Amazon Settles Pesticide Lawsuit for $2.5 Million

Amazon will pay $2.5 million in a settlement agreed upon in November 2021. The Washington State Attorney General’s office alleges that the company allowed vendors to sell industrial-grade pesticides on its platform. The case involves pesticides bought between 2013 and 2020, according to Bizjournal.com.

Pesticides Sold Online

Under Washington state law, these pesticides were highly regulated, and members of the general public cannot purchase them through regular channels. In fact, the state requires sellers to hold the appropriate licenses. Sellers must also record information about buyers at the point of sale. Some of the pesticides also require buyers to hold a license due to the hazardous nature of the pesticides. In those cases, buyers need a pesticide applicator license.

EPA Investigation

The Environmental Protection Agency ordered Amazon to stop sales of the pesticides and won a settlement for $1.2 million in 2018. During the time frame in question, the tech giant sold high-strength pesticides in thousands of sales. Product descriptions for the pesticides did not warn customers that they were meant for industrial and agricultural use.

Therefore, it is possible that people bought them without knowing that they were any different from other products for sale to homeowners and individuals.

Possible Neurological Damage

Some people purchasing the pesticides probably didn’t know about the potential dangers, which include the risk of neurological damage if used improperly. Additionally, these pesticides may have contaminated groundwater, putting numerous endangered species at further risk. Species potentially impacted by the unregulated sale include Orcas and Chinook salmon.

According to news stories on several outlets, no allegations of harm have yet been made regarding customers or threatened wildlife.

Amazon Will Need a License to Continue Sales

Besides paying the $2.5 million settlement, Amazon must get a license in order to sell the pesticides in the future. The online seller will also have to make a number of changes to block unqualified buyers from purchasing the pesticides, intentionally or otherwise. Thus far, Amazon has cooperated with the state’s request for records related to the case.

It’s possible that some customers bought the pesticides without understanding the risks involved. Customers who bought pesticides on Amazon between 2013 and 2020 should contact Amazon directly.

Jury Reaches a Verdict Regarding the Lawsuit Filed Against Craig Wright, Man Who Claims To Be Satoshi

Bitcoin has completely changed the way people look at the economy; however, the creator of the cryptocurrency is still unknown, going only by the name Satoshi. Recently, an Australian computer scientist who claims to have invented Bitcoin was informed by a jury in the United States that he needs to pay more than $100 million in damages due to claims that he cheated a friend, now deceased, over intellectual property related to the digital currency.

Taking place in federal court in Miami, the jury took more than a week to reach a verdict. The verdict came after a trial that lasted more than three weeks. Even though the jury rejected those claims made against Craig Wright, the Australian computer scientist, the jury still decided that the computer scientist owed the plaintiff more than $100 million. Of note, this trial does not settle the debate over the creator of the renowned cryptocurrency.

The lawsuit was brought by the brother of Dave Kleiman, who is a cybersecurity expert who passed away in 2013. The lawsuit alleged that Kleiman worked with Wright during the early years of Bitcoin, seeking to mine the cryptocurrency during its early phases. The lawsuit alleges that Wright did not give Kleiman his fair share of the mined Bitcoin, meaning that he was shorted hundreds of millions of dollars, given the rapid growth of Bitcoin during the past decade.

Even though Craig Wright feels that the verdict proves he is the creator of Bitcoin, most other people disagree. A lot of investors in Bitcoin view Craig Wright as a fake, and the result of the trial has done little to convince the public that this man is the true creator of Bitcoin itself.

Even though the verdict and settlement amount can be staggering in the eyes of a lot of people, Bitcoin has appreciated significantly since the time of the alleged incident, meaning that Wright could have billions of dollars in Bitcoin to his name. This could be the reason why he is not going to appeal the verdict. On the other hand, an attorney representing Kleiman hailed the verdict as marking a new precedent in the history of cryptocurrency.

Juries Award Multimillion Dollar Verdicts in Lawsuits Against Walmart

When people take a trip to the grocery store, they usually expect to grab a shopping cart, find what they need, and check out without issue. Unfortunately, for a woman located in South Carolina, her trip to Walmart in 2015 took an unusual turn.

When she set foot inside the Walmart, she felt a sharp pain in the bottom of her foot. She looked down and found that a rusty nail had gone right through her shoe. It has locked itself in her foot, and she went to the hospital as quickly as possible to get the wound treated. Unfortunately, the area got infected, and she needed to go through multiple operations to have most of her right leg amputated. Initially, it was just her toe; however, the infection continued to spread through her foot. Several months later, she needed to have her leg amputated above the knee as well.

