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Yelp reviewers declare themselves ‘unpaid employees’ and launch class action lawsuit

Yelp Reviewers Launch Class Action Lawsuit Claiming They’re ‘Unpaid Employees’ (via Techdirt) Remember when a Huffington Post volunteer writer named Jonathan Tasini sued the company for not paying him, even though he had volunteered to occasionally contribute stories? That lawsuit went nowhere fast, but it appears that others are now…

Judge rules army of unpaid media interns cannot form class-action suit

A New York judge ruled Wednesday (PDF) that publishing giant Hearst’s army of unpaid interns cannot form a class-action lawsuit over claims that they did the work of paid employees. In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Harold Baer found that the plaintiff’s claims did not meet the standards for…

U.S. sued by 22,000 would-be immigrants: lawyers

WASHINGTON — A lawsuit has been filed against the State Department alleging it unfairly denied 22,000 would-be legal immigrants the right to permanent residency in the United States, their lawyers said Monday. White and Associates said it filed the lawsuit in the District Court for the District of Colombia charging…

US judge rejects deal for Google digital book plan

NEW YORK (AFP) – A US judge dealt a major setback to Google’s plans for a vast digital library and online bookstore, rejecting a settlement hammered out by the Internet giant with authors and publishers. US District Court Judge Denny Chin on Tuesday said in a ruling 13 months after…

Class action lawsuit: Retailers selling gas hotter than 60 degrees rip off consumers

Kansas paper estimated in 2006 that ripoff scams over $2.3 billion annually Many oil companies and gasoline retailers carefully track the temperature, volume and exact value of their supplies every step of the way from well to gas station, where the measurement often stops. Now, two lawsuits out of Kansas…

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