Pier 1 Subject of Class-Action Discrimination Lawsuit

Pier 1 Imports, the popular national furniture and home décor chain, has become the subject of a class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination against a pregnant employee. According to the suit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court, Kimberley Caselman, a 31-year old sales associate at one of the store’s San Jose locations, was denied an extension of an exemption she had been given to help preserve her health during her pregnancy. Caselman, on her doctor’s recommendation, had requested that she not be required to life objects heavier than 15 pounds or to climb ladders in the store. While she was initially granted an 8-week exception for these duties, when she requested to have the exception extended, she was denied and forced to go on medical leave. Unfortunately, the four-month forced leave expires well before she is due to give birth, meaning Caselman will no longer have the leave she needs to be able to take off from work when it comes time to deliver her child. As a result, she and her attorneys have filed preliminary paperwork to fight back against this unjust form of pregnancy discrimination. At Downey Lawsuit Funding, we understand how hard it can be to fight back against employer discrimination on your own, and we help to provide clients with the financial support they need in order to take legal action to fight for justice.

Takeda and Eli Lilly to pay over $9B total as a result of Actos Verdict

white_pillsA U.S. federal jury recently imposed a total of over $9 billion in damages on Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd and Eli Lilly and Co., the defendants in the consolidated multidistrict case regarding allegations that the companies had hidden the dangers Actos, a diabetes drug, posed to consumers. According to court documentation, plaintiffs stated that the two companies failed to disclose the cancer risks associated with Actos. Specifically, Takeda was ordered to pay $6 billion in punitive damages, and Eli Lilly was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages. The jury also determined that both companies should pay a total of $1.475 million in compensatory payments, with Takeda taking 75% of the responsibility for those payments and Eli Lilly taking 25%. Both companies have released statements saying they plan to fight the punitive damages. According to the general counsel for Takeda, Kenneth Greisman, “We intend to vigorously challenge this outcome through all available legal means, including possible post-trial motions and an appeal.” Filing a lawsuit against another party, especially a major pharmaceutical one such as Takeda or Eli Lilly, can be a drawn out process and, as a result, expensive. Fortunately for people who believe they should be owed money from another party, there are many options available to make filing a lawsuit possible, including getting funding. To learn more about the options available to you, contact Downey Lawsuit Funding today.

Ruling in Lawsuit Against Fox Searchlight

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 moviesclassified 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.

Wrongful Termination Suit Filed by Former SFPD Attorney

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.

Ruling in “Price is Right” Discrimination Case Overturned

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 thepregnancy 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.

Legal Scholar Sues Former Employer

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 Writingbeliefs. 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.