News Year: 2010

Supreme Court to decide if Wal-Mart bias case can proceed

December 6th, 2010

As it appeared in Agence France-Presse The Supreme Court announced Monday it will consider whether a sex discrimination claim by some 1.5 million current and former employees of retail giant Wal-Mart, the largest class action lawsuit in US history, can go ahead. By the end of spring 2011, the high court is expected to examine […]

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Judge Greenlights Overtime Suit Against AT&T

November 29th, 2010

As it appeared in the Recorder By Ginny LaRoe SAN FRANCISCO— A suit against AT&T claiming hundreds of “field managers” were cheated out of overtime pay has cleared a hurdle for gaining class action status and is on the fast track to trial, the plaintiffs’ firm says. Last year, Sanford Wittels & Heisler filed a […]

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Approval Seen for Novartis Gender-Discrimination Pact

November 9th, 2010

As it appeared in the Wall Street Journal By CHAD BRAY NEW YORK—A federal judge said Friday that she will likely approve a $175 million settlement of a closely watched gender-discrimination lawsuit involving Novartis AG’s U.S. unit and its female sales force. At a hearing Friday, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan said she […]

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Suit over death of inmate at jail to proceed

October 23rd, 2010

As it appeared in the Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO—A lawsuit filed by a family of an inmate who died in the Sonoma County Jail while suffering from the effects of sickle-cell will proceed after a ruling by a federal magistrate. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Ryan George died at the jail in Santa Rosa […]

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Family can sue over Sonoma County inmate’s death

October 23rd, 2010

As it appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer The family of an inmate who died of sickle-cell anemia at the Sonoma County Jail after losing 44 pounds in the last week of his life can go to trial in a lawsuit against the county for allegedly ignoring his medical needs, […]

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IBM Takes Special Place in Working Mother’s List

September 14th, 2010

As it appeared on WomenSenews.org By WeNews staff Working Mother Magazine’s annual listing of good employers for mothers, which honors 100 companies, is celebrating its 25th year. This year four of the top-10 companies were accounting and auditing firms. IBM received a double honor. (WOMENSENEWS)–Four of the top-10 companies on Working Mother Magazine’s annual listing […]

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Settling Gender Discrimination Class Actions, Part I

August 12th, 2010

As it appeared in Forbes Piper Hoffman Eight- or nine-figure settlements of gender discrimination class action lawsuits regularly make news. It seems like discrimination this pervasive–essentially, discrimination as corporate policy–should be a relic of the Mad Men past. To the contrary, in countless companies and even entire industries, discrimination against women is business as usual. […]

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Novartis Agrees to Pay $152.5 Million to Settle Historic Gender Discrimination Class Action

July 15th, 2010

As it appeared in Litigation Daily David Sanford and Katherine Kimpel of Sanford, Wittels & Heisler told us in May that they were confident their historic $250 million punitive damages verdict in a gender discrimination class action against Novartis would be upheld by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. That may be […]

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Novartis, Female Sales Reps to Settle Sex Bias Class Action for $175 Million

July 15th, 2010

As it appeared in Bloomberg A federal district court in New York July 14 granted preliminary approval to a $175 million agreement between Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and a nationwide class of female current and former sales employees to settle claims of systemic sex bias in pay, promotions, and pregnancy leave (Velez v. Novartis Pharm. Corp., […]

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Novartis Unit Settles Gender Suit for About $175 Million

July 14th, 2010

As it appeared in the Wall Street Journal By CHAD BRAY NEW YORK—Novartis AG’s U.S. unit has agreed to settle a closely watched gender discrimination lawsuit involving its female sales force for as much as $175 million, the drug maker said Wednesday. The settlement, which is subject to court approval, resolves a long-running case that […]

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