After ten years of hard-fought litigation, HSR Partners Randy Renick and Cornelia Dai reached a $7.8 million settlement for wage-and-hour claims against Chinese Daily News. Representing 200 hourly employees, Plaintiffs' sought damages against Chinese Daily News for unpaid overtime, failure to provide rest and meal breaks, wage statement violations, and waiting time violations.
Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP is now serving as counsel for the plaintiffs in one of the most significant discrimination cases in decades: Dukes v. Wal-Mart, Inc. The case is currently being litigated as a class action before the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. In addition to HSRR, the Plaintiffs continue to be represented by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC; the Impact Fund; Davis Cowell & Bowe LLP, and Equal Rights Advocates (ERA). Partner Randy Renick will serve as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. with Joseph M. Sellers, of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. Mr. Renick replaces former co-lead counsel Brad Seligman, of the Impact Fund, who recently was appointed Alameda (Calif.) Superior Court Judge.
Today, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law, announced the settlement of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that granted special privileges for the Farmers Field football project in downtown Los Angeles. The settlement is a tremendous victory for the people who live near the proposed stadium, most of whom are working class people of color. The agreement includes a $15 million Housing Trust Fund which will create affordable housing units in Pico-Union, South L.A. and Downtown Los Angeles. Plaintiffs also secured commitments on a wide range of other community benefits and measures, including air quality improvement projects, improvements serving bus riders, additional parks and open space, neighborhood improvement plans, a living wage for employees, the hiring of disadvantaged workers and a community team to promote health in the surrounding area.
It may seem like something straight out of science fiction, but a California judge has given the go-ahead for current and former military personnel who may have been experimented on by the government to join a class action lawsuit. The government has claimed that as many as 100,000 people were used for human experimentation between the years of 1922 and 1975. The class action lawsuit could lift the veil over soldiers who can now come forward and talk about what they experienced at the hands of the government.
They help secure our communities. The 35,000 people that work in our federal prisons face violence from inmates every day at work. Hoping to provide us all with more secure communities, these people help keep over 214,000 inmates off our streets. Aside from the violence and harassment they face from inmates, the workers of the Federal Bureau of Prisons are facing a systemic problem of workplace retaliation.