million
settlement received final approval from a New Jersey federal
judge in September 2016.

The Palm Beach Gardens attorney is the chair of Cohen Milstein's
catastrophic injury and wrongful death, unsafe and defective
products, and managed care abuse practices and co-chair of the
firm's consumer protection practice. [GN]


FLORIDA: Certification of Subclasses Sought in "Hernandez"
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The Plaintiff in the lawsuit styled Isidor Hernandez, and all
others similarly situated v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Case No. 3:15-cv-
01414-TJC-JRK (M.D. Fla.), asks the Court to certify these
subclasses:

   * Subclass 1 consists of all current and prior Jimmy Ryce Act
     residents, who were diagnosed as suffering from Paraphilia
     NOS Diagnosis as described in the DSM-V prior from its
     abolishment May 10, 2013.

   * Subclass 2 consists of all current and prior Jimmy Ryce Act
     residents who were diagnosed under the Static-99 or the
     revised Static-99-R.

The Plaintiff also asks the Court to appoint a counsel to
represent the class.  The Plaintiff, who is currently
incarcerated at the Florida Civil Commitment Center, appears pro
se.

A copy of the Motion is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=ZqorpTrn

The Defendant is represented by:

          Pam Bondi, Esq.
          ATTORNEY GENERAL OF FLORIDA
          The Capitol, PL-01
          Tallahassee, FL 32399
          Telephone: (850) 245-0140
          E-mail: pam.bondi@myfloridalegal.com

               - and -

          Lacey Kantor, Esq.
          ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL
          DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES
          1317 Winewood Blvd.
          Tallahassee, FL 32399
          Telephone: (850) 413-6173
          E-mail: lacey.kantor@myflfamilies.com


FLORIDA BC: Reese Moves to Certify Class of Sales Coordinators
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The Plaintiff in the lawsuit styled JAY E. REESE, individually
and on behalf of all those similarly situated v. FLORIDA BC
HOLDINGS, LLC d/b/a SYNERGY EQUIPMENT, Case No. 6:17-cv-01574-
CEM-GJK (M.D. Fla.), asks the Court to certify this class under
the Fair Labor Standards Act:

     All Employees of Synergy who: (1) are or were employed by
     Synergy as "Sales Coordinators" during the preceding three
     years; (2) were misclassified as exempt from the FLSA; and
     (3) worked more than forty hours in a work week without
     being paid proper overtime compensation.

Mr. Reese also asks the Court to appoint his counsel as class
counsel, and to appoint him as Class Representative to have
authority to make any and all decisions on behalf all class
members/opt-in plaintiffs concerning this litigation.  He also
seeks approval of notices and procedures, as well as permission
to supervise the sending of notices to all "Sales Coordinators."
He further asks the Court to direct the Defendant to provide him
with necessary contact and other information on the proposed
class members.

A copy of the Motion is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=pNZFOKlB

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Scott C. Adams, Esq.
          N. Ryan Labar, Esq.
          LABAR & ADAMS, P.A.
          2300 East Concord Street
          Orlando, FL 32803
          Telephone: (407) 835-8968
          Facsimile: (407) 835-8969
          E-mail: sadams@labaradams.com
                  rlabar@labaradams.com

The Defendant is represented by:

          Rene M. Fix, Esq.
          Kim Bouchard-Chaimowiz, Esq.,
          ROGERS TOWERS, P.A.
          818 A1A N., Suite 208
          Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
          Telephone: (904) 473-1400
          Facsimile: (904) 473-1399
          E-mail: rfix@rtlaw.com
                  kbouchardc@rtlaw.com


FORD MOTOR: Glancy Prongay Files Securities Class Action
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Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP disclosed that a class action lawsuit
has been filed on behalf of investors that purchased Ford Motor
Company securities between February 18, 2014 and October 26,
2017, inclusive (the "Class Period"). Ford investors have until
December 29, 2017 to file a lead plaintiff motion. To obtain
information or participate in the class action, please visit the
Ford page on our website at www.glancylaw.com/case/ford-motor-
company.

Investors suffering losses on their Ford investments are
encouraged to contact Lesley Portnoy of GPM to discuss their
legal rights in this class action at 310-201-9150 or by email to
shareholders@glancylaw.com.

On October 27, 2017, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration ("NHTSA") announced a preliminary investigation
into 841,000 Ford vehicles, citing concerns that the vehicles'
steering wheels could detach while the vehicles are in motion.
NHTSA stated that it is specifically investigating 2014-2016
model Ford Fusion sedans. On this news, shares of Ford fell $0.21
per share, or 1.71%, to close at $12.06 on October 27, 2017,
thereby injuring investors.

The complaint filed in this class action alleges that throughout
the Class Period Defendants made materially false and/or
misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) flaws
in Ford's manufacturing processes, supply chain, and/or quality
controls rendered at least 841,000 Ford vehicles unsafe to drive;
(2) these issues, when revealed, would foreseeably subject Ford
to additional regulatory scrutiny and impact its profitability;
and (3) consequently, Ford's public statements were materially
false and misleading at all relevant times.

Follow us for updates on Twitter: twitter.com/GPM_LLP.

If you purchased shares of Ford during the Class Period you may
move the Court no later than December 29, 2017 to ask the Court
to appoint you as lead plaintiff if you meet certain legal
requirements. To be a member of the Class you need not take any
action at this time; you may retain counsel of your choice or
take no action and remain an absent member of the Class. If you
wish to learn more about this action, or if you have any
questions concerning this announcement or your rights or
interests with respect to these matters, please contact Lesley
Portnoy, Esquire, of GPM, 1925 Century Park East, Suite 2100, Los
Angeles California 90067 at 310-201-9150, Toll-Free at 888-773-
9224, by email to shareholders@glancylaw.com, or visit our
website at www.glancylaw.com. If you inquire by email please
include your mailing address, telephone number and number of
shares purchased.

         Lesley Portnoy, Esq.
         Glancy Prongay and Murray LLP
         Tel: 310-201-9150
                   888-773-9224
         Email: lportnoy@glancylaw.com [GN]


GFIVE LLC: Duhart Seeks to Recoup Unpaid Wages for Exotic Dancers
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SHANRIKA DUHART v. GFIVE, LLC, a Florida limited liability
company, Case No. 1:17-cv-24334-UU (S.D. Fla., November 30,
2017), is brought on behalf of all those similarly situated for
alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Ms. Duhart, a resident of the County of Miami-Dade, Florida,
became employed and hired by the Defendant in August 2015, and
worked for the Defendant as an "Exotic Dancer" until July 2016.
She seeks to recover unpaid overtime wages, minimum wages,
liquidated damages, reasonable attorney's fee and costs from the
Defendant.

GFIVE, LLC, is a Florida limited liability company formed and
existing under the laws of the state of Florida.[BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Brian J. Militzok, Esq.
          MILITZOK LAW, P.A.
          Wells Fargo Building
          4600 Sheridan Street, Suite 402
          Hollywood, FL 33021
          Telephone: (954) 780-8228
          Facsimile: (954) 719-4016
          E-mail: bjm@militzoklaw.com


GIGAMON INC: "Tjon-En-Fa" Suit Questions Proposed Sale to Elliott
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MICHAEL DAVID TJON-EN-FA, Individually and On Behalf of All
Others Similarly Situated v. GIGAMON INC., COREY M. MULLOY, PAUL
A. HOOPER, MICHAEL C. RUETTGERS, JOHN H. KISPERT, PAUL J.
MILBURY, TED C. HO, ROBERT E. SWITZ, JOAN A. DEMPSEY, DARIO
ZAMARIAN, ARTHUR W. COVIELLO, JR., ELLIOTT ASSOCIATES, L.P.,
ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION, ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL, L.P.,
ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL ADVISORS INC., THE LIVERPOOL
LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, EVERGREEN COAST CAPITAL, GINSBERG HOLDCO,
INC., and GINSBERG MERGER SUB INC., Case No. 2017-0854 (Del. Ch.
Ct., November 30, 2017), arises out of the proposed sale of
Gigamon to Elliott pursuant to an unfair process and for an
unfair price.

Mr. David Tjon-En-Fa, on behalf of himself and the holders of the
common stock of Gigamon, brings the Verified Class Action
Complaint for: (i) violation of 8 Del. C. Section 203, (ii)
breach of breach of fiduciary duties by the members of the Board
of Directors of Gigamon, and (iii) aiding and abetting the
Board's breaches of fiduciary duties by one of the Company's
largest stockholders, Elliott Associates, L.P., (collectively
with its affiliates Elliott Management Corporation, Elliott
International, L.P., Elliott International Capital Advisors Inc.,
The Liverpool Limited Partnership, Evergreen Coast Capital Corp.,
Ginsberg Holdco, Inc. ("Newco"), and Ginsberg Merger Sub, Inc.
("Merger Sub"), "Elliott").

On October 26, 2017, Gigamon entered into an agreement and plan
of merger with Newco and Merger Sub, pursuant to which Merger Sub
will merge with and into the Company, with the Company surviving
as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Newco (the "Proposed Buyout").
Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, Gigamon
shareholders will receive only $38.50 in cash for each share of
Gigamon common stock that they own (the "Merger Consideration").
This Merger Consideration does not reflect Gigamon's intrinsic
value or the value of the Company as the target of a full and
fair sales process, says the complaint.

Gigamon Inc. is a Delaware corporation that maintains its
principal executive offices in Santa Clara, California.  The
Company designs and markets networking products and solutions.
The Individual Defendants are directors and officers of the
Company.

Elliott Associates, L.P., is a Delaware limited partnership with
its principal executive offices located in New York City.
Elliott International, L.P., is a Cayman Islands limited
partnership with its principal executive offices located in
George Town, Cayman Islands, British West Indies.  Elliott
International, L.P. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Elliott
Associates, L.P.

Elliott International Capital Advisors Inc. is a Delaware
corporation and the investment manager of Elliott International,
L.P.  According to the Schedule 13Ds filed by Elliott, EICA,
collectively with Elliott Associates, L.P. and Elliott
International, L.P., have combined economic exposure in Gigamon
of approximately 15% of the Company's shares of outstanding
common stock.  The Liverpool Limited Partnership is a Bermuda
limited partnership and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elliott
Associates, L.P.

Elliott Management Corporation is a corporation organized and
existing under the laws of the state of Delaware with its
principal executive offices located in New York City.

Evergreen Coast Capital Corp. is a corporation organized and
existing under the laws of the state of Delaware with its
principal executive offices located in Menlo Park, California.

Ginsberg Holdco, Inc., is a corporation organized and existing
under the law of the State of Delaware and was formed for
purposes of effectuating the Proposed Buyout.  Ginsberg Merger
Sub, Inc., is a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary
of Newco, and was formed for purposes of effectuating the
Proposed Buyout.[BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Blake A. Bennett, Esq.
          COOCH AND TAYLOR, P.A.
          The Brandywine Building
          1000 West Street, 10th Floor
          Wilmington, DE 19801
          Telephone: (302) 984-3800
          E-mail: bbennett@coochtaylor.com

               - and -

          Juan E. Monteverde, Esq.
          Miles D. Schreiner, Esq.
          MONTEVERDE & ASSOCIATES PC
          350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4405
          New York, NY 10118
          Telephone: (212) 971-1341
          Facsimile: (212) 202-7880
          E-mail: jmonteverde@monteverdelaw.com
                  mschreiner@monteverdelaw.com

               - and -

          Michael J. Palestina, Esq.
          Christopher R. Tillotson, Esq.
          KAHN SWICK & FOTI, LLC
          206 Covington Street
          Madisonville, LA 70447
          Telephone: (504) 455-1400
          Facsimile: (504) 455-1498
          E-mail: michael.palestina@ksfcounsel.com
                  christopher.tillotson@ksfcounsel.com


GOLDEN KRUST: Workers Seek Class Action Lawsuit Over Wages
----------------------------------------------------------
Angela Helm, writing for The Root, reports that less than a week
after Golden Krust CEO Lowell Hawthorne shot and killed himself
in his Bronx factory, the Caribbean bakery and restaurant chain
was hit with a wage lawsuit brought by two former employees.

The New York Daily News reports that William Anderson and Sixto
Ramirez filed a lawsuit in federal court on December 7, saying
that the company routinely did not pay its workers federally
mandated overtime. The complaint also seeks class action status.

As reported earlier by The Root, Hawthorne, 57, committed suicide
in his office last December 9. The Root also reported that
Hawthorne was reportedly looking at millions owed in back taxes.

Financial distress is a trigger for suicide, according to
professionals, but major depression is the largest cause. [GN]


GRETNA, LA: Nelson Seeks Certification of Two Classes
-----------------------------------------------------
Tamara G. Nelson and Timothea N. Richardson move the Court for an
order certifying the action captioned TAMARA G. NELSON and
TIMOTHEA N. RICHARDSON, individually and on behalf of all other
persons similarly situated v. BELINDA C. CONSTANT, in her
official capacity as Mayor of the City of Gretna, Louisiana,
RAYMOND A. OSBORN, JR., in his official capacity as Magistrate of
the Gretna Mayor's Court, OLDEN C. TOUPS, JR., in his official
capacity as Magistrate of the Gretna Mayor's Court, WALTER J.
LEBLANC, in his official capacity as City Prosecutor for the City
of Gretna, ARTHUR LAWSON, JR., in his official capacities as
Chief of Police and Marshal, TERRI BROSSETTE, in her official
capacities as Clerk of the Gretna Mayor's Court and Lieutenant of
the Gretna Police Department, and the CITY OF GRETNA, LOUISIANA,
Case No. 2:17-cv-14581-ILRL-JVM (E.D. La.), as a class action
pursuant to Rule 23(b)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure.

The Plaintiffs ask the Court to certify Plaintiff Classes
consisting of Putative classes A and B.  Putative Class A,
represented by Ms. Nelson, consists of persons cited to appear
before the Gretna Mayor's Court, who are awaiting adjudication of
their criminal or traffic cases.

Putative Class B, represented by Ms. Richardson, consists of
persons, who in the past year were denied participation in,
terminated from, or threatened with termination from the Deferred
Prosecution program due to their inability to pay program fees.

The Plaintiffs also ask the Court to appoint their counsel as
class counsel.

A copy of the Motion is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=kry6z8wy

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Eric A. Foley, Esq.
          Katie M. Schwartzmann, Esq.
          RODERICK & SOLANGE MACARTHUR JUSTICE CENTER
          4400 S. Carrollton Ave.
          New Orleans, LA 70119
          Telephone: (504) 620-2259
          Facsimile: (504) 208-3133
          E-mail: eric.foley@macarthurjustice.org
                  katie.schwartzmann@macarthurjustice.org


GYRODYNE LLC: Says 2016 Unsold Properties Has Lower Appraisal
-------------------------------------------------------------
Gyrodyne, LLC said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended
June 30, 2017, that the aggregate value of the remaining unsold
properties, based on 2016 appraisals, was $550,000 lower than the
2014 appraised values.

Gyrodyne said in its Form 10-Q Report for the quarterly period
ended September 30, 2017, that the aggregate value, based on the
2016 appraisals, of the remaining unsold properties was $150,000
lower than the 2014 appraised values.

On July 3, 2014, a purported stockholder of Gyrodyne Company of
America, Inc. (the "Corporation") filed a putative class action
lawsuit against the Corporation and members of its Board of
Directors (the "Individual Defendants"), and against GSD and the
Company (collectively, the "Defendants"), in the Supreme Court of
the State of New York, County of Suffolk (the Court), captioned
Cashstream Fund v. Paul L. Lamb, et al., Index No. 065134/2014
(the "Action").  The complaint alleged, among other things, that
(i) the Individual Defendants breached their fiduciary duties or
aided and abetted the breach of those duties in connection with
the merger of the Corporation and GSD into the Company (the
"Merger") and (ii) the Corporation and the Individual Defendants
breached their fiduciary duties by failing to disclose material
information in the proxy statement/prospectus relating to the
Merger.

On August 14, 2015, the parties to the Action entered into a
Stipulation of Settlement (the "Settlement") providing for the
settlement of the Action, subject to the Court's approval.  Under
the Settlement, the Corporation and the Company amended the proxy
statement/prospectus on August 17, 2015 with certain supplemental
disclosures, and agreed that any sales of its properties would be
effected only in arms'-length transactions at prices at or above
their appraised values as of December 2014.  The plaintiff, on
behalf of itself and the members of the putative class it
represented, agreed to release and dismiss with prejudice all
claims that had or could have been asserted in the Action or in
any other forum against the Defendants and their affiliates and
agents arising out of or relating to the Merger and the other
transactions alleged by plaintiff in its complaint, as
supplemented.

On April 8, 2016, the Court entered a Final Order and Judgment
approving the Settlement. By order of the same date, the Court
also granted plaintiff's application for an award of attorney's
fees and reimbursement of expenses in the amount of $650,000
which was paid in full in April 2016.

Gyrodyne, LLC is a limited liability company formed under the
laws of the State of New York whose primary assets are comprised
of a geographically diverse portfolio of medical office and
industrial properties located on Long Island and in Westchester
County, New York.


HERRICK CORP: Ybarra Sues Plan Trustees Over ERISA Violations
-------------------------------------------------------------
FELIPE YBARRA and CESARIO SERRATO, Individually and as
representatives of a class consisting of the participants and
beneficiaries of the Supplemental Income 401(K) Plan v. BOARD OF
TRUSTEES OF SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME TRUST FUND; RICHARD BARBOUR; ROME
A. ALOISE; KEITH FLEMING; CARLOS BORBA; and CLARK RITCHEY, Case
No. 8:17-cv-02091 (C.D. Cal., November 30, 2017), accuses the
Defendants of breaching their fiduciary duties under the Employee
Retirement Income Security Act in the management, operation and
administration of the Plan.

The Supplemental Income 401(k) Plan is a multi-employer defined
contribution retirement plan for union members that enables
eligible participants to make tax-deferred contributions from
their salaries to the Plan.  As of December 31, 2016, the Plan
had 27,178 participants and $921,556,147 in assets, putting it in
the top 1% of defined contribution plans in the United States.

The Board of Trustees of Supplemental Income Trust Fund is the
sponsor and administrator of the Plan.

Richard Barbour is Executive Vice President of The Herrick
Corporation and a current member of the Board of Trustees.  Keith
Fleming is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Industrial
Employers Distributors Association and a current member of the
Board of Trustees.  Rome Aloise is Secretary-Treasurer of
Teamsters Local 853 and a current member of the Board of
Trustees.  Carlos Borba is the President of Teamsters Local 315
and a current member of the Board of Trustees.  Clark Ritchey is
Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters District Council and a current
member of the Board of Trustees.[BN]

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Andrew D. Stolper, Esq.
          Jason M. Frank, Esq.
          Scott H. Sims, Esq.
          FRANK SIMS & STOLPER LLP
          19800 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 855
          Irvine, CA 92612
          Telephone: (949) 201-2400
          Facsimile: (949) 201-2405
          E-mail: astolper@lawfss.com
                  jfrank@lawfss.com
                  ssims@lawfss.com

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          Jonathan Parrott, Esq.
          FRANKLIN D. AZAR & ASSOCIATES
          14426 East Evans Avenue
          Aurora, CO 80014
          Telephone: (303) 757-3300
          Facsimile: (303) 759-5203
          E-mail: parrottj@fdazar.com


HOFFMAN-LAROCHE: Former Soldier's Lawsuit in Limbo
--------------------------------------------------
Gord Young, writing for The Nugget, reports that the fate of a
lawsuit brought on behalf of veterans who allege they were
required to take an anti-malarial drug that has caused long-
lasting health problems will be decided in the new year.

A Superior Court judge heard arguments in a North Bay court
December 8 about whether the case, launched in 2001, should be
allowed to proceed as a class action against the federal
government and the pharmaceutical company -- Hoffman-LaRoche --
that developed the drug -- mefloquine.

The federal government is calling for dismissal of the suit,
largely due to the "inordinate" delay, while counsel for lead
plaintiff Ronald Smith contends the hold-up is excusable due to a
number of challenges in moving it forward. They include the
mental health problems Smith says he has suffered as a result of
the drug.

But Justice Robbie Gordon has called for additional submissions
to be made in January regarding the legal recourse that may be
available to the plaintiffs should the court decline to certify
the case as a class action.

Smith's lawyer, Wayne Stickland, Esq. suggested it's important
for the court to consider that the case could simply be refiled
almost immediately as a class action by a new lead plaintiff
should that occur.

But federal government lawyer, Elizabeth Richards, argued against
that assertion, suggesting plaintiffs would only be able to
pursue individual lawsuits.

Gordon indicated the matter is a significant point of point of
contention when it comes to access to justice, but cautioned that
his request for additional submissions should not be taken as a
predetermination of any type.

Stickland acknowledged during the hearing the case has been
inordinately delayed. But he argued the delay is excusable not
only due to Smith's struggles with the mental health issues he
has suffered as a result of the drug, but legal hurdles,
including efforts to find new representation, and challenges
associated with the science surrounding mefloquine and the need
for expert evidence.

