It’s Time to Talk About Class Actions

Ten New Class Action Certifications Nationwide

Forester Haynie has recently certified ten additional class actions for pizza delivery drivers nationwide. These lawsuits allege the named pizza franchises used a flawed method to determine reimbursement for drivers’ mileage under the Fair Labor Standards Act, causing their wages to fall below the federal minimum wage.

With much of Forester Haynie’s work involving class actions, the importance, impact, and implications of class action lawsuits remain at the forefront of our firm’s goals. As a result, we are intimately aware of both the benefits and the challenges of class actions, and with the recent developments pertaining to class action lawsuits, it is perhaps more important than ever that our clients- and the community- has a better understanding of the process.

What is a class action?

A class action allows one or more plaintiffs to bring a lawsuit on behalf of a larger group, or class, all of whom have suffered the same or similar wrongs at the hands of the same defendant.

What are the benefits of class actions?

One benefit of class actions is a matter of efficiency. When hundreds of plaintiffs are alleging the same harm against the same defendant, it would be overburdensome to expect the courts to resolve these matters individually. To that same end, plaintiffs hoping to show a pattern or practice of illegal conduct are benefited when they can join together.

Additionally, plaintiffs who have relatively minor injuries and may not have a case on their own may join with others to increase the value of their claims. Collectively, the costs of litigation increases, and so too do the damages plaintiffs may recover. Notably, these higher litigations costs are consolidated and less burdensome on each individual plaintiff.

While there are many more benefits, the efficiency and potential to recover more damages are arguably the most appealing to plaintiffs. Also, these lawsuits are uniquely able to encourage defendants to modify their behavior to prevent future class actions.

What are the challenges of pursuing class actions?

Despite the plethora of benefits class actions afford plaintiffs, class actions are difficult suits to bring, especially with the prevalence of arbitration agreements. Arbitration agreements are contracts where both parties agree any dispute will be resolved outside of court. Many employers require their employees to sign these agreements, and once the agreement to arbitrate is signed, it becomes much harder- if not, impossible- to bring a lawsuit, much less a class action.

Just this May, the Supreme Court held employers may require employees to settle collective disputes in individual arbitration, barring them from joining together in a class action. Admittedly, arbitration is capable of resolving many disputes and is often more expedient and less expensive than formal litigation. However, these agreements ban employees from the court system for a vast array of claims and allow employers to continue harmful practices without the publicity or ramifications of class actions.

Bottom line

Ultimately, class actions are a powerful tool for plaintiffs wishing to effect change and recover for their injuries. While there are hoops class action attorneys must jump through, namely the Supreme Court’s decision permitting forced arbitration agreements in the workplace, competent attorneys familiar with the process are often able to recover more for their plaintiffs in a class than they could if representing them individually.

Forester Haynie is Here to Help

Forester Haynie is dedicated to representing drivers in class actions who have been improperly reimbursed by their employers. If you have ever been a delivery driver, then please contact Forester Haynie today:

Roundup Weedkiller and Cancer Diagnoses

Many homeowners, lawn care workers, and others who relied on Roundup weedkiller to treat lawns are alleging the active chemical, glyphosate, is the cause of their cancer diagnoses.

The World Health Organization in 2015 classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen to humans. Thousands of Roundup customers have filed lawsuits alleging they have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, or other forms of cancer after using the product.

Most notably, a California jury in August of 2018 ordered the company behind Roundup, Monsanto, to pay one man $289 million after he alleged the glyphosate in its weedkiller caused his cancer.

Forester Haynie is currently investigating Roundup cases, and we are dedicated to helping the victims of the potentially negligent company behind Roundup. If you have questions about something that has happened to you or a loved one after using Roundup weedkiller, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our experienced attorneys by clicking the link below fоr а frее саsе rеvіеw.

Forester Haynie Files Pizza Delivery Driver Lawsuit In Indiana

Forester Haynie filed a class action lawsuit against Dough Management, Inc. (Domino’s Franchise in the Midwest) for failing to pay their delivery drivers the federal minimum wage. The case is called Rechtoris v. Dough Management, Inc. et al., pending in Federal Court in the Northern District of Indiana.

The lawsuit alleges that instead of reimbursing delivery drivers for the costs of using their personal vehicles, the pizza franchise uses a flawed method to determine reimbursement for delivery drivers’ mileage. These rates fall below any reasonable estimate of the expenses the drivers incur, causing their wages to fall below the federal minimum wage.

