Lawsuits vs ACA Mandate Growing

Two new lawsuits were filed this week by insurance companies over a specific provision of the Obamacare health insurance mandate.  The targeted provision, known as the “risk adjustment program”, requires health insurers whose members are healthier (and therefore less expensive to insure), to pay monies to their competitors whose members are not as healthy and…

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Labor & Lawmakers Sue Arizona

A number of sitting lawmakers joined United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99 in filing suit against the state of Arizona this week challenging the validity of HB 2579, which restricts cities and counties from enacting legislation that mandates what employee benefits private employers must offer their employees.  HB. 2579 passed both branches and was…

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Vermont GMO Labeling Law Effective Today

The Vermont law mandating the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) becomes effective today.  The law, which originally passed back in 2014 and has since survived a number of legal and political challenges, requires that any food product that contains at least 75% bioengineered content have a label specifying that the product is…

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Competitor News

A California judge will hear another lawsuit against Starbucks in which the company is accused of under-filling its beverages.  This time, their latte is the cup of contention with plaintiffs alleging that a 16 ounce cup is only intentionally filled about 75%.  The latte class action follows a cold beverage class action filed in April…

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And, Dunkin’ Doing To Baskins?

The Association of Independent Baskin Robbins Franchisee Owners (AIBRFO) filed suit in US District Court in Massachusetts Thursday against Baskin Robbins, LLC asking for relief and costs from a “commercial factor fee” that its franchisees have been paying for many years, levied through Dean Foods. This “commercial factor fee” is a special fee not relating…

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Mandatory GMO Labeling One Month Away

In a little over one month, Vermont will become the first state in the nation actually requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).  The Vermont mandate was signed into law just over 2 years ago and immediately challenged by the Grocery Manufacturers Association along with the Snack Food Association, International Dairy Foods…

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Federal Court Tosses Obama Care Subsidies

A federal judge yesterday ruled the Obama administration does not have the authority under the Affordable Care Act to send billions of dollars of cost-reduction payments to insurers without an appropriation from Congress. “Cost sharing reduction payments” had been made to insurance companies to encourage their lowering deductibles and co-payments for low-income Americans who have…

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Employee Manual is Too Broad Says NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board ruled just two weeks ago that an employee manual being used by a number of private companies was so broadly written that it violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  NLRB administrative law judge David Goldman ruled that some of the policies contained in the Quicken Loans employee manual, known…

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Alabama Punctuates Opposition to Persuader Rule

The state of Alabama became the 10th state to petition the federal District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas for an injunction against the Department of Labor regulation.  The DOL rule essentially negates the employer’s attorney-client privilege and tips the scales in favor of organized labor in union representation elections at private companies.  Alabama…

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Dunkin’ Doings, Or Maybe Didn’ts

A 13-year old court case has finally been put to bed once and for all as the Supreme Court of Canada rejected a final appeal by Dunkin Brands Canada, Ltd.  The case was brought in 2003 by Dunkin’ franchisees in Quebec province who alleged that Dunkin’ didn’t live up to its obligation to promote the…

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