A New York Supreme Court judge granted Aon Corp. a temporary restraining order Wednesday in Aon's lawsuit against fellow broker Alliant Insurance Services that alleges the rival resumed an employee raid despite a settlement, snagging 75 employees in four days last month.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against the School District of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday, accusing it of discriminating against a school police officer by requiring him to trim his beard in violation of his Islamic religious beliefs.
Paterson, N.J., and its mayor were hit last month in New Jersey court with a whistleblower suit filed by the city’s corporation counsel, who said he was suspended and denied pay after raising concerns about millions of dollars in illegal health insurance payments.
The state of Florida was hit with a lawsuit in Florida federal court Thursday challenging the constitutionality of the state’s laws that void or refuse to recognize same-sex marriages that were officiated in other states or countries.
Motley Rice LLC is facing a legal malpractice suit accusing it of preventing asbestos plaintiffs from pursuing workers' compensation claims by failing to notify employers, insurance carriers and a state agency after a settlement was reached with the companies.
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso LLP was hit Wednesday with a malpractice suit in New Jersey state court by a mortgage company alleging the firm negligently represented it against unfair competition and violation of noncompete agreement claims by negotiating a settlement without its knowledge.
The Dow Chemical Co. has been sued in Florida court by a Miami-based chemicals distributor and its employee Santiago Blanco, over work restrictions they say the chemicals giant has tried to impose upon Blanco's work.
The federal government launched suit in California federal court Friday alleging real estate developer and restaurateur Abe Alizadeh and three family members owe more than $23 million in employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service from their various restaurant operations.
A former account coordinator recently slapped OpenCommunications Omnimedia LLC with a sexual harassment suit in New York state court, claiming he was fired for complaining about constant inappropriate comments from female supervisors, including one who texted, “When are we going to have our bang sesh?”
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was hit with a putative class action Thursday in Pennsylvania court by employees who say the facility failed to protect their personal data, which was stolen by crooks in a massive identity theft heist.
The Tenth Circuit's judges were evenly split this week on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's bid for a review of a religious bias case against Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc., a division lawyers say the agency could exploit in a high court petition.
The former head of ABN Amro Group NV's U.K. legal department on Thursday reportedly filed a lawsuit in a U.K. court for racial discrimination after allegedly being harassed to be made to leave the company before eventually being fired.
A Houston labor lawyer launched a defamation suit Wednesday in Texas state court against a pair of attorneys who once worked for him, accusing them of spreading untrue rumors that he was a drug addict with mental problems, causing his firm to lose a major client.
Former college football television analyst Craig James told the Texas Workforce Commission on Tuesday that Fox Sports Southwest’s decision to fire him was an act religious discrimination motivated by his legally protected right to oppose same-sex marriage.
The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association was dealt a setback Tuesday when a Texas judge denied its request to stop the city from limiting emergency services to cover $8.5 million in unexpected overtime pay, a move the union says violates its collective bargaining agreement.
A Houston energy executive locked in a legal battle over an attempt to oust him from a liquefied natural gas venture launched a new suit in Texas court Monday, alleging a former employee he sued over the coup assaulted him following a deposition.
California Assemblyman Steve Fox was hit with a collective action Friday accusing him of forcing a paralegal and other employees of his law firm to do unpaid campaign work, refusing to pay them overtime, and using his government staff to do private legal work.
Comcast Corp. was hit with a class action in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday by a former sales representative claiming that he was denied overtime wages and fired because he is black.
A Pennsylvania state court was asked Monday to decide whether the state's Right To Know Law barred a nonprofit labor reform group's request for personal information including names, salaries and counties of residence for all state employees.
A New Jersey town's former administrator is suing a lawyer who, while in between stints as the borough's attorney, allegedly failed to advise him that his employment pact with the municipality could be unenforceable.
America's workforce today is a generational mix of Baby Boomers, Generation X and millennials, each with their own values, attitudes and communication styles. An ethics and compliance program strategy can promote more collaboration across generations by adopting three simple characteristics — multigenerational ambassadors, two-way dialog and information contextualization, says Marsha Hames of LRN Corporation.
In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, nearly 200 cases have cited the ruling, but the only consensus reached is that its significance for class actions is unsettled. However, notwithstanding the lower courts’ inconsistent application of Comcast's “rigorous analysis” of damages model evidence, a few guiding principles have emerged, say Erik Snapp and Quinn Shean of Dechert LLP.
Whether ensuring wage-hour compliance, implementing a new internship program or conducting a background check, hospitality employers must always be aware of the pitfalls. For example, while screening new hires through background checks may seem like the best way to limit liability and protect guests, a blanket disqualification may be viewed as an indirect form of race discrimination, say Bethanie Barnes and John Mavros of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
In Lawson v. FMR LLC — the first whistleblower case heard under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act — the U.S. Supreme Court recently held the law protects virtually anyone hired by a publicly traded company, or its employees, either directly or indirectly, and forbids reprisal for a huge range of fraud reports. The decision throws into doubt the Fifth Circuit's ruling last year in Asadi v. GE Energy LLC and will likely reshuffle future whistleblower opinions, says R. Scott Oswald of The Employment Group PC.
The main takeaway from the Second Circuit's recent decision in U.S. v. DHL Express (USA) Inc. is that potential False Claims Act liability attaches long after a transaction closes, regardless of the contract protections bargained for. Contractual or statutory notice requirements cannot be relied on to shift risk onto counterparties, say attorneys with Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
I was shocked to find that in the month of February 2014 alone there were over 100 legal opinions issued in the U.S. involving Facebook. While some of these cases were more disturbing than amusing, there were a few gems, including the case of a Florida judge who ruled against a litigant who had denied her friend request, says Dan Nabel of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. should add certainty to Employee Retirement Income Security Act plan administrators now that limitations on actions will be enforced uniformly throughout the country — indeed, courts have already begun to rely on the decision when enforcing similar provisions, says Michael DeWitt of Fox & Fox Law Co. LPA.
Despite the current circuit split on whether a qui tam relator must identify specific claims in order to satisfy Rule 9(b), the U.S. Department of Justice has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to deny certiorari in U.S. v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc. But even if the court does not agree to review this case, it appears highly likely that the court will eventually be called upon to resolve the split, says Scott Grubman, an associate at Rogers & Hardin LLP and a former federal prosecutor.
In stark contrast to the changing environment for the majority of lawyers today, the evolution for the general counsel is driven less by necessity than by opportunity. Today’s GC may touch every aspect of his or her organization to solve challenges and propel the company forward, keeping the GC far ahead of what is expected of the average lawyer, says James Merklinger, vice president and general counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
The Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Titan Tire Corp of Freeport Inc. v. United Steel Workers held that an employer may not lawfully pay the salaries of former employees who are on leaves of absence and working full-time for a union. Employers within the Seventh Circuit should closely examine existing union leave policies — they should not assume that all paid union leave arrangements are unlawful, say Daniel Bordoni and Ross Friedman of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.