9th Circ. Nixes Union Action Over Hospital Layoffs

Law360, New York (November 1, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court’s ruling that a hospital and its management firms weren't obligated under federal labor laws to warn employees or their union of impending layoffs, finding the union had failed to present its argument in its opening brief.

The appeals court rejected the Service Employees International Union’s attempt to overturn a district court's ruling that the layoffs launched by the defendants — hospital operator Medical Properties Trust Inc., hospital manager Prime Healthcare Services Inc. and the Shasta Regional Medical...
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