A California federal judge approved $29 million in attorney fees Friday as part of a $113 million final settlement that resolves claims that Samsung, Sony and others fixed lithium-ion battery prices.
A Brooklyn federal judge on Monday upheld the conditional certification of a nationwide collective action alleging Lumber Liquidators unfairly denied its managers overtime, rejecting the retailer’s claims the court only has the power to decide New Yorkers’ claims.
The attorneys who represented workers in a 13-year battle with ABB Inc. over excessive 401(k) plan fees will go home with roughly $20 million after securing a $55 million settlement with the technology company.
The investor who filed a derivative suit against the board for Google's parent company for alleged workplace harassment and other failings by officers told the Delaware Chancery Court on Friday it should reject a second bid to halt the case that came just weeks after the court denied the first.
A California judge preliminarily approved on Friday Safeway Inc.'s $1.45 million deal that would resolve putative class claims brought under the Private Attorneys General Act on behalf of 35,000 Golden State workers that the supermarket chain provided them with inaccurate pay stubs.
Plaintiffs pursuing multidistrict litigation against several drug companies over their alleged failure to warn cancer patients of the “devastating” permanent hair loss caused by the chemotherapy drug Taxotere have heaped criticism on defendant Sanofi’s attempt to delay a first bellwether trial scheduled to start in weeks.
Minor League Baseball players suing over starvation wages in the farm system scored a home run on Friday as the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court's decision to certify a national Fair Labor Standards Act collective and California class, and said it should have certified classes in Arizona and Florida, too.
A U.S. Supreme Court case pitting pensioners against US Bank could have a wide-ranging impact on who can bring Employee Retirement Income Security Act suits, whether they pay into a defined-benefit pension plan or a 401(k) plan.
A Maryland federal judge has denied a defendant's bid to release restrained funds so he can pay his lawyer about $189,000 in fees and costs in a Belize property sales case, which the Federal Trade Commission calls the largest overseas real estate investment scam it has ever targeted.
The Ninth Circuit on Friday revived a Fair Labor Standards Act suit brought against an Arizona strip club by exotic dancers who claim they were not paid, ruling that the question of whether the women are employees or independent contractors should be determined later in the proceedings.
A California judge won't preliminarily approve Blue Bottle's $1.5 million deal to resolve workers' labor claims, explaining Friday that a provision sending unclaimed funds back to the company is "unreasonable and suggests collusion" between defense counsel and the Nestlé-owned artisan coffee chain.
AT&T has asked the Seventh Circuit to reject an appeal of its lower court win in a lawsuit over mass texts sent to customers in Spanish, saying the plain language of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act contradicts consumers' arguments that the texts violated the law.
Two parents alleging their child was wrongly denied coverage for an autism treatment have asked a Washington federal judge to certify two classes in their suit against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Catholic Health Initiatives.
The Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday that a lower court erred when it dismissed a lawsuit accusing State Farm of failing to reimburse Medicare Advantage organizations for medical expenses arising from car accidents and imposed sanctions on the groups’ attorneys for an “understandable” mix-up.
A North Carolina federal judge on Friday refused to completely toss a proposed class action accusing LabCorp of overcharging certain patients for lab tests without any pricing agreement, but agreed to ax one claim and narrow the scope of most of the others.
A proposed class of construction workers urged a New York federal court on Friday to keep its claims alive, arguing that a contractor that oversaw workers' hours and dictated tasks must face claims of unpaid overtime wages.
The makers of Nano, a cryptocurrency that was stolen in the $170 million hack of an Italian trading exchange, pushed a California federal court Thursday to toss the proposed class action over the theft, arguing that the buyers' claims were brought too late.
Online lender Curo urged a Kansas federal judge to throw out a proposed class action accusing it of concealing the impact of regulatory changes on its rollout of new products in Canada, contending that shareholders are pleading “fraud by hindsight.”
A New York federal judge has recommended approving settlements totaling about $23 million between two groups of customers and two manufacturers of portable truck heaters after the companies were accused of teaming up to fix prices.
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals wants out of an antitrust suit tied to the cholesterol drug Zetia, telling a Virginia federal judge that new claims accusing it of working up a three-way conspiracy with two other drug companies to keep generic versions of the medication off the market are "implausible."
A group of consumers have accused Walmart in Arkansas federal court of knowingly selling store gift cards that had been tampered with by scammers and failing to inform buyers that their cards could be affected.
