Case Summaries

Discrimination Suit Reaches Largest Settlement in Utah

A discrimination lawsuit against a Utah moving and storage company has reached a record $450,000 settlement. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of immigrant workers, said that the company mistreated employees because of their national origin. In the settlement, the company has also agreed to revise some of its policies, including requiring employees to only speak in English. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “the national origin employment discrimination settlement is the largest ever reached in Utah.”
Brooke Adams, The Salt Lake Tribune 09/30/2013
Read Article: The Salt Lake Tribune

Employees File Lawsuit Over Chemical Exposure

Eight former employees of a Mars Petcare factory in Missouri have filed a lawsuit against the company alleging they were exposed to phosphine gas, which caused injuries to their eyes, lungs, respiratory system and internal organs. In the suit, it is alleged that “the fumigant was not cleared from railcars entering the plant west of Joplin at 1983 State Line Road.” The suit seeks actual and punitive damages.
Wally Kennedy, The Joplin Globe 09/30/2013
Read Article: The Joplin Globe

Additional Details Emerge in Sex Abuse Suit Against University

Thirty-four people have filed a lawsuit against Yeshiva University alleging sexual abuse and two additional people have contacted the plaintiffs’ lawyer in the last six weeks. One of these former students told an attorney in the case that one of the school administrators used a master key to come into their bedroom and abuse them. The $680 million lawsuit against the school has grown since it was originally filed by nineteen former students back in July.
Daniel Beekman, New York Daily News 09/30/2013
Read Article: New York Daily News

University Administrator Files Discrimination Lawsuit

A chief diversity officer at a private university in Washington, D.C. has filed a discrimination lawsuit against her employer. The lawsuit alleges that the university put the plaintiff on paid leave after learning that the she signed a petition that forced a public referendum on Maryland’s gay-marriage law and demoted her when she returned to work. The suit “accuses [the university] of violating anti-discrimination provisions of the D.C. Human Rights Act and of intentionally causing her emotional distress.”
Nick Anderson, The Washington Post 09/30/2013
Read Article: The Washington Post

Lawsuit Aims to Increase Protected Caribou Habitat

Six wildlife conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over their recent 90% reduction in protected habitat for endangered woodland caribou. In November 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “cut the protected habitat from a proposed 375,562 acres in North Idaho and Northeast Washington to 30,010 acres.” The endangered caribou require large tracts of undistributed forest to survive and this reduction in protected habitat threatens the survival of the last remaining herd in the lower 48 states.
Staff Report, The Spokesman-Review 09/30/2013
Read Article: The Spokesman-Review

Products

Recall Issued on Circular Saw for Laceration Hazard

Festool has issued a recall on their Plunge Cut Circular Saw due to a laceration hazard. According to the recall, “the plunge lock can engage when not intended, causing the saw blade to remain exposed from the housing following completion of the plunge cut and posing a laceration hazard.” There has been one report of property damage and no reports of injuries. The company urges consumers to discontinue their use of the product and to contact Festool USA for information on replacements and refunds.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 09/30/2013
Read Article: PR Newswire