Tipped T.G.I. Fridays workers on Thursday hit the chain restaurant with a class action lawsuit in New York federal court claiming it owes them for overtime, minimum wage violations and misappropriated tips for many hours of nontipped "side work" they are required to perform.
A class of tech employees urged a California federal court on Thursday to deny a bid by Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other tech companies to limit evidence in an upcoming trial over their alleged conspiracy to suppress wages and not compete for each others' workers, arguing that the tech giants' request to bar statements about Steve Jobs' character was overbroad.
Expertly helming two major antitrust class actions that are both barreling toward final resolution this summer is the kind of challenge that Hausfeld LLP's Sathya S. Gosselin thrives on — and the kind of work that has landed him among Law360’s top class action lawyers under 40.
A New York state appellate court on Thursday said Apple Bank for Savings provided sufficient disclosures of its overdraft fee policies, including reordering of transactions and applying “courtesy overdrafts,” to customers in upholding the dismissal of a purported class action against the bank.
Employees of The Boeing Co. filed a putative class action Thursday in Washington federal court, claiming the company breached fiduciary duties by not including behavioral therapy coverage for autistic dependents in their benefits plan, in violation of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act.
A Florida state judge has dismissed a putative class action against BB&T Corp. over nonclient check-cashing fees, finding that the bank is allowed such charges through the federal National Bank Act despite a prohibition in Florida state law.
The Third Circuit refused to allow plaintiffs who exited a multidistrict litigation, which accuses Sprint Nextel Corp. of overcharging its customers for a data plan, to file state claims in California, ruling Wednesday that the plaintiffs had indicated they would be arbitrating the dispute.
In a victory for employers, the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday rebuffed the National Labor Relations Board's bid for a full-court review of the panel ruling rejecting its ban on mandatory employment class waivers, but attorneys say businesses should keep an eye on what steps the board takes next, as the issue remains a live one that could ultimately require U.S. Supreme Court resolution.
A consumer hit Bruce Springsteen promoter Live Nation Entertainment Inc. with a proposed class action in New Jersey federal court on Thursday, accusing the ticketing giant of withholding concert tickets and forcing fans into a secondary market where they were forced to pay inflated costs.
A New York federal judge on Thursday revived claims that Ford Motor Co. and IBM Corp. aided and abetted apartheid-era South Africa by selling the government military vehicles and computers, ruling that corporations could be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute.
A California federal judge on Tuesday certified a class that could include more than 130,000 Massage Envy Franchising LLC customers, who claim the chain committed unfair business practices by making them give up contractual rights to massages they had paid for in advance.
A Pennsylvania federal judge granted preliminary approval to a class action settlement in a lawsuit accusing Motorola Mobility Inc. of falsely marketing a watch designed to track personal fitness as being sweat-proof and rain-resistant and refusing to honor warranties for the product when it malfunctioned.
Perkins Coie LLP said on Tuesday it had lured a trial attorney from DLA Piper with expertise defending pharmaceutical companies, medical device makers and food companies in class actions, as well as mass tort and complex cases, to bolster its product liability team in San Diego.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a group of multimedia content owners and producers' putative antitrust class action alleging AT&T Wireless Services Inc., Verizon Wireless and others conspired to allow copyright-infringing multimedia messaging, saying the plaintiffs did not have standing to bring suit.
A Michigan federal judge threw out an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit brought by General Motors Corp. workers who alleged State Street Bank & Trust Co. continued to offer GM stock after it became imprudent, saying the plaintiffs didn’t meet their burden to show that the actions were unreasonable.
A Florida federal judge on Wednesday nixed a proposed class action accusing Rick's Cabaret International Inc. of failing to pay dancers proper minimum and overtime wages, granting the strip club owner's bid to compel arbitration despite a plaintiff's objection that arbitration would be too costly.
A consumer suing the National Football League and Reebok International Ltd. over their exclusive licensing deal blasted their bid to toss the state-law claims from his putative class action, telling a California federal court Wednesday that professional football is not immune from consumer claims under the state's antitrust law.
TIG Insurance Co. on Tuesday sued the National Hockey League and nearly a dozen insurers in New York state court, contesting that it owed coverage for two class actions brought by hockey players over concussion injuries.
Delaware's high court last month redefined how it would handle shareholder suits challenging controlling-party buyouts, flipping the review in favor of boards in a landmark decision driven by a Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP team that had a game-changing outcome in its sights from the get-go.
Mazda Motor of America Inc. was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court Wednesday accusing the company of failing to honor customer warranties by not repairing flooded engines in RX-8s with a defect known for disabling the cars' ability to "zoom-zoom."
The Target Corp. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey data breaches differed in manner, size and scope, but both reveal the vulnerabilities all companies are facing. A nuanced, more responsive, and more uniform legal and regulatory framework is required. That environment is being shaped by private actions, legislative and administrative responses, and various corporate initiatives, say Mark Salah Morgan and Andres Acebo of Day Pitney LLP.
There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.
In its effort to protect public companies and legitimate businesses in general, the U.S. Supreme Court appears to be overlooking the effect its rulings are having on those for whom the fraud provisions of the securities laws were designed to protect. Should the court ring the death knell on class action securities cases, the South Florida climate for Ponzi schemers and other fraudsters will become better than ever, says Lawrence Kellogg, a founding partner of Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP.
Jewel litigation has been filed after every major law firm bankruptcy in the past 10 years, including Lyon & Lyon, Brobeck, Coudert, Thelen, Heller and Howrey. These lawsuits have produced years of litigation, with similar suits expected in the Dewey bankruptcy. Despite the legal uncertainties surrounding such claims, hiring firms can take steps now to minimize their Jewel risk for any lateral hire, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
While the actual breaches are unknown, Heartbleed has the potential to expose all of a lawyer's files stored or transmitted online. The bug raises professional responsibility questions and offers confirmation of the greatest anxieties that the legal industry has about online practice. In fact, the timing is poor for many legal tech providers, following a general industry warming to cloud offerings, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice is unlikely to have a sweeping effect on securities or class action litigation. However, professions engaged in assisting clients obtain financing will likely change their internal controls to avoid potential problems in the future — we may even see law and accounting firms called into court to justify their actions, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.
Insurers and regulators remain divided over the application of unclaimed property laws to life insurance, and some have increasingly resorted to litigation over the interpretation and administration of unclaimed property statutes. However, given pending case law, 2014 may be the year judicial guidance brings clarity to unclaimed property and insurance law relevant to pending multistate audits, say attorneys at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
Federal courts have recently brought some sanity to Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation and, specifically, what constitutes an automatic telephone dialing system. Until the Federal Communications Commission weighs in, defendants facing TCPA class actions may cite the Gragg, Hunt and Dominguez decisions for support or seek a stay of proceedings, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.
A New York state appeals court recently refined the New York Court of Appeals' ruling in Caronia v. Philip Morris USA Inc., allowing plaintiffs to pursue medical monitoring as a form of damages where they had an existing tort cause of action. Parties can expect further litigation on the issue of what constitutes physical injury sufficient to seek damages for medical monitoring since injury can be an entryway for such damages, says Kristie Tappan of Sedgwick LLP.
Interpretive statements by the Federal Communications Commission may be accorded undue weight by courts and litigants, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act decisions that turn on FCC positions frequently escape appellate review either because defendants are pressured into settling, or because the Hobbs Act has been construed as preventing private litigants from asserting constitutional or Chevron challenges to FCC action, say Anthony Anscombe and Mary Elizabeth Buckley of Sedgwick LLP.