Tag Archives: class action

LITIGATION UPDATES – MAY 2016

Monsanto Overcomes $20M PCB Cancer Claims A Los Angeles jury found Monsanto not liable in a $20 million trial brought by two men alleging they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being exposed to the company’s polychlorinated biphenyls, saying the company was negligent in designing and distributing the chemical but did not cause the men’s cancer.  Jurors… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – DECEMBER 2015

Ninth Circuit OK’s Facebook Putting User’s Kids In Its Ads The Ninth Circuit affirmed Friday that Facebook can use underage users’ likenesses in ads, ruling against a group of minors who claimed that their proposed class action should be revived because they couldn’t have legally entered into a contract with the social media giant given… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – MAY 2015

Pacquiao hit with a bevy of class-action suits seeking to knock-out part of his incredible payday Boxing fans who paid to watch Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the “Fight of the Century” have flocked to courthouses to file proposed class actions against Pacquiao and boxing promotion company Top Rank Inc., saying they would… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – APRIL 2015

EMPLOYEE REFUSES TO WORK OT BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGION In Copple v. CDC, plaintiff was an employee of the California Department of Corrections who was disciplined after refusing to work overtime.  Plaintiff’s reason for refusing to work overtime was that it interfered with his practice of his religion, Sun Worshiping Atheism.  After being disciplined, plaintiff… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – JANUARY 2015

Expanding Whistleblower Protection Under The Sarbanes-Oxley Act With the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Congress sought to protect employee whistleblowers.  The scope of this protection, however, was unclear.  Did it apply only to employees of publicly-traded companies, or also to employees of the contractors and subcontractors with whom those companies work?  The Supreme Court resolved this… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – DECEMBER 2014

LinkedIn Statuses and Non-Solicitation Agreements A Connecticut company brought suit against a former employee alleging violations of a non-compete agreement.  The non-compete agreement lacked a provision about sharing on social media, which allowed the former employee to use LinkedIn to announce to all of his connections, including the company’s clients, that he was joining a… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – AUGUST 2014

FAILURE TO ACCOMMODATE In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., the plaintiff was an employee of Sierra Chemical who was not legally authorized to work in the United States when he was hired and had falsified eligibility documents to obtain employment.  Throughout the course of his employment with Sierra Chemical, plaintiff injured his back twice.  After… Read More »