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February 2016 Archives

Ninth Circuit Defers Vonage to Arbitration

In a recent 2-1 split decision, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court's decision and sent a putative class action against Vonage America Inc. ("Vonage"), a voice-over Internet company, to arbitration. The case wound up in the Ninth Circuit after Judge Christina Snyder of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California denied Vonage's Motion to Compel Arbitration.

Former Yahoo employee asserts review process is rigged

In today's competitive business climate, companies must continually strive to recruit and retain the best and brightest. This is especially true in the tech industry which, from Amazon to Apple, has been the subject of numerous scathing news articles and employment lawsuits in recent years.

Boeing Under Fire with a Putative Class Action

An investor, Tribhuwan Bisht, slapped Boeing with a putative class action lawsuit after being tipped off that Boeing had utilized dishonest accounting practices. Bischt caught wind of the practices through a media report documenting the alleged misbehavior. The tip came from Bloomberg Media's coverage of a possible SEC investigation into the 787 Dreamliner and 747 Jumbo's account.

U.S. Government Says D.C. Circuit Ruling Gives FCA Defendants Easy Out

Back in November, False Claims Act ("FCA") Defendants scored a huge victory in United States ex rel. Purcell v. MWI Corp. On February 8, the federal government asked the D.C. Circuit Court to reverse its judgment that held that Moving Waters Industries Corp. ("MWI)" was not liable for certifications it made to Nigeria because language in those certifications was ambiguous.

Internal memos detail manufacturing errors likely behind Takata's defective airbags

A 52-year-old South Carolina man became the most-recent victim to die after the Takata airbag in his 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck exploded and a piece of metal shrapnel "pierced his neck." The man's death occurred in December of last year and is the ninth such death to occur in the U.S. that is being linked to the dangerous and defective airbags.

Super Bowl Ticket Suit Dies at 3rd Circuit

Any football fan knows that attending an NFL game can be a pricey experience. The most recent Super Bowl had an average ticket price somewhere between $2,500 and $3,000. A suit in New Jersey sought to challenge the high prices from the Super Bowl two years ago arguing that there were not enough tickets for public sale.

Uber Settles Class Action for $28.5 Million

Uber Technologies Inc. ("Uber" or the "Company") has agreed to settle a class action pending in California federal court that raised questions about the Company's "safe ride" fees. The proposed $28.5 million settlement will benefit roughly 25 million riders that utilized the ride hail company from January 2013 to January 2016.

Allegations that college sought to defraud government via student loan program

According to the U.S. Federal Reserve, U.S. consumers are burdened by more than $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. What's more, the number of students who are taking out federal student loans and amassing significant and often crushing amounts of student loan debt continues to increase as the costs of obtaining a college degree continue to skyrocket.

Court ruling provides example of how industry impacts non-compete agreements

In many industries, it's customary for employers to require employees to sign some sort of non-compete agreement. Such agreements are intended to protect an employer’s business interests, proprietary information and to guard against competition. While, depending on the industry and specific company, non-compete agreements may vary in subject matter and scope; all must meet certain legal requirements.