Two employees of The Walt Disney Co. have filed a class action alleging that its studio entertainment division systemically underpays women, when compared with men.
The complaint alleges that Disney treats women as “cheap labor,” paying them tens of thousands of dollars less than male colleagues. The two plaintiffs, both women, brought the lawsuit on behalf of a class of thousands of current and former California employees of Walt Disney Studios.
GEC has performed analyses involving all types of labor and employment litigation, including many cases involving discrimination of various types. We take pride in our ability to develop and present the best damages approach for our clients.
In what could be the most far-reaching antitrust lawsuit for the real estate market in decades, the National Association of Realtors and four of the largest realty companies have been accused of a conspiracy to systematically overcharge home sellers by forcing them to pay commissions to the agents who represent the buyers of their homes.
GEC experts are highly competent in analyzing and opining on antitrust matters and determining the economic damages associated with the case. We leverage not only our internal expertise, but also our extensive network of affiliates in order to assemble the optimal team for the project at hand.
U.S. Army Veteran Files Lawsuit Against 3M Company and Aearo Technologies for Debilitating Hearing Loss and Tinnitus
The California based law firm, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, announced a personal injury lawsuit against 3M Company (3M) and Aearo Technologies (Aearo), on behalf of George Dooley, a U.S. Army Veteran who experienced debilitating hearing loss and tinnitus from use of allegedly defective and unreasonably dangerous Combat Arms™ earplugs.
The lawsuit alleges 3M and Aearo knew Combat Arms Earplugs were defective prior to selling them, but falsified test results and misrepresented their performance to qualify for a multi-million dollar contract with the United States military.
GEC experts have have successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury lawsuits around the country. GEC's experience and expertise provides distinctive value-added perspective and insights to these cases.
Prosecutors from Yavapai County Attorney's Office in Prescott, Arizona have ruled that Uber is not criminally liable for the death of Elaine Herzberg, a 49-year old woman who was struck by one of Uber's self-driving cars. The car's back-up driver could still face criminal charges.
The crash occurred in March 2018 when a Volvo XC90, which Uber had been using to test its self-driving technology, crashed into Ms. Herzberg while walking with a bicycle across a poorly lit stretch of a multi-lane road.
GEC's experts have represented both plaintiff and defendants nationwide in both federal and state courts in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. GEC has comprehensive experience analyzing personal injury claims across a multitude of industries and occupations.
A lawsuit was filed by Massachusetts's Attorney General, Maura Healey, against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family claiming that the latter created the Opioid epidemic caused by their product OxyContin. She further outlined in her case that Purdue Pharma, despite knowing that their drug was the cause of overdoses, continued to profit from it through a web of illegal deceit.
GEC experts provide industry leading insights on the economics of healthcare markets and institutions. Their expertise spans the U.S. healthcare delivery system from patients to providers to payers. GEC leverages both broad understanding of healthcare markets and institutions and detailed institutional knowledge to provide insights and solutions to client's problems.
Matthew Murdock, President of The GEC Group, has been accepted into Forbes Chicago Business Council, an invitation-only community for successful business owners and leaders in Greater Chicago.
“I’m excited to be a part of this diverse community of outstanding business leaders in the Chicago area, and I look forward to working and collaborating with them in the future, and realizing the benefits of these interactions within The GEC Group, further cementing our firm as an industry-leading entity,” said Mr. Murdock.
An Indonesian airplane carrying 189 passengers crashed into the sea soon after take-off. It is likely that all 189 passengers have died, making it the second-worst air disaster since 1997.
GEC has served as economic experts for both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of aviation litigation, analyzing economic losses associated with private and commercial passenger airplane crashes, including the following cases:
A jury awarded a family $130 million in damages after a child sustained severe brain damage while under the care of Beaumont Hospital. The brain damage resulted in cerebral palsy causing the child to require full-time care and assistance. This is one of the largest jury settlements in Michigan's history.
