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Major New Developments in Campbell, et. al. v AMTRAK

Pending Litigation in the District Court for the District of Columbia Campbell, et al. v. Amtrak, 1:99CV02979 (EGS)  MAJOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS CLASS CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN DENIED BY THE DISTRICT COURT AMTRAK REQUESTS SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS – TO COMMENCE THIS AUTUMN PLAINTIFFS’ CASES WILL PROCEED INDIVIDUALLY NEW PLAINTIFFS CAN BE INCLUDED IN SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS – MOST NEED...

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Tom Kunstmann, Et Al. v. Aaron Rents, Inc.

TOM KUNSTMANN, ET AL. V. AARON RENTS, INC. Complaint filed in Tom Kunstmann et al v Aaron Rents Update as of October 29, 2010 – We continue to believe that the case is in a good posture. No trial date has been set as of today. If you have any questions please feel free to either e-mail or...

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The Campbell, Et Al. v. Amtrak Class Action Litigation

THE CAMPBELL, ET AL. V. AMTRAK CLASS ACTION LITIGATION The Plaintiffs initiated this class action race discrimination case under the federal civil rights laws against Amtrak on November 9, 1999. The Amtrak Trilogy. Kenneth Campbell, et al, v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation, CA No. 1:99CV02979 (EGS), is the third in a trilogy of major race discrimination...

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$2.89 Million Dollar Verdict Against Tyson Foods – Unpaid Wages, Fair Labor Standards Act, Unpaid Overtime

$2.89 MILLION DOLLAR VERDICT AGAINST TYSON FOODS – UNPAID WAGES, FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT, UNPAID OVERTIME On September 26, 2011, a Iowa Federal Jury awarded  a verdict of $2.89 million to Plaintiffs in the case Peg Bouaphakeo, et al.  v. Tyson Foods, Inc., (Case 5:07-cv-04009-JAJ), a collective action brought on behalf of approximately 3,344 production line...

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$5 Million Dollar Judgment Against Tyson Foods Inc. -Unpaid Wages, Unpaid Overtime, Donning & Doffing

$5 MILLION DOLLAR JUDGMENT AGAINST TYSON FOODS INC. -UNPAID WAGES, UNPAID OVERTIME, DONNING & DOFFING A federal judge has ordered Tyson Foods to pay nearly $5 million in damages because the meatpacker failed to compensate workers at its Dakota City beef plant while they put on and took off protective clothing. You can find out...

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Lafleur, Marina, Et Al. v. Dollar Tree – Memorandum Opinion & Orders

LAFLEUR, MARINA, ET AL. V. DOLLAR TREE – MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDERS Doc. 433 – Memorandum & Opinion on Various Motions Contact Us

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$19 Million Dollar Judgment Against Tyson Foods, Inc. – Unpaid Wages, Unpaid Overtime, Donning & Doffing Fair Labor Standards Act

$19 MILLION DOLLAR JUDGMENT AGAINST TYSON FOODS, INC. – UNPAID WAGES, UNPAID OVERTIME, DONNING & DOFFING FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT A Nebraska Federal Judge on Thursday entered a $19 million judgment against Tyson Foods Inc. in a class action brought by meat processing-line workers who said the company didn’t pay them for time spent donning...

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Oil Companies Double Dip for Polluting Groundwater

OIL COMPANIES DOUBLE DIP FOR POLLUTING GROUNDWATER Dennis Pantazis and other attorneys from the firm are involved in lawsuits against major oil companies in numerous states for “double-dipping” when collecting monies from states and secretly from insurance companies for the same tank cleanups. Attorneys at Wiggins, Child, Quinn and Pantazis are experienced in civil suits stemming...

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$50 Million Dollar Verdict Morgan v. Family Dollar (2010)

EMPLOYMENT Fair Labor Standards Act, Wage and Hour, Unpaid Wages, Unpaid Overtime, $50,000,00.00 Jury Verdict for Class of 1,400 – Misclassification of Store Managers  as exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (Learn More. . . ) Represented at trial by Bob Wiggins, Greg  Wiggins, Kevin Jent, and Rocco Calamusa Contact Us

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Womack v. Dollar General, Inc., (2013)

WOMACK V. DOLLAR GENERAL, INC., (2013) Title VII, Equal Pay, Lilly Ledbetter Act, Gender Pay Discrimination Amicable resolution for a Class of  35 – Female Store Managers being  paid less than male Store Managers. (Learn More. . . ) Represented by Greg Wiggins, Bob Wiggins, Rocco Calamusa and Kevin Jent (2013) Contact Us

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Original Oyster House Settles Suit for $770,490

ORIGINAL OYSTER HOUSE SETTLES SUIT FOR $770,490 The Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores has agreed to pay $770,490 to 68 current and former employees to settle a lawsuit related to back pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The restaurant will also pay about $110,000 in total court costs and attorneys fees as a...

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Lumber Liquidators Lawsuits

LUMBER LIQUIDATORS LAWSUITS 60 Minutes found that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring contains amounts of toxic formaldehyde that may not meet health and safety standards. According to the report “flooring is made in China, and as we discovered during our investigation, may fail to meet health and safety standards, because it contains high levels of...

