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BUSINESS
February 18, 2011 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
Toyota Motor Corp. is using a new NASA study finding no fault with its electronics as evidence that a sudden-acceleration class-action suit against it should be dismissed. In a filing in federal court in Santa Ana this week, the Japanese automaker argued that the study, conducted at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and released Feb. 8, was proof that its vehicles had no defects and that therefore the class-action suit is without merit. "Plaintiffs are chasing a phantom theory of defect that only last week NASA and NHTSA, after an extensive investigation, jointly confirmed does not exist," Toyota outside counsel Lisa Gilford wrote in a motion filed Monday.
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NEWS
January 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
The words "seasoned beef" have become fighting words for a California woman suing Taco Bell for her claim that there's too little "beef" to merit labeling it as such. The South Florida Sun Sentinel says the class-action suit alleges false advertising claims. It explains: "It says Taco Bell's ground beef is made of such components as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate, as well as some beef and seasonings.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A week before Christmas, Judy Powelson was awaiting her son's first visit home in nine months with a mix of excitement and trepidation. Earlier in the year, the 17-year-old's mental illness had spiraled out of control to the point that he attacked her, kicked a teacher in the groin and was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment. But since he entered residential treatment funded in part by the state, she'd seen him go through marked improvements ? getting a 3.11 GPA and being voted MVP in soccer.
NATIONAL
November 26, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
The fate of the largest job bias lawsuit in the nation's history ? a claim that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. shortchanged women in pay and promotions for many years ? hinges on whether the Supreme Court will let the class-action case go to trial. The court is likely to announce as soon as Monday whether it will hear the retail giant's appeal asserting that a single lawsuit cannot speak for more than 1.5 million employees. Business lawyers and civil rights advocates are closely following the Wal-Mart case for its implications for class-action litigation.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2010 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge has certified two separate class-action lawsuits against grocery chains Ralphs and Albertsons ? advancing a legal fight between the retailers and 9,000 workers who claim they were illegally denied millions of dollars in benefits during the 2003-04 grocery lockout and strike. FOR THE RECORD: Grocery lawsuit: An article in the Oct. 23 Business section about two separate class-action lawsuits being certified against grocery chains Ralphs and Albertsons said a federal judge had certified the cases.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
Several civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to halt a controversial new Arizona law that requires local police to enforce federal immigration regulations. The lawsuit is at least the fourth filed since Republican Gov. Jan Brewer last month signed the law, which makes it a state crime to lack immigration paperwork in Arizona and requires police to determine the status of people they suspect are illegal immigrants. The federal class-action claim contends that the law will lead to widespread racial profiling, infringes on the federal government's ability to set immigration policy and violates the Constitution's 1st and 4th amendments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2010 | By Jack Leonard
A retired Los Angeles County judge who ordered that a lawyer be paid in $10 gift cards from a women's fashion store as part of a legal settlement was censured Tuesday and barred from presiding over court cases. The Commission on Judicial Performance accused Brett C. Klein of showing bias, abusing his authority and "grandstanding to the press" in a class-action lawsuit that he briefly presided over last year. The lawsuit accused a clothing store chain of violating privacy laws by asking for personal identification information when customers used credit cards to make purchases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2010 | By Victoria Kim
The online dating site EHarmony.com has reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by gays and lesbians who said the service discriminated against them. As part of the proposed agreement, the company will pay more than half a million dollars and make its website more "welcoming" to seekers of same-sex matches, according to court documents filed Tuesday. The Pasadena-based company had already launched a service last year for gays and lesbians, called Compatible Partners, as part of an unrelated settlement with the New Jersey attorney general's civil rights division.
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