Disney Animators Draw Up Agreement

Cinderella's Castle - Magic Kingdom, by flickr user beanhead4529, licensed by Creative Commons.

If the glass slipper fits…

Anti-poaching agreements prohibit companies from pitching a potential position to, and subsequently hiring, employees from their competitors. The companies refrain from increasing their employees’ wages past the initial contracted rate, leaving the employees stagnant. As a result, the employees and their wages suffer.  The Walt Disney Company is guilty of anti-poaching practices, and have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit in the amount of $100 million. Other involved companies in this present settlement include Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Two PIC MC. Disney is the last of several major companies to settle. The animation and visual effects companies that previously entered settlements are DreamWorks Animation, Fox’s Blue Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc., and Sony Pictures Animation Inc. Read More

This Land is Your Land?

Hitting a wall

Hitting a wall

On Jan. 28, President Trump signed an executive order prohibiting travelers and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries – Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Libya – from entering the U.S. A flurry of legal activity has followed in the wake of the presidential order. Since Friday, immigration lawyers have flocked to U.S. metro airports to file petitions for clients while individuals, corporations, and states have begun a quest for legal assistance. Read More

Saving Lives? There’s an App for That

Texting while driving, by Simone Cosimi Giornalista, licensed by Creative Commons.

Keep your eyes on the road

In the United States, distracted driving is a growing problem. Among its many causes – from brushing teeth to changing clothes – texting is the worst offender. National Safety Council statistics show that texting while driving causes 1.6 million accidents and 4,015 deaths each year, and over 1,100 injuries daily. Ironically, a solution to this deadly problem lies with one of its main causes – the Apple iPhone. Read More

Police Brutality Lawsuit Reaches Settlement

New Orleans Police Department squad car at New Orleans Pride, by flickr user Tony Webster, licensed by Creative Commons.

“It’s hard to be a saint in the city”

An 11-year dispute finally reached a resolution in the amount of $13.3 million. The lawsuit against the city of New Orleans was filed in the days following Hurricane Katrina. Seventeen plaintiffs in the suit brought allegations against the city, claiming it was responsible for “wrongful deaths and injuries, deprivation of civil rights and lost wages caused by instances of police brutality.” The three major complaints referenced in the lawsuit include a police-related shooting, resulting in the amputation of one woman’s arm and the deaths of two men on the Danziger Bridge; the cover-up of the shooting of a gentleman named Henry Glover; and the beating and death of a gentleman named Raymond Robair, by a police officer. Read More

IKEA Shoulders Weight of a $50M Settlement

GEORGE NAKASHIMA walnut single pedestal desk, by Flickr user Stephen Coles, licensed by Creative Commons.

In good standing?

IKEA furniture has a reputation for being difficult – if not impossible –to assemble. But it is never supposed to be deadly. In December 2016, the Swedish furniture maker reached a $50M settlement for the wrongful deaths of three 2-year-old children who were killed when they were crushed by IKEA’s products. The settlement award will be distributed evenly among the families. Additionally, IKEA will distribute $250,000 among several children’s hospitals and Shane’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes child safety. Read More