He said the plaintiff wants his day in court and a decision based
on evidence rather than "procedural technicalities."

Richards, however, argued that the delay in the case -- nearly 18
years -- is extreme. And she suggested there were no meaningful
steps taken on behalf of the plaintiff during that time to
advance the case.

And she argued that reasons put forward for the delay are common
hurdles faced by litigants rather than credible excuses.

Richards said the defendant has a right to have the matter dealt
with in a timely manner.

She said it's been 25 years since the events at the heart of the
case took place, there is little available documentation and the
memories of potential witnesses have likely faded, while some
witnesses have died. [GN]


HOLLYWOOD CASINO: Employee Files Class Action Suit
--------------------------------------------------
Kelsie Lerose, writing for The Journal, reports that an employee
at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, has filed a class action and
collective action civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for
the Northern District of West Virginia against the company
seeking relief for alleged withheld wages on behalf of herself
and any similarly situated employees and/or former employees.

According to the complaint, the case was filed on Nov. 8 in
response to the "improper use of the tip pool for purposes of a
paid time off fund" against PNGI Charles Town Gaming, LLC;
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races; and Penn National Gaming,
Inc.

Eric Schippers, senior vice president, public affairs and
government relations of Penn National Gaming, said on behalf of
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, while Hollywood does not
typically comment on pending litigation, the allegations are
incorrect and all of the tips received by dealers are distributed
to dealers in the same pay period.

Allegations in the complaint said that Linda Barrick was employed
as a dealer at Hollywood Casino around May 2011 with compensation
of $5.50 per hour plus tips. The complaint said she was given a
raise to $6.50 an hour plus tips.

According to the complaint, during each shift, the defendants
require dealers to allocate the totality of their tips to a top
pool shared with all other dealers on the same shift at Hollywood
Casino. At the end of each shift, the tips are split equally
among the dealers on that shift. Tips are in varying amounts
based on daily customer base, the complaint said.

The daily tip pool generates an average of approximately $21.50
per hour per dealer, the complaint said. However, some days, the
tip pool can generate an hourly wage of $60 to $70 per dealer.

"On such days when the tip pool generates higher hourly wages for
the dealers, defendants, at their discretion and without
notifying the dealers, remove funds from the tip pool to support
future payments of dealers' paid time off," the complaint said.
"This, in turn, reduces the daily tip rate and overall daily
hourly wage for plaintiff and for other dealers."

The complaint said the defendants violated and continue to
violate federal wage and hour requirements by not allowing to
dealers all to retain all of their tips.

Count one of the complaint discussed breach of contract, common
law; count two discussed West Virginia Wage Payment and
Collection Act (West Virginia code 21-5-1); and count three
discussed the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 201).

The complaint called for a "prayer for relief."

"Exact amounts owed to plaintiff and the punitive class members
is unknown, but will be determined and stated after review of the
defendants' records and/or upon trial of this matter," the
complaint said.

According to the complaint, the prayer for relief from the court
includes declaration from the defendants that they committed
violations of the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act
and Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The complaint also
requested an award judgment in the amount of the difference
between the wages actually paid to the classes and the wages owed
to them under FLSA, WPCA and defendants' tip pool compensation
policy contract; award judgment for the classes' economic damages
in amounts according to proof as provided for in the FLSA, WPCA
and WV common law; award liquidated damages; award interest due
to unpaid wages; and award reasonable attorney's fee and the
costs of this action.

"Any employee at Hollywood who has concerns about his or her pay
is welcome to bring those concerns to the attention of Human
Resources," Schippers said. "Hollywood Casino will respond
further to the allegations in its defense of the litigation,
which Hollywood believes will be dismissed."

Barrick is represented by the Employment Law Group as well as
Garry Geffert, Esq. -- geffert@wvdsl.net [GN]


HORIZON HEALTH: $1.2-Mil. Settlement Reached in Class Action
------------------------------------------------------------
Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon, writing for CBC News, reports that a
tentative settlement worth more than $1.2 million has been
reached in a class-action lawsuit against the Horizon Health
Network over the use of unsterilized biopsy forceps at the
Miramichi Regional Hospital during a 14-year period.

Nearly 2,500 women who underwent biopsies at the colposcopy
clinic were advised in 2013 they might be at risk of HIV,
hepatitis B and hepatitis C because standard sterilizing
procedures weren't always followed because of high patient
volume.

The proposed agreement, which must still be approved by the Court
of Queen's Bench, will mean between $350 and $1,000 for each
woman, depending on how many join the class action before the
Feb. 23 deadline, lawyer Ray Wagner said on December 8.

About 65 women have signed on so far, he said.

The remainder of the $1.275 million will be used to cover legal
fees, the costs of notifying class members about the settlement,
and the costs of distributing the payments.

"We're happy to bring a closure and a resolution to these
claims," said Wagner, who is co-counsel with Ches Crosbie, of St.
John's.

"We believe that the proposed settlement provides for reasonable
compensation for class members and avoids protracted litigation,"
he said.

"In class actions, of course they're not perfect and to a large
degree it's rough justice, but it's justice nevertheless and
we're happy with the outcome."

A colposcopy is a diagnostic procedure used to closely examine a
woman's cervix, vagina and vulva for signs of disease, such as
cancer. It is often performed if a Pap test has come back with
abnormal results.

In 2013, 2,497 women who had visited the Miramichi hospital's
colposcopy clinic dating back to 1999 received a letter advising
them of the risk of infection because the clinic didn't follow
the recommended cleaning practices for forceps used in biopsies.

Horizon spokeswoman Stephanie Neilson declined to comment on the
tentative settlement.

"The settlement is not final until approved by the court,
therefore we are unable to provide a comment at this time," she
said.

The plaintiffs sued for negligence, breach of contract, breach of
privacy rights, intrusion upon seclusion and battery.

A settlement is not an admission of guilt or responsibility.

None of the allegations in the suit have been proven in court.

Court hearing March 20

A settlement approval hearing will be held on March 20 at 9:30
a.m. at the Miramichi Law Courts.

The proposed agreement must be deemed fair, reasonable and in the
best interests of class members.

Class members are welcome to attend the hearing and address the
court, said Wagner.

Anyone who wants to object to the proposed settlement is asked to
write or email Wagners Law Firm by Feb. 23, stating their
reasons. Any objections will be filed with the court, he said.

No illnesses reported

Sterilization is a process used to remove or kill "all forms of
germs," by using steam, gas, or chemicals.

The equipment was sterilized the night before colposcopy clinics,
but because there weren't enough forceps available to meet demand
during clinics, a practice evolved of using high-level
disinfection during clinic days to "reprocess" the equipment and
get it back in service to meet demand, then-Horizon CEO John
McGarry said at the time.

High-level disinfection destroys 99.99 per cent of blood-borne
pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, Horizon
officials have said.

Standard practice in North America is to sterilize forceps after
every use as opposed to disinfecting them.

To date, no women have come forward indicating they have
contracted any of the illnesses, said Wagner. "So that's
encouraging," he said.

If anyone has become ill, they may have a separate claim, Wagner
said.

If the tentative settlement is approved by the court, a notice
and claim form will be mailed to class members, said Wagner.

Any class member who has moved since August 2013 is encouraged to
give Wagners a new mailing address. [GN]


IDENTIV INC: 9th Cir. Appeal in Securities Suit Underway
--------------------------------------------------------
The appeal in a class action lawsuit against Identiv, Inc.,
remains pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On December 16, 2015, the company and certain of its present and
former officers and directors were named as defendants in a
putative class action lawsuit filed in the United States District
Court for the Northern District of California, entitled Rok v.
Identiv, Inc., et al., Case No. 15-cv-05775, alleging violations
of Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5
promulgated thereunder and Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act of
1934. On May 3, 2016, the court-appointed lead plaintiff Thomas
Cunningham in the Rok lawsuit filed an amended complaint and a
notice of dismissal without prejudice of all current or former
officers and directors other than Jason Hart and Brian Nelson.

Identiv disclosed in a regulatory filings that, "On June 6, 2016,
each of us, Jason Hart, and Brian Nelson filed a motion to
dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be
granted in the Rok lawsuit; on August 5, 2016, the court granted
those motions with leave for the lead plaintiff to file a second
amended complaint."

On September 12, 2016, the lead plaintiff in the Rok lawsuit
filed a second amended complaint.

Identiv said "On October 10, 2016, each of us, Jason Hart, and
Brian Nelson filed a motion to dismiss that second amended
complaint for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be
granted in the Rok lawsuit; on January 4, 2017, the court granted
those motions with prejudice and entered judgment for us and the
other defendants and against the lead plaintiff."

On February 6, 2017, the lead plaintiff initiated an appeal of
the court's decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Following the lead plaintiff's routine request to extend filing
deadlines, which the Court of Appeals approved, the lead
plaintiff's opening appellate brief was filed on June 14, 2017.

Identiv said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended June 30,
2017, that following Jason Hart's routine request to extend
filing deadlines, which the Court of Appeals approved, the
answering briefs of the Company and the other defendants were
scheduled to be filed by August 14, 2017, and the lead
plaintiff's optional reply brief was scheduled to be filed by 21
days from the date of service of the answering briefs.

Identiv said in its Form 10-Q Report for the quarterly period
ended September 30, 2017, that the answering briefs of the
Company and the other defendants were filed on August 14; and the
lead plaintiff's optional reply brief was filed on October 5.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has not yet scheduled oral
argument or entered a ruling on the lead plaintiff's appeal,
according to the Company.

Identiv is a global security technology company that secures and
manages access to physical places, things and information. Global
organizations in government, education, retail, transportation,
healthcare and other markets rely upon our solutions. The company
is based in Fremont, California.


ILLINOIS: Murphy Seeks to Certify Class of Freed Prisoners
----------------------------------------------------------
The Plaintiffs move the Court for an order certifying that the
case titled PAUL MURPHY, et al., individually and on behalf of
all others similarly situated v. LISA MADIGAN, et al., Case No.
1:16-cv-11471 (N.D. Ill.), may be maintained as a class action on
behalf of all individuals sentenced to serve "three-years-to-
life" on Mandatory Supervised Release currently detained in the
Illinois Department of Corrections, who have been approved for
release on MSR by the Prison Review Board but have been denied
release from IDOC custody because of their inability to obtain an
approved host site.

Lisa Murray Madigan has been the 41st Attorney General of the
U.S. state of Illinois since 2003.

The Plaintiffs further ask that the Court enter an order
appointing their attorneys as class counsel.

Paul Murphy, Stanley Meyer, J.D. Lindenmeyer and Jasen
Gustafsen are all currently detained in the Illinois Department
of Corrections despite their having completed their criminal
sentences and having been granted release on mandatory supervise
release, according to the Motion.  The Plaintiffs contend that
they face the prospect of indefinite detention in prison due to
their inability to find a "host site" that will meet IDOC
approval.

A copy of the Motion is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=A6XwHMMW

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Adele D. Nicholas, Esq.
          LAW OFFICE OF ADELE D. NICHOLAS
          5707 W. Goodman Street
          Chicago, IL 60630
          Telephone: (847) 361-3869
          Facsimile: (312) 528-7670
          E-mail: adele@civilrightschicago.com

               - and -

          Mark G. Weinberg, Esq.
          LAW OFFICE OF MARK G. WEINBERG
          3612 N. Tripp Ave.
          Chicago, IL 60641
          Telephone: (773) 283-3913


INC RESEARCH: Faces "Bermudez" Suit Over Misleading Fin'l Reports
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Elier Bermudez, individually and on behalf of all others
similarly situated v. INC Research Holdings, Inc., Michael A.
Bell, Alistair Macdonald, Michael Gibertini, and Gregory S. Rush,
Case No. 1:17-cv-09457 (S.D.N.Y., December 1, 2017), is a class
action on behalf of persons and entities that acquired INCR
securities between May 10, 2017, and November 9, 2017, against
the Defendants, seeking to pursue remedies under the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934.

On August 1, 2017, the Company announced that it completed a
merger with inVentiv Health, Inc.

The complaint alleges that the Defendants made materially false
and misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material
adverse facts about the Company's business, operations, and
prospects. Specifically, Defendants failed to disclose: (1) that
the Merger was not providing the benefit that Defendants stated
it would; (2) that inVentiv was underperforming; (3) that, as a
result, the Company's 2017 financial performance would be
negatively impacted; and (4) that, as a result of the foregoing,
the Defendants' statements about INCR's business, operations, and
prospects, were false and misleading and lacked a reasonable
basis.

INC Research Holdings, Inc. provides Phase I to Phase IV clinical
development services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical
device companies. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Lesley F. Portnoy, Esq.
      GLANCY PRONGAY & MURRAY LLP
      230 Park Ave., Suite 530
      New York, NY 10169
      Telephone: (212) 682-5340
      Facsimile: (212) 884-0988
      E-mail: lportnoy@glancylaw.com

         - and -

      Lionel Z. Glancy, Esq.
      Robert V. Prongay, Esq.
      Charles H. Linehan, Esq.
      GLANCY PRONGAY & MURRAY LLP
      1925 Century Park East, Suite 2100
      Los Angeles, CA 90067
      Telephone: (310) 201-9150
      Facsimile: (310) 201-9160
      E-mail: lglancy@glancylaw.com
              clinehan@glancylaw.com

         - and -

      Corey D. Holzer, Esq.
      Marshall P. Dees, Esq.
      HOLZER & HOLZER, LLC
      1200 Ashwood Parkway, Suite 410
      Atlanta, GA 30338
      Telephone: (770) 392-0090
      Facsimile: (770) 392-0029
      E-mail: cholzer@holzerlaw.com
              mdees@holzerlaw.com


INTERACTIVE BROKERS: Hauptman Sues Over Accounts Administration
---------------------------------------------------------------
HEATHER HAUPTMAN, AND TIMOTHY MOSS, individually and on behalf of
others similarly situated v. INTERACTIVE BROKERS, LLC, Case No.
1:17-cv-09382-GBD (S.D.N.Y., December 1, 2017), arises from the
Defendant's alleged improper administration of the Plaintiffs'
Portfolio Margin Accounts and the Portfolio Margin Accounts of
all other similarly situated investors.

"Portfolio margin" is a relatively new type of investment lending
that employs a complex methodology for calculating margin
requirements and generally allows for the use of higher leverage
than standard "strategy-based" margin lending (commonly referred
to as "Regulation T" margin lending), according to the complaint.
With the potential for substantially greater leverage and the use
of complex mathematical calculations to determine the margin
requirements, however, the potential risk to the investor in a
Portfolio Margin Account can also be substantially greater, the
Plaintiffs assert.

Interactive Brokers, LLC, is a Connecticut corporation with its
headquarters and principal place of business in Greenwich,
Connecticut.  Interactive Brokers is the largest subsidiary of
the publicly traded company Interactive Brokers Group, Inc.  IB
is an electronic-only broker-dealer and trading platform and is
one of the largest such entities in the United States.[BN]

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Frederic S. Fox, Esq.
          Donald R. Hall, Jr., Esq.
          KAPLAN FOX & KILSHEIMER LLP
          850 Third Avenue, 14th Floor
          New York, NY 10022
          Telephone: (212) 687-1980
          Facsimile: (212) 687-7714
          E-mail: ffox@kaplanfox.com
                  dhall@kaplanfox.com

               - and -

          David Meyer, Esq.
          Matthew R. Wilson, Esq.
          Michael J. Boyle, Jr., Esq.
          MEYER WILSON CO., LPA
          1320 Dublin Road, Suite 100
          Columbus, OH 43215
          Telephone: (614) 224-6000
          Facsimile: (614) 224-6066
          E-mail: dmeyer@meyerwilson.com
                  mwilson@meyerwilson.com
                  mboyle@meyerwilson.com

               - and -

          Samuel B. Edwards, Esq.
          David W. Miller, Esq.
          SHEPHERD, SMITH, EDWARDS & KANTAS, LLP
          1010 Lamar, Suite 900
          Houston, TX 77002
          Telephone: (713) 227-2400
          Facsimile: (713) 227-7215
          E-mail: sedwards@sseklaw.com
                  dmiller@sseklaw.com

               - and -

          Laurence D. King, Esq.
          Matthew B. George, Esq.
          KAPLAN FOX & KILSHEIMER LLP
          350 Sansome St., Suite 400
          San Francisco, CA 94104
          Telephone: (415) 772-4700
          Facsimile: (415) 772-4707
          E-mail: lking@kaplanfox.com
                  mgeorge@kaplanfox.com


INVENTURE FOODS: Westmoreland Retirement Fund's Suit Underway
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Inventure Foods, Inc. continues to defend against a class action
lawsuit by the Westmoreland County Employee Retirement Fund.

On April 4, 2016, a purported class action captioned Westmoreland
County Employee Retirement Fund ("Westmoreland") v. Inventure
Foods, Inc. et al., Case No. CV2016-002718, was filed in the
Superior Court in Maricopa County, Arizona. Additional defendants
are the Company's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial
Officer, and the underwriters of the secondary securities
offering that closed September 14, 2014 (the "September 2014
Offering").  The class action complaint, which was amended a
second time on March 27, 2017, alleges violations of Sections 11,
12(a)(2) and 15 of the Securities Act and focuses on the
conditions at the Company's former frozen food facility in
Jefferson, Georgia.  Westmoreland seeks certification as a class
action, unspecified compensatory damages, rescission or a
rescissory measure of damages, attorneys' fees and costs, and
other relief deemed appropriate by the court.  The Company, its
Chief Executive Officer, its Chief Financial Officer and the
September 2014 Offering underwriters have answered and moved to
dismiss the second amended complaint.

Inventure Foods said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended
June 30, 2017, that on August 8, 2017, the court granted in part
and denied in part the motion to dismiss, which was converted to
a motion for judgment on the pleadings.

Inventure Foods said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended
September 30, 2017, that the parties participated in a mediation
on August 24, 2017, and continue to work with the mediator in an
effort to explore possible settlement of the dispute.

A second case management conference was held with the court
telephonically on October 17, 2017, at which time the Company,
its Chief Executive Officer, and its Chief Financial Officer
informed the court of their plan, if settlement is not reached,
to file a motion to stay the action pending the U.S. Supreme
Court's decision in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Retirement Fund,
U.S. Supreme Court No. 15-1439.  This Supreme Court ruling will
resolve a split among lower courts as to the appropriate subject
matter jurisdiction and removability of cases asserting the
Securities Act claims at issue in this lawsuit.

The court ordered defendants to file the motion to stay no later
than October 30, 2017.  Plaintiffs' response was due November 13,
2017, and oral argument was set to be held on November 17, 2017.

The Company intends to vigorously defend against the claims.

Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of
healthy/natural and indulgent specialty snack food brands.   Its
products are marketed under a strong portfolio of brands,
including Boulder Canyon(R), Rader Farms, Willamette Valley Fruit
CompanyTM, T.G.I. Friday's(R), Jamba(R), Vidalia(R), Poore
Brothers(R), Nathan's Famous(R), Bob's Texas Style(R), Tato
Skins(R) and Sin In A TinTM.  T.G.I. Friday's(R), Jamba(R),
Nathan's Famous(R) and Vidalia(R) are licensed brand names.  The
company complements their branded product retail sales with
private label retail sales and co-packing arrangements.


INVENTURE FOODS: Accord Underway in "Blair" Suit
------------------------------------------------
A Confidential Settlement Agreement and Release has been reached
in the class action lawsuit by Michelle Blair, Inventure Foods,
Inc. said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange
Commission.

In November 14, 2016, Michelle Blair (represented by Matthew
Armstrong of Armstrong Law Firm LLC and Stuart Cochran of Cochran
Law PLLC) filed a putative class action against the Company in
St. Louis City Circuit Court.  Ms. Blair purports to represent a
class of consumers who purchased one of nine Boulder Canyon(R)
brand products listing "evaporated cane juice" as an ingredient.
Ms. Blair contends that the use of "evaporated cane juice" was
misleading because evaporated cane juice is sugar.  In the
complaint, Ms. Blair advances claims for violation of Missouri's
Merchandising Practices Act, Mo. Rev. Stat. Section 407.020, et
seq. and 15 C.S.R. 60-8.020, et seq., and unjust enrichment.

On February 3, 2017, the Company removed the action to the
Eastern District of Missouri. Plaintiff dismissed the removed
action without prejudice and refiled a substantially similar
complaint in the Southern District of Illinois. The new complaint
is brought by Ms. Blair and a new plaintiff, Shannah Burton, and
asserts a nationwide putative class, as well as a putative class
of Illinois and Missouri purchasers. Ms. Burton alleges claims
under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business
Practices Act, 815 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 505/2, et seq. Both
plaintiffs also assert claims for unjust enrichment and breach of
express warranty.

Inventure Foods said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended
June 30, 2017, that on April 24, 2017, the Company filed a motion
to dismiss the complaint.

