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  • Settlements and Verdicts: Taco Bell.
    A $30 million dollar verdict has been awarded to Joseph Shields and Thomas Rinks in their lawsuit filed against Taco Bell. The two men charged the company with failing to pay them for coming up with the idea of using a talking Chihuahua in the Mexican fast-food chain's advertisements. The jury sided with the two marketers, who claimed Taco Bell had brea...
  • Management Resources Co. Taco Bell Manager Gender Discrimination Settlement
    McMinnville, TN: (May-28-07) Katrina Hillis and Diana Pepper, former employees of a large Taco Bell franchisee, filed a discrimination lawsuit against Management Resources Co., which is based in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood and owns more than 80 Taco Bell franchises in the South. Hillis and Pepper, the store managers, claimed that Management Resources...
  • Taco Bell Shells Out California Overtime Settlement
    Mar-12-16 Sacramento, CA: A California overtime lawsuit involving about 134,000 Taco Bell workers has been settled against the giant fast-food chain. The workers skipped meal breaks, which is a violation of the California labor laws . The plaintiffs also claimed that from 2003 to 2013, they were not provided with meal breaks during the fifth hour of work if...
  • Harman-Chiu Inc. Female Employees Gender Discrimination Settlement
    Sunnyvale - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell franchise owner on behalf of Latina immigrant workers for gender discrimination. The lawsuit claimed the manager at the Sunnyvale KFC/Taco Bell repeatedly approached three female employees with unwelcome sexual propositions that created a...
  • Taco Bell Still Not Shelling Out Overtime
    Nov-19-10 Sylmar, CA How many lawsuits will it take for Taco Bell to comply with the California labor code and shell out California Overtime ? The US Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay non-managerial employees at a rate of one and one-half times the regular rate for each hour worked over 40 per week. Either the Act is news (!) to Taco Bell, the co...
  • Starting a New Year with an Old Problem: Foodborne Illness
    Feb-8-12 Atlanta, GA Two cases of potential Foodborne Illness serve as a reminder that one can't always assume the food one eats in a public establishment will not leave one clutching one's stomachs after the fact. There are so many issues at play—from the way in which food is handled and prepared at a restaurant, to the path that food may have taken from...
  • Preliminary $1M Settlement Reached in Bell Canada Late Fees Class Action
    Ottawa, ON: An out-of-court settlement has been concluded in the class action filed on behalf of Bell Canada and Bell Mobility's Ontario clients who may have paid late payment charges on payments made before the payment deadline provided on their bill. This settlement affects Ontario Bell Canada clients who paid their bill through their financial ins...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Taco Bell.
    An extra $11.8 million has been granted in interest to the two Michigan men who accused Taco Bell of stealing their talking Chihuahua advertising campaign. The ruling by a federal judge brings the total award to $41.9 million. Thomas Rinks and Joseph Shields sued the fast-food chain in 1998 over creative ownership of the mascot, and were awarded $30.1 m...
  • California Overtime for Restaurant Managers: Class Actions or Individual Lawsuits?
    Apr-27-10 Los Angeles, CA It is not easy to determine whether or not restaurant managers can claim California overtime , mainly because they are often misclassified as exempt. In April 2010 a California Court of Appeal denied a motion to certify a class action lawsuit against El Torito Restaurants, concluding there wasn't enough proof of widespread misclassificat...
  • Too Hard to Eat Lunch? – That Cost Wal-Mart $6 Million
    Jun-26-19 Los Angeles, CA Chelsea Hamilton and Alyssa Hernandez brought a class action California labor lawsuit against Wal-Mart, claiming that going through the mandatory security check took so much time and was so intrusive that they were left with less than their legally protected half-hour meal break. Taking feminine hygiene stuff out of their purses was...
  • City of Chicago, IL Coerced Confession Settlement
    Chicago - In July 2000, Corethian Bell, who suffers from a mental illness, found his murdered mother in her apartment and called police to report the crime. Bell was charged with murder and gave a videotaped confession. He spent 17 months in Cook County Jail before the Cook County State's Attorney's office dropped the charge after DNA evidence proved Be...
  • Pennsylvania Employment Lawsuits
    Oct-22-09 Hanover, PA Pennsylvania employment law protects the rights of Pennsylvania employees. However, there are situations in which employees must turn to Pennsylvania lawyers to defend their rights. This can occur in situations where discrimination or harassment have occurred in the workplace or where employees' benefits programs are not being properly manag...
  • Truck Driver’s New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawsuit Revived on Appeal
    Jun-25-17 Trenton, NJ: A former New Jersey truck driver whose workers compensation claim has been zig-zagging through the courts has seen his workers compensation lawsuit revived by the New Jersey Appellate Division. The plaintiff in the workers compensation law case is Brian Hejda. According to court documents, Hejda was a commercial truck driver with Bell Con...
  • City of Chicago Police Eye Shooting Settlement
    June 14, 1998 the city of Chicago was celebrating the victory of the Bulls basketball championship. Fifteen year old Francis Bell was riding in a car that suddenly made a U-turn. The car sped onto a sidewalk corner where 11 police officers were standing guard in case of any celebratory mayhem. The car struck one officer in the leg and three other officers...
  • Tenant Sues Prospective Landlord for Denial of Application
    Dec-6-09 Yardville, NJ A prospective tenant who was denied housing in New Jersey due to a complex rental agreement has won some favor through an appellate court in New Jersey. The Times of Trenton reported Thursday that Denise Bell, a disabled and unemployed New Jersey resident, sought a unit at Sunnybrae Apartments of Yardville. Bell receives federal Social...
  • Settlements and Verdicts: Clackamas County, Oregon.
    A $1.5 million settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed by fired deputy Carl Bell alleging racial discrimination. The suit charged that Bell was fired after complaining about racist comments made by his trainers and colleagues about him and others. (Oct-22-03) [ OREGONIAN ] Legal Help If you have a similar problem and would like to be co...
  • Food Poisoning Lawyer ”Besieged” with Blue Bell Creameries Victims
    May-24-15 Houston, TX On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily recalled all of the products made at its three plants in the US because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes , a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen the company detected in samples of its Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream produced between March 17, 2015 and March 2...
  • Lead-Tainted Children's Cosmetics Accessory Bags Recalled
    About 945,000 Bonne Bell Children's Cosmetics Accessory Bags are being recalled because the metal clasps on the handle of the accessory bags contain excessive levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested and can cause adverse health effects. The recalled accessory bags are made of plastic and have a zipper and carrying handle. The bags come with an assort...
  • Court of Appeal Limits Impact of Federal Statute of Repose
    Jun-8-10 Sacramento, CA A court of appeal has limited the federal statue of repose in its ruling in a helicopter crash lawsuit. The federal statute of repose protects aircraft manufacturers from product liability lawsuits if a defective aircraft or aircraft part is more than 18 years old when the crash occurs. The court, however, ruled in Rogers v. Bell Helico...
  • Cash Advance? There’s an App for That
    Mar-25-19 Washington, DC What, you may ask, does the Pay feature of the new smartphone app, Branch , have to do with excessive overdraft fee lawsuits ? The honest answer is maybe nothing. On the other hand, it may be next new frontier for an under-regulated cash advance/overdraft fee/ payday loan industry. Loan sharks and payday lenders have long been players i...
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