Corporate

  • December 8, 2016

    Jury Clears Wal-Mart In Post-Dukes Gender Bias Suit

    A female Wal-Mart employee failed to prove the retail giant paid her male counterparts more, a Louisiana federal jury ruled Wednesday in a dispute stemming from the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Dukes decision decertifying a nationwide class of 1.5 million female Wal-Mart workers.

  • December 8, 2016

    Uber Drivers Must Arbitrate Claims In Safe Rides Fee Row

    Uber drivers who signed arbitration agreements must arbitrate their breach of contract claims against the ride-hailing app over the charging of a “safe rides fee,” a California federal judge ruled Thursday, pointing to Uber’s pledge to shoulder the full share of the arbitration costs.

  • December 8, 2016

    Most Compliance Officers Face Compliance 'Crisis': Study

    More than half of chief compliance officers globally say their company is undergoing a “crisis of compliance” while a majority say they don't report directly to their company's chief executive, according to a study released on Wednesday.

  • December 8, 2016

    Transgender Employee Wins La. Bias Suit Against Loan Co.

    A Mississippi loan company discriminated against a transgender man whose bosses ordered him to dress and act like a woman, an arbitrator has found in a Louisiana federal case backed by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

  • December 8, 2016

    5 Seasonal Worker Hiring Blunders Employers Should Avoid

    With the holiday shopping season in full swing, employers are embarking on their annual quest to keep pace with increased customer traffic by beefing up their staffs with temporary seasonal workers. But if employers take shortcuts when rushing to add those temporary employees, attorneys say, they could end up on the wrong side of a lawsuit in the new year.

  • December 8, 2016

    Trump Taps Fast-Food CEO As Labor Secretary, Reports Say

    President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly nominate as his labor secretary Andrew Puzder, the chief executive of the entity that operates fast food chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. and a former attorney at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth PC. 

  • December 8, 2016

    5th Circ. Will Fast-Track DOL Overtime Rule Appeal

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday agreed to accelerate the U.S. Department of Labor’s appeal of an injunction blocking its revised overtime rule for white collar workers, requiring briefing in the case to be completed by the end of January.

  • December 8, 2016

    FCA Decision Tracker: Continued Interpretations Of Escobar

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s blockbuster decision in Universal Health Services v. Escobar has shifted the False Claims Act landscape, including a range of interpretable words and phrases that have triggered debate in briefs and in the courtroom. Here, in the second of our ongoing reports, Law360 explores how courts have interpreted the ruling.

  • December 8, 2016

    Innovative Corporate Counsel: Donald Remy

    While most GCs have to deal with their share of litigation, few must do so under such unrelenting public scrutiny as the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its general counsel Donald Remy, whose litigation and transactional successes of the last year have landed him among Law360’s 2016 Innovative Corporate Counsel.

  • December 8, 2016

    Connell Foley Atty, Horizon GC Tapped For NJ Bench

    Three southern New Jersey attorneys have been tapped for seats on the state Superior Court bench, including a Connell Foley LLP partner, a general counsel for Horizon NJ Health, and a deputy state attorney general.

  • December 7, 2016

    Jimmy John's Settles Illinois Noncompete Suit

    Sandwich chain Jimmy John’s Enterprises LLC is dropping its noncompete agreements per a settlement with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, her office announced Wednesday, about five months after the company reached a similar deal in New York.

  • December 7, 2016

    White House Hails 44 New Employers On Equal Pay Pledge

    AT&T, eBay, Zillow and a bevy of other companies across a wide array of industries have pledged to help reduce the gender pay gap by running an annual compensation analysis, the White House said Wednesday.

  • December 7, 2016

    Groups Say 'Spy Toys' Don't Play Well With Privacy Regs

    The companies behind a pair of popular internet-connected toys came under fire Tuesday from consumer groups in the U.S. and Europe that asked the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission and other regulators to probe the playthings' potential privacy and security risks. 

  • December 7, 2016

    IRS Adjusts Rules On Losses From Terminated Business Units

    The Internal Revenue Service issued final and temporary regulations on Wednesday relating to the recognition and deferral of foreign currency gain or loss that occurs in certain transactions involving partnerships and when qualified business units are terminated.

  • December 7, 2016

    2nd Circ. Judge Ready To Laugh Louis Vuitton Out Of Court

    Second Circuit Judge Gerard E. Lynch laughed at counsel for Louis Vuitton Malletier SA on Wednesday as the litigious luxury bagmaker asked for the revival of its failed trademark dilution and copyright infringement suit targeting the maker of a canvas tote that reads “My Other Bag ...” and sports cartoons of high-priced brands.