Since that time, her life has been altered tremendously. She spends much of her time in a wheelchair, and she is unable to live the life she once did. In 2017, she filed a lawsuit against Walmart, alleging that Walmart was negligent in leaving a rusty nail on the floor. She and her attorney took the case to trial, where a jury awarded her $10 million as a result of her injuries. Her attorney says that this money is going to be used to make her home more handicapped accessible, purchase prosthetic limbs to allow her to restore some degree of mobility, and cover a wide variety of medical expenses, including those she will incur during the rest of her life.

Even though Walmart appreciates the services of the jury, they do not agree with the verdict; however, April Jones is not the only person to be awarded a significant amount of money by a jury following an incident in the store.

More than $2 million in damages were awarded to an individual in Mobile County, AL after they were falsely accused of stealing groceries. The individual went through the self-checkout lane, paid for all the groceries, but was then accused of stealing them by a local Walmart. Following the false accusations, this individual filed a lawsuit and won the case as well.

Costco Fighting Legal Battle in Washington State

Major grocery retailer Costco is facing a legal challenge in its home state of Washington. Residents of Lake Stevens, WA (a town about 45 miles north of their central headquarters) have filed a lawsuit to prevent the chain from opening a new retail location in their town. The group, called Livable Lake Stevens, has a history of fighting against Costco’s expansion into their neighborhood. This lawsuit is one of several similar suits the residents have filed over the past three years with the express purpose of denying Costco the opportunity to build on land that they own. The resident group has also held multiple protests at city council meetings trying to stop development at the site.

This time, the residents filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Army Corps of Engineers. The 40 acre plot was recently allowed to start fill dirt operations, despite the fact that the property contains wetland areas. The plaintiffs believe that the process to gain proper permitting to fill wetlands at the site was rushed. Several experts, however, have remarked that the lawsuit is likely the last attempt that can be made to prevent the store from starting construction.

Many of the residents are concerned about an increase in traffic through their neighborhoods. In fact, one study estimated a nearly 50% increase in traffic on major roads within a one mile radius of the store. Members of Livable Lake Stevens point to this study as the main reason why the store should not be built in their area.

There are, however, many residents in Lake Stevens, Wa who want to see the Costco open in their neighborhood. Costco has a reputation for high wages, and the company’s press releases regarding the expansion are quick to point out their $24 an hour average salaries. These retail positions also come with benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans. With a typical store bringing approximately 275 new jobs to an area, there are many people in Lake Stevens who want to see the store open as soon as possible.

For now, everyone will have to wait and see what the courts decide in the federal lawsuit.

The Most Common Injuries at Construction Sites

Construction jobs are fulfilling, but they can also be dangerous. Sadly, there are hundreds of thousands of serious injuries that construction workers sustain every year. A lot of construction workers who are hurt on the job are eligible for workers’ compensation. This compensation can cover lost wages, medical expenses, and other costs stemming directly from the injury. It is critical to work with a personal injury lawyer who has experience in construction law. A personal injury claim could be filed on behalf of the individual to seek additional compensation.

There are several examples of injuries that take place on construction sites. For example, falls from great heights can lead to serious injuries. Someone could fall from heavy machinery, scaffolding, or a roof. Proper safety equipment is important for reducing the risk of falls.

Some people slip and fall in a construction zone as well. There are lots of trip hazards at construction sites, including heavy machinery. If someone trips over a heavy object, they could fall, potentially breaking a bone.

Transportation accidents can also take place during construction projects. A lot of people drive trailers, tractors, and trucks from place to place. If an accident takes place, someone could suffer serious injuries. They might even require emergency surgery to repair the issue.

Electrical injuries are also serious concerns in construction sites. Many workers use powerful machinery, electrical wiring, and generators. All of these increase the risk of electrocution injuries, leading to serious burns.

Finally, many people overlook the risk of trench collapses at construction sites. Trenches are important in constructing new buildings. On the other hand, if the trench collapses, it can lead to serious injuries. This could include chest injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Every trench has to have the right safety equipment to minimize the risk of a trench collapse.

Every construction worker has to take the appropriate safety precautions to minimize the chances of suffering an injury. Unfortunately, some construction injuries still take place. It is important for workers to explore their eligibility for workers’ compensation. This could help them cover the costs related to the injury. Then, any construction worker who has been injured should reach out to a personal injury attorney to make sure their rights are protected.

