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Wal-Mart Stores won its request for a review of a court ruling that allowed as many as 2 million current and former female workers to proceed with the biggest sex-discrimination case in the nation's history. ignored internal warnings that female workers couldn't get promoted, and Chief Executive Jim Sinegal opposed recommendations to post notices for all management positions, employees suing the company claim. A federal district court judge ruled that a retailer may be sued if its website is inaccessible to the blind. District Judge Thelton Henderson handed down a key ruling in an employment suit against Rite Aid last week, his decision to certify a class of more than 1,000 store managers wasn't necessarily the most troubling part for the defense bar. District Court Judge Melinda Harmon agreed with Houston-based Halliburton's contention that, although the Pentagon contract called for overtime wages to be paid in Iraq, U. laws governing military contracts allow only workers employed inside the United States to receive the overtime pay. The company entered into three consent decrees to settle the findings of hiring discrimination reported by the U. Jennifer Soule of the Chicago firm Soule, Bradtke & Lambert, which represented the Woodward minority workers, said the agreement will equal the playing field in terms of advancement, compensation and training for Woodward employees. As many as 4,500 people are covered by the settlement. After more than 30 years as a name partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Robert Lieff is stepping down and starting a new aviation firm: Lieff Global, which is slated to take off with about five lawyers Jan. But Lieff won't be going far: He will remain of counsel at the firm he helped found. It's a nightmare scenario for class action plaintiffs lawyers: win a big judgment, then get sued because some clients thought you should have won more.A federal appeals court in San Francisco yesterday granted Wal-Mart's request to rehear the case. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against a mortgage broker with [Florida] operations, alleging the company owes at least 200 loan officers more than 9,000 in back pay. and Credit Financial Services did not pay its overtime-eligible loan officers properly, providing only a monthly commission and in some cases wages that were lower than the federal minimum wage, the department's Wage and Hour division said in a statement. The ruling was issued in a case brought by the National Federation of the Blind against Target Corp. District Court, roughly 2,000 workers are eligible to apply for missed overtime payments, said Jennifer Rosenbaum, an attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center. There's no dispute that Justice Department lawyers worked overtime and on holidays, and there's evidence the lawyers were "expected and induced" to work extra hours. There also was the fact that much of the evidence to support his decision came paid for and delivered by Rite Aid itself. The Patagonian toothfish sold much better once a marketing association renamed it Chilean sea bass, though most such fish are neither Chilean nor bass. accusing the Washington state-based manual labor temporary employment service with illegally charging its clients a nominal fee for opting to receive their earnings in cash at the end of each workday. employees working in Iraq won't be getting paid millions of dollars in overtime wages from Halliburton Co., after a judge ruled in favor of the oilfield services firm. For Steven Zieff and his partners at San Francisco's Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff, the nightmare is finally over -- but it cost a hefty payout to make it go away. By and large agreeing with the plaintiffs' suggestions on damages, a Philadelphia jury has awarded nearly .5 million to a class of some 186,000 current and former employees of Pennsylvania Wal-Marts who may not have been properly paid for missed rest breaks and off-the-clock work.In the past five years alone, the number of private lawsuits involving multiple employees and their employers has grown by 77 percent, according to data generated for the National Employment Lawyers Association. Wynn Las Vegas' president said Friday that the dealers who filed a lawsuit seeking to end the casino's 3-week-old tip pooling program are welcome at their jobs. But before filing the agreement, they wanted a judge to allow them to keep the details secret for now. It's a lawsuit a federal judge calls "vexing" and compares to a pointillist painting: tens of millions of light cigarette smokers seeking up to 0 billion in damages from tobacco companies. The decision, to put it mildly, has made it clear that the plaintiffs' bar still poses a threat to the industry. It is common for employers to unintentionally violate