8th Circuit

  • Court OKs UP's Benefits Plan

    The 8th Circuit ruled March 15 that an employee health plan that provides prescription drug coverage for Viagra but not for birth control does not violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) or Title VII. Female employees of Union Pacific Railroad launched a class action in a Nebraska district court in...

  • Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Superfund Suit

    A lot of people weren't happy with the Supreme Court when it decided Cooper Industries Inc. v. Aviall Services Inc. in 2004. In that case, the High Court overturned the precedents of nine circuit courts and ruled that a landowner who voluntarily paid to clean up a polluted site couldn't...

  • Employees Sue for Birth Control Coverage

    The proverbial last straw snapped for Jackie Fitzgerald when she found herself short of cash and debating whether to fill her car's fuel tank or her birth control prescription in 2001. Fitzgerald, a trainman for Union Pacific Railroad Co. (UP), spent her last $40 to buy gas to get to...

  • Arizona Citizens Seek Blind Justice

    Enjoying the latest blockbuster flick can be a challenging experience for blind or deaf individuals. However, a group of Arizonans are hoping to change that by requiring all AMC Entertainment theaters in the state to install devices that would aid peopme with sight and hearing disabilities. Representing several citizens, the...

  • Iowa Allows Suit by Employee Fired for Positive Drug Test

    State drug testing laws trump "at-will" employment theory.

  • Latina Janitors File Class Action

    Eight Latina women have filed a class action civil rights suit against ABM Industries Inc. alleging years of sexual harassment.

  • No Relief for Peeping Tom Victim

    Jill Cottrill and another female employee filed suit against their employer, MFA Inc., alleging the company contributed to a hostile work environment.

  • Lubricant Dispute Heats Up

    Johnson & Johnson filed suit March 17 against Qualis Inc. for allegedly infringing its trademark and patent for its popular K-Y warming lubricant product.

  • Small ISP Crushes Spammer In Court

    When millions of unsolicited e-mails wreaked havoc on an Iowa business owner's small ISP company, he didn't take it lightly. After tracking down the source of the spam, Robert Kramer III, owner and operator of CIS Internet Services, sued and won an $11.2 billion judgment on Dec. 23, 2005, in...

  • S.D. Rancher Loses Insurance Battle

    When South Dakota rancher Perle O'Daniel discovered that hundreds of his cattle had been stolen, he assumed that his insurance company would cover the loss. However, on Nov. 1, 2005, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals held the insurer had no liability. O'Daniel purchased an insurance policy from Minnesota-based NAU...

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