Lawsuit Filed Against the First Long-Term Care Insurance Program in the Country

Long-term care insurance has been a significant issue in the healthcare industry for some time, with significant expenses being incurred at the end of someone’s life. Recently, Washington State created the nation’s first long-term care insurance program. Now, it is heading to court, as a group of workers and employers has filed a lawsuit against the state in an effort to overturn the law.

The lawsuit alleges that the long-term care insurance program violates the United States Constitution, State insurance regulations, and the Employee Income Security Act, also known as ERISA. While the governor was already considering revisions to the plan, this lawsuit is likely to accelerate them.

The main argument of a lawsuit is that the new public long-term care insurance program violates ERISA’s guarantees and protections against non-forfeiture. What this means is that workers cannot be denied benefits after they have paid into a specific benefit program. Under the long-term care insurance program, employees must pay a 0.58 percent payroll tax in return for long-term care insurance; however, the law also requires workers to contribute for 10 years before they can be eligible for benefits from the program. Furthermore, the benefits only apply to individuals who live in Washington State. The lawsuit alleges that because some individuals might pay into the program without receiving benefits, it violates ERISA.

Furthermore, the program alleges that age discrimination is taking place. The program charges higher-income workers higher premiums even though the state shouldn’t have any interest in the rate differences. Older workers tend to make more than younger workers, so the lawsuit claims that the new program violates multiple laws put into place to protect older workers against age discrimination. This falls under the Equal Protection clause, which is the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

As the lawsuit heads to court, a number of important questions will be answered. Is the program subject to regulation by ERISA? Are employers acting as agents of the state if they collect and remit a tax premium related to the program? Does the payment into the program qualify as a premium or a tax? These questions will be answered as the lawsuit plays out in court.

4 Situations That May Need The Assistance Of A Personal Injury Lawyer

A personal injury lawyer can be of assistance during many trying situations, ranging from the difficulties that surround an accident on the road to issues surrounding medical malpractice. In certain circumstances, someone might have a legitimate claim for recourse or compensation against another party. It’s important to understand which avenues must be explored in these types of circumstances.

4 Situations That May Need The Assistance Of A Personal Injury Lawyer

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Whether this entails being hit by a car or another type of vehicle, such as a tractor or trailer, it could be possible to seek compensation for damages. If the accident was caused by negligence on another party’s part, a personal injury lawyer can fight for your rights to ensure you’re compensated for your losses.

Medical Malpractice

Some people have had to deal with medical malpractice. It occurs when a person has been exposed to more risks during treatment because of any act, neglect, or lack of skill by a doctor or another medical professional. A qualified personal injury attorney can help seek compensation for medical bill payments or other costs associated with the incident.

Product Liability

A personal injury lawyer can also help when it is believed that one has been subjected to product-related injury. This can encompass anything from a defective drug to a poorly designed product, whether it is faulty equipment or an item that is deemed dangerous. This could include anything from machinery to household appliances.

Workers Compensation

When working, you need to be aware of what is happening around you and ensure that your safety during your shift will be taken care of. If a person works in a place that involves heavy machinery or equipment, they should be protected at all times to avoid accidents. When an accident happens that causes injury to a worker, they may need to file an injury case with their employer to get fully compensated.

If you find yourself in any of these situations, it is wise to seek the help of a personal injury lawyer who will listen to your story with compassion and understanding before giving you legal advice. They are there for one reason only- to help you get the justice and compensation that you deserve for any losses.

Washington State Coach Nick Rolovich Files Lawsuit Over Termination Related to Vaccination Status

The Coronavirus pandemic has completely changed the world in which we live during the past two years. Recently, a lot of vaccines have been given full approval by the FDA, opening the doors to employers who might want to require their employees to be fully vaccinated. Some employees have even been fired because of their unvaccinated status. One of the recent high-profile examples is Nick Rolovich, who was the head coach of the Washington State football team. He was also one of the highest-paid employees by the state of Washington, as Washington state is a public school.

His situation has received a significant amount of attention during the past few months because of the high-profile nature of PAC-12 football. When Washington State decided to require all of its employees to be vaccinated, many were wondering how coach Rolovich would react. He still decided to remain unvaccinated, and was subsequently fired by the athletic director. The school also announced that he would be fired for cause, meaning that he would no longer be paid by the university.

