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Haeggquist & Eck, LLP Investigates Amyris Officers and Directors Regarding Restatement of Financial Results

San Diego – (Businesswire): Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, a leading shareholder rights litigation firm, is investigating whether certain directors and officers of Amyris, Inc. (“Amyris” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AMRS) breached their fiduciary duties to the Company and its shareholders.  If you are an Amyris shareholder, you are encouraged to contact Amber Eck at Haeggquist & Eck for additional information.

Amyris is an industrial biotech company that develops and produces chemical ingredients, including flavors and fragrance, cosmetics ingredients, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals.

On April 11, 2019, Amyris filed a form 8-K with the SEC announcing that it would be restating its financial results for the period ending March 31, 2018 through September 30, 2018.  Amyris attributed the restatement to material errors made in connection with its revenue recognition practices, expenses, and certain foreign currency transactions. On this news, its stock dropped $1.51, or approximately 39% from its April 10, 2019 trading price.

Haeggquist & Eck is investigating whether Amyris and its officers and directors made, or allowed Amyris to make, false and/or misleading statements to investors, and whether they breached their fiduciary duties by failing to maintain adequate internal controls over Amyris’ operations and financial reporting.

What You Can Do

If you are an Amyris shareholder, you may have legal claims against its directors and officers.  If you wish to discuss this investigation, or have questions about this notice or your legal rights, please contact attorney Amber Eck at 619-342-8000 or e-mail her at ambere@haelaw.com.  There is no cost or obligation to you.

Haeggquist & Eck, LLP is a nationally recognized leader in shareholder rights law. The firm represents individual investors in shareholder derivative lawsuits, and members of the firm have helped shareholders recover more than $1 billion of value for themselves and the companies in which they have invested.

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Haeggquist & Eck is Investigating First American Title Insurance Co. Regarding Its Reported Data Breach

San Diego – (Businesswire): Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, a leading consumer rights litigation firm, is investigating First American Title Insurance Co. (“First American” or the “Company”) (NYSE: FAF).

First American provides title insurance to homebuyers and settlement services for sellers, real estate agents, brokers, mortgage lenders, and others involved in real estate transactions.

An investigation has disclosed that First American, one of the largest U.S. title insurers, may have allowed unauthorized access to more than 885 million records related to mortgage deals going back to 2003.  These records are reported as containing private and sensitive information about home buyers and sellers, including bank-account numbers, statements, mortgage and tax records, social security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and driver’s license images.   

First American has confirmed the breach to at least one news agency.  The Company is now subject to possible violations of numerous consumer protection statutes and laws in which the Company could be liable to pay substantial damages.  

What You Can Do

If you have used First American, likely as part of a real estate transaction, you may have legal claims against First American.  If you wish to discuss this investigation, or have questions about this notice or your legal rights, please call attorney Amber Eck or Aaron Olsen at 619-342-8000 or e-mail at ambere@haelaw.com or aarono@haelaw.com.  There is no cost or obligation to you.  

Haeggquist & Eck, LLP is a nationally recognized leader in consumer rights law. The firm represents class members in consumer rights lawsuits, and members of the firm have helped consumers recover millions of dollars in value.

This release constitutes attorney advertising.  Past results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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Haeggquist & Eck, LLP
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Aaron Olsen, aarono@haelaw.com

Haeggquist & Eck Investigates Conspiracy to Fix Prices on Generic Drugs by Lannett Officers and Directors

San Diego – (Businesswire): Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, a leading shareholder rights litigation firm, is investigating whether certain officers and directors of Lannett Company, Inc. (“Lannett” or the “Company”) (NYSE: LCI) breached their fiduciary duties to the Company and its shareholders.

Lannett is a generic drug maker that grew quickly starting in 2013, largely due to big price increases.  In fact, the price of its generic drug Digoxin, a life-saving heart failure drug, rose 857% from April 2013 to April 2015. Lannett’s business strategy has been to enter into industry-wide price fixing agreements with other drug manufacturers.

Extensive regulatory investigations have revealed that Lannett was involved in an industry-wide conspiracy to fix prices for at least 18 different generic drugs, including Levothyroxine and Doxycycline.

On May 10, 2019, the state of Connecticut and 40 other states filed an amended complaint launching a new wave of expanded charges against Lannett and other generic drug makers and their current and former employees.  In fact, Lannett’s current Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Operations Officer, Maureen Cavanaugh, and Lannett’s current Director of National Accounts, Tracey Sullivan-DiValerio, are named as defendants in the price-fixing suit.

