Bloomberg LP has agreed to pay almost $5.5 million to resolve a proposed class action brought by New York call center employees who claimed that the news and financial data service underpaid them, according to court documents on Wednesday.
A Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday denied a bid by Friendly's Ice Cream LLC to dismiss its franchisees from a putative class action accusing the chain of various wage violations, saying the restaurant chain's motion can't be made at this stage.
A Texas federal judge on Wednesday determined that a helicopter paramedic's putative class action alleging a Houston hospital didn't pay overtime and made the crews work through lunch breaks can proceed and denied the hospital's bid to duck the claims.
A California federal judge on Wednesday signed off on a $3.6 million settlement to resolve collective action claims that Swift Transportation Co. failed to pay customer service representatives proper overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Lyft Inc. agreed Wednesday to pay $27 million to close out a proposed class action brought by California drivers who say they were misclassified as independent contractors, more than doubling an earlier offer thrown out by a California federal judge last month.
Weight Watchers International Inc. beat a proposed investor class action alleging the company concealed problems with a new software rollout and threats from competition when a New York judge ruled Wednesday the complaint’s allegations about why customers left amounted to possible “industry gossip.”
Jamaican workers who accused a South Carolina golf resort of cheating them out of wages under the H-2B visa program on Wednesday reached a $2.3 million settlement agreement that will end their class action.
Saying that Delaware’s partnership laws are “explicitly contractual,” a Chancery Court judge dismissed a class suit Wednesday challenging a $446 million pipeline deal that gave a master limited partnership only one-third of the return granted to the MLP’s controlling general partners.
The attorneys representing a class of property owners alleging Honeywell International Inc. caused property damage and health risks through chromium pollution in Jersey City, New Jersey, will get $2.5 million in fees as part of a $10 million settlement blessed by a judge Wednesday, after a fee dispute had stalled its finalization.
A bloc of cranberry growers for Ocean Spray and other “handler” companies was denied class certification on Tuesday in their suit accusing the juice and snack company of pushing down their prices to favor other growers, when a federal judge ruled that the class failed many of the basic tests for certification.
A proposed class action filed by a group of disgruntled fans of the former St. Louis Rams football team was punted back to Missouri state court on Tuesday after a federal judge found that despite the NFL team’s “bald assertion” that owner Stan Kroenke was a citizen of Wyoming, he actually lived in Missouri.
An Arizona federal judge has approved a $1.47 million settlement between a CVS Pharmacy affiliate and a class of corporate employees claiming they had been misclassified as exempt from overtime pay, and subsequently dismissed the litigation.
A Florida magistrate judge on Tuesday recommended that an attorney who filed objections on behalf of himself and a class member to a $4.5 million settlement with Tom’s of Maine Inc. over “natural” toothpaste claims should not be sanctioned, finding the dual objections did not amount to a conflict of interest.
RushCard has reached a deal to reimburse all charges for thousands of customers who were allegedly shut out of their prepaid card accounts in October, paying up to $19 million for users’ outside losses and $1.5 million in attorneys’ fees, lawyers confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday.
Fresh Market agreed to pay $5 million to settle a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action accusing the upscale grocery chain of stiffing department managers on overtime pay, according to documents filed Tuesday in Connecticut federal court.
Two iron pipe fitting companies accused of fixing prices will pay more than $2.6 million to settle a class action with indirect purchasers of their products, according to documents filed Tuesday in New Jersey federal court.
A proposed class of former patients who accused a group of hospitals and their records administrator of overcharging for copies of their medical records have plausibly alleged that they were injured because of the excessive fees, the Second Circuit ruled Tuesday, overturning a lower court’s dismissal of the dispute.
Vizio Inc. has reached a $2.3 million settlement in a proposed class action alleging Vizio falsely advertised that its 2014 smart televisions could access streaming video content through an Amazon app, a Monday filing in California federal court said.
Alorica Inc., a national call center operator, has agreed to pay $9.25 million to resolve a collective action claiming that it underpaid customer service representatives across the country, according to documents filed on Monday in California federal court.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay $150 million to settle fraud allegations tied to its “London Whale” trading debacle, after a New York federal judge gave final approval to the class action settlement on Tuesday morning.
Countries outside the U.S. are implementing class action systems, and it is becoming increasingly important for issuers to pay attention to this evolving landscape given the increasing likelihood of parallel securities claims brought both in the United States and abroad, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Unless and until Congress alters the arbitration landscape, online retailers would be wise to follow the “reasonable communicativeness” path highlighted by the Seventh Circuit's ruling in Sgouros v. Transunion, because agreements that clearly evidence a user’s assent could mean the difference between a consumer arbitration and a class action, say Edward Boyle and Shahin Rothermel at Venable LLP.
Building relationships with your partners and keeping a finger on the pulse of firmwide legal activity yields strong benefits. However, many attorneys never quite pick up on this important tool while in the trenches of practice. Courtney Hollins and Dan Ujczo at Dickinson Wright PLLC offer tips for cultivating a strong firmwide communication network.
This week, the Ninth Circuit issued a crushing blow to a plaintiff who sought to use the California Labor Code to extract millions of dollars in penalties from his former employer, Time Warner, based entirely on the theory that over a 13-month period he was “underpaid” $15.02 and is owed compensation for precisely one minute. The decision restores some sanity to wage-and-hour jurisprudence, says Adam Rosenthal of Sheppard Mullin Ri... (continued)
Perhaps what the recent $100 million Uber settlement shows us, more than anything, is the weakness of regulating labor standards through the method of private attorneys bringing class actions. But more important than these legal maneuvers is the issue of work changing in response to technological restructuring, says Miriam Cherry, a professor at Saint Louis University School of Law.
The fact that jurors are a captive audience doesn’t mean they are any more invested in your presentation than people who walk out of a boring movie. Jurors can’t physically leave, but they can and do mentally check out. If you are a trial lawyer, you should think about whether your squirm factor is high, moderate or low — and what, if necessary, you can do to change it, says Dr. Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions.
In the wake of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death the pendulum may already be swinging back in favor of class actions. In fact, the post-Scalia court now sits divided evenly on business litigation issues, or perhaps even favoring consumers for the first time in a long time, say Brian Kabateck and Natalie Pang at Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP.
Unfortunately, many sharing economy companies have tried to have it both ways — benefiting from the cost savings of calling workers independent contractors while at the same time treating them as employees in most other respects. Guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that many of these companies have misclassified their workers as independent contractors, say Rachel Bien and Cara Chomski of Outten & Golden LLP.
“The operation of taxicabs is a local business,” declared the U.S. Supreme Court more than 60 years ago. Hence, standards for on-demand transportation exist at the local or state level to adapt to local needs and the regulatory and political climate of the locality. The onset of ride-sharing has significantly altered this dynamic, says Peter Mazer, general counsel of the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade in New York.
A short-lived class action seeking allegedly unpaid royalties for content that World Wrestling Entertainment sold or licensed to both Netflix and to WWE Network is a free lesson in the challenges that both new and traditional over-the-top licensors may face, and how profit participant plaintiffs might seek to pursue networks and broadcasters for streaming royalties going forward, says Nathaniel Bach of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.