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Judge: Jimmy John's can't be considered 'joint employer' of asst managers working at franchise shops

By Scott Holland | Jun 28, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago has ordered up a win for Jimmy John’s, saying the sandwich shop chain cannot be considered the joint employer of a group of assistant managers suing in search of overtime pay.

Appeals court: Jimmy John's asst mgrs lawsuit vs corporate parent doesn't bar lawsuits vs franchisees

By Scott Holland | Dec 16, 2017

A federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled a group of assistant managers suing Jimmy John’s over their treatment can proceed with lawsuits against both the parent company and its franchisees, even though a federal district judge had said they had to wait to sue the franchisees until they progressed further in their class action against the sub sandwich chain.

Jimmy John's, asst mgr class action plaintiffs square off over whether sandwich chain is 'joint employer'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 26, 2017

Facing a growing number of lawsuits over its alleged treatment of assistant store managers, sub sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s has asked a Chicago federal judge to determine exactly how much responsibility it should bear for how its franchisees classify, pay and manage those assistant managers.

Judge throws brake on investor class action vs operators of failed electric car maker Fisker Auto

By Dan Churney | Jul 24, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has put the brakes on a class action suit filed by investors, who alleged they were ripped off for hundreds of millions of dollars in a failed electric car venture, saying the investors were asleep at the switch because they launched their suit after the statute of limitations expired.

Fisker investors class action: Bankers duped them into pouring funds into failed electric car biz

By Scott Holland | Nov 28, 2016

Facing a class-action complaint potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, a group of investment bankers accused of misleading investors into pouring funds into a failed electric car venture – described as “the largest venture capital-backed debacle in U.S. history” - have taken the litigation to federal court.

Judge poised to OK $10 million deal ending asst managers' class actions vs Dick's Sporting Goods; attorneys to get one third

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 10, 2016

A federal judge in Boston has signaled he will sign off on a $10 million settlement agreement to end class action lawsuits against Dick’s Sporting Goods, including one brought in Chicago federal court, alleging the retailer cheated employees out of overtime pay by labeling them assistant managers. Attorneys for the plaintiffs are poised to receive one-third of the settlement amount.

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