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|Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Settle Cheerleaders’ Wage-and-Hour Class Action|
Benjamin A. Tulis; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by its cheerleaders on May 19, 2014. Pierre-Val v. Buccaneers Ltd. Partnership, No. 14-cv-01182 (M.D. Fla.). The Buccaneers agreed to pay $825,000, with $264,000 of the settlement allocated to attorney’s fees. As a...
|No Rest Period Violation for Security Guards On Call during Breaks, California Court Rules|
Mark S. Askanas; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 30, 2015, previously published on February 10, 2015Reversing a trial court’s awarding of a $90 million judgment in a class action case for alleged rest period violations under California law, the California Court of Appeal has ruled that a security company had provided its security guards with proper rest periods, even though they were...
|California Court of Appeal Lowers the Bar on Ascertainability Requirement in Consumer Class Actions|
Robin A. Achen; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 30, 2015, previously published on March 26, 2015In Aguirre v. Amscan Holdings, Inc., Case No. 073059, 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 214 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 11, 2015), a California Court of Appeal reversed the denial of certification of a putative class alleging violation of Civil Code Section 1747.08 of California’s Song Beverly Credit Card Act....
|Representative Litigation: “Mootness” Fee Awards|
Richard L. Renck; Duane Morris LLP;
March 30, 2015, previously published on January 19, 2015It is a nearly universal truth that counsel representing stockholder-plaintiffs in class or derivative litigation against (or on behalf of) Delaware entities will seek an award of fees and costs where their efforts have produced a benefit on behalf of the company or the class they represent. This...
|LinkedIn Plagued by Chain of Class Action Lawsuits|
Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine P.C.;
March 27, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015For over a decade, LinkedIn has been helping applicants and employers find each other. Essentially a social networking platform focused on the job market, LinkedIn lets individuals post their resumes and CVs online for all to view, in addition to helping people network in the virtual world. While...
|Class Actions in Australia - 2014 in Review|
John Emmerig, Michael Legg; Jones Day;
March 27, 2015, previously published on January 2015During 2014, Australian class action suits in numerous areas—including shareholder matters, financial products and advice, cartel, product liability, and environment and government—were initiated, pursued and sometimes settled.
|California Supreme Court Decision Barring Waiver of Representative Claims is Left Intact by U.S. Supreme Court|
Mitchell F. Boomer; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 27, 2015, previously published on January 22, 2015The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the California Supreme Court’s decision that representative claims under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) cannot be waived in employment arbitration agreements. Iskanian v. CLS Transp. Los Angeles, LLC,...
|Disney Faces Class Action Due to Employee Background Checks|
Diane Vaksdal Smith; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
March 27, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015While the Walt Disney Company enjoyed decades of success as the paragon of wholesome American entertainment, its reputation has been tarnished as of late due to a spate of legal woes. From sexual harassment law suits to allegations of racial discrimination by former employees, the entertainment...
|Class Action Lawsuits Proliferate After Hollywood Hacking Debacle|
Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine P.C.;
March 27, 2015, previously published on February 11, 2015One of the top news stories this past holiday season involved a major cyber-attack on one of the nation’s top movie studios, Sony Pictures. The incident centered on an unreleased film called “The Interview” in which characters played by Seth Rogan and James Franco are embroiled in...
|Healthcare Home Monitoring Company Avoids FCRA Liability Over Stolen Laptop|
Michael J. Zbiegien; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
March 25, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2014Theft or accidental loss of a laptop, thumb drive or other device is “[t]he single most common way that protected health information is compromised.” And while violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s Privacy and Security Rules can result in...