Inventure Foods said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended
September 30, 2017, that on October 17, the parties entered into
a Confidential Settlement Agreement and Release, pursuant to
which the plaintiffs will move to dismiss their complaint with
prejudice.

Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of
healthy/natural and indulgent specialty snack food brands.  Its
products are marketed under a strong portfolio of brands,
including Boulder Canyon(R), Rader Farms, Willamette Valley Fruit
CompanyTM, T.G.I. Friday's(R), Jamba(R), Vidalia(R), Poore
Brothers(R), Nathan's Famous(R), Bob's Texas Style(R), Tato
Skins(R) and Sin In A TinTM.  T.G.I. Friday's(R), Jamba(R),
Nathan's Famous(R) and Vidalia(R) are licensed brand names.  The
company complements their branded product retail sales with
private label retail sales and co-packing arrangements.


INVENTURE FOODS: Consolidated Securities Suit Dismissed
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Inventure Foods, Inc. said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended
June 30, 2017, that a consolidated securities class action
lawsuit against the company has been dismissed upon the parties'
agreement.

On March 27, 2017, a putative securities class action was filed
by Glenn Schoenfeld in the U.S. District Court for the District
of Arizona, Case No. 2:17-cv-00910, against the Company, its
Chief Executive Officer, and its Chief Financial Officer (the
"Schoenfeld Lawsuit").

On April 27, 2017, John Robinson filed a putative securities
class action in the U.S. District Court for the District of
Arizona, Case No. 2:17-cv-01258, against the Company, its Chief
Executive Officer, and its Chief Financial Officer (the "Robinson
Lawsuit").

On June 23, 2017, the court consolidated the Robinson Lawsuit
with the Schoenfeld Lawsuit, and the caption was changed to In re
Inventure Foods, Inc. Securities Litigation, Case No. 2:17-cv-
0910.  On June 27, 2017, the court appointed lead plaintiffs and
lead counsel.

Inventure Foods said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended
June 30, 2017, that lead plaintiffs' consolidated amended
complaint was due August 26, 2017.

The original complaints in the Schoenfeld Lawsuit and Robinson
Lawsuit were  purportedly filed on behalf of all persons and
entities that acquired the Company's securities between March 3,
2016 and March 16, 2017, and asserted claims for alleged
violation of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act and
Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, and focused on the Company's
internal controls over accounting and financial reporting, its
statements of operations for fiscal year 2015, and public
statements in press releases and SEC filings between March 3,
2016 and March 16, 2017.

Mr. Schoenfeld sought certification as a class action,
unspecified compensatory damages, attorneys' fees, costs and
expenses incurred in the action, and other relief deemed
appropriate by the court.

Mr. Robinson sought certification as a class action, unspecified
damages, prejudgment and post-judgment interest, reasonable
attorneys' fees, expert fees and other costs, and such other and
further relief as the court may deem just and proper.

Inventure Foods said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended
September 30, 2017, that in lieu of lead plaintiffs filing their
consolidated amended complaint, on August 28, 2017, the parties
jointly filed a stipulated motion for dismissal of the entire
consolidated action with the Company, its Chief Executive Officer
and its Chief Financial Officer, agreeing not to pursue any
claims for attorneys' fees and costs against lead plaintiffs in
exchange for lead plaintiffs' dismissing their claims with
prejudice.  The original plaintiffs in the Schoenfeld Lawsuit and
Robinson Lawsuit did not oppose dismissal of the entire
consolidated action.  On September 13, 2017, the court granted
the parties' stipulated motion for dismissal and entered an order
dismissing the entire consolidated case with prejudice as to lead
plaintiffs, but without prejudice as to all other putative class
members.

Inventure Foods, Inc. is a marketer and manufacturer of
healthy/natural and indulgent specialty snack food brands.  Its
products are marketed under a strong portfolio of brands,
including Boulder Canyon(R), Rader Farms, Willamette Valley Fruit
CompanyTM, T.G.I. Friday's(R), Jamba(R), Vidalia(R), Poore
Brothers(R), Nathan's Famous(R), Bob's Texas Style(R), Tato
Skins(R) and Sin In A TinTM.  T.G.I. Friday's(R), Jamba(R),
Nathan's Famous(R) and Vidalia(R) are licensed brand names.  The
company complements their branded product retail sales with
private label retail sales and co-packing arrangements.


JIM FISCHER: Laughlin Moves for Certification of Workers Class
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The Plaintiffs in the lawsuit styled Joshua Laughlin, Greg Scotto
Jr. On behalf of Themselves and all others similarly situated v.
Jim Fischer Inc., Case No. 1:16-cv-01342-WCG (E.D. Wisc.), move
for class certification.

The Plaintiffs move the Court to certify them as the
representatives of a class defined as:

     All hourly employees of Jim Fischer Inc., who performed work
     for Jim Fischer Inc. on a jobsite on or after October 6,
     2014, excluding owners.

A copy of the Motion is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=Q71FEp9z

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Yingtao Ho, Esq.
          THE PREVIANT LAW FIRM, S.C.
          310 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 100MW
          Milwaukee, WI 53203
          Telephone: (414) 271-4500
          Facsimile: (414) 271-6308
          E-mail: yh@previant.com


KINGSLEY CONSTRUCTORS: "Deweese" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid OT
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Kyle Deweese, individually and on behalf of all others similarly
situated v. Kingsley Constructors, Inc., Case No. 5:17-cv-01221
(W.D. Tex., November 30, 2017), seeks to recover unpaid overtime
compensation, liquidated damages, attorneys' fees and costs under
the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Based in Asherton, Texas, Kingsley Constructors, Inc. provides
construction services for clients throughout the State of Texas
and New Mexico. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Clif Alexander, Esq.
      Lauren E. Braddy, Esq.
      ANDERSON2X, PLLC
      819 N. Upper Broadway
      Corpus Christi, TX 78401
      Telephone: (361) 452-1279
      Facsimile: (361) 452-1284
      E-mail: clif@a2xlaw.com
              lauren@a2xlaw.com


KNOLOGY INC: Carlton Fields Attorneys Defeat Shareholder Case
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ALM reports that the Miami attorneys represented Knology Inc.
before the Georgia Supreme Court, which refused to hear an
attempt to unwind the company's $1.5 billion merger with
WideOpenWest Finance LLC following shareholder approval.

A proposed nationwide class of Knology shareholders claimed the
company and directors breached their fiduciary duties to
shareholders, offered misrepresentations in proxy statements
about the merger and secured an uninformed vote that resulted in
an inadequate payout to shareholders in 2012.

The class action litigation was launched in Delaware and
dismissed.  A new case was filed in Troup County, Georgia,
Superior Court.  When deposed in 2014, class representative
Shelia Lewis testified she thought her lawsuit was still pending
in Delaware, she had never heard of Georgia counsel or his firm,
and she thought her claims were based on her failure to be paid
for her shares rather than merger disclosures.

The Georgia trial court denied class certification, rejecting
Lewis as a class representative on typicality and adequacy
grounds.

An appellate court upheld decisions rejecting the class and found
no abuse of discretion. A request for en banc by the Georgia
Court of Appeals produced a 5-4 opinion affirming the trial court
in March.  The Georgia Supreme Court rejected a request for
discretionary review in September.

The Carlton Fields legal team, including Miami shareholders Bruce
Berman -- bberman@carltonfields.com -- and Julianna McCabe --
jtmccabe@carltonfields.com -- Miami associate Stephanie Fichera -
- sfichera@carltonfields.com -- and Tampa associate Scott Feather
-- sfeather@carltonfields.com -- handled the case from inception
to resolution.

It's common for acquisition announcements involving public
corporations to trigger class action lawsuits alleging company
directors agreed to sell for a deflated price.  The Knology case
can be used as a precedent by the defense against similar
shareholder class actions. [GN]


KOBE STEEL: Loses JIS Certifications, Faces Lawsuits in Canada
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Reuters reports that Kobe Steel Ltd. said on December 8 it has
been hit with lawsuits over its data tampering scandal and has
had two more badges of industrial quality removed, the latest
setbacks for the Japanese steelmaker as it seeks to restore its
reputation.

The class-action lawsuits lodged in courts in Canada are the
first legal actions against the company since it announced the
cheating in October, while the removal of Japanese Industrial
Standards (JIS) certifications may cost it customers.

Four individuals in Canada who bought cars that use the company's
products filed lawsuits seeking unspecified damages against Kobe
and subsidiaries at the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the
Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Japan's third-largest
steelmaker said.

Three residents of British Columbia and one person residing in
Ontario filed the claims that allege they were overcharged for
the vehicles and suffered economic losses as a result of the
scandal, Kobe Steel said. Proceedings have not started.

"We anticipate that in the future similar lawsuits will be filed
against the Kobe Group or the other affiliated group companies,"
the company said.

Kobe Steel said it cannot estimate how much the lawsuits will
cost or fully calculate the potential financial impact of the
scandal. It earlier withdrew a forecast for its first full-year
profit in three years.

Kobe is also being investigated by the U.S. Department of
Justice, and some of its customers have said they will seek to
recoup costs from making checks and replacing parts that did not
meet specifications.

The steelmaker supplies metal to manufacturers of cars, planes,
trains and other products across the world. It has said that more
than 500 of its customers have received products with falsified
specifications on strength and durability, in one of Japan's
biggest industrial scandals.

No safety issues have been identified so far. Kobe Steel also
said on December 8 that no products have required recall.

Kobe Steel's Shinko Metal Products unit has had its JIS
certifications revoked for copper and copper alloy seamless pipes
because of quality management issues at the plant, the company
said on December 8.

JIS certifications were also suspended at its Moka aluminium and
aluminium alloy plant north of Tokyo.

The company said it had JIS certifications suspended at its
aluminium extrusion plant in Chofu and revoked at its Hatano
plant.

The removal of the quality badges means Kobe may not be able to
sell some of its products to customers.

Kobe Steel said that despite losing the JIS certification, it can
supply products that are equivalent to the standards in quality
if customers accept them.

The company said it would aim to regain JIS certification at
those plants in the future.

The company's shares, which have fallen by nearly a quarter since
the scandal broke, rose 0.2 percent on December 8. [GN]


KUSHNER COS: Media Wants Md. Apartment Partners' Names Unsealed
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Statesman reports that news outlets including The Associated
Press filed a motion in federal court December 8 arguing that a
document containing the names of investors in some Kushner Cos.
apartment buildings in Maryland should be unsealed and available
to the media.

The Kushner Cos. has argued that the privacy rights of its
partners in its Maryland buildings outweigh the public interest
in the disclosure, saying the media's "politically-motivated"
coverage of the case puts those rights -- and the partners'
reputations -- at risk. President Donald Trump's son-in law,
Jared Kushner, was CEO of the company before becoming an adviser
to the president earlier this year.

The case before U.S. district court in Maryland was brought by
tenants alleging a Kushner Cos. subsidiary called Westminster
Management charges excessive and illegal rent. The lawsuit seeks
class action status for tenants in the 17 apartment complexes
owned by the company in the state.

The Kushner Cos. has said it has broken no laws and denies the
charges.

In its motion on December 8, media outlets argued the press has a
"presumptive right" to see court documents, and that the Kushner
Cos. has not raised a "compelling government interest" that the
law says is needed to block access.

The AP joined ProPublica, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun
and Baltimore TV station WMAR-TV in filing the brief.

Properties owned by the Kushner family have come under scrutiny
since Trump became president because of the potential conflict
between the family's financial interests and the pursuit of the
public good in government policy. Ethics lawyers and good-
government groups have argued that policy could be shaped in
favor of not just Kushner Cos. itself, but its partners and
lenders.

Jared Kushner has filed financial disclosure documents with
government ethics officials who oversee potential conflicts of
interest, but the disclosures do not detail many of the partners
who invest alongside his family company.

In a court filing, the Kushner Cos. blasted the media for "unfair
sensationalism" in stories about the Maryland case. It said
additional coverage triggered by disclosures of its partners'
names would hurt the company's ability to get an impartial
decision from the court.

The Kushner Cos. also said disclosure of its partners' identities
also would trample on their right to remain private.

"Given the tenor of the media's reporting of this case, including
politically-motivated innuendo no doubt intended to disparage the
First Family, there is foreseeable risk of prejudice to the
privacy rights and reputations of innocent private investors,"
lawyers for the Kushner Cos. wrote in its filing.

The news outlets wrote in their brief that the Kushner Cos.
complaints about the media coverage actually undermine its
arguments, suggesting there is "significant public interest" in
the case, and therefore public scrutiny shouldn't be limited.

Though the Kushner Cos. is known for its New York City buildings,
it first struck success with multi-family apartments in suburban
communities before venturing into Manhattan a decade ago with a
disastrous $1.8 billion purchase of 666 Fifth Avenue, a famed
skyscraper that ended up losing money for years.

The Kushner Cos. and a giant Chinese insurer considering a big
investment in the Fifth Avenue office building broke off talks
following intense media scrutiny of any possible deal. The
insurer has close ties to the ruling Communist party. Critics
said that any investment from the insurer could be used as
leverage in the White House.

A financial disclosure report released in July said Jared Kushner
still owns a stake in Westminster Management, the Kushner
subsidiary named in the Maryland case. The report showed he
received $1.6 million in income from Westminster. [GN]


LLR INC: Certification of 11 Classes Sought in "Webster" Suit
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The Plaintiffs in the lawsuit entitled RACHAEL WEBSTER, LAUREN
PORSCH, HOLLY LEDERER, SARA GATES, DONNA NEWMAN, CHRISTINE
PROKOP, LORRAINE SNODGRASS, ALISON WHITEHEAD, MELISSA HILL,
MAUREEN MCGUINNESS, and AMANDA CLOSE, individually and on behalf
of all others similarly situated v. LLR, INC., d/b/a LuLaRoe,
Case No. 2:17-cv-00225-DSC (W.D. Pa.), asks the Court to certify
these classes:

   * Pennsylvania Class: All persons who were assessed tax on
     clothing purchases processed through Audrey, and whose
     purchases were or will be delivered into Pennsylvania.

   * New York Class: All persons who were assessed tax on
     clothing purchases processed through Audrey, and whose
     purchases were or will be delivered into New York.

   * Minnesota Class: All persons who were assessed tax on
     clothing purchases processed through Audrey, and whose
     purchases were or will be delivered into Minnesota.

   * New Hampshire Class: All persons who were assessed tax on
     clothing purchases processed through Audrey, and whose
     purchases were or will be delivered into New Hampshire.

   * Delaware Class: All persons who were assessed tax on
     clothing purchases processed through Audrey, and whose
     purchases were or will be delivered into Delaware.

   * Alaska Class: All persons who were assessed tax on clothing
     purchases processed through Audrey, and whose purchases were
     or will be delivered into Alaska.

   * Oregon Class: All persons who were assessed tax on clothing
     purchases processed through Audrey, and whose purchases were
     or will be delivered into Oregon.

   * Montana Class: All persons who were assessed tax on clothing
     purchases processed through Audrey, and whose purchases were
     or will be delivered into Montana.

   * New Jersey Class: All persons who were assessed tax on
     clothing purchases processed through Audrey, and whose
     purchases were or will be delivered into New Jersey.

   * Massachusetts Class: All persons who were assessed tax on
     clothing purchases processed through Audrey, and whose
     purchases were or will be delivered into Massachusetts.

   * Vermont Class: All persons who were assessed tax on clothing
     purchases processed through Audrey, and whose purchases were
     or will be delivered into Vermont.

Excluded from the classes are Defendant, as well as its past and
present officers, employees, agents or affiliates, any judge who
presides over this action, and any attorneys who enter their
appearance in this action.  Also excluded from the Alaska and New
York classes are any persons who live in a locality where the
locality assesses a use tax on the clothing that LuLaRoe sells.

The Plaintiffs seek to certify these classes under each class's
state's respective laws.  The Plaintiffs ask that the named
Plaintiffs for Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and
Vermont be appointed as representatives of their respective
class.

The Plaintiffs also ask that Katie Van be appointed as
representative of the Alaska class, and that R. Bruce Carlson,
Esq., and Kevin W. Tucker, Esq., of the law firm Carlson Lynch
Sweet Kilpela & Carpenter, LLP, and Kelly K. Iverson, Esq., of
the law firm Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., be appointed as co-lead class
counsel.

A copy of the Motion is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=D07k8XNj

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          R. Bruce Carlson, Esq.
          Gary F. Lynch, Esq.
          Kevin Abramowicz, Esq.
          Kevin W. Tucker, Esq.
          CARLSON LYNCH SWEET KILPELA
          & CARPENTER, LLP
          1133 Penn Avenue, 5th Floor
          Pittsburgh, PA 15222
          Telephone: (412) 322-9243
          Facsimile: (412) 231-0246
          E-mail: bcarlson@carlsonlynch.com
                  glynch@carlsonlynch.com
                  kabramowicz@carlsonlynch.com
                  ktucker@carlsonlynch.com

               - and -

          Kelly K. Iverson, Esq.
          Alex Lacey, Esq.
          COHEN & GRIGSBY, P.C.
          625 Liberty Avenue
          Pittsburgh, PA 15222
          Telephone: (412) 297-4838
          E-mail: kiverson@cohenlaw.com
                  alacey@cohenlaw.com


LULAROE CO: Customers File Class Action Over State Sales Taxes
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David Mikkelson, writing for Snopes, reports that at the end of
2017, customers of the LuLaRoe women's clothing retailer
receiving messages via email informing them that they would be
receiving refunds on purchases made before 1 June 2017 to
compensate them for overpayment of state sales taxes.

Those messages were an outgrowth of a federal lawsuit filed in
early 2017 by a LuLaRoe customer who maintained that she had
improperly been charged state sales taxes for LuLaRoe purchases
because the company was reckoning sales taxes based on the
location of the LuLaRoe consultant involved in the transaction,
rather than on the location of the customer:

Fashion company LuLaRoe has been hit with a federal lawsuit
related to the collection of sales tax.

The LuLaRoe brand isn't a traditional retailer. The company
markets its knitwear, including dresses -- and those famous
leggings -- using a mix of direct sales and multi-level
marketing. Individual consultants get a piece of the profits
(from selling inventory) as well as incentives for signing up new
consultants.  It's vaguely reminiscent of Tupperware marketing --
only product parties are typically conducted online via Facebook.

The online marketing allows for a great deal of expansion but
apparently also leads to confusion.  According to a lawsuit filed
in the U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania, LuLaRoe
requires its consultants to process sales through a proprietary,
online point-of-sale payment platform, called "Audrey."  The
lawsuit alleges that the system automatically charges customers
sales tax based on the location of the consultant and not the
location of the customer.

The plaintiff in the case is Rachael Webster of Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania.  Ms. Webster was charged $35.16 for sales tax on
approximately one dozen LuLaRoe purchases she made in 2016.  The
kicker? Pennsylvania doesn't charge sales tax on clothing.  That
means, according to the plaintiff, she was overcharged.
According to the lawsuit, those overcharges are not paid to the
appropriate tax authorities.

By the end of 2017, LuLaRoe was facing an expansion of that
complaint into a class action lawsuit involving multiple
consumers in eleven different states:

Customers accusing multilevel marketing fashion retailer LuLaRoe
of overcharging them $8.3 million by calculating sales tax based
on the location of sellers rather than consumers asked a
Pennsylvania federal judge to grant them class status.

The customers asked U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone to
certify 11 proposed classes based on states of residence.
Clothing sales are not taxable in all of the states, they said.

How much LuLaRoe customers might stand to receive varies from
person to person, of course.  LulaRoe said that a separate "Your
LulaRoe Sales Tax Refund Payment" email from Checkbook would be
sent to consumers within a week of the original notification and
would walk them through the process of receiving their refunds.
Consumers who believe they may be eligible for refunds should
check the email addresses they used when making LuLaRoe purchases
or contact salestaxrefund@lularoe.com for more information. [GN]


LUNDIN MINING: Strosberg Sasso Files Securities Class Action
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Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP and Groia and Company Professional
Corporation disclosed that a proposed class action has been
commenced against Lundin Mining Corporation ("Lundin") (TSX: LUN)
and some of the company's officers and directors.

The proposed class action has been filed in the Ontario Superior
Court of Justice on behalf of all persons, excluding certain
persons associated with the defendants, who purchased or
otherwise acquired securities of Lundin during the period from
October 25, 2017 to November 29, 2017.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants failed to disclose the
instability, evacuation and subsequent rock slide at the
company's Calendaria mine. Once this information was revealed,
the price of Lundin securities dropped significantly, causing
substantial damages to holders of Lundin securities.

The plaintiff seeks $175 million in damages for negligent
misrepresentation and liability for secondary market disclosure
pursuant to Ontario's Securities Act.

Securities holders wishing to obtain more information can visit
https://www.strosbergco.com/class-actions/lundin/. If you would
like to speak to someone about this lawsuit, please contact Jay
Strosberg of Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP at jay@strosbergco.com or
1-519-561-6296.

Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP is one of Canada's preeminent boutique
litigation law firms. The firm has recovered more than $2 billion
for its clients.

         Jay Strosberg, Esq.
         Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP
         Tel: 519-561-6296
         Email: jay@strosbergco.com [GN]


MARU RESTAURANT: Faces "Daoust" Suit Over Failure to Pay OT
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Kelsey Daoust, on behalf of herself and those similarly-situated
v. Maru Restaurant, LLC, Maru Detroit, LLC, Maru East Lansing,
LLC, Maru Grand Rapids, LLC, Maru Kalamazoo, LLC, Maru Midland,
LLC and Maru Hospitality, LLC, and Robert Song, Case No. 2:17-cv-
13879-TGB-APP (E.D. Mich., November 30, 2017), is brought against
the Defendants for failure to pay overtime wages in violation of
the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Defendants own and operate the Maru Restaurants, located in
Detroit, Kalamazoo, Midland, East Lansing, Okemos, and Grand
Rapids Michigan. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Michael N. Hanna, Esq.
      Andrew R. Frisch, Esq.
      MORGAN & MORGAN, P.A.
      600 N. Pine Island Road, Suite 400
      Plantation, FL 33324
      Telephone: (954) WORKERS
      Facsimile: (954) 327-3015
      E-mail: mhanna@forthepeople.com
              afrisch@forthepeople.com


MASONITE INTERNATIONAL: Final OK of Amended Deal Expected in Q2
---------------------------------------------------------------
Masonite International Corporation said in its Form 10-Q Report
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the
quarterly period ended July 2, 2017, that the parties in a class
action lawsuit have entered into a Joint Stipulation of Class
Action and PAGA Settlement and Release.

Masonite said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended October 1,
2017, that the Settlement was amended on October 26, 2017.

The Company disclosed, "In November 2015, Derrick Byrd, a former
hourly employee in California, filed a putative class action
lawsuit against us in California Superior Court alleging
violations of California wage and hour laws with respect to meal
periods and rest breaks and other technical wage and hour issues.
In January 2016, we removed the lawsuit to the United States
District Court for the Central District of California and on
February 25, 2016, the court dismissed the complaint in its
entirety. On March 18, 2016, the plaintiff filed an amended
complaint, which we moved to dismiss, and we moved to strike
several of the plaintiff's causes of action. On July 7, 2016, the
court dismissed several of the plaintiff's causes of action and
gave the plaintiff leave to amend. On July 29, 2016, the
plaintiff filed a second amended complaint containing a narrower
version of nine of the eleven original claims. We answered this
amended complaint on August 12, 2016, and amended our answer on
September 14, 2016. On November 28, 2016, the plaintiff filed a
third amended complaint to add an additional individual as a
plaintiff."

"On December 19, 2016, we answered this amended complaint. The
plaintiffs continued to allege violations with respect to
overtime pay, meal periods, rest breaks, minimum wage, timely
pay, wage statement detail and reimbursement of business expenses
and sought damages, penalties, attorney's fees and an award under
the California Private Attorney General Act ("PAGA"). On August
2, 2017, the parties entered into a Joint Stipulation of Class
Action and PAGA Settlement and Release (the "Settlement")."

The Company added, "In entering into the Settlement, we denied
all claims made in the lawsuit and denied any wrongdoing. The
Settlement is subject to both preliminary and final court
approval, which is expected to occur prior to the end of the
second quarter of 2018. Pursuant to the Settlement, payment of
the settlement amount would occur after final court approval. The
amount we have agreed to pay as part of the Settlement has not
had and is not expected to have a material impact on our
financial condition or operating results."

Masonite International Corporation is a global designer,
manufacturer and distributor of interior and exterior doors for
the new construction and repair, renovation and remodeling
sectors of the residential and the non-residential building
construction markets.


MEGGITT-USA SERVICES: Cert. Bid Denied; Amended Accord Due Feb. 5
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The Hon. Otis D. Wright, II, entered an order in the lawsuit
titled BROOK TROUT, on behalf of himself and all others similarly
situated v. MEGGITT-USA SERVICES, INC., Case No. 2:16-cv-07520-
ODW-AJW (C.D. Cal.),

   (1) denying the Plaintiff's motion for Class Certification
       pursuant to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil
       Procedure;

   (2) granting the Plaintiff's motion for FLSA Collective Action
       Conditional Certification; and

   (3) denying without prejudice the Plaintiff's motion for
       preliminary approval of FLSA Collective Action Settlement.

Judge Wright also orders the parties to file an amended motion
for approval of collective action settlement, addressing the
issues discussed in the Order by February 5, 2018.

The lawsuit is a hybrid class action/collective action for
failure to pay overtime wages.  For several years, Meggitt
incorrectly classified certain employees as "exempt" from
overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act and under California
Labor Code, according to the Order.

The Parties separately settled the class action and collective
action claims separately.  Meggitt has agreed to pay the
following amounts to settle both types of claims, including fees
and costs to class counsel:

      Collective Action                  Class Action
   -----------------------          -----------------------
   Total Payment: $850,000          Total Payment: $260,000
   -----------------------          -----------------------
  Reduction           Amount       Reduction           Amount
  ---------           ------       ---------           ------
  Attorney's Fees   $277,200       Attorney's Fees    $85,800
     (33%)                            (33%)
  Attorney's Costs    $7,500       Attorney's Costs    $2,500
  Incentive Award     $7,500       Incentive Award     $2,500
  Administrative Fee  $7,500       Administrative Fee  $2,500
  Taxes          Approx. 30%       Taxes          Approx. 30%
                 -----------                      -----------
  Net Payment       $550,300       Net Payment       $166,700
  (before taxes)                  (before taxes)

A copy of the Order is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=ucUFfYPJ


MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE: Vincent Wong Files Securities Class Action
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The Law Offices of Vincent Wong disclosed that a class action
lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Ohio on behalf of investors who
purchased Meridian Bioscience, Inc. securities between March 25,
2016 and July 13, 2017.

Click here to learn about the case: http://www.wongesq.com/pslra-
sbm/meridian-bioscience-inc?wire=2. There is no cost or
obligation to you.

The complaint alleges that throughout the class period Defendants
issued materially false and/or misleading statements and/or
failed to disclose that: (i) Defendant's lead tests provide
inaccurate results; and (ii) as a result of the foregoing, the
Company's public statements were materially false and misleading
at all relevant times.

If you suffered a loss in Meridian you have until January 16,
2018 to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff.
Your ability to share in any recovery doesn't require that you
serve as a lead plaintiff. To obtain additional information,
contact Vincent Wong, Esq. either via email vw@wongesq.com, by
telephone at 212.425.1140, or visit http://www.wongesq.com/pslra-
sbm/meridian-bioscience-inc?wire=2.

Vincent Wong, Esq. is an experienced attorney that has
represented investors in securities litigations involving
financial fraud and violations of shareholder rights.

         Vincent Wong, Esq.
         The Law Offices of Vincent Wong
         Tel: 212-425-1140
         Fax. 866-699-3880
         Email: vw@wongesq.com [GN]


MICROSOFT CORP: Overwhelmingly Underpays Women, Class Action Says
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April Glaser, writing for Slate, reports that Microsoft has been
embroiled in a gender pay gap lawsuit for the past two years,
fighting allegations that female technical employees at the
company are systematically paid less than men and receive fewer
opportunities for professional advancement than equally qualified
male counterparts.

The plaintiffs filed to make the lawsuit a class action at the
end of October and recently released two reports that detail
pervasive gender-based discrimination at the $649 billion tech
company. One, by Henry Farber, an economics professor at
Princeton, analyzed data on more than 16,000 employees'
compensation, age, tenure, geographic location, performance
ratings, and other factors between 2010 and 2016. Faber found
that women in technical roles in low- to mid-level positions at
Microsoft "receive lower compensation on average, than otherwise-
similar men, and this difference in pay is statically
significant." Moreover, the report finds that women in mid-level
jobs at Microsoft have a statistically significant lower
probability of getting promoted.

The other study filed in the case, conducted by Ann Marie Ryan, a
psychology professor at Michigan State University, found that
Microsoft "does not provide clear, job-related guidance as to how
to distinguish levels within a career stage for compensation
decisions," which opens doors for managers to make subjective,
and potentially sexist, decisions about career advancement.

The discrimination lawsuit against Microsoft was originally filed
in 2015 by Katie Moussouris, a noted computer security researcher
who worked for Microsoft for seven years and who is known for her
work launching Microsoft's first bug bounty program in 2013. The
discrimination lawsuit against Microsoft was filed months after
Ellen Pao lost her lawsuit against her former employer, the
storied venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers,
alleging Pao was passed over for a senior-level promotion due to
her gender.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Microsoft says that after reviewing
the claims, they "strongly disagree with the contentions in the
case because data and other information is mischaracterized. We
are defending the case in court."

Microsoft isn't the only large tech company struggling with a
serious gender discrimination lawsuit. Three former female
employees at Google filed a lawsuit in September claiming the
company "engaged in systemic and pervasive pay and promotion
discrimination." On December 6, a judge denied them class action
status on behalf of women who worked at Google for the past four
years, but the plaintiffs plan to press again and file a new,
amended complaint. The lawsuit points to an investigation by the
U.S. Department of Labor, which in April accused Google of
systematically underpaying female employees across its entire
workforce. The Labor Department also sued Oracle in January for
paying white men more than others with the same job title. And in
February, Tesla was sued by a female engineer, AJ Vandermeyden,
who accused the company of fostering a culture of "pervasive
harassment," paying men more for the same work, and retaliating
against her for speaking out. Vandermeyden described how female
employees were sexually harassed and even catcalled on the
factory floor.

The stretch of the West Coast between Cupertino, California, and
Seattle is home to five of the most valuable companies in the
world -- companies that, despite their billions in cash and cadre
of brilliant engineers and executives, can't seem to figure out
how to hire or treat women respectfully or equally. In 2016,
Microsoft reported women make up 26 percent of its technical
staff, but in 2017 that number has dropped to 19 percent. Google
counted that women make up 18 percent of its tech employees in
2015, and now, two years later that dial has only moved up two
percentage points. Likewise, Apple's technical staff was 20
percent female in 2014 and in 2017 that number has notched to 23
percent.

Only in recent years, after women started speaking out, did these
companies truly start to take a hard look at trying to fix their
massive gender imbalances. But their efforts might be a case of
too little, too late -- an issue I discussed recently with Pao.
"When you start your company and you haven't thought about these
issues and you have set it up a certain way," she told me, "it
ends up becoming extremely difficult to change." [GN]


MISSOURI: Court Refuses to Certify Gasca's Class of Parolees
------------------------------------------------------------
The Hon. Stephen R. Bough denied without prejudice the
Plaintiffs' motion to certify class submitted in the lawsuit
entitled STEPHANIE GASCA, et al. v. ANNE PRECYTHE, Director of
the Missouri, Department of Corrections, et al., Case No. 2:17-
cv-04149-SRB (W.D. Mo.).

The lawsuit challenges the parole revocation policies and
procedures of the Missouri Department of Correction and its
Division of Probation and Parole.  The Plaintiffs allege the
revocation policies and procedures violate their rights "under
the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by failing to
consider whether parolees qualify for the appointment of free
counsel as required by Gagnon v. Scarpelli, 411 U.S. 778 (1973).

The Plaintiffs seek certification of a class of: "all adult
parolees in the state of Missouri who currently face, or who in
the future will face, parole revocation proceedings."

Because of certain evidentiary deficiencies above, the Plaintiffs
have not affirmatively established that their claims arise from
the same event or course of conduct as the proposed class
members, Judge Bough opines.

A copy of the Order is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=gDnhJDKs


MONARCH RECOVERY: Wins Prelim. OK of "Hartman" Suit Settlement
--------------------------------------------------------------
The Hon. Cathy Bissoon grants preliminary approval to the Class
Action Settlement Agreement entered by the parties in the lawsuit
entitled MELISSA HARTMAN, on behalf of herself and all others
similarly situated v. MONARCH RECOVERY MANAGEMENT, INC., and DOES
1-25, Case No. 2:15-cv-01364-CB (W.D. Pa.).

For settlement purposes only, this class is certified:

     All Pennsylvania consumers who were sent collection letters
     from Defendant in an attempt to collect an obligation owed
     to Synchrony Bank, similar to the Collection Letter annexed
     to the complaint as Exhibit A, where Monarch's File Number
     was visible through the lower glassine window of the
     enclosing envelope, during the time period spanning
     October 20, 2014 to the present.

Plaintiff Melissa Hartman is preliminarily appointed as the Class
Representative for the Class Members and the law firm of Marcus
and Zelman, LLC, and Mark G. Moynihan, Esq., are preliminarily
appointed as counsel for the Class Members.

The Court approves the form and substance of the notice of
proposed class action settlement.

Any Class Member, who desires to be excluded from the class must
send a written request for exclusion to Angeion Group with a
postmark date no later than February 20, 2018.  Any Class Member,
who intends to object to the fairness of the settlement must file
a written objection with the Clerk of this Court with a postmark
date no later than February 20, 2018.

The Court will conduct a Final Fairness Hearing on April 17,
2018, at 11:00 a.m.

A copy of the Order is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=2NIVAnnE


NFL: Concussion Crisis Hits Helmet Manufacturers
------------------------------------------------
Josh Kosman, writing for New York Post, reports that the NFL
concussion crisis has hit the league's helmet makers where it
hurts: in the wallet.

Riddell, a leading manufacturer of football helmets for the past
85 years, has been struggling without success to sell itself in
recent months despite its market dominance, sources told The
Post. Ditto for No. 2 Schutt Sports, which recently canceled an
auction of the company that makes helmets for NFL stars like Cam
Newton and Julio Jones.

One big obstacle is Leonard Marshall, the former New York Giants
great who is leading a class-action suit on behalf of 4,500
former NFL players against Riddell, alleging the company until
2002 had not properly informed players about the risks of
concussions despite knowing better.

The legendary lineman says he got a call in July from possible
suitors, who offered him cash and an equity stake in the company
in exchange for dropping his suit.

"I've spoken to people interested in purchasing Riddell and they
have asked me to set aside my claim," Mr. Marshall told The Post.

"I am not going to drop my lawsuit because I am part of a much
bigger picture," said Marshall, who is most famous for his brutal
1991 hit that knocked Joe Montana out of the 1991 NFC
championship game.

"I feel like there are too many bodies in this for me to withdraw
and relieve them of liability," he said.

Mr. Marshall's lawyer Jason Luckasevic, originator of the NFL
concussion lawsuit, declined to name the prospective bidder for
Riddell, although he revealed it was a firm that primarily
manufactures equipment for other sports.

Mr. Luckasevic said he isn't worried that BRG Sports, the
privately owned parent company of Riddell, will go bankrupt if
his clients win their suit.

"Riddell has insurance that should cover litigation," even if it
ends up being $500 million, he said.

Still, insiders say the legal battle is a major cloud hanging
over the helmet makers' future, even as the NFL's own liabilities
are expected to cross the $1 billion mark.  The federal case
against Riddell in Philadelphia is ongoing, and plaintiffs are
angling to move it to California in search of a bigger judgment.
Discovery in the suit is expected to begin next year.

"Take away concussions and these helmet makers would be much more
valuable," said a source who considered buying one of the
businesses.

Private equity firm Fenway Partners, whose previous investments
have included diamond seller Harry Winston, bought Riddell in
2004. It now owns Riddell through BRG, which in recent years has
sold off most of its other assets including Easton-Bell helmets.

Riddell this June named quarterback legend Peyton Manning as a
strategic adviser and pitchman.

"Riddell has been for sale forever and can't find a buyer," a
source close to the situation said.  "They want to sell Riddell
because Fenway needs to close its fund."

Meanwhile, Platinum Equity-owned Schutt has been for sale through
the Park Lane investment bank seeking about $40 million, two
sources said.

But Schutt canceled the auction a few months ago after Riddell
countersued it in a dispute over patent infringement.

Riddell is the biggest football equipment maker with about $200
million in sales, and Schutt is second with $55 million.

Platinum bought Schutt in 2010 out of bankruptcy for $28 million,
so it is free of the concussion liabilities that burden Riddell.

Still, suitors also have bigger-picture concerns about the
popularity of football, sources said.

The market for helmets for varsity high school football on up is
stable, but the number of players from 8 to 12 years old has
decreased as kids move more to flag or protected flag football,
the source close to the situation said.

Riddell, Fenway Partners and Park Lane declined comment.
Platinum did not return calls. [GN]


NOODLES & COMPANY: Accord Reached in Selco Class Action
-------------------------------------------------------
Noodles & Company said in its Form 10-Q Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended
October 3, 2017, that a settlement has been reached in a class
action lawsuit following mediation.

According to Noodles & Company's regulatory filings, the Company
was a defendant in a purported class action lawsuit in the United
States District Court for the District of Colorado (the "Court"),
Selco Community Credit Union vs. Noodles & Company, alleging that
the Company negligently failed to provide adequate security to
protect the payment card information of customers of the
plaintiffs and those of other similarly situated credit unions,
banks and other financial institutions alleged to be part of the
putative class, causing those institutions to suffer financial
losses (the "Selco Litigation"). The complaint in the Selco
Litigation also claimed the Company was negligent per se based on
alleged violations of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission
Act, and sought monetary damages, injunctive relief and
attorneys' fees.

The Company said in its Form 10-Q Report for the quarterly period
ended July 4 that on July 21 the Court granted a Motion to
Dismiss in the Selco Litigation in favor of the Company, which is
subject to appeal by the plaintiffs. Any appeal was to be filed
on or before August 21.

The Company said in its September quarterly report that a notice
of appeal of the dismissal was filed on August 15.  On November 2
a mediation was held and a settlement, which will be funded
entirely by insurance proceeds, was reached, which will result in
a dismissal of the appeal and a resolution of the Selco
Litigation.

Noodles & Company is a fast-casual restaurant headquartered in
Broomfield, Colorado, that offers international and American
noodle dishes, as well as soups, salads, and pasta.


NRA GROUP: Bernal Appeals N.D. Ill. Decision to Seventh Circuit
---------------------------------------------------------------
Plaintiff Joseph Bernal filed an appeal from a court ruling in
the lawsuit entitled Joseph Bernal v. NRA Group, LLC, Case No.
1:16-cv-01904, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of Illinois, Eastern Division.

As reported in the Class Action Reporter on Dec. 8, 2017, the
District Court ruled that adding collection costs to the balance
of a debt did not violate the Federal Debt Collection Practices
Act, if such costs were permitted as part of the underlying
contract.

Plaintiff Joseph Bernal entered into a monthly membership
agreement with Six Flags Entertainment Corporation.  The
Plaintiff became delinquent on this agreement and Six Flags
placed the debt with AR Assist, LLC, who then contracted NRA to
collect on the debt.  In their attempts to collect the debt, NRA
added a percentage-based charge, labeled "costs" to the principal
balance.  The Plaintiff filed a class action lawsuit against NRA
alleging FDCPA violations due to his assertions that NRA had no
right to collect such "costs."

The appellate case is captioned as Joseph Bernal v. NRA Group,
LLC, Case No. 17-3629, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Seventh Circuit.

The briefing schedule in the Appellate Case is set as follows:

   -- Transcript information sheet is due by January 10, 2018;
      and

   -- Appellant's brief is due on or before February 5, 2018, for
      Joseph Bernal.[BN]

Plaintiff-Appellant JOSEPH BERNAL, individually and on behalf of
all others similarly situated, is represented by:

          David J. Philipps, Esq.
          PHILIPPS & PHILIPPS
          9760 S. Roberts Road
          Palos Hills, IL 60465-0000
          Telephone: (708) 974-2900
          E-mail: davephilipps@aol.com

Defendant-Appellee NRA GROUP, LLC, doing business as NATIONAL
RECOVERY AGENCY, is represented by:

          Charity A. Olson, Esq.
          BROCK & SCOTT, PLLC
          2723 S. State Street
          Ann Arbor, MI 48104
          Telephone: (734) 222-5179
          E-mail: Charity.Olson@brockandscott.com


OHIO: Fails to Keep Proper Records of Traffic Camera Fines
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The Associated Press reports that Ohio's auditor has faulted a
small village and its police chief for failing to keep proper
records of camera-enforced traffic fines that produce much of the
village's revenue.

An audit of Brice says auditors couldn't find sufficient
documentation for the tickets.  The village roughly 12 miles (19
kilometers) east of Columbus reported the fines brought in more
than $170,000 in 2016, accounting for nearly 75 percent of
Brice's general fund total.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Brice faces a class-action lawsuit
over fines collected from 2013 to 2015.

State Auditor Dave Yost says Police Chief Bud Bauchmoyer should
have kept a complete record of every citation given the scrutiny
of the village's ticketing practices.

