Legal news affects our everyday lives, whether we notice it or not. Here’s a summary of a few of this month’s major cases.
Texas Roadhouse Facing Lawsuit After Telling Breastfeeding Mom to Cover Up
A woman has filed suit against Texas Roadhouse alleging she was told to cover up while breastfeeding her child at the restaurant. The woman filed suit against the restaurant chain Monday in Kentucky’s Jefferson County Circuit Court. As alleged in the complaint, an employee of the restaurant attempted to cover the face of the plaintiff’s 7-month-old child while she was breastfeeding. The lawsuit seeks damages for “extreme and severe emotional distress.”
EPA May Face Lawsuit Over Methylene Chloride Death
The Environmental Protection Agency may be facing a wrongful death lawsuit by the mother of a young man who died after inhaling methylene chloride while using a paint removal product. The 21-year-old’s mother alleges the agency should have banned the hazardous chemical. A notice of intent to file suit against the EPA was filed on Oct. 31 and seeks to force the EPA to ban methylene chloride.
Tesla Settles Most Claims Over Sudden Acceleration
Most of a lawsuit against Tesla Inc., alleging its cars can suddenly accelerate has been resolved. According to a filing on Tuesday in federal court in Santa Ana, California, six plaintiffs will drop their claims against the automaker. The remaining plaintiff and his son will only pursue individual claims and no claims on behalf of other Tesla drivers, says the filing. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
Makers of Vegan Butter Faces Class Claims by Butter “Purists”
Class claims were filed in federal court in the Eastern District of New York against alternative-dairy producer Miyoko’s Kitchen Inc., claiming that the company, which makes a variety of vegan “dairy” products such as butter and cheese, intentionally mislead consumers by labeling it’s European-Style Cultured Vegan Butter as butter.
Gender Pay Gap Suit Against Google Advances
More than 8,000 current and former employees of Google may be affected by a class action lawsuit alleging a gender pay gap. The case against the tech giant, which will be moving forward with a hearing in San Francisco on Friday, could cover roughly 8,300 women who have worked for Google in California. The hearing will be taking place just a day after it was revealed that the company paid a $90m severance package to an executive while concealing details of a sexual misconduct allegation against him.
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