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Truckers Hauling to Trial Against J.B. Hunt for Alleged Wage and Hour Violations

Truckers Hauling to Trial Against J.B. Hunt for Alleged Wage and Hour Violations July 20, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Los Angeles, CA A group of 11,000 truck drivers filed a California unpaid wages lawsuit back in 2009, alleging that one of the largest trucking and logistics companies in the United States violated California wage law. The parties fought about whether California state law was pre-empted by the more industry friendly federal law. In a victory for the truckers, the U.S. Supreme Court denied J.B. Hunt’s appeal, leaving in place the District Court’s ruling that California law is controlling. As the parties prepare for a fall trial, J.B. Hunt has moved for summary judgment and to decertify the class. Plaintiff truckers have just filed an opposition to that motion, saying that the claims of all 11,000 truckers are similar enough to justify class action status.
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Anthem Refuses to Cover Emergency Room Care After the Fact

Anthem Refuses to Cover Emergency Room Care After the Fact July 18, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Sacramento, CA Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield denies emergency room coverage for patients whose symptoms later prove to have been non-life threatening. This has been a long-standing practice, but it is now official policy in six states. Are California patients protected under California insurance law?
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Court Orders Unum Doctor to Reveal How Much He Was Paid for His Opinion

Court Orders Unum Doctor to Reveal How Much He Was Paid for His Opinion July 17, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
New Orleans, LA Unum Group has come under scrutiny yet again for alleged deceptive practices. This time the insurance giant has lost a battle in the Wittmann v. Unum Life Insurance Co. litigation. Plaintiff attorney Anne Wittmann, who alleges that she was wrongfully denied disability benefits, subpoenaed financial records from James H. Bress, M.D., who Unum hired to review her claim. Unum Group fought back, by moving to quash the subpoena. On July 11, 2018, a Federal District Judge in Louisiana Ordered that the records be turned over so Plaintiffs can ascertain whether his opinion was swayed by a financial dependence on the insurance carrier.
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Intel to Shell Out $5M to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit

Intel to Shell Out $5M to Settle California Unpaid Wages Lawsuit July 16, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Santa Clara, CA Plaintiff Medina Asalati was formerly employed by Intel Corp. as an administrative assistant. She lead a class of over 3,000 hourly Intel employees including admins, clerical workers, janitors, and logistical support specialists in a class action lawsuit that has been resolved for millions of dollars. Intel denies any wrongdoing in the settlement agreement, but the Plaintiffs allege that they were expected to work extremely long hours in a demanding environment without meal and rest breaks. The relatively large $5 million award could make big waves in California Unpaid Wages lawsuit news if and when it is officially approved by the court.
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California Labor Commissioner’s Office fined general contractor and sub-contractor for wage theft violations

California Labor Commissioner’s Office fined general contractor and sub-contractor for wage theft violations July 13, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Long Beach, CA After a lengthy investigation into wage theft of Champion Construction Inc., a contractor hired by San Diego general contractor TB Penick, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office found that Champion cheated 103 workers by maintaining false payroll records over a six-month period. Both TB Penick and Champion were held responsible under California labor law and state labor regulators secured over $1.1 million in back wages for the workers.
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Surveillance Sinks Liberty Mutual Long Term Denied Disability Lawsuits

Surveillance Sinks Liberty Mutual Long Term Denied Disability Lawsuits July 12, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Boston, MA Fifty minutes and fifty-eight seconds of video showed Donna Cusson walking her dog, shopping, and eating in a restaurant. That was enough to doom her long term denied disability lawsuit against Liberty Mutual. It is an eight-year old case, so some things have changed -- not the fact of surveillance in LTD cases, though. And now it’s not just video tape that LTD claimants have to worry about.
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Supreme Court Restricts Class Action Availability for Wage Theft Violations

Supreme Court Restricts Class Action Availability for Wage Theft Violations July 10, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC “Congratulations! Welcome to FillInTheBlank Company! Sign here and ask for Ms. Someone when you come tomorrow.” By the time the intake interview is over, many workers have already signed away their rights to bring class action wage theft lawsuits under federal and California labor law.
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Aon Hewitt Named (again) in Double-Dealing Retirement Plan Lawsuit

Aon Hewitt Named (again) in Double-Dealing Retirement Plan Lawsuit July 9, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Charlotte, NC In April 2018, Benjamin Reetz filed a class action ERISA lawsuit on behalf of himself and other participants in the Lowe’s 401(k) Plan. The lawsuit claims that Aon Hewitt, the plan’s investment advisor, lined its pockets by recommending one of its own poorly performing investment funds. Lowe’s then fell down on the job by failing to catch what Aon Hewitt was doing. Wait, you think, didn’t I read this before, but was it about Home Depot or maybe Invesco?
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Cheesecake Factory Found Liable for $4.57 Million Wage Theft

Cheesecake Factory Found Liable for $4.57 Million Wage Theft July 3, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
San Diego, CA The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has found that The Cheesecake Factory and its janitorial contractor, Americlean Janitorial Services Corp., engaged in wage theft, withholding millions of dollars that were lawfully earned under California prevailing wage law. Americlean subcontracted the night cleaning work to another company, Magic Touch. It is not uncommon for California employers to rely on multiple layers of contractors and fluid entities to perpetrate wage theft, particularly in all-cash enterprises like the janitorial industry. However, Cheesecake Factory and Americlean have been found equally liable for the workplace violations of subcontractor Magic Touch under California Assembly Bill 1897, which holds employers liable for the violations of their contractors.
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“More and More Women Coming Forward,” says Attorney for USC Sex Abuse Plaintiffs

“More and More Women Coming Forward,” says Attorney for USC Sex Abuse Plaintiffs July 2, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: “We have filed a sexual abuse lawsuit on behalf of several women who were examined by Dr. George Tyndall, the former gynecologist at the University of Southern California,” says attorney Susan Owen, with the law firm of Owen, Patterson and Owen, LLP. “They were young women when they saw this sexual predator for their first gynecological exam, and they had no idea of what to expect,” says Owen. ”USC was on notice of Dr. Tyndall’s misconduct long before these women came forward, yet the University chose to do nothing.”
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