Sauder Schelkopf filed a WARN Act class action lawsuit in bankruptcy court against Yellow Corporation, a trucking company that operates throughout the United States. It was reported on August 1, 2023, that Yellow halted its operations. The closure threatens the jobs of nearly 30,000 employees. Yellow filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on August 6, 2023, this comes just three years after receiving a $700 million pandemic-era lifeline from the federal government.
Epiq, the company, retained to disseminate official communications related to the Chapter 11 cases and administer claims as an agent of the Court established a website related to the Yellow bankruptcy.
The website contains important information that may impact your legal rights including:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
As noted by the Department of Labor, “The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) protects workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers with 100 or more employees (generally not counting those who have worked less than six months in the last 12 months and those who work an average of less than 20 hours a week) to provide at least 60 calendar days advance written notice of a plant closing and mass layoff affecting 50 or more employees at a single site of employment.” An employer who violates the WARN provisions by ordering a plant closing or mass layoff without providing appropriate notice may be liable to each aggrieved employee for an amount including back pay and benefits for the period of violation, up to 60 days. The employer’s liability may be reduced by such items as wages paid by the employer to the employee during the period of the violation and voluntary and unconditional payments made by the employer to the employee. The WARN Act makes certain exceptions to the requirements when layoffs occur due to unforeseeable business circumstances, faltering companies, and natural disasters.
Sauder Schelkopf has a nationally recognized litigation practice. The firm currently serves as court-appointed lead counsel in courts across the country. The attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf have recovered over $500 million on behalf of their clients and class members. Our firm was recognized by the Legal Intelligencer’s 2022 Professional Excellence Awards. The Legal Intelligencer’s Professional Excellence Awards honor Pennsylvania law firms and attorneys who have significantly impacted the legal profession. Our firm was named in the Litigation Departments of the Year (Specialty Area category), an award that honors the best litigation practice in a small or mid-sized firm in Pennsylvania. This recognition was based on the firm’s 2021 litigation work and its important ongoing cases. Lawdragon has recognized our attorneys in its list of the “500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers” for 2023. This list notes: “From the opioid epidemic to toxic substances and defective products, truck accidents to wildfires and sexual abuse, these are the lawyers who stand on the front line in individual lawsuits and class actions seeking justice.” Lawdragon also named Mr. Sauder to its list of the 500 Leading Civil Rights & Plaintiff Employment Lawyers for 2023, noting “These lawyers aid victims of discrimination, survivors of abuse and advocates for employees’ rights in accessing the power of their voices within the justice system.” Mr. Schelkopf was named to Pennsylvania’s Best Lawyers® 2022 for Class Actions/Mass Tort Litigation. The American Lawyer named Mr. Sauder to its 2021 Northeast Trailblazers. The honor recognizes 60 lawyers who are “truly agents of change.” It “recognizes professionals in the Northeast who have moved the needle in the legal industry.” The Legal Intelligencer named Mr. Sauder and Mr. Schelkopf in its 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazers list recognizing 31 lawyers who “have taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes . . . and who are truly agents of change.” The Legal highlighted the firm’s innovative work on advocacy as class counsel in large institutional sex abuse cover-ups, women’s, and children’s rights. Our attorneys have also consistently been recognized by their peers being named to Pennsylvania SuperLawyer, a distinction held by the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania. The National Trial Lawyers Association has also selected our attorneys as the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania.
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