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June 15, 2015 Hearing in Re: Campbell, Et Al vs. Amtrak Cancelled

JUNE 15, 2015 HEARING IN RE: CAMPBELL, ET AL VS. AMTRAK CANCELLED THE JUNE 15, 2015 HEARING HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY JUDGE SULLIVAN.IF YOU WERE PLANNING TO ATTEND, YOU SHOULD CANCEL YOUR PLANS AND ARRANGEMENTS.THE COURT DID NOT GIVE A REASON FOR THE CANCELLATION, SAYING ONLY: “In the event the Court is unable to resolve...

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Supreme Court Ruling Cements Victory for Parents of Child with Autism

SUPREME COURT RULING CEMENTS VICTORY FOR PARENTS OF CHILD WITH AUTISM Parents continue to have the right to an independent educational evaluation of their child, paid for by the public school district, as set forth in the regulations implementing the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). On October 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of the...

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Iran loses $500+ Million Manhattan Building to 9/11 Victims

IRAN LOSES $500+ MILLION MANHATTAN BUILDING TO 9/11 VICTIMS The Iranian companies that own a Midtown office tower worth more than $500 million must forfeit the building to people who successfully sued Iran for damages over terrorist attacks, including 9/11, a judge has ruled. Dennis Pantazis and Timothy Fleming are Wiggins and Childs attorneys involved in representing 9/11 family...

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Isaiah Evans, et al. v. United States Pipe & Foundry

ISAIAH EVANS, ET AL. V. UNITED STATES PIPE & FOUNDRY This case was filed in court against Defendants, Phelps Dodge Industries, Inc. (“PDI”), MW Custom Papers, LLC (“MWCP”), United States Pipe & Foundry Company, LLC (“USP”), FMC Corporation and United Defense, L.P. (“FMC/UDLP”), by individual property owners (“Plaintiffs”) alleging Defendants caused foundry waste materials and...

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Auburn president, AD named in Wrongful Termination suit

AUBURN PRESIDENT, AD NAMED IN WRONGFUL TERMINATION SUIT A former manager of Auburn University’s Tigers Unlimited ticket service filed a wrongful termination civil lawsuit against the university including the athletics department Wednesday. The Auburn Board of Trustees and five key school officials, including university president Jay Gouge, athletics director Jay Jacobs and associate athletic directors...

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Dollar General Settlement

DOLLAR GENERAL SETTLEMENT Documents and Information You have reached the Wanda Womack, et al vs. Dollar General webpage. As of March 6, 2013, checks were mailed to all eligible class members from the Administrator’s office located in Tallahassee, Florida. Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, the Claims Administrator will distribute to each Settlement Class Participant a...

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$3.2 Million Dollar Verdict – Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Verdict

$3.2 MILLION DOLLAR VERDICT – SEXUAL HARASSMENT, RETALIATION VERDICT Jean-Baptiste v.  D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation On August 10, 2012, Jon Goldfarb and Abby Richardson completed a week-long trial against the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation regarding the sexual harassment and retaliation claims of a single plaintiff, a former lifeguard. The plaintiff alleged she was consistently sexually...

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Wright Medical Hip Replacement Lawsuits

WRIGHT MEDICAL HIP REPLACEMENT LAWSUITS Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher and Goldfarb is working with clients who received Wright Medical Technology hip device replacements who have suffered intense pain or injuries following hip replacement surgery. If you received a Wright Medical Technology Hip Replacement and have experienced some of the symptoms  listed below, contact your physician immediately....

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General Motors Ignition Switch Defect

GENERAL MOTORS IGNITION SWITCH DEFECT General Motors Co.   issued a recall of 1.6 million vehicles because of an ignition design defect. The GM ignition defect has led to lawsuits alleging wrongful death as well as diminution (decrease) in value of vehicles. Models identified as having the GM ignition switch defect include: 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalts; 2006-2007 HHRs; 2006-2007 Pontiac Solctice; 2005-2007 Pontiac...

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Notice of Right to Join Collective Action in Hope M. Carr, et al, v. Autozoners, LLC, et al

NOTICE OF RIGHT TO JOIN COLLECTIVE ACTION IN HOPE M. CARR, ET AL, V. AUTOZONERS, LLC, ET AL All individuals who currently hold or previously held the position of Store Manager with AutoZone excluding those store managers from California and Puerto Rico from February 27, 2012 to the  present and  all individuals who were employed...

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Opinion & Order certifying class in Scott v Family Dollar

OPINION & ORDER CERTIFYING CLASS IN SCOTT V FAMILY DOLLAR DOWNLOAD CLASS CERTIFICATION ORDER Mouse over document to reveal navigation arrows. Click Right and Left arrows to change pages.    [wonderplugin_3dcarousel id=3] Contact Us

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Deadlines extended on Acker Jr. lawsuit

DEADLINES EXTENDED ON ACKER JR. LAWSUIT A federal judge has agreed to delay filing deadlines on a lawsuit brought against former Alabaster teacher Daniel Acker, Jr. who pleaded guilty in 2012 to sexually abusing girls during his teaching tenure, according to court documents. The civil lawsuit was filed in 2013 by Jon Goldfarb, Daniel Arciniegas and L. William Smith on behalf of...

