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Starbucks Lawsuit Gets Conditional Class Status

A federal judge has granted conditional class-action status to a lawsuit filed by a Starbucks employee who claimed the coffee chain violated wage laws by failing to pay managers overtime. The conditional class covers all people who worked as managers from Jan. 15, 2006 to the present. Starbucks has faced various wage-related suits during the last year, including one in which a California court ordered the company to pay $100 million in tips and interest to baristas who were required to share tips with their supervisors. Melissa Allison, Seattle Times 04/25/2009

Drug Firm Settles Price Inflation Class Action

A prescription drug wholesaler and a drug data publisher have agreed to pay $350 million to settle claims that they conspired to inflate the prices of some medications. In the lawsuit, attorneys for the class claimed that McKesson and FirstDataBank increased the wholesale price for over 400 drugs by 20 to 25 percent through a fraudulent marketing scheme. The proposed settlement covers consumers who paid a co-payment for one of the settlement drugs between August 1, 2001 and March 15, 2005, and uninsured or underinsured consumers who paid the full value of one of the drugs between August 1, 2001 and January 23, 2009. Jon Hood, Consumer Affairs 04/24/2009