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Walmart Employees Win $6 Million Judgement in Meal Break Lawsuit

April 15th, 2019

On April 12, 2019, a California federal jury awarded $6 million to Walmart workers at a Chino, California warehouse who worked as “Associates” as far back as June 8, 2013. During meal breaks, Walmart required Associates to go through a lengthy “asset protection” process that included an anti-theft metal detector checkpoint if they wished to leave the warehouse at lunch. The process...

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Paycheck Fairness Act to Attack Gender Pay Gap

April 9th, 2019

The United States House of Representatives passed the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act (the “Bill”) to rid employees of sex-based pay differentials and make wage practices more transparent.  The Bill adds several layers of procedural protections to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (“EPA”) and requires employers to prove that any wage discrepancies are tied to legitimate business qualifications...

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DOL Proposes New Rule for Overtime Eligibility

March 12th, 2019

On March 07, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) proposed to increase the salary threshold required for executive, administrative and professional (“EAP”) workers to qualify as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Once finalized, the DOL rule will convert more than one million workers – earning between $23,660 and $35,308 annually...

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Faruqi & Faruqi Defeats Motion to Dismiss In Consumer Class Action Challenging Bayer’s Flintstones Complete Multivitamin Gummies

March 8th, 2019

On March 6, 2019, Judge John A. Kronstadt of the Central District of California denied Bayer’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint in its entirety. The Court declined to dismiss plaintiff’s allegations that defendants mislead consumers into believing their Flintstones Complete Children’s Multivitamin Gummies products contain a complete set of vitamins despite lacking vitamins B1...

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Geographical Origin Consumer Cases On The Rise

March 6th, 2019

When shopping for everyday items, it’s not only what’s inside the package that counts. Consumers care about the product’s background, and rightfully so. It comes as no surprise that geographical origin lawsuits for consumer products are becoming increasingly common. Just recently, on February 27, 2019, a collection of Kona, Hawaii coffee growers filed a class action lawsuit against...

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