New York Fashion Week Producers Hit with Labor Lawsuit

By: TFL

08-80d2f2fed3979d93d26499c6b4628becNew York Fashion Week producers William Morris Endeavor (“WME”) and IMG have been slapped with a lawsuit on the heels of  February’s Fall/Winter 2015 shows. According to the proposed class action suit, which was filed by Brian Davis, a member of NYFW’s “House Crew,” WME/IMG failed to adequately pay him and other crew members for their work on the bi-annual fashion events. Davis claims that for six week periods leading up to the runway shows, he and fellow NYFW crew members ”regularly worked over 100 hours per week without ever receiving premium overtime pay” of one and one-half time the regular rate. Their tasks reportedly consisted of “handling the logistics of Fashion Week including providing support to vendors and contractors; managing the delivery, warehousing and disbursement of supplies; and managing the delivery, setting up and breaking down of furniture and barricades.” Continue reading

Indiana Governor: New Law ‘Not About Discrimination’

By: Tom Davies and Rick Callahan

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that’s garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians and said Sunday it wasn’t a mistake to have enacted it.  Pence appeared on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” to discuss the measure he signed last week prohibiting state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of “person” includes religious institutions, businesses and associations. Continue reading

US Supreme Court rejects Obamacare ‘death panel’ challenge

By: Reuters

102516454-465222182.530x298The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care law that took aim at a bureaucratic board labeled by some Republicans as a “death panel” because it was designed to cut Medicare costs.  The high court left intact a ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that threw out the lawsuit. The court’s action in an unsigned order was a victory for Obama administration, which has faced a barrage of legal challenges to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. The court is currently weighing a separate case challenging health insurance subsidies that are key to Obamacare’s implementation. A ruling is due by the end of June.  Continue reading

Oscar de la Renta Asks Court to Put Intern Case on Hold

By: TFL

tumblr_mqm68rupJl1rrns0oo1_1280In October, former Oscar de la Renta intern Monica Ramirez filed suit against the design house, alleging that she was misclassified as an intern and not paid for doing what would otherwise be considered entry-level work. Since the initial filing, we haven’t heard too much about the lawsuit. However, as of this past week, the New York-based design house, whose founder passed away just days after the lawsuit was filed, asked the Supreme Court of New York state to put the former unpaid intern’s class action lawsuit on hold for the time being. Specifically, de la Renta’s counsel stated that the current case should not proceed until the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issues rulings in the two cases filed by former Hearst Corporation and Fox Entertainment Group Inc. interns. The legal team for the design house is seeking a complete stay in the lawsuit until 10 days after the appeals court decides Glatt v. Fox  and Wang v. Hearst, both of which were argued  in late January. They key question in both of those cases: When is an intern really an employee? Continue reading

Lawyer gets 10-year sentence for role in stealing $3.8M from elderly victims

By: Mark Hansen

gavel_with_booksA New Jersey lawyer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her part in a scheme to steal $3.8 million from 16 elderly victims.  Barbara Lieberman, a court-appointed guardian and elder law specialist in Atlantic County who gave seminars to senior citizens on end-of-life issues and other matters, used her position of trust to identify potential victims with substantial assets and no family to protect them, CBS Philly reports. “This is why people don’t trust lawyers … because of one lawyer’s decision to line her own pockets at the expense of elderly victims who were unable to defend themselves,” Superior Court Judge Michael Donio said Wednesday at Lieberman’s sentencing hearing. Continue reading

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Universal Music Countersued In Battle Over In-Flight Music

By: Austin Siegemund-Broka

The music service Inflight claims the label “changed its tune” after permitting use of its songs for years.   In 2014 Universal became the second major label, after Sony, to battle airlines’ rights to in-flight music. The recording giant filed suit that September over the use of music and videos by Taylor Swift, Weezer, Kanye West and other artists.  It first filed against the music service Inflight and its parent company Global Eagle, later adding American Airlines to the suit. Inflight’s role in getting Yeezusand 1989 into airline armrests is securing licenses for content from labels and rights organizations, then providing the music to airlines. Continue reading