Mr. Bauchmoyer didn't respond to a request for comment. [GN]


OSI SYSTEMS: Pomerantz Files Securities Class Action Lawsuit
------------------------------------------------------------
Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been
filed against OSI Systems, Inc. and certain of its officers.
The class action, filed in United States District Court, for the
Central District of California, and docketed under 17-cv-08855,
is on behalf of a class consisting of investors who purchased or
otherwise acquired the securities of OSI between August 16, 2013
and December 5, 2017, both dates inclusive (the "Class Period").
Plaintiff seeks to recover compensable damages caused by
Defendants' violations of the federal securities laws and to
pursue remedies under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act") and Rule 10b-5
promulgated thereunder.

If you are a shareholder who purchased OSI securities between
August 16, 2013, and December 5, 2017, both dates inclusive, you
have until February 5, 2018, to ask the Court to appoint you as
Lead Plaintiff for the class.  A copy of the Complaint can be
obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com.   To discuss this action,
contact Robert S. Willoughby at rswilloughby@pomlaw.com or
888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll-free, Ext. 9980. Those who
inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing
address, telephone number, and quantity of shares purchased.

OSI Systems, Inc. produces medical monitoring and anesthesia
systems, optoelectronic devices, and security and inspection
systems.  Its subsidiary Rapiscan Systems ("Rapiscan") provides
metal detectors and X-ray machines for screening luggage and
cargo.

On January 18, 2012, OSI announced that Rapiscan had been awarded
a six-year, $400 million contract to provide turnkey screening
services to Mexico's tax collection authority, Servicio de
Administracion Tributaria ("SAT") (the "Mexico Turnkey
Contract").

On August 21, 2013, OSI announced that Rapiscan had been awarded
a fifteen-year contract to provide turnkey screening services
throughout Albania, stating that "[t]he Company currently
anticipates that total gross revenues may range from $150 million
-- $250 million over the term of the agreement."

The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period,
Defendants made materially false and misleading statements
regarding the Company's business, operational and compliance
policies. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading
statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) the pricing for
the Mexico Turnkey Contract was premised on misrepresentations by
the Company to SAT regarding the capabilities of Rapiscan's
equipment, and was accordingly overpriced relative to the value
of the services provided to SAT; (ii) consequently, the Mexico
Turnkey Contract was unlikely to be renewed or was likely to be
renewed at terms less favorable to OSI; (iii) the Company's
revenues from the Mexico Turnkey Contract were therefore
unsustainable; (iv) OSI had secured the Albania Turnkey Contract
by corrupt means; (v) the Company's revenues from the Albania
Turnkey Contract were thus likewise unsustainable; (vi) OSI
suffered from systemic, Company-wide problems with respect to
legal and regulatory compliance; and (vii) as a result, OSI's
public statements were materially false and misleading at all
relevant times.

On December 6, 2017, Muddy Waters Research published a report
entitled "OSIS: Rotten to the Core" (the "Muddy Waters Report").
Citing a number of sources--including Albanian media reports,
government documents, corporate filings, statements from former
OSI employees, and statements from a former SAT official--the 19-
page Muddy Waters Report asserted, inter alia, that: (i) OSI had
secured the Albania Turnkey Contract by corrupt means; (ii) OSI
had misled the SAT with respect to the capabilities of the
Company's machines and thus secured a "greatly inflated" price
for the Mexico Turnkey Contract; and (iii) a culture of non-
compliance with applicable laws and regulations was endemic at
OSI, with "[f]ormer employees paint[ing] a reasonably consistent
picture of a company operating with disregard for the law."

On this news, OSI's share price fell $24.55, or 29.2%, to close
at $59.52 on December 6, 2017.

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida,
and Los Angeles, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in
the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class
litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as
the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered
the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years
later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he
established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities
fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The
Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on
behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com.

         Robert S. Willoughby, Esq.
         Pomerantz LLP
         Email: rswilloughby@pomlaw.com[GN]


OSI SYSTEMS: Feb. 5 Lead Plaintiff Bid Deadline
-----------------------------------------------
Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC and KSF partner, former Attorney General
of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., remind investors that they
have until February 5, 2018 to file lead plaintiff applications
in a securities class action lawsuit against OSI Systems Inc.
(Nasdaq:OSIS), if they purchased the Company's securities between
August 21, 2013 and December 6, 2017, inclusive (the "Class
Period").  This action is pending in the United States District
Court for the Central District of California.

What You May Do

If you purchased securities of OSI Systems and would like to
discuss your legal rights and how this case might affect you and
your right to recover for your economic loss, you may, without
obligation or cost to you, contact KSF Managing Partner Lewis
Kahn toll-free at 1-877-515-1850 or via email
(lewis.kahn@ksfcounsel.com), or visit
http://ksfcounsel.com/cases/nasdaqgs-osis/to learn more. If you
wish to serve as a lead plaintiff in this class action, you must
petition the Court by February 5, 2018.

About the Lawsuit

OSI Systems and certain of its executives are charged with
failing to disclose material information during the Class Period,
violating federal securities laws.

On December 6, 2017, Muddy Waters Research reported several
allegations of corrupt business practices by the Company.
Specifically, that an Albania concession was acquired through
bribery or other improper measures; an unannounced transfer of
49% of its project company, S2 Albania SHPK, to an Albanian
holding company for consideration of less than $5.00; and, based
on information from former employees, other unlawful acts
including improper sales, bribery and fraud.

On this news, the price of OSI Systems' shares plummeted $24.55
per share, or 29.2%.

                   About Kahn Swick & Foti

KSF, whose partners include the former Louisiana Attorney General
Charles C. Foti, Jr., is a law firm focused on securities,
antitrust and consumer class actions, along with merger &
acquisition and breach of fiduciary litigation against publicly
traded companies on behalf of shareholders. The firm has offices
in New York, California and Louisiana.

To learn more about KSF, you may visit www.ksfcounsel.com.

         Lewis Kahn, Esq.
         Managing Partner
         Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC
         Tel: 1-877-515-1850
         Email: lewis.kahn@ksfcounsel.com [GN]


OXNARD, CA: Court Denies Kittel's Class Cert. Bid
-------------------------------------------------
In a civil minutes entered in the lawsuit styled April Kittel v.
City of Oxnard, et al., Case No. 2:17-cv-06709-MWF-GJS (C.D.
Cal.), the Hon. Michael W. Fitzgerald:

   -- granted with leave to amend to the extent it seeks a more
      definite statement pursuant to Rule 12(e) of the Federal
      Rules of Civil Procedure the Defendants City of Oxnard,
      Sylvia Paniagua, and Eric Sonstegard's Motion to Strike
      Plaintiff's First Amended Class Action Complaint, filed on
      October 24, 2017;

   -- denied at this time the Defendants' Motion to Dismiss
      Plaintiff's First Amended Class Action Complaint, also
      filed on October 24, 2017; and

   -- denied without prejudice the Plaintiff's pending Motion to
      Certify Class.

Judge Fitzgerald directed the Plaintiff to file a Second Amended
Complaint that complies with the Court's instructions by Dec. 27,
2017.

The FAC is long, redundant, and confusing, Judge Fitzgerald says.
"This alone would not be fatal, as despite those flaws, the
allegations do appear to be largely relevant to claims for relief
rooted in disability discrimination," Judge Fitzgerald notes.

The Plaintiff commenced the putative class action on July 24,
2017, in Ventura County Superior Court.  The Defendants removed
the action to federal court on September 12, 2017.

A copy of the Civil Minutes is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=v5NiifQY


PARK 'N FLY: Faces "James" Suit Over Failure to Pay Workers
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Brittany James, on behalf of herself, and all others similarly
situated v. Park 'N Fly, Inc. and Does 1 through 100, Inclusive,
Case No. 17CIV05465 (Cal. Super. Ct., November 1, 2017), is
brought against the Defendants for failure to pay all wages,
failure to provide meal and rest periods, failure to maintain and
provide accurate time and payroll records, failure to reimburse
for necessary business expenses, and failure to pay final wages
to Class Members whose employment has ended.

Park 'N Fly, Inc. conducts business in the State of California in
the off-airport parking industry, including but not necessarily
limited to San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Ontario, San
Jose, and San Diego. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Michael Hoffman, Esq.
      Stephen Noel Ilg, Esq.
      HOFFMAN EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS, PC
      580 California Street, 16th Floor
      San Francisco, CA 94104
      Telephone: (415) 362-1111
      Facsimile: (415) 362-1112
      E-mail: mhoffman@employement-lawyers.com
              silg@employement-lawyers.com


PARK 'N FLY: Faces James' 2nd Suit Over Failure to Pay Workers
--------------------------------------------------------------
Brittany James, on behalf of herself, all others similarly
situated v. Park 'N Fly, Inc. and Does 1 through 100, Case No.
17CV0546 (Cal. Super. Ct., November 30, 2017), is brought against
the Defendants for failure to compensate employees for all hours
worked, failure to provide meal and rest periods, failure to
maintain accurate records of the hours worked and the wages paid,
and failure to furnish wage and hour statements.

Park 'N Fly, Inc. provides parking and shuttle service to and
from their parking lots to airports. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Michael Hoffman, Esq.
      Stephen Noel Ilg, Esq.
      HOFFMAN EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS, PC
      580 California Street, 16t Floor
      San Francisco, CA 94104
      Telephone: (415) 362-1111
      Facsimile: (415) 362-1112
      E-mail: mhoffman@employment-lawyers.com
              silg@employment-lawyers.com

PEPPER TREE: Sued Over Illegal Electronic Funds Transfer Policies
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Dan DeForest and Andrew DeForest, individually, and on behalf of
other members of the general public similarly situated v. Pepper
Tree, Inc. d/b/a WildWater Express Carwash, and Does 1-10,
inclusive, Case No. 8:17-cv-02092 (C.D. Cal., November 30, 2017),
is brought on behalf of all nationwide consumers whose bank
accounts were subjected to a recurring debit of their bank
accounts, debit cards, or credit cards to pay for the Defendant's
monthly car wash service plan, but who did not provide written
authorization to the Defendant to enter into such an Electronic
Funds Transfer arrangement, nor received a copy of the terms upon
which they were subject to an autopay arrangement with Defendant
after having been entered into such an arrangement.

Pepper Tree, Inc. own and operate an automobile - lubrication
service company in California. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Todd M. Friedman, Esq.
      Adrian R. Bacon, Esq.
      LAW OFFICES OF TODD M. FRIEDMAN, P.C.
      324 S. Beverly Dr., #725
      Beverly Hills, CA 90212
      Telephone: (877) 206-4741
      Facsimile: (866) 633-0228
      E-mail: tfriedman@toddflaw.com
              abacon@toddflaw.com


PIAA: Sports Officials Seek Lawsuit for Unpaid Wages
----------------------------------------------------
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that two men have asked the
federal court in Pittsburgh to accept a class action lawsuit
against the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association,
claiming the organization incorrectly classified sports officials
as independent contractors.

Charles Ruslavage of Canonsburg and Mario Seneca of Wexford, who
work as PIAA referees, filed the complaint December 8 in U.S.
District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

The men claimed the PIAA has violated the Pennsylvania Minimum
Wage Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act because it does not pay
minimum wage for all hours that officials work and does not give
them overtime compensation.

The complaint said the 13,200 PIAA sports officials "were all
improperly classified as independent contractors and not afforded
the minimum wage and overtime compensation when they worked in
excess of 40 hours per week."

The men said they were seeking to recover unpaid minimum wage,
overtime, attorney fees and costs. [GN]


PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTS: Debt Collection Defies FDCPA, Dodson Says
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Troy Dodson, individually and on behalf of all others similarly
situated v. Professional Accounts Service, Inc., an Indiana
corporation, Case No. 1:17-cv-04442-JMS-DML (S.D. Ind., November
30, 2017), alleges that the Defendant's debt collection practices
violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Professional Accounts Service, Inc., is an Indiana limited
liability company, that acts as a debt collector, as defined by
the FDCPA, because it regularly uses the mails and/or the
telephone to collect, or attempt to collect, defaulted consumer
debts.[BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          David J. Philipps, Esq.
          Mary E. Philipps, Esq.
          Angie K. Robertson, Esq.
          PHILIPPS & PHILIPPS, LTD.
          9760 S. Roberts Road, Suite One
          Palos Hills, IL 60465
          Telephone: (708) 974-2900
          Facsimile: (708) 974-2907
          E-mail: davephilipps@aol.com
                  mephilipps@aol.com
                  angiekrobertson@aol.com

               - and -

          John T. Steinkamp, Esq.
          5214 S. East Street, Suite D1
          Indianapolis, IN 46227
          Telephone: (317) 780-8300
          Facsimile: (317) 217-1320
          E-mail: steinkamplaw@yahoo.com


PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE: Violated ERISA, Judge Rules
-------------------------------------------------
P.J. Dannunzio, writing for The Legal Intelligence, reports that
a federal judge overseeing a putative class action against
Prudential Insurance Co. has ruled that the company violated
ERISA by using interest-bearing bank accounts to hold life
insurance money instead of paying beneficiaries directly.

US. District Judge Joseph F. Leeson Jr. of the Eastern District
of Pennsylvania granted the plaintiffs' motion for summary
judgment on their claim that Prudential breached its fiduciary
duty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Leeson denied summary judgment motions from both sides on the
issue of whether Prudential violated ERISA's prohibited
transactions provision, allowing that claim to be litigated
further.

In Huffman v. Prudential Insurance, the plaintiffs alleged
Prudential violated ERISA by choosing to pay the beneficiary
through access to a retained asset account, which allows the
insurer to hold funds and earn interest on them until the
beneficiary withdraws them. The plaintiffs were beneficiaries of
deceased workers employed by JPMorgan and Con-way Inc.

According to Leeson's opinion, when the benefits came due,
Prudential's practice was not to send the beneficiaries a single
check for the lump sum, but instead to open the bank account--
called an alliance account--from which beneficiaries could
withdraw money. This arrangement, Leeson said, allowed the
insurance company to retain and invest the money until taken out,
profiting in the meantime.

"The court finds that the unambiguous language of the plan
documents required payment in 'one sum,' that payment by giving
the beneficiary access to a bank account does not satisfy this
requirement, and that Prudential breached its fiduciary duties by
establishing the accounts," Leeson said. "Therefore, the court
grants summary judgment on liability in favor of plaintiffs with
respect to the breach of fiduciary duty claims under ERISA."

As for the parties' motions for summary judgment on the
prohibited transaction provision, Lesson said issues of fact
exist as to whether "Prudential disclosed to plan beneficiaries
or sponsors the arrangement whereby it would profit from
investing the alliance account funds and the degree to which
Prudential did profit," Leeson said.

Additionally, Leeson ruled the claims were pre-empted by federal
law, so the plaintiffs could not transfer the case to state
court.

Donald E. Wieand, Esq. -- dew@stevenslee.com -- of Stevens & Lee
in Bethlehem, representing Prudential, did not respond to a
request for comment. Cary Flitter, Esq. of Flitter Milz in
Narbeth, representing the plaintiff, also did not respond to a
request seeking comment. [GN]


QUICKEN LOANS: Illegally Wiretaps Website Visitors' Computers
-------------------------------------------------------------
Michael Allen, individually and on behalf of all others similarly
situated v. Quicken Loans Inc. and Navistone, Inc., Case No.
2:17-cv-12352-ES-MAH (D.N.J., December 1, 2017), arises out of
the Defendant's practice of wiretapping the computers of visitors
to Quicken's website, Quickenloans.com., to observe visitors'
keystrokes, mouseclicks and other electronic communications in
real time for the purpose of gathering visitors' Personally
Identifiable Information ("PII") to de-anonymize those visitors
-- that is, to match previously unidentifiable website visitors
to postal names and addresses.

Quicken Loans Inc. operates a mortgage lending company located at
1050 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan.

Navistone, Inc. is a marketing company and data broker that deals
in U.S. consumer data. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Frederick J. Klorczyk III, Esq.
      BURSOR & FISHER, P.A.
      888 Seventh Avenue
      New York, NY  10019
      Telephone: (212) 989-9113
      Facsimile: (212) 989-9163
      E-mail: fklorczyk@bursor.com


RITE AID: Court Affirms Inflatable Pool Class Action Ruling
-----------------------------------------------------------
Marinij.com reports that a man who sued over the size of an
inflatable pool he bought in San Rafael has lost an appeal to a
state appellate court.

James Noel bought the Kids Stuff Ready Set Pool for $60 at a Rite
Aid in 2013, according to court documents.  He said the labeling
on the box depicted three adults and two children in the pool,
but when he inflated it himself, the pool was far too small for
such a group.

Mr. Noel's attorneys tried to file a class-action lawsuit in
Marin Superior Court, alleging deceptive advertising by Rite Aid.
Judge Paul Haakenson ruled that the plaintiff did not meet the
requirements for class certification in a case that could require
notifying some 20,000 customers.

Mr. Noel appealed to the 1st District Court of Appeal on various
grounds, including alleged abuse of discretion by Judge
Haakenson.  In a decision released, a three-judge panel
unanimously affirmed Judge Haakenson's rulings.

The lawsuit in Marin Superior Court has been on hold while
attorneys waited for the appellate decision. [GN]


ROYAL WATER: "Cruz" Class Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid OT Wages
---------------------------------------------------------------
Amelio Cruz and Miquel Figuero, individually and on behalf of all
other similarly situated v. Royal Water Damage Restoration, Inc.,
Case No. 2:17-cv-05401-MSG (E.D. Penn., November 30, 2017), seeks
to recover unpaid overtime wages and damages pursuant to the Fair
Labor Standards Act.

Royal Water Damage Restoration, Inc. is a Pennsylvania for-profit
corporation that offers services of water damage repair, water
removal, wet basement drying, mold remediation, and cleanup and
repair caused smoke, fire, floods, and storms. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Kevin I. Lovitz, Esq.
      LOVITZ LAW FIRM
      One Liberty Place
      1650 Market Street, 36th Floor
      Philadelphia, PA 19103
      Telephone: (215) 735-1996
      Facsimile: (215) 319-7943
      E-mail: kevin@lovitzlaw.com

         - and -

      Philip Bohrer, Esq.
      Scott E. Brady, Esq.
      BOHRER BRADY, LLC
      8712 Jefferson Highway, Suite B
      Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      Telephone: (225) 925-5297
      Facsimile: (225) 231-7000
      E-mail: phil@bohrerbrandy.com
              scott@bohrerbrandy.com


RYB EDUCATION: Vincent Wong Files Class Action
----------------------------------------------
The Law Offices of Vincent Wong disclosed that a class action
lawsuit has been commenced in the USDC for the Southern District
of New York on behalf of investors who purchased RYB Education,
Inc. ("RYB Education") (NYSE:RYB) American Depositary Shares
pursuant to the September 27, 2017 IPO or between September 27,
2017 and November 22, 2017.

According to the complaint, throughout the Class Period, the
Company issued materially false and misleading statements and/or
failed to disclose that: (i) RYB failed to establish safety
policies to prevent sexual abuse from occurring at its schools;
(ii) RYB's failure to remedy problems within its system exposed
children to harm and unreasonable risk of harm while in the
Company's care; and (iii) as a result of the foregoing, RYB
securities traded at artificially inflated prices during the
Class Period, and class members suffered significant losses and
damages.

On November 24, 2017, media outlets announced that parents had
accused a RYB Education nursery of drugging and abusing children.
The same day, RYB Education issued a press release stating that a
police investigation was ongoing. Then on November 27, 2017, RYB
Education announced that one "teacher at the RYB-operated
kindergarten in question was detained as a criminal suspect for
maltreatment of children in the facility, and the police
investigation is continuing." RYB Education further stated that
it would dismiss the accused teacher, effective immediately.

If you suffered a loss in RYB Education you have until January
26, 2018 to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff.
Your ability to share in any recovery doesn't require that you
serve as a lead plaintiff. To obtain additional information,
contact Vincent Wong, Esq. either via email vw@wongesq.com, by
telephone at 212.425.1140, or visit http://www.wongesq.com/pslra-
sbm/ryb-education-inc?wire=3.

Vincent Wong, Esq. is an experienced attorney that has
represented investors in securities litigations involving
financial fraud and violations of shareholder rights. Attorney
advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes.

         Vincent Wong, Esq.
         39 East Broadway
         Suite 304
         New York, NY 10002
         Tel. 212.425.1140
         Fax. 866.699.3880
         E-Mail: vw@wongesq.com [GN]


SAC CAPITAL: Reed Smith Appeals "Kaplan" Suit Ruling to 2nd Cir.
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Reed Smith LLP filed an appeal from the District Court's
memorandum and order entered on November 16, 2017, in the lawsuit
styled Kaplan, et al. v. S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P., et al.,
12-cv-9350, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District
of New York (New York City).

The lawsuit is brought over alleged violations of securities
laws.

The appellate case is captioned as Kaplan v. S.A.C. Capital
Advisors, L.P., Case No. 17-4067, in the United States Court of
Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The Appellant is Reed Smith LLP.

