Daily Archives: February 24, 2012 - 3 results

Posted 5 years ago in Labor and Employment by Keith Ecker  
Supreme Court to Rule on Sales Rep Overtime Pay

Usually, the question of whether you have a right to overtime pay is pretty clear. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes a minimum threshold for wage-hour standards that all employers in all states must abide by. These standards generally say that if you are not in a managerial role and you are not making a large salary, then you are entitled to overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours in a week.   “It’s easy to determine …

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Posted 5 years ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Editor’s Choice: Jury Awards Edition

Longtime smoker of “light” cigarettes wins $25 million verdict A jury punished cigarette maker Philip Morris with a $25 million punitive damages verdict awarded to the family of a longtime smoker of Merit Lights cigarettes. Michelle Schwarz began smoking when she was 18 and switched to the low-tar variety 12 years later, in 1976, when Philip Morris introduced the brand. Although her husband, Richard, kicked his smoking habit in 1968, Michelle continued to smoke a pack a day and died …

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Posted 5 years ago in Personal Injury by Ada Kulesza  
Death and Injury Await at Amusement Parks

Behind the glittering Ferris wheel, the massive roller coaster and the thrilling bungee jump are unexpected injuries and accidents that occur at small fairs to huge theme parks. Last summer on the famed boardwalk in New Jersey, for example, an 11-year-old girl fell to her death from a Ferris wheel. Her parents filed a wrongful death suit, claiming that the park shouldn’t have operated the wheel in high winds. But that won’t bring their daughter back. One-third of the population, …

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