Articles by Dani Alexis Ryskamp, J.D.

California AG Sues Nursing Home Chain Over Alleged Ratings Manipulations

Prosecutors in California recently brought suit against Brookdale Senior Living, Inc., the largest senior living facility operator in the United States. Based in Tennessee, Brookdale operates ten facilities in the state of California. The lawsuit against Brookdale accuses the company…

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California Court Dismisses Portion of Claims in Zoom Video Privacy Class Action

In California’s Northern District, Judge Lucy Koh recently dismissed several claims in a class action against Zoom Video Communications Inc. alleging user privacy violations. The dismissed claims alleged invasion of privacy, negligence, and violations of California’s consumer and anti-hacking laws.…

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Judge Requests Additional Information Before Ruling on $92 Million Settlement in TikTok Class Action

The federal judge presiding over a class action lawsuit against TikTok Inc. recently continued settlement discussions, pending additional information, prior to ruling on a $92 million dollar agreement. U.S. District Judge John Lee of the Northern District of Illinois cited…

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Virginia Becomes Second State to Pass Consumer Data Privacy Law

Virginia recently became the second state in the U.S. to pass a comprehensive data privacy law, following the lead of California’s Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) passed both houses of Virginia’s state…

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NY State Sues Amazon Over Alleged Failures to Protect Workers From COVID-19

On February 16, 2021, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Amazon, alleging it failed to protect workers at two warehouses from the COVID-19 pandemic. The complaint further asserts that Amazon took retaliatory action against employees who…

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COVID-19 Should Not Delay JUUL, Altria Hearings, Says FTC

Tobacco manufacturer Altria and e-cigarette company JUUL recently sought to delay the April 2021 start of a virtual Federal Trade Commission (FTC) evidentiary hearing, arguing that a three-month delay might further reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. The trial in…

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COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Lawsuit Against Publix May Proceed, Rules Judge

Judge Carlos Lopez, of Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit, recently denied a motion to dismiss in Gutierrez v. Publix. The case, which focuses on issues of workers’ compensation and wrongful death in connection with COVID-19, is likely to lay the groundwork…

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Zantac MDL Judge Finds Preemption for Economic Injury, Design Defect Claims

In early January 2021, U.S. District Court Judge Robin Rosenberg moved to dismiss economic damages and design defect claims against major drugmakers in the ongoing Zantac multidistrict litigation. Judge Rosenburg ruled that these claims against Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Boehringer…

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Amazon To Pay $61.7 Million FTC Settlement Over Witheld Driver Tips

Amazon recently entered a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to resolve claims of improper driver compensation. Under the terms of the agreement, Amazon will pay nearly $62 million to settle charges that it failed to pay its Amazon…

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Apple Allegedly Banned COVID-19 Tracker App to Thwart Competition

A lawsuit recently filed in a New Hampshire federal court claims that Apple kept COVID-19 tracking applications out of its App Store in order to reduce competition for its own COVID-19 tracker. In doing so, the complaint alleges that Apple…

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