Employment

  • June 28, 2016

    How To Become The Firm Every GC Wants To Hire

    Some law firms have perfected the art of pleasing general counsels, a skill that wins them the love of clients and allows them to score new cases and deals. Here, we look at a new report that delves into the intricacies of making clients happy.

  • June 28, 2016

    Calif. Judge's Gender Discrimination Firing Suit Nixed

    A former California state judge overseeing workers' compensation matters didn’t plausibly allege claims of gender discrimination against the state’s Department of Industrial Relations, a California federal judge ruled on Tuesday, while saying he will allow her to bring a new complaint against the agency and her former supervisor.

  • June 28, 2016

    Settlement In Comcast Techs' OT Wages Suit Gets Judge's OK

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday approved a $450,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by Comcast Corp. line technicians who alleged that the cable company stiffed them out of overtime wages.

  • June 28, 2016

    Labaton To Lead Network Co. Investor Suit For Pension Fund

    A California federal judge on Tuesday appointed Labaton Sucharow LLP and an Arkansas pension fund to take the lead in a class action against Extreme Networks Inc., rejecting Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP's argument that fund is litigating too many shareholder suits.

  • June 28, 2016

    Drivers Double Down On Bid To Step Into $100M Uber Deal

    Four drivers urged a California federal judge Monday to let them jump into a proposed $100 million settlement in a high-profile class action accusing Uber of misclassifying drivers as independent contractors, insisting their claims in separate sick-leave litigation would be jeopardized otherwise.

  • June 28, 2016

    ADT, Sales Reps Get Final Nod For $2.7M Wage Settlement

    A California federal judge Monday gave final approval to a $2.7 million settlement between ADT LLC and two subclasses of sales representative employees who alleged the home security system outfitter failed to supply adequate reimbursement for work-related vehicle expenses or provide accurate itemized wage statements, according to court records.

  • June 28, 2016

    The 24 Firms GCs Love The Most

    Some law firms have honed their ability to serve clients so well that their relationships with general counsels have entered a sort of utopian existence where they earn glowing recommendations from clients and consistently win work. Here, find out which 24 firms have reached a state of “clientopia,” according to a new report by BTI Consulting Group.

  • June 28, 2016

    Medco Says Ex-Worker Has ‘No Evidence’ Of Kickbacks

    Medco Health Solutions Inc. on Monday reiterated its bid to toss a suit saying it donated to nonprofits as a kickback for referrals, telling a New Jersey federal court that a brief by the ex-employee behind the suit “confirms he cannot prove” his False Claims Act allegations.

  • June 28, 2016

    Texas Taxi Companies Pay $1M To Resolve Medicaid FCA Suit

    Seven Texas taxicab companies and three individuals reached an agreement with the Department of Justice on Monday to pay a total of $1.125 million to settle allegations brought by ex-employees that they violated the False Claims Act in executing contracts to provide transportation services to Medicaid recipients.

  • June 28, 2016

    Reed Smith Nabs Kelley Drye Procurement Co-Chair

    Reed Smith LLP has added the former co-chair of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s government contracts group, whose recent work has focused on construction contracting, to its Washington, D.C., office.

  • June 28, 2016

    Broker's $20M Contract Beef With AXA Goes Before NY Jury

    A broker took his decadeold, $20 million contract beef with insurer AXA Network LLC and its sister broker-dealer before a New York civil jury Tuesday, claiming the financial giant lured him and his $120 million book of business in 2002 before unlawfully terminating him, while AXA said he was fired for pitching improper investments.

  • June 28, 2016

    Choudhury Faces Sanctions For Ducking Rape Case Depo

    A California judge ruled on Tuesday that if Bikram Choudhury doesn't appear by July 15 for a deposition in a lawsuit brought by a former teacher trainee who has accused him of rape, he'll face sanctions barring him from presenting evidence that's critical to his defense.

  • June 28, 2016

    Sheppard Knocks $3.8M Fee Forfeit In Calif. High Court

    A California appellate ruling that Sheppard Mullin should be disqualified and forfeit $3.8 million in fees for failing to warn a client about the firm's potential conflict of interest threatens to undermine public faith in the arbitration process and in the use of advance conflict waivers, the practice told the state high court Monday.

  • June 28, 2016

    Lyft Settles With Former Exec Who Jumped To Rival Uber

    Lyft Inc. and its former chief operating officer have settled a California state lawsuit in which the ride-hailing service accused the now-top executive at rival Uber Technologies Inc. of breaching confidentiality agreements ahead of his jump to the competitor service, according to court records.

