A Major Problem in a Minor League

Home run for minor leaguers

In a bill passed by Congress in March 2018, there is a short section entitled “Save America’s Pastime Act,” which intends to prevent minor league players from taking legal action against Major League Baseball.  The Act ensures minor league baseball players are paid federal minimum wages for a 40-hour work week; however, they are not guaranteed overtime pay.  The MLB’s push for this Act came in response to a federal class action lawsuit filed in 2014 on behalf of 45 minor league baseball players who alleged they did not receive fair wages.    Read more

McDonald’s: Not Lovin’ It

Royale with cheese?

Not everyone is happy with fast food restaurants, but a father in Canada is super-sizing his complaints. A man in Quebec named Antonio Bramante is suing McDonald’s, claiming that they are breaking laws and advertising toys and games to children under 13. Happy Meals, the world famous McDonald’s meal for children, claims that the toys in each meal often are tied in with a new movie release or as part of a “series”, which drives the kids to ask for return trips to the Home of the Big Mac. Bramante’s lawyer, Joey Zukran, is citing Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act, is stating that this focus on advertising to minors is against the law. The law firm claims that anyone who has purchased a Happy Meal in Quebec since November 2013 would be considered to join the class action lawsuit.

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Fashion Interns Put Their Foot Down on Unfair Labor Practices

Unpaid internships – not a fashion trend

Young college students often break into the professional working world by participating in internships with companies that will provide them with enriching experiences. Depending on the industry, a lot of the internships are unpaid, however, the internships typically focus on educational and vocational advancement for the students. The purpose of the internships is to leave the students feeling confident that they have made first steps into the industry or career of their choice. Read more

Starion Energy’s Electric Rates Shock Customers

Power to the consumer

Starion Energy, a Connecticut-based energy provider, is being accused of astronomically inflating consumers’ variable rate electric prices. Plaintiff Lydia Gruber filed a lawsuit against defendants Starion Energy Inc., Starion Energy NY Inc., and Starion Energy PA Inc. in January 2017 alleging that the companies falsely claimed that their electricity rates would reflect current market prices of electricity derived from all market sources. The defendants deny the allegations, but have agreed to settle the lawsuit out of court. Customers of Starion’s variable rate plan may be eligible for a cash payment. Read more

Grinding Safety Issues Typically End in Legal Settlements

Anything but a smooth ride for Ford

Michigan-based Ford Motor Company has been the subject of scrutiny and remains the popular defendant in more than a hundred lawsuits concerning the safety of the 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Ford Focus. For the past six years, Fiesta and Focus owners grew concerned with consistent instances of jerking car movements and grinding noises. Some even lost power and control of their vehicles. Drivers lose peace of mind if the vehicle they paid a good portion of their savings toward, falters and proves unreliable. Read more