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$1.5M Settlement Reached in Utz Foods “All Natural” Class Action
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A $1.5 million settlement was reached between the parties in the Utz Quality Foods labeling class action on December 6, 2017. The suit was originally filed in December 2014 in Massachusetts federal court by named plaintiffs Matt DiFrancesco, Angela Mizzoni and Lynn Marrapodi. In the complaint the plaintiffs argued that Utz deceptively labeled some of the brand’s snack foods as “all natural” when in reality the plaintiffs claim the products contain unnatural, genetically-modified ingredients including cottonseed oil, corn oil, yellow corn, white corn, vinegar, maltodextium, modified food starch, modified corn starch, corn syrup and soy lecithin.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 12/11/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Golden Crust CEO Found Dead, Estate Now Facing Employee Lawsuits
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Less than a week after the former CEO of Golden Krust Bakery in the Bronx was found dead, a number of his employees have filed a class action lawsuit. This is the second lawsuit filed against the founder of the Jamaican beef patty manufacturing plant and his company under the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA. According to the complaint, the workers at the plant were not paid overtime, required to clean their own uniforms, and were denied tips in an employee tip jar. The late CEO was found dead in his Bronx-based factory on Dec. 2, apparently having died of a self-inflicted gun wound.
Jorge Fitz Gibbon, 12/08/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Two Studies Filed in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit
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Reports have been filed in a gender discrimination lawsuit against Microsoft which indicate that the company's system for promotions and pay scale is discriminatory against women. Two studies were recently filed in U.S. District Court in Washington State as part of Moussouris v. Microsoft. The first report, developed by a Princeton economics professor indicates that women in low- to mid-level technical roles at Microsoft “receive lower compensation on average, than otherwise-similar men, and this difference in pay is statically significant.” The second study, conducted by a Michigan State University psychology professor, suggests Microsoft “does not provide clear, job-related guidance as to how to distinguish levels within a career stage for compensation decisions,” therefore failing to account for the proven biases that women face during subjective assessments of their work.
Janet Burns, Forbes 12/11/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Univ. of Rochester Officials Named in Sexual Harassment Suit
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President Joel Seligman and Provost Robert Clark of the University of Rochester have been named in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the university. The two school officials have been accused in the lawsuit of creating an environment, through their professional and personal conduct, which allowed the sexual harassment to occur. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was approached in late August by a number of people who said the school protected one of its professors accused of sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit, university officials retaliated against those who accused the professor of sexual harassment.
Brian Sharp and Lauren Peace, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 12/08/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Doctor Must Pay $30,000 For Accessing Ex-Wife's Medical Records
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A jury has ruled against a South Dakota doctor who accessed his ex-wife's medical records. The Minnehaha County jury awarded $30,000 to the doctor's ex-wife, who accused him of violating her privacy by accessing the medical records. The lawsuit filed in 2015 accused the orthopedic surgeon of repeatedly accessing the plaintiff's medical records without her permission. The complaint states that following a cease-and-desist demanding that the surgeon stop accessing the plaintiff's medical records, he accessed them four additional times.
Jonathan Ellis, Sioux Falls Argus Leader 12/07/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Children's Pajamas Recalled for Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
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One Stop Shop has issued a recall on its children's pajamas due to a violation of the federal flammability standard. "The children's pajamas fail to meet the federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children," says the recall. Included in the recall are children's 100 percent cotton knit, two-piece, long-sleeve top and pant pajama sets, which were sold at Foreman Mills stores nationwide from September 2016 through November 2017.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 12/11/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

$2.4M Settlement Reached in Excessive Force Lawsuit Over Teen's Death
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The Michigan family of a teenager who was shot and killed by an Eaton County police officer has reached a $2.4 million settlement. The unarmed 17-year-old boy was fatally shot by Sgt. Jonathan Frost during a traffic stop two years ago. The settlement comes after a judge declined to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing two counts of excessive force to proceed. Per the settlement, the lawsuit will be dismissed "with prejudice," meaning that it cannot by refiled.
Rachel Greco, Lansing State Journal 12/01/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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