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United Healthcare Faces Class Action Lawsuit For 'Arbitrary' Therapy Payment Policy
United Healthcare Faces Class Action Lawsuit For 'Arbitrary' Therapy Payment Policy
Sacramento, CA: Workers in the U.S. who received psychotherapy through their employers’ plans with United Healthcare Insurance Co. and United Behavioral Health (UBH) in California have filed a proposed class action, claiming the insurers have violated mental health laws

J.B. Hunt Settles California Labor Lawsuit with Truckers for $15million
J.B. Hunt Settles California Labor Lawsuit with Truckers for $15million
Los Angeles, CA More than a decade ago truck drivers filed a California wage lawsuit against J.B. Hunt Transport, an Arkansas trucking company, claiming the company violated California's wages, rest break and meal rules. Since that time, the class action lawsuit has been the subject of recent debates over when – and whether-- federal rules regarding driver work should pre-empt state regulations.

Sephora Accused of Shorting Workers for Time to Don Makeup
Sephora Accused of Shorting Workers for Time to Don Makeup
San Francisco, CA Cosmetics retailer, Sephora, has recently found itself embroiled in several California unpaid wages lawsuits. The allegations are similar from lawsuit to lawsuit, and so are the plaintiffs’ evidentiary problems.

Uber Misclassification Issue Now Facing Unfair Competition Lawsuit
Uber Misclassification Issue Now Facing Unfair Competition Lawsuit
Sacramento, CA: Diva Limousine has sued Uber over California labor law violations, alleging state unfair competition. Their lawyers--who filed a motion for partial summary judgement early October—are counting on a California Supreme Court decision making it more difficult for employers to misclassify drivers as independent contractors rather than hourly employees.

Is a Health Plan Liable for the Negligence of an Unqualified Claims Reviewer?
Is a Health Plan Liable for the Negligence of an Unqualified Claims Reviewer?
Sherman, TX Johnson v. UnitedHealthcare raises more questions than it answers about how ERISA protects health plan participants who bring bad faith insurance lawsuits over denied medical claims. Stephen Johnson had more than his share of hardship. The law hasn’t helped him. But it’s a complicated story that will affect claimants and health insurers denying medical claims in California and throughout the country. So hang on.

Google Employee Tagged as “Too Old” May Yet Have the Last Word
Google Employee Tagged as “Too Old” May Yet Have the Last Word
San Jose, CA Cheryl Fillekes’s age discrimination lawsuit against Google alleges violations of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and corresponding provisions of California labor law, the Fair Housing and Employment Discrimination Act (FEHA). Having cleared the hurdle of class action certification, it now appears poised to settle.

Tennessee Minimum Wage Too Low for Many
Tennessee Minimum Wage Too Low for Many
Although the Tennessee economy is doing well with record low unemployment rates, employers in the hospitality industry are having a difficult time attracting workers due to the state’s minimum wage, which is also a common Tennessee labor law issue.

Judge Upends $289 Million Monsanto Roundup Cancer Award
Judge Upends $289 Million Monsanto Roundup Cancer Award
San Francisco, CA On October 11, 2018, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos tentatively ruled that she would toss out the jury’s $250 million punitive damage award and schedule a new trial on that issue. The judge also suggested she may also drastically reduce the $39 million compensatory damage portion of the Monsanto glyphosate lawsuit award. The final ruling is due on October 22. The results of this trial are expected to have significant impact on the hundreds of Roundup cancer lawsuits now pending.

Victory for Tipped Employees -- Bad News for Tennessee Based Restaurant Chain
Victory for Tipped Employees -- Bad News for Tennessee Based Restaurant Chain
Nashville, TN: The Ninth Circuit gave the green light last month for bartenders and servers to sue restaurants--including a Tennessee based chain-- for allegedly underpaying them regarding tipping, a violation of the federal and Tennessee labor law. The cases were consolidated on appeal as Marsh v. J. Alexander’s and remanded for further proceedings.

Fidelity Faces Self-Dealing Lawsuit over 401(k) Plan Mismanagement
Fidelity Faces Self-Dealing Lawsuit over 401(k) Plan Mismanagement
Boston, MA On October 10, 2018, participants in the Fidelity Retirement Savings Plan filed a class action ERISA pension plan lawsuit against the Plan’s fiduciaries. The Complaint alleges that the Plan fiduciaries breached their duties under ERISA, thus harming the Plan and its participants and beneficiaries.

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