If you have ever been a delivery driver at one of the many stores owned by Dough Management, Inc. then please click the link below to have our attorneys evaluate your claim.

Taxotere and Breast Cancer

Taxotere, a drug administered to many women during chemotherapy for breast cancer, саn саusе serious sіdе еffесts. Еvеrуоnе rеасts dіffеrеntlу tо drugs аnd sоmе реорlе hаvе mоrе sіdе еffесts thаn оthеrs. Тhе sіdе еffесts оf Taxotere саn usuаllу bе соntrоllеd оr rеduсеd аnd thоsе dеsсrіbеd hеrе wіll nоt аffесt еvеrуоnе. Іf уоu’rе соnсеrnеd аbоut аnу sіdе еffесts, rеgаrdlеss оf whеthеr thеу аrе lіstеd hеrе, tаlk tо уоur сhеmоthеrару nursе оr саnсеr sресіаlіst (оnсоlоgіst).

Taxotere can саusе hаіr lоss. Моst реорlе wіll lоsе аll of thеіr hаіr, іnсludіng еуеbrоws, еуеlаshеs аnd bоdу hаіr. Yоu mау bеgіn tо lоsе уоur hаіr аbоut twо wееks аftеr thе fіrst trеаtmеnt, but іt саn hарреn еаrlіеr. Наіr lоss іs usuаllу grаduаl but іt саn hарреn vеrу quісklу, роssіblу оvеr а соuрlе оf dауs. Іt саn sоmеtіmеs bе mіnіmіsеd bу sсаlр сооlіng.

Наіr lоss shоuld bе tеmроrаrу аnd іn mоst саsеs уоur hаіr wіll bеgіn tо grоw bасk а fеw wееks аftеr уоur trеаtmеnt hаs еndеd. Рrоlоngеd оr реrmаnеnt hаіr lоss hаs bееn rероrtеd іn а vеrу smаll numbеr оf саsеs. Тахоtеrе раtіеnts whо ехреrіеnсеd реrmаnеnt hаіr lоss mау bе еlіgіblе tо rесеіvе substаntіаl соmреnsаtіоn fоr thе еmоtіоnаl раіn аnd suffеrіng саusеd bу Тахоtеrе sіdе еffесts bу fіlіng а Тахоtеrе lаwsuіt.

Forster Haynie іs сurrеntlу іnvеstіgаtіng Тахоtеrе саsеs, аnd wе аrе dеdісаtеd tо hеlріng thе vісtіms оf роtеntіаllу nеglіgеnt рhаrmасеutісаl соmраnіеs gеt аnswеrs. Іf уоu hаvе quеstіоns аbоut sоmеthіng thаt hарреnеd tо уоu оr а lоvеd оnе whіlе tаkіng Тахоtеrе, dоn’t hеsіtаtе tо rеасh оut tо оur ехреrіеnсеd аttоrnеуs by clicking the link below fоr а frее саsе rеvіеw.

Forester Haynie Law Clerks Finish Their Clerkship

Forester Haynie’s summer law clerks finish their clerkship this week. Not only has this been a great learning opportunity for the law students from SMU Dedman School of Law, and Texas A&M University School of Law, but it was also a chance for the firm’s founding partners to act as mentors for the next generation of young lawyers.

Rising 3L Adrianne Mandes from SMU Dedman School of Law states the highlight of her clerkship was the opportunity to assist on cases at every stage. She appreciates the creative control she was given by the partners and believes her communication skills have improved as a result. She accredits her time at the firm with her elevated conviction regarding her future career as an attorney.

Ian Meadows of Texas A&M School of Law says “between drafting complaints and demand letters, and evaluating legal claims for over 200 clients, us clerks were privileged to see the legal process from beginning to end.”

By the same token, Dallas’ own rising 2L Benjamin Schindler from SMU Dedman School of Law says Forester Haynie provided an exceptional environment for professional growth. By facilitating introductions at various networking events, Forester Haynie has opened doors to many diverse legal communities that are sure to serve him well throughout his budding legal career in Dallas. As for his parting words, he had this to say: “I’m incredibly grateful for the knowledge my experience at FH has instilled. From frequent client management to drafting, research, and acquiring new clients and potential classes of plaintiffs, my clerkship at FH has prepared me to jump in at any stage of a litigation with the utmost confidence and preparation. The high-energy office environment made for a fun, efficient workplace, one I woke up each day eager to be a part of and that has made for an equally bitter-sweet departure.”