Case News

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.


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.


Press Coverage of Medi-Cal Civil Rights Filing

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).