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Judge sets trial date for wage suppression class action against Silicon Valley companies

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by Steve Larson

intelJudge Koh, the California federal judge overseeing the antitrust class action claiming Google Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. illegally agreed not to poach each other’s engineers set April 9, 2015, as the trial start date.  As we posted earlier on this blog, the Judge had earlier rejected a proposed $324.5 million settlement. Read more…

Intel, Apple, and Google appeal Judge Koh’s rejection of their settlement

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by Steve Larson

apple-logo-pomme-griseWe previously blogged about how Federal District Judge Koh ordered four leading tech companies to come up with more money to settle a class-action lawsuit that accuses them of conspiring against their own employees. On September 4, 2014, the companies appealed that ruling to the Ninth Circuit saying the judge was “untethered to — and actually at odds with” the sober realities of the case. They are demanding that the higher court reverse the decision. Read more…

Court rejects proposed settlement of Intel, Google, and Apple wage fixing conspiracy

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by Steve Larson

apple-logo-pomme-griseU.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected as too low a $324.5 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Intel, Google and Apple conspired with several other technology companies to block their top workers from getting better job offers. Judge Koh concluded the more than 60,000 high-tech workers represented in the 3-year-old lawsuit deserved to be paid more money, based on the evidence indicating their earning power was undermined by the collusion among their employers. Read more…

Employee class action certified against Apple

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Steve Larson

apple-logo-pomme-griseA lawsuit against Apple filed by former employees was certified as a class action.  A group of corporate and retail store employees allege in the lawsuit they were not given timely lunch and rest breaks and didn’t receive timely final paychecks under California’s labor and wage rules. It is believed that there may be as many as  20,000 current and former Apple workers included in the class.

The lawsuit is seeking damages, attorney fees and costs, and lost wages. Read more…

Raiders settle employment claim with cheerleaders for $1.25 million

Posted on: September 5th, 2014 by Steve Larson

FootballEarlier on this blog, we wrote about a class action the Oakland Cheerleaders had brought against their employer, the Oakland Raiders, to recover overtime.  Now, the two former Raiderettes cheerleaders have agreed to a $1.25-million settlement from the team. The deal was announced by attorneys for both sides, and is subject to court approval.

In January, the two former cheerleaders alleged that the Raiders broke a number of state labor laws, including failing to pay minimum wage, withholding wages for months and refusing to reimburse cheerleaders for their business expenses.  Today’s settlement is the Raiderettes second major victory.  In July the Raiders offered their new cheerleading squad a contract that nearly tripled their pay.  Instead of earning only $125 per game in a single paycheck delivered at the end of the season, Raiderettes will earn $9 an hour from now on, plus overtime, for the estimated 350 hours each cheerleader puts in each year, including rehearsals, practices and mandatory community and charity appearances. Their annual compensation will rise from about $1,250 to about $3,200. Read more…

Home Depot credit card data hacked

Posted on: September 4th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Data SecurityHome Depot credit card data has been found on black market sites.  Some suggest that Russian or Ukrainian hackers may be responsible.  The breach may have occurred as early as the spring of this year. 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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