GEC has testified and analyzed medical malpractice claims involving individuals of various socioeconomic backgrounds. Click here for an example of a medical malpractice case GEC recently testified on.
A Kansas farmer lost over 200 acres of soybeans after using Monsanto’s dicamba-formulated product. He filed a complaint against Monsanto claiming that Monsanto knew its product would harm other crops, but continued to market and sell their product in spite of this. Farmers across 10 states have suffered crop losses due to the dicamba-formulated products and are already suing Monsanto over damages from these products.
GEC has extensive experience quantifying damages associated with crop loss claims, over all different types of crops.
After working at Costco for 24 years, Christine D’Onofrio was allegedly fired for speaking too loudly. D’Onofrio is Deaf and cannot self-regulate the volume of her own voice. D’Onofrio was awarded $750,000 for emotional pain and mental anguish for being denied reasonable accommodations while working at Costco.
GEC has extensive experience in labor and employment matters, including wrongful termination cases associated with ADA lawsuits, like this one. We have testified nationwide, and analyzed claims in this area across virtually every occupation and industry, from self-employed sole-proprietors to unionized laborers.
Zeke Upshaw, a 26 year old member of the Grand Rapids Drive, the Detroit Pistons G League affiliate, died from cardiac arrest during one of the team’s games in March. His family recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NBA, the Detroit Pistons and the owners of the team. The suit alleges that appropriate medical intervention did not happen in a timely manner after Upshaw collapsed, causing him to pass away two days later.
GEC has extensive experience analyzing wrongful death claims across many industries and occupations. Our experts have testified and represented both plaintiffs and defendants nationwide in both federal and state courts in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
GEC expert, Matthew Murdock, testified to the economic damages associated with the injury of Shane Ackerschott on behalf of the plaintiff. The jury awarded the plaintiff damages of $7.96 million.
Mr. Ackerschott was paralyzed from the waist down while at an urgent care facility and claimed negligent actions were taken by the doctors and the facility as a whole.
HDI Global SE, insurers for Aryzta, have filed a lawsuit alleging negligence by a contractor retained to build a metal walkway over its bread making machine in Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit alleges that metal chips from the walkway had fallen into the equipment, contaminating the bread and dough production lines, which resulting in Aryzta withdrawing one of its food products.
GEC's financial expert's are industry leaders in providing rigorous financial analysis regarding claims of all types, from product liability to breach of contract, and powerfully and clearly testifying to their conclusions. You can see more about GEC's financial expertise here.
There are construction injury incidents almost every day across the country. A particular incident that occurred recently involved an independent contractor who fell 12 feet from the upper portion of a staircase where, allegedly, a temporary safety handrail had been removed without warning to him. This contractor is in the midst of suing the construction company in question.
GEC has extensive experience in forensic economics and particularly in construction injury cases. We have testified all over the country and have found great success with our methodology utilized within our economic analyses.
GEC's methodology and research was recently cited by the Supreme Court of the State of New York as basis for ruling on a construction injury claim.
Switzerland-based Syngenta was found negligent in selling genetically modified corn seed and Kansas corn growers were awarded damages of $218 million.
Over 7,000 Kansas corn growers were awarded compensatory damages of $217.7 Million when Switzerland-based Syngenta was found negligent in selling genetically modified (GM) corn seed to the Kansas corn farmers, which contained a genetic trait not approved by China at the time. China is a large importer of U.S. corn and thus when the genetic trait, MIR162, was detected in corn shipments from the U.S., shipments were halted. The loss of the Chinese market resulted in corn growers in the U.S. experiencing a significant drop in the price of corn and suffering long-lasting economic damage.
This is the first of eight class action lawsuits brought against Syngenta, where total nationwide damages to U.S. corn growers from being shut out of the Chinese market is estimated to exceed $5 Billion.
GEC has extensive experience with crop litigation. One such case involved damage analyses associated with hundreds of farming operations resulting from an unexpected drift of a herbicide that was sprayed on BLM land. GEC was retained by the plaintiffs to assess the economic damages to the farmers.