A 22-year-old Oklahoma woman who says she contracted salmonella after eating at Taco Bell has sued the fast-food company. Leah Smith claims she became sick while attending a University of Oklahoma football game last fall, two days after eating at a Taco Bell in Norman. She says she was sick for two weeks.
Three Individuals Are Sentenced for Their Involvement in the Bonny Island / TSKJ Joint Venture FCPA Case
Another chapter ended in the series of FCPA criminal prosecutions arising out of the TSKJ Joint Venture this week, when Texas federal Judge Keith P. Ellison sentenced three men for their role in the portion of the case involving Kellogg Brown & Root. On Thursday, February 23, 2012, former KBR executive, Albert “Jack” Stanley was sentenced to 30 months in jail, while Jeffrey Tesler, who controlled an entity through which payments were funneled, was sentenced to 21 months in prison.
The next time you hear a legal commentator tell you a case is an “all or nothing” case – beware. Time and time again, jurors show that they love to compromise their verdicts. In the Huguely trial, the jury knew the defendant killed Yeardley Love, but they questioned degree of his conduct. At the same time, the jury wasn’t buying (from the defense) that this homicide was an accident.
The issue of claims for alleged working time is on a disturbing trend upwards. There seems to be no end to the frequency and variety of these claims. Although the latest case is not in the context of a judicial proceeding, but rather an administrative investigation, the result, and the issues, remain the same. The US Department of Labor and Norwegian Cruise Line have just entered into a settlement where the Company will pay $526,602 in allegedly owed wages more than two-thousand employees working for the Pride of America cruise ship, based in Hawaii.
Carpe Datum? Apple App Developer, Google, Under Intense Scrutiny in Challenges to Data Collection Practices.
Following the widely reported allegation that a social network’s iPhone app had uploaded the names, addresses and phone numbers of users’ contacts onto their servers without permission, both Apple and U.S. legislators have moved swiftly to try to curb this practice. Path, the company responsible, has apologised and promises to delete the uploaded contact information from its servers.
It is oh-so-fitting that Linsanity hits LXBN TV on the day of Jeremy Lin’s biggest game in the NBA, as he faces off tonight against LeBron James and the Heat. Though I could—and have—gone on endlessly about Jeremy Lin the basketball player, in today’s interview we are discussing the race for the “LINSANITY” trademark and whether or not the mark can even by held by the individuals seeking it, or at all.
Judge Mary McLaughlin of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently dismissed a class action complaint brought against CVS Pharmacy and CVS Caremark for selling information provided by prescription drug purchasers. Notably, in its decision in Steinberg v. CVS Caremark Corp., the court found that information on a customer’s prescription drug and medical history “carries with it no compensable value at the individual level.”
Watering Down the Volcker Rule: The Disingenuousness of the Banking Industry While We Discussed the Rule’s Merits
While Main Street celebrated the passage of the Volcker Rule—a closer review by referees in the booth showed the ball had in fact broken the plane of the end zone—those crestfallen bankers (“wink, nod”) had a trick or two up their sleeves. The victory celebration for Mr. Volker and his supporters was sadly premature.
Yesterday California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced an agreement she forged among Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Research in Motion to ensure that mobile device apps that collect personal information contain privacy policies.
With the blog approaching its fifth (!) anniversary later this year, I thought it was time to revisit some subjects that I covered in the blog’s infancy and update them. One such story from way back on September 14, 2007, was a new law that prohibited non-compete agreements by security guards.