Articles by Peter Blumberg

Juul Labs and WeWork Being Sued Under Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

Juul Labs Inc. was sued for collecting biometric data from its online customers as a method of verifying they are legally old enough to buy vaping products. The company was accused in a complaint filed last Thursday in Illinois of …

Microsoft Women Face Skeptical Appeals Court over Unequal-Pay Case

Women engineers who claim Microsoft Corp. discriminates against them for pay and promotions faced tough questions from a federal appeals court weighing whether their ground-breaking lawsuit should become a class action. During arguments Monday in Portland, Oregon, the three-judge panel …

Judge Allows Tesla Investor’s Claim Over Musk’s ‘Extraordinary’ $56B Performance Pact

A Delaware state judge has rejected a request by the board of Tesla Inc. to dismiss a stockholder complaint over an “excessive” 2018 performance award to CEO Elon Musk. In the spring of 2018, shareholders of the electric car-maker approved …

Arch Nemesis of Uber over Driver Pay Sues Before New California Law Inked

It didn’t take long for attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan to deploy a new weapon in her six-year war with Uber Technologies Inc. over driver pay. Within hours of Uber thumbing its nose at a pending California labor law that could upend …

Women Employees at Oracle Seek Class-Action Status in Gender Pay Lawsuit

Call it the class ceiling. Women suing major technology companies for gender discrimination would have much stronger leverage against their employers if they could press their claims on behalf of a large group of female colleagues. But last year, the …

Workers Win $1.9 Million Sexual Harassment Settlement with Uber

The cost of Uber Technologies Inc.’s sexual harassment scandal is now itemized: 56 current and former employees who filed claims stand to collect an average of $33,928.57. In addition, almost 500 female and minority engineers covered by a 2017 class-action …

Court Nixes Cities’ Climate Change Public Nuisance Lawsuit Against Oil Firms

BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. escaped blame for the public costs of global warming when a U.S. judge ruled that lawsuits by cities against oil companies aren’t the answer to climate change. “The problem deserves a solution …

Judge Scolds Facebook for ‘Faulty Proposition’ Over Privacy Claims

A judge scolded Facebook Inc. for misconstruing his own rulings as he ordered the company to face a high-stakes trial accusing it of violating user privacy. The social media giant has misinterpreted prior court orders by continuing to assert the …

Uber Wants Pay Inequality Accord to Also Settle Sex Harassment Claims

Uber Technologies Inc.’s $10 million settlement with women engineers who complained they were underpaid compared with men would also rid the ride-hailing giant of liability for potentially hundreds of sexual harassment incidents over the past five years. The accord, which …

Women Suing Uber Claiming Driver Sexual Misconduct Fight Arbitration

Women suing Uber Technologies Inc. over claims that it’s failed to protect thousands of passengers from sexual misconduct by drivers are fighting back against the ride-hailing giant’s move to force them into arbitration. The women alleged Thursday that rather than …