Anti-poaching agreements prohibit companies from pitching a potential position to, and subsequently hiring, employees from their competitors. The companies refrain from increasing their employees’ wages past the initial contracted rate, leaving the employees stagnant. As a result, the employees and their wages suffer. The Walt Disney Company is guilty of anti-poaching practices, and have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit in the amount of $100 million. Other involved companies in this present settlement include Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Two PIC MC. Disney is the last of several major companies to settle. The animation and visual effects companies that previously entered settlements are DreamWorks Animation, Fox’s Blue Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc., and Sony Pictures Animation Inc. Read MoreGoogle+
An 11-year dispute finally reached a resolution in the amount of $13.3 million. The lawsuit against the city of New Orleans was filed in the days following Hurricane Katrina. Seventeen plaintiffs in the suit brought allegations against the city, claiming it was responsible for “wrongful deaths and injuries, deprivation of civil rights and lost wages caused by instances of police brutality.” The three major complaints referenced in the lawsuit include a police-related shooting, resulting in the amputation of one woman’s arm and the deaths of two men on the Danziger Bridge; the cover-up of the shooting of a gentleman named Henry Glover; and the beating and death of a gentleman named Raymond Robair, by a police officer. Read MoreGoogle+
Popular super center, Walmart, plans to settle a 2015 discrimination lawsuit, which focuses on the fact that until 2014, employees were denied health benefits for their same-sex spouses. The lawsuit was originally filed in Massachusetts, and on December 3, the opposing parties decided to settle in the US District Court of Massachusetts.
A Massachusetts Walmart employee, Jacqueline Cote, initiated the lawsuit, after facing consistent rejection of medical coverage for her wife, who was undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer.
The Toyota Motor Corporation class action lawsuit will come to an end, with a settlement in the amount of $3.4 billion. American owners of three Toyota models, Tacoma trucks, Sequoias, and Tundras, scrutinized the structure and reliability of the vehicles, due to rust eating through the frames. Approximately 1.5 million vehicles were affected.Google+
Election Day is rapidly approaching, allowing enough time for the publicity of a potential lawsuit. It may be argued that this election and the portrayal of the candidates are significantly swayed by the media. The recent leak of a 2005 video of Donald Trump, bragging about his sexual advances toward woman, has further destroyed his already unfavorable persona. As a result of this video, in which he boyishly gloats about getting away with “groping” women, at least ten women have come forward with claims of sexual misconduct.Google+