Bank of America unit will pay $36 million to settle appraiser class action

Bank of America Corp's appraisal unit, Landsafe Appraisal Services, Inc. has agreed to pay $36 million to settle a class action alleging it misclassified residential real estate appraisers as exempt from getting paid overtime. According to Plaintiffs' attorneys, each of the 365 class members will recover about $100,000...

Increased EEOC Activity Against Hostile Work Environment and Retaliation

In recent weeks, we have seen substantial activity by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (“EEOC”) which brought claims against Hillshire Brands/Tyson Foods – formerly known as Sara Lee Corporation (“Tyson”), a leading supplier of prepared food products, and Columbine Management Services Inc., an ...

New Developments in Federal False Claims in the 9th Circuit

Federal false claims settlements this year in our 9th circuit have included, by subject matter: False invoices to avoid customs duties: $500,000. Off-label prescription drug charges by a single doctor: $550,00. Hospitals "donated" funds to county governments to fund the sate share of Medicaid payments: $75 mil...