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Staten Island Amazon Workers Back Union

On April 1, 2022, after multiple years of pandemic-induced layoffs, staffing shortages, contentious vaccine policies, and other workplace issues, Amazon.com, Inc. ("Amazon" or the “Company”) workers at the JFK8 warehouse facility in Staten Island voted in favor of union representation under the Amazon Labor Union (“ALU”), the first certified union to represent Amazon workers. The historic vote presents a massive breakthrough in worker safety. The ALU was created by former…

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Google Pays $118 Million to Settle Class-Action Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

On June 10, 2022, Google LLC (“Google” or the “Company”) agreed to pay $118 million to settle a class action gender discrimination lawsuit filed by former employees in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. Originally filed in September 2017, the lawsuit advanced four California state law causes of action against Google based on alleged salary disparity, including an Equal Pay Act claim, a Labor Code claim, a…

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Sixth Circuit Affirms Denial of Defendants’ Motion to Compel Arbitration

On April 27, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration, holding that the Cintas Partners’ Plan (the “Plan”) had not consented to arbitration, and, therefore, there was no basis for the Plaintiffs’ claims to be arbitrated. Plaintiffs Raymond Hawkins and Robin Lung originally filed the action in…

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Arizona Court Rejects Defendants’ Bid for Summary Judgment in Summit Center Kickbacks Case

On June 15, 2022, a Federal Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona ruled that a lawsuit concerning illegal kickbacks to physicians was fit to proceed, denying Defendants’ attempt to defeat the legal action. The whistleblower lawsuit alleges that Northern Arizona Healthcare Corporation (“NAHC”), Northern Arizona Orthopedic Surgery Center, LLC, and Flagstaff Medical Center, Inc. (together, “Defendants”), which collectively operate healthcare facilities throughout northern Arizona,…

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Fidelity to Allow Bitcoin Allocation in 401(k) Accounts

On April 26, 2022, Fidelity Investments, Inc. (“Fidelity”) announced that it will offer Bitcoin for employers to include as an investment option in their 401(k) plans. Fidelity will be the first major retirement plan service provider to offer crypto currency. This move comes after the Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”), an agency within the Department of Labor (“DOL”), published Compliance Assistance Release No. 2022-01 (“Release”) on March 10, 2022. In…

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Universal ERISA: Miller Shah LLP Secures Victory at Third Circuit for 401(k) Participants

On June 1, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s decision to certify a class of more than 60,000 participants in a lawsuit against Universal Health Services Inc. ("UHS”) and the UHS Retirement Plan Investment Committee (together, “Universal” or “Defendants”) regarding the alleged mismanagement of the UHS Retirement Savings Plan (the “Plan”). Universal, like…

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The Merits and Pitfalls of Mass Arbitration for Uber and Uber Drivers

The Rise of Mass Arbitration In recent years, U.S. companies have increasingly included mandatory arbitration clauses in their contracts, meaning any disputes between consumers or employees and the company must be resolved through arbitration. As it commonly costs between $300 and $400 for complainants to initiate an arbitration claim and because these clauses also commonly prevent customers and employees from participating in class action proceedings, the move to arbitration was…

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Employees Sue Fluor Corporation Over Excessive 401(k) Fees

On April 5, 2022, Deborah Locascio and David Summers (“Plaintiffs”) filed an amended complaint against their former employer, Fluor Corporation (“Fluor”), and Mercer Investments (“Mercer”) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Fluor is the plan sponsor for the Fluor Corporation Employees’ Savings Investment Plan (the “Plan”). As of December 31, 2020, the Plan had more than 15,000 participants with account balances and assets totaling…

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Workers Seek Sanctions on Turf Farm

Workers of Briggs Traditional Turf Farm (“Briggs” or the “Farm”) have sought sanctions against their employer for misleading employees who could opt into a lawsuit against the Farm. The second amended complaint, filed on December 23, 2021, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, alleges that Briggs illegally and discriminately withheld overtime pay from workers with H-2A visas by purposely misrepresenting them as agricultural workers.…

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Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss – PNC ERISA Class Action

On March 31, 2022, the Honorable Christy Wiegand, a Judge for the United States District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania, granted in part and denied in part Defendants’ motion to dismiss a class action claiming PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (“PNC” or the “Company”) mismanaged its 401(k) retirement plan. The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. Incentive Saving Plan (the “Plan”) serves as a vehicle for PNC employees to…

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