Judge Patricia Yim Cowett Orders Starbucks to Pay Baristas $100 million
Starbucks got caught with its hand in the tip jar and was ordered Thursday to pay California baristas more than $100 million.
In a San Diego County class-action lawsuit, a judge ordered the coffee giant to pay back tips, with interest, that the company had handed over to shift supervisors. Some baristas could receive more than $10,000, according to their attorney.
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U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff orders India, Philippines, and Mongolia to pay NYC $57.6 million in real estate taxes
NEW YORK — Foreign diplomats get great parking spots, but their home countries can’t escape the U.S. tax man.
A federal judge has ordered the governments of India, Mongolia and the Philippines to pony up $57.6 million in real estate taxes in a case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff issued the order Monday after the high court ruled 7-2 last year that the city had a right to collect taxes on portions of buildings used by other countries for non-diplomatic purposes.
International treaties have defined consulates and embassies as sovereign territory, which makes them generally tax exempt. But Rakoff said it was clearly stated that only the home of the head of a mission is exempted from taxes in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
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Judge John H. Bayly, Jr., D.C. Superior Court Judge found guilty of violating Code of Judicial Conduct for Ordering Shackling/Imprisonment of Lawyer
The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure determined last week that D.C. Superior Court Judge John Bayly Jr. violated the code of judicial conduct when he ordered a Public Defender Service attorney to be shackled and detained after an argument.
Transcripts from a criminal hearing on Aug. 29, 2007 reveal that the incident began when PDS attorney Liyah Brown attempted to tell Bayly that her client was "a homeless man." Bayly, however, said he wasn't so sure: "I don't know that he is."
The two began arguing until Bayly told Brown to "be quiet" and have a seat. He said he would "call the case later," and warned if she continued, she was "going to be in contempt in a minute."
When Brown failed to stop, Bayly called on a U.S. marshal to "[s]tep her back, please. Step her back." Brown was then handcuffed, subjected to a pat-down search and held in a cell with misdemeanor defendants for about 45 minutes.
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U.S. District Judge James Robertson permits National Archives to be questioned about delays in releasing Senator Clinton's records
WASHINGTON - A battle over Hillary Rodham Clinton's record as first lady broke out on two fronts Thursday, as a federal judge stepped into a dispute over the handling of still-unreleased Clinton phone logs and Barack Obama's campaign challenged her record on trade.
The latest twist in the debate over her time in the White House came in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge James Robertson, who forced the National Archives to undergo questioning about why it won't release 20,000 pages of Clinton's old phone logs.
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