While privacy concerns bar general police surveillance by drones, officers encounter little resistance when using the technology for crash reconstruction and investigation. Drones replace hours of tedious and dangerous work by police crews to measure and map the scene. Learn more about how police officers use drones for accident investigation.  
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has given the Environmental Protection Agency 60 days to ban a harmful but widely used pesticide from the market. For the last decade, environmental and public health groups have been lobbying for the pesticide chlorpyrifos to be removed from shelves after multiple studies revealed a link between the pesticide and health problems in children including developmental disabilities and lower IQs.
Agricultural conglomerate Monsanto has been ordered to pay a terminally ill man dying of non-Hodgkins lymphoma $298 million in damages after a jury found them guilty of knowingly selling products with cancer-causing ingredients. In this particular case, the deadly product was Roundup, a weed-killer plaintiff Dewayne Johnson used daily during his job as a school groundskeeper. Mr. Johnson believes Roundup directly caused the development of the cancer that will soon take his life.
Six neighbors to Smithfield Farms facilities will receive a combined $473.5 million for putting up with smells, flies and other environmental nuisances stemming from Smithfield Farms’ industrial size farms housing large numbers of hogs.
The legal battle between Aetna and Houston, TX hospital, North Cypress Medical Center (NCMC), continues after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard from both parties on why neither agreed with a Texas district court’s decision in their case. The legal battle between insurer and provider began in 2013 when NCMC sued Aetna for allegedly underpaying out-of-network providers like NCMC. Aetna then filed a counter-claim, alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation of billing practices by NCMC.
After receiving a rather outrageous quote for auto insurance coverage, a Canadian man discovered he could receive significantly cheaper coverage if he were a woman. So, he became one--on paper anyway. The man was able to obtain the necessary requirements to legally change gender status in Canada, including a letter from his physician, and promptly signed up for car insurance--at a much more reasonable rate.
Employees who file collective claims of fiduciary duty breach under ERISA will not be subject to individual arbitration agreements between themselves and their employer.
After a significant quality control issue lead to a high volume of customer complaints and repairs to their forklift product, Mitsubishi Caterpillar terminated the supervisor in charge of the line responsible for the defective machinery. The terminated supervisor, Ephrem Eyob, then filed a suit against Mitsubishi Caterpillar claiming wrongful termination and discrimination due to his race.
Last month, MGM and Fox Home Entertainment learned a very valuable lesson of the definition of the word ‘all’--a lesson worth 8.7 million dollars. That’s how much the two film companies had to pay members of a class action suit brought against the movie makers for false advertising.
Five adults in Louisiana have been arrested and charged with insurance fraud after an investigation revealed a 2015 automobile accident involving the individuals was actually staged. Two of those adults, Sheba Williams and Melanie Malveaux, were also charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors because three passengers riding with Williams, Malveaux, and company were children ranging in age from 9 to 15 years old.
Three South Georgia men were arrested for operating a staged accident fraud ring in late July. A fourth accomplice, Keronda Bell, 46, of Thomasville, GA, was still being sought by police at the time this article went to press. An investigation by the Georgia Department of Insurance revealed the staged accident scheme had taken place in at least three counties.
Exemptions for overtime payment indicated in the Fair Labor Standards Act apply to service advisors -- including salesmen, partsmen, and mechanics -- for automobile, tractor and aircraft dealerships. This U.S. Supreme Court decision resolved a class action suit brought by service adviser employees of a California Mercedes-Benz dealership in 2012.
Heidi Hoffstetler was a human resources employee at the College of Wooster before she was terminated while suffering through severe postpartum depression symptoms. During her illness, Ms. Hoffstetler’s doctor stated in a report that Hoffstetler needed to work fewer hours until her PPD symptoms subsided. The College of Wooster was displeased with learning that Ms.
Ricky Martin is not excused from a claim against him alleging copyright and trademark infringement. Luis Cortes-Ramos accuses Martin of recording a song very similar in composition to one Cortes-Ramos wrote for a songwriting contest for which Martin was a judge. The First Circuit Court says the suit against Martin can go on, dismissing Martin's claim that an arbitration clause in Cortes-Ramos's contest agreement with SuperSong Contest protects him from lawsuits stemming from the contest.
Linda Jones was a 37-year employee of Children's Hospital and Health System who passed away three days into her retirement from bladder cancer. As the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed, Jones's death came six days too soon for her daughter to receive benefits from her retirement pension. Though Jones had named her daughter, Kishunda, as the beneficiary of her pension, the plan stated that if the policyholder passed away before the distribution dates began, the benefits would be given to the plan holder's spouse.
Are employers responsible for protecting employees from sexual harassment? A recent case from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals seeks to answer that question. In Gardner v. CLC of Pascagoula, LLC., a former CNA asked the court to decide if her former employer, an assisted living center, should be responsible for the extreme harassment she endured from a patient, harassment that eventually led to injuries requiring time off work to recuperate, and to her dismissal from her job.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently gave their final ruling on whether or not employers can force individual arbitration in employee legal claims. In a highly controversial move, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of employers allowing them to force individual arbitration and, at the same time, limit class-action moves by employees. Learn more about the ruling and what it means for the future of employee legal claims here.
American drone company, AeroVironment allegedly transported a bomb on a commercial flight and then fired employee Mark Anderson to cover it up, according to a wrongful termination claim filed by Anderson. The claim alleges that Anderson, who was head of security efforts for company government programs, learned of the bomb incident about a month after it happened and promptly reported the incident to the heads of AeroVironment and the U.S. Department of Defense.