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Employers Paying Employees with Pre-Paid Payroll Card or Debit Cards- Causing Hourly Rate to Drop below Minimum-Wage

EMPLOYERS PAYING EMPLOYEES WITH PRE-PAID PAYROLL CARD OR DEBIT CARDS- CAUSING HOURLY RATE TO DROP BELOW MINIMUM-WAGE The Fair Labor Standards Act states “Every employer shall pay to each of his employees… wages at… $7.25 an hour.” 29U.S.C. § 206(a).  Pre-paid payroll cards have provided employers a way to save money immediately on payroll fees. ...

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Testosterone Drugs – Heart Complications and Death

TESTOSTERONE DRUGS – HEART COMPLICATIONS AND DEATH Currently Wiggins Childs lawyers represent clients who have been prescribed Testosterone drugs and who have experienced heart attacks, strokes, or other heart complications.  Our lawyers are continuing to investigate these cases, including for those whose loved ones have died after taking these Testosterone drugs. If you have any...

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Reduced Minimum Wage, Tip Credit, Tip Share, & Tip Pooling

REDUCED MINIMUM WAGE, TIP CREDIT, TIP SHARE, & TIP POOLING “Reduced Minimum Wage” Plus Tips The FLSA requires that employers pay employees a minimum hourly wage. 29 U.S.C. § 201, et seq. Employers of tipped employeesmay consider tips as part of the tipped employees wages, but employers must pay a direct reduced minimum wage if they claim...

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Ashworth v. General Motors, LLC, GM Class Lawsuit Filed: Ignition Switches (2014 -April)

ASHWORTH V. GENERAL MOTORS, LLC, GM CLASS LAWSUIT FILED: IGNITION SWITCHES (2014 -APRIL) Ashworth v. General Motors, LLC, Class Action, Consumer Rights, Lemon Law, Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, Breach of Contract, Breach of Warranty, Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Fraudulent Concealment, Unjust Enrichment, State Consumer Protection, Unfair Competition Statutes Currently Representing Plaintiffs in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia,...

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Invalid Tip Sharing / Tip Pool Settlement (2014)

INVALID TIP SHARING / TIP POOL SETTLEMENT (2014) Daniel Arciniegas of Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis and Quinn P.C., sued on behalf of two former servers arguing the servers were owed wages related to a system known as a tip pool operated by the restaurant, which forced them to share tips with employees who didn’t directly interact with customers....

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Jones v. Mercy Medical, a Corporation (2012)

JONES V. MERCY MEDICAL, A CORPORATION (2012) Title VII, Sexual Harassment, Same Sex Harassment, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Retaliation Amicable Resolution for single Plaintiff upon the eve of trial of claims of unlawful sexual harassment (same sex) by the Plaintiff’s supervisor, violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, and retaliatory discipline and...

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Place v. Pilgrim’s Pride, Corporation, et al. (2013)

PLACE V. PILGRIM’S PRIDE, CORPORATION, ET AL. (2013) Title VII, Sexual Harassment, Sex Discrimination, Racial Harassment, Retaliation, Negligence, Assault and Battery, Invasion of Privacy, and Outrage Amicable Resolution for single Plaintiff alleging acts of unlawful sexual harassment and assault and battery by her supervisor and co-workers, acts of racial harassment by co-workers, acts of sex...

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Kurtts v. Chiropractic Strategies Group, Inc., d/b/a Bayside Spine and Rehab (2013)

KURTTS V. CHIROPRACTIC STRATEGIES GROUP, INC., D/B/A BAYSIDE SPINE AND REHAB (2013) Title VII, Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Amicable resolution for single Plaintiff upon the eve of trial of claims of sexual harassment by the Plaintiff’s supervisor and retaliatory termination in reaction to her complaint of harassment.  (Learn More. . . ) Represented by Temple D. Trueblood and...

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Battles v. Russell County Sheriff, et al. (2014)

BATTLES V. RUSSELL COUNTY SHERIFF, ET AL. (2014) Title VII, 42 U.S.C. 1981, The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, Racial Harassment, Racial Discrimination, Reverse Race Discrimination, Sexual Harassment Amicable resolution for single Plaintiff alleging acts of reverse race harassment, reverse race discrimination, sexual harassment by a co-worker, and unlawful retaliation in response to...

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Hunter v. Barbour County Sheriff Marshall , et al. (2005)

HUNTER V. BARBOUR COUNTY SHERIFF MARSHALL , ET AL. (2005) Title VII, The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, Sexual Harassment, Sex Discrimination, and Retaliation $250,157.20  Jury Verdict for single plaintiff—Employee subjected to unwelcome sexual harassment, disparate gender discrimination by being subjected to a demotion, and retaliatory termination. (Learn More. . . ) Represented at...

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Evans v. Weiser Security (2011)

EVANS V. WEISER SECURITY (2011) Title VII, Sexual Harassment, Sex Discrimination, Retaliation, and Negligence $70,000.00  Jury Verdict for single plaintiff—Employee subjected to unwelcome sexual harassment, disparate gender discrimination by being subjected to a demotion, and retaliatory termination. (Learn More. . . ) Represented at trial by Temple D. Trueblood and Henry Brewster. Contact Us

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Jones, et al., v., Southern Wings Five, LLC, d/b/a Buffalo Wild Wings (2014)

JONES, ET AL., V., SOUTHERN WINGS FIVE, LLC, D/B/A BUFFALO WILD WINGS (2014) Multi-plaintiff case, Title VII, 42 U.S.C. 1981, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Racial Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Racial Discrimination, FMLA Violations, ADA Violations, and Retaliation Currently Representing Plaintiffs in Alabama.   Employees in Northwest  Alabama store location allege multiple and...

