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Do you consider yourself a whistleblower? Things to know

You may not go through life with the idea that you will one day be a whistleblower. However, depending on the circumstances of your employment and what happens around you, you could find yourself in this position at some point. The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 outlines your legal rights. It also states that it […]

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United Airlines Sued Under Illinois Biometrics Law

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, a class of employees led by former United baggage handler, David Johnson (collectively, the “Plaintiffs”), sued United Airlines Inc. (“United” or “Defendant”) under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). The suit claims United’s timekeeping system, which requires employees to clock-in and clock-out using their fingerprints, does not comply with […]

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Considerations re discrimination in the American workplace

With 2017 fast disappearing and the New Year close at hand, we submit at Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP, that it might to timely to make a few year-end points regarding the realm of employment law. That workplace terrain — always challenging and sometimes volatile — has made for especially front-and-center subject matter throughout […]

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What it’s really like to be in a class-action lawsuit

“Someone ought to put a stop to that,” you may be thinking. Perhaps a company is selling appliances with dangerous defects. Maybe a manufacturing plant dumped chemical waste into the town’s water supply. Whatever the situation may be, people are suffering unfair consequences. It might be time for a class-action lawsuit. Class-action lawsuits are battles […]

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New Jersey Supreme Court Declines to Revisit Ruling Permitting Age Bias Suit Against Best Buy To Move Forward

On Monday, November 20, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court denied a petition for certification filed by Best Buy Co. Inc. (“Best Buy”) to review a state appellate panel decision regarding a former employee’s age discrimination lawsuit on the grounds that the ex-worker, Kevin Dugan (“Dugan”), never explicitly agreed to a policy that such disputes […]

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Store credit policy crosses the threshold into deception

Have you returned a product back to the store – only to find you can only receive store credit? This can be frustrating, especially if you don’t want to continue shopping there, but there’s nothing you can do to change the policy. Store credit can create a few unique problems if a store’s policy contains […]

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Judge Rejects Keurig’s Motion to Dismiss In K-Cup Monopoly Suits

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Judge Vernon S. Broderick, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, rejected Keurig Green Mountain Inc.’s (“Keurig”) motion to dismiss multiple lawsuits against Keurig and its parent company, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (collectively, “Defendants”) brought by purchasers of K-Cup coffee pods. The lawsuits […]

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$1.95M Settlement In Class Action Against Moët Granted Preliminary Approval

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Alameda Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman gave preliminary approval to a proposed $1.95 million settlement to resolve a class action against Moët Hennessey USA (“Moët”) and Strategic Experiential Group (“SEG”) (collectively, the “Defendants”) over alleged employee misclassification. A class of employees led by Krystle Harrison, Napoleon Aparicio, and Shyron McDougall […]