The Plaintiffs-Appellees are David E. Kaplan, Individually and on
Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated; Michael S. Allen,
Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated; Chi-
Pin Hsu, Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly
Situated; Fred M. Ross; and Gary W. Muensterman, Individually and
on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated.

The other Plaintiffs are Roxy D. Sullivan, Individually and on
Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated; Lindsey Rankin,
Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated; City
of Birmingham Retirement and Relief System; KBC Asset Managment
NV; Christian Monrad; James C. McGowan; Linh Tu; Pat A. Sanye;
John M. Gould; Rhonda Wolff, Individually and on Behalf of All
Others Similarly Situated; Garry Leonard; Patricia Tracy;
Benjamin Monrad; Caroline P. Gould; Ronald J. Sanye; Raj Vaddi;
Seymond Pon; Lawson Phillips; Micahel Cahill; John Wolff; Bridget
Monrad; Jim Moser; Chris Mitchem; Joseph F. Morgan; Glen
Lochmueller; John P. Connolly; Greg Kappes; Richard Lloyd; David
Lindsay; Stephen W. Mamber; Steven R. Olson; and Deeann
Lemmerling.

The Defendants are S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P.; S.A.C. Capital
Advisors, Inc.; CR Intrinsic Investors, LLC; Steven A. Cohen;
Mathew Martoma; Sidney Gilman; CR Intrinsic Investments, LLC;
S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LLC; S.A.C. Capital Associates, LLC;
S.A.C. International Equities, LLC; S.A.C. Select Fund, LLC;
Point72 Capital Advisors, Inc.; Point72 Associates, LLC; Point72
Strategies, LLC; and Point72 Select Investments, LLC.[BN]

The Plaintiffs-Appellees are represented by:

          Deborah Clark Weintraub, Esq.
          SCOTT + SCOTT, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, LLP
          The Helmsley Building
          230 Park Avenue
          New York, NY 10169
          Telephone: (212) 223-6444
          Facsimile: (212) 223-6334
          E-mail: dweintraub@scott-scott.com

Appellant Reed Smith LLP is represented by:

          Andrew Joshua Levander, Esq.
          DECHERT LLP
          1095 Avenue of the Americas
          New York, NY 10036
          Telephone: (212) 698-3683
          Facsimile: (212) 698-3599
          E-mail: andrew.levander@dechert.com


SAN JOSE, CA: Wins Bid to Decertify FLSA Class in "Wallace" Suit
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The Hon. Howard R. Lloyd grants the City of San Jose's motion for
decertification in the lawsuit captioned DARREN WALLACE, KEITH
HART, MARK LEEDS, and other employees similarly situated v. CITY
OF SAN JOSE, Case No. 5:16-cv-04914-HRL (N.D. Cal.).

The Plaintiffs sue the City on behalf of a conditionally
certified collective class of certain firefighter employees, for
alleged wage/hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act
and California Labor Code.  The Plaintiffs' claims arise from two
types of overtime payments applicable to all class members: (1)
so-called "contractual" overtime, which has been described to the
court as pay (governed by a Memorandum of Agreement between the
City and its firefighter employees) for any hours an employee
works beyond his or her regularly scheduled shift hours; and (2)
FLSA overtime, which this court is told refers to pay for hours
an employee works beyond the maximum allowed by the applicable
FLSA threshold.

The Court previously granted the Plaintiffs' motion for
conditional certification.  The conditionally certified FLSA
collective class is defined as:

     All current and former employees (a) employed as a fire
     recruit, firefighter, fire engineer, fire captain, fire
     prevention inspector, arson investigator or battalion chief
     at any time on or after March 11, 2013 (for willful FLSA
     violations) or March 11, 2014 (generally) and (b) who have
     opted-in or will opt-in on or before April 25, 2017.

In view of the Plaintiffs' and the collective members' varied job
duties, shifts, and employment settings, as well as the lack of
any evidence that any of the opt-ins actually were underpaid per
the Plaintiffs' theory, the Court concludes that the fair way to
proceed is through decertification.

"Except for the named plaintiffs, all other plaintiffs' claims
are severed from this action and dismissed without prejudice to
each plaintiff filing a separate action for his or her claim.  As
for any plaintiffs who may be adversely affected by a statute of
limitations issue, the court tolls the limitations period for 90
days from the date of this order," Judge Lloyd opines.

A copy of the Order is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=vjsBI5sn


SANOFI PASTEUR: VACC to File Class Suit Over Dengvaxia
------------------------------------------------------
Al S. Vitangcol III, writing for The Manila Times, reports that
today, December 9, is International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD), a
day annually celebrated by the United Nations member-countries
since the passage of the UN Convention Against Corruption in
October 2003.

This year's theme for the celebration of the IACD is "United
against corruption for development, peace and security." The
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) and United
Nations Development Program (UNDP) have developed a joint global
campaign, focusing on how corruption affects education, health,
justice, democracy, prosperity and development. According to the
UN, the 2017 joint international campaign focuses on corruption
as one of the biggest impediments to achieving the UN sustainable
development goals (SDGs).

Corruption affects almost all segments of the society --
education, transportation, justice, and heath, among others.

The recent brouhaha about the Dengvaxia vaccine is the ultimate
example on how corruption, both in the public and private
sectors, has permeated the health sector of the country.

                        What is Dengvaxia?

According to Affinitas, an international employee benefits
partner and risk management consultant that promotes and conducts
vaccination programs among the employees and dependents of its
corporate clients, Dengvaxia contains dengue virus serotypes 1,
2, 3 and 4 that have been weakened. The vaccine works by
stimulating the body's natural defenses, which produces its own
protection (antibodies) against the viruses that cause the dengue
disease.

The dengue vaccine, code named CYD-TDV, is an attenuated
tetravalent chimeric vaccine, meaning it is a "live" infectious
dengue virus in a bottle. CYD-TDV is sold under the brand name
Dengvaxia and made by Sanofi Pasteur.

Sanofi Pasteur is a global company which produces more than one
billion doses of vaccines yearly to immunize more than 500
million people worldwide. Its revenue in 2016 was estimated at
4,577 million euros. It is headquartered in Lyons, France, with a
presence in more than 80 countries, including the Philippines.

                     WHO position paper

The World Health Organization (WHO) published its position paper
on the dengue vaccine on July 29, 2016. WHO issues a series of
regularly updated position papers on vaccines and combinations of
vaccines against diseases that have an international public
health impact. These papers are generally concerned with the use
of vaccines in large-scale immunization programs; they summarize
essential background information on diseases and vaccines, and
conclude with the current WHO position on the use of vaccines
worldwide.

The report declared that "there is no specific anti-viral
treatment for dengue illness. Clinical management is based on
supportive therapy, primarily judicious monitoring of
intravascular volume replacement. Improvements in case management
have reduced the case fatality rate of hospitalized dengue
illness to less than 1 percent, whereas historically it was as
high as 20 percent."

The WHO was aware that administration of the vaccine could
increase the hospitalization rates for the recipients. "All
models predicted that in very low transmission intensity settings
(seroprevalence 10 percent at 9 years), vaccination of 9-year-
olds was likely to increase dengue hospitalization rates. Some
models predicted the same effect when seroprevalence at 9 years
was 30 percent. This was due to a key assumption used in the
models, that vaccination acts like an asymptomatic natural
infection and hence primes seronegative recipients to have a
secondary-like infection when they are exposed to dengue for the
first time. In low transmission settings, where a high proportion
of the population never experiences a second dengue virus
infection, vaccination could therefore lead to an increase in the
incidence of dengue illness. The assumption on which this
conclusion is based cannot be confirmed or refuted by the
clinical trial data collected to date, but it allows the models
to match the currently available trial data."

Finally, the WHO recommended that "countries should consider
introduction of the dengue vaccine CYD-TDV only in geographic
settings (national or subnational) where epidemiological data
indicate a high burden of disease" and "countries considering
vaccination should also have a dengue surveillance system able to
detect and report hospitalized and severe dengue cases
consistently over time."

Do we have a national dengue surveillance system in place? I
think not. Our authorities may not have even read and digested
fully the implications of the WHO position paper on the dengue
vaccine.

VACC to file class suit vs Sanofi

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), in observance
of the IACD and in line with its recently concluded Anti-
Corruption Summit on November 27-28, 2017, is putting up
monitoring desks in various strategic areas in the country to
monitor and assist the victims of possible resurgence of dengue
illness due to the application of Dengvaxia.

Parenthetically, its legal team is initiating the filing of a
class action lawsuit against Sanofi Pasteur. A "class action"
lawsuit is one in which a group of people with the same or
similar injuries caused by the same product or action sue the
defendant as a group. People seek justice in class action
lawsuits when their injuries have been caused by defective
products, including pharmaceutical drugs such as Dengvaxia.

Resort to a class action lawsuit is generally done when a number
of people have suffered the same or similar injuries. Often, many
of the individuals' injuries were relatively minor, such that
they might not pursue legal redress on their own. Together,
however, the value of the claims of the class add up, and suing
as a class means consolidating the lawyers, defendant, evidence,
witnesses, and most other aspects of the litigation. If the
number of people affected by the product is high, it becomes
impractical or even impossible for them to file individual
lawsuits.  VACC will help the victims, present or future, in
their claims against Sanofi Pasteur.

At an estimated 750,000 immunized Filipinos with an indemnity of
at least P20,000 each, this will translate to a total
compensation of at least P15 billion. The VACC will ask the court
to order Sanofi Pasteur to establish a Dengvaxia Victims' Fund
(DVF) in the amount of at least P10 billion. Future dengue
patients, because of the adverse effects of Dengvaxia, will be
compensated and indemnified from the DVF, which is proposed to be
managed and controlled by court-appointed administrators.

VACC will coordinate with the Department of Health (DoH) in these
actions. With this, the DoH can vindicate itself and come out
strong, transparent and inclusive. [GN]


SCOTTS MIRACLE: Wild Bird Food Product Class Action Ongoing
-----------------------------------------------------------
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company said in its Form 10-K report for
the 12 months ended September 30, 2017, the company continues to
defend a consolidated suit in the United States District Court
for the Southern District of California.

In connection with the sale of wild bird food products that were
the subject of a voluntary recall in 2008, the Company, along
with its Chief Executive Officer, have been named as defendants
in four actions filed on and after June 27, 2012, which have been
consolidated and, on March 31, 2017, certified as a class action
in the United States District Court for the Southern District of
California as In re Morning Song Bird Food Litigation, Lead Case
No. 3:12-cv-01592-JAH-RBB. The plaintiffs allege various
statutory and common law claims associated with the Company's
sale of wild bird food products and a plea agreement entered into
in previously pending government proceedings associated with such
sales. The plaintiffs allege, among other things, a class action
on behalf of all persons and entities in the United States who
purchased certain bird food products. The plaintiffs assert: (i)
hundreds of millions of dollars in monetary damages (actual,
compensatory, consequential, and restitution); (ii) punitive and
treble damages; (iii) injunctive and declaratory relief; (iv)
pre-judgment and post-judgment interest; and (v) costs and
attorneys' fees.

The Company and its Chief Executive Officer dispute the
plaintiffs' assertions and intend to vigorously defend the
consolidated action. At this point in the proceedings, it is not
currently possible to reasonably estimate a probable loss, if
any, associated with the action and, accordingly, no accruals
have been recorded in the consolidated financial statements with
respect to the action. There can be no assurance that this
action, whether as a result of an adverse outcome or as a result
of significant defense costs, will not have a material adverse
effect on the Company's financial condition, results of
operations or cash flows.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is an American multinational
corporation headquartered in Marysville, Ohio. The company is
considered an industry leader in the lawn and garden market, with
regional offices and research facilities across the U.S. and
businesses in Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. In the U.S., the
company's Scotts, Miracle-Gro and Ortho brands are market leading
in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup brand, which is
marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by
Scotts.


SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT: Misled Investors on Blackfish Impact
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Kate Briquelet, writing for The Daily Beast, reports that when
Willie Nelson canceled a performance at SeaWorld Orlando, the
theme park's executives were apparently the last to know.

"This whole fucking thing pisses me off," Fred Jacobs, then
SeaWorld's VP of corporate communications, fumed in a Dec. 3,
2013 email.

"What relentless amateurism we've shown in booking these fucking
people and managing the whole fucking ... mess," Jacobs added in
the frustrated missive. "All of this could have been easily
avoided."

Executives were desperate to turn the tide, as musical acts like
Nelson and the Barenaked Ladies bowed out of SeaWorld Orlando's
annual concert series, "Band, Brews and BBQ," amid the backlash
over the documentary Blackfish.

After the anti-captivity flick's debut, SeaWorld scrambled to
save its rapidly tanking image. In private, the chain allegedly
asked employees to storm online polls about Blackfish; emailed 50
film critics with talking points before they wrote reviews; and
deployed company spies to infiltrate animal rights groups.

But in public, SeaWorld misled investors on Blackfish's impact on
revenues, according to a class-action lawsuit filed by
shareholders.

In January 2014, then-President and CEO Jim Atchison announced
the company expected record revenues for 2013, despite a global
uproar over the allegations in Blackfish.

"The success of the SeaWorld parks in 2013 suggests that the
extraordinary experience offered in these parks is as meaningful
today as at any point in our history. But as strong as 2016 was
for us, we are looking forward to another great year in 2014," he
said in a statement.

Atchison echoed the sentiment during a fourth-quarter earnings
conference call, when an analyst asked what impact Blackfish
might have business, the lawsuit says. "A matter of fact, the
movie in some ways has actually made perhaps more interest in
marine mammal parks, and actually even about us," he said.

And yet other emails, released as part of the ongoing federal
lawsuit, suggest executives knew the company was in trouble
despite their rosy claims to the contrary. Jacobs even seemed to
mock SeaWorld's panic over preserving Nelson and the rest of the
musical lineup, calling their problem "SeaWorld stink."

"To wit: 'Willie, on our best day SeaWorld is controversial, but
right now we're being attacked from all sides. We are positively
radioactive. If you don't want SeaWorld stink on you, we have to
know now and we'll walk away,'" Jacobs continued.

"And then the kicker: 'Oh, yes. Willie and his people will says
[sic] it's a scheduling conflict.'"

SeaWorld learned of Nelson's cancellation not through the
performer himself, but rather via a CNN report, the emails
suggest.

"God we look like idiots," Jacobs concludes.

Last month, a federal judge granted class-action status to the
lawsuit, which lists two pension funds as lead plaintiffs.
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. and former majority owner the
Blackstone Group are among the defendants.

The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System and a teachers'
pension fund in Denmark suffered more than $4 million in losses
from SeaWorld's tanking stock, court filings state. Hundreds, if
not thousands, of investors who purchased stock between Aug. 29,
2013 and Aug. 12, 2014 were damaged by SeaWorld's conduct, the
complaint says.

Blackfish made a splash soon after the film premiered at Sundance
in January 2013 and was acquired by CNN and Magnolia Pictures.
Its theatrical release six months later unleashed a social media
torrent against the theme park.

A SeaWorld spokeswoman said the company does not comment on
pending litigation. "We continue to focus on our mission to
inspire people to protect animals and the world's oceans," Aimee
Jeansonne Becka wrote in an email to The Daily Beast.

The class-action designation comes amid probes into SeaWorld by
the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange
Commission.

This summer, SeaWorld announced the DOJ and SEC had issued
subpoenas over the company's "disclosures and public statements"
made before August 2014, including those regarding Blackfish.
"The Company has cooperated with these government inquiries and
intends to continue to cooperate with any government requests or
inquiries," SeaWorld said in SEC filings in June.

The DOJ has intervened in the class-action lawsuit, too,
requesting a delay in depositions as the feds pursue a criminal
probe. Michael M. Anello, U.S. District Judge for the Southern
District of California, granted the stay in September. Last week,
Anello extended the stay until April 2, 2018, records show.

"Because of the important interest in maintaining the integrity
of criminal investigations . . . . such intervention is
appropriate and in the public interest," acting chief for the
DOJ's Fraud Section, Sandra Moser, wrote in court papers.

Meanwhile, the shareholders' lawsuit accuses former CEO Jim
Atchison of "insider selling," alleging he "personally sold
154,000 shares" of SeaWorld common stock in a three-month period
from Dec. 2, 2013 and March 6, 2014 and "yield[ed] proceeds of
over $4.6 million." Five months later, SeaWorld's stock tanked
when the company admitted revenues were down over negative
publicity.

Atchison's attorneys did not return requests for comment.

Yet, when asked about Blackfish's impact on business, Atchison
told The Wall Street Journal, "I scratch my head if there's any
notable impact from this film at all, and I can't attribute one
to it." The CEO even suggested that Blackfish had positively
impacted the brand, the lawsuit says.

"Ironically, our attendance has improved since the movie came
out," Atchison added in the November 2013 interview.

Blackfish focused on Tilikum, a 12,000-pound orca who caused the
deaths of three people, including his SeaWorld trainer Dawn
Brancheau. The 40-year-old was killed when Tilikum dragged her
into his pool and thrashed her underwater. An autopsy revealed
she died of drowning and blunt force trauma.

The film exposed the park's questionable treatment of Tilikum and
fellow captive whales, and spurred a seismic shift in public
attitudes on using marine animals for entertainment. (Tilikum
died in January after spending 34 years in captivity. He was
snatched near Iceland in 1983 when he was only 2 years old.)

It also spelled the end of SeaWorld's orca shows, which for 50
years served as the company's primary attraction across three
amusement parks in Orlando, Florida; San Diego, California; and
San Antonio, Texas.

SeaWorld went public in April 2013, months after Blackfish
premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary would
soon be trending on social media, extolled by celebrities (who
asked fans to boycott the theme parks), and targeted by PETA
campaigns.

Still, SeaWorld "failed to mention the film by name" in its
initial public offering, the lawsuit says. "SeaWorld offered only
a generalized reference to the fact that accidents or adverse
publicity 'may' potentially harm SeaWorld's reputation,
attendance and business at some point in the future," court
papers allege.

Indeed, the theme-park chain blamed "unprecedented attendance
declines" on anything but Blackfish, the complaint states. The
company, in statements to investors, said adverse weather
conditions, holiday and school schedules, and pricing strategies
led to lackluster ticket sales, court papers allege.

But while SeaWorld blamed bad weather for sinking ticket sales,
reports showed that competitors in Florida and California --
Disney and Universal theme parks -- enjoyed spikes in attendance
figures.

SeaWorld tried to counteract the "Blackfish effect" by investing
heavily in advertising, as well as holding meetings where
SeaWorld employees were allegedly told to dispute the film and
tell friends and family "it was fake."

The complaint highlights one former employee's interview with The
Dodo on the park's preemptive tactics. "They were feeding us
lines," Sarah Fischbeck said, adding that SeaWorld's response to
the film was "extremely hush-hush."

A SeaWorld spokeswoman called Fischbeck's claims "a complete
distortion of the facts" and said that if Fischbeck had qualms,
she "had a variety of ways to express grievances, file complaints
and/or report concerns."

Despite SeaWorld's denials, the company "was concerned enough
about the negative publicity from the film to hire publicist
42West to lead a public relations blitz against" the documentary,
the lawsuit says.

In July of 2013, anticipating the film's theatrical release,
Jacobs contacted 50 major film critics to "discredit" Blackfish,
the complaint says. (SeaWorld's critiques prompted the film's
director, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, to respond with a point-by-
point defense.)

SeaWorld enlisted employees to pose as animal-rights activists,
too. The spy games began as early as November 2013, at the Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade, in order to infiltrate PETA and other
groups opposed to orca captivity.

The Daily Beast previously reported on the espionage, which even
targeted an academic paper on killer whales when it was
published. SeaWorld came clean about the spy tactics last
February, when CEO Joel Manby said the company's board of
directors demanded an end to the undercover work. "This activity
was undertaken in connection with efforts to maintain the safety
and security of employees, customers and animals in the face of
credible threats," Manby said in defense of the spy program.

Emails exhibited in the lawsuit seem to bolster reports that
SeaWorld was finessing online opinion polls conducted by CNN, the
Orlando Sentinel and the Orlando Business Journal, where a
reporter discovered that 54 percent of the votes came from a
single IP address owned by SeaWorld Entertainment.

"The [Orlando] Sentinel poll is still running. Let's keep
flooding it," Nick Gollattscheck, a former SeaWorld spokesman,
wrote in a Dec. 24, 2013 email to employees.

"Have also heard if you click 'no,' them [sic] click on 'vote'
multiple times, it will count multiple votes. Like a hundred or
so," Gollattscheck continued. "Happy holidays and keep voting."

He concluded, "Ho ho vote."

That December, SeaWorld's CEO began disposing of his stock in the
company.

According to the lawsuit, Atchison and fellow defendants were
"motivated to artificially inflate SeaWorld's stock price ... in
order to benefit their own personal financial situation with the
proceeds from insider stock sales."