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Teacher-Student Sexual Abuse: Plaintiffs Seek Class Action Against Shelby County School Board and Daniel Acker Jr.

TEACHER-STUDENT SEXUAL ABUSE: PLAINTIFFS SEEK CLASS ACTION AGAINST SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD AND DANIEL ACKER JR. Attorneys at Wiggins and Childs represent 5 victims of teacher on student sexual abuse and are seeking class action status. In 1992 the Shelby County Department of Human Resources placed Daniel Acker on a state central registry for having sexual contact with a...

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Plaintiffs in Acker Jr. lawsuit seek Class Action status

PLAINTIFFS IN ACKER JR. LAWSUIT SEEK CLASS ACTION STATUS Attorneys at Wiggins and Childs are actively investigating a  lawsuit against Daniel Acker Jr., Shelby County School Board, Lee Doebler, and Steven Martin. If you have questions or information call 205.314.0577. All calls are confidential. Jon Goldfarb, Daniel Arciniegas, and Will Smith are the attorneys handling this case. In a brief...

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Former Trussville Hooters servers file class action suit over pay

FORMER TRUSSVILLE HOOTERS SERVERS FILE CLASS ACTION SUIT OVER PAY Two former Hooters servers at the Trussville location have filed a class action lawsuit against the owner over allegations that the restaurant violated the Fair Labor Standard Act. (Learn More. . . ) Generally employers are required to pay employees minimum wage for every hour worked...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: November 9, 2018 Porter v. Linde LLC ·         Filed by Jon C. Goldfarb and L. William Smith in the United States District Court for the Northern District of   Alabama Southern...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: November 1, 2018 Steele v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company ·         Filed by Dennis G. Pantazis, Jr.  in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama ·         Civil...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: October 24, 2018 Schoerner v. Max Express Inc. et al Filed by Craig L. Lowell in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Western Division Civil...

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Hooters and Hobby Lobby Lawsuits Display Legal Versatility of Wiggins Childs Attorneys

Hooters and Hobby Lobby Lawsuits Display Legal Versitility of Wiggins Childs Attorneys             While cases against restaurants featuring scantily clad waitresses, and cases against buttoned down Hobby Lobby seem to be as far apart as possible on the poles of the consumer gambit, one Wiggins Childs attorney has provided legal counsel to clients involved with...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: October 15, 2018 Lusk v. Daewon America, Inc. ·        Filed by Rachel L. McGinley and Kevin W. Jent  in the United States District Court for the Middle District...

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Inmates Represented by Wiggins Childs Attorneys Granted Class Certification in Nashville, Tennessee Federal District Court

Inmates Represented by Wiggins Childs Attorneys Granted Class Certification in Nashville, Tennessee Federal District Court On October 3, 2018, the District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Nashville Division issued an order granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Class Certification. Plaintiffs assert that Defendants Tennessee Department of Corrections, Parker (as Commissioner), and CoreCivic, have deprived, and...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: October 9, 2018 Craig v. Roar Management Group, LLC ·         Filed by Gregory O. Wiggins in the United States District Court Northern District of Alabama Southern Division   ·         Civil...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: October 2, 2018 Alex Herrera v. Shell Oil Company ·                     Filed by Joshua R. Gale in the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County, Florida.  ·                     Civil...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: September 28, 2018 Phelps v. Dolgencorp LLC Filed by Rocco Calamusa, Jr. and Rachel L. McGinley in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Northeastern Division....

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A Five Decade Commitment to Justice

A Five Decade Commitment to Justice Nearly a half century ago, the beginnings of what is now Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher & Goldfarb LLC formed a new law firm whose chief purpose is to specialize in civil rights litigation so that those who cannot afford a good lawyer can have equal access to the same...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: September 20, 2018 Harper v. Mitternight Boiler Works, Inc. ·         Filed by Temple Trueblood in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama Southern Division. ·         Civil...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: September 6, 2018 Ficarelli v. City of Mobile, Alabama Filed by Temple D. Trueblood in the District Court for the Southern District of Alabama Southern Division Civil Action No.: 18-cv-00389 Type...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: September 5, 2018 Arnold v. West Morgan East-Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority; 3M Company; Dyneon, LLC; and Daikin America, Inc.   Filed by Dennis G. Pantazis, D.G. Pantazis, Jr., Patrick...

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Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11 “We came in as individuals. And we’ll walk out together.” — Joe Bradley, Operating Engineer and Recovery Worker at Ground Zero, May 2002. Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb would like to take the time to remember all the lives lost on September 11th, 2001. While time continues to pass, the horrors of...

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Best Lawyers in America 2019

Best Lawyers in America 2019 Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb is proud to announce that the practice has been regionally ranked in the 2019 list of Best Law Firms.  We are proud our work continues to be recognized by our peers at Best Lawyers as some of the most prolific in the country.  ...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: August 28, 2018 Tracey Townsend v. Jett Concrete Filed by Josh Gale and Rocco Calamusa, Jr. in the District Court for the Middle District of Florida Jacksonville Division Civil Action...

