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Clear and present danger: instant soup’s challenges for young kids

Admit it. Even as an adult, you’ve probably been challenged a time or two when dealing with those flimsy plastic or Styrofoam containers that brim with geyser-like hot water and steaming instant noodles.

If you’re familiar with ramen, you know what we’re talking about in today’s blog post. Our proven product liability attorneys at Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah (with multiple law offices spanning the country) diligently represent personal injury victims calling out deficiencies in all kinds of defective and dangerous products. We know without doubt that instant soup packaging readily qualifies as being high-risk.

A look at seminal study’s conclusions regarding FINRA arbitrations

Talk about exhaustive research that can’t easily be called into question. A team of researchers who recently published a paper on FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) arbitration buttressed the validity of their results through research spanning nearly 9,000 decisions rendered by approximately 8,000 arbitrators.

Although a number of notable conclusions emerged from that ambitious effort, one in particular strikes a bottom-line chord.

Is the #MeToo movement casting ripples in American workplaces?

A reasoned response to whether the high-profile #MeToo campaign focused upon sexual harassment is having consequences for workplaces in Connecticut and across the country must surely conclude with a resounding “yes.” The movement spawned in the wake of the notorious case details surrounding former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has unquestionably put on-the-job sexual misconduct under a spotlight and engendered a healthy national debate.

Have material changes resulted from that new dialogue and the occasional targeting of high-profile figures for sexual misconduct, though? Has anything beyond cosmetic change emerged in workplaces that is healthy and long overdue?

SCOTUS’ new term to spotlight employment, arbitration cases

It is a truism that cases on the United States Supreme Court docket – all matters that come to the court’s purview – are flatly significant and with the potential to affect vast numbers of Americans in fundamental ways. It will certainly be business as usual for the court during its current term.

In fact, that term (which began on October 1) is centrally about business, with two upcoming matters the justices will rule upon spotlighting commercial issues that are important for two distinct demographics.

Can external job applicants sue for age discrimination?

Many Connecticut residents and other individuals across the country routinely see promising job advertisements that spark their interest and invite a return application.

A recent national news piece notes that many of those placements do not specify minimum qualifications, but do set forth a cap on experience. For example: “This position is open only to applicants with less than a decade of relevant experience.”

Criminal outcome against drug maker harsh, civil suit even more so

Drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen took a painful punch last year as the defendant in a federal criminal lawsuit. The company was slapped with a $260 million criminal fine after pleading guilty to fraud-related charges in litigation filed by the federal government.

It turns out that what was seemingly a painfully high exaction ended up as a relatively light slap on the proverbial wrist, when compared with what just transpired with the company in a related civil matter.

SEC Sues Elon Musk Over his Tweets to Take Tesla Private

On September 27, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") sued Tesla CEO, Elon Musk ("Musk"), alleging his August tweets about being prepared to take his Tesla private at a much higher price than its stock at the time were baseless assertions and violated federal securities laws.

Port Authority Announces $19 Minimum Wage for Airport Workers by 2023

On September 27, 2018, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ("Port Authority") announced a board-approved plan to increase the minimum wage of workers at John F. Kennedy International ("JFK") and LaGuardia airports in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport ("Newark") in New Jersey to $19 per hour by the year 2023.

There have always been questions re quit-related notice

How many times a day is this question posed by one worker to another employee at worksites across the country: If you won the lottery tomorrow, would you give notice?

A common response is Connecticut and elsewhere is certainly, “Are you kidding?” Of course, legions of workers valuing their jobs, co-workers and managers would provide notice of their intention to quit and continue to stay on for some specified period to allow for a smooth transition. Work needs to be reassigned. Fresh blood likely needs to be brought on board. Retraining of other employees might be required.