U.S. Bans Importation of Malaysian Palm Oil Products Following Petition Filed by the G&E’s ESG Institute

NEW YORK (Oct. 5, 2020) – In an important human rights order issued Sept. 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection banned all palm oil and palm oil products manufactured by Malaysia’s biggest palm oil producer, FGV Holdings Berhad.

The CBP’s order comes after the Grant & Eisenhofer ESG Institute, a policy group focused on environmental, social and governance issues for institutional investors, petitioned the agency last summer to ban U.S. importation of FGV’s palm oil and palm oil products. The petition alleged widespread evidence of forced labor and illegal child labor practices on the company’s palm oil plantations in Malaysia.

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G&E files Suit against Chicago-Area Sterilization Companies for Contaminating Air with Cancer-Causing Ethylene Oxide

On behalf of residents living in comminutes north of Chicago, G&E filed a complaint against Medline Industries, Inc, Steris Corporation, and other medical sterilization companies seeking damages related to defendants’ dangerous emission of Ethylene Oxide. The toxic gas is known to cause cancer, yet was knowingly emitted into the atmosphere for decades by defendants, the complaint alleges. The suit seeks to hold these companies responsible for their reckless behavior by paying affected individuals for costs associated with monitoring for the development of certain types of cancer, blood disorders, and other organ damage.

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G&E Files Actions on Behalf of Restaurants, Bars and Fitness Centers that Suffered Losses Due to COVID-19 Shutdowns

PHILADELPHIA (August 25, 2020) – Continuing its support of small businesses that have been unjustly denied insurance coverage for losses suffered due to shutdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, G&E has filed a pair of class actions against 11 insurance companies.

The suits were brought on behalf of a fitness center in Tennessee and a group of Philadelphia cafés and wine and beer bars, respectively. They were filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.

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G&E Settles PCB Litigation on Behalf of District of Columbia, Monsanto to Pay $52 Million

G&E represented the District of Columbia in a lawsuit against chemical manufacturer Monsanto concerning its production, marketing, distribution, and sale of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The toxic chemical, sold by Monsanto for almost 50 years, caused widespread contamination of the District’s natural resources, including major waterways such as the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. The $52 million settlement holds Monsanto responsible for environmental damage as well as health risks to the District’s residents, and will help fund the clean-up of the contaminated waterways.

G&E attorneys representing the District include Kyle J. McGee, Viola Vetter, and Jason Wilson.

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G&E Wins Appeal of Towers Watson Merger Dismissal

After the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed G&E’s shareholder lawsuit last June alleging breach of fiduciary duty in the $18 billion Towers Watson merger, G&E recently secured a reversal in the Delaware Supreme Court. The case asserts a post-closing damages claim on behalf of a class of stockholders of insurance brokerage Willis Group when it merged with Towers Watson & Co. to form Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company. The reversal sends the case back to the Chancery Court for reconsideration.

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G&E Represents Baltimore and Baltimore County in Proposed $550 Million Nationwide Class Action Settlement with Monsanto for PCB Contamination

The Mayor & City Council of Baltimore and Baltimore County, Maryland, are serving as proposed class representatives in a nationwide class action settlement with Monsanto Co. relating to contamination of public water systems with toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). If approved, the settlement would establish a fund benefiting cities, counties, townships, and other municipalities across the country dealing with PCB contamination in stormwater systems and other public resources. G&E is serving as co-counsel to the Baltimore City Law Department and Baltimore County Office of Law, along with Maryland-based Gordon Wolf & Carney Chtd. and proposed lead class counsel Baron & Budd P.C.

G&E attorneys working with Baltimore and Baltimore County in this litigation include Kyle McGee, Viola Vetter, and Jason Wilson.

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G&E Files Action Against JUUL Labs, Inc. on Behalf of City of Baltimore

The Mayor & City Council of Baltimore has initiated litigation against e-cigarette company JUUL Labs, Inc. Baltimore alleges that JUUL’s products and deceptive, youth-oriented marketing campaigns have injured the City and its residents in several ways, including by endangering the health of City residents, increasing funding requirements for City agencies and City public schools, and increasing costs relating to youth tobacco enforcement and compliance. Baltimore asserts public nuisance, design defect, failure to warn, negligence, and Maryland Consumer Protection Act claims.

G&E and Maryland-based Gordon Wolf & Carney Chtd. will serve as co-counsel with the Baltimore City Law Department in prosecuting this action. The case has been filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

G&E Files Suit over Failure to Cover Business Losses from COVID-19 Suffered by Anytime Fitness Franchisees

CHICAGO/BIRMINGHAM, AL (June 24, 2020) – Grant & Eisenhofer has filed suit today against Deerfield, Ill.-based Markel Insurance Co. for failing to accept claims from franchisees of national fitness chain Anytime Fitness that were shuttered and lost business due to state-imposed COVID-19 restrictions.

