Eva Knott 7:12 p.m., May 20
Carriers' U-T Case Certified as Class Action
Superior Court Judge Lisa Foster on Sept. 21 ruled that a suit by 1,300 newspaper carriers against the Union-Tribune can be certified as a class action. The carriers charge that they were misclassified as independent contractors when they were actually employees of the company.
The law firm pressing the suit, Orange County's Callahan & Blaine, previously got class action status for 5,000 carriers of the Orange County Register. This resulted in a $40 million settlement that some say was a factor in helping to shove the paper's parent, Freedom Communications, into bankruptcy.
Daniel Callahan of the law firm says, "It is a nationwide trend when delivery personnel are essential to the conduct of a company's business that those individuals be treated as employees and not independent contractors."