Employment

  • October 23, 2014

    $62M FCA Suit Against Northrop Grumman Mostly Survives

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday refused to toss most of an ex-employee's $62 million False Claims Act suit accusing Northrop Grumman Corp. of defrauding the U.S. over a program designed to create technology protecting commercial aircraft from shoulder-fired missiles, finding plausible allegations that Northrop had lied.

  • October 23, 2014

    Quinn Emanuel Fights DQ Ruling In Wrongful Firing Suit

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP on Thursday asked a New York appeals court to allow it to represent an investment management firm in a former employee’s wrongful termination suit, saying a lower court misapplied conflict of interest standards when it disqualified the law firm from the case.

  • October 23, 2014

    Gay Worker Fired Over God's Will Keeps Bias Suit In Play

    A New Jersey federal judge refused Thursday to nix a lawsuit brought against the owner of several Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations by an ex-human resources director who was allegedly fired because of her sexual orientation and told the termination was ordained by God.  

  • October 23, 2014

    Funds Dissatisfied With Simon Property CEO's Pay Revision

    Two pension funds launched another challenge to Simon Property Group CEO David Simon's pay in a derivative lawsuit unsealed late Wednesday, arguing revisions to his compensation made in the midst of a prior Delaware Chancery Court fight weren’t good enough and could hand him more than $150 million.

  • October 23, 2014

    Judge Koh Agrees To Take On Oracle Anti-Poaching Suit

    U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh agreed Wednesday to take on a proposed class action accusing Oracle Corp. of conspiring to suppress employee pay by entering an anti-poaching agreement with Google Inc., finding the new suit was related to an ongoing case about similar recruitment agreements.

  • October 23, 2014

    7th Circ. Shuns Review Of $180M ConAgra Blast Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday refused to rehear en banc a ruling that released ConAgra Foods Inc. from its portion of a $180 million jury verdict stemming from an explosion at an Illinois grain mill that severely burned three workers.

  • October 23, 2014

    San Bernardino Creditors Demand Deadline For Ch. 9 Plan

    A bank and an insurer urged the judge handling San Bernardino, California’s two-year-old bankruptcy case on Wednesday to fix a March 1 deadline for the city to submit a Chapter 9 exit plan, saying that a firm timeline will pressure recalcitrant unions into accepting benefit cuts.

  • October 23, 2014

    Chevron Pays $4M To End Refinery Wage Fight

    Chevron USA Inc. on Thursday won approval from a California judge for its $4.2 million settlement of class claims that it stiffed almost 1,400 current and former oil refinery employees by not paying wages for time spent on required pre- and post-shift meetings.

  • October 23, 2014

    Fla. High Court Overturns Atty Fee Ruling In Pension Case

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that attorneys' fees awarded to Tampa firefighters and police officers in a dispute over missed pension fund payments should be paid by the fund’s board, quashing a 2013 state appellate decision.

  • October 23, 2014

    NY Top Court Urges SimplexGrinnell Wage Recovery

    The New York Court of Appeals on Thursday advised the Second Circuit they should not give the Department of Labor deference in deciding whether SimplexGrinnell LP government contractors may pursue claims of past underpayment, and should read the relevant statute as requiring prevailing wages for all the contractors’ work.

  • October 23, 2014

    Calif. Court Stops Firm's Wells Fargo OT Row $5M Fee Grab

    A California appeals court on Wednesday refused to allow Initiative Legal Group APC to collect nearly $5 million that it said it believed were attorneys’ fees obtained in a settlement over Wells Fargo Bank NA mortgage consultants’ claims that the bank denied them overtime.

  • October 23, 2014

    JC Penney Ruling Urges Swiftness For FLSA 'Pick-Off' Bids

    J.C. Penney Co. Inc.'s recent failed attempt to end a potential Fair Labor Standards Act collective action by offering to pay the named plaintiffs' wage claims prompted a New York federal court ruling that attorneys say demonstrates the need to act quickly — for employers looking to complete an FLSA “pick-off” as well as plaintiffs looking to avoid one.

  • October 23, 2014

    HSBC Faces New Retaliation Suit Over Alleged Harassment

    HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. was hit with yet another suit in New York federal court Tuesday alleging it fired an employee who reported a colleague's alleged sexual harassment.

  • October 23, 2014

    Walgreen Workers' Attys Blasted For 'Form Declarations'

    The California Court of Appeal refused Thursday to revive a putative class action accusing The Walgreen Co. of not giving employees meal breaks, after dozens of witnesses recanted mostly identical declarations overseen by the plaintiff's lawyers, raising questions about how the documents were prepared.

  • October 23, 2014

    SG Backs KBR, Halliburton Tipster On Wartime FCA Limits

    The federal government on Tuesday threw its support behind a whistleblower accusing KBR Inc. and Halliburton Co. of defrauding the government, telling the U.S. Supreme Court that the statute of limitations is extended for civil False Claims Act cases over wartime contracts.

