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OPINION
January 3, 2011
The Supreme Court has agreed ? ominously ? to consider derailing a sex-discrimination lawsuit against the giant retailer Wal-Mart. If the justices rule that the class-action suit can't go forward, Wal-Mart employees may not be the only ones to be denied a meaningful day in court. The allegations against Wal-Mart, which haven't yet been put to a trial, are that women are paid less than men for comparable jobs and that women receive fewer promotions. But those issues aren't before the Supreme Court.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1997 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that could save Los Angeles County hundreds of thousands of dollars, a federal judge refused Monday to allow a class-action lawsuit to go forward alleging that inmates are routinely held beyond their release dates in County Jail. U.S. District Judge William J. Rea ruled that lawyers for about 25 former inmates listed in the suit had failed to show that the class representatives all suffered the same injury.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2002 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The $4.75-million settlement of late torch singer Peggy Lee's class-action royalties suit against Vivendi Universal hit a snag Tuesday when actor Larry Hagman objected, saying the figure is too low and the agreement may be unfair to some artists. Hagman is executor of the estate of his mother, Mary Martin, who recorded for Decca Records from 1938 to 1946 and is best known for her Broadway roles in the musicals "South Pacific," "The Sound of Music" and "Peter Pan."
SPORTS
January 4, 2013 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
Collective bargaining talks between the NHL and the players' association took a potentially bleak turn Thursday as the union began polling members for a second authorization to file a disclaimer of interest, which could lead to the union's dissolution and allow players to file antitrust lawsuits against the league. The NHLPA, which allowed the deadline for its first disclaimer filing to expire Wednesday while it continued bargaining, also filed a memo in U.S. District Court in New York asking for a dismissal of the class-action suit the league filed Dec. 14. The NHL contended that the union's consideration of a disclaimer was a bargaining maneuver and that its lockout should be declared legal.
BUSINESS
June 22, 1994 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge on Tuesday placed limits on the amount of money that five former Platinum Software Corp. executives can transfer in order to make sure there will be money available to pay plaintiffs in a pending shareholder suit. U.S. District Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler ordered the defendants to notify the court if they plan to transfer more than $100,000 in cash or $10,000 in assets out of the country, attorneys in the case said.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
In a major legal victory for Merck & Co. in its massive Vioxx litigation, New Jersey's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a potential class-action lawsuit that could have cost the drug maker as much as $18 billion. New Jersey's highest court, reversing two lower-court decisions, ruled that a nationwide class-action suit was not appropriate.
OPINION
May 17, 2011
In a case that began with a disgruntled cellphone customer, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it harder for groups of consumers or employees to band together to seek damages from corporations. Because the decision involved a federal statute, not the Constitution, Congress can — and should — overrule the court. Almost a decade ago, Vincent and Liza Concepcion entered into a sales contract with AT&T Mobility that contained an arbitration clause forbidding a customer to join with others in a class-action lawsuit against the company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Police misconduct specialist Stephen Yagman has formed an unusual alliance with a law firm composed of highly regarded civil litigators, and Thursday the new partners filed a federal class action suit on behalf of all people whose civil rights allegedly were violated by the LAPD in the course of the Rampart scandal.
NEWS
March 31, 1994 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A team of lawyers on Wednesday launched a bid to hold tobacco companies accountable for the deaths and suffering of millions of smokers, claiming that manufacturers intentionally increase nicotine levels in cigarettes to keep their consumers hooked. In a landmark class-action lawsuit filed in New Orleans, the attorneys contend that Philip Morris Companies Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2002 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what one lawyer described as "a way to hasten the healing," three attorneys Tuesday filed a class-action lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Church's Los Angeles Archdiocese on behalf of known and unidentified victims of clergy sexual abuse.
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