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Recent Jury Verdicts And Settlements

Published by on December 24, 2008

The last update on recent jury verdicts and settlements for 2008 is after the break.  Happy holidays! US — Wal-Mart agrees to settle 63 wage lawsuits across the United States.  The settlements total approximately $352 million.  Payments could reach as high as $640 million, depending on the claims filed.  The settlement resolves all but 12 […]

The last update on recent jury verdicts and settlements for 2008 is after the break.  Happy holidays!

US — Wal-Mart agrees to settle 63 wage lawsuits across the United States.  The settlements total approximately $352 million.  Payments could reach as high as $640 million, depending on the claims filed.  The settlement resolves all but 12 of the pending wage lawsuits against Wal-Mart.  (Law.com article here.)

The WSJ Blog asks here whether the settlement is a pre-emptive strike against unionization in the face of the Employee Free Choice Act.

MI — Detroit court is ordered to pay white employee $424,000 in reverse discrimination case.  The Supreme Court of Michigan upheld the jury verdict finding that the plaintiff was passed over for promotions in favor of less qualified black applicants.

OH — Firefighters awarded $1.8 million in bias lawsuit involving test.  The jury “found that a 2004 test Akron used for lieutenant and captain positions skewed against white applicants for captain’s rank and black candidates for lieutenant.  The jurors . . . also found that the results of the lieutenants’ test also discriminated against candidates over the age of 40.”

AL — “A federal jury in Mobile . . . awarded [a] former acting police chief $235,000 after determining the city offered her a discriminatory contract and then retaliated against her for filing a complaint.”  The judge can also award the plaintiff attorneys’ fees and front pay.

NY — A former police officer was awarded $4.1 million by a jury in a case alleging retaliation for testifying on behalf of a female officer who won a similar suit in 2000.  The jury awarded the plaintiff $1.1 million for economic loss, $1.5 million for emotional distress and pain and suffering, as well as $1.5 million in punitive damages, accoding to his attorney.

11th Circuit — The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a $35 million FLSA jury verdict for Family Dollar store managers.  Blog posts on the case are here and here.  The back pay and liquidated damages award was based on the failure of the store managers to satisfy the “executive exemption.”

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