AK Steel ERISA Lawsuit Settlement
In 2011, Greg Coleman was a part of a team of attorneys who won a $178.6 million class action settlement for retirees of AK Steels Butler Works Plant in western Pennsylvania. In 2006, AK Steel negotiated with the United Auto Workers at Butler Works to reduce the retirees benefits.
However, none of the retirees were allowed to vote on this agreement and had no seats at the bargaining table.
Product Liability Class Action
Greg Coleman along with co-counsel Wexler Wallace LLP and Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger LLC, has obtained a settlement with a minimum settlement value of more than $35.5 million in a nationwide product liability class action against Electrolux Home Products, Inc. The case was filed in the Central District of California before United States District Judge Christina Snyder. At the final approval hearing, Judge Snyder recognized that the settlement confers significant benefits to Class members, totaling a minimum of $35.5 million in projected-utilization values. An order granting final approval was entered on September 11, 2014.
The lawsuit sought relief on behalf of a nationwide class of consumers who purchased allegedly dangerous and defective clothes dryers from Electrolux marketed under a variety of brands, including Electrolux, Frigidaire, and Kenmore. Plaintiffs allege that the design, which allows lint to accumulate next to the heat source, has caused thousands of dryer fires throughout the United States, and that fires are made more dangerous by Electrolux's use of flammable plastic parts.
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AK Steel Lawsuit Update
Law360, New York (September 19, 2012, 6:23 PM ET) - An Ohio federal judge on Wednesday approved a $15.8 million settlement for AK Steel Corp. and a group of retirees and their families, resolving class action allegations that the steelmaker violated federal pension law by cutting their health care benefits.
AK Steel will pay $5.2 million to ensure the former workers and their families pay lower insurance premiums until 2016, and will set aside $10.6 million in a trust fund to provide health and welfare benefits to the class members, according to settlement documents.
Watts Regulator Co. Settlement
Greg Coleman, along with co-counsel, settled two class actions lawsuits against Watts Regulator Co. for a combined $14 million. The settlements resolve claims from homeowners that Water Heater and FloodSafe Connectors designed, manufactured, distributed and/or sold by Watts are defective and caused significant water damage to their homes.
The lawsuits were filed in United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. Those who own, owned, lease or leased a property with one of these devices after Nov. 4, 2008 are entitled to submit a claim for compensation from the common fund.
Visit www.connectorsettlements.com for more information about the settlements.
Greg Coleman of Greg Coleman Law PC and co-counsel, Tycko And Zavareei LLP, Wexler Wallace LLP, et al., settled class action lawsuits against The American Psychological Association and American Psychological Association Practice Organization concerning payments of a practice assessment by certain members of APA to APAPO beginning in dues year 2001. On Wednesday, January 28th, the parties announced a proposed settlement which establishes a $9.02 Million settlement fund to be used to pay claims made by current or former members of APA who have paid the practice assessment since dues year 2001, as well as attorneys fees and certain other costs. A preliminary fairness hearing will be scheduled.
APA President, Dr. Barry Anton stated: We are pleased that we have been able to reach a settlement with the named plaintiffs to settle this dispute and are hopeful the settlement will be approved promptly by the court. Plaintiffs believe that this is an excellent resolution of this litigation. First, the Defendants will further clarify their dues statements to make absolutely clear that APAPO dues are completely optional for APA members. Second, APA members who believe they were misled into paying the APAPO dues will be able to receive compensation.
For more information about the settlement, visit www.practiceassessmentsettlement.com
Nissan Altima Melting Dashboard Settlement
Greg Coleman, along with Greg Coleman attorneys Mark Silvey and Adam Edwards, and co-counsel settled a class action lawsuit against Nissan Motor Company on Jan. 6, 2017, less than two weeks before the lawsuit was set to go to trial. The settlement resolves claims that defective dashboards in 2008 and 2009 Altima cars can melt and become sticky, shiny and reflective after long-term exposure to sunlight. The settlement is valued between $5.3 million and $59.3 million, depending on the number of claims that are filed.
The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of Florida in Miami and provides reimbursement for Florida residents who purchased a Nissan Altima in Florida and have paid, or will pay, to replace a melting dashboard. The settlement covers all but $250 of the $1,500 to $2,000 cost to replace a dashboard.
Visit www.FloridaAltimaClassActionSettlement.com for more information about the settlement.
Verdict Rendered Against Keeble, Pinto and Star Transportation, Inc.
A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries when a trucker waved another vehicle into traffic and the motorcyclists path. A 12-member jury in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, awarded a total of $2.5 million in compensatory damages to plaintiff Sally Jenkins against defendants Keeble, Pinto and Star Transportation, Inc. in the personal injury trial entitled, Sally Jenkins v. Lawrence Keeble, Marcelo Pinto and Star Transportation, Inc.; Davidson County Circuit Court No. 03c2578.
The verdict was reached after a week-long trial and a six hour deliberation by the jury. Plaintiff Jenkins was driving a motorcycle when the driver of a Star Transportation truck waved Mr. Keeble into the path of Plaintiff. Seventy-seven percent on Star Transportation who disputed involvement of its truck; twenty percent on Mr. Keeble; and three percent on plaintiff. The trial team was led by attorney Gregory F. Coleman. This verdict was Tennessee's largest auto negligence verdict in 2009.
Amanda Satterfield Asbestos Case
At the age of 25, Amanda Satterfield passed away due to mesothelioma which she had developed after being exposed to asbestos as an infant. Her father worked at Alcoa's aluminum plant. Her father's clothes were covered in a high amount of asbestos that was able to be passed on.
Amanda passed away before she was able to see justice for her illness, but her family continued her lawsuit, suing Alcoa for $10 million in punitive damages and $10 million in compensatory damages.
Gary West Vehicle Accident Case
Gary West was seriously injured in a head-on collision in a northbound lane of US Highway 11W on July 22, 2000. He crashed into Brian Lee Tarver who was driving drunk on the highway in a south-bound direction. Employees at a convenience store refused to sell beer to Tarver, but allowed him to purchase $3 worth of gasoline. Tarver was so intoxicated that an employee had to help him pump the gas into his car. Tarver proceeded to drive the wrong direction down the highway without the vehicle's lights on.
The Tennessee Supreme Court held that it was the stores responsibility to not sell gasoline to an inebriated customer and that they should be held liable for the accident.
ANDESINE-LABRADORITE CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
Class action settlement reached in case involving defective products from Jewelry Television (JTV).