Atchison sold a large part of his stock in eight sales between
Dec. 2, 2013 and March 6, 2014, "while in possession of material
inside information concerning the enduring impact Blackfish was
having on the Company's attendance," the lawsuit claims.

These sales were "suspicious" because the proceeds surpassed
Atchison's disclosed 2013 compensation of $2.5 million, and
because they disposed of 20 percent of Atchison's total holdings,
the complaint says.

Five months later, SeaWorld finally admitted bad press had
battered profits. But even then, executives didn't mention
Blackfish by name. Instead, the company pointed to California
legislation -- inspired by the documentary -- that proposed
banning orca shows and breeding. After the disclosure, SeaWorld's
stock plummeted 33 percent to $9.25 per share. (The so-called
"Blackfish" bill passed last year.)

The lawsuit also says SeaWorld's then-owner, The Blackstone Group
L.P., sold off 18 million shares of SeaWorld common stock in
December 2013. The firm sold 19.9 million shares in the IPO
months before -- a trend that would continue until this year,
when Blackstone sold its stake to a Chinese investment group.

In response to the lawsuit, a Blackstone spokesman said, "We
believe this suit is wholly without merit and that our actions
were proper in all respects."

Flailing to revamp its image, SeaWorld launched a new ad campaign
in 2015. One video featured the park's head veterinarian, Chris
Dold, who declared, "So don't believe what PETA and Blackfish are
saying. Our killer whales live lives just as long as killer
whales in the wild."

That year, SeaWorld also proposed a $100-million renovation aimed
at doubling the size of its orca tanks at SeaWorld San Diego. The
California Coastal Commission approved the plan, with the caveat
that it end its orca breeding program.

In response, SeaWorld issued a statement expressing
disappointment in the commission's breeding limitation, before
ultimately withdrawing its proposal.  "Breeding is a natural,
fundamental and important part of an animal's life," the company
said, "and depriving a social animal of the right to reproduce is
inhumane."

In March 2016, SeaWorld announced it would end all breeding of
its 19 captive orcas and phase out its killer whale performances.

"We understand some customers are upset and you may feel
betrayed, but in a simple way, the data and trends showed it was
either a SeaWorld without whales or a world without SeaWorld,"
President and CEO Joel Manby told fans in a webcast.

When one participant said SeaWorld caved to critics, Manby said
the company had no choice.

"I've heard the same thing," Manby said. "We didn't cave to PETA
or any activist organization. We changed because society's
mindset was changing. The truth was our customer base was
shrinking and more and more people distrusted us." [GN]


SEQWATER: Attorney Says Wivenhoe Dam Water Releases Necessary
-------------------------------------------------------------
Michael Madigan, writing for The Courier-Mail, reports that
Wivenhoe Dam risked collapse if water was not released in the
wake of the extraordinary weather that fuelled the tragic
Grantham and Toowoomba floods in 2011, a Sydney Court has been
told.

Brian O'Donnell, QC, for Seqwater, said dam engineers had no
choice but to release water from Wivenhoe during the deluge
between January 9 and 11, 2011.

"In a nutshell, we will say the large releases were necessary for
the structural safety of the dam," Mr O'Donnell told the flood
class action being heard in the NSW Supreme Court.

He also attacked experts who had the luxury of time and hindsight
to give their versions of how Wivenhoe should have been operated
during those frantic few days.

Heavy rain produced a massive inland wave of water, not connected
to dam operations, which hit Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley
town of Grantham on January 10, claiming more than 20 lives.

Mr O'Donnell completed his opening in a class action brought by
Maurice Blackburn against the state of Queensland as operators of
the Wivenhoe and Somerset dams during the 2011 floods.

Maurice Blackburn lawyers are arguing that dam operators allowed
too much water to build up in the dam, forcing them to release
large volumes.

Maurice Blackburn alleges the released water contributed to a
downstream flood which caused extensive damage in Ipswich and
Brisbane and other areas before peaking in the Brisbane River on
January 13, 2011.

Mr O'Donnell said the extreme intensity of the rainfall changed
dam operations as engineers dealt with a dramatic increase in
inflows.

"It was a constant process of modelling, adjusting, adjusting
loss rates, and so on, and that took a good deal of time,"
Mr O'Donnell said.

He said experts offering alternative models did not to go through
that process but merely took inflow figures which occurred during
the event and worked with those figures.

There were also issues which arose during the event such as
gauges not working or producing readings which appeared "odd".

Mr O'Donnell said it was not Seqwater's case that the engineers
would have done things differently if they had more time.

"But it is to be borne in mind that they had time pressures,
whereas some of the experts . . . have had no time pressures," he
said.

"They've had unlimited amounts of time, and to undertake
modelling which might seem unrealistic as something to be done in
real time . . ."

The hearings were set to resume. [GN]


SEQWATER: Mounts Contributory Negligence Argument in Flood Case
---------------------------------------------------------------
The Australian Associated Press reports that the operators of
Queensland's Wivenhoe Dam were set to continue their defense
against a class action when a trial over the 2011 floods resumes
in Sydney on Dec. 11.

Maurice Blackburn is representing more than 6000 individuals and
businesses impacted by the deluge who claim the dam was operated
negligently when huge volumes of water were released in January
that year.

Lawyers for Seqwater rebuffed claims the flood engineers should
have taken rainfall forecasts into account when making
operational decisions, arguing the Bureau of Meteorology itself
warns the reliability of predictions is not always sufficient to
do so.

Seqwater's barrister Brian O'Donnell QC said it would be an
"extreme" method to pre-release water before rain had even
fallen.

The defendant has also mounted a "contributory negligence"
argument, contending victims should have done more to protect
their properties or known they had built or leased on land that
flooded decades before.

Seqwater claims the engineers rightfully believed they were not
able to empty the dam below the so-called full supply level for
flood mitigation purposes, however the plaintiffs say if more
storage space had been made available the impact of downstream
flooding would've been lessened.

The trial, which is being run in the NSW Supreme Court because
Queensland didn't have a class action regime when it was filed,
was set to continues on Dec. 11. [GN]


SILVERLEAF RESORTS: Fails to Pay Employees OT, "Dix" Suit Claims
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Christopher Dix and Aaron Kessler, individually and on behalf of
all others similarly situated v. Silverleaf Resorts, Inc.,
Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., SL Resort Holdings Inc.,
Orange Lake Country Club, Inc., and Orange Lake Holdings, LLLP,
Case No. 3:17-cv-03249-C (N.D. Tex., November 30, 2017), is
brought against the Defendants for failure to pay overtime wages
for work more than 40 hours in a work week.

The Defendants are in the business of development, marketing and
operation of timeshare resorts in various markets nationwide.
[BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Rhonda H. Wills, Esq.
      WILLS LAW FIRM, PLLC
      1776 Yorktown, Suite 570
      Houston, TX 77056
      Telephone: (713) 528-4455
      Facsimile: (713) 528-2047

         - and -

      Kobby T. Warren, Esq.
      WARREN HEALY, PLLC
      1910 Pacific Avenue, Suite 10500
      Dallas, TX 75201
      Telephone: (214) 999-9499
      Facsimile: (888) 687-8174
      E-mail: kobby@igotcharged.com


STARWOOD HOTELS: Court Refuses to Certify Class in "Creamer" Suit
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The Hon. Dale S. Fischer entered a civil minutes in the lawsuit
captioned Charles Creamer, et al. v. Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Worldwide, Inc., Case No. 2:16-cv-09321-DSF-MRW (C.D. Cal.),
denying without prejudice the motion for class certification.

According to the Civil Minutes, the matter is called and counsel
state their appearances.  The Court heard oral argument.  For the
reasons stated on the record, the motion for Class Certification
is denied without prejudice.

The Court grants the Plaintiffs' counsel's request for 60 days to
obtain co-counsel.

A copy of the Civil Minutes is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=fXV5m8V8


The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Shohum J. Solouki, Esq.
          Grant Joseph Savoy, Esq.
          SOLOUKI AND SAVOY, LLP
          316 W. 2nd Street, Suite 1200
          Los Angeles, CA 90012
          Telephone: (213) 814-4940
          Facsimile: (213) 814-2550
          E-mail: shoham@soloukisavoy.com
                  grant@soloukisavoy.com

               - and -

          Howard B. Prossnitz, Esq.
          LAW OFFICES HOWARD PROSSNITZ
          203 Forest Avenue
          Oak Park, IL 60302-1907
          Telephone: (708) 203-5747
          E-mail: prossnitzlaw@gmail.com

The Defendant is represented by:

          Megan Weisgerber, Esq.
          Jeffrey Poston, Esq.
          CROWELL & MORING LLP
          515 S Flower Street, 40th Floor
          Los Angeles, CA 90071
          Telephone: (213) 443-5506
          E-mail: mweisgerber@crowell.com
                  jposton@crowell.com


SUSHI NAKAZAWA: Accused of Wage Theft in Class Suit
---------------------------------------------------
Ciara McCarthy, writing for Patch, reports that one of New York's
most critically acclaimed restaurants was slapped with a wage
theft lawsuit, accusing the restaurant's leaders of routinely
underpaying its employees.

Two former waiters at the restaurant filed a class-action lawsuit
against Sushi Nakazawa, accusing the high-end restaurant of
underpaying them and other employees, improperly distributing
tips, and improperly disclosing payment procedures.

Sushi Nakazawa, located at 23 Commerce St., is one of New York
City's fanciest restaurant. This week, the restaurant was named
as one of the 18 best in New York City, based on reviews from
Open Table diners around the country. It's one of five
restaurants to have been awarded four stars by the New York Times
food critic. It's also planning to open a new branch inside the
Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The class action suit names chef Daisuke Nakazawa and his co-
owner Alessandro Borgognone as defendants. The suit was filed by
attorney Maimon Kirschenbaum, Esq. -- maimon@jhllp.com -- who has
previously represented workers in the restaurant industry in
workplace disputes.

A representative for the restaurant declined to comment on the
lawsuit. [GN]


TASCH LLC: Lemos Moves to Certify Independent Contractors Class
---------------------------------------------------------------
The Plaintiffs in the lawsuit captioned ANTONIO SANTO LEMOS and
CARLOS DUENAS, GERSON IVAN FLORES, GERARDO DERAS, OSMAN NUNEZ,
and AMILCAR GUERRERO, on behalf of themselves and all others
similarly situated v. TASCH, L.L.C. and JACK R. ALLEN, JR., Case
No. 2:17-cv-07212-MVL-KWR (E.D. La.), ask the Court to
conditionally certify this putative class:

     ALL INDIVIDUALS WHO WORKED FOR DEFENDANTS AT ANY TIME SINCE
     JULY 28, 2014, AND WERE CLASSIFIED AS INDEPENDENT
     CONTRACTORS

In addition to conditional certification, the Plaintiffs also
asks the Court to issue an order:

     (i) approving the attached written notice and consent forms
         to be sent in English and Spanish to the putative
         collective action members via First Class Mail;

    (ii) ordering Defendants to produce in Excel format the
         names, last-known addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone
         numbers, and dates of employment/work of all putative
         collective action members for purposes of distributing
         the notice and consent forms;

   (iii) ordering Defendants to post the attached written notice,
         along with the consent forms, in conspicuous locations
         at all of Defendants' locations; and

    (iv) prohibiting Defendants and their managers from
         retaliating against any individuals who opt-in to this
         lawsuit.

A copy of the Motion is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=hJ3Villb

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Christopher L. Williams, Esq.
          WILLIAMS LITIGATION, L.L.C.
          639 Loyola Ave., Suite 1850
          New Orleans, LA 70113
          Telephone: (504) 308-1438
          Facsimile: (504) 308-1446
          E-mail: chris@williamslitigation.com

               - and -

          Stephen J. Haedicke, Esq.
          THE LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN J. HAEDICKE, LLC
          639 Loyola Ave., #1820
          New Orleans, LA 70113
          Telephone: (504) 525-1328
          Facsimile: (504) 910-2659
          E-mail: Stephen@haedickelaw.com

               - and -

          Cristian P. Silva, Esq.
          CRISTIAN P. SILVA LAW OFFICE, LLC
          1818 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 2
          Harvey, LA 70058
          Telephone: (504) 301-2549
          Facsimile: (504) 301-3381
          E-mail: cristian@silvalawfirm.net


TASTY FAST: Faces "Zapata" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
------------------------------------------------------------
Luis Alberto Aldana Zapata, individually and on behalf of others
similarly situated v. Tasty Fast Food Inc., (d/b/a Tasty Fast
Food), Tasty Fast Food III Inc. (d/b/a Tasty Fast Food), Kostas
Papacostas, Pantelis Pelekis (a.k.a. Peter Pelekis), and Johnny
Doe, Case No. 1:17-cv-07003 (E.D.N.Y., December 1, 2017), is
brought against the Defendants for failure to pay overtime wages
in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Defendants operate a fast food restaurant located at 113-27B
Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Michael Faillace, Esq.
      MICHAEL FAILLACE & ASSOCIATES, PC
      60 East 42nd Street, Suite 2540
      New York, NY 10165
      Telephone: (212) 317-1200
      E-mail: Michael@Faillacelaw.com


TEZOS: Foundation's Probe Likely to Clear Gevers of Mismanagement
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swissinfo.ch has learnt that a Tezos Foundation internal inquiry
is likely to clear president Johann Gevers of all allegations of
financial impropriety and mismanagement made by Tezos founders
Arthur and Kathleen Breitman.

Although the foundation's probe has yet to be finalised,
information received by swissinfo.ch indicates that an
independent audit appears to offer no evidence that Gevers tried
to manipulate a bonus payment to himself earlier this year.  The
audit may also show that Gevers has no case to answer against
other allegations that surfaced in October.

An official verdict is expected "in a few days" once the three
foundation board members, including Gevers, have completed their
examination of the evidence.

In October, Arthur Breitman issued a statement demanding the
removal of Gevers, claiming he had "engaged in an attempt at
self-dealing, misrepresenting to the council the value of a bonus
he attempted to grant himself".

The meteoric rise of Swiss involvement in the initial coin
offering (ICO) boom has encountered further turbulence with a
serious governance spat . . .

The Breitmans claimed that Mr. Gevers had awarded himself Tezos
tokens worth around $1.5 million (CHF1.49 million), which he
attempted to pass off as $300,000 by downplaying the value of the
"tezzies". But it is believed the audit will not agree with the
Breitmans' suspicions of underhand dealings.

Mr. Gevers has strenuously denied what he says are "lies"
directed against him, accusing the Breitmans of conducting a
smear campaign.

"No person in their right mind -- let alone someone like me, who
has a long track record of impeccable integrity and working in
the interest of the community and building the world-leading
Crypto Valley ecosystem -- would do the things I am being accused
of," he wrote in an email to swissinfo.ch in October.

He added that he was "one of the largest [financial]
contributors" to the Tezos initial coin offering (ICO)
crowdfunding sale in July.

Bitter personal row
Mr. Gevers heads a foundation responsible for allocating a huge
stockpile of assets, now worth around $800 million, to develop
the Tezos system by building a team of developers and finding
business and social applications for the blockchain smart
contract system.

The foundation was set up in Zug this summer to house the assets
of a Tezos ICO that raised $232 million in a matter of days.
Because investors paid for tokens in bitcoin or ether (two
cryptocurrencies), that figure has rapidly inflated on the back
of soaring cryptocurrency values.

Arthur Breitman's October statement, entitled "The Path Forward",
also accused the foundation of falling behind in its mandate to
move the Tezos project forward. "Recruiting came to a standstill
and communications to the community languished waiting for
approval," it said.

The bitter personal row between Gevers and the Breitmans has set
the Tezos project back at least two months.  It has also resulted
in three class-action lawsuits in the United States that claim
investors were fooled into parting with their money in July by
misleading Tezos statements.

Once the Tezos system is operational, the foundation will
incrementally take over the company owned by the Breitmans,
Dynamic Ledger Solutions, and its intellectual property rights,
which will be released under a free software license. [GN]


TOYOTA CORP: Soy Wiring Class Suit Filed in Massachusetts
---------------------------------------------------------
David A. Wood, writing for CarComplaints.com, reports that a
Toyota soy wiring class-action lawsuit alleges rats, mice,
squirrels and other animals are enticed to chew the wires that
causes damage to all kinds of electrical components, leaving
Toyota owners to pay thousands for repairs.

Additionally, the lawsuit alleges those repairs are made with the
same problematic soy wiring, causing owners to continually pay
for repairs.

The proposed class-action lawsuit includes all consumers in
Massachusetts who incurred out-of-pocket expenses related to soy
wiring and who currently own or lease, or previously owned or
leased, any of the following vehicles:

2011-2016 Toyota 4Runner
2013-2016 Toyota Avalon
2012-2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2009-2016 Toyota Camry
2014-2016 Toyota Corolla
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2009, 2012, 2015 Toyota Highlander
2009 Toyota Matrix
2010-2015 Toyota Prius
2012-2015 Toyota Prius C
2008-2016 Toyota Rav4
2014-2016 Scion TC
2012-2015 Toyota Sequoia
2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
2014, 2015 Toyota Tacoma
2007-2016 Toyota Tundra
2010, 2013 Toyota Venza Ltd

Plaintiff Ray Roscoe says wiring in cars used to be coated with a
glass, plastic or polymer-based insulation, but automakers now
routinely use materials to save money and allegedly be good for
the environment. Toyota allegedly did this with the wiring,
choosing soy-based insulation over petroleum-based insulation.

Owners claim the automaker uses the soy wiring to save money at
the expense of customer safety because the damaged wires cause
multiple safety hazards.

The plaintiff claims Toyota is using the soy wiring as a good
source of incoming for the company and dealerships by charging
customers with the repair costs and by selling traps, repellents
and other items as preventive measures.

In place of covering repairs under warranty, the automaker
allegedly says the chewed wires are classified under "other
environmental conditions" which are not covered.

The warranty specifically excludes damage from "[a]irbone
chemicals, tree sap, road debris (including stone chips), rail
dust, hail, floods, wind storms, lightning and other
environmental conditions."

Roscoe says he purchased a 2012 Toyota Sequoia from an authorized
Toyota dealership in Massachusetts in May 2015 for $37,884.80.
Mr. Roscoe says he also purchased an additional extended warranty
called a "Vehicle Service Agreement" for $1,250.

During a trip in May of 2016, a mouse crawled up the leg of the
plaintiff's wife and again crawled onto her shoulder later during
the trip while she was riding in the passenger seat. His wife
says she screamed and had to whack the mouse off of her two times
during the trip.

When Roscoe brought his Toyota Sequoia to the dealership for a
routine oil change on December 8, 2016, he allegedly learned mice
had caused extensive damage to the truck. The mice had chewed
through so much of the wiring the dealership allegedly told him
to immediately stop driving the truck because it could catch
fire.

Mr. Roscoe requested that Toyota replace the wiring with wiring
that wasn't soy-based but Toyota allegedly told him that rodent
damage to the wiring in his truck was not covered under his
warranty as it was considered an "outside source of damage to the
car."

The dealer allegedly had to rip the entire truck apart in order
to remove the rodents and repair the damage. When the plaintiff
received his truck back from the dealership, the interior was
allegedly covered in scratches due to seats and sides being
removed and put back together.

Because of the soy wiring, the plaintiff says he incurred out-of-
pocket expenses including lost use of his truck for nearly two
months, rental car fees and a decreased resale value.

Mr. Roscoe claims he paid $613.57 to Hertz for a rental car for
three weeks and three days and his wife had to share her car for
an additional month because they could not afford to pay for the
rental car. The lawsuit alleges Mr. Roscoe's wife struggled to
find rides to and from work with friends and co-workers.

According to the lawsuit, Mr. Roscoe's insurance company paid out
$16,793.79 to the Toyota dealership to replace the soy wiring
with the exact same rodent-attracting wiring despite a request
not to use the same wiring.

The Toyota soy wiring class-action lawsuit was filed in the U.S.
District Court for the District of Massachusetts - Roscoe v.
Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.

The plaintiff is represented by Connor Morneau & Olin LLP.

Toyota has been hit with soy wiring class-actions in the past,
including one from 2016. [GN]


TRIANGLE CAPITAL: Vincent Wong Files Securities Class Action
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The Law Offices of Vincent Wong disclosed that a class action
lawsuit has been commenced in the USDC for the Southern District
of New York on behalf of investors who purchased Triangle Capital
Corporation ("Triangle") (NYSE:TCAP) securities between May 7,
2014 and November 1, 2017.

Click here to learn about the case: http://www.wongesq.com/pslra-
sb/triangle-capital-corporation?wire=2. There is no cost or
obligation to you.