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Back to School with Section 504 and the ADA

Back to School with Section 504 and the ADA Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher and Goldfarb, LLC takes great pride in the diversity of our representation. One of these areas involves the representation of children with disabilities in securing non-discriminatory placements as well as a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and other services, in accordance with...

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Week in Review

WEEK IN REVIEW Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week: Federal Filings: August 21, 2018   Stafford v. US Security Associates Staffing, Inc. Filed by Rocco Calamusa Jr. in the Southern District Court of Alabama Southern Division Civil Action No.: 1:18-cv-00364 Type...

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B-Metro Top Women Attorneys 2017 Announcement

B-METRO TOP WOMEN ATTORNEYS 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT Only 110 years after Birmingham’s first female attorney, Maud McLure Kelly, began practicing law, the modern day world of women lawyers is vast and formidable. The importance of such diversity in the legal profession reverberates not only to those female law students searching for inspiration and mentors, but also...

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Major New Developments in Campbell, et. al. v AMTRAK

Pending Litigation in the District Court for the District of Columbia Campbell, et al. v. Amtrak, 1:99CV02979 (EGS)  MAJOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS CLASS CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN DENIED BY THE DISTRICT COURT AMTRAK REQUESTS SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS – TO COMMENCE THIS AUTUMN PLAINTIFFS’ CASES WILL PROCEED INDIVIDUALLY NEW PLAINTIFFS CAN BE INCLUDED IN SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS – MOST NEED...

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President Obama Signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS THE LILLY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT “On January 29, 2009, with the new law’s namesake Lilly Ledbetter there to witness, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — legislation to fight pay discrimination and ensure fundamental fairness to American workers.” YouTube Contact Us

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Nela Applauds Lilly Ledbetter’s Counsel

NELA APPLAUDS LILLY LEDBETTER’S COUNSEL National Employment Lawyers Association Applauds Lilly Ledbetter’s Cousel Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC “Lilly could have accepted her lot and moved on. She could have decided that it wasn’t worth thehassle and the harassment that would inevitably come with speaking up for what she deserved.But instead, she decided that...

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Nlrb Proposes to Require All Covered Employers to Post a Notice Containing Nlra Rights

NLRB PROPOSES TO REQUIRE ALL COVERED EMPLOYERS TO POST A NOTICE CONTAINING NLRA RIGHTS Excert taken from The Labor and Employment College Full article can be seen at World Blog   “EMPLOYEE RIGHTS UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT   “The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) guarantees the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively...

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Race Discrimination Trial Starts in Mobile

RACE DISCRIMINATION TRIAL STARTS IN MOBILE “Five black men who worked for Austal USA in Mobile took their racial discrimination lawsuit to federal court Monday, opening a 2-week civil trial. The plaintiffs, who seek unspecified damages, are among 22 people who made racial discrimination claims against the shipbuilder, which is the city’s largest industrial employer. They accused the company...

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Sexual Harassment and Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Asu Verdict Returned

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST ASU VERDICT RETURNED Ms. McGowan represented three plaintiffs in a discrimination lawsuit against Alabama State University for claims of racial and sexual harassment and retaliation. The plaintiffs alleged that they were subjected to a racially and sexually hostile work environment from their supervisors, which included being called various forms...

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Exceptional Foundation Chili Cook-Off

L to R (Kurt Kilpatrick, Kimberley Sanders, Daniel Arciniegas, Nico Arciniegas, Dennis Pantazis, Brian Clark, Craig Lowell, Rocco Calamusa EXCEPTIONAL FOUNDATION CHILI COOK-OFF Lawyers at Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis, LLC participated in the 2013 Exceptional Foundation Chili Cookoff, helping raise over $200,000 to benefit social and recreational programs for mentally and physically challenged individuals. Led by Head Chef Dennis Pantazis, the team...

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Women’s Section of the Birmingham Bar Association Recognition

From left to right Tamika Wren, Ann Robertson, Judge Carol Privett, and Robin Burrell WOMEN’S SECTION OF THE BIRMINGHAM BAR ASSOCIATION RECOGNITION The Women’s Section of the Birmingham Bar Association will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding in 2014. Ann Robertson was a founding member of the Section and was very active in its formation....

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Kress Building Achieves $34,822/Year in Energy Cost Savings Through Alabamasaves Initiative

In partnership with one of its lending partners, ServisFirst Bank, the AlabmaSAVES program helps two Alabama businesses fund energy efficiency improvements that will reduce CO2 emissions by estimated total of 1M lbs/year. Kress Building, LLC was one of the Alabama businesses that took advantage of the low cost financing provided through the AlabamaSAVES initiative. TRANE...

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Nashville Tennessee Office Opened

NASHVILLE TENNESSEE OFFICE OPENED The firm has expanded its physical location by opening a new office in Nashville Tennessee managed attorney  Joshua D. Wilson. New Articles: Nashville Post Birmingham Business Journal Contact Us

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Nine Wiggins Childs Attorneys Named 2014 Alabama Super Lawyers

9 WIGGINS CHILDS ATTORNEYS NAMED 2014 ALABAMA SUPER LAWYERS Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb LLC is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the list of 2014 Alabama Super Lawyers. Bob Wiggins, Bob Childs, Dennis Pantazis, Sam Fisher, Jon Goldfarb, Craig Lowell, Candis McGowan, Josh Wilson, and L. William. Smith...

