California is the “single biggest offender” when it comes to states circumventing U.S. Supreme Court precedent requiring worker arbitration pacts to be enforced as written, a trio of employer groups said Thursday, urging the high court to grant a petition for review from a Bridgestone Corp. unit.
Hearings are set to kick off Monday in controversial joint employer cases where the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel is accusing McDonald's USA LLC and franchisees of anti-union activity, a step forward in a sweeping battle critics say could dramatically expand liability for franchisers and mark a sea change in how federal labor law is enforced.
Paramount Pictures Corp. escaped a putative class action when a California federal judge ruled it hadn’t violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by getting credit reports on current and prospective employees without providing a separate release form, according to an order issued Thursday.
A California jury cleared Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC on Friday of discriminating against interim Reddit CEO Ellen Pao in her $100 million gender bias case, and found that the venture capital firm didn’t fire her because she sued over the allegations.
Premera Blue Cross, one of the largest health insurers in the Pacific Northwest, was hit with a proposed class action Thursday in Washington federal court accusing it of negligence after a data breach potentially exposed the personal data of 11 million customers.
A group of state attorneys general on Thursday won their bid to block the U.S. Department of Labor from enacting a new rule under the Family and Medical Leave Act that would extend protections to same-sex couples when a Texas federal judge granted a preliminary injunction.
Arkansas legislation that would have allowed some employers to force workers to add them on social media accounts died in a state Senate committee on Wednesday, after it had passed the Arkansas House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority in February.
A bipartisan group of former U.S. secretaries of commerce on Wednesday pressed Congress to sign off on the fast-track model of approving U.S. trade agreements, echoing top Obama administration members who want to avoid tying anti-currency manipulation measures to trade deals.
The National Labor Relations Board’s defense of its controversial union election rule is overbroad and flat-out wrong, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several trade associations told a D.C. federal court Wednesday, urging it to vacate the rule.
In a speech Thursday in Brooklyn, Democratic Commissioner Kara Stein of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission called for a new vision of accounting standards, saying the debate over whether the country should switch from domestic to international standards has run its course.
A Democratic U.S. Representative on Thursday announced that he was introducing cybersecurity legislation that would give businesses, with some exceptions, 30 days to notify customers after discovery of a data breach.
An Idaho federal judge who relied on the National Labor Relations Board's D.R. Horton decision, and rejected Citicorp Credit Services Inc.'s bid to compel individual arbitration in an ex-worker's proposed collective action, reversed course Wednesday, noting the Ninth Circuit called his prior ruling into question.
A European Union official on Thursday called for a probe into the e-commerce sector in an attempt to erase digital geographical barriers to commerce that do not exist in the integrated bloc’s brick-and-mortar retail world, saying a well-functioning “Digital Single Market” could add about €340 billion ($372 billion) to GDP.
A House subcommittee on Wednesday pushed through a bipartisan data security and breach notification bill that aims to establish a nationwide standard for protecting consumers’ personal information from hackers and reporting breaches.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Wednesday breathing new life into a pregnancy bias suit against United Parcel Service Inc. won plaudits from worker advocates including the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, even though the ruling was critical of recent EEOC pregnancy discrimination guidance that will now have to be changed.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a Fourth Circuit decision that nixed a pregnancy bias case against UPS, finding that neither party's interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was persuasive. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the decision in Young v. United Parcel Service Inc. is significant.
The European Commission laid out a wide-ranging plan Wednesday to create a unified digital market across the European Union that would modernize copyright law, simplify sales tax schemes, push for new data protection rules and attack online geographic price discrimination.
U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared split Wednesday over whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had to consider costs before issuing its landmark rule limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, with the court’s liberal wing backing the agency’s decision to ignore costs amid skepticism from the conservative wing.
The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday announced legislation that would encourage companies to share information on cyberthreats with each other and the federal government by offering liability protection.
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., introduced bipartisan legislation on Wednesday to ban insider trading and eradicate the “personal benefit” clause of the Second Circuit's landmark Newman decision, the third bill targeting insider trading this congressional session.
While the U.S. Supreme Court's extension of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in Young v. United Parcel Service Inc. may well have little impact on employer policies, for Title VII litigation, the high court's description of the shifting burdens of proof is problematic, say attorneys at Paul Hastings LLP.
The Federal Trade Commission is required to preserve the confidentiality of the existence of its investigations and all of the company information and witness testimony obtained during its investigations. Yet a detailed internal report of the FTC staff’s investigation of Google Inc. for antitrust violations recently became front-page news. And unfortunately this disclosure was not an isolated occurrence, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.
Privacy and security are closely intertwined, but securing information from outside intrusion may not provide the privacy protections you need, say Adam Solander and Patricia Wagner of Epstein Becker & Green PC.
Defendants are being denied the full benefit of Halliburton II because courts are misunderstanding the import of the case, and in particular, how that decision requires a refined reading of Halliburton I and Amgen, say George Borden and John Williams of Williams & Connolly LLP.
A festering but virtually unnoticed circuit split over a legal doctrine the U.S. Supreme Court first recognized early last century may provide the Roberts court with the opportunity to grant corporate persons privilege against self-incrimination for the first time in U.S. history, says Ramzi Abadou of Kahn Swick & Foti LLP.
What will spring bring for the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation? Will it continue to close the door on new MDL proceedings? Will it decide to throw the baby out with the bathwater and decline to create a baby wipe MDL? asks Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
The technical provisions of an acquisition agreement turn into harsh reality when the IRS knocks on the doors of a combined taxpayer a couple of years after the transaction closed. The seller is now nowhere to be found, or the IRS combines preclosing audit issues with post-closing issues, which makes the lines of indemnification substantially blurry, says Elan Keller of Kaye Scholer LLP.
Cybersecurity is the ultimate team sport and every person in a company — from a corporate director all the way down to an entry-level employee — needs to be aware of spear phishing, which is often the easiest route into a sophisticated computer network, say Paul Ferrillo and Randi Singer of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
This week both chambers begin the annual congressional budget debate, a process that will set the budget rules and spending limits for the congressional appropriations committees in funding federal agencies for fiscal year 2016. And on Thursday, the Senate will begin its famed “Vote-a-rama,” say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.
Insider threats may be the most grievous of threats companies face because they always come from a trusted individual. But not all trusted individuals should be subject to scrutiny all the time. Instead of creating a culture of security, it causes a culture of fear, say Thomas Ottoson and Nicholas Metzgar, founders of LemonFish Technologies LLC and former technical directors in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.