California's strict employment laws, said plaintiffs' attorney Bruce Anticouni, who filed the lawsuit in Santa Barbara Superior Court. A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit that contends Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat producer, depressed wages by hiring illegal immigrants at eight plants in Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Texas and Virginia. Foster of Chicago, an attorney for Tyson employees, described the ruling as a "very big step." It allows him to seek damages for thousands of workers at the eight plants instead of just the four original plaintiffs. If it's to punish a company monetarily for an alleged misdeed, then the system seems to be working fairly well, considering the hundreds of millions of dollars handed out in settlements each year. Louis ruled yesterday that a jury must hear evidence on whether the Allstate Insurance Company discriminated against older insurance agents when it adopted a plan seven years ago to cut costs and streamline the company's operations. Richard Webber said that lawyers for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had presented strong enough evidence of discrimination that "a reasonable jury could find" that Allstate violated anti-discrimination laws. The money that's riding on the appeal in a class action against Bank of America is almost unfathomable. A class action lawsuit by former Boeing Wichita workers against Boeing Co., Spirit Aero Systems and Onex Corp. The move allows the suit to proceed as a class action. agreed to pay up to million in cash and benefits to settle a pair of class action lawsuits brought by nearly 7,000 current and former employees.Wynn Las Vegas dealers Daniel Baldonado and Joseph Cesarz are seeking class action status for the lawsuit, in which the dealers say the casino's policy, which calls for tokes earned by dealers to be split with casino supervisors, violates Nevada state law covering tip pooling. Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to settle a long-running class action lawsuit claiming the company underpaid employees. But if the primary purpose of class-action suits is to hold companies accountable for their actions -- and hopefully to learn from their mistakes -- then the system is failing miserably in light of a key aspect of virtually all settlements: No one takes any blame. A Janesville, Wis., woman has started a Web site hoping to drum up interest in filing a class-action lawsuit against Daimler Chrysler for hiring workers under what she feels were false pretenses. According to a recent survey of companies' in-house counsel commissioned by the international law firm Fulbright & Jaworski, people and companies are suing each other more than ever. Consider the stakes: A San Francisco judge awarded 4 million in compensatory damages and restitution to the class represented by The Sturdevant Law Firm and the Brandi Law Firm -- plus statutory damages likely to surpass

Wal-Mart Stores won its request for a review of a court ruling that allowed as many as 2 million current and former female workers to proceed with the biggest sex-discrimination case in the nation's history. ignored internal warnings that female workers couldn't get promoted, and Chief Executive Jim Sinegal opposed recommendations to post notices for all management positions, employees suing the company claim. A federal district court judge ruled that a retailer may be sued if its website is inaccessible to the blind. District Judge Thelton Henderson handed down a key ruling in an employment suit against Rite Aid last week, his decision to certify a class of more than 1,000 store managers wasn't necessarily the most troubling part for the defense bar. District Court Judge Melinda Harmon agreed with Houston-based Halliburton's contention that, although the Pentagon contract called for overtime wages to be paid in Iraq, U. laws governing military contracts allow only workers employed inside the United States to receive the overtime pay. The company entered into three consent decrees to settle the findings of hiring discrimination reported by the U. Jennifer Soule of the Chicago firm Soule, Bradtke & Lambert, which represented the Woodward minority workers, said the agreement will equal the playing field in terms of advancement, compensation and training for Woodward employees. As many as 4,500 people are covered by the settlement. After more than 30 years as a name partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Robert Lieff is stepping down and starting a new aviation firm: Lieff Global, which is slated to take off with about five lawyers Jan. But Lieff won't be going far: He will remain of counsel at the firm he helped found. It's a nightmare scenario for class action plaintiffs lawyers: win a big judgment, then get sued because some clients thought you should have won more.A federal appeals court in San Francisco yesterday granted Wal-Mart's request to rehear the case. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against a mortgage broker with [Florida] operations, alleging the company owes at least 200 loan officers more than $239,000 in back pay. and Credit Financial Services did not pay its overtime-eligible loan officers properly, providing only a monthly commission and in some cases wages that were lower than the federal minimum wage, the department's Wage and Hour division said in a statement. The ruling was issued in a case brought by the National Federation of the Blind against Target Corp. District Court, roughly 2,000 workers are eligible to apply for missed overtime payments, said Jennifer Rosenbaum, an attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center. There's no dispute that Justice Department lawyers worked overtime and on holidays, and there's evidence the lawyers were "expected and induced" to work extra hours. There also was the fact that much of the evidence to support his decision came paid for and delivered by Rite Aid itself. The Patagonian toothfish sold much better once a marketing association renamed it Chilean sea bass, though most such fish are neither Chilean nor bass. accusing the Washington state-based manual labor temporary employment service with illegally charging its clients a nominal fee for opting to receive their earnings in cash at the end of each workday. employees working in Iraq won't be getting paid millions of dollars in overtime wages from Halliburton Co., after a judge ruled in favor of the oilfield services firm. For Steven Zieff and his partners at San Francisco's Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff, the nightmare is finally over -- but it cost a hefty payout to make it go away. By and large agreeing with the plaintiffs' suggestions on damages, a Philadelphia jury has awarded nearly $78.5 million to a class of some 186,000 current and former employees of Pennsylvania Wal-Marts who may not have been properly paid for missed rest breaks and off-the-clock work.In the past five years alone, the number of private lawsuits involving multiple employees and their employers has grown by 77 percent, according to data generated for the National Employment Lawyers Association. Wynn Las Vegas' president said Friday that the dealers who filed a lawsuit seeking to end the casino's 3-week-old tip pooling program are welcome at their jobs. But before filing the agreement, they wanted a judge to allow them to keep the details secret for now. It's a lawsuit a federal judge calls "vexing" and compares to a pointillist painting: tens of millions of light cigarette smokers seeking up to $200 billion in damages from tobacco companies. The decision, to put it mildly, has made it clear that the plaintiffs' bar still poses a threat to the industry. It is common for employers to unintentionally violate California's strict employment laws, said plaintiffs' attorney Bruce Anticouni, who filed the lawsuit in Santa Barbara Superior Court. A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit that contends Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat producer, depressed wages by hiring illegal immigrants at eight plants in Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Texas and Virginia. Foster of Chicago, an attorney for Tyson employees, described the ruling as a "very big step." It allows him to seek damages for thousands of workers at the eight plants instead of just the four original plaintiffs. If it's to punish a company monetarily for an alleged misdeed, then the system seems to be working fairly well, considering the hundreds of millions of dollars handed out in settlements each year. Louis ruled yesterday that a jury must hear evidence on whether the Allstate Insurance Company discriminated against older insurance agents when it adopted a plan seven years ago to cut costs and streamline the company's operations. Richard Webber said that lawyers for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had presented strong enough evidence of discrimination that "a reasonable jury could find" that Allstate violated anti-discrimination laws. The money that's riding on the appeal in a class action against Bank of America is almost unfathomable. A class action lawsuit by former Boeing Wichita workers against Boeing Co., Spirit Aero Systems and Onex Corp. The move allows the suit to proceed as a class action. agreed to pay up to $14 million in cash and benefits to settle a pair of class action lawsuits brought by nearly 7,000 current and former employees.Wynn Las Vegas dealers Daniel Baldonado and Joseph Cesarz are seeking class action status for the lawsuit, in which the dealers say the casino's policy, which calls for tokes earned by dealers to be split with casino supervisors, violates Nevada state law covering tip pooling. Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to settle a long-running class action lawsuit claiming the company underpaid employees. But if the primary purpose of class-action suits is to hold companies accountable for their actions -- and hopefully to learn from their mistakes -- then the system is failing miserably in light of a key aspect of virtually all settlements: No one takes any blame. A Janesville, Wis., woman has started a Web site hoping to drum up interest in filing a class-action lawsuit against Daimler Chrysler for hiring workers under what she feels were false pretenses. According to a recent survey of companies' in-house counsel commissioned by the international law firm Fulbright & Jaworski, people and companies are suing each other more than ever. Consider the stakes: A San Francisco judge awarded $284 million in compensatory damages and restitution to the class represented by The Sturdevant Law Firm and the Brandi Law Firm -- plus statutory damages likely to surpass $1 billion. A 9th Circuit ruling on an overtime case was a deep disappointment -- and a bit of a surprise -- to employment plaintiffs lawyers last week. The workers allege that they were terminated from Boeing or refused employment with Spirit because of their age. Attorneys said the settlement, announced Tuesday, guarantees $3.75 million in cash payments to workers and changes in future pay scales worth an estimated $10.3 million. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. District Court in San Francisco on behalf of three employees who said they were forced to work more than 40 hours per week and on weekends without additional compensation. In what may be one of the largest settlements of a wage-and-hour lawsuit brought by computer professionals, Siebel Systems Inc.(Full deposition embedded below) Jobs explains his reasoning for why he asked the board for mega grants of options for both himself and his top executives, but claims ignorance of the mechanics of how that was done after the board approved the grants themselves. (It was the falsifying of board minutes for a meeting that never occurred, not the backdating per se, that got Apple’s former general counsel Nancy Heinen into hot water with the SEC—this deposition was for a case against her). There is also no doubt that going forward, Steve is absolutely the value maximizing person to run this company for the next 10 years. That leaves Apple shareholders with an interesting question: do they impeach their leader on this arguably minor infraction? (I apologize for the political mixed metaphor) I think Apple is making this situation worse by not effectively admitting the mistake, and apologizing for it completely.New York City's mayor announced on May 18, 2017, that all New York City chain food retailers with 15 or more establishments nationwide will be required to comply with New York City's local calorie labeling requirements.

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Wal-Mart Stores won its request for a review of a court ruling that allowed as many as 2 million current and former female workers to proceed with the biggest sex-discrimination case in the nation's history. ignored internal warnings that female workers couldn't get promoted, and Chief Executive Jim Sinegal opposed recommendations to post notices for all management positions, employees suing the company claim. A federal district court judge ruled that a retailer may be sued if its website is inaccessible to the blind. District Judge Thelton Henderson handed down a key ruling in an employment suit against Rite Aid last week, his decision to certify a class of more than 1,000 store managers wasn't necessarily the most troubling part for the defense bar. District Court Judge Melinda Harmon agreed with Houston-based Halliburton's contention that, although the Pentagon contract called for overtime wages to be paid in Iraq, U. laws governing military contracts allow only workers employed inside the United States to receive the overtime pay. The company entered into three consent decrees to settle the findings of hiring discrimination reported by the U. Jennifer Soule of the Chicago firm Soule, Bradtke & Lambert, which represented the Woodward minority workers, said the agreement will equal the playing field in terms of advancement, compensation and training for Woodward employees. As many as 4,500 people are covered by the settlement. After more than 30 years as a name partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Robert Lieff is stepping down and starting a new aviation firm: Lieff Global, which is slated to take off with about five lawyers Jan. But Lieff won't be going far: He will remain of counsel at the firm he helped found. It's a nightmare scenario for class action plaintiffs lawyers: win a big judgment, then get sued because some clients thought you should have won more.