This price-fixing could subject Lannett to massive fines of over $250 million, according to Seeking Alpha.  Lannett is also defending itself against lawsuits alleging securities fraud, consumer fraud, and antitrust violations.  On May 15, 2019, the federal court denied Lannett’s motion to dismiss the securities fraud complaint, which allows that litigation to proceed.

What You Can Do

If you are an Lannett shareholder, you may have legal claims against Lannett’s directors and officers.  If you wish to discuss this investigation, or have questions about this notice or your legal rights, please call attorney Amber Eck at 619-342-8000 or e-mail her at ambere@haelaw.com.  There is no cost or obligation to you.  

Haeggquist & Eck, LLP is a nationally recognized leader in shareholder rights law. The firm represents individual investors in shareholder derivative lawsuits, and members of the firm have helped shareholders recover more than $1 billion of value for themselves and the companies in which they have invested.

This release constitutes attorney advertising.  Past results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Contact
Haeggquist & Eck, LLP
619-342-8000
Amber Eck, ambere@haelaw.com

‘I Want What My Male Colleague Has, and That Will Cost a Few Million Dollars’

Women at the Salk Institute say they faced a culture of marginalization and hostility. The numbers from other elite scientific institutions suggest they’re not alone.

Northern San Diego County is a scientific mecca, home to some of the world’s leading biotech companies, renowned research institutions and a world-class university. But the Salk Institute for Biological Research, perched on a cliff above the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, is distinguished even among its neighbors. Jonas Salk founded the institution in 1963 as a kind of second legacy, after the millions of lives saved with his polio vaccine.

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Massage therapists sue Grand Del Mar for sexual harassment

MAR 2, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Two women who worked as massage therapists at the Grand Del Mar are suing the resort’s parent company, claiming the spa allowed them to be sexually harassed by male clients.

Christina Murphy and Madeline Flores made allegations this week of sexual harassment, failure to prevent harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation against FHR GDM Hotel Management Company LLC.

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Massage therapists sue Grand Del Mar hotel over client sexual harassment

FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Two certified massage therapists are suing San Diego’s five-star resort, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, alleging management failed to protect them from repeated inappropriate sexual behavior by certain clients.

The two women, who no longer work at the golfing and spa resort in Carmel Valley, say managers acted too little or too late to ban the male clients or stop them from uncovering while on the massage table and asking for explicit touching.

Plaintiffs Christina Murphy and Madeline Flores allege that at least four other female massage therapists — who are not named in the lawsuit — were victimized in the same manner over an 11-year span.

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Final gender discrimination case at Salk Institute ends in settlement

22 NOVEMBER 2018

The last of three high-profile lawsuits against the prestigious California institute has been settled.
The prestigious Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, has settled the final of three high-profile gender-discrimination lawsuits filed last year. The latest agreement was announced on 21 November.
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Top US biomedical institute settles gender-discrimination lawsuits

The Salk Institute has reached a deal with two of three female scientists who alleged unequal treatment.

 

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has settled a pair of gender-discrimination lawsuits brought last year by senior female scientists.

Cancer researchers Katherine Jones and Victoria Lundblad have agreed to drop all claims against the institute in La Jolla, California, according to a joint statement released on 7 August.

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Salk Institute Settles 2 Gender Bias Suits

Southern California’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies has settled two of three gender discrimination lawsuits filed by top female scientists.

The renowned research center and two former plaintiffs, Kathy Jones and Vicki Lundblad, said in a statement Tuesday that they’ve agreed to “put our disagreements behind” and “move forward together.” Terms were not disclosed.

The third plaintiff, Beverly Emerson, will continue the lawsuit against the Salk, according to her attorney Alreen Haeggquist.

“Salk ended Dr. Emerson’s career at the Salk because she brought Salk’s gender discrimination to light,” Haeggquist said.

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Salk Gender-Discrimination Lawsuit to Go to Trial

A judge throws out several of researcher Beverly Emerson’s claims, but the case proceeds.

Sep 4, 2018

Molecular biologist Beverly Emerson’s case against the Salk Institute will go to trial this December, after a judge last week (August 30) threw out three of her claims but let one stand. Emerson, now a professor emerita at Salk, says she was for decades denied professional opportunities available to male faculty members at the institute.

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Some claims tossed, but Salk Institute sex bias case will move forward

Three claims against the Salk Institute have been thrown out in a gender discrimination lawsuit, but the case is still headed for trial.

Superior Court Judge Eddie Sturgeon ruled Thursday that there was not enough evidence to proceed with three of four claims challenged by the institute, but that a discriminatory treatment claim brought by former Salk researcher Beverly Emerson can move forward.

