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Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Star Wars Verdicts and Settlements

With the new Star Wars film set to release, the fan frenzy is about to kick into hyperdrive and the attorney editors on the Jury Verdict team are ready to geek out with the rest of the world. In the spirit of the upcoming release, we decided to search our database for jury verdicts and settlements that...

Record $2.8M Settlement Reached in Nevada H-2A Lawsuit: Rivera Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms, Inc.

Law360, Dec. 16, 2015 - "A Nevada federal judge signed off Tuesday on a $2.8 million settlement between an onion farm and H-2A visa workers who claimed they had been shorted on pay and weren’t reimbursed for travel and immigration-related expenses."

Vermont Workers' Compensation Update: October to December 2015

This list of recent noteworthy cases was compiled by Keith J. Kasper of McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Buchard, PC. Julie Charanko long term WC Specialist II has retired, but she is not going far as she is going to continue her work at the Department as a “temp” for the...

California: Defendant Found Responsible for EDD Lien When Lien Not Resolved Prior to Approval of Compromise and Release

In Borbeck v. ACE Building Maintenance , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB affirmed the WCJ’s order requiring the defendant to pay EDD $33,921.68 in satisfaction of EDD’s lien for unemployment compensation paid to the applicant. The WCAB found that unemployment compensation payments...

Decedent Entitled to Pursue Injuries to Body Parts Not Covered in Compromise and Release: Cal. Comp. Cases February Advanced Postings (2/3/2016)

Here’s another batch of advanced postings for the February 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Johns Mansville, self insured...

Nebraska Farm Avoids H-2A Debarment, Pays $270K - DOL v. Daniels Produce, LLC

Braden Campbell, Law360, Apr. 6, 2016 - "A family-owned farm in Nebraska has agreed to pay $250,000 in back wages to 89 temporary foreign workers it employed through the H-2A visa program, according to a recent order issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Administrative Law Judges...

NFL Concussion Class Action Settled

On April 22, 2015, Federal District Judge Anita B. Brody approved a class action settlement that resolves lawsuits brought against the National Football League (NFL) by former players who alleged that the NFL failed to inform them of and protect them from the risks of concussions in football. The settlement...

$20K Settlement for American Citizen Locked Up By ICE: Ocampo v. Harrington

NIJC, May 2, 2016 - "A U.S. citizen arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at his home in 2012 and held in immigration detention for seven days has been awarded $20,000 in damages as part of an agreed judgment entered by a federal district court judge in central Illinois. ...

The Compromise and Release and the Hidden Glitches of “Paragraph 3”

After a Compromise and Release (C&R) has been drafted, executed and approved, it is common for parties to feel confident that they have resolved all relevant issues in a case. Defendants proceed to close out their files and move on, only to be unpleasantly surprised a while later, when applicant...

H-1B FOIA Fight Nets $150K Settlement From USCIS: Rubman v. USCIS

Rubman v. USCIS, May 25, 2016, Joint Stipulation of Dismissal -"1. Defendants agree to continue processing their response to Mr. Rubman’s May 10, 2012, FOIA request, which is assigned USCIS case number COW2012000535, in good faith and in accordance with the parties’ prior agreement,...

California Skilled Nursing Facility Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim, Pays $24K Penalty

DOJ, May 31, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement today with Villa Rancho Bernardo Care Center (VRB), a skilled nursing facility in San Diego. The agreement resolves the department’s investigation of VRB for discrimination against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens...

Immigration Class Action Settlement: Lyon v. ICE

ACLU, June 14, 2016 - "In a first of its kind class action settlement , the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has agreed to change its policies in four Northern California detention centers, ending severe restrictions on telephone use that make placing outgoing calls nearly impossible...

West Virginia: Insurer Has No Subrogation Interest Since Benefits “Paid” Under Policy Were Less than Employer’s Large Deductible

Under the West Virginia subrogation statute [W. Va. Code § 23–2A–1], a party is entitled to a lien only to the extent that it has actually paid a sum of money. Accordingly, where a mining electrician suffered catastrophic injuries when he was struck and run over by an underground shuttle...

Illinois: General Contractor May Not Take Advantage of Settlement Agreement It Did Not Sign

Where a worker settled his workers’ compensation claim and signed a settlement agreement that released his direct employer and a purported general contractor from liability for any claims arising out of the worker’s work-related accident, the worker could nevertheless pursue a civil action...

Claim for Psychiatric Injury as Compensable Consequence of Chronic Hepatitis Not Precluded by Compromise and Release: Cal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (6/22/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the July 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles...

$200K Penalty for Bad I-9 Practices

DOJ, June 27, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Crookham Company to resolve the department’s allegations that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Crookham, which is based...

Breaking: Flores Settlement Interpreted by Ninth Circuit

Flores v. Lynch, July 6, 2016 - "Although the issues underlying this appeal touch on matters of national importance, our task is straightforward — we must interpret the Settlement. Applying familiar principles of contract interpretation, we conclude that the Settlement unambiguously applies...

DOJ Settles Illegal Citizenship Requirement Dispute with Podiatry Residency Programs, AACPM

DOJ, June 20, 2016 - "The Justice Department announced today that it has reached agreements with 121 podiatry residency programs and the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) to resolve claims that they discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation...

CBP Pays $475K to Settle Suit Over Illegal Cavity Search of American Citizen at Border

ACLU, July 21, 2016 - "Today, the ACLU of Texas and the ACLU of New Mexico announced a record settlement in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) paid a New Mexico woman $475,000 for illegally subjecting her to vaginal and anal searches after she was detained at the Cordova Bridge point...

California: The Settlement of the SJDB Voucher in the Post-1/1/13 Date of Injury Case

In Beltran v. Structural Steel Fabricators , 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS – (cite pending), the WCAB panel rescinded the WCJ’s Order Approving Compromise and Release which disallowed the parties’ agreement to settle any claim the applicant laborer may have to a Supplemental Job Displacement...

PROPOSED SETTLEMENT FOR UBER DRIVERS REJECTED

An attempt by Uber Technologies, Inc. to settle a class action brought by approximately 350,000 drivers who claimed they were employees and as such, entitled to various expenses, was rejected by U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco, who found the settlement unfair, inadequate, and unreasonable...

Justice Department Settles with Staffing Company re Illegal Citizenship Requirement

DOJ, Sept. 7, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Cumberland Staffing Inc., doing business as AtWork Cumberland Staffing (ACS), to resolve the department’s investigation into whether the company discriminated against work-authorized immigrants and naturalized U.S...

Cleaning Co. Settles I-9 Dispute with DOJ for $195K

DOJ, Oct. 17, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement today with American Cleaning Company (ACC) resolving claims that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). ACC is a maintenance and janitorial company...

Denver Sheriff Dept. Settles I-9 Citizenship Discrimination Complaints with DOJ

DOJ, Nov. 21, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement today resolving claims that the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated against work-authorized immigrants in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Denver Sheriff Department is the largest sheriff department...