billion. A 9th Circuit ruling on an overtime case was a deep disappointment -- and a bit of a surprise -- to employment plaintiffs lawyers last week. The workers allege that they were terminated from Boeing or refused employment with Spirit because of their age. Attorneys said the settlement, announced Tuesday, guarantees .75 million in cash payments to workers and changes in future pay scales worth an estimated .3 million. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. District Court in San Francisco on behalf of three employees who said they were forced to work more than 40 hours per week and on weekends without additional compensation. In what may be one of the largest settlements of a wage-and-hour lawsuit brought by computer professionals, Siebel Systems Inc.(Full deposition embedded below) Jobs explains his reasoning for why he asked the board for mega grants of options for both himself and his top executives, but claims ignorance of the mechanics of how that was done after the board approved the grants themselves. (It was the falsifying of board minutes for a meeting that never occurred, not the backdating per se, that got Apple’s former general counsel Nancy Heinen into hot water with the SEC—this deposition was for a case against her). There is also no doubt that going forward, Steve is absolutely the value maximizing person to run this company for the next 10 years. That leaves Apple shareholders with an interesting question: do they impeach their leader on this arguably minor infraction? (I apologize for the political mixed metaphor) I think Apple is making this situation worse by not effectively admitting the mistake, and apologizing for it completely.New York City's mayor announced on May 18, 2017, that all New York City chain food retailers with 15 or more establishments nationwide will be required to comply with New York City's local calorie labeling requirements.

Yes, I know you are expecting me to post about all of the new Apple products announced today during the Stevenote at Macworld 2007.I will definitely post on them tonight and tomorrow, as I’m going to Macworld in person to see them tomorrow afternoon. Still, despite all of the excitement, I thought I’d post a few worthwhile articles on the ongoing developments in the Apple options backdating scandal.I find the scandal particularly interesting because: I find the last article troubling in particular, because I knew Wendy Howell when I was at Apple.Kim Franke, a 37-year-old single mother of two teenage daughters, said she quit a solid job in Janesville to work at Chrysler's assembly plant in Belvidere this summer for what she thought was a full-time permanent position. The class action against Farmer's Insurance Exchange sought overtime pay for claims adjusters allegedly misclassified as exempt, and was modeled on suits that have brought about plaintiff verdicts and high-dollar settlements in state court. The Golden, Colo.-based restaurant chain also agreed to reclassify some workers, change how hours are kept and offer training in Spanish, said L. (Chase) announced the .2 million settlement of a claim brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against Bank One Corporation. has settled a federal class-action lawsuit, agreeing to pay a total of million to 32,000 technology workers who claimed the company illegally withheld overtime pay. likely will pay up to .5 million to settle an overtime class action complaint on behalf of its software engineers. Class members are expected to recover, on average, approximately ,000. Some 1,220 former nonunion workers at now-defunct Pillowtex have received a proposed settlement averaging ,100 for employment-related claims. A District Court judge on Wednesday tossed out a lawsuit brought by two dealers from Wynn Las Vegas who sought to end the Strip casino's recently implemented and much debated tip pooling policy.Franke said that she didn't learn it was a temporary position until employee orientation -- a charge Chrysler officials deny -- and that by then it was too late to get her old job back. But the 9th Circuit left no doubt that it found every member of the class to be exempt. Twenty months after the Class Action Fairness Act took effect, state attorneys general have not exactly raced to exercise the power the act grants them to review class action settlements. all defendants in a class-action lawsuit, had appealed an August magistrate? Tracee Lorens, a lawyer representing the employees. The EEOC issued an administrative determination on March 11, 2004, finding that there was reasonable cause to believe that Bank One violated the ADA by failing to properly accommodate a group of employees who were medically released to return to work after leaves of absence exceeding six months. The agreement with Siebel, which was acquired by Oracle Corp. 31, covers approximately 800 California employees with the job title "software engineer" or "senior software engineer" who worked for the company between Jan. But because of taxes and legal fees from their class-action suit against the one-time textile giant, they will net an average of 7. Employment and securities heavyweight James Finberg is leaving Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein in January for a much smaller San Francisco litigation firm. 1, he and employment partner Eve Cervantez will join Altshuler, Berzon, Nussbaum, Rubin & Demain. In his decision, Judge Douglas Herndon said there was no contract of employment between the dealers and Wynn, which meant that Nevada law allows an employer to change any tip pooling policies. Employers cannot invoke the so-called "self-critical analysis privilege" in refusing to turn over internal documents in an employment discrimination case, a federal judge has ruled.

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