Now, he is filing a wrongful termination against the school, claiming his firing was unlawful. It will be interesting to see how the case unfolds. The claim the former coach is making in the lawsuit is that he decided not to get vaccinated because of his steadfast Catholic faith. Of note, the Pope has encouraged everyone to get vaccinated as a way to overcome the pandemic. Right now, it is unclear if politics had any role in the coach’s decision to remain unvaccinated, but if he can prove that his vaccination status is directly related to his religious beliefs, he may claim that his firing is a violation of his first amendment rights giving him freedom of religion. The coach would have to prove that his vaccination status is related to his religious beliefs and show how he practices these religious beliefs in his everyday life.

Washington State is also a public institution, which could play a role in the legality of the lawsuit and the school’s regulations as the case moves forward. Of note, several other assistant coaches were also terminated by the university due to their refusal to get vaccinated.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg To Be Added to a Consumer Privacy Violations Lawsuit

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, has been included in a consumer privacy violations lawsuit following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This is the first time the Facebook CEO has been targeted individually by a US regulator, with a previous lawsuit by Attorney General Karl A Racine filed against the social media giant in 2018 on the grounds of unfair and deceptive practices.

According to Racine, internal documents and interviews from former Facebook employees have shown that Zuckerberg was aware of the collection of user data by Cambridge Analytica and knowingly participated in the misrepresentation of data security. Following this, both the company and Zuckerberg could pay millions of dollars in restrictions and damages to victims if found guilty. In addition to this, they could also pay attorney fees and civil penalties.

Racine’s complaint further states that Zuckerberg misled government officials and the public about Facebook’s role in the data breach. With these facts in mind, Zuckerberg should be held accountable for the deceptive trade practices of the company, according to Racine. As a major shareholder with more than half of the voting shares, Zuckerberg’s influence contributes majorly to how the company is run and what activities Facebook participates in. This includes giving third parties access to user data that Cambridge Analytica may have used to target users ahead of the 2016 US election. Following his mention in the lawsuit, Zuckerberg has vowed to take responsibility for the scandal. Facebook’s legal defense has also come out to state that they will continue to defend themselves while focusing on the facts at hand. The company also termed the allegations as meritless, just as they were when the initial lawsuit was filed. While Cambridge Analytica was suspended from Facebook for accessing consumer data, the social media giant still faced a $5 billion settlement in 2019 following the scandal that later stretched out to other security concerns.

As the company continually faces scrutiny over its privacy safeguards and related matters such as public health, democracy, and polarization, it may soon bid farewell to its name as it attempts to rebuild its new ambitions. This may see it get into new markets, with Zuckerberg’s desire to invest in the metaverse signaling a new era of broadened tech dominance.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson at War with Corrupt Chicken Producers, Files Mega Lawsuit

If you’ve ever gone into a grocery store and were shocked at the high prices of chicken, it wasn’t just your imagination or inflation changing the prices. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson alleges in a new lawsuit that chicken producers purposefully engaged in illegal tactics to raise chicken prices- and their profits.

Who is involved in the lawsuit?

The lawsuit, filed on October 25, alleges that some of the most recognized chicken producers, such as Tyson Foods, Sanderson Farms, Foster Farms, Peco Foods, and 15 other household name brands have been slowly raising chicken prices for years. These companies allegedly engaged in tactics to lower supply, therefore increasing demand and raising prices at the expense of millions of Americans.

Specific tactics these companies allegedly used include restraining production, manipulating price indices, rigging bids, and exchanging highly sensitive competitive information with one another. They even engaged in culling breeder flocks. The term “culling” means removing animals, in this case chickens, purposefully from a flock because they are no longer needed. However, chicken meat and groceries were desperately needed during the first instance these chicken producers decided to increase costs- during the 2008 market crash.

Who was affected?

While the country was reeling in the effects of the 2008 economic meltdown, Ferguson alleges these 19 companies continued their shady business practices to cut down on supply and increase costs, violating the Washingtons state consumer protection and anti-trust laws (Relating to legislation preventing or controlling trusts or other monopolies, with the intention of promoting competition in business.)

It isn’t just Washington families that suffered from this so-called chicken conspiracy. These companies have already had to pay settlements to other states nationwide. However, Washington was not eligible to receive payments, hence Ferguson’s lawsuit being filed that now seeks restitution for millions of Washington families. In addition, businesses such as schools, private pre-schools, and nearly everyone who ever bought broiler chicken and chicken products within Washington were all victims of the price hikes.

Ferguson said, “This conspiracy cost middle-class and low-income Washington families more money to put food on their table. I will hold these companies accountable for the profits they illegally made off the backs of hardworking Washington families.”