The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a federal judge’s order to do so, ruling that the U.S. Constitution does not prevent it from administering state law.
A Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday sanctioned an attorney for unprofessional and harassing conduct while deposing the CEO of Black Elk Energy LLC and ordered him to attend 10 hours of continuing legal education, saying fines have proven ineffective given previous sanctions for similar behavior.
Venture capital legend and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC veteran John Doerr took the stand Tuesday in interim Reddit CEO Ellen Pao's trial accusing the firm of sex discrimination, testifying that an internal investigation found no signs of sexism or retaliation against women partners at Kleiner Perkins.
An ex-CME Group Inc. software engineer was sentenced Tuesday to four years probation for stealing the source code behind the company’s electronic trading platform and shopping it to a Chinese futures exchange, escaping the nearly five-year prison term sought by federal prosecutors.
Fourteen unions representing New Jersey public-sector employees announced Tuesday that they intend to sue Gov. Chris Christie for the second time over his plan to cut contributions to government employees' pension funds, which he laid out in his state budget address on last week.
Embattled insurance boutique Nelson Brown & Co. and Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP have failed to make headway in a suit claiming former Nelson Brown attorneys took company laptops containing clients’ confidential information when they joined Lewis Brisbois.
Publix Super Markets Inc. on Monday struck back in a Florida federal court at a former employee who claimed he wasn’t promoted and was subjected to slurs because of his national origin.
Business groups will square off in court Thursday against Trenton, New Jersey, to potentially sideline an ordinance requiring paid sick leave, as a wave of local sick time laws continued Monday with Bloomfield becoming the state's ninth municipality to mandate such benefits.
A New York appeals court on Tuesday gave a former Dorsey & Whitney LLP partner a retroactive five-year suspension, slated to end in April, for her conduct representing Wolters Kluwer Financial Services Inc. in a federal trade secrets dispute, rejecting her bid for immediate reinstatement.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Tuesday urged a New York federal judge to dismiss an employee class action claiming their retirement plan tanked after the $6 billion “London Whale” fiasco, arguing that disclosing the allegedly risky trading earlier would have caused the stock to fall farther.
KBR Inc. blasted a would-be whistleblower's attempts to revive a False Claims Act suit stemming from its work on a recreation center in Iraq, telling a D.C. federal court that she doomed her endeavor by rehashing old arguments.
A shipbuilder for the U.S. Navy is facing a False Claims Act suit from former employees accusing it of billing the government for higher salaries than it was paying, according to a complaint unsealed in Alabama federal court Monday.
West Virginia's highest court on Monday upheld a lower court’s exoneration of a trucking company over claims it intentionally destroyed a tractor-trailer involved in a deadly collision, while a dissenting justice said the “mind-boggling” decision abolishes the spoliation-of-evidence tort and opens the door to “devious conduct.”
Dow Chemical Co. unit Rohm and Haas Co. on Tuesday asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to rule that the company did not intentionally retaliate against a former employee by undermining her independent research in response to complaints she filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A bill that would lift restrictions on post-judicial employment for retired Florida judges and allow them to return as senior judges more quickly passed out of the Florida Senate's Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, the first day of the legislative session.
The National Football League Players Association told a federal judge on Tuesday that a 2011 agreement barring it from bringing certain antitrust claims against the NFL was signed under false pretenses, and shouldn’t impede its collusion claim over an allegedly secret salary cap.
A $400,000 settlement with a mechanical contracting company that allegedly discriminated against female plumbers as part of public jobs was among about $2.2 million in payouts that New Jersey's Division of Civil Rights obtained last year on behalf of bias victims, the state said Tuesday.
Congressional Republicans are suddenly floating numerous ideas for overhauling or replacing the Affordable Care Act, a campaign timed to Wednesday’s oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over the landmark law’s tax credits.
A former claims representative at a Los Angeles water and electricity utility hit his former employer with a retaliation suit in California state court Monday, alleging he was fired because he reported widespread fraud and intentional overpayment in claims settlements.
Wells Fargo is accused of benefiting from stolen trade secrets after hiring an executive from a competing Ohio insurance brokerage and allowing him to solicit customers and staff from his former employer, according to a lawsuit filed in Ohio federal court Monday.
Affirmation of the Specialty Healthcare “overwhelming-community-of-interest” test by the Fourth Circuit in Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Co. v. National Labor Relations Board will almost certainly lead to a proliferation of small bargaining units across all industries, but will likely have the greatest impact on manufacturing, public utilities and retail, says Kenneth Dolin of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania's recent decision in Krauss v. Trane U.S. Inc. is significant in that it reaffirms that traditional legal principles apply to asbestos cases, notwithstanding the application of a unique “frequency, regularity, proximity” standard to motions for summary judgment, say Michael Haslup and Kevin Penhallegon of Miles & Stockbridge PC.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent suit against United Health Programs of America Inc. after workers alleged they were forced to say "I love you" to co-workers due to management's belief in a religion called "Onionhead” raises interesting questions about what EEOC and employer communications are permissible to employees, says Christina Stoneburner of Fox Rothschild LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s heightened interest in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, an increase in investigations from the U.S. Department of Labor and the dangerous ERISA fiduciary exception to attorney-client privilege are just some of the reasons why companies should have ERISA litigators on speed dial, say Nancy Ross and Brian Netter of Mayer Brown LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. is expected to focus on what level of knowledge an employer must have that an employee or job applicant’s religious practice may conflict with a job requirement — and from what source — before it has a duty to consider accommodation, say Dawn Solowey and Ariel Cudkowicz of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Washington, D.C., just became the most recent jurisdiction to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But federal contractors — a huge percentage of the D.C. population — still face catastrophic penalties for violating laws that prohibit drug use by federal contractor employees, says Lucas Hanback of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC.
Far from Gertrude Stein’s description of her former hometown — “there is no there there” — Oakland is poised to be a frontrunner in terms of progressive wage-and-hour protections in California. The transportation industry, hotels and restaurants will likely be the first to feel the impact, say Katherine Catlos and Gabriel Rubin of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.
Many banks are facing class actions for not compensating nonexempt employees for compensable work. These lawsuits are costly and hard to defend. Meanwhile, foreign nationals create a potential new client base, but the issue is whether to offer services to undocumented individuals, say attorneys with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt LLP.
What is so concerning about King v. Burwell is that an issue of statutory construction regarding the Affordable Care Act has become so politically driven — the fact that, in all likelihood, the split will hew closely to the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal and conservative blocs on how to interpret a statute is a troubling sign of the times, says Robert Hoffman of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.
While it is premature to draw conclusions from oral argument in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc. and Xuedan Wang v. Hearst Corp., the Second Circuit hinted that the U.S. Department of Labor's six-factor test for internship status is overly rigid and focused on the utility of an alternate test to determine whether an internship primarily benefits the intern or the employer, say Robert Whitman and Adam Smiley of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.