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Judge rules American Family Insurance agents are employees, not independent contractors

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A federal judge in Ohio ruled that a certified class of nearly 7,000 insurance agents were misclassified as independent contractors by American Family Insurance Co. and are in fact employees under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The Judge found the company exerted a level of control like that of an employer.

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Duane Reade settles wage and hour class action

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On May 4, 2017, U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken approved a $13.5 million settlement between drugstore giant Duane Reade and a class of assistant store managers who claim that the defendant did not pay them proper overtime wages. The employees alleged they worked more than 50 hours a week.

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Lyft drivers file class action against Uber

Posted on: May 2nd, 2017 by Steve Larson

A former Lyft driver has filed a proposed class action lawsuit in California federal court accusing Uber of spying on Lyft drivers’ locations with a secret software program referred to internally as “Hell.” The software allegedly allowed Uber to track Lyft’s coverage areas and detect which drivers worked for both companies.

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Minor League Baseball players get class action certified

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Just in time for the start of the 2017 baseball season, a federal judge in California has certified a class action on behalf of thousands of disgruntled Minor League Baseball players who allege that they should be paid minimum wage and overtime. The players are from different “clubs” across the state of California. They have worked countless hours throughout both the official season and the off-season, participating in conditioning and training in addition to playing official games. Minor League Baseball is part of a player feeder system for Major League Baseball and it has long been thought that minor league players are “paying their dues” in expending the long hours for comparably bad pay.

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After successfully compelling case to arbitration, real estate company says arbitration was unfair

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A few months ago, real estate company Redfin Corp. won a battle to get a proposed class action transferred to arbitration. The proposed class alleged that the real estate company’s agents were treated like employees, not independent contractors. After the arbitrator ruled against Redfin, the real estate service asked a California federal judge to overturn the arbitrator’s ruling, saying the proceedings had been biased.

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Oracle sued by employees in class action over cancelled commissions

Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A class action lawsuit has been filed in California federal court against Oracle America, Inc. The complaint alleges that Oracle failed to pay its sales force earned wages by retroactively changing contracts to reduce commissions on past sales.

The named plaintiff in the lawsuit alleges that the company told her that she had a negative commission balance of approximately $20,000 after it “re-planned” how much she would be paid for sales she made in 2013. The plaintiff was notified of the change after receiving commissions in November and December 2013 under a previously stated “comp plan,” but Oracle applied the new rate retroactively to June 2013.

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  • Steve Larson has been representing investors, consumers and employees in class actions in Oregon for over 20 years. He is a shareholder at the law firm of Stoll Berne in Portland, Oregon.
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