The four Anytime Fitness outlets named in the complaint are operated by Fountain Enterprises, of West Point, Miss., and located in Mississippi and Alabama. They represent a tiny fraction of the 4,500 Anytime Fitness gyms nationwide, all of which are insured by Markel.

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G&E Obtains Favorable Ruling Sustaining Securities Fraud Claims Against Synchronoss Technologies

Chief Judge Freda L. Wolfson, in the District of New Jersey, has upheld securities fraud claims asserted against Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. and its former Chief Financial Officer, Karen L. Rosenberger, arising from alleged accounting violations that forced Synchronoss to restate three years of financial statements. On behalf of Lead Plaintiff the Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii and a proposed class of Synchronoss investors, G&E filed a securities fraud complaint alleging that the company’s revenue recognition procedures and controls were deficient, resulting in premature recognition of revenue and inflated financial reports. The complaint alleges that Synchronoss and Rosenberger repeatedly violated accounting rules for revenue recognition and misrepresented the company’s financial performance to investors during the class period of October 28, 2014 to June 13, 2017, and that the stock price dropped precipitously from over $30 per share to under $12 per share once the misrepresentations were corrected. The class action seeks to recover damages for persons who purchased Synchronoss securities during the class period.

G&E attorneys prosecuting this action include Daniel L. Berger, Kyle J. McGee, Rebecca Musarra, and Jonathan Park.

Judge Wolfson’s detailed opinion rejecting Synchronoss’ and Rosenberger’s dismissal arguments is available here.

G&E Files Class Action on Behalf of Business Claimants Devastated By Catastrophic Dam Failures That Caused Massive Damage and Evacuations

Southfield, MI (May 29, 2020) – A group of local businesses devastated by the catastrophic dam failures in Michigan have joined individual plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the dams’ owners over their alleged, years-long failure to maintain the structures.

Leading plaintiffs’ law firms Grant & Eisenhofer, Morgan & Morgan and Jenner Law have jointly filed an amended complaint in U.S. District Court in for the Eastern District of Michigan that adds business claimants seeking damages from dramatic dam failures a week ago that forced mass evacuations in locations across Midland, Gladwin and Saginaw Counties, MI.

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G&E Director Lisa Weinstein Named to the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Illinois

Leader of G&E’s birth injury practice group, Director Lisa Weinstein was selected to The National Trial Lawyers’ prestigious list of Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Illinois. The honor is bestowed upon a limited number of skilled attorneys who exemplify excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers as a civil plaintiffs’ lawyer. Ms. Weinstein’s casework includes more than 40 lawsuits against hospitals and healthcare providers, resulting in life-changing awards for families totaling over $300 million in verdicts and settlements.

G&E Files Lawsuit Against Block.one for “Biggest of All Crypto Frauds” after Value of Digital Asset Token Plunges 85%

NEW YORK (May 18, 2020) – A diverse group of individual and corporate investors has filed a class action lawsuit today against blockchain software firm Block.one, alleging it defrauded them through a year-long illegal initial coin offering that netted the company in excess of $4 billion but left investors with an unregulated asset that became virtually worthless.

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G&E Directors Elizabeth Graham, Olav Haazen, Lisa Weinstein Selected to the National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Trailblazers

Three Firm Directors, Elizabeth Graham, Olav Haazen, and Lisa Weinstein, have been named to the National Law Journal’s list of Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazers for 2020. The honor is bestowed upon a select number of lawyers who have pioneered significant change in plaintiff-side litigation and led groundbreaking cases in their sectors. Ms. Graham leads G&E’s mass tort practice, and also represents survivors of sexual assault and victims of gender rights abuses. Mr. Haazen represents plaintiffs from around the world in cross-border securities fraud litigation and arbitration. Ms. Weinstein represents families and children who sustained catastrophic injuries at birth.

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$175 Million Settlement Plus Corporate Governance Reforms Approved in Action Brought by G&E Against McKesson Corp., One of the Largest Derivative Case Settlements in History

Settlement of the derivative action brought by G&E on behalf McKesson Corporation against the company’s current and former officers and directors has been approved in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. The $175 million settlement amounts to one of the largest derivative case settlements in history. In addition to the monetary recovery, the settlement provides for governance reforms designed to improve Board oversight and fix compliance failures at McKesson.

