Two shipping companies have agreed to pay $3.4 million to settle a whistleblower suit alleging they violated the False Claims Act by fixing the price of government cargo transportation contracts between the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
A New York state judge has granted a former Gersten Savage LLP partner's motion for default judgment against the defunct law firm in a $5 million suit accusing the firm's founder of misusing firm funds and denying partners their promised compensation, according to court documents filed Friday.
After being dealt a blow Thursday with the Florida Supreme Court's decision blocking an immigrant in the U.S. without legal permission from joining the Florida Bar, immigrant advocates are looking to the state legislature for help, which may be an uphill climb in an election year when few controversial measures are expected to advance.
A California appeals court on Friday tossed a $2.3 million jury award against Dole Food Co., saying a lower court correctly vacated the award and axed the suit because the plaintiffs may have lied about being affected by pesticides the company used in the 1970s.
Verizon Communications Inc. on Friday asked a Texas federal judge to dismiss again claims from a class of retirees who allege their savings were put at risk when the company transferred $7.4 billion in pension obligations to Prudential Insurance Co. of America.
A Michigan federal judge on Friday reinstated his certification of a class of nurses who allege Detroit-area hospitals conspired to keep their wages low, rejecting an argument that the class shouldn’t be joined following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend.
Fifth Third Bancorp's argument that ex-workers who said the company's stock was too risky for their retirement plan had to claim Fifth Third faced dire circumstances — such as impending collapse — to keep a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action in court is bunk, the U.S. solicitor general told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
A Stanford University track and field star who had been the first active Division I-A athlete to sue the NCAA over its handling of concussions dropped her proposed class action in Illinois federal court Friday over concerns about her role as class representative.
The president's 2015 proposed budget includes plans to hire more fraud and compliance enforcers, likely creating more work for attorneys who defend government contractors in areas like health care, information technology and labor compliance.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Wednesday it would hear an appeal of a decision that found the state's labor relations board had ruled correctly when it concluded Luzerne County had not violated state law after an agency underneath it subcontracted work typically handled by a union.
A duo of Democratic Congressmen said on Thursday that they had sent letters to McDonald's Corp. and other fast-food companies seeking information about their labor practices, referencing reports of allegedly illegal pay practices and workers relying on billions of dollars in public assistance.
A Sonic Drive-In franchisee operating Alabama locations was hit with a proposed class action in federal court on Thursday alleging that it has violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by forcing off-the-clock work and wrongfully paying a lower tipped wage to some employees.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. LLC will pay $1.8 million to settle claims that it skimmed the tips of its food and beverage service employees at its Kapalua, Maui, hotel, according to documents filed Thursday in Hawaii federal court.
A New York federal court on Friday approved a deal in which a whistleblower will get $63.9 million for tips leading to a False Claims Act settlement in which JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $614 million over allegations it defrauded the U.S. government into insuring flawed home loans
The Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action alleging Sanderson Farms Inc. violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by depressing workers' wages, saying Friday that the plaintiffs didn't sufficiently show their injury was caused by racketeering.
The U.S. Department of Labor's contentious "persuader" rule will be delayed beyond its previously announced March target date, a DOL spokesperson said Friday, a development that comes about two weeks after more than 50 business groups asked the DOL to hold off on finalizing the regulations.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday affirmed an arbitrator’s ruling that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission had violated a collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters by hiring a subcontractor to cut grass, but it overturned a punitive damages award.
Detroit retirees on Thursday took to bankruptcy court to air their fears about the city’s proposed plan of adjustment, which could force them to swallow hefty cuts to their pensions, with many noting that such measures would force them to seek public assistance.
A male in-house counsel once told me I had not been "nice" to him when I approached him about a business opportunity and would therefore not get the business. To add insult to injury, one of my male partners told me I should be flattered by the interest paid to me by the in-house counsel, says Paulette Brown, chief diversity officer at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
Several people have told me that they had a lot of trepidation when they found out they would be working for a woman. To be effective, you need to be able to eliminate or address the conscious or unconscious bias colleagues may have about having a female boss, says Nancy Mitchell, chairwoman of Greenberg Traurig LLP's New York business reorganization and financial restructuring practice.
Creating a written policy and designating a human resources representative to monitor telecommuting employees and unpaid interns are worthwhile efforts to prevent an employment-related lawsuit — and all the bad publicity that comes with one, say attorneys at Porter Hedges LLP.
San Francisco's recently enacted ordinance promoting family-friendly workplace policies has the potential to spur private litigation by employees for wrongful termination based on alleged violations of the law. While the ordinance does not provide a private right of action, foreseeably the plaintiffs bar will attempt to package retaliation claims under it — which may be the most significant, long-term impact of the new law, says Andrew Sommer of Epstein Becker & Green PC.
Cloud users must know how to use the cloud responsibly to prevent later difficulties with document production. When negotiating a cloud service agreement, users should look for certain services that will prove useful when responding to discovery requests, such as comprehensive search options, instant suspension of the auto-delete function, and preservation of metadata and embedded data, say attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP.
America's workforce today is a generational mix of Baby Boomers, Generation X and millennials, each with their own values, attitudes and communication styles. An ethics and compliance program strategy can promote more collaboration across generations by adopting three simple characteristics — multigenerational ambassadors, two-way dialog and information contextualization, says Marsha Hames of LRN Corporation.
In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, nearly 200 cases have cited the ruling, but the only consensus reached is that its significance for class actions is unsettled. However, notwithstanding the lower courts’ inconsistent application of Comcast's “rigorous analysis” of damages model evidence, a few guiding principles have emerged, say Erik Snapp and Quinn Shean of Dechert LLP.
Whether ensuring wage-hour compliance, implementing a new internship program or conducting a background check, hospitality employers must always be aware of the pitfalls. For example, while screening new hires through background checks may seem like the best way to limit liability and protect guests, a blanket disqualification may be viewed as an indirect form of race discrimination, say Bethanie Barnes and John Mavros of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
In Lawson v. FMR LLC — the first whistleblower case heard under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act — the U.S. Supreme Court recently held the law protects virtually anyone hired by a publicly traded company, or its employees, either directly or indirectly, and forbids reprisal for a huge range of fraud reports. The decision throws into doubt the Fifth Circuit's ruling last year in Asadi v. GE Energy LLC and will likely reshuffle future whistleblower opinions, says R. Scott Oswald of The Employment Group PC.
The main takeaway from the Second Circuit's recent decision in U.S. v. DHL Express (USA) Inc. is that potential False Claims Act liability attaches long after a transaction closes, regardless of the contract protections bargained for. Contractual or statutory notice requirements cannot be relied on to shift risk onto counterparties, say attorneys with Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
I was shocked to find that in the month of February 2014 alone there were over 100 legal opinions issued in the U.S. involving Facebook. While some of these cases were more disturbing than amusing, there were a few gems, including the case of a Florida judge who ruled against a litigant who had denied her friend request, says Dan Nabel of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. should add certainty to Employee Retirement Income Security Act plan administrators now that limitations on actions will be enforced uniformly throughout the country — indeed, courts have already begun to rely on the decision when enforcing similar provisions, says Michael DeWitt of Fox & Fox Law Co. LPA.