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Farmers Insurance Cleared of Age DiscriminationLos Angeles, CA
After an eight-week trial and two days of deliberations, Farmers Group Inc. has been cleared of discrimination and wrongful termination charges. Former California-based insurance agents claimed they were discriminated against for their age and fired to be replaced by younger, ostensibly more productive workers. However, jurors determined that, because the four plaintiffs were independent contractors, Farmers Group did not violate California employment law.
Hair Relaxer Lawsuit UpdateSanta Clara, CA
Due to so many hair straightener lawsuits filed since a study found the products linked to certain cancers, a multi-district litigation (MDL) has been established in the Northern District of Illinois to consolidate all hair relaxer lawsuits. Recent complaints also allege the hair relaxer products cause fertility problems. Lawsuits against L’Oreal and other hair relaxer manufacturers have skyrocketed, however Revlon was not officially named in lawsuits because the cosmetic giant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last June – one week before the NHI study was released that triggered hair relaxer litigation.
Four Things You Can Expect in Probate CourtChicago, IL
The biggest problem after a loved one passes on is how to fulfill their wishes about wealth distribution as outlined in the Will. The named heirs and other interested parties may disagree with the Will, pushing the matter to court. Establishing trusts is a good way of avoiding the probate courts, but disputes still arise, prompting litigation.
Enfamil Linked to Preemie Blindness, Cerebral PalsyEvansville, IN
On April 17, Sandra Hayes sued Mead Johnson & Company, alleging that the baby formula manufacturer was responsible for injuring Adam Hayes shortly after his birth. The necrotizing enterocolitis lawsuit details baby Adam’s injuries including partial blindness and cerebral palsy brought on by his consumption of Enfamil Premature 24, a cow’s milk-based formula in the days after his early birth.
Tegria Software Employees allege 80-hour Weeks without OvertimeSanta Clara, CA
Former Tegria workers have filed a proposed class and collective action claiming the company, which provides consulting and technology services to healthcare clients, failed to pay overtime to consultants who “routinely” worked over 40 hours and often more than 80 hours per week, a violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
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