Two interns who worked for Fox Searchlight Pictures have won a key ruling in their lawsuit against the company over allegations that they were improperly classified as interns and denied pay for their work on the 2010 production of the film “Black Swan.” Eric Glatt and Andrew Footman filed suit in 2011, alleging that the type of work they were asked to perform, including getting lunch for production staff and other menial tasks, did not fit the legal requirements necessary for their status as unpaid interns. U.S. District Judge William Pauley agreed, claiming that the two should have been treated as employees under New York’s labor laws, as well as federal employment regulations. Attorneys for Fox Searchlight have vowed to appeal the decision to the 2nd Court of Appeals. This case demonstrates something important for those pursuing lawsuits, particularly against larger companies, to keep in mind: namely, that these types of defendants have access to substantial legal resources, and can often drag cases out over many years in order to discourage litigants from fully pursuing the justice they deserve. Fortunately, lawsuit funding can help to ameliorate this problem. Contact the professionals at Downey Lawsuit Funding today to learn more about how this service may be able to help you win your case.
Former SFPD attorney Kelly O’Haire recently filed a wrongful termination against Chief Greg Suhr, claiming that she was wrongfully terminated when she was putting together a case to have Suhr removed from office. O'Haire was an attorney with the police force charged with investigating and disciplining officers and other employees in the department. In 2009, O'Haire was investigating and recommended disciplinary action against Suhr after he failed to report a domestic violence call he responded to that involved a friend of his, violating both department policy and state law. While O'Haire was in the process of recommending action against Suhr, she received a call threatening that she would be sorry if she continued with her actions. Suhr was suspended over the incident, but shortly after, was named Chief. One month after being named Chief, Suhr terminated O'Haire, and accorder to her, it was an act of retaliation. Taking action against a former employer can be difficult, but by securing lawsuit funding, individuals can focus on their case without having to worry about the immediate financial ramifications of pursuing justice. To learn more about what lawsuit financing might be able to do for you, contact the experienced professionals at Downey Lawsuit Funding today.
A judgement that involved an awarded $8.5 million to a former model on the T.V. show "The Price is Right" has been overturned. This past Tuesday, the judge in the case, Judge Kevin Brazile, overturned the original decision, stating that he hadn't properly instructed the jury in the case, and that the case would have to be re-tried. Brandi Cochran, a former model on the popular television program, sued the show, alleging that she was discriminated against when she was not allowed to return to the show after she became pregnant and went on maternity leave. Cochran's attorneys are hopeful, and have stated that they believe that they will be able to secure an even larger financial award in the new trial. Taking legal action against a well-established, wealthy program can be incredibly difficult, especially if you don't have the financial resources needed to enter into a potentially-lengthy legal battle. Fortunately, however, legal funding can provide many individuals with the resources they need up front. Learn more by contacting the dedicated professionals at Downey Lawsuit Funding.
A former employee of the University of Iowa’s law school has sued the institution, claiming that she was the victim of discrimination as a result of her conservative beliefs. Teresa Wagner was a part-time employee at the school’s writing center in 2007, when a position for full-time employment as a teacher to first-year students came open. However, she was denied the position, which instead went to an individual she claims was less qualified, and who lost the job within a year. After that point, the job was never filled. Wagner’s suit claims that this refusal to promote her was based on ideological differences between herself and the school’s faculty and administration. The charges were dismissed on the first trial, however, and it remains unclear whether Wagner will be able to continue to pursue her claim. This case is another good reminder of how difficult and time-consuming pursuing a lawsuit can be for an individual. Fortunately, professional lawsuit funding can help to ameliorate some of these problems. To learn more, contact the team at Downey Lawsuit Funding.
Puerto Rico's police department has been sued over alleged discrimination against an atheist police officer. The suit is being brought against the police department by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). According to the suit, an atheist police officer was subjected to retaliation after he refused to participate in prayers with others in his precinct. The suit claims that he was demoted, stripped of his weapon, and required to wash patrol cars. Unfortunately, discrimination in the workplace occurs far too often, and many victims do not have the financial resources to take action against the parties responsible for committing unethical and oftentimes illegal behavior. However, with lawsuit fundings, victims of workplace discrimination can secure the financial assistance they need to pursue justice. To learn more, contact the team at Downey Lawsuit Funding.
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS), India’s largest software exporter, has reached a $30 million settlement with two employees in the U.S. over a wage and hour dispute lawsuit filed against the company. Gopi Vedachalam and Kangana Beri, former employees at the software giant, filed a class-action lawsuit in 2006, alleging that the company had failed to pay them the wages it had promised prior to their arrival in the U.S. In particular, they claim that the company violated its job contracts by requiring all non-U.S. citizens working for the firm to give their state and federal tax refunds to the company and deducting the pay they had received in India from their compensation for work in the U.S. While TCS has denied any wrongdoing, the company agreed to settle with both employees to the tune of $30 million. This case illustrates the fact that many large lawsuits can drag on for years, and unfortunately, many deserving defendants find themselves unable to afford the legal representation they need to keep fighting. Fortunately, lawsuit funding can provide individuals with a way to continue their pursuit of justice. To learn more about the benefits of lawsuit funding, contact the team at Downey Lawsuit Funding today.