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April 1, 1994 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Labor has sued administrators of an Encino-based health care plan for allegedly cheating its members out of more than $1.1 million, department officials said Thursday. The suit alleges that from March to October in 1992, a "sham union" called Local 555 of the National Council of Allied Employees International Union collected $3.7 million in contributions from more than 3,000 members and paid less than $1.2 million in claims.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school district officials and the teachers union have settled a landmark lawsuit over schools that were disproportionately affected by layoffs. Under the agreement, 37 schools will receive more counselors, more administrators and more training for teachers. Principals and mentor teachers also will receive financial incentives to remain at these campuses in predominantly low-income and minority areas. “The youth in greatest peril at these schools will benefit tremendously from the additional administrative and teacher support provided under this program,” said L.A. schools Supt.  John Deasy in a statement.  But what will not change are the rules for laying off teachers when budget cuts or other factors cause a reduction in staff.
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BUSINESS
December 12, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Judge Halts Firm From Ending Retirees' Health Benefits: A federal judge in Nashville, Tenn., said Pirelli Armstrong Tire Co. cannot terminate the health care benefits of retirees. The United Rubber Workers union sued Pirelli Armstrong after the union said the company was terminating retirees' health care benefits 90 days after the labor contract expired July 15. "The court finds that the defendants did not have the right . . . to terminate the retirees' benefits unilaterally," U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
An airline services company at Los Angeles International Airport has won a court victory in a longstanding battle with a labor union fighting to regain its representation of the firm's workers. Aviation Safeguards announced Thursday that U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson threw out a lawsuit filed in July 2012 by several company workers and United Service Workers West, a local of the Service Employees International Union. The case accused company managers of coercing their employees' choice of union representation before a majority of workers voted to terminate an SEIU contract in December 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Officials of the union that represents Orange Unified School District teachers said Monday that they are prepared to issue a legal challenge to the school board if necessary to win ratification of a new teacher contract. "Our attorney said the fact that they refused to validate their own deal is an unfair labor practice," said Sheryl Stevens, executive director of the Orange Unified Education Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1994 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kim Springer, the postal worker who police say was stalked for more than a year by a co-worker before he tried to kidnap her during a deadly 38-hour crime spree, will seek $10 million in damages, her attorney said Tuesday. In a suit to be filed today against her national union and its local branch, Springer, 30, says she continues to suffer "severe embarrassment, humiliation and prolonged emotional distress" that may require years of additional psychotherapy. She accuses the National Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1996 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unorthodox move with political and legal implications for Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti, the city's police union filed a $2-million claim Monday against the county, alleging that Garcetti's office mishandled an investigation of two police officers and violated their rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal government sued the longshore workers union and the largest shipping association on the West Coast on Friday in a discrimination case that could force them to pay $2.75 million in damages and hire hundreds of minorities as apprentice dockworkers in the county's harbor. Attorneys for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought the lawsuit against the Pacific Maritime Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1995 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An association of African American police officers on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against the union that represents Los Angeles Police Department officers, accusing the union of being a "bastion of white supremacy" that discriminated against black officers. The Oscar Joel Bryant Assn.'s lawsuit against the Police Protective League is the latest step in an escalation of hostilities, ranging from disagreements over the union's criticism of Police Chief Willie L.
NEWS
June 11, 1993 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a trial permeated by the memory of Cesar Chavez, a jury found the United Farm Workers Union guilty Thursday of outrageous conduct during a lettuce boycott but awarded the grower less than a third of the monetary damages it wanted. An official with Salinas-based Bruce Church Inc. said the verdict vindicated the company's view that the union engaged in illegal and malicious conduct in persuading grocery chains to drop Church lettuce in the 1980s.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2003 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Monday narrowly reaffirmed a decision that Suzuki Motor Corp. is entitled to a jury trial on its claim that Consumer Reports magazine rigged a test to show that the Suzuki Samurai sport utility vehicle "rolls over too easily." Consumers Union, the parent organization of Consumer Reports, failed by a 12-11 vote on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in its bid to get a rehearing. Judge A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The California Teachers Assn. lost a federal suit challenging part of Proposition 227, which requires that students be taught in English. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, agreeing with a lower court, left intact the right of parents and guardians to sue if a teacher "willfully and repeatedly" violates the voter-approved initiative. The court agreed with a judge who rejected CTA contentions that the provision is vague and violates teachers' free speech rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal government sued the longshore workers union and the largest shipping association on the West Coast on Friday in a discrimination case that could force them to pay $2.75 million in damages and hire hundreds of minorities as apprentice dockworkers in the county's harbor. Attorneys for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought the lawsuit against the Pacific Maritime Assn.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Philip Morris Cos., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. and other major tobacco companies won the dismissal of a suit filed by union trust funds that sought to recover money spent treating smoking-related illnesses. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's decision to throw out the suit, ruling that the harm claimed by the plaintiffs was too far removed from the tobacco companies' alleged conduct.
SPORTS
July 24, 1998 | From Associated Press
The NBA players union filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday, seeking to end the three-week-old lockout because it was imposed improperly. The union alleges the NBA imposed the lockout without having bargained to an impasse as required under the National Labor Relations Act. "The NBA can't call a lockout until games are scheduled to begin," union director Billy Hunter said.
BUSINESS
December 4, 1997 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Newspaper Guild has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the owners of the Long Beach Press-Telegram of failing to honor the newspaper's union contract. The union also accuses Knight-Ridder Inc., which is selling the newspaper to Denver media magnate William Dean Singleton, and Press-Telegram Publications of trying to raid the employees' pension plan. The lawsuit, filed late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, doesn't name Singleton or Garden State Newspapers Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
An airline services company at Los Angeles International Airport has won a court victory in a longstanding battle with a labor union fighting to regain its representation of the firm's workers. Aviation Safeguards announced Thursday that U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson threw out a lawsuit filed in July 2012 by several company workers and United Service Workers West, a local of the Service Employees International Union. The case accused company managers of coercing their employees' choice of union representation before a majority of workers voted to terminate an SEIU contract in December 2011.
NEWS
February 6, 1985 | United Press International
All lawsuits filed against Union Carbide Corp. in the chemical leak disaster in Bhopal, India--totaling billions of dollars in damages--have been consolidated in federal court in New York, a judicial panel announced today. The Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation said it assigned the case to U.S. District Judge John Keenan in Manhattan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1997 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The union that represents more than 4,000 Ventura County government employees filed a lawsuit Friday against their employer, alleging the county has violated state law by filling hundreds of job positions with temporary staff. Although the county's own personnel rules state that "extra help" workers cannot be employed for more than 30 days, the lawsuit says the county has kept more than 900 workers in temporary positions in some cases for as long as 10 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1996 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unorthodox move with political and legal implications for Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti, the city's police union filed a $2-million claim Monday against the county, alleging that Garcetti's office mishandled an investigation of two police officers and violated their rights.
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