Entries by Peder

Federal District Court Blocks Enforcement of Florida’s Discriminatory “Pronoun Ban” on First Amendment Grounds

On April 9, 2024, Chief Judge Mark Walker of the Northern District of Florida issued a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of a Florida law that prohibits teachers and other school personnel from “provid[ing]” any students with titles and pronouns like “Ms.” and “she/her” if those titles do not “correspond” to Florida’s definition of sex. Under that […]

Los Angeles Superior Court Confirms that Proposed Class Action Lawsuit Challenging USC’s Deception of Students in its Online Master of Social Work Program Will Go Forward

On April 2, 2024, the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a decision in Luna v. University of Southern California largely denying the University of Southern California’s (USC) attempts to dismiss Plaintiffs’ claims and narrow the case.  The court confirmed that all of the plaintiffs can proceed with their claims that USC misrepresents to students that […]

Federal District Court Rejects Trucking Companies’ Challenge to Assembly Bill 5’s Worker Misclassification Test

On March 15, 2024, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California issued a final decision in California Trucking Association v. Bonta, rejecting claims by the trucking industry that Assembly Bill 5’s (“AB 5”) “ABC” test for employment status is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (“FAAAA”), a federal statute that deregulated […]

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms McGill and Blair, Holds Mandatory Arbitration Agreement that Prohibits “Public Injunctions” Unenforceable in Consumer Class Action

On March 14, 2024, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously affirmed a decision by U.S. District Court Judge James Donato denying Defendant RAC Acceptance East, LLC’s (RAC) motion to compel arbitration. The underlying case, McBurnie v. Acceptance Now, Case No. 3:21-cv-01429, in which Altshuler Berzon LLP is […]

Federal district court denies Aetna’s motion to dismiss class action lawsuit alleging Aetna’s fertility policies discriminate against LGBTQ people

On February 29, 2024, U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam denied Aetna’s motion to dismiss a case alleging that Aetna’s policies discriminate against LGBTQ people seeking fertility treatment coverage nationwide. The lawsuit, which Altshuler Berzon LLP, together with the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and Katz Banks Kumin LLP, originally filed in April 2023, alleges […]

Lawsuit filed against professional hockey leagues’ anticompetitive practices that exploit teenage players

Altshuler Berzon LLP, along with five other law firms, filed a landmark antitrust case in New York federal court against the National Hockey League, the Canadian Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, the Québec Maritimes Junior Hockey League, and each of those leagues’ member clubs, challenging the systematic exploitation of teenaged […]

Lawsuit filed challenging Starbucks’ claims of “100% ethical sourcing” despite reported human rights and labor abuses in its supply chain

On January 10, 2024, the National Consumers League, represented by Altshuler Berzon LLP, filed a lawsuit against Starbucks Corporation under the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act.  The lawsuit, filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court, alleges that Starbucks has engaged in the unfair and deceptive trade practice of misrepresenting to consumers that […]

Lawsuit filed seeking to end forced labor in Alabama’s prison system

On December 12, 2023, ten individuals currently and formerly incarcerated by the Alabama Department of Corrections, joined by the Union of Southern Service Workers, The Woods Foundation, and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Mid-South Council, filed a federal class action lawsuit against Alabama state officials and public and private employers, challenging a modern-day […]

Lawsuit filed challenging Florida law that discriminates against trans and nonbinary teachers

On December 13, 2023, Altshuler Berzon LLP, together with the Southern Poverty Law Center and Southern Legal Council, filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Florida challenging Florida’s so-called “pronoun ban.”  The relevant portion of the challenged statute prohibits teachers and other school personnel from “provid[ing]” any students with titles and pronouns like “Ms.” […]

Inland Empire United Reaches Settlement with Riverside County in Voting Rights Case

On September 12, 2023, Inland Empire United and individual Riverside County residents represented by Altshuler Berzon LLP reached a settlement agreement with Riverside County to dramatically expand access to political participation in Riverside County for historically underrepresented communities. The settlement in Inland Empire United, et al. v. Riverside County, et al., No. CVRI2202423 (Riverside Superior […]