Court Rules Synthes Took Unlawful Deductions from Paychecks, Clears Path for Class Trial on Expense Claim
On January 6, 2016, the Eastern District of California ruled on the parties’ motions for summary judgment and Defendant Synthes’ motion to decertify the class in the matter of Lindell v. Synthes USA, No. 1:11-cv-02053 LJO BAM (E.D. Cal.), holding that the plaintiff classes–represented by Catha Worthman, Todd Jackson, and Darin Ranahan from Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow LLP as well as attorneys from Lang, Richert & Patch LLP–could proceed to trial on their claim that Synthes unlawfully maintained a policy of refusing to reimburse its sales consultant employees for expenses incurred in the course of business, and that Synthes’ deductions policy was unlawful on its face.
Links to selected coverage of the firm’s favorable decision in Schuett v. FedEx.
Court Denies FedEx’s Attempt to Dismiss Suit by Surviving Same-Sex Spouse of Longtime Employee Seeking Survivor Pension Benefits
U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied FedEx’s attempt to throw out a lawsuit filed by Stacey Schuett, the widow of a longtime FedEx employee, to whom FedEx refuses to pay a survivor benefit because its pension plan incorporates the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), even though that law has been struck down as unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court.
A number of news outlets covered the December 15, 2015 filing of a groundbreaking civil rights complaint by Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow LLP, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), and the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC).
Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow attorneys joined co-counsel CREEC, MALDEF, and NHeLP in filing a complaint Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights, alleging that Medi-Cal violates the civil rights of Latino enrollees by effectively denying them access to Medi-Cal’s full benefits.
On May 18, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted final approval to the $11 million class action settlement of Gatto et al. v. Sentry Services, Inc. et al.
In Rozo v. Principal Life Insurance Company, Todd Jackson, Nina Wasow and co-counsel represent a proposed class of participants in, and beneficiaries of, employee benefit plans that have invested in the Principal Fixed Income Option since 2008.
First Student Bus Driver’s Aide Wins Appeal on Constitutionality of California’s Background Check Statute
The California Court of Appeal upheld the constitutionality of one of California’s background check statutes, the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.