The complaint alleges that the Company issued materially false
and misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i)
Triangle's investment professionals had internally recommended
moving away from mezzanine loan deals; (ii) the Company's former
CEO, Garland S. Tucker, III, had ignored the advice of Triangle's
investment professionals to chase higher short-term yields by
causing Triangle to invest in mezzanine debt despite the poor
quality of the loans and their increased risk of defaults and
nonaccruals; (iii) the Company's entire vintage of 2014 and 2015
investments were at substantial risk of non-accrual as a result
of the poor quality of the investments and deficient underwriting
practices in place at the time of the investments; (iv) more than
13% of Triangle's investment portfolio at cost was at risk of
non-accrual and, thus, the fair value of the Company's asset
portfolio was artificially inflated; (v) Triangle had materially
understated the number of loans performing below expectations
and/or in non-accrual and had delayed writing down impaired
investments; and (vi) Triangle failed to implement effective
underwriting policies and practices to ensure it received
appropriate risk-adjusted returns on its investments.

If you suffered a loss in Triangle you have until January 22,
2018 to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff.
Your ability to share in any recovery doesn't require that you
serve as a lead plaintiff. To obtain additional information,
contact Vincent Wong, Esq. either via email vw@wongesq.com, by
telephone at 212.425.1140, or visit http://www.wongesq.com/pslra-
sb/triangle-capital-corporation?wire=2.

Vincent Wong, Esq. is an experienced attorney that has
represented investors in securities litigations involving
financial fraud and violations of shareholder rights. Attorney
advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes.

         Vincent Wong, Esq.
         The Law Offices of Vincent Wong
         Tel: 212-425-1140
         Fax. 866-699-3880
         Email: vw@wongesq.com [GN]


UBER TECHNOLOGIES: Sued in Ill. Over Unlawful Use of Drivers Data
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Junaid Patni, Charlene Marsh and Kimberly Crawl, on behalf of
themselves and others similarly situated v. UBER Technologies,
Inc., Rasier, LLC, Travis Kalanick, Salle Eun Yoo, Angela M.
Padilla, Katherine Tassi, Sabrina Ross, Craig Clark, John Flynn,
Joe Sullivan, Dara Khosrowshahi, Unknown John Does and Jane Does,
Case No. 1:17-cv-08709 (N.D. Ill., December 1, 2017), is brought
on behalf of a nationwide class of Drivers who utilize or have
utilized Uber's mobile/smartphone application for the purpose of
obtaining passengers or riders, to obtain injunctive and
declaratory relief to remedy Uber's unlawful collection and
misuse of their personal data.

The Defendants operate a global taxi technology company located
at 1455 Market St. #400, San Francisco, California 94103. [BN]

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      James Vlahakis, Esq.
      Ahmad T. Sulaiman, Esq.
      Omar T. Sulaiman, Esq.
      Mohammed O. Badwan, Esq.
      Nathan C. Volheim, Esq.
      SULAIMAN LAW GROUP, LTD.
      2500 South Highland Avenue, Suite 200
      Lombard, IL 60148
      Telephone: (630) 581-5456
      E-mail: jvlahakis@sulaimanlaw.com


UNITEDHEALTHCARE: Rivero Attorneys Obtains Hep C Drug Settlement
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ALM reports that Rivero Mestre attorneys filed class actions
against UnitedHealthCare Services Inc. and Florida Blue to obtain
insurance coverage for almost 9,000 insureds nationwide after
they were denied coverage for Harvoni, the first-ever cure for
hepatitis C.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Harvoni in October
2014 and gave it a rare breakthrough therapy label. It cures
hepatitis C in 99 percent of cases with almost no side effects.

But the cure comes at a steep price tag starting at $63,000 for
the shortest course of treatment, which prompted some insurers to
deny coverage and set stringent conditions.

Rivero Mestre successfully obtained class-action settlements with
United and Florida Blue to pay for Harvoni coverage.  The two
settlements obtained coverage on behalf of about 9,000 people and
are conservatively valued at over $500 million.

A West Palm Beach federal judge gave final approval in January in
the United case after rejecting a challenge from 14 state
attorneys general.  Under the settlement, the insurer removed a
requirement that policyholders demonstrate abstinence from drug
and alcohol use for at least six months before treatment.

The Florida Blue settlement received final approval in August
2016.

Charlie Whorton, one of the attorneys from the Coral Gables firm
pursuing the litigation, said major health insurance companies
across the country have changed their guidelines to lift
restrictions since the cases began.  He said the result made it
"one of the most gratifying cases" pursued by the firm.

Rivero Mestre partners Andres Rivero -- arivero@riveromestre.com
-- Jorge A. Mestre -- jmestre@riveromestre.com -- Alan H. Rolnick
-- arolnick@riveromestre.com -- Amanda M. McGovern --
amcgovern@riveromestre.com --and Whorton --
cwhorton@riveromestre.com -- worked on the case along with team
members Daniel Alvarez Sox and Bryan L. Paschal --
bpaschal@riveromestre.com  [GN]


VOLVO CARS: Neale's Bid to Certify Denied With Leave to Re-File
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The Hon. Jose L. Linares denied without prejudice, and with leave
to move for recertification, the Plaintiffs' renewed motion for
class certification in the lawsuit entitled JOANNE NEALE, KELLY
MCGARY, SVEIN A. BERG, GREGORY P. BURNS, JEFFREY KRUGER, and
KAREN COLLOPY individually and on behalf of others similarly
situated v. VOLVO CARS Of NORTH AMERICA, LLC and VOLVO CAR
CORPORATION, Case No. 2:10-cv-04407-JLL-JAD (D.N.J.).

The Defendants' request for leave to file a sur-reply brief in
opposition to Plaintiffs' reply brief is denied, as the Court has
received adequate briefing to decide the present matter,
according to the Order.  The Plaintiffs' motion for leave to file
a sur-sur-reply brief is denied as moot, as the Court will not
consider Defendants' sur-reply brief.

A copy of the Order is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=mkNsLCfp


WOLVERINE WORLD: 28 Locations in Michigan Contaminated with PFAS
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Keith Matheny, writing for Detroit Free Press, reports that
twenty-eight locations across Michigan, and rising, have been
found contaminated with potentially health-harming chemicals once
used in nonstick surfaces and firefighting foam.

Gov. Rick Snyder in November launched a coordinated, statewide
effort to find and begin addressing polyfluoroalkyl substances,
or PFAS, which includes a group of man-made chemicals that were
commonly used since the 1950s in stain-resistant carpeting,
nonstick pots and pans, waterproof shoes and other household
products.  PFAS was also used in firefighting foam, particularly
at military bases.  Use of the chemicals was largely phased out
by 2015.

In Kent County, lawyers on Dec. 5 announced a class-action
lawsuit against shoe manufacturer Wolverine World Wide, 3M Corp.
and Waste Management Inc., for allegedly dumping PFAS and
polluting groundwater in Belmont, Rockford and other areas of the
county.  3M's Scotchgard was used in waterproofing boots and
shoes made by Wolverine since the 1950s, and contained the
chemical.

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, made famous by actress
Julia Roberts' Oscar-winning portrayal, is working with the legal
team on the Kent County litigation.

"The scope of this contamination is alarming, and thousands in
Kent County are now faced with unsafe drinking water and
increased health risks," Ms. Brockovich said in a statement.

According to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry, studies have shown PFAS increases the risk of some
cancers, can harm fetal development; decrease fertility and
interfere with the body's hormones; cause high cholesterol; and
affect the immune system.

The chemicals don't easily break down in nature, and were so
common, avoiding exposures is near-impossible.

"Using very sensitive measurements, you can find it in the blood
of everybody in the United States -- and, really, a high
proportion of people in the world," said Dr. David Savitz, a
Brown University epidemiologist who's serving as an academic
adviser to Snyder's Michigan PFAS Action Response Team, in an
interview with WOOD Radio on Dec. 6.

The Kent County class-action suit seeks immediate blood-testing,
health and environmental monitoring and damages for residents who
have been harmed by the pollutants, uncovered in DEQ groundwater
testing this past summer.

The companies named in the lawsuit "knew or should have known,"
said Sharon Almonrode, a Rochester attorney with the Miller Law
Firm, who is part of the legal team representing the proposed
class-action participants.

"These residents are obviously facing a great deal of
uncertainty.  Parents are worried about their children. (And)
property values have been diminished as a result of being within
the zone of the contamination."

Military bases often source
At least five contaminated areas in Michigan are connected to
current and former military facilities, where the firefighting
foam was used in training and fire suppression for decades:
contamination of the Clinton River and northern Lake St. Clair,
believed connected to Selfridge Air Force Base; near Camp
Grayling; near the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, and
the now-shuttered Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda and K.I.
Sawyer Air Force Base in Marquette.

The DEQ and U.S. Air Force have spent the past five years dealing
with a PFAS-containing groundwater plume emanating from the
former Wurtsmith base into other parts of Oscoda.  The legacy
from years of firefighting foam use on the base is so pervasive,
the DEQ has yet to determine the outermost boundary of the
contamination plume.

And now, a new manifestation of the harmful chemicals has emerged
-- in surface foam on Van Etten Lake, just northeast of the
former Wurtsmith base.  Samples of the foam tested this summer
and fall by the DEQ had PFAS at up to 110,000 parts per trillion,
more than 1,500 times the EPA advisory level.

"Frankly, we didn't think to check the foam," said DEQ external
relations director Sue Leeming, adding that the foam was thought
to be naturally occurring and not related to PFAS.

DEQ officials are still trying to determine whether the foam is
from the chemical, or whether naturally occurring lake foam in
some way concentrates PFAS, Ms. Leeming said.

"This is an emerging issue," she said.

The local and state health departments, in late September,
advised visitors to the lake to avoid ingesting the foam.

The Van Etten Lake Association, a property owners' group, has
called on the Air Force to immediately address the lake foam
problem.

"It certainly impacts the use of property," said Anthony
Spaniola, a Troy attorney whose family has owned frontage on Van
Etten Lake for years.

"Common sense tells you you're not going to let your kids go out
and play in that.  You're not going to let your dogs drink that
water.  And what's it doing to the fish?"

The DEQ has also sampled foam from Lake Margrethe in Crawford
County, where the Michigan National Guard's Camp Grayling Joint
Maneuvering Training Center has long operated on the southern end
of the lake.

Municipal wells in Grayling are showing low levels of PFAS,
according to the DEQ, and eight residential wells in the area
have tested for PFAS levels above the EPA's 70 parts-per-trillion
advisory guideline.

"Filters are being provided to approximately 90 homes in the
area, and ongoing discussions are needed to determine if filters
should be provided to additional homes until a long-term solution
is identified," the state PFAS Action Response Team states on its
website.

Damage done years ago
PFAS chemicals were detected in water samples taken from the
Clinton River and Lake St. Clair on Aug. 31.  The samples were
taken near the city of Mt. Clemens and along the lake shoreline
just north of the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison
Township.

As a follow-up to the initial findings, fish and surface water
samples were collected from Lake St. Clair north and south of Mt.
Clemens in November. Water samples were also taken from four
sites along the Clinton River, and at a drain near the north
perimeter of the Selfridge base "to determine the distribution
and magnitude of contamination," the state PFAS Task Force
website states.

The DEQ has also asked water treatment plants in the area to
sample for PFAS.

Harrison Township Supervisor Kenneth Verkest said the DEQ has not
yet discussed the contamination finding with township officials,
but speculated that may because they don't yet fully understand
what they are dealing with.

"If you're discovering something that goes back God knows how
many years, and there are questions about the potential impact,
it may be unwise to take an overly alarming (approach)," he said.

"Throughout our history, we've made ecological mistakes.
Certainly not in every case did we know we were making ecological
mistakes.

"We've treated the lake horribly for decades. The good news is,
people are paying more attention to these issues. The bad news
is, every day, it seems, we find out we did something in the past
that we thought was OK, and we found out it wasn't."

Drinking water a top concern
The state's new PFAS Action Response Team combines the
departments of Environmental Quality, Health and Human Services,
Military and Veterans Affairs, and Agriculture and Rural
Development.  Its priority: to put government in the best
position to respond quickly and effectively to the emerging
contaminant, said Carol Isaacs, executive director.

"It pulls together a team at the state level that allows for
really enhanced coordination," she said.

The state's short-term strategy on PFAS has focused on drinking
water -- getting those with affected residential wells a
different water source.

"There's quite a bit of science that went behind that (EPA 70
parts-per-trillion) action level," said Dr. Eden Wells, chief
medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human
Services.

"Seventy is a pretty conservative number. It does take into
account pregnant women, fetuses.  And it's a lifetime advisory
level -- if I have a water level of 60 in my home, I could
probably drink from that water for the rest of my life, without
any untoward health effects."

But some Oscoda residents say more is required than addressing
residential and municipal wells -- particularly with the emerging
issue of contaminated foam on area lake surfaces.

"The Air Force didn't do anything wrong in using this
(firefighting) foam, based on what they were told by the
manufacturer.  As a veteran, I don't say they are the bad guys,"
said Van Etten Lake Association member Arnie Leriche, who serves
as a civilian member on the Former Wurtsmith AFB Restoration
Advisory Board.

"But now that they know they have to clean it up, I want them and
their budget people to push Congress and get the funding they
need with the same force with which they won the Cold War."

Messages left with the Air Force's Civil Engineer Center weren't
immediately returned on Dec. 8.

A military spending bill approved by both the House and Senate in
November includes $7 million for a 5-to-7-year health study of
citizens exposed to PFAS in firefighting foam; and $72.2 million
for Navy and Air Force firefighting foam-related contamination
remediation.  President Donald Trump is expected to sign the
bill, but has not yet taken action on it. [GN]


XOMA CORP: Purcell Investigates Potential Fiduciary Duty Breach
---------------------------------------------------------------
Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP, a class action law firm dedicated
to representing shareholders nationwide, is investigating a
potential breach of fiduciary duty claim involving the board of
directors of XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA).

If you are a shareholder of XOMA Corporation and are interested
in obtaining additional information regarding this investigation,
free of charge, please visit us at:
http://pjlfirm.com/xoma-corporation/

You may also contact Robert H. Lefkowitz, Esq. either via email
at rl@pjlfirm.com or by telephone at 212-725-1000.  One of our
attorneys will personally speak with you about the case at no
cost or obligation.

Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP -- http://pjlfirm.com-- is a law
firm exclusively committed to representing shareholders
nationwide who are victims of securities fraud, breaches of
fiduciary duty and other types of corporate misconduct. [GN]


YUMMYEARTH INC: Sandooval Moves to Certify Class of Consumers
-------------------------------------------------------------
Summer Sandooval moves for an order that the action entitled The
SUMMER SANDOOVAL, individually, and on behalf of all others
similarly situated v. YUMMYEARTH INC. ET AL.; and DOES 1-25,
Inclusive, Case No. 5:17-cv-01832-TJH-KK (C.D. Cal.), may proceed
as a class action against the Defendant and that the class,
certified for purposes of injunctive relief and damages be
defined as:

     All residents of the United States who purchased YumEarth
     Organics Vitamin C Pops labeled with "Evaporated Cane Juice"
     at any time during the four years preceding the filing of
     the Complaint, or in the alternative,

     All residents of California who purchased YumEarth Organics
     Vitamin C Pops labeled with "Evaporated Cane Juice" at any
     time during the four years preceding the filing of the
     Complaint

The Plaintiff also asks to be appointed as the representative for
the Class.  The Plaintiff further seeks the appointment of Ryan
M. Ferrell, Esq., and Thomas W. Kohler, Esq., of Apex Trial Law
as class counsel.

The Court will commence a hearing on January 22, 2018, at 9:30
a.m., to consider the Motion.

A copy of the Motion is available at no charge at
http://d.classactionreporternewsletter.com/u?f=obKCFL2i

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Thomas W. Kohler, Esq.
          Ryan M. Ferrell, Esq.
          APEX TRIAL LAW A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION
          4100 Newport Place Drive, Suite 800
          Newport Beach, CA 92660
          Telephone: (949) 438-0033
          Facsimile: (949) 299-0133
          E-mail: tkohler@apextrial.com
                  rferrell@apextrial.com


* Lawyer Sues Media Outlets Over Videos Without Closed Captioning
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John O'Brien, writing for Legal Newsline, reports that a lawyer
accused by his opponents of exploiting the blind to recover
millions of dollars from shakedown lawsuits is now representing a
deaf man who has sued a dozen media outlets.

Personal injury lawyer C.K. Lee has decided to target yet another
industry over the accessibility of its websites, an ever-growing
area of practice for plaintiffs attorneys.  Since April, he's
filed 12 lawsuits against various media outlets, including
Barstool Sports, BET Interactive and Gannett Satellite
Information Network.

The lawsuits, brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act,
allege the websites belonging to these corporate entities are not
accessible to the deaf because their videos don't contain closed
captioning.  Rather than fight, defendants sued settled.

"Just as buildings without ramps bar people who use wheelchairs,
video content without captions excludes deaf and hard of hearing
individuals," Mr. Lee's lawsuits say.

"Despite readily available accessible technology, such as the
technology in use at other heavily trafficked websites, which
makes use of closed captioning for hearing impaired individuals,
such as YouTube and Netflix, Defendant has chosen to post videos
without closed captioning that are inaccessible to deaf and hard
of hearing individuals."

Mr. Lee's firm, the Lee Litigation Group, is one of the most
active filers of class action lawsuits in the country, though its
cases routinely settle in less than a year and before a class is
ever certified.

Most defendants don't care to fight -- paying off the named
plaintiff before a class is certified can keep both legal fees
and settlement costs down while avoiding an adverse verdict at
trial.

Mr. Lee's practice has been active in suing companies on behalf
of the blind because their websites don't comply with the ADA,
filing approximately 150 lawsuits in New York federal courts.

New York City is one of the more popular jurisdictions for these
types of lawsuits, as are California, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Plaintiffs can usually only recover $500 in each case, but
attorneys use the same plaintiffs many times in their lawsuits.

In fact, Lee has used a blind man named Derrick Anderson in 24
lawsuits. Their partnership was the subject of a recent New York
Post article published after one company filed its opposition to
being sued.

"(T)his case has nothing to do with the purported 'harm'
Plaintiff suffered by not being able to make a reservation, as
Mr. Anderson is a serial plaintiff that is profiting off of the
uncertainty in the law and the settlements derived as a result,"
attorneys for Sela Group Hotel wrote in an Oct. 6 motion to
dismiss.

"Plaintiff's counsel, on the other hand, has undoubtedly
recovered millions of dollars from the approximately 140 similar
ADA complaints commenced since May 26, 2015.

"Make no mistake, this case is about extracting settlements and
capitalizing on the uncertainty in the laws. Every business that
has a website is exposed to this shakedown."

That "shakedown" has spread to the press.  Mr. Lee's deaf client
is Phillip Sullivan Jr. His complaints specify the videos he
attempted to watch that did not feature closed captioning.

Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Lee's first round of lawsuits was filed
April 7-May 4 against Conde Nast Entertainment, Prometheus Global
Media, Vox Media, The Slate Group, Daily News LP and American
City Business Journals.

Each of those cases settled before the defendant ever filed a
motion to dismiss.

So Messrs. Sullivan and Lee began a second round on Sept. 29,
suing Sightline Media Group, Barstool Sports, BET Interactive
Gannett Satellite Information Network, WP Company and BH Media
Group.

Those companies have yet to file an answer in court and attorneys
for four of them did not respond to messages seeking comment.

"We've seen restaurants, retailers and colleges hit with these
website lawsuits," said Tom Stebbins, the executive director of
the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York.

"Now the same lawyers are going after the media? Filing a flurry
of lawsuits to cash in on quick settlements is not going to
increase access for the disabled."

Such lawsuits have become popular in recent years as the
Department of Justice has delayed formal regulations.  Those
regulations, which will determine how to make a website compliant
with the ADA, were first announced in 2010 but won't be issued
until next year, at the earliest.

Earlier this year, a blind plaintiff scored a victory in the
first trial over website accessibility under the ADA.  The judge
also ordered Winn-Dixie to update its site, and the company has
appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

In the Winn-Dixie case, Florida federal judge Robert Scola ruled
that the company's website is heavily integrated with the
company's physical store locations, making it subject to the ADA.

Months after the victory, Judge Scola approved plaintiffs
attorneys' request for more than $105,000 in fees.

"Lawyers have turned this litigation into a cottage industry,"
Stebbins said.  "The federal government needs to put a stop to
it, return the law to its worthy intentions, and come up with
clear guidelines for how the ADA applies to the internet."

That uncertainty has led to the vast amount of settlements.  A
month after the New York Post article about Mr. Lee was
published, he and Sela Group Hotel reached a confidential
agreement.

Earlier, he had defended his rights to represent Anderson in the
string of cases.

"By arguing that the ADA does not apply to websites, Defendant
seeks to impose more isolation, exclusion and frustration to the
lives of blind individuals who already lead a challenged and
compromised existence," Mr. Lee wrote in response to Sela Group's
motion to dismiss.

"The exclusion of the blind from the freedom that websites
provide to sighted people in the analog world is as egregious as
a staircase that precludes a wheelchaired individual from
physical access." [GN]



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