Seyfarth Shaw LLP has been smacked with a $2 million malpractice suit in Los Angeles court by Landmark Worldwide LLC, a self-help product developer and former client, claiming the firm failed to report an underlying employee discrimination suit to Landmark’s insurer, which allowed the firm to charge more for its services.
An Arizona catering company and several affiliated entities violated federal anti-discrimination laws by maintaining a hostile work environment toward several male cooks who are gay and by terminating them after they complained, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has alleged.
American International Group struck back against an excess insurer’s contention that it mishandled settlements of worker lawsuits against Imperial Sugar Co. after a deadly refinery explosion, telling the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday the deals it reached were “undeniably reasonable” and a lower court’s decision finding likewise should be affirmed.
A New York federal judge on Thursday dismissed federal and state antitrust claims brought against Major League Baseball by scouts over alleged wage suppression, saying they were prohibited by an antitrust exception that courts have applied to professional baseball.
Alabama’s Roy S. Moore's judicial career ended Friday with a suspension for directing probate judges to defy federal orders on gay marriage that will carry him beyond a mandatory retirement age.
A California appeals court on Wednesday shut down a suit alleging OneUnited Bank fired an executive in its loan origination department, affirming a jury verdict and trial court rulings finding that the worker hadn’t shown she was fired for testifying in another employee’s wage dispute.
The goal behind a new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requirement that certain businesses disclose more information about worker compensation is laudable, attorneys say, but the job categories and pay bands used in the reports may be too broad to help the EEOC fight for equal pay.
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation requiring all single-occupancy restrooms in the state to be identified as “all gender” and be universally accessible, just days after the governor greenlit a bill limiting state employee travel to North Carolina due to its controversial transgender bathroom law.
An Illinois federal judge on Thursday brought back a wrongful death suit against the National Hockey League filed by relatives of deceased enforcer Derek Boogaard, finding new claims that the NHL promoted violence and implied that head trauma was not dangerous fall outside the league's collective bargaining agreement.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday urged a Mississippi federal court to sanction a strip club that allegedly has not complied with the terms of an agreement meant to resolve claims that it racially discriminated against its black dancers.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Thursday a plan to provide nearly 7 million residents access to a new retirement savings account that will be run by the state.
A casino gaming company agreed to pay $500,000 to settle charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of unlawful retaliation against one of its directors for flagging potential accounting distortions, according to the agency Thursday.
ApolloMD and Georgia Hospitalists Group were hit with an employment discrimination suit in Georgia federal court Wednesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming the physicians services company and medical group violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing a doctor for taking narcotic medication prescribed for chronic pain.
Despite some minor tweaks, the U.S. Department of Labor's final rule requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees still imposes a significant burden on those companies, attorneys said, especially in combination with a slate of other recently introduced labor rules.
The Obama administration has received nearly 55,000 comments as it seeks compromise in bitterly fought litigation surrounding the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, but newly released letters from major players suggest that a meeting of the minds is still elusive. Here’s a look at four key arguments.
Ten states urged a Texas federal judge Wednesday to permanently block the U.S. Department of Labor from enforcing a new rule expanding employers’ disclosure requirements related to union-organizing campaigns and declare it unlawful.
A California appeals court said Wednesday that a lower court properly disqualified law firm Hogue & Belong from representing former Apple employees bringing a putative class action over wage statements, saying likely having to cross-examine its own client from another wage-and-hour suit against the company created a conflict.
A proposed wage-and-hour class action brought in California on behalf of adjunct instructors of ITT Tech is seeking authority to file a $20.2 million claim in the now-shuttered for-profit college’s bankruptcy case, according to court documents filed Thursday.
Energy logistics company Maxum Petroleum Inc. lost its bid in Connecticut federal court Wednesday to secure a temporary restraining order that would prevent a former executive and the competitor he jumped to from soliciting business from Maxum customers or using confidential company information.
Always follow up and follow through with potential clients. Sometimes, it’s simply about timing — reaching out to someone at the right time. But it may take many, many tries before you connect with someone at exactly the right moment, says Dorothy Liu, a labor and employment partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP.
One of the first steps in addressing potential trade secret misappropriation and breach of restrictive covenant claims is determining the scope and extent of the employer’s protections. However, the prelitigation process involves many more stages. Attorneys with Robinson & Cole LLP address seven specific steps you should take on behalf of an employer in assessing and addressing a potential breach of a noncompete agreement.
In Ochoa v. McDonald's, a California federal court recently certified a class of current and former employees of a McDonald's franchisee to pursue wage, overtime and maintenance-of-uniform claims. Although that result in a vacuum would certainly be enough to cause a stir, it is the facts that the court deemed important to the certification analysis that have the industry paying particularly close attention, says John Aaron Hughes of DLA Piper.
The Second Circuit's decision last week in American International Group Securities Litigation creates a split in how courts define the term “affiliate” in class action securities settlements. Settling defendants should consider pressing for the elimination of the term completely, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.
With summer 2016 well behind us, employers should begin to plan for the major labor and employment law trends expected to emerge in the final quarter of the year and into 2017. From the looming overtime regulations to equal pay legislation and class action waivers, Joel Barras and Mark Goldstein of Reed Smith LLP dissect several of the developing trends in this arena.
Parallel criminal and civil proceedings in False Claims Act cases raise important and troublesome issues for the defense, including protecting the defendant’s Fifth Amendment rights while mounting a robust defense in the civil case. But, as shown in recent decisions from the Eastern District of Kentucky and Southern District of New York, parallel proceedings may also prove challenging to the U.S. Department of Justice, say Tony Mai... (continued)
Illinois' recently enacted Freedom to Work Act prohibits nongovernmental employers from entering into noncompete agreements with low-wage employees. The new law is part of a greater focus by state and federal governments on ensuring the mobility of low-wage workers and preventing potential abuse of noncompete agreements, say Jim Witz and Abiman Rajadurai at Littler Mendelson PC.
The Eighth Circuit’s opinion in U.S. v. Anesthesia Associates is the most recent in a line of cases suggesting that a provider faced with a potentially ambiguous regulation or statute can protect itself from potential False Claims Act liability by taking steps to ensure that its interpretation of the ambiguous provision is reasonable under the circumstances, says Taylor Chenery of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.
Wearable device data may be the next big thing in the world of evidence for employment cases. Given the nature of the information captured, it is easy to see how this type of data may be relevant to claims of disability discrimination, workers’ compensation and even harassment, say Karla Grossenbacher and Selyn Hong of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Following the National Labor Relations Board's recent ruling allowing teaching and research assistants to unionize, university administrators should take note of the board's aggressive agenda toward employers. Many employment practices that have heretofore seemed common and acceptable are now not in the eyes of the NLRB, says Amy Strauss of Fisher Phillips.
There has been little discussion of the potential impact of the Yates Memo on parallel civil litigation — particularly product liability and other types of mass tort litigation — or of the reactionary measures that companies and their executives and other employees may be taking in response, says Geoffrey Drake of King & Spalding LLP.