Larson & Gaston recently won a major transportation law defense victory on behalf of one of its motor carrier clients. Four of the carrier's owner-operators filed claims with California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), claiming to be employees of the motor carrier rather than independent contractors. This is a common accusation in the ongoing wave of litigation overtaking the transportation industry. The drivers sought over $500,000 in damages and penalties. L&G, on behalf of its carrier client, petitioned to compel arbitration of the claims pursuant to the arbitration clauses appearing in the independent contractor agreements. The drivers opposed, arguing that the arbitration clauses were unenforceable because they were unconscionable and therefore their claims should be resolved at DLSE Berman hearings
How often do you think about state and federal laws? If you're like most people here in the United States, then you probably think very little about how the law affects you from day to day life.
According to federal regulations, manufacturers must include an ingredient list on consumable products. These lists must clearly display what is contained in the product in descending order according to weight. This includes any chemical additives or preservatives as well. Failing to do so can result in accusations of false advertising, which can then lead to litigation. In some cases, depending on how the court rules, a business may be found guilty of false advertising and may even be forced to pay compensation in the event of a civil lawsuit.
Business mergers and acquisitions happen almost every day in countries the world over, oftentimes happening without so much as a tweet on Twitter. But a recent merger between Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Tim Hortons is grabbing national attention this month and raising concerns about why the two restaurants decided to join forces.