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April 27, 2017
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Baseball Bat Maker Faces False Advertising Class Action
Popular American sports equipment maker Wilson Sporting Goods Co. was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit headed by dissatisfied parents who purchased the company’s expensive DeMarini baseball bat, which plaintiffs claim was falsely advertised as comporting to United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) standards. Named plaintiff, Theodore Sheeley, claims that he, along with many other parents, purchased a DeMarini bat (which retails at around $350 depending on the model) based on the assurance that it adhered to USSSA standards.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 04/26/2017
Lawsuit Seeks Job Back for Woman Who Mistakenly Posted Nude Video
A former employee of the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau in Louisiana has filed a lawsuit after she was fired for accidentally posting a nude video to her employee's social media account. The woman, who mistakenly uploaded the video to the bureau's Instagram account, has filed a suit seeking her job back. The woman was placed on administrative leave in December after she live streamed the video which was allegedly intended for her husband. The lawsuit questions the validity of the vote to remove the plaintiff from her job.
Sarah Crawford, The Shreveport Times 04/26/2017
The Shreveport Times
Niagara County, New York Settles Sexual Harassment Suit
Niagara County, New York is to pay $335,000 to settle a lawsuit by the city's former district attorney who alleged sexual harassment and gender discrimination. The lawsuit filed by the prosecutor alleged that District Attorney Michael J. Violante sexually harassed her and other female prosecutors. The 47-year-old woman alleged in her lawsuit that Violante made unwelcome comments about her "weight, hair style and breast size." She resigned from her job last week after suffering from serious health problems over the last three years.
Thomas J. Prohaska, Buffalo News 04/24/2017
New York Subway System Discriminatory Against Disabled, Says Lawsuit
Two lawsuits have been filed alleging that New York City's subway system is discriminatory against disabled people. According to the lawsuits, the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority violates state and federal laws against discrimination with its widespread lack of elevators and electric lifts in the subway system. The complaints, filed as class action in state and federal courts, allege that New York's subway is one of the least accessible public transportation systems in the United States.
Eli Rosenberg, The New York Times 04/25/2017
The New York Times
Palantir Settles Discrimination Lawsuit for $1.7M
Palantir has settled a lawsuit alleging that the company discriminates against individuals of Asian descent. Palantir Technologies has agreed to settle the lawsuit which accused it of discriminatory practices in hiring. As part of the settlement, the company will pay nearly $1.7 million in back pay and other compensation to Asian job applicants and offer jobs to eight people whose applications were rejected. The company was charged last fall with discriminatory hiring practices against Asian people by the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
Jessica Guyunn, USA Today 04/25/2017
Chromag Bicycle Stems Recalled for Fall, Injury Hazards
A recall has been issued on Chromag bicycle stems due to fall and injury hazards. "The clamping bolts that secure the stem to the fork steerer and/or the handlebars can break, posing fall and injury hazards to riders," says the recall. There have been three reports of the clamping bolts breaking. However, no injuries have been reported. The bicycles were sold at Arts Cyclery, Beatchwood Cycles, Beat Cycles, Breadwinner Cycles, Blazin Saddles, Harpers, Quality Bicycle Products, The Bike Hub and Squatch Cycles nationwide or online at www.chromagbikes.com from November 2016 through March 2017.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 04/27/2017
Evidence Clears Two in Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Overwhelming evidence has released two of three defendants in a civil wrongful death lawsuit over the death of a Californian woman. The lawsuit was filed against the family of a child who was submitted to the hospital around the same time of the Coronado woman's death. The plaintiffs alleged that the family of the child was involved in the death of the woman; however recent evidence has cleared them of any involvement. "We wish to apologize to Dina, Nina and their families for the stress and trauma this process has had on their lives," said the plaintiffs.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 04/20/2017
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