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FedEx Drivers Deemed Employees By Federal Court

FedEx Drivers Ruled Employees

In a recent opinion issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Express delivery drivers have been legally classified as employees of FedEx, rather than independent contractors as was argued by the company.  Audet & Partners, LLP has handled many wage and hour employment class actions on behalf of thousands of employees and believes that this FedEx ruling will have wide-ranging implications in many industries, including truckers and other types of delivery professionals. In granting summary judgment in favor of... Read More

Bair Hugger Body Warming Device Lawsuit

Bair Hugger Lawsuit

Post-Surgery Bair Hugger Linked to Dangerous Infections Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims that the Bair Hugger warming device may lead to serious infections in patients having undergone hip and knee replacement surgery. Patients suffering dangerous bacterial infections have alleged that 3M, the manufacturer of Bair Hugger, was aware of the risk of such infections at least since 2010 when the inventor of the device cautioned hospitals to cease deploying the device because of the risk of infection.  It has been... Read More

Uber Driver Lawsuit Deems Drivers “Employees”

Uber Driver Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that the California Labor Commission has sided with an Uber driver and held that the driver is considered an employee rather than an independent contractor under California state law.  In the case before the Labor Commission, Barbara Ann Berwick, an Uber driver, had argued that as an employee of Uber, she was entitled to reimbursement for costs incurred while transporting Uber customers to various destinations. Uber has maintained that under its business model, Uber drivers are... Read More

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Class Action Lawsuit

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Lawsuit

Join the Santa Barbara Oil Spill Class Action Lawsuit On July 7, 2015, Audet & Partners, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, on behalf of businesses harmed as a result of the recent Santa Barbara oil spill. The pipeline rupture and oil spill in Santa Barbara County has posed significant threats to the environment, wildlife, and small businesses.  The company which owns the ruptured pipeline is Plains All American Pipeline,... Read More

Pay-for-Delay Lawsuits Strengthened by CA Supreme Court Opinion

Pay for Delay Lawsuits

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that the California Supreme Court has issued an opinion which may leave large pharmaceutical companies vulnerable to antitrust challenges arising out of patent litigation settlements that effectively stifle competition in the pharmaceutical marketplace.  In these "pay-for-delay" lawsuits, manufacturers have been sued by consumers claiming that drug companies paid off smaller generic manufacturers as a way to keep lower-cost generics off the market.  In so doing, the larger companies have been able to maintain higher prices... Read More