A government contractor involved in several major projects around Washington, D.C., has agreed to pay $900,000 to settle claims it routinely subjected women and minorities to rampant discrimination and harassment, the U.S. Department of Labor announced on Wednesday.
AgFeed Industries Inc. agreed to pay $7 million to end a putative class action brought by investors who said the bankrupt animal nutrition and commercial hog-production company and its executives lied about the company’s financial health, according to a filing in Tennessee court Wednesday.
Restaurant company Maxfield's LLC won't face sanctions in a proposed wage-and-hour class action after the company accidentally threw out a garbage bag full of employees' timecards, a Wisconsin federal judge ruled Wednesday.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday threw out a class action brought by "black car" drivers alleging federal and state wage law violations on the part of companies that dispatch them to ferry corporate clients, finding the drivers are independent contractors as opposed to employees.
The makers of several glucosamine-based supplements have agreed to pay $3.1 million to settle a proposed class action in California federal court accusing them of misleading consumers about the products' supposed joint health benefits despite myriad scientific evidence disputing those claims.
Qantas Airways Ltd. and Singapore Airlines Ltd. have agreed to pay a total of $9.75 million to settle an antitrust class action accusing the carriers of conspiring to fix rates for passenger fares on transpacific flights, according to court papers filed in California federal court Tuesday.
The recent rejection of large proposed classes in Fair Labor Standards Act cases against McDonald's Corp. and Darden Restaurants Inc. underscores some courts' concerns about the manageability of sweeping collective actions and highlights potential problems that employers can exploit to defeat gargantuan wage suits, lawyers say.
A Virginia federal judge on Tuesday trimmed a proposed class action accusing U.S. Army contractor Global Linguist Solutions LLC of forcing translators to endure squalid living conditions and substandard medical care after their passports were confiscated while working in Kuwait.
A California appeals court has ended investor litigation against Mentor Corp. over its $1.1 billion sale to Johnson & Johnson, saying the breast-implant maker's board didn't betray shareholders by choosing the $31-per-share offer, ignoring much higher estimates, because the financial context was uncertain in late 2008 when the sale was conceived.
A California appellate court on Tuesday partially reversed a judgment and $1.5 million fee award for a Ford dealership in a consolidated row alleging class and individual fraud claims, saying it improperly backdated contracts but properly refunded smog-check fees and gave consumers copies of their credit applications.
An attorney for Deloitte & Touche LLP said in New York federal court on Wednesday that the company is exploring a settlement with a group of auditor employees who claim they were wrongly denied overtime pay, but cautioned that he was "not optimistic" a deal would be reached.
An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed class action alleging that Neiman Marcus Group LLC negligently failed to protect 350,000 customers' credit card information prior to a 2013 hack into the high-end department store's servers, ruling the plaintiffs had lacked Article III standing.
Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products Inc. has settled a proposed class action brought against it for allegedly concealing sugar in its tea-like yerba mate products by calling the ingredient "organic evaporated cane juice," according to documents filed Tuesday in California federal court.
Target Corp.’s $350,000 class action settlement with workers over delayed paychecks was signed off by a California district judge on Tuesday, who also approved a reduced cost request from class attorneys she had scolded for seeking reimbursement on coffees and sushi dinners.
A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday tossed a putative class action accusing AEG Live LLC of driving up ticket prices for concerts by Bon Jovi and Justin Bieber by wrongfully withholding tickets from customers, ruling the suit's conclusory allegations lack factual support.
Employees of a cloud-services company that Best Buy Co. Inc. had sold won remand of their suit accusing it of reneging on stock options contractually promised to them, with a Minnesota federal judge saying Tuesday that Best Buy didn't show the amount at issue exceeds the threshold for removal.
Canon Solutions America Inc. has agreed to settle a proposed class action brought by a former data entry worker who had accused the company of illegal criminal background check practices, according to a dismissal notice filed in New Jersey federal court Tuesday.
Hi-Crush Partners LP got an early nod from a New York federal judge Tuesday to pay $3.8 million cash to stomp out allegations the fracking sand maker sugarcoated the souring relationship with one of its largest clients in the lead-up to its initial public offering.
Performing rights organization SESAC LLC has agreed to settle a proposed antitrust class action brought by a group of local TV stations over its licensing practices and alleged monopolization of the market for certain song rights, according to a letter filed in New York federal court Monday.
Ruby Tuesday Inc. on Monday agreed to pay $3 million to end a wage-and-hour collective action in New York federal court accusing the restaurant chain of forbidding more than 4,000 tipped employees from logging all of their hours into the company's timekeeping system.
To minimize exposure to the recent influx of Fair Credit Reporting Act complaints it is best to use a properly worded stand-alone document and keep all other content in the employment application form separate and distinct, say Stephanie Sheridan and Denise Trani-Morris of Sedgwick LLP.
As the securities class action continues to experience death by a thousand cuts, we may soon see increasing numbers of the "disaggregated class" — a new tactic some plaintiff attorneys have begun to deploy to work around the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act by filing duplicative state court cases, says Benjamin Edwards of Michigan State University College of Law.
Arguments in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases at the district level were outweighed by the Third Circuit in McLaughlin v. Phelan Hallinan & Schmeig LLP, which establishes that a debtor’s failure to dispute a debt will not likely be a basis for dismissal of claims, say Wayne Streibich and Louise Bowes of Blank Rome LLP.
On average, a legal professional forwards content to 14 different people per week. Yet many attorneys and staff lack an understanding of copyright and their firm’s specific policies regarding shared third-party materials, says Roy Kaufman of Copyright Clearance Center.
MacRae v. HCR Manor Care Services could be seen as helpful to professional liability insurers because it makes the applicable standard for nursing hours per patient day clear, while also making it more difficult for residents to assert class action claims against these type of facilities, say James Koelzer and Charles Cannizzaro of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP.
As the California Supreme Court pointed out in Duran v. U.S. Bank, determining the appropriate sample size in a class action needs to be based on scientific principles and some understanding of the underlying population’s distribution — if the variation in the population is significant a large sample size may be required, says Sarah Butler of National Economic Research Associates Inc.
Trials are stressful and, while there is a certain kind of nervousness from the fear of being embarrassed among inexperienced lawyers, learning how to examine and cross-examine witnesses as well as how to craft arguments are not mechanical and can only be mastered through experience, say John Worden and Lindsey Berg of Schiff Hardin LLP.
In Stewart v. Beam Global Spirits & Wine, a New Jersey district judge's upholding of Third Circuit precedent dismissing the use of affidavits among potential members to class actions indicates courts are increasingly placing the burden of ascertainability on plaintiffs, not only to protect defendants but also absent class members, says Scott Shaffer of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund decision has reinvigorated another battle in securities class actions — whether courts should delay merits discovery until after its decision on class certification, says Glenn Vanzura of Irell & Manella LLP.
With more and more traditionalists and baby boomers retiring, the pendulum in corporate law departments will continue to swing toward younger generations. The demographic shift underscores the shift in the skills that different generations prioritize — notably, nonlegal skills, says James Merklinger of the Association of Corporate Counsel.