News Year: 2012

Gender bias class action suit filed against Forest Pharmaceuticals

July 5th, 2012

As it appeared in Business Insurance by Judy Greenwald NEW YORK—A $100 million putative class action gender discrimination lawsuit was filed against Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc. Thursday in federal district court in New York. The lawsuit, filed by New York-based plaintiff law firm Sanford Wittels & Heisler L.L.P. on behalf of female former sales representatives for […]

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Forest Labs hit with $100 mln gender bias lawsuit

July 5th, 2012

As it appeared in Reuters By Jonathan Stempel July 5 Forest Laboratories Inc was sued for at least $100 million by four former sales representatives who accused the New York-based drugmaker of discriminating against women, including those who become pregnant or care for young children. Thursday’s complaint seeks class-action status, and compensatory and punitive damages […]

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The National Law Journal, June 20, 2012 – A Big Win for Pharma Companies in SCOTUS Overtime Case

June 20th, 2012

By Marcia Coyle The National Law Journal Pharmaceutical companies scored a major victory this week when a divided U.S. Supreme Court held that the industry’s sales representatives are not eligible for overtime pay. The Court, ruling 5-4 in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham, found that the estimated 90,000 drug sales reps fell within the so-called “outside […]

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Bloomberg BNA, June 11, 2012 – Judge OKs $99 Million Overtime Settlement For More Than 7,000 Novartis Sales Reps

June 11th, 2012

As appeared in the Bloomberg BNA By John Herzfeld NEW YORK–A federal judge May 31 gave final approval to a $99 million settlement of a nationwide wage and hour class action on overtime claims by more than 7,000 Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. sales representatives (In re Novartis Wage & Hour Litig., S.D.N.Y., No. 06-MD-1794, settlement approved […]

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CNN, June 7, 2012 – A Step Backward For Fair Pay

June 7th, 2012

By Katherine Kimpel Editor’s note:Katherine Kimpel is a partner at Sanford Wittels & Heisler, LLP, a public interest law firm that specializes in employment discrimination and other civil rights matters. She served as lead counsel in a class action suit against Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. that resulted in the largest-ever award in a gender bias case. […]

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Salon.com, May 31, 2012 – The case for telling everyone what you make

May 31st, 2012

Asking the awkward question may be the first step toward solving pay discrimination BY IRIN CARMON Terri Kelly loved everything about her job as a sales representative at the pharmaceutical company Novartis, except for one thing: She knew she was getting paid less than a man with exactly the same position and achievements. At one […]

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May 30, 2012 – Paycheck Fairness Act: Responding to Financial Pressures on Women by Closing the Gender Wage Gap

May 30th, 2012

Congress needs to act to protect the rights of women by promoting nondiscrimination and advancing equal pay, witnesses testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee today. The hearing was called to examine the experience of pay discrimination by American women in the workforce and underscored the critical need to pass the Paycheck Fairness […]

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Lawsuit claims energy company bilked NJ consumers

May 2nd, 2012 — The Record

As it appeared on The Record BY RICHARD NEWMAN STAFF WRITER The Record A Philadelphia-based energy company that promises savings to New Jersey customers who switch from their current providers has been accused of running a “bait and switch” scam in a lawsuit that seeks class action status. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court […]

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Energy Plus being sued by Sanford Wittels & Heisler

May 2nd, 2012 — Cheapest Energy

As appeared on Cheapest Electricity A class action complaint against Energy Plus has been filed in New Jersey by Sanford Wittels & Heisler for deceiving thousands of New Jersey energy customers with an illegal “bait-and-switch scheme.” Accusations state the company made promises to customers they can save a significant amount by switching energy companies to […]

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Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Alaska Communications

May 1st, 2012

Written by: Tanya Gonzalez Posted in Alaska discrimination attorney Janette Wipper, a partner at Sanford Wittels & Heisler, the firm spearheading the case. “Alaska Communications willfully continues to retain the overtime wages owed to these employees despite the Alaska Department of Labor’s unambiguous finding that Ms. Peterson was entitled to overtime pay.” Peterson, an Anchorage […]

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Lawsuit Seeks Overtime Wages for ACS Employees

April 30th, 2012

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A class action complaint was filed Monday against Alaska Communication Systems Group alleging sales and marketing personnel were not paid overtime. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a former employee, Laura Lee Peterson of Anchorage, and others who are in similar positions at the wireless and broadband company, which is […]

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Alaska Communications named in class-action lawsuit

April 30th, 2012

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Alaska Communications over claims that the telecom has a “serious and long-standing violations” of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Alaska Wage and Hour Act. According to a Marketwatch press release, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of a former employee, Laura Lee Peterson, on behalf of other […]

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The Copenhagen Post, March 6, 2012 – Novo Nordisk hit with lawsuit over second US overtime dispute

March 6th, 2012

Class and collective action suit filed against pharmaceutical giant by sales reps By Ray Weaver For the second time in less than a year, Novo Nordisk is facing legal action in the US over its alleged failure to pay overtime to its sales representatives. On Monday, a US law firm filed a $70 million (395 […]

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Bloomberg, January 25, 2012 – Novartis Will Pay $99 Million to Settle Overtime Lawsuit

January 25th, 2012

By David Voreacos and Bob Van Voris A unit of Roche Holding AG (ROG), is “confident that sales representatives should continue to be exempt from overtime,” Wyss said. High Court Case Workers settled before the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether drugmakers must pay overtime to as many as 90,000 sales representatives. The high court will […]

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Reuters, January 25, 2012 – Novartis to pay $99 mln in sales rep overtime case

January 25th, 2012

Jan 25 (Reuters) – Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp has agreed to pay $99 million to settle a lawsuit by current and former sales representatives who claimed they were denied overtime pay despite working more than 40 hours per week. The settlement resolves a 2006 lawsuit now covering more than 7,000 plaintiffs who have worked for the […]

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