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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 15, 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 13, 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 7, 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 - January 28, 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 - January 27, 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 20, 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 - March 31, 2019 at 6:20 AM
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 - March 31, 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 - March 30, 2019 at 10:16 PM
NFL Concussion Class Action
“The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains.”
By. Simpluris Research Team - March 30, 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 - March 30, 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 7, 2020 at 1:28 PM
Consumer Cases
Consumers File Class Action Against Juul and Altria
Several consumers filed class actions against Juul and Altria for monopolizing the e-cigarette market. The claims were brought to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California just a few weeks after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed an administrative complaint against both companies for antitrust violations.
By Simpluris Research- May 11, 2020 at 8:55 AM
Pandemic
Tesla Sues Alameda County for Denying Factory Reopening
Business Insider announced that over the weekend, Tesla filed a lawsuit against Alameda County for prohibiting the Fremont factory from reopening its doors. California Governor's Executive Order N-33-20 exempts 16 critical infrastructure sectors from the sheltering-in-place order issued on March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its claim, Tesla believed its operations fell under these critical sectors. Thus, it requested a court ruling for a permanent injunction barring the county from enforcing its shelter-in-pace order on the factory.
By Simpluris Research- May 11, 2020 at 1:05 PM
Pandemic
Students From USC and Other Colleges Demand Tuition Reimbursement
Latisha Watson a graduate student at the University of Southern California (USC), filed a class-action lawsuit against the college for unwillingness to partially refund students for room, board, tuition and other fees due to the coronavirus pandemic. The school closed much of the campus and in-person activities and moved classes online. Watson and an estimated 40,000 students included the claim believe that since they are unable to access campus buildings, activities, health services, and meal plan, and are experiencing "dramatically lower quality and less valuable education and services now being provided," USC should reimburse them for part of the 2020 spring semester.
By Simpluris Research- May 11, 2020 at 6:33 PM
Class Action
Facebook Reaches $550M Privacy Deal
The New York Times reported that an Illinois judge approved Facebook users' $550M settlement against the social media giant for secretly gathering biometric data from its Tag Suggestions or Face Recognition tool. The disbursement ranges between $150 to $300 for each class member, or between 15% and 30% of the possible recovery on an individual claim. The deal is the largest of its kind in a U.S. consumer privacy class-action suit.
By Simpluris Research- May 12, 2020 at 11:32 AM
Employment & Labor
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 13, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM
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