Uber Contractor’s Gender Discrimination Suit Given Green Light

A former Uber contractor’s gender discrimination suit against the ride-sharing company is being allowed to move forward by a San Francisco judge. Ilana Diamond sued Uber Technologies, Inc., in October, claiming she was passed up for a full-time spot as the acting photo brand manager. Even though Diamond’s responsibilities as a contractor were synonymous with


Haven Hospice Announces Shutdown of Affiliate Hit With $5m Fine

Hardly a month after its affiliate was hit by a $5 million federal fine, Haven Hospice announced its subsidiary, VNA and Hospice of the Florida Keys, will shut down by February’s end. “Haven knowingly submitted false claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs for medically unnecessary hospice care for certain patients who had lengths of


California Woman Sues Wal-Mart, Claims Racial Discrimination in Beauty Product Displays

A California woman is suing retail giant Wal-Mart on grounds of racial discrimination, claiming that it keeps skin- and haircare products used by African-Americans behind locked sliding-glass panels. The unusual display setup, she argues, serves little purpose other than to perpetuate the stereotype that blacks are taken to criminality. Plaintiff Essie Grundy, a 43-year old


Did the Wonder Years T.V. Show End Over a Sexual Harrassment Claim?

Fans of The Wonder Years may be interested to learn that a sexual harassment claim was allegedly what brought the popular show to an end. According to one of the show’s lead actresses, “Alley Mills, who played Fred Savage’s mother, Norma Arnold,” a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed in 1993 by “ 31-year-old costume designer Monique Long” against “Savage and Jason Hervey, who played Savage’s older brother.” At the time, Savage was 16 and Hervey was 20. But what happened, exactly?





Lex Machina Releases End-of-Year Litigation Trends Update

I’m pleased to say that Legal Analytics provider Lex Machina announced the release its end of year quarterly litigation trends update. The update includes Q42017 trends in the areas of Patent, Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB), Copyright, Trademark, Securities, Antitrust, Commercial, Employment, Bankruptcy Appeals, and Product Liability litigation. This is a valuable source of information for any litigator. That announcement, and excerpts from the report, are reproduced below, courtesy of the company.


Family of ‘The Walking Dead’ Stuntman Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against AMC Networks, Inc.

Most people are familiar with ‘The Walking Dead’ t.v. Show, but few are aware that many of the stunts on the show are performed by stuntmen and women, and fewer realize that sometimes those stuntmen and women get injured. Tragically, accidental deaths have also been known to occur on film sets, and that’s exactly what happened to John Bernecker, a stuntman who “fell to his death on the set of ‘The Walking Dead’ in Georgia.” As a result of the accident, Bernecker’s mother, Susan Bernecker, recently filed a lawsuit against the “show’s network and other parties, saying unreasonably low budgets led to inadequate safety precautions.” The accident itself occurred on July 12, 2017.


Bullied Altoona Area School District Student Commits Suicide, Family Files Lawsuit

A federal lawsuit was filed earlier this week by Marc Lansberry, the father of “Wyatt J. Lansberry, a 12-year-old seventh-grader, who took his own life on May 18 after experiencing a ‘particularly brutal day of bullying’ at the Altoona Area Junior High School.” The lawsuit itself was filed in Johnstown with the blessing of Wyatt’s mother, Terri Bradford, and “outlines in detail the psychological toll that persistent bullying took on the child.”