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Essure Birth Control Lawsuit FAQs

Friday, September 25 - 2015

What is Essure?
Essure is a medical device made of nickel and shaped like a coil that is permanently inserted in the patient’s fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy.  Essure is marketed as the only permanent birth control option available to women in the United States. 
 
How does Essure work?
The Essure insert is placed inside the patient’s fallopian tubes and is meant to work with the body to form a natural barrier, keeping sperm from reaching any eggs and therefore preventing pregnancy.  It takes time for the natural barrier to form, so patients are encouraged to use an alternative form of birth control until their doctor verifies Essure is working correctly.  

Stephan Zouras Represents Citigroup IT Workers in Unpaid Overtime Class Action

Tuesday, May 05 - 2015

Stephan Zouras, LLP currently represents current and former information technology workers for Citigroup Inc. that were required to work more than 40 hours per week without overtime pay.  Plaintiffs allege that they were misclassified as exempt and subjected to a Professional Week or Professional Day pay plan that required them to provide free labor to Citigroup each work week.   If you worked under a Professional Day or Professional Week pay plan and want more information on your rights, please contact us.   To join the case, click here.

Judge Certifies Unpaid Wages Class Action for Bancsource Field Technicians

Tuesday, June 09 - 2015

On June 5, 2015 the United States District Court of Northern Illinois granted Plaintiffs’ motion for nationwide class certification of all Field Technicians that have worked for Bancsource in the past three (3) years.  The Court held that Plaintiffs had made the requisite showing that Field Technicians were subjected to similar policies requiring work before the start of their shifts, during unpaid meal breaks and after the end of their shifts without pay.  

Stephan Zouras Represents Compass Group Assistant Managers in Unpaid Wages Lawsuit

Tuesday, June 09 - 2015

Stephan Zouras, LLP represents current and former “Assistant Managers” of the Compass Group and its subsidiary, Morrison Healthcare, who allege they were misclassified as exempt from the overtime requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois Minimum Wage Law.  The Compass Group is a nationwide provider of contract foodservice and support services.  We claim that Compass Group improperly pays Assistant Managers a “salary” to avoid paying overtime at time and a half when they work more than 40 hours in a week.  

Stephan Zouras Investigates Companies For Robocalling Without Consumer Consent

Tuesday, June 09 - 2015

Stephan Zouras, LLP is investigating companies which illegally use automated dialing systems and recorded voices to call customers without their consent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  Companies such as CVS, Mariano’s, Walgreens, and more may have been violating the TCPA by “robocalling” customers, reminding them to refill or pick up prescriptions. 

Stephan Zouras Settles Multi-Million Dollar Unpaid Wages Case On Behalf of Customer Engineers “CEs”

Tuesday, January 28 - 2014

We are pleased to announce Stephan Zouras, LLP achieved a multi-million dollar class settlement for over 1100 Customer Engineers “CEs” that worked servicing ATMS for a Fortune 500 Company.  The settlement came after Stephan Zouras obtained nationwide class certification.  Stephan Zouras recovered unpaid wages for time worked by CEs before and after scheduled shifts and during unpaid lunch breaks.  Specifically, time worked by CEs logging into the routing database, reviewing assignments, mapping out routes, logging mileage, completing key audits, loading and unloading vehicles and providing ETA’s among other things.  

Stephan Zouras Represents Whirlyball Employees In Illegal Tip-Pooling and Unpaid Wage Class Action Lawsuit

Tuesday, May 05 - 2015

On March 25, 2015 Stephan Zouras filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of employees of Whirly West, Inc, also known as Whirlyball.   Stephan Zouras represents current and former servers, bartenders, bussers/food runners and referees who were required to participate in what we contend was an invalid tip pool at multiple Whirlyball locations.  Plaintiffs allege that they were not paid properly, including overtime, and that Whirlyball violated the tip-credit provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois Minimum Wage Laws.  Plaintiffs are seeking to recover unpaid wages and other damages.  

Stephan Zouras Files Fair Credit Reporting Act Class Action Lawsuits

Tuesday, April 07 - 2015

Stephan Zouras represents employees who were subjected to improper credit, criminal and other background checks. In recent cases Stephan Zouras filed against Home Depot and Casey’s General Store, Plaintiffs allege the companies violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to provide a stand-alone disclosure authorizing the companies to obtain a consumer report before employment.  
 
Oftentimes consumer reports are inaccurate and can adversely affect those applying for jobs, credit or housing. The FCRA was enacted to protect consumers, with intentions to ensure confidentially, accuracy and proper utilization of consumer reports.  The FCRA requires that all companies conducting consumer reports before employment must acquire the applicant’s authorization on a stand-alone disclosure.  The disclosure must be clear and contain only a notice regarding the consumer report.   Adding additional language to what should be a stand-alone disclosure can be confusing and misleading.  The authorization must also be separate from the job application and should never ask employees to waive any rights.  This and any other language makes the disclosure illegal and non-binding. 

Stephan Zouras Represents Presence Health Employees in Underfunded Pension Plan Lawsuit

Tuesday, April 14 - 2015

On April 2, 2015 Stephan Zouras filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of employees of Presence Health Network.  Plaintiffs allege that Presence has, for many years, violated numerous provisions of ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act), including underfunding the Resurrection Health Care Defined Benefit Plan and the Provena Employees’ Retirement Plan by claiming the Plans are exempt from ERISA’s protections because they are “church based plans.”  As a result of its misclassification, we believe Presence Health underfunded its Plans by tens of millions of dollars.  Recently, Federal District Court Judge Edmond Chang agreed with our position and ruled in favor of our clients on similar claims filed against Advocate Health Care Network.  See Stapleton, et al. v. Advocate Health Care Network and Subsidiaries, et al., 14 cv 1873 (N.Dist.Ill.) (order entered December 31, 2014).  The Court specifically held, “the Advocate plan does not meet the criteria of an exempt church plan under ERISA.”

Court Rules Merck’s MMR Vaccine False Claims Case to Continue as Class Action

Wednesday, October 01 - 2014

On September 5, 2014 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied Merck’s motion to dismiss Plaintiffs’ antitrust claims.  In doing so, the court held that Plaintiffs had sufficiently alleged claims for violations of the Sherman Act.  First, Plaintiffs demonstrated that Merck, as the sole manufacturer of the MMR vaccine, had monopoly power in the market.  Second, Plaintiffs sufficiently alleged that Merck willfully maintained such monopoly power through falsifying data related to the efficacy of the MMR vaccine.  Accordingly the court held that “taking the facts in the light most favorable to Plaintiffs, Defendant’s fraudulent misrepresentations about Defendant’s own product, coupled with the unique facts of the this case (e.g., the 100% monopoly of the market and arguable statutory and contractual duties to disclose information) create the basis for an antitrust claims that Defendant willfully maintained monopoly power through exclusionary tactics.” 

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