• December 19, 2014

    Former Sherman & Howard Atty Hits Firm With Sex Bias Suit

    An attorney on Thursday hit Denver, Colorado-based law firm Sherman & Howard LLC  with a sexual discrimination lawsuit in a Colorado federal court, accusing her former employer of subjecting her to a hostile work environment that included repeated sexual harassment from a former partner.

  • December 19, 2014

    NLRB Targets McDonald's, Franchisees As 'Joint Employers'

    The National Labor Relations Board said Friday it has issued complaints targeting both McDonald's USA LLC and McDonald's franchisees over labor law violations, alleging that the "joint employers" violated the rights of workers who took steps to try to improve their working conditions that included participation in nationwide protests. 

  • December 18, 2014

    Sports Giant IMG Latest Hit With Unpaid Intern Suit In NY

    A former intern for sports marketing giant IMG Worldwide LLC on Thursday filed the latest in a series of putative class actions in New York court that accuse companies of not paying their interns minimum wage for work that doesn't qualify as education or training.

  • December 18, 2014

    Sony Hit With 2 More Suits Over 'The Interview' Hack

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. is facing two more putative class actions from employees whose personal information was leaked as part of a massive hack directed at the movie studio over its comedy “The Interview,” about a plot to kill North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

  • December 17, 2014

    Westlake Sues Contractors Over Allegedly Deadly Botched Job

    A Houston construction company breached a $400 million contract by botching a Louisiana chlor-alkali plant construction job that injured dozens and killed one worker, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by Westlake Chemical Corp.

  • December 17, 2014

    Chicago Pension Reform Bill Unconstitutional, Unions Say

    A coalition of unions and city employees filed suit Tuesday in Illinois court to block a state law designed to plug a multibillion-dollar hole in Chicago’s pension funds, claiming the state constitution bars cuts to public workers’ benefits.

  • December 16, 2014

    MMA Fighters Clobber UFC With Monopoly Class Action

    Current and former mixed martial arts fighters hit the Ultimate Fighting Championship with a multimillion-dollar putative class action in California federal court Tuesday, alleging the company maintains a stranglehold on the MMA market, has systemically choked out rival promoters and is blocking fighters from higher earnings.

  • December 16, 2014

    Ex-Employee Accuses Abbott Of Retaliation In FCA Suit

    A False Claims Act suit unsealed in Massachusetts federal court on Monday accuses Abbott Laboratories Inc. of retaliating against a former medical manager after her refusal to participate in a supposedly illegal marketing scheme that affected Medicare and Medicaid payments.

  • December 16, 2014

    Ex-Employees Sue Sony Pictures For Not Preventing Breach

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. was hit in California federal court Monday with the first proposed class action over the recent data breach at the company, a situation that former employees claim is “better suited to a cinematic thriller than to real life.”

  • December 16, 2014

    Asbestos Atty Sues 2 Ex-Partners, Claims LLP Is A Lie

    Two personal injury attorneys were hit with a suit in California state court Friday by a former partner claiming the duo owes him a cut of the fees received from asbestos cases he helped prosecute for them and that they improperly represent themselves as having a limited liability partnership.

  • December 12, 2014

    MLB Hall Of Famer Told Exec 'Places Women Can't Go': Suit

    A Hispanic female Major League Baseball executive sued the league and others Thursday in New York federal court, claiming a Hall of Famer vice president stalled her career, said he prefers hiring men "because there are places women can't go," and subjected her to a drug test for speaking out.

  • December 12, 2014

    Freeport CEO's $35M Stock Gift Is Bogus, Investor Claims

    A Freeport-McMoRan Inc. investor on Thursday launched a derivative suit against the energy and mining company and its board of directors in Delaware Chancery Court, claiming they wrongly awarded CEO Richard Adkerson $35 million in stock following a $9 billion acquisition of two oil and gas companies in 2012.

  • December 11, 2014

    Ex-Siemens Worker Claims Retaliation Over Contract Concerns

    Siemens USA's industrial services arm has been hit with a whistleblower retaliation suit in New Jersey Superior Court, with a former associate accusing the company of firing him for questioning the allegedly improper terms of a lucrative contract with New York's Office of General Services.

  • December 11, 2014

    DQ’d ‘Top Model’ Contestant Hits Tyra Banks With $4M Suit

    “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Angelea Preston on Wednesday slapped Tyra Banks and the show’s producers with a $4 million breach-of-contract and wage-and-hour suit in a California court, saying they denied her promised modeling jobs and failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to contestants.

  • December 10, 2014

    Suit Says Philly Firm Billed Trusts To Rep Scammer

    Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP was hit Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court with a proposed class action brought by benefit plan beneficiaries who say they were defrauded and claim that the firm billed trusts that held plan assets in order to represent an embezzler of funds.