  • June 28, 2016

    Sanders Pushes Dems To Oppose TPP In Party Platform

    U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday urged Democratic Party platform writers to take a stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed 12-nation trade pact that he said would have “disastrous” consequences for U.S. workers and the environment.

  • June 28, 2016

    Ford Harrison Adds BahnMulter Employment Pro in NY Office

    Ford & Harrison LLP has added a former BahnMulter LLP employment attorney who handles criminal and civil litigation as a partner in its New York office, the firm has announced.

  • June 28, 2016

    Ex-Zimmer Sales Rep Says Whistleblowing Got Him Canned

    A former Zimmer Biomet Inc. salesman filed a $15 million suit in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday contending that the medical device company fired him after he gave grand jury testimony about a doctor who was allegedly performing unnecessary procedures.

  • June 28, 2016

    Transportation Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2016

    A dispute over the U.S. Department of Transportation's tank car rules for trains carrying crude oil and labor suits challenging commercial truckers, delivery giants and ride-hailing companies' classification of drivers as independent contractors are among the court battles that transportation attorneys will watch as 2016 continues to unfold.

  • June 28, 2016

    High Court Won't Rehear Public Union Fee Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a bid by nine California public school teachers for a rehearing of their challenge to California public-sector unions’ fee requirement once a ninth justice takes a seat on the bench.

  • June 28, 2016

    Justices To Look At Scope Of Structured Dismissals In Ch. 11

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal brought by a group of truck drivers challenging their employers' use of a structured dismissal of its Chapter 11 case to avoid paying legal claims arising from sudden layoffs in a case critics have said upended the scheme for determining which creditors get paid first in a bankruptcy.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Class Defendants Should Consider Venue Transfers

    Cathy Moses

    Class action defendants litigating in an inconvenient forum should consider presenting arguments in favor of transferring the action to another venue, as a successful venue motion can deflate some momentum that the class might appear to have at the outset of the case, says Cathy Moses at Irell & Manella LLP.

  • Jimmy John’s: Poster Child For National Noncompete Debate

    Jason B. Hirsh

    The Illinois attorney general's litigation with sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s speaks to the concerns about noncompete agreements recently expressed by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the White House. Such agreements likely can have serious and unintended consequences and state and national authorities are now paying closer attention, say Jason Hirsh and Christina Lutz at Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.

  • A New Precedent For Physician Restrictive Covenants In NY

    Thomas A. Telesca

    A recent decision from the New York Supreme Court concerning the enforceability of a physician's restrictive covenant reflects continued changes taking place in the health care field and indicates that attorneys representing individual physicians and medical practices in New York will have to take more care in drafting such contracts, says Thomas Telesca at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek PC.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.

  • Post-Tyson, Defendants Should Play Offense In Discovery

    Trischa Snyder Chapman

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, defendants can expect to see an increase in the use of sampling in class action discovery. But defendants need not take such discovery lying down. Rather, they should consider taking the offensive and use sampling to defeat class allegations, says Trischa Snyder Chapman at BakerHostetler.

  • 5 Steps For Creating An LGBT-Supportive Workplace

    Jim S. McNeill

    Law governing LGBT workplace protections is in flux, and largely does not keep pace with the opinion of society. To stay one step ahead, proactive employers should consider taking steps to ensure their workplace is LGBT-supportive. Doing so will not only mitigate future liability, but it will telegraph to employees that management believes in an inclusive and diverse workforce, say Jim McNeill and Peter Stockburger at Dentons.

  • Escobar Was A Clear Defeat For FCA Defendants

    R. Scott Oswald

    Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Escobar was — the spin of defense attorneys notwithstanding — an unvarnished victory for government prosecutors, taxpayers and the qui tam relators who file lawsuits on their behalf under the venerable False Claims Act. The 8-0 opinion clarified three key points of law, all in favor of those who battle dishonest contractors, says R. Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group PC.

  • REBUTTAL: NJ Justices Restored Sanity To Bias Deadlines

    Jon W. Green

    After reading the headline of Law360’s recent story “NJ Justices Force Employers to Play Long Game in Bias Rows,” one would have thought that employers would suffer grievously because of this way-out-of-the-mainstream ruling. However, this assertion is utter nonsense for several reasons, says Jon Green at Green Savits LLC.

  • Redefining The Focus Of Federal And State Equal Pay Laws

    Susan Gross Sholinsky

    While the federal government has not enhanced its own equal pay law, the current administration has made clear that equality in the workplace is a priority. State and local governments have taken it upon themselves to create more protections for employees, and there are several different elements employers should consider as they prepare for the possibility of defending cases under the new amendments, say attorneys at Epstein Becker Green LLP.