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G&E Wins Historic Ruling by World Bank’s ICSID Tribunal Allowing Mass Arbitration of Greek Claims against Republic of Cyprus

ATHENS/NEW YORK (February 10, 2020) – In a landmark decision issued Feb. 7, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, an international tribunal affiliated with the World Bank, ruled that it has jurisdiction over arbitration proceedings brought by Grant & Eisenhofer against the Republic of Cyprus on behalf of almost 1,000 Greek bank depositors and bondholders who claim heavy losses in the wake of Cyprus’s 2013 financial crisis.

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G&E’s Successes in International Litigation Top SCAS Report of 25 Largest Non-U.S. Shareholder Recoveries

A report released by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.’s Securities Class Action Services highlights the top 25 largest securities class action recoveries reached outside the U.S. Topping the rankings is the $1.5 billion settlement against Fortis in the Netherlands and Belgium, where G&E served as global counsel. The Netherlands tops the list as the jurisdiction with the most funds obtained, but Australia leads with the highest number of settlements.

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Grant & Eisenhofer Named as a “Delaware Powerhouse” by Law360

G&E has once again been selected as one of Law360’s Delaware Regional Powerhouses. The 2019 honor was bestowed upon six firms that are “handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles….”

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Public Justice Spotlights G&E Director Deborah Elman

Public Justice features firm director Deborah Elman and her dedication to promoting competition, protecting shareholders, and fostering good corporate governance. Ms. Elman leads significant cases in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and financial services industries.  She is also co-director of G&E’s ESG Institute, which supports responsible investment.  G&E’s and Ms. Elman’s work shares common goals with Public Justice, whose attorneys work with private lawyers across the nation to fight injustice and preserve access to the courts.

G&E Civil Rights Attorney Named to Illinois Super Lawyers 2020

G&E’s Karyn Bass Ehler, Senior Counsel and head of the firm’s Civil Rights practice, has been selected for inclusion to Super Lawyers’ list of 2020 Top Rated Civil Rights Lawyers in Chicago, IL. The list recognizes only 5% of attorneys in each state. Ms. Bass Ehler had been selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for four years.

G&E Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit on Behalf of Florida Man Jailed 14 Years for Double Murder He Did Not Commit

ORLANDO, FL (January 7, 2020) – Leading plaintiffs’ law firm Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a Honduran immigrant from Orlando who spent 14 years in prison, 10 of them on death row, for a double murder he did not commit. The daughter and granddaughter of the victims repeatedly confessed while he remained wrongfully incarcerated…

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G&E Files Suit Against School Officials and Teacher on Behalf of Family of 9-year-old Alabama Girl Bullied into Suicide

SELMA, ALA. (January 16, 2020) – The family of a nine-year-old girl in Linden, Alabama, who hung herself in December 2018 has filed a lawsuit against her school and various school district officials who allegedly were fully aware of the persistent abuse and bullying directed at her and took no action to stop it.

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G&E’s Director of Birth Injury Named to Illinois Super Lawyers 2020

G&E Birth Injury Attorney and Director, Lisa Weinstein, has been selected for inclusion to Super Lawyers’ list of 2020 Top Rated Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Chicago, IL. The list recognizes only 5% of attorneys in each state. Ms. Weinstein has been selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for the past nine years.

G&E Represents Tinder’s Former VP of Marketing and Communications In Suit Against Parent Companies and Former CEO for Sexual Assault, Cover-up and Wrongful Termination

LOS ANGELES (August 5, 2019) – Rosette Pambakian, a former senior executive at dating app Tinder and the woman responsible for the brand’s breakout success, has sued former Match Group and Tinder CEO Gregory Blatt for sexual assault, along with Match Group and IAC/Interactive Corp. for its cover-up and her wrongful termination for speaking out.  The lawsuit was filed by leading plaintiffs’ law firm Grant & Eisenhofer.

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G&E Director Beth Graham is Co-Lead Counsel in $143 Million Settlement over Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions

Plaintiffs’ attorneys reach Agreement-in-Principle with Columbia Gas; settlement will compensate communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover …

“These explosions devastated the communities and economy of the towns in Merrimack Valley. Families suffered for months in the gripping cold. Businesses shuttered, and lives were upended,” said Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel, Elizabeth Graham of Grant & Eisenhofer. “To this day, the people most impacted by the explosions are not fully back on their feet, but we believe this settlement is the quickest and most just method to ensure that residents and businesses are made whole again.” In addition to Ms. Graham, G&E Associate Adam Gomez serves as plaintiffs’ counsel in the matter.

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G&E Advances Its Advocacy for Women with Filing of New Sexual Assault Case against Massage Envy in California

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 18, 2019) – Leading plaintiffs’ law firm Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. announced the filing of sexual assault lawsuit against Massage Envy, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based therapeutic massage franchisor and largest employer of massage therapists nationwide. The legal action advances G&E’s advocacy and representation of women in assault cases in various industries, including financial services and technology.

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