Maybe I'm just not up to date on all things Amazon

thought this was interesting though

Amazon Ups Attorney Ranks| UAW Election Update

Bruce Rolfsen: Thanks to OSHA, Amazon.com Inc. has been on a hiring spree—of attorneys.

While Amazon has announced it’s laying off 18,000 workers and has slowed plans to build offices for up to 25,000 employees in Arlington, Va., it has beefed up its legal defense team fighting federal safety investigations and complying with subpoena requests.

“Amazon is undertaking that review process at great expense and burden—including more than 100 lawyers and millions of dollars—to comply with OSHA’s demands,” attorneys representing Amazon from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP told a federal judge as part of the government’s investigation into potential safety issues at Amazon’s warehouses.

The company is expected to update the US District Court for the Western District of Washington April 14 about its progress meeting the government’s document and deposition demands.

Amazon’s attorneys said they need to review 230,000 documents before turning them over to investigators. The company must also comply with more than 25 subpoenas for sworn testimony from Amazon officials.

The review team includes attorneys from two other law firms with large occupational safety practices: about 25 from Jackson Lewis LLP and 30 from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC.

“I have never been involved with any prior OSHA investigations that are as broad in scope, subject matter, and volume requests as this investigation,” Ogletree Deakins shareholder Melissa Bailey said in a court declaration.

Jackson Lewis principal Melanie Paul, in another declaration, said she’s “not aware of any investigation in which OSHA has issued this many document requests.”

The legal review could continue into the summer. US Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson set several compliance deadlines, with Amazon ordered to fulfill OSHA’s request by June 30 and the US attorney’s request by July 31.

The massive record review began after OSHA announced in July it had begun inspections at several Amazon distribution centers based on worker complaints and information from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Since then, OSHA has cited seven Amazon distribution centers for not adequately protecting workers from ergonomic hazards such as muscle strains and back problems.

Amazon is contesting those citations and proposed fines totaling $122,769 before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The US attorney’s office also said it was examining whether Amazon had policies leading to the underreporting of injuries and illnesses among warehouse employees, and if the company violated the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act.

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Spending 10’s of millions of dollars on attorneys fees to fight a little over $100K in OSHA fines seems off the rails.

Like an out of court settlement, nearly all companies pay the bloody fine out of change from the vending machine and move along.

This doesn’t pass the smell test. :thinking:

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I can’t write “b l o o d y”. Can I write “stupid fine”?

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Fixed, bloody is fine!

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It’s a UK thing.

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Amazon is contesting those citations and proposed fines totaling $122,769
the 100K is just spit in a bucket if they let it happen…

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