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Regulators stress their balanced approach to fraud ID/punishment

A recent Wall Street Journal article duly notes that the Trump administration has taken some hits from consumer advocates. One chief complaint alleges its policy of pulling back on protective measures that guard against financial fraud via a clearly friendly business stance that undermines consumer safeguards. A case in point: Critics charge that the Consumer […]

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P.F. Chang’s Settles Wage Violation Case for $2.65 Million

On July 23, 2018, employees of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. (“P.F. Chang’s”) filed a motion for preliminary approval of a $2.65 million settlement to resolve claims that the restaurant chain violated federal and state labor laws by failing to pay their tipped employees a sufficient wage. Employees sued P.F. Chang’s in April 2016 in […]

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Former Equifax Employee Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading Accusations

On July 23, 2018, Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu (“Bonthu”), a 44-year-old former software development manager at Equifax Inc. (“Equifax”), pled guilty to a single count of insider trading in the Northern District of Georgia. Bonthu is accused of leveraging his inside information about the credit reporting company’s massive data breach to earn over $70,000. Equifax first […]

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Supreme Court Curtails Employees’ Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court in a pro-employer pronouncement upheld arbitration clauses in employment contracts. The question of whether a signed employment contract that contains an arbitration clause – a clause in which the parties agree to resolve legal disputes only through private, individual arbitration – can prevent an employee from joining with other employees in […]

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DOJ Earns NYC Nurses $20.8 Million in Pension Gender Bias Suit

The City of New York (the “City”) agreed on July 18, 2018, to pay $20.8 million to settle a suit brought against it by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”). According to the settlement papers, filed in the Eastern District of New York, the City was accused of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights […]

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J&J Reeling in Wake of Massive Product Liability Damage Award

It took a jury eight hours to determine that damages of $550 million would fairly compensate 22 women plaintiffs for cancer-linked injuries they say they suffered from long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder. Conversely, it took only an additional 45 minutes for those jurors to let J&J know that the company’s bad faith […]

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Class of Investors Certified in Stock Suit Against Twitter

On July 16, 2018, Northern District of California Judge Jon S. Tigar granted class certification to a group of investors who purchased shares of Twitter Inc. (“Twitter” or the “Company”) between February 6, 2015, and July 28, 2015 (the “Class Period”), in a case alleging that Twitter exaggerated its user engagement, resulting in an almost […]

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Is There a General Duty Relevant to Workplace Safety?

A definitive answer to the above-posed headline query in today’s blog post can be quickly supplied. And it is this: There is indeed a legal onus placed upon employers in Connecticut and nationally to provide an environment that safeguards employees against work-linked accidents and injuries. All states, including Connecticut, have myriad state-authored rules and regulations […]

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Ben & Jerry’s Sued for False "Happy Cows" Marketing

On July 9, 2018, the Organic Consumers Association (“OCA”) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. (“Ben & Jerry’s” or the “Company”) and its parent company. The national nonprofit consumer advocacy group accused the ice cream manufacturer of advertising that its product […]

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Not what Volkswagen wants to see: class action age-bias claim

A collective reaching for the Advil. That might be have been the go-to group response of senior executives participating in undoubtedly tense meetings last week at the headquarters of German automaker Volkswagen. The global car-making company was visited on June 29 with a lawsuit that promises to challenge the iconic enterprise in a material way. […]