Judge Grants Preliminary Approval to $13M Settlement in Google Street View Privacy Case

$13M Proposed Settlement in Google Street View Privacy Case

As reported by Law360 (subscription), a California federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a proposed $13 million cy press settlement of the federal multidistrict litigation accusing Google LLC of illegally gathering Wi-Fi network data via its Street View vehicles. As part of the settlement, Google agrees to fund online privacy organizations and educate the public about encrypted networks. [Read more…]

13M Proposed Settlement in Google Street View Privacy Case

$13M Proposed Settlement in Google Street View Privacy Case

As reported by Law360 (subscription), on Friday, July 22, 2019, the parties proposed a $13 million settlement in the federal multidistrict litigation accusing Google LLC of illegally gathering Wi-Fi network data with its Street View vehicles. As part of the settlement, Google agreed to fund online privacy organizations and educate the public about encrypted networks. [Read more…]

Google Employees Push for Legislation to End Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

Google employees are organizing a phone drive that will take place on Wednesday, May 1st to press lawmakers into supporting The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (“FAIR”) Act. The FAIR Act is an initiative recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives seeking to end the use of arbitration agreements in employment contracts so as to sidestep public trials. Widely used across many industries, these clauses are inserted into workers’ contracts more and more frequently to require that the workers waive their right to sue their employers in a real and public court. Instead, employee complaints are funneled into a private legal system, where employers (who fund the system) are viewed as having the upper hand in the settling of job-related disputes. [Read more…]

Google Can’t Escape Women’s Claims of Pay Disparities, Gender Discrimination

Google Can't Escape Women's Claims of Pay Disparities, Gender Discrimination

Judge denies tech giant’s attempts to reduce size of proposed class in case over discrimination in salary and promotions for women

As reported in the Recorder (subscription) and the California Daily Journal (subscription), on Tuesday March 27th Judge Mary E. Wiss of the Superior Court of California issued an order permitting the pay equity class ation to proceed against Google. Judge Wiss found that plaintiffs’ classwide allegations were sufficient to survive Google’s attempts to have them stricken from the class action complaint. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody in The Daily Journal: Google Gender Discrimination Case Sheds Light on Industry-Wide Problems

Kelly Dermody in The Daily Journal: Google Gender Discrimination Case Sheds Light on Industry-Wide Problems

Widespread media attention has focused on the recently-filed Google gender discrimination lawsuit, which alleges that tech giant Google has engaged in multiple pay and promotion violations, as well as the illegal occupational segregation of female employees in California. [Read more…]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Google Sued in Class Action Alleging Sex Discrimination

Gender discrimination

Complaint Charges Google with Multiple Pay and Promotion Violations, Illegal Occupational Segregation of Female Employees
San Francisco, California (September 14, 2017) – Attorneys James M. Finberg of Altshuler Berzon LLP and Kelly M. Dermody of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announce that a lawsuit filed today in San Francisco Superior Court alleges that Google has engaged in systemic and pervasive pay and promotion discrimination against its female employees in California. [Read more…]

Class Action Settlement Announced in Google Message Scanning Privacy Lawsuit

Class Action Settlement Announced in Google Message Scanning Privacy Lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in the class action digital privacy litigation against Google Inc. regarding claims that the popular Gmail service scanned some outgoing user email messages to build marketing profiles and serve targeted ads. [Read more…]

Apple Google Intel and Adobe to Settle Anti-Poaching Suit

Kelly M. Dermody of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today that a settlement has been reached with Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corporation, and Adobe Systems Inc. in the class action lawsuit charging that these companies violated federal antitrust laws by conspiring for years to suppress the pay of technical, creative, and research and development employees, including by agreeing not to actively recruit each other’s employees. The terms of the settlement are confidential until Plaintiffs file their settlement papers with the Court next month. [Read more…]

Ninth Circuit Denies Review of District Court’s Class Certification Order in High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied review of the district court’s order certifying a class of technical employees who worked at seven high-tech companies—including Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel—from approximately 2005 through 2009. As a result, the class certification order stands. [Read more…]