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Three WCPG Attorneys Named 2014-2015 Best Lawyers in America

3 WIGGINS CHILDS ATTORNEYS NAMED 2014-2015 BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb LLC is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys have selected for inclusion in the 2014-2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Bob Childs, Candis McGowan, and Temple Trueblood were selected after an exhaustive nomination and peer review process lasting several...

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Two Wiggins Childs Lawyers Named B-Metro’s Top Women Lawyers

Congratulations to Candis McGowan and Temple Trueblood for being named B-Metro Magazine and Avvo‘s Women Leaders of the Birmingham Bar for 2015! The article will be published the August issue of B-Metro, available at newsstands and online at B-Metro 2 WIGGINS CHILDS LAWYERS NAMED B-METRO’S TOP WOMEN LAWYERS Contact Us

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Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher Goldfarb One of Us News’ Best Law Firms

WIGGINS CHILDS PANTAZIS FISHER GOLDFARB ONE OF US NEWS’ BEST LAW FIRMS We’re very proud to announce that the firm has been selected as one of US News and World Report’s “Best Law Firms”, receiving a ranking of Tier 1: Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor & Employment and Tier 2: Labor Law – Union The...

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Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher Goldfarb Named Top 10 Litigation Firm

WIGGINS CHILDS PANTAZIS FISHER GOLDFARB NAMED TOP 10 LITIGATION FIRM This week, The Birmingham Business Journal has published a Who’s Who in Law special section.  Our Managing Partner, Robert L. Wiggins, is among the lawyers listed, and the Firm is listed at #10 among the Top Litigation Firms in Birmingham. Contact Us

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10 Wiggins Childs Attorneys Named 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers

10 WIGGINS CHILDS ATTORNEYS NAMED 2015 ALABAMA SUPER LAWYERS Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb LLC is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the list of 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers. Bob Wiggins, Bob Childs, Dennis Pantazis, Sam Fisher, Jon Goldfarb, Craig Lowell, Candis McGowan, Robert J. Camp, Josh Wilson, and...

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2 Wiggins Childs Attorneys Named to 2016 Edition of the Best in America ©

2 WIGGINS CHILDS ATTORNEYS NAMED TO 2016 EDITION OF THE BEST IN AMERICA © Congratulations Candis McGowan and Temple Trueblood for their inclusion in the 2016 Edition of The Best in America© as published in the Best Lawyers Spring “Women in the Law” Business Edition Contact Us

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3 WIGGINS CHILDS ATTORNEYS LISTED IN 2017 BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA 3 Wiggins Childs Attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 2017: Robert F. Childs and Temple D. Trueblood Employment Law – Individuals, and Litigation – Labor and Employment Candis A. McGowan Employment Law – Individuals,  and Litigation – Labor and Employment...

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4 Wiggins Childs Lawyers Named to 2018 Best Lawyers

4 WIGGINS CHILDS LAWYERS NAMED TO 2018 BEST LAWYERS The Firm congratulates Robert F. Childs, Jon C. Goldfarb, Candis McGowan and Temple Trueblood, who have all been selected by their peers to be included in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Recognition by Best Lawyers® is based entirely on peer review. The  methodology used is designed to capture, as accurately as...

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Habitat for Humanties Home for the Holidays

HABITAT FOR HUMANTIES HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS On December 12, 2017 volunteers from the firm will be joining Habitat for Humanity’s Home for the Holidays project to provide deserving families a new home just in time for Christmas. Members Jon Goldfarb, Dennis Pantazis, and Sam Fisher  are pictured at a groundbreaking with two of the families that will be...

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The Campbell, Et Al. v. Amtrak Class Action Litigation

THE CAMPBELL, ET AL. V. AMTRAK CLASS ACTION LITIGATION The Plaintiffs initiated this class action race discrimination case under the federal civil rights laws against Amtrak on November 9, 1999. The Amtrak Trilogy. Kenneth Campbell, et al, v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation, CA No. 1:99CV02979 (EGS), is the third in a trilogy of major race discrimination...

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$2.89 Million Dollar Verdict Against Tyson Foods – Unpaid Wages, Fair Labor Standards Act, Unpaid Overtime

$2.89 MILLION DOLLAR VERDICT AGAINST TYSON FOODS – UNPAID WAGES, FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT, UNPAID OVERTIME On September 26, 2011, a Iowa Federal Jury awarded  a verdict of $2.89 million to Plaintiffs in the case Peg Bouaphakeo, et al.  v. Tyson Foods, Inc., (Case 5:07-cv-04009-JAJ), a collective action brought on behalf of approximately 3,344 production line...

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$5 Million Dollar Judgment Against Tyson Foods Inc. -Unpaid Wages, Unpaid Overtime, Donning & Doffing

$5 MILLION DOLLAR JUDGMENT AGAINST TYSON FOODS INC. -UNPAID WAGES, UNPAID OVERTIME, DONNING & DOFFING A federal judge has ordered Tyson Foods to pay nearly $5 million in damages because the meatpacker failed to compensate workers at its Dakota City beef plant while they put on and took off protective clothing. You can find out...

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Original Oyster House Settles Suit for $770,490

ORIGINAL OYSTER HOUSE SETTLES SUIT FOR $770,490 The Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores has agreed to pay $770,490 to 68 current and former employees to settle a lawsuit related to back pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The restaurant will also pay about $110,000 in total court costs and attorneys fees as a...

