New York City agreed Friday to phase in accessible yellow cabs so that half will be accessible by people in wheelchairs by 2020, in a settlement that could end a disabilities rights class action filed partially in response to the city's beleaguered $1 billion "Taxi of Tomorrow" plan.
New York state Democrats readied legislation Monday to force the New York City police to disclose details of officers' relationships with city retailers, a move that comes amid growing concerns about retailers' “shop and frisk” profiling of minorities, a city investigation and class actions.
The Second Circuit may have removed the judge who ruled in two class actions that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy violated the rights of minorities, but the appeals court refused Friday to toss those decisions on that basis alone.
A federal-state agreement to hunt for New York businesses that unlawfully label workers as independent contractors comes amid a profusion of new state laws targeting the cost-saving practice, prompting lawyers on Tuesday to caution clients to back up or revisit their classifications to avoid a host of civil, tax and even criminal liabilities.
A group of six retired federal judges and 13 professors of legal ethics urged the Second Circuit on Monday to approve an en banc reconsideration of two decisions related to a trial judge’s removal from the headline-grabbing stop-and-frisk cases.
A D.C. federal judge questioned Monday whether he has the authority to suspend the National Security Agency's massive data collection program surrounding Verizon Communications Inc. customers, saying he isn't sure that any district court can overrule U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders.
Seven law firms whose stars had dimmed in the eyes of general counsel are once again shining bright, and two up-and-coming legal sparklers are suddenly radiating excellence, according to a new survey of corporations’ favorite firms.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP stands alone among elite law firms in the arena of client service thanks to a concerted long-term effort to respond to client feedback, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
The fickle feelings of corporate counsel are apparent once again in an annual survey gauging which law firms deliver the most sterling client service, as one-third of last year's favorites were cast aside after being outflanked by hungry rivals.
There are more arrogant law firms than in years past, according to a new survey of corporate counsel, but one familiar firm has risen above them all.
The number of law firms that Fortune 1000 clients say offer excellent client service grew by 9.8 percent over the past year, a sign that firms with broader services are separating themselves from the competition, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
Attentive client service, not size, continues to be the critical factor for general counsel at the world's largest corporations, according to a recent survey of corporate counsel, who gave top marks to a mix of large and midsize law firms.
A Second Circuit panel rejected on Wednesday an "unprecedented" motion by trial Judge Shira A. Scheindlin to argue on her own behalf that she should remain on the headline-grabbing stop-and-frisk cases, finding that there is no procedural basis for such an effort.
Beginning this week, Law360 will profile the elite law firm partners whose exemplary work on critical litigation, mammoth deals and first-of-their-kind global matters earned them a spot on this year's list of MVP award winners.
The New York City Law Department said Thursday it will ask the Second Circuit, which removed U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin from the city’s two stop-and-frisk class actions, to “immediately” vacate the judge’s rulings in both cases.
European Union competition chief Joaquin Almunia said Thursday that a plan to make it easier for cartel victims to sue for compensation had gotten stuck in procedural disputes in the bloc's legislature and urged lawmakers to press ahead with the proposal.
Lawyers representing U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin asked the Second Circuit on Wednesday to reconsider its removal of the judge from two stop-and-frisk policing class actions, claiming the order raises "troubling issues" that may warrant en banc review.
The Center for Food Safety warned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday that it should not take up a California federal judge's request to define which ingredients are “natural” without first soliciting public input.
A recent victory for meatpacking company JBS in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case over prayer breaks for Muslim workers shows employers can successfully invoke an undue hardship defense to beat back religious accommodation suits, if they do it right. Here, experts share four tips for arguing that particular religious accommodations are too much to bear.
An ever-blunt Nebraska federal judge took to the blogosphere on Sunday to blast the Second Circuit’s ejection of U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin from the New York stop-and-frisk policing class actions as a “cheap shot” that contravened principles of judicial economy.
The past year has seen a number of major decisions impacting product liability practice, including a very active U.S. Supreme Court regarding the application of the Class Action Fairness Act. While the trend appears to somewhat favor manufacturers, consumer actions will continue to be fertile areas of litigation in 2014, says Eileen Ridley of Foley & Lardner LLP.
Certainly, no defendant wishes to advocate for greater damages. In addition to having to advance such an untenable position for the privilege of gaining access to federal court, there are at least two other issues that a defendant in the Second Circuit should consider before spending the time and money to seek removal of an action when the complaint is ambiguous on its face as to the amount of damages sought, say Andre Cizmarik and Kara Cormier of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
The lesson from a Nevada federal court's recent decision in Gamble v. Boyd Gaming Corp. is that if defense counsel does have grounds for an injunction to stop false or misleading advertising on social media, it must make every effort to narrowly tailor their specific injunction requests to stop only the inappropriate contact with putative class members and not to infringe on the plaintiff’s counsel rights to free speech, says Casie Collignon of Baker & Hostetler LLP.
In light of the proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, businesses need to set themselves up to efficiently respond to discovery and requests for information from their counsel by implementing and following document-control policies as part of normal business practices. The failure to do so will eventually consume vast amounts of employee time, say Steven Cvitanovic and Colin Murphy of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
A recent class certification denial in a false advertising action challenging Chipotle's "naturally raised" meat claims seems to stem from the growing trend among federal courts of barring class certification on ascertainability grounds, say David Conway and Edward Boyle of Venable LLP.
Every appellate court to consider the issue has now rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s anti-arbitration position in D.R. Horton as out of step with the Federal Arbitration Act and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision interpreting the statute in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion. And that growing consensus is a positive development for employers and employees alike, say Archis Parasharami and Scott Noveck of Mayer Brown LLP.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet indicated whether products with genetically modified organisms can be labeled as “all natural,” nor has it indicated when such a label would be false or misleading. This lack of action has led some courts to stay proceedings in anticipation of a clear determination — the main question for courts in 2014 will be whether to stay future cases in hope of obtaining FDA guidance, says Josh Becker at Alston & Bird LLP.
There are several unique defenses, depending on the state, available to defendant pharmaceutical companies which arise from the discord between consumer protection statutes and prescription drugs, say Yvonne McKenzie and Gabriel Vidoni at Pepper Hamilton LLP.
What is the thinking as to whether leaky air conditioner cases warrant multidistrict litigation treatment? On Dec. 5, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Vegas to find out. This will bring a temperature shift in more ways than one from the September hearing, where the panel considered a potential MDL proceeding arising from allegedly defective clothes dryers, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
In addition to continued headline-grabbing litigation involving pharmaceutical companies in the wake of PLIVA Inc. v. Mensing, 2013 brought a number of important cases informing everything from class certification questions and product labeling trends to False Claims Act liability and fracking disputes, say attorneys at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.