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06/17/2015

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
06/01/2015

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
05/11/2015

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

Pay For Delay Drug Litigation

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
04/08/2015

Felon Firings By Apple May Be Illegal

Felon Firings by Apple May Violate the Law

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by construction workers who claim to have been discharged from work on Apple's new Cupertino campus based solely on their status as previously convicted felons.  While for certain types of employment a prior felony conviction may bear some relevance to potential job responsibilities, this generally does not hold true for construction work and situations such as the recent felon firings at Apple. The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported on one worker, Kevin Yip, who... Read More
02/24/2015

Whistleblower Protection Against Retaliation by Employers

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Whistleblower Protection Provided Under SEC Law Federal law mandates that, if a company is publicly traded, they must report earnings and other financial information to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).  In 2002, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was enacted in response to an increase in the mishandling of required SEC filings and corporate fraud. The legislation afforded employee whistleblower protection and helped the SEC further regulate corporations. The Act also made retaliation against a whistleblower a crime, for which the employer can be prosecuted.... Read More