Employment

  • June 30, 2016

    Gawker's Union Contract Up In Air, Ziff Davis Says

    Web publisher Ziff Davis, currently the leading bidder to acquire Gawker Media's consortium of blogs at a planned bankruptcy auction, said Thursday that it has not yet determined whether it would assume a collective bargaining agreement covering Gawker's editorial employees.

  • June 30, 2016

    Goetz Fitzpatrick Hit With Malpractice Suit Over Biz Spat

    Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP was slammed with a malpractice lawsuit in New Jersey state court Monday from a cybersecurity business owner alleging two firm attorneys negligently drafted legal documents, leading in one instance to a nearly $400,000 judgment against him in separate litigation.

  • June 30, 2016

    Attys Want Out Of SEC Fraud Suit Against 'Stalker' CEO

    Two attorneys accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of helping purported "stalker" and private equity CEO Benjamin Wey manipulate shares on Wednesday asked a New York federal judge to dismiss the claims against them, calling the allegations time-barred and weak.

  • June 30, 2016

    Schlumberger Workers Get Conditional Class Cert. In OT Row

    A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday granted conditional certification to a class of Schlumberger Technology Corporation employees who claimed the oil and gas company failed to pay them overtime, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • June 30, 2016

    Grubhub Hit With Misclassification Suit By Delivery Drivers

    A group of delivery drivers from across the country slapped Grubhub with a proposed class and collective action suit on Tuesday, alleging the online food ordering company stiffed them out of minimum wage and overtime pay by classifying them as independent contractors.

  • June 30, 2016

    DOJ, Veterans Groups Back Soldier Employment Rights Bill

    The U.S. Department of Justice and veterans groups spoke out Wednesday in favor of congressional legislation seeking to protect service member employment rights by voiding worker arbitration agreements that prevent legal challenges of firings and discrimination.

  • June 30, 2016

    Ex-Penn State Coaches Urge 3rd Circ. To Revive Firing Suit

    Two former Penn State University football coaches, including the son of the legendary late head coach Joe Paterno, urged the Third Circuit on Thursday to upend a decision tossing claims that the school had irreparably harmed their reputations by terminating them following the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

  • June 30, 2016

    Whistleblowing Ex-Mylan VP Settles Wrongful Firing Suit

    A lawsuit accusing Mylan Inc. of firing a former marketing executive over his involvement in a False Claims Act suit against Cephalon Inc. came to an end on Wednesday with a settlement agreement in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • June 30, 2016

    Ex-PwC Workers Convicted For Luxembourg Tax Docs Leak

    A Luxembourg court has convicted two former PricewaterhouseCoopers employees who leaked thousands of confidential documents to the press shedding light on corporate tax avoidance, though the court suspended any prison sentence for the so-called LuxLeaks whistleblowers.

  • June 30, 2016

    Travelers Exempt From Covering $5M Theft, 7th Circ. Hears

    Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. of America Inc. on Wednesday urged a Seventh Circuit panel to free it from covering a telecommunications company for the theft of $5 million by a company vice president, saying that the executive wasn’t technically an employee.

  • June 29, 2016

    Texas Atty Can't Duck $1.1M Malpractice Row In Illinois

    A Texas attorney failed on Wednesday to get a quick win against negligence claims in Illinois federal court over his representation of a safety services company that was successfully hit with a $1.1 million counterclaim in a wage suit and subsequently sought bankruptcy protection.

  • June 29, 2016

    Time Warner Worker Again Fails To Salvage Wages Suit

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to let a Time Warner Cable LLC sales representative alleging wage violations by the cable giant avoid federal jurisdiction, saying the amount in controversy clearly meets federal standards and thus denying a motion Time Warner has called “outlandish” and sanctionable.

  • June 29, 2016

    Ex-Comcast Exec Hired By Sprint Can't Duck Noncompete Suit

    A former senior vice president at Comcast accused of violating a noncompete agreement for taking a job with Sprint Corp. was denied by a Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday from pausing or dismissing the case to let a Virginia state court action he filed against the company play out.

  • June 29, 2016

    McDonnell Decision Should Nix Boston Extortion Case: Atty

    The lawyer for a Boston city official who was indicted Tuesday on charges he pressured a concert series to hire unwanted union labor said his client’s involvement starts and ends with attending a meeting, which the U.S. Supreme Court has suggested cannot be a crime in the recent decision overturning Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption case.

  • June 29, 2016

    Ex-Gov't Atty's Bias Suit Tossed For Lack Of Evidence

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security attorney's race, sex and national origin discrimination claims against the agency, finding her allegations lack evidence that she was fired because of her race.

  • June 29, 2016

    Felony, Race Not Why Man Was Denied Job, 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday ruled in favor of a Texas school district in a bias suit brought by an African-American electrician who said he was rejected for the job of master electrician based on his race and criminal record.

  • June 29, 2016

    IRS Owes $10.5M In Tax Credits, Employment Co. Says

    The Internal Revenue Service owes an employment services company about $10.5 million in overpaid federal income taxes on the grounds that the commission purportedly disallowed certain tax credits, according to a suit filed Tuesday in Florida federal court.

  • June 29, 2016

    Tampa Electric Violated Union Laws, NLRB Judge Finds

    A National Labor Relations Board judge on Tuesday ruled that Tampa Electric Co. violated several labor regulations before and after a group of workers in its Sarasota, Florida, division voted to unionize, including coercively interrogating employees, promising wage increases in exchange for abandoning union organizing and improperly eliminating annual merit raises.

  • June 29, 2016

    NHL Concussion MDL Exec. Committee Gets Two New Attys

    Two attorneys were added Tuesday to the executive committee for a class of former National Hockey League players who allege the league hid the harmful long-term effects of head injuries and concussions amid discovery disputes, according to court documents.

  • June 29, 2016

    Lawyer Shouting Match Erupts At Ex-AXA Broker's $20M Trial

    A trial to decide broker Steven S. Novick's $20 million contract beef against two AXA units was punctuated Wednesday by accusations that evidence was improperly altered and a shouting match between Novick's counsel, Michael S. Finkelstein of Finkelstein & Feil PC, and two Epstein Becker & Green PC lawyers representing the financial giant.

Expert Analysis

  • What You Should Know About The Defend Trade Secrets Act

    Patrick J. Coyne

    Nothing passes Congress during an election year. Well, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 did. In some ways, the act is unexceptional. In other ways, however, it is exceptional. Perhaps the single most important provision is the availability of ex parte seizure orders, says Patrick Coyne of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.

  • A Lower Bar For SOX Whistleblower Claims Emerges

    Stephen L. Corso

    In Beacom v. Oracle America, the Eighth Circuit joined the Second, Third and Sixth Circuits in adopting a less stringent standard for whistleblower retaliation claims brought under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which increases the likelihood that whistleblowers would prevail in such cases and could result in lengthier litigation, say attorneys with Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Dealing With OSHA’s New Enforcement Landscape

    Michael V. Abcarian

    The “new” Occupational Safety and Health Administration is more aggressive and motivated than ever. For employers who do not revisit critical facets of workplace safety and Occupational Safety and Health Act compliance, frustrating and potentially expensive encounters with OSHA will loom on the horizon, says Michael Abcarian at Fisher Phillips.

  • Damage Analysis Is Key To Settling Complex Cases

    Karen Willcuts

    An understanding of the damage model and the facts and figures to back it up is crucial to a successful mediation in commercial cases. This is true for both plaintiffs counsel and defense counsel, says Karen Willcutts, former associate judge for Dallas County and an arbitrator at JAMS ADR.

  • 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.