Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik Sue Knight Transportation, Inc., Alleging The Company Violated The Employee Retirement Income Security Act

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) November 20, 2017

The Los Angeles employment law lawyers at Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik filed a class action lawsuit against Knight Transportation, Inc. on behalf of the company's Truck Drivers alleging that the transportation services company illegally classified their employees as independent contractors, in order to avoid providing their employees benefit plans, which is in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The class action lawsuit is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California as Case No. 5:17-CV-02337. A copy of the class action complaint can be read by clicking here.

The class action lawsuit filed by the San Diego labor attorneys alleges that the company, as a result of misclassification and improper characterization of its Truck Drivers as “independent contractors,” fails to provide its Truck Drivers the same retirement, health, and other benefits it provides to all its other employees pursuant to several employee pension and welfare benefit plans–specifically, the Knight Transportation, Inc. 401(k) Plan and the Knight Transportation, Inc. Cafeteria Plan–established under and governed by ERISA (collectively, the “Knight Plans”).

Additionally, the Complaint alleges that Knight Transportation exercised complete control over its independent contractor Truck Drivers by controlling the work performed and the manner and means in which the work was performed. In doing so, Knight Transportation allegedly misclassified their Truck Drivers as independent contractors, when in fact the Complaint asserts these workers should be classified as employees and have the ability to participate in the company's retirement and other benefit plans that were offered to their employee truck drivers.

If you feel you have been misclassified as an independent contractor, call Attorney Nicholas De Blouw, an experienced San Diego employment lawyer, today at (800) 568 -8020.

Blumenthal, Nordrehaug, and Bhowmik represents many California employees who have been misclassified as independent contractors. With labor law offices located in Riverside, San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco, the labor law attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik are dedicated to helping employees throughout California protect and enforce their rights against some of the world’s largest corporations.


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Burrard Group and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty Announce Sellout of 28 City Suites During Encore Sales Event on November 18th; NEXUS is Now 90% Presold

SEATTLE (PRWEB) November 20, 2017

Representatives of Burrard Group and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) confirmed today that they have sold all 28 City Suites released at NEXUS Condominiums during the Encore Sales Event held on November 18th. Prospective buyers began forming a line at the NEXUS Sales Center at 4:30pm on Friday, November 18th – more than 18 hours prior to the doors opening at 11am the next morning. Initially, Burrard Group said it would offer 16 newly released homes located on floors 28 through 35, however prospective buyers that were patiently waiting in line learned of a special surprise release – an additional 12 City Suites on floors 3 through 6 were also made available. Overall, the 28 homes ranged in price from $340,950 to $667,950 and comprised of a mix of studios and urban one-bedroom floor plans varied from 354 sq. ft. to 498 sq. ft. The new offering was a result of disassembling a larger floor on the higher floors and making available studio units located in the above grade parking structure of the building, which will be accessed across the drive isle. Optional parking was sold for $75,000.

“It felt like Black Friday, except it was a Saturday and we were selling condos,” said Dean Jones, President and CEO of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “We welcome our newest homebuyers to NEXUS. Our sales success demonstrates the pent-up demand for efficiently-scaled and attainably-priced new condominiums in downtown Seattle.”

Jones points to anemic inventory at affordable price points in downtown Seattle. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, just ten homes are currently listed for purchase below $700,000 in Seattle, which must satisfy an urban center of more than 70,000 residents. A resulting imbalance of supply and demand is evidenced by median home prices of resale condominiums surging 33-percent in October 2017 over the prior year. While 27,000 housing units are projected to deliver in downtown Seattle during the current decade, RSIR reports 94-percent of that new supply is built for rent and not for sale. Furthermore, 85-percent of the 496 new condominium units that are currently under construction with occupancy by 2020 are already presold. NEXUS is now 90-percent presold with remaining two and three-bedroom homes priced from $1.2 to $3.5 million. For more information, visit


About Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty ( – Artfully uniting extraordinary homes with extraordinary lives, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading global sales and marketing brokerage firm in the Pacific Northwest. Recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal amongst the fastest-growing private companies in Washington State for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 the boutique real estate firm of 225+ brokers consistently rank among the top producing firms within the markets that it serves with branches in downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Kirkland, Issaquah and Madison Park.

About Burrard Group ( – The Burrard Group has been consistently creating quality residential communities for 25 years, and has built a diverse portfolio of master-planned communities, multi-family developments, high-end single-family residences and resort lodging properties throughout Pacific Rim gateway markets. In 2016, Burrard Group established offices in Seattle.

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Port of Kalama Files Appeal of Shoreline Hearings Board Order

KALAMA, Wash. (PRWEB) November 20, 2017

The Port of Kalama today filed an appeal of the Shoreline Hearings Board Order on Motions for Partial Summary Judgment regarding the proposed Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility (KMMEF). The Port filed the appeal because, as a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Lead along with Cowlitz County, the agency believes it followed all greenhouse gas (GHG) guidance and directives of the state. The Port’s appeal number is 17-2-0126908 and the Cowlitz County Superior Court is the court of record.

"We believe the project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) fully disclosed potential GHG emissions from the project and properly concluded that those project emissions do not cause a significant adverse impact on the environment," says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama.

Although the Port has filed this appeal, the Port and Northwest Innovation Works – Kalama will proceed simultaneously with additional environmental review of the Greenhouse Gas Impact issue. Both applicants intend to ask the SEPA Lead Officials to prepare a supplemental EIS to further evaluate the Greenhouse Gas issue.

"We expect the review process to proceed over the course of the next several months, while this appeal is proceeding through the Courts," says Wilson. "Because, under the law, any appeal of the Board's decision must be filed within 30 days, the Port could not wait until completion of additional environmental review before filing this challenge to the Board's order."

"This proposed Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility aligns squarely with the Port's long-term planning for the property and our mission," said Wilson. "Our mission? It's about a healthy community, jobs for our citizens and a vibrant economy for the entire region. The value of the jobs, community welfare and morale, and economic assets this facility will create here-all while following stringent environment guidelines-just cannot be overstated."

About Port of Kalama – Where rail and water meet

The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River and immediately off of Interstate Highway 5. The port exists to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities. Port of Kalama's industrial area includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43' federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel of the Columbia River. The Port is served by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. There are over 30 businesses located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 1,000 people. Port of Kalama offers all the superior facilities businesses need to thrive, and an unsurpassed quality of life. The port offers shovel ready sites, a new Industrial Park, state of the art Marine Terminals and transportation accessibility to rail and highway all just a 30-minute drive to the Portland International Airport. Port of Kalama also offers high-bandwidth communications, with dual access fiber-optic service to Seattle and Portland. Properties currently available at the port for businesses wishing to expand and thrive: Visit

Contact: Liz Newman, marketing manager, Port of Kalama, 360-673-2379 or Claudia Johnson, PR, 503-799-2220.

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