Archive for July, 2012

United Airlines skycaps settle minimum wage lawsuit, awarded $1,000 each

Filed July 20th, 2012 joshua

A total of 135 skycaps contracted to work for United Airlines will receive about $1,000 each as part of a settlement over a wage dispute. The skycaps alleged they weren’t paid the federal minimum wage and weren’t allowed to keep all the tips they received. A federal judge approved a quarter-million dollar settlement this week. […]

Your Baby Can Read going out-of-business

Filed July 19th, 2012 joshua

The company which markets the Your Baby Can Read product is going out-of-business. Your Baby Can LLC is citing the high cost of fighting lawsuits filed by consumers who allege the company’s television and other advertisements promoting the once-popular product are false as the reason for stopping operations. The company posted the following statement on […]

FTC sues pre-paid calling card company over deceptive advertising

Filed July 12th, 2012 joshua

The Federal Trade Commission is attempting to crack down on the claims made by companies issuing pre-paid calling cards, believing the minutes promoted on cards are usually far less than what a consumer can expect to receive. Pre-paid calling cards are used by many immigrant Americans to call friends and families in their home country. […]

McMillan’s Home Care Agency Settles Overtime Lawsuit

Filed July 10th, 2012 Julie

About 1,500 home health aides will be able to benefit from a $1.1 million settlement of a class-action suit alleging their employer failed to pay them overtime, even though many of them worked 60-hour weeks. It is the first lawsuit against a New York home care firm to successfully reach a class-wide settlement over violations […]

Supervisors Could Face Personal Liability for Federal Wage and Hour Violations

Filed July 6th, 2012 Julie

Supervisors are being reminded that under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees can sue supervisors who violate the law personally – not just the organization itself. The act defines the term “employer” as “any person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer.” Whether or not a supervisor can be personally sued […]

FTC redefines “up to” for advertisers

Filed July 6th, 2012 joshua

Federal consumer officials are warning advertisers about the use of the phrase “up to” in any ads because shoppers are mostly confused or misled by the language. According to a report from AdWeek.com, the Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines for use of the phrase “up to” in future advertisements because a majority of […]

Foreclosure fraud whistleblowers awarded $46.5M as part of federal settlement

Filed July 3rd, 2012 joshua

A total of six whistleblowers have received at least $46.5 million as part of the settlement with nation’s five largest mortgage lenders accused of widespread foreclosure fraud. According to a report from CNNMoney.com, the $20 billion settlement reached between the U.S. Dept. of Justice and Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, and […]