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Palm Scanning Diagram

The state of Illinois has a Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) to govern the collection, storage, and use of biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints and palm scans. The complaint for this class action alleges that the OHM Concession Group, LLC and OHM Chicago, LLC, along with the biometric companies they employ, have violated BIPA by misusing individuals’ biometric information.

Building for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

If a health insurance company believes it overpaid on previous benefits, can it reduce payments for current, unrelated benefits? The complaint for this class action says it can only if its plan authorizes it. The plan for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSM) does not authorize it, the complaint says, and the reduced benefits paid are a violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). 

Amazon Package Facility and Amazon Logo

Companies have tried any number of methods of insisting that workers are not in fact their employees. Why? Because regular employees have protections under laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), while independent contractors do not. The complaint for this class action claims that Amazon.com, LLC and Amazon Logistics, Inc. avoid their responsibilities to delivery drivers by claiming they work for On the Go Express, LLC and not Amazon.

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The complaint for this class action notes that certain changes were made to ConAgra Brands Retirement Income Savings Plan in 2015, at the same time as the company laid off around 30% of its workforce. The changes disadvantaged terminated employees, and the complaint claims that ConAgra wanted to save money at their expense. It brings suit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

GE Logo

The complaint for this class action alleges that General Electric put too little aside in reserves for its insurance companies and thereby falsely inflated its earnings and stock price. But this is not a brought by stockholders as a securities case; it’s brought by participants in the GE Retirement Savings Plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

Aboveground Storage Tanks

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), companies must pay employees overtime for all hours worked over forty each week, unless the workers are exempt from overtime pay under the law. The complaint for this class action alleges that Rockwater Energy Solutions, Inc. paid its oilfield workers a flat day rate and did not pay them overtime if they worked more than forty hours in a given week. It contends that these workers were regular employees and should have been paid overtime at one and a half times their normal hourly rate.

Folder in File of Folders Marked "Pension"

Plaintiff Robert Koch makes two claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). According to the complaint in the class action he filed, (1) he should have been paid a retroactive benefit or an actuarial increase for retiring years later than the plan’s normal retirement age, and (2) he should not have had his benefits reduced under later amendments to the retirement plan. 

Lord & Taylor Shoe Department

Susannah Mulhearn worked in the Lord & Taylor Eastchester store in Scarsdale, New York, in the Ladies’ and Men’s Shoe Departments. The complaint claims that Lord & Taylor, LLC violated both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Law (NYLL) on several counts relating to overtime pay, minimum wages, and commissions, as well as paying for all hours worked. 

Labor violations such as improper overtime pay are not confined to small restaurants, manual labor agencies, and low-paid workers. AECOM is described in the complaint for this class action as a “multi-billion dollar engineering firm that provides design, consulting, construction, and management services” to clients across the country. However, the complaint says that AECOM did not properly pay its workers for overtime hours. 

McBride & Sons Sign on Building

Why would a company retirement plan sell securities at below fair market value? The complaint for this class action alleges that company insiders, some of whom had fiduciary duties to the plan, stood to benefit from the sales—unlike the participants in the plan, who suffered damages. The complaint brings claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). 

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