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Trucking Companies To Pay $9.2M To Settle Wage Claims

On April 13, 2018, a putative class of employees filed a motion asking the Honorable Dale A. Drozd, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, for preliminary approval of a proposed deal under which Roadrunner Intermodal Services LLC, Central Cal Transportation LLC, and Morgan Southern Inc. (collectively, "Defendants") will pay $9.2 million to settle claims against them alleging that they misclassified employees as independent contractors.

NLRB Judge Rules Lowe's Rules Against Discussing Salary Are Illegal

On April 17, 2018, National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "Board") Administrative Law Judge, Amita Baman Tracy, ruled that the confidentiality provisions in Lowe's Home Center LLC's ("Lowe's") Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that prevent employees from discussing salary information are in violation of the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA").

Bai Drink Company Sued Over Allegedly Misleading Labeling

On April 19, 2018, California resident Kevin Branca ("Plaintiff"), on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, filed a putative class action against drink maker, Bai Brands LLC ("Defendant"), accusing the company of using misleading packaging that suggests its products are made with "all-natural" ingredients even though they are artificially flavored.

Facebook Users Granted Class Certification in Facial Recognition Suit

On April 16, 2018, the Honorable James Donato, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, granted class certification to a group of Illinois Facebook users ("Plaintiffs") who claim that the social media company, Facebook, Inc. ("Facebook" or "Defendant"), scanned images of their faces as part of its "Tag Suggestions" feature without first obtaining their consent, in violation of Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act ("BIPA").

Security Company Sued Under Illinois Biometrics Law

On April 11, 2018, a putative class of employees led by Jacquette Smith (collectively, "Plaintiffs") filed a lawsuit in Illinois state court alleging their employer, Andy Frain Services Inc. ("Defendant"), was collecting and storing their personal information through a finger-scan timekeeping device, in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act ("BIPA").

Long-time profit driver for Johnson & Johnson now a clear nemesis

Executives with global colossus Johnson & Johnson are presently viewing talcum powder and other talc-based products in a manner sharply divergent from the elation that has long marked their preeminence as profit drivers for the company.

J&J revenues have been materially augmented for decades by the global popularity of company products like Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. Talc-linked sales these days are undoubtedly less on the minds of principals with the huge multinational medical equipment and pharmaceutical company, though, than are litigation fears tied to those offerings.

Whistleblower Is Awarded $2.2M Under Dodd-Frank Safe Harbor Rule

On April 5, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that it has awarded $2.2 million to a whistleblower whose initial tip to another federal agency led to an SEC enforcement action. This marks the first instance in which the SEC has awarded a whistleblower for information from a tip that was previously reported to a different federal agency.

Media analysis suggests older American workers under pressure

There have always been on-the-job claims that stress unlawful discrimination aimed at older workers.

Those allegations are presently increasing, though, contends an in-depth workplace expose. The publication Pro Publica concludes that older workers across the country are facing unprecedented age-bias pressures. The news source stresses that court decisions and trends are simultaneously undercutting their protections.