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NLRB Gives Leeway to Employers to Fire Workers for Abusive Conduct
The government's ruling on the General Motors case limits employee protection for offensive language or behavior in the workplace.
By Simpluris Research - August 17, 2020 at 8:39 AM
Supreme Court Bans LGBTQ Job Discrimination
The High Court ruled that gays and transgenders are protected by the federal civil law prohibiting employers from firing workers based on sexual orientation.
By Simpluris Research - June 22, 2020 at 11:19 AM
Facebook Pays Settlement To Content Moderators For Trauma
NPR just announced that Facebook reached a $52M payout following a class action lawsuit for failure to provide a safe working environment for its content moderators. The suit claims that as a result of the repeated exposure to extreme graphic content, many content moderators suffered "debilitating physical and psychological harm," including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The settlement gives class members, consisting of current or former content moderators, $1000 each and up to $50,000 for medical treatment. Facebook also agreed to provide mental health counseling to its moderators.
By Simpluris Research - May 20, 2020 at 10:24 AM
Government Looks to Prevent Litigation Epidemic As Businesses Reopen
As the government shifts its focus from coronavirus containment to restarting the economy, discussions have begun in Congress regarding the second pandemic relief bill, in particular, the issue of providing immunity for businesses from lawsuits related to the pandemic. As companies reopen, employees want to return to work without the risk of getting sick. At the same time, employers want liability protection from workers who might get COVID-19 on the job and decide to sue. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who will oversee much of the coronavirus relief legislation, thinks a lawsuit shield for companies against possible claims must be included.
By Simpluris Research - May 14, 2020 at 1:28 PM
Two Poor Boys – And Class Action Defendants, Part 3
The putative class action plaintiffs, the fans, ticket holders, come out swinging. ‘No’, they exclaim, this is a classic case of fraudulently inducing consumers to purchase PPV and tickets to the fight under false pretenses by concealing material facts, a serious injury existing before the fight, before any sales of PPV and to the fight arena. Before the contracts were even signed. Those disclosures certainly would have disrupted PPV and ticket sales, a circumstance unfavorable to all defendants. It was hidden from the consumers.
By Simpluris Research Team - February 4, 2020 at 8:15 AM
Two Poor Boys – And Class Action Defendants, Part 2
The 400 million dollar fight of the century, but Manny Pacquiao never disclosed his torn rotator cuff injury prior to signing the deal, or telling Nevada boxing authorities before the fight. A defensive, boring fight resulted. Numerous class actions were quickly filed, everyone in the arena or watching on HBO. The defendants come out swinging, filing motions to dismiss in the first round. The fans ‘knocked out’ in the first round’ with the federal district court judge stating ‘disappointed fans injuries’ are not recognized by the courts. Scores of lawsuits, class actions and individual actions, consumers knocked out. Part II of III.
By Simpluris Research Team - February 3, 2020 at 12:41 PM
Two Poor Boys – And Class Action Defendants, Part 1
Keen fight fans and critics observed Pacquiao’s right jabs were not landing as hard and fast as before, notably from the fourth round onwards. Indeed, right after Mayweather was announced the winner Pacquiao’s team revealed that he was actually hampered by a shoulder injury, which had started hurting from the third round and had been re-aggravated in the fourth. One version of the injury’s genesis is that about three weeks before the match, Pacquiao collided with another fighter during sparring, entangled arms resulting in a right rotator cuff (the ball of muscles and tendons attaching the upper-arm bone to the shoulder socket) tear. The lawsuit that followed alleged the injury predated the fight’s contract signing. In either event, the media, public and Nevada State Athletic Commission (NASC) were not timely informed.
By Simpluris Research Team - January 27, 2020 at 1:08 PM
Independent Contractor - Wage and Hour Class Actions
While employers certainly bemoan an ‘expansion’ of the employee definition, it is argued that it provides them improved clarity regarding previously uncertain classification issues.
By Simpluris Research Team - July 15, 2020 at 5:34 PM
The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) of 2004
PAGA of 2004 ushered in a new era for California employees and employers.
By Simpluris Research Team - April 7, 2019 at 5:59 AM
Pay Stub Class Actions Continue to Plague Employers
California Pay Stub law is a highly technical minefield for an employer and a ripe field for class action prosecution.
By Simpluris Research Team - April 6, 2019 at 10:16 PM
NFL Concussion Class Action
“The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains.”
By Simpluris Research Team - April 6, 2019 at 9:27 PM
Employer Tames Outside Salesperson Overtime Class Actions
How can employees obtain class action certification on commonality and typicality without the testimony of every class member making a class action trial unmanageable?
By Simpluris Research Team - April 6, 2019 at 4:49 AM
Top Legal News
Employment & Labor
Government Looks to Prevent Litigation Epidemic As Businesses Reopen
As the government shifts its focus from coronavirus containment to restarting the economy, discussions have begun in Congress regarding the second pandemic relief bill, in particular, the issue of providing immunity for businesses from lawsuits related to the pandemic. As companies reopen, employees want to return to work without the risk of getting sick. At the same time, employers want liability protection from workers who might get COVID-19 on the job and decide to sue. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who will oversee much of the coronavirus relief legislation, thinks a lawsuit shield for companies against possible claims must be included.
By Simpluris Research - May 14, 2020 at 1:28 PM
Class Action
Lawsuit Filed Against Ikea For Deadly Dressers
Consumer Reports reported that a class action lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia against Ikea for marketing and selling dressers that it knew were hazards to consumers, and issuing "feeble" and "inadequate" recalls, which included failing to honor refunds. The lead plaintiffs are Diana and John Dukich, the parents of a toddler who died after being crushed by a Malm dresser.
By Simpluris Research - May 20, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Class Action
Detroit School District Reaches Groundbreaking Literacy Settlement
Seven teens, representing students from Detroit's worst-performing public schools, reached a $94.4 million deal with the state to fund literacy-related programming. The settlement comes after four years since the class-action lawsuit was filed against former Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder. It claimed that students were deprived of access to literacy because of a lack of books, teachers, and poor building conditions.
By Simpluris Research - May 21, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Class Action
California Uber Drivers Seek Class Action Certification
California drivers have asked a federal judge to certify their consolidated class-action lawsuit. They claim that Uber disregarded a state worker classification law by labeling drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, denying them proper wages, sick leave, and expense reimbursements. California is suing Uber and Lyft for the same reason.
By Simpluris Research - May 27, 2020 at 5:42 PM
Class Action
What Are Class Action Notices?
A class action notice is a form of written communication, such as a postcard, email, letter, newspaper or magazine ad, informing individuals of a filed or pending case and the legal rights they may exercise at that time.
By Simpluris Research - June 2, 2020 at 3:23 PM
Class Action
Passengers Sue Southwest Airlines for Double-Charges
A Southwest Airlines traveler alleges he was double-charged early boarding fees when he was required to reschedule a flight that was canceled by the airline company.
By Simpluris Research - June 2, 2020 at 5:49 PM
Class Action
Truckers File Lawsuit Against Trius for Underpayment
California truck driver and Lead Plaintiff Augustus Mondrian filed a class-action lawsuit against Trius Trucking for misclassifying him and other drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. The claim states that Trius paid its drivers on a piece-rate basis and failed to compensate them with minimum wage for company work performed outside of driving.
By Simpluris Research - June 3, 2020 at 10:43 AM
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