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Camilo Burr

New York State Enacts Legislation to Combat Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

Posted by Camilo Burr on 04/28/2022

On March 16, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law several pieces of legislation affording employees greater protections against workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, while other pieces of legislation are still pending before the New York State Assembly and Governor Hochul. Legislation That Has Been Made Law: • Expanded ...

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Thomas T. Papain

New York Carpenters Pension Fund Defeats Motions to Dismiss in SolarWinds Securities Class Action Lawsuit

Posted by Thomas T. Papain on 04/27/2022

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, recently denied in their entirety all but one of four motions to dismiss made by Defendants in the federal securities class action In Re SolarWinds Corporation Securities Litigation, 1:21-CV-138-RP, 2022 WL 958385 (W.D. Tex. Mar. 30, 2022) ("In Re SolarWinds"). ...

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Taylor Crabill

Third Circuit Set to Examine the Scope of Anti-Retaliation Protections Afforded Under the FLSA

Posted by Taylor Crabill on 04/22/2022

The Fair Labor Standard Act ("FLSA") prohibits retaliation against an employee who complains about violations directly to his or her employer or to the U.S. Department of Labor. To make out a claim, a plaintiff must show (1) participation in a protected activity known to the employer, (2) an employment action disadvantaging the plaintiff (such ...

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Camilo Burr

NYC Amazon Workers Vote to Unionize in Historic Election

Posted by Camilo Burr on 04/21/2022

Following an election held between March 25 through March 30, 2022, workers at Amazon's Staten Island warehouse voted in favor of being represented by the Amazon Labor Union in a 2,654 — 2,131 vote. The Amazon Labor Union is the first certified union to represent Amazon workers in the country and could not only rally other Amazon workers ...

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Ben Heikali

Faruqi & Faruqi, Lead Counsel, Obtains Significant Settlement For Godiva Consumers

Posted by Ben Heikali on 04/20/2022

Today, after years of hard-fought litigation, Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, obtained final approval of a class settlement valued by the Court at over $10,000,000. The lawsuit, filed in 2019 in United States District Court, alleged that Godiva misled consumers into believing that certain Godiva chocolates were manufactured in Belgium, when in fact ...

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Ben Heikali

Sunscreen Manufacturers Can’t Wash Off Reef Safety Class Actions

Posted by Ben Heikali on 04/14/2022

Sunscreen manufacturers may now be facing significant liability as a result of a recent marketing trend in labeling sunscreen products as being "safe" or "friendly" for coral reefs. Last week, Judge Chhabria of the Northern District of California denied in full defendant's motion to dismiss in Locklin v. StriVectin Operating Company, Inc., ...

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Ruhandy Glezakos

Walmart and Kohl’s Agree to Pay $5.5 M Over False Bamboo Claims

Posted by Ruhandy Glezakos on 04/12/2022

In two cases brought by the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC"), Walmart and Kohl's have agreed to pay a total of $5.5 million to resolve allegations that both companies falsely marketed their towels, sheets, blankets, and other bamboo products as being "100% Bamboo," when in actuality, they are made up of rayon. The FTC also took issue with ...

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Alex Hartzband

House Bill Seeks to Bar Wage Violators from Obtaining Relief under the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Posted by Alex Hartzband on 04/11/2022

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to pass H.R. 3807, which, if approved by the Senate and President Biden, will inject $42 million into the Restaurant Revitalization Fund designed to provide financial assistance to restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would also create a new, separate relief fund of $13 billion ...

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Annabel Stanley

DOMESTIC WORKERS ARE NOW A PROTECTED CLASS

Posted by Annabel Stanley on 04/08/2022

Domestic workers are now protected under New York City's Human Rights Law regardless of the number of persons employed by the employer. Domestic workers include any individual employed in a home or residence for the purpose of caring for a child, serving as a companion for a sick, convalescing, or elderly person, housekeeping, or any other ...

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Carolyn A. McGuigan

New York’s ‘Special Duty’ Rule Officially Applies to No-Knock Warrants

Posted by Carolyn A. McGuigan on 04/07/2022

Last week, the Court of Appeals issued a decision that clarifies the special duty of law enforcement executing a no-knock warrant to protect the residents of the building the police are trying to enter. In Ferreria v. City of Binghamton (2022 WL 837566), the police executed a no-knock warrant in search of a suspected felon. The Plaintiff, ...

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