  • October 23, 2014

    Honda Execs Take Pay Cuts Over Recall Problems

    Honda Motor Co. on Thursday said its CEO will take a 20 percent pay cut, with 12 other executives slashing their salaries by 10 percent, after the Japanese company announced a fifth recall this year of its Fit hybrid model.

  • October 23, 2014

    Florida Hospitals Face FCA Suit Over Kickback Scheme

    A whistleblower complaint unsealed in Florida federal court on Wednesday alleges that the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Hospital Inc. and the Zephyrhills Health & Rehab Center nursing home filed false claims to defraud federal health care programs.

  • October 23, 2014

    Judge Questions Scope Of $75M NCAA Concussion Deal

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday questioned why the NCAA’s proposed $75 million concussion settlement includes student-athletes who played noncontact sports such as archery, one of several concerns he raised as the organization and plaintiffs’ attorneys pressed him to grant the deal preliminary approval.

  • October 23, 2014

    Dodd-Frank Spares TD Ameritrade Worker Suit, 3rd Circ. Told

    The Third Circuit was urged Thursday to allow an ex-TD Ameritrade Inc. worker's whistleblower suit to proceed in court under a provision of the Dodd-Frank Act allowing would-be informants to void arbitration clauses in their employment agreements.

  • October 23, 2014

    3rd Circ. Urged To Revive Farmworkers' DOL Wage Challenge

    The Third Circuit was urged on Thursday to overturn a district judge’s decision that forthcoming changes to the U.S. Department of Labor’s rules for the calculation of wage levels for migrant farmworkers invalidated a lawsuit challenging the current way the government allows pay rates to be set.

Expert Analysis

  • A Possible Game-Changer For 'Silent' Arbitration Clauses

    Brian Berkley

    Notwithstanding its arguably questionable precedential support, the Third Circuit’s decision in Opalinski v. Robert Half Inc. is not surprising. It continues arbitration law’s march toward a likely end, by any path, for class action liability for companies and other business entities, say Brian Berkley and Matthew Adler of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 5 Issues For Employers To Consider When Shaping Benefits

    Michelle Capezza

    In light of recent legal developments, most notably passage of the Affordable Care Act, and ongoing national issues, such as America's looming retirement crisis, corporate employers will continue to face incredible challenges to their offered health and benefit plans, says Michelle Capezza of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Japan's Trade Secret Law Reform Should Focus On Discovery

    York Faulkner

    Faced with a growing trend of trade secret theft, Japanese lawmakers are actively debating reforms to strengthen both civil and criminal enforcement of trade secrets. The proposals, however, fail to address the fundamental weakness of trade secret enforcement under current Japanese law, say attorneys with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, Kitahama Partners and Lexia Partners.

  • Examining The EEOC's Fiscal Year-End Lawsuit Blitz

    Gerald L. Maatman Jr.

    This fiscal year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has focused substantial resources to tackle the legal issues that could — if the EEOC is successful — sweep away certain procedural prerequisites to filing suit that the agency believes impede its enforcement efforts, especially over systemic cases, say attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • New Jurisdictional Issues When Moving To Quash A Subpoena

    Steven Luxton

    The Nevada federal court's recent ruling in Agincourt Gaming LLC v. Zynga Inc. is an important reminder that a nonparty wanting to challenge a civil subpoena should consider carefully the appropriate jurisdiction in which to file a motion to quash under recently enacted Rule 45, say Steven Luxton and Brad Nes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • The State Of Same-Sex Marriage In Florida

    Brad Gould

    If the Eleventh Circuit overturns the ruling in Brenner v. Scott, then Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage would remain in place — making the Eleventh Circuit the only circuit to uphold such a ban and opening the door to U.S. Supreme Court review, say Brad Gould and Dana Apfelbaum of Dean Mead Minton & Zwemer.

  • A Ban On Ban-The-Box?

    Natasha B. Dorsey

    In a regulatory landscape of ban-the-box laws and increased EEOC scrutiny of criminal history questions during the hiring process, employers in industries such as health care and finance are often put in the position of acting unlawfully because they are required to conduct background checks for certain positions. The Certainty in Enforcement Act could clarify things, but it also leaves the door open for trouble, says Natasha Dorse... (continued)

  • Brazil's E-Social Program: A New Horizon For Employers

    Walter Abrahao Nimir Junior

    The goal of Brazil's eSocial program is to gradually replace obligations from previous labor and social security withholding forms, thus reducing employers' repetitive and excessive submission of information, say Walter Abrahao Nimir Junior and Marina Alfonso de Souza of De Vivo Whitaker e Castro Advogados.

  • FLSA Case Is A Guide To Using Independent Contractors

    Larry S. Perlman

    Saleem v. Corporate Transportation Group Ltd., the "black car" driver case brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law, provides excellent examples for employers to better navigate the legal landscape of independent contractor status given the case's examination of contracts and control over contractors, say Larry Perlman and Tamar Dolcourt of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • What Litigators Can Learn From Novelists

    Michael H. Rubin

    Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.