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Lumber Liquidators Lawsuits

LUMBER LIQUIDATORS LAWSUITS 60 Minutes found that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring contains amounts of toxic formaldehyde that may not meet health and safety standards. According to the report “flooring is made in China, and as we discovered during our investigation, may fail to meet health and safety standards, because it contains high levels of...

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June 15, 2015 Hearing in Re: Campbell, Et Al vs. Amtrak Cancelled

JUNE 15, 2015 HEARING IN RE: CAMPBELL, ET AL VS. AMTRAK CANCELLED THE JUNE 15, 2015 HEARING HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY JUDGE SULLIVAN.IF YOU WERE PLANNING TO ATTEND, YOU SHOULD CANCEL YOUR PLANS AND ARRANGEMENTS.THE COURT DID NOT GIVE A REASON FOR THE CANCELLATION, SAYING ONLY: “In the event the Court is unable to resolve...

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Supreme Court Ruling Cements Victory for Parents of Child with Autism

SUPREME COURT RULING CEMENTS VICTORY FOR PARENTS OF CHILD WITH AUTISM Parents continue to have the right to an independent educational evaluation of their child, paid for by the public school district, as set forth in the regulations implementing the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). On October 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of the...

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WCQP Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers 2011

WCQP ATTORNEYS NAMED TO SUPER LAWYERS 2011 Super Lawyers rates lawyers by professional achievements and peer based recognition.  It is an honor to have several attorneys at Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis once again named to the Super Lawyers list this year. Learn about the selection process here Robert L. Wiggins Robert F. Childs, Jr C. Michael...

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Ruling entered in case against Iran, 9/11 lawsuit

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Iran loses $500+ Million Manhattan Building to 9/11 Victims

IRAN LOSES $500+ MILLION MANHATTAN BUILDING TO 9/11 VICTIMS The Iranian companies that own a Midtown office tower worth more than $500 million must forfeit the building to people who successfully sued Iran for damages over terrorist attacks, including 9/11, a judge has ruled. Dennis Pantazis and Timothy Fleming are Wiggins and Childs attorneys involved in representing 9/11 family...

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Lawsuit demands ‘full truth’ on Iran’s complicity’ in 9/11 attacks

LAWSUIT DEMANDS ‘FULL TRUTH’ ON IRAN’S COMPLICITY’ IN 9/11 ATTACKS Monday, June 20, 2011 WASHINGTON — Iran has been accused of direct involvement in the Al Qaida suicide air strikes on New York and Washington in 2001. The families of more than 3,000 victims of the Al Qaida attacks have filed suit in U.S. district...

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Auburn president, AD named in Wrongful Termination suit

AUBURN PRESIDENT, AD NAMED IN WRONGFUL TERMINATION SUIT A former manager of Auburn University’s Tigers Unlimited ticket service filed a wrongful termination civil lawsuit against the university including the athletics department Wednesday. The Auburn Board of Trustees and five key school officials, including university president Jay Gouge, athletics director Jay Jacobs and associate athletic directors...

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Movie Deal

MOVIE DEAL It’s official!There will be a movie made about Lilly Ledbetter and her fight for equal pay for women. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 was the first law signed by President Obama. Now, filmmakers will make a movie showing how Lilly Ledbetter became an activist for equal pay for women. It...

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Named to Top Employment Lawyers for 2012

NAMED TO TOP EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS FOR 2012 Congratulations to Jon Goldfarb, Candis McGowan, and Abby Richardson for being named to eBoss’s Nationwide List of Top Employment Lawyers 2012. We are very proud of both of them all! http://blog.ebosswatch.com/2012/11/the-ebosswatch-2012-list-of-top-discrimination-harassment-employment-lawyers/ Contact Us

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$3.2 Million Dollar Verdict – Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Verdict

$3.2 MILLION DOLLAR VERDICT – SEXUAL HARASSMENT, RETALIATION VERDICT Jean-Baptiste v.  D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation On August 10, 2012, Jon Goldfarb and Abby Richardson completed a week-long trial against the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation regarding the sexual harassment and retaliation claims of a single plaintiff, a former lifeguard. The plaintiff alleged she was consistently sexually...

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Wright Medical Hip Replacement Lawsuits

WRIGHT MEDICAL HIP REPLACEMENT LAWSUITS Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher and Goldfarb is working with clients who received Wright Medical Technology hip device replacements who have suffered intense pain or injuries following hip replacement surgery. If you received a Wright Medical Technology Hip Replacement and have experienced some of the symptoms  listed below, contact your physician immediately....

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Notice of Right to Join Collective Action in Hope M. Carr, et al, v. Autozoners, LLC, et al

NOTICE OF RIGHT TO JOIN COLLECTIVE ACTION IN HOPE M. CARR, ET AL, V. AUTOZONERS, LLC, ET AL All individuals who currently hold or previously held the position of Store Manager with AutoZone excluding those store managers from California and Puerto Rico from February 27, 2012 to the  present and  all individuals who were employed...

