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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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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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Lyft increases proposed settlement fund to $24 million

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by Steve Larson

CarLyft agreed to increase its proposed settlement with its 163,000 California drivers to $27 million. That more than doubles the earlier $12 million offer. 

However, it is still unclear whether the drivers are employees or independent contractors.  Read more…

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Uber settles driver misclassification class action for $100 million

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by Steve Larson

CarUber has agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit which resolves a major challenge to its business model by allowing the ride-hailing service to keep its California and Massachusetts drivers as independent contractors.  The lawsuit had claimed that Uber drivers are employees and thus entitled to reimbursement of expenses. Read more…

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American Family Insurance agent class action certified in misclassification case

Posted on: April 1st, 2016 by Steve Larson

employeesA federal judge in Ohio granted class certification to insurance agents who claim that the company who hired them, American Family, mislabeled its sales force as “independent contractors” to avoid compliance with the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). Read more…

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Court rules FedEx drivers are employees not independent contractors

Posted on: August 29th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Fotolia TruckWe received an excellent ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the FedEx case.  We have been representing the Oregon drivers in this class action for almost 10 years.

Here is a link to the New Republic article about the case.   Read more…

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