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AT&T Blue Sky Project overtime pay class action settled

Posted on: April 21st, 2011 by Steve Larson

A class action settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against AT&T in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (entitled Buccellato v. AT&T Operations, Inc., Case No. C10-00463-LHK).  The lawsuit alleged that AT&T misclassified the Class Members as exempt from the overtime pay requirements of federal and state law, and consequently failed to pay them overtime pay. Read more…


Wal-Mart v. Women

Posted on: April 12th, 2011 by Steve Larson

The Supreme Court recently heard argument in the employment discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart that I have written about before on this blog.  It is the largest in American history.  Wal-Mart is also one of the largest private employers in American history.  If the Supreme Court rejects this suit, it will send a chilling message that some companies are too big to be held accountable. Read more…


Nationwide Sex Descrimination Hiring Class Action Filed Against John Deere Landscapes, Inc.

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011 by Steve Larson

On March 16, 2011, a Northern California woman filed a nationwide class action in the United States District Court in San Francisco charging that John Deere’s landscaping division discriminates against women who seek entry level customer service, sales and shipping and receiving positions. The case is entitled Artis v. Deere & Co. (Civ 10-05289 WHA). The suit charges Deere, a leading farm, agricultural equipment and landscaping company with over 50,000 employees, with systematically denying such jobs to women and discouraging them from even applying. It seeks an order requiring Deere to adopt nondiscriminatory policies, and for lost pay and punitive damages. Read more…


Premera and Lifewise Settle Overtime Class Action

Posted on: March 14th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A federal judge from the Western District of Washington has preliminarily approved a $1.45 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging that Premera Blue Cross failed to pay overtime to a group of tech workers.  The class-action lawsuit filed last year in U.S. District Court in Seattle, alleged that the Mountlake Terrace-based health insurance company and its subsidiaries had misclassified about 133 tech support workers as exempt from overtime pay. Read more…


CIGNA Sued For Gender Discrimination in Class Action

Posted on: March 7th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A veteran Cigna Corp. manager sued the U.S. health insurer on March 3, 2011, saying it unfairly blocks female employees from promotions and higher-paying jobs.  The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, seeks $100 million in damages and asks for class-action status. Read more…


Wal-Mart Files Opening Merits Brief in U.S. Supreme Court

Posted on: February 9th, 2011 by Steve Larson

On January 20, 2011, Wal-Mart filed its opening merits brief in the U.S.  Supreme Court in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart case mentioned several times earlier in this blog.  Not surprisingly, Wal-Mart asserts that the Ninth Circuit’s opinion is not consistent with the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 23(a), because the “Class members – potentially millions of women supervised by tens of thousands of different managers and employed in thousands of different stores throughout the country – assert highly individualized fact-intensive claims for monetary relief that are subject to individualized statutory defenses.” Read more…


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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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