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Opinion & Order certifying class in Scott v Family Dollar

OPINION & ORDER CERTIFYING CLASS IN SCOTT V FAMILY DOLLAR DOWNLOAD CLASS CERTIFICATION ORDER Mouse over document to reveal navigation arrows. Click Right and Left arrows to change pages.    [wonderplugin_3dcarousel id=3] Contact Us

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Deadlines extended on Acker Jr. lawsuit

DEADLINES EXTENDED ON ACKER JR. LAWSUIT A federal judge has agreed to delay filing deadlines on a lawsuit brought against former Alabaster teacher Daniel Acker, Jr. who pleaded guilty in 2012 to sexually abusing girls during his teaching tenure, according to court documents. The civil lawsuit was filed in 2013 by Jon Goldfarb, Daniel Arciniegas and L. William Smith on behalf of...

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Employers Paying Employees with Pre-Paid Payroll Card or Debit Cards- Causing Hourly Rate to Drop below Minimum-Wage

EMPLOYERS PAYING EMPLOYEES WITH PRE-PAID PAYROLL CARD OR DEBIT CARDS- CAUSING HOURLY RATE TO DROP BELOW MINIMUM-WAGE The Fair Labor Standards Act states “Every employer shall pay to each of his employees… wages at… $7.25 an hour.” 29U.S.C. § 206(a).  Pre-paid payroll cards have provided employers a way to save money immediately on payroll fees. ...

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Testosterone Drugs – Heart Complications and Death

TESTOSTERONE DRUGS – HEART COMPLICATIONS AND DEATH Currently Wiggins Childs lawyers represent clients who have been prescribed Testosterone drugs and who have experienced heart attacks, strokes, or other heart complications.  Our lawyers are continuing to investigate these cases, including for those whose loved ones have died after taking these Testosterone drugs. If you have any...

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Reduced Minimum Wage, Tip Credit, Tip Share, & Tip Pooling

REDUCED MINIMUM WAGE, TIP CREDIT, TIP SHARE, & TIP POOLING “Reduced Minimum Wage” Plus Tips The FLSA requires that employers pay employees a minimum hourly wage. 29 U.S.C. § 201, et seq. Employers of tipped employeesmay consider tips as part of the tipped employees wages, but employers must pay a direct reduced minimum wage if they claim...

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Ashworth v. General Motors, LLC, GM Class Lawsuit Filed: Ignition Switches (2014 -April)

ASHWORTH V. GENERAL MOTORS, LLC, GM CLASS LAWSUIT FILED: IGNITION SWITCHES (2014 -APRIL) Ashworth v. General Motors, LLC, Class Action, Consumer Rights, Lemon Law, Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, Breach of Contract, Breach of Warranty, Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Fraudulent Concealment, Unjust Enrichment, State Consumer Protection, Unfair Competition Statutes Currently Representing Plaintiffs in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia,...

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Invalid Tip Sharing / Tip Pool Settlement (2014)

INVALID TIP SHARING / TIP POOL SETTLEMENT (2014) Daniel Arciniegas of Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis and Quinn P.C., sued on behalf of two former servers arguing the servers were owed wages related to a system known as a tip pool operated by the restaurant, which forced them to share tips with employees who didn’t directly interact with customers....

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Teacher-Student Sexual Abuse: Plaintiffs Seek Class Action Against Shelby County School Board and Daniel Acker Jr.

TEACHER-STUDENT SEXUAL ABUSE: PLAINTIFFS SEEK CLASS ACTION AGAINST SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD AND DANIEL ACKER JR. Attorneys at Wiggins and Childs represent 5 victims of teacher on student sexual abuse and are seeking class action status. In 1992 the Shelby County Department of Human Resources placed Daniel Acker on a state central registry for having sexual contact with a...

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Plaintiffs in Acker Jr. lawsuit seek Class Action status

PLAINTIFFS IN ACKER JR. LAWSUIT SEEK CLASS ACTION STATUS Attorneys at Wiggins and Childs are actively investigating a  lawsuit against Daniel Acker Jr., Shelby County School Board, Lee Doebler, and Steven Martin. If you have questions or information call 205.314.0577. All calls are confidential. Jon Goldfarb, Daniel Arciniegas, and Will Smith are the attorneys handling this case. In a brief...

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Former Trussville Hooters servers file class action suit over pay

FORMER TRUSSVILLE HOOTERS SERVERS FILE CLASS ACTION SUIT OVER PAY Two former Hooters servers at the Trussville location have filed a class action lawsuit against the owner over allegations that the restaurant violated the Fair Labor Standard Act. (Learn More. . . ) Generally employers are required to pay employees minimum wage for every hour worked...

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WCQP Awarded Best Law Firm Rankings by US News & World Report

WCQP AWARDED BEST LAW FIRM RANKINGS BY US NEWS & WORLD REPORT Congratulations to Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis LLC for being awarded first-tier rankings in Employment Law-Individuals and Litigation-Labor & Employment! Another preventive measure to consider is to implement a definitive hiring and termination policy that is compliant with industry-accepted standards.Careful planning can help...

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WCQP Attorneys Named Super Lawyers 2012

EMPLOYMENTWCQP ATTORNEYS NAMED SUPER LAWYERS 2012 Super Lawyers rates lawyers by professional achievements and peer based recognition.  It is an honor to have several attorneys at Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis once again named to the Super Lawyers list this year. Learn about the selection process here   Robert L. Wiggins Robert F. Childs, Jr C. Michael...

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