  • December 7, 2016

    Pfizer Fined $106M Over Price Of Epilepsy Drug In UK

    Pfizer Ltd. has been smacked with a record £84.2 million ($106 million) fine for charging the U.K.’s National Health Service excessive and unfair prices for an anti-epilepsy drug and ordered to reduce the drug’s price, the country’s Competition and Markets Authority announced Wednesday.

  • December 7, 2016

    The Top Tax Cases Of 2016: Year In Review

    2016 doled out some major disappointments to taxpayers challenging state rules for determining corporate franchise taxes and sales and use tax obligations, while the European Commission’s efforts to tackle tax avoidance left businesses feeling uncertain about whether their tax arrangements can be retroactively deemed as illegal state aid.

  • December 7, 2016

    Why Midsize Firms Are Stealing Work From BigLaw

    Midsize law firms have begun gobbling up an increasingly large portion of legal work from corporate clients in recent years, a phenomenon experts chalk up to those firms' ability and willingness to budge on fees.

  • December 7, 2016

    Top EEOC Atty Highlights 5th Circ. Wins As Exit Approaches

    As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s longest serving general counsel prepares to step down, he is pointing toward a significant and perhaps unlikely series of wins in what many would characterize as a conservative-leaning court, the Fifth Circuit, as indicative of the watchdog’s work to combat discrimination.

  • December 7, 2016

    Innovative Corporate Counsel: Paul Lanois

    In just a few years at Credit Suisse, Paul Lanois, senior legal counsel of international wealth management and the Swiss Universal Bank, has advised the company through the rollout of new products as the financial institution evolves, landing him among Law360’s 2016 Innovative Corporate Counsel.

Expert Analysis

  • Lawyer EQ: Finding Success In Every Interaction

    Judith Gordon

    American legal education relies almost exclusively on analytical thinking. But success in legal practice depends in large part upon an accurate emotional understanding of oneself and the human seated opposite us. Honing emotional intelligence skills can lead to greater success, and Judith Gordon of LeaderEsQ offers a few tools that can be implemented immediately to raise one’s emotional intelligence quotient.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

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    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP and Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law.

  • 12 Things To Know About The SEC Whistleblower Program

    Jon Eisenberg

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s first chief of the whistleblower program jumped ship to a law firm that specializes in bringing whistleblower claims. The message was clear — SEC whistleblowing is a growing and lucrative area, say Jon Eisenberg and Vince Martinez of K&L Gates LLP.

  • The Personal Benefit Test Post-Salman

    Daniel J. Kramer

    In its first opinion addressing the scope of insider trading liability in nearly 20 years, the U.S. Supreme Court limited its holding in Salman to gifts to friends or relatives, providing little clarity about the scope of the personal benefit requirement outside of that context, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Auto Cos. Should Take Note Of Recent DTSA Case Law

    Jason S. McCarter

    Most automotive businesses create valuable competitive information in today’s economy and so stand to benefit from the Defend Trade Secrets Act and recent case law developments in this area. Although case law is developing, a few recent decisions under the DTSA emphasize the broad reach of the law and a willingness of courts to provide quick relief, say attorneys at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

  • Segment Reporting Lessons From A Recent SEC Action

    Yafit Cohn

    PowerSecure’s failure to disclose inefficiencies in one part of its business, and its failure to take impairment charges due to its aggregation of businesses under its single reportable segment, may have been key factors in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s determination to pursue an enforcement action against the company, say attorneys with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • Using Payroll Cards To Pay Employees’ Wages

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    Kevin E. Vance

    When advising employers on the use of payroll card programs as an alternative method of paying employees there are several considerations lawyers should adopt. Kevin Vance of Duane Morris LLP discusses key issues concerning payroll cards and best practices for establishing and maintaining a payroll card program.

  • Spokeo 6 Months Later: An Undeniably Dramatic Impact

    Ezra D. Church

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision immediately sparked predictions in the class action bar as to the future of statutory damage claims in consumer class actions. And that issue is being vigorously litigated in federal courts throughout the country. Attorneys at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP take stock of the decision’s initial impact and some trends observed to date.

  • Key 2016 Appraisal Decisions That Rejected Merger Price

    Ronald N. Brown III

    Three important cases in 2016 demonstrate that the Delaware Chancery Court will utilize other financial analyses to determine fair value where the merger price is not a reliable indicator, say Ronald Brown III and Keenan Lynch of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.