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CVN’s Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts of 2017

Jan 5, 2018

2017 was a busy year for Courtroom View Network! As the only news organization in the country focused on webcasting high-stakes civil trials, CVN covered everything from bellwether product liability trials, to medical malpractice trials, to complex commercial trials, and along the way filmed some of the nation’s top trial attorneys in action, in their element, in front of a real live jury. 

We also launched our exciting new “CVN Essentials” product, offering specially curated content like our popular “Trial in 20 Minutes” video summaries.

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OCTOBER 19, 2017

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LuLaRoe Is Getting Sued for Being a ‘Pyramid Scheme’

LuLaRoe is headed for a new level of legal trouble. The company, known for its vibrant print leggings and affordable casualwear, has withstood allegations of defective leggings and faulty clothing. Now, a class-action lawsuit names the company as a “pyramid scheme.”

Amber Eck, the lawyer who recently won a $25 million settlement against Trump University for charges related to fraudulent business practices, has taken on the case. The suit names four plaintiffs across the country and seeks to represent “thousands of consultants.” The lawsuit alleges six charges of unlawful, fraudulent, and unfair business practices, advertising, and breach of contract under California law.

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Kaiser Accused At Trial Of Firing Employee To Avoid Costly Medical Treatment For Her Son

San Diego — Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente faced claims in a California state courtroom on Wednesday of illegally firing a former medical assistant in order to duck high costs associated with treating her son’s chronic illness.

Plaintiff Maria Gonzalez alleges that Kaiser engaged in disability discrimination, when the company fired her in 2014 while her adult son Pedro, who received his healthcare through Kaiser, sought an expensive operation to treat a debilitating kidney disorder.

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Third Female Scientist Sues Salk Institute Alleging Gender Discrimination

July 20, 2017

A prominent molecular biologist has sued the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, alleging gender discrimination by the life sciences organization, her lawyer announced Thursday.

Beverly Emerson, a Salk employee for nearly 31 years, is the third woman to sue the institute in the past couple of weeks on the issue, along with biologists Vicki Lundblad and Katherine Jones.

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40 Under 40 Awards — 2016

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Trump U Settlement a ‘Great Result’ for Students

SAN DIEGO (CN) – After just 18 months in the business, a four-person San Diego law firm took on Goliath: business mogul – now President-elect – Donald Trump.

Over the course of the next seven years, the attorneys at Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck would litigate two federal class actions on behalf of 7,000 former Trump University students burdened with debt after paying thousands for the real estate school and in the end not getting what they paid for.

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Lawyers for Trump University plaintiffs reveal how they got the case and why they’re forgoing a fee

DECEMBER 20, 2016

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Donald Trump agrees to $25-million settlement in lawsuits against Trump University

NOV 18, 2016

A $25-million settlement was reached Friday resolving three fraud lawsuits filed against Donald Trump and his now-defunct Trump University, averting the prospect of a trial for the president-elect.

The settlement covers two class-action suits filed in San Diego and a third suit brought by the New York state attorney general. The deal comes 10 days after Trump was elected president and 10 days before the first of the cases was set to go to trial.

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Mr. Olsen appeared as a guest on Channel 7 NBC News and Channel 6 News to provide legal analysis on the sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner:

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Third female professor sues Salk Institute, alleging gender discrimination

The San Diego Union-Tribune – July 20, 2017

Accusations of gender discrimination are growing at the Salk Institute, where a third female professor has sued the La Jolla science center for allegedly giving preference to men in pay, promotions, grant funding and leadership positions.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/science/sd-me-beverly-emerson-salk-lawsuit-20170720-story.html


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Sony Gets Early Nod On Settlement In Vaio Laptop Defect Suit

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… Deborah Dixon of Gomez Trial Attorneys, and Helen Irene Zeldes, Alreen Haeggquist and Aaron M. Olsen of Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck LLP, …

Trump U Settlement a ‘Great Result’ for Students

Courthouse News ServiceDec 29, 2016
Over the course of the next seven years, the attorneys at Zeldes Haeggquist & Eckwould litigate two federal class actions on behalf of 7,000 …

With judge’s sign-off, Trump to pay $25 million in Trump U case …

Washington PostDec 21, 2016
… always been to help class members put Trump University behind them,” said Amber Eck, co-lead counsel for the former students who sued.

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The San Diego Union-TribuneDec 11, 2016
Aaron Olsen, an attorney at Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, took the call in January 2010 and, unlike the prosecutors and other civil attorneys who …

Lawyers for Trump University plaintiffs reveal how they got the case …

ABA JournalDec 20, 2016
But that’s what happened when Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck agreed in 2010 to represent a dissatisfied Trump University student, the San Diego …