Uber told a California federal court that residents with disabilities don't have standing to sue electric bike and scooter companies for allegedly making Los Angeles sidewalks inaccessible, saying their disability discrimination and public nuisance claims don't hold up.
A New York federal court on Friday dismissed antitrust claims against UBS in a proposed class action over alleged Libor rigging, finding that a defunct investment company didn't transfer the rights to pursue the claims before it dissolved.
A New York state judge on Friday approved a move by a proposed class of Citibank NA investors to drop their lawsuit against the bank for claims they lost $2.3 billion because Citibank ignored widespread problems with toxic residential mortgage-backed securities.
Tech company Mavenir Inc. has urged a Delaware federal court to overrule a magistrate judge's opinion that an alleged conflict involving an attorney's move from DLA Piper to Labaton Sucharow LLP shouldn't bar a shareholder that's suing the tech company from keeping other firms as counsel in the case.
When class settlements go viral — increasingly as a result of websites that promote settlement payouts — companies face extreme losses that could exceed reserves and available cash on hand. But there are several considerations that may help minimize this risk, says Kevin Skrzysowski at Risk Settlements.
When crises occur, such as data security incidents or gender bias suits, a well-prepared law firm has a thoroughly tested communications plan at the ready, which ensures the firm is the most proactive news source, prevents the crisis from escalating and notifies stakeholders about mitigation efforts, says Zach Olsen at Infinite Global.
The California Supreme Court’s recent opinion in White v. Square — that plaintiffs need only show they intended to use an online business’ services in order to sue for alleged discrimination — could have far-reaching consequences for e-commerce, initially in California and potentially nationwide, say Katherine Catlos and Aaron Cargain of Kaufman Dolowich.
The Eighth Circuit's recent denial of an employer’s request to force arbitration in Shockley v. PrimeLending teaches employers important lessons about how courts will interpret concepts like “agreements” when the employer’s personnel documents are electronically stored and contain automated acceptances, says Michele Brott at Davis Brown.
Following Capital One's recent massive data breach, Jack Lu of IPMAP estimates the incremental direct cost incurred for management of the breach and for post-breach legal and regulatory processes, shedding light on the economic and legal uncertainties.
At attorney Greg Craig’s trial in D.C. federal court this week, the courtroom was cleared so prospective jurors could answer sensitive questions. Even seasoned litigators were left wondering about the nature of this subtle, yet significant, issue involving Sixth Amendment public trial rights, says Luke Cass at Quarles & Brady.
As demonstrated by Google's recent $11 million settlement to resolve an age discrimination class action, employers must combat age discrimination with a multifaceted approach that includes cooperation from all members of management, say Charlene Gedeus and Michael Truncellito at Buchanan Ingersoll.
Depending on how the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decides Gregg v. Ameriprise Financial — a dispute over the culpability standard for the “catch-all” provision of Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law — consumer protection litigation in the state could change profoundly, says Karl Myers of Stradley Ronon.
A Panera Bread franchisee's recently approved $4.6 million settlement involving overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act serves as a cautionary employee classification tale, reminding employers to review overtime-exempt managers’ duties in order to ensure their status under the FLSA is not at risk, says Kate Dewberry at Poyner Spruill.
In the early 1980s, I was working on my Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. As part of an international team of scientists studying oil spill impacts on marine ecosystems, I saw a niche opportunity to combine science and law, says Andrew Davis of Shipman & Goodwin.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently stayed the discovery process in the broiler chicken antitrust litigation in order to pursue a criminal investigation over the next six months. The potential crackdown on U.S. poultry companies demonstrates changing DOJ antitrust enforcement priorities, says Bill Dillon of Taylor English.
Years of interviewing jurors and observing deliberation show that the amount juries award in damages is almost always influenced by the amount of the plaintiff's demand, but there are three ways defense counsel can combat this anchoring effect, says Christina Marinakis at Litigation Insights.
An Illinois federal court's recent decision in Tillman v. Hertz Corp. demonstrates how the very fact disputes in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action involving consent and/or revocation can be used to prevent class certification, says Eric Macey at Novack and Macey.
Three key takeaways emerge from comparing class settlement time periods with related plea agreement time periods for the companies assessed the 40 largest fines by the U.S. Department of Justice for Sherman Act violations dating from 2005 to the present, says Jon Tomlin of Ankura Consulting.
The Third Circuit's ruling that nonvoting board observers did not carry the same fiduciary duties as actual board members in Obasi Investment v. Tibet Pharmaceuticals holds broad applicability for private equity, venture capital funds and other third parties that frequently designate board observers, say attorneys at White and Williams.