News Year: 2014

Court Conditionally Certifies FLSA Action of Alaska Telecommunications Salespeople

December 19th, 2014

A federal judge in Alaska Dec. 17 conditionally certified a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action potentially covering 60 sales employees at Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc.’s Anchorage location (Peterson v. Alaska Commc’ns Sys. Grp., Inc., D. Alaska, No. 3:12-cv-00090, order 12/17/14). Click here to read the Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report article

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Employment MVP: Sanford Heisler’s David Sanford

December 16th, 2014

Law360, New York (December 15, 2014, 8:36 PM EST) —Sanford Heisler LLP Chairman David Sanford navigated the challenging environment for employee lawsuits created by recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions to secure class certification for workers in separate employment suits against KPMG LLP and Ma Laboratories Inc., earning himself a spot among Law360’s Employment MVPs. Since […]

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Big 4, December 8, 2014 – Class-Action Litigation Law Firm Taking on KPMG Gender Discrimination Case

December 8th, 2014

By Rob Starr, as appeared on Sanford Heisler LLP is a public interest class-action litigation law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. They’ve become involved in a class action gender discrimination case against KPMG with claims related to pay, promotion and pregnancy discrimination. The action is in the 120 […]

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Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Sanford Heisler’s Felicia Medina

December 5th, 2014

Felicia M. Medina is the managing partner of the San Francisco office of Sanford Heisler LLP, a national civil rights law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York and California. Medina has managed all aspects of litigation, including presuit settlement, discovery, summary judgment, and trial in a variety of discrimination and wage and hour […]

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5 Lessons From DOJ’s Blockbuster FCA Haul

November 26th, 2014

By Jeff Overley Law360, New York (November 26, 2014, 2:06 PM EST) — The U.S. Department of Justice’s $5.7 billion False Claims Act haul in fiscal year 2014 will further incentivize whistleblowers who share proceeds in successful suits, and the mix of companies that coughed up cash points to an expanded anti-fraud playing field, experts […]

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$50M Class-action Lawsuit filed vs. Starion Energy in Middlebury

November 15th, 2014 — Republican American

As it appeared on Republican American By David Krechevsky Starion Energy Inc., a Middlebury-based alternative electricity supplier, is the target of a $50 million class-action lawsuit that claims the company has “deceived and defrauded thousands of energy consumers out of millions of dollars.” The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the […]

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Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: David Sanford

October 29th, 2014

Click here to read the article By Scott Flaherty Law360, New York (October 29, 2014, 3:13 PM ET) — A New York Times obituary deserves part of the credit for spurring David Sanford of Sanford Heisler LLP to leave behind his years as a philosophy professor and set off on a different path marked by […]

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The National Law Journal, October 13, 2014 – Gender vias action against Merck can move ahead

October 13th, 2014

As seen in the National Law Journal Laura Castro, The National Law Journal A New Jersey federal judge has denied a motion by Merck & Co. Inc. to dismiss a $250 million gender bias class action by female employees of the pharmaceutical giant who claim they were frozen out of hiring and advancement opportunities. Siding […]

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Merck Can’t Dodge $250M Sex Bias Class

October 8th, 2014

By Joshua Alston Law360, New York (October 08, 2014, 5:42 PM ET) — Merck & Co. Inc. on Wednesday lost its bid to dodge a $250 million gender bias class action filed by five female sales representatives who say Merck froze women out of hiring and advancement opportunities, after a New Jersey federal judge ruled […]

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The Star-Ledger, October 8, 2014 – Judge refuses to dismiss female employees’ $100 million lawsuit against Merck; women allege ‘boys club’ atmosphere

October 8th, 2014

As appeared in the Star-Ledger By Thomas Zambito | NJ Advance Media for The Star-Ledger CAMDEN — A federal judge today turned back an effort by lawyers for Merck & Co. to dismiss a $100 million lawsuit filed by female sales representatives who claim the drug maker fosters a “boys club” that rewards male […]

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Accountancy Age, October 7, 2014 – Thousands of female staff offered chance to join anti-KPMG lawsuit

October 7th, 2014

By Kevin Reed, as appeared on Thousands of current and former female KPMG employees in the US have been given the opportunityto join in with a class action lawsuit against the firm. Some 9,000 women who work or have worked at KPMG since October 2008 were emailed yesterday with details about a collective action that […]

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Accounting Today, October 6, 2014 – KPMG Female Employees Receive Notices About Gender Discrimination Suit

October 6th, 2014

By Michael Cohn NEW YORK (October 6, 2014) – Approximately 9,000 current and former female employees of KPMG are receiving notices this week about the opportunity to join a class-action lawsuit against the firm involving the Equal Pay Act, claiming they were paid less than their male counterparts. A U.S. District Court has granted a law […]

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Elder Care: Employer Benefits of Employee Accommodation

September 15th, 2014

By: Bloomberg BNA August 2014 Volume 32, Number 8 Introduction: A Growing National Problem As the U.S. population ages, the already very large number of employees who have to juggle working with responsibilities to care for aging parents is increasing every year. Employers that regard this as a purely personal problem for the employee not […]

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Sun Chronicle, September 14, 2014 – Medtronic mired in controversy over allegations of illegal kickbacks

September 14th, 2014

As appeared in the Sun Chronicle by Rick Foster Sun Chronicle Staff Medtronic, the Minnesota-based health care product manufacturer, plans to buy Mansfield’s Covidien and move its base overseas to save on federal taxes. But that’s not the only controversy facing the corporate giant. Since 2006, the company that manufactures a wide array of pacemakers, […]

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BNA’s Health Care Daily Report, September 11, 2014 – Meridian Surgical Partners Reaches Settlement Over Kickback Allegations

September 11th, 2014

Reproduced with permission from BNA’s Health Care Daily Report, 176 HCDR (Sept. 11, 2014). Copyright 2014 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <>   By Andrew M. Ballard Meridian Surgical Partners LLC will pay the federal government $3.3 million along with an additional $1.8 million in attorneys’ fees to settle allegations that it paid […]

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