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January 2018 Archives

Tinder Pricing Discriminated Against Users Over 30, Court Rules

Your dating app might be discriminating against you. And no, we're not talking about the people who swiped left on you. A recent ruling from the California Court of Appeal concludes that the dating app Tinder unlawfully discriminated against users on the basis of age, swiping right on a class action lawsuit against the company.

Oil Companies Can Be Sued for Workers' Compensation, Court Rules

No one really enjoys having to go to work, so it's especially upsetting if you get injured while at work. Luckily, most employers have workers' compensation insurance. But, you may wonder, which injuries qualify for workers' compensation? And, are all types of businesses required to provide workers' compensation? Well, as it always seems to be when it comes to the law, the answer is: it depends. In Oklahoma, for example, only recently did the Oklahoma Supreme Court decide that workers can sue oil companies for injuries suffered while working.

Atari Settles Suit With Nestle Over Kit Kat Ad

The Kit Kat chocolate video game lawsuit is over. Nestle SA, the Swiss food company, has settled a lawsuit brought against it by video game maker Atrari Interactive. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order Wednesday dismissing the case following the parties' resolution.

From the state that brought you decriminalized prostitution by minors, came a lawsuit to legalize prostitution for everyone. The Erotic Service Provider Legal, Education & Research Project (ESP) had sued the district attorneys of the City and County of San Francisco, Marin County, Alameda County, and Sonoma County, all the way up to the Attorney General of California, in hopes of invalidating California's ban on prostitution.

The lawsuit made several constitutional claims, including that the ban violates the Fourteenth Amendment's substantive due process right to sexual privacy, and the freedom of association protected under the First or Fourteenth Amendments. Unfortunately for the plaintiffs, prostitutes, and Johns, those claims were dismissed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the dream of making the world's oldest profession legal appear to have been dashed.

Starbucks customers are pretty fussy when it comes to their daily fix. That much was evidenced by fans of their lattes filing a class action lawsuit claiming the coffee chain was shorting them on their steamed milk. "Starbucks lattes are uniformly underfilled pursuant to a standardized recipe," the suit alleged. "By underfilling its lattes, thereby shortchanging its customers, Starbucks has saved countless millions of dollars in the cost of goods sold and was unjustly enriched by taking payment for more product than it delivers."

But a federal judge disagreed, ruling that the lawsuit "fail[ed] to show that lattes contain less than the promised beverage volume represented on Starbucks' menu boards," and dismissing the suit.

Last month, researchers from the Electoral Integrity Project scored North Carolina's overall electoral integrity at 58/100, placing it alongside the likes of Cuba, Indonesia, and Sierra Leone in terms of fostering free and fair and democratic elections. Not exactly the best of company. So bad, in fact, that those in charge of the study didn't consider our twelfth state a democracy.

While North Carolina was lacking in terms of legal framework and voter registration, the main points of contention were its voting district boundaries. "North Carolina is not only the worst state in the USA for unfair districting," according to the EIP, "but the worst entity in the world."

It seems a federal court in North Carolina agreed, ordering the state to redraw its congressional map. It marks the first time a federal court has blocked a state's congressional map because of partisan gerrymandering.

While the matter of Masterpiece Cakeshop was argued before the Supreme Court in December, a ruling as yet to be issued. And in the meantime, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided another case of bakers refusing to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, upholding a $135,000 fine against Aaron and Melissa Klein for discrimination under state law.

It was the third ruling against the Kleins' now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa, but its validity could depend on what the Supreme Court does this term.