  • December 10, 2014

    Injured Oil Rig Cleaners Sue Fieldwood Over Gulf Explosion

    Two offshore oil rig cleaning employees have sued Fieldwood Energy LLC and Island Operating Co. in response to a November rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that injured the men and killed their foreman, saying the company did not properly maintain the rig's oil separation mechanism.

  • December 10, 2014

    Nike Sues 3 Star Designers Over Jump To Adidas

    Nike Inc. says three of its former star shoe designers stole a “treasure trove” of trade secrets when they left this year for rival Adidas AG in a lawsuit filed Monday in Oregon.

  • December 9, 2014

    Calif. DAs Hit Uber With Consumer-Safety Suit As Lyft Settles

    Los Angeles and San Francisco County district attorneys on Tuesday slapped Uber Technologies Inc. with a state lawsuit accusing the ride-sharing service provider of misleading consumers over how it screens its drivers, while rival Lyft Inc. paid $500,000 to settle similar claims.

  • December 9, 2014

    Ex-Pratt & Whitney Engineer Accused Of Defense Data Theft

    A former Pratt & Whitney engineer has been charged with stealing sensitive proprietary information related to advanced titanium used in U.S. military aircraft and attempting to travel to China with those documents, in violation of export controls, Connecticut federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • December 9, 2014

    Michaels Buries Background Check Disclosure, Suit Says

    Michaels Stores Inc. violates state and federal consumer protection laws by burying disclosures alerting job applicants that the company will procure background checks on them during the application process, a putative class action filed in New Jersey federal court alleges.

Expert Analysis

  • Seminal Supreme Court Employment Cases In 2014

    Keenya Harrold

    National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. Lawson v. FMR LLC. The highly anticipated 2013-2014 U.S. Supreme Court term did not disappoint employment lawyers as it was filled with cases that had a major impact on presidential power, union claims and religious freedom, says Keenya Harrold of Cozen O'Connor PC.

  • A Murky Trade Secret Landscape: What Employers Can Do

    Robert Hanna

    The Arizona Supreme Court’s recent decision in Orca Communications Unlimited LLC v. Noder permitting common law tort claims for misappropriation of confidential information that do not fall under the definition of trade secret may indicate a trend toward state courts reconsidering their positions on this issue, say Robert Hanna and Stephanie Rzepka of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • IRS Guidance On Full-Time Status May Help Employers

    Ryan Gorman

    The Internal Revenue Service's recent guidance may be of particular relevance for employers with variable hour, seasonal and part-time employees that want to simplify, reconcile or consolidate differing measurement periods or methods for determining the full-time status of their workforce for purposes of the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act, say Samuel Choy and Ryan Gorman of King & Spalding LLP.

  • SDNY Widens Split On Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

    Michael Filoromo III

    The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York's decision in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC makes it the latest court to hold that Dodd-Frank only covers employees who report suspected violations of securities laws to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission — the ruling reflects a deepening split on the issue among federal courts, say David Marshall and Michael Filoromo III of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • What Happens When Legal Aid Cuts Stimulate Pro Bono?

    Kevin J. Curnin

    The bad news coming out of the European Pro Bono Summit in November was the rising toll of heavy cuts to public legal aid in England. From this crossroad, there is a lot to be learned about the relationship between public and private assistance, the direction of legal help for the poor in the EU, and whether the American legal aid/pro bono experience offers a road map for what’s next in Europe, says Kevin Curnin of the Association ... (continued)

  • Blankenship Case Shows Perils Of Post-Crisis Assurances

    Jeremy Peterson

    Attorneys and executives would do well to take note of the recent federal indictment of Massey Energy Co.'s former CEO, which shows that, in at least some circumstances, relatively general and open-ended corporate statements can be the basis for criminal charges, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • A Year For Whistleblower Rewards And Protections

    Jason Zuckerman

    2014 has been a transformative year for the development of whistleblower law between whistleblowers obtaining record recoveries through the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's whistleblower rewards program, the U.S. Supreme Court's Lawson v. FMR ruling and the strengthening of protection provisions in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, say Jason Zuckerman and Dallas Hammer of Zuckerman Law.

  • Essential Health Benefits Rules Will Still Burden States

    Caroline Brown

    Requiring state compliance with the Affordable Care Act's commercial essential health benefits rules recently issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has resulted in an unnecessarily complex benefit design process for certain commercial plans and Medicaid alternative benefit plans, say Caroline Brown and Philip Peisch of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • EEOC Year In Review: Lots Of Action, Mixed Results

    Judith Langevin

    2014 has been a notable year for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission given its historic litigation and increased scrutiny of background checks, however it has also faced harsh criticism from employer groups, discord among its commissioners and setbacks in court, say Judith Langevin and Kate Bischoff of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.

  • Top 10 Trade Secrets Developments Of 2014: Part 1

    Kerry Bundy

    Trends we saw in trade secret law this year — including the growing importance of specifically identifying trade secrets early in litigation and the continuing trend toward large damages awards and settlements in trade secrets cases — promise to shape developments in the years ahead, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.