Former Latham & Watkins LLP partner Joseph Yaffe has joined Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s Palo Alto, Calif., office as a partner in its executive compensation and benefits practice.
Franz Kafka is the guiding saint of all benefits lawyers — his writing reflects what happens in a world where the artificial structure of detached regulations displaces and becomes the functioning natural law of the society. It is a lesson our agency administrators need to learn and revisit, says Michael Jacobster, chair of Jackson Lewis LLP's benefits counseling, benefits litigation and workplace privacy practice group.
A federal judge has thrown out breach of fiduciary duty and other remaining claims in a putative class action challenging a 2005 decision by Qwest Communications International Inc.'s employee benefits plan to reduce a death benefit to a flat $10,000.
A disabled Brooklyn, N.Y., man is suing Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Lipman & Plesur LLP for allegedly refusing to respond to discovery requests in retaliation for his suit against American International Group Inc. claiming the insurance giant failed to hire him because of previous discrimination suits brought against employers.
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products Inc. has accused two former employees of secretly starting up a competing business while at the military defense firm and stealing company trade secrets.
The former president and chief operating officer of Monster Worldwide Inc. could face nearly 34 years in prison as a result of his securities fraud conviction over stock options backdating, according to a memorandum filed by his lawyers decrying the “draconian” sentencing recommendation.
Giving a boost to a unit of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a Texas appeals court has overturned a ruling that the insurance services firm’s noncompete covenant is not enforceable against a former insurance broker who jumped to a direct competitor and took her service team with her.
In defending a proposed $33 million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a suit over executive bonuses, Bank of America Corp. is arguing that it never lied to shareholders about its acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co.
In a suit involving a software company, Massachusetts' highest court has ruled that an employee misclassified as an independent contractor can seek damages from an employer even if the employer can show that the employee would have been paid less if properly classified.
A California appeals court has affirmed a trial court's order denying class certification to USA Cab Ltd. taxi drivers who had accused their employer of violating state wage and labor laws in its alleged misclassification of the drivers as independent contractors.
A federal judge has dismissed commute time claims in a wage-and-hour class action against retail inventory and data collection firm RGIS LLC, but kept alive claims related to donning and waiting time.
Labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has boosted its Washington office with the addition of shareholder Robert Niccolini from McGuireWoods LLP.
Legislative changes are needed that allow employers resolutions that don't cripple the company in these troubling times while still allowing for reforms when needed, says Cheryl Orr, co-chair of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP's national labor and employment practice group.
A bankruptcy court judge has approved Renew Energy LLC's plan to provide severance payments to its employees if the ethanol producer enters liquidation.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has dropped a stock options backdating investigation into former Pixar Animation Studios Chief Financial Officer Ann Mather.
A group of California firefighters is suing the Alameda County Fire Department, alleging it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when it altered its method for calculating hourly rates and stopped paying them for time spent traveling while at work.
Arizona's high court has ruled that a truck driver suing Swift Transportation Co. Inc. cannot appeal an order denying him class certification, citing U.S. Supreme Court doctrine concluding that such orders can be amended anytime and thus are not appealable.
A federal judge has certified three classes of plaintiffs in a suit accusing skin treatment clinic chain American Laser Centers of depriving its employees of overtime pay.
LM Insurance Corp. is aiming to derail Roush Fenway Services LLC’s suit alleging the insurer has overcharged the race car company about $2.5 million in premiums for workers’ compensation insurance since 2007.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is suing Illinois to stop the state government from laying off 2,600 employees, saying the state has violated a collective bargaining agreement by employing private contractors to do union work.