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Class Action

 
Graco Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Recalled Infant Sleeper
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Graco is denying claims in a lawsuit over the recall of a baby sleeper known to cause deaths of infants. The company filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by a mother who purchased one of the sleepers in 2018. In filing for the dismissal, Graco stated that the recall does not prove the company engaged in any fraudulent activity and that the plaintiff fails to show she has standing to bring suit, as she did not claim injury to her child.
John O'Brien, Legal Newsline 06/02/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Longtime Wellmark Employees File Racial Discrimination Suit
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Three Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield employees from Iowa have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against their employer. The plaintiffs are seeking class action status for their claim in Polk County District Court. The employee, who have each worked for the company for decades, say they were systematically denigrated, harassed and denied training and promotion because of they are African American. The lawsuit seeks up to $5 million in compensation for current and past employees it says have been victims of discrimination.
Jason Clayworth, DesMoines Register 05/26/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
Gay Hotel Employee Sues Over Harassment and Discrimination
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A newly filed lawsuit alleges a former employee of Manhattan's upscale PUBLIC hotel was harassed based on his sexuality. The plaintiff, a gay black man, was hired in 2018 to take reservations for rooms and restaurants. His complaint includes an incident where his boss made him buy her body tape and place it on her bare breasts "because her dress would not stay on." The lawsuit alleges harassment and sexual harassment, and that the plaintiff was paid less than white coworkers.
Noah Goldberg, New York Daily News 05/29/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Rhode Island Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Case Over Forced Drug Test
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The Rhode Island Supreme Court has affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit against W.B. Mason Co., Inc filed by an employee fired for refusing a drug test. The lawsuit alleged the employee's odd behaviors could have been attributable to pain or other things, and that he should not have been required to take the drug test. According to the plaintiff, the defendants did not have "reasonable grounds" to demand the test, as required by the Rhode Island drug testing law. The high court upheld a ruling that the plaintiff's behavior was sufficient to support "reasonable grounds" for drug testing under Rhode Island law.
Kathryn J. Russo, The National Law Review 06/01/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

 
Michigan State Police Will Face Lawsuits Over Deadly High-Speed Chases
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Michigan State Police will face lawsuits over deadly high-speed chases that took place in the city of Flint. The state Court of Appeals has unanimously decided that the lawsuits can continue against the state police. At the center of the complaints are two high speed police chases that ended in injuries and death in Flint. The lawsuits have been consolidated and are pending in Genesee Circuit Court.
Ron Fonger, MLive 05/26/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Robinson Helicopters Blamed for Deadly Crash in Lawsuit
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Robinson Helicopter Company is facing a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of a man from Buffalo, New York. According to the lawsuit, negligence and design defects caused the January helicopter crash that killed the businessman. Robinson helicopters has a history with an issue known as 'mast bumping,' say aviation attorneys Ronald Goldman and Timothy Loranger, who filed the complaint.
Staff Report, Spectrum News 06/01/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Law Firm Management

 
4 Ways to Keep Your Staff Engaged While Working in a Virtual World
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The COVID-19 pandemic threw the business world into a tailspin, with stay-at-home orders and remote work emerging as the best or only option for the most legal practices. Firms not previously prepared for this teleworking transition were forced into a "learn as you go" mentality. It’s been said that your "people" are one of your best assets as a business and law firm owner. So how do you ensure that you encourage and support your staff during these challenging times—without face-to-face interaction — so that they, in turn, will continue to do their best work for your law firm?
Kimberly Gomlak, MBA & Kelly Anthony, Esq., Counsel Financial 06/02/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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