August 2, 2013 |
Female Wal-Mart workers in California suing for gender discrimination can't pursue their claims against the retailer as a group because the evidence didn't show they had enough in common, a judge said. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco said the women's request for class certification suffered from the same deficiencies as an earlier version of the case brought on behalf of a national group of more than 1 million women. That case was thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.
June 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, in its latest ruling to bar class-action claims against big corporations, blocked restaurant owners from joining together to sue American Express Co. over high credit card fees. In a 5-3 decision Thursday, Justice Antonin Scalia said American Express can use its arbitration agreement to squelch the class-action claim from the restaurants, even if the dominant credit card company is violating antitrust laws and the class suit is the only affordable way to raise the claim.
June 20, 2013 |
For the last few years, the powers that be in college sports have watched nervously as an antitrust lawsuit wends its way through federal court. O'Bannon vs. NCAA is challenging traditional notions of amateurism, arguing that young athletes should receive more than just scholarships for their role in what has become a multibillion-dollar enterprise. On Thursday, the case arrives at a crucial fork in the road. A Northern California judge must decide if thousands of current and former college players can join as plaintiffs in what would become a class-action suit.
June 12, 2013 |
Fox Searchlight Pictures has lost a key ruling in its long-running legal fight with former interns who worked on 2010's "Black Swan" and other movie productions. U.S. District Judge William Pauley issued a summary judgment on Tuesday in New York, saying Fox Searchlight violated minimum wage laws by not paying interns. The judge also certified a class action for interns who worked for Fox Entertainment Group, the parent of Fox Searchlight. The matter stems from a September 2011 lawsuit filed by former interns Eric Glatt and Andrew Footman, who alleged they performed menial tasks -- such as retrieving lunch for other workers -- that should have been assigned to paid employees of Fox Searchlight.
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May 2, 2013 |
Inmates at California's highest security prison Thursday filed for class-action status, seeking to broaden their 3-year-old federal lawsuit alleging the state's segregation policies equate to cruel and inhumane treatment. The plaintiffs are all prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison, confined to the Security Housing Unit for what the state says are active ties with prison gangs, allegations the inmates deny. In the motion filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland, the prisoners contend they have been confined for years, and in some cases decades, to solitary, windowless cells where they spend almost all of their time, with little meaningful contact with others, restricted food, limited communication and no access to educational or treatment programs.
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April 2, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched an investigation into the Doheny Glatt Kosher meat market as the controversy entered the court system. The owner of Doheny, Michael Engelman, faces accusations of selling meat that was not properly certified under kosher rules. Last week, a council of rabbis pulled Doheny's kosher certification and, in a statement Friday, raised the possibility of legal action. A Los Angeles man filed a class-action lawsuit against the market and its owner Tuesday, seeking unspecified damages and alleging fraud, false advertising and other charges.