Employment

  • August 24, 2016

    Workers Injured In Sunoco Blast Seeking $1M Or More

    Two more welders injured in an explosion earlier this month at a Sunoco Pipeline LP crude oil terminal east of Beaumont, Texas, filed a lawsuit late Tuesday seeking damages for the injuries that included serious burns.

  • August 24, 2016

    Glenn Beck’s News Outlet Says Ex-CEO Can't Get Indemnity

    TheBlaze Inc., the news outlet run by Glenn Beck, sued its former CEO Christopher Balfe in Texas state court Monday seeking a declaration it doesn’t have to indemnify the ex-executive in litigation accusing Balfe of mismanaging Beck’s production company.

  • August 23, 2016

    Ex-Employee Says NJ Atty Filched Funds At Former Firm

    An ex-legal assistant has brought a whistleblower lawsuit against an attorney in New Jersey state court over claims she was fired for complaining that the lawyer unlawfully took money from a now-defunct law firm.

  • August 23, 2016

    Ex-Fox Host Says Harassment Complaints Led To Retaliation

    Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros on Monday leveled a litany of sexual harassment and retaliation claims in New York against the network and its brass, including recently ousted CEO Roger Ailes and his replacement, saying she was forced off the air after complaining about constant mistreatment.

  • August 22, 2016

    HP, HP Enterprise Hit With Age Bias Suit Over Layoffs

    HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. were hit with a proposed class action on Thursday in California federal court accusing the successor companies of Hewlett-Packard of illegally targeting workers 40 and older in staff layoffs that began in 2012.

  • August 22, 2016

    Server Claims Disney Underpaid Her For Nontipped Work

    Walt Disney World Co. has been hit with a suit by a server at one of its restaurants, claiming the amusement park giant violated minimum wage laws by paying her at a lower rate allowed for tipped work even though she spent substantial time on nontipped tasks.

  • August 19, 2016

    Insurer Says No Duty To Defend WorldLink In Wage Disputes

    RSUI Indemnity Co. sued staffing agency ADI WorldLink LLC in Michigan federal court on Friday, seeking to avoid indemnifying WorldLink in arbitrations with employees who say they weren’t properly paid.

  • August 19, 2016

    Recruiter Sues Holland & Knight Atty For Using Competitor

    A Texas legal recruiting company is seeking up to $1 million in damages from a Houston-area attorney who it says breached an oral agreement to work exclusively with the recruiter and then signed with Holland & Knight LLP through a rival.

  • August 19, 2016

    Guard Says The Met Framed Him For Marking Statues

    New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art framed and fired a security guard for writing on statues with a marker, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the former guard is charging in an unlawful discrimination suit filed in New York state court.

  • August 18, 2016

    Ex-Jefferies Banker Files Gender, Pregnancy Bias Suit

    A former investment banker for Jefferies Group LLC lodged a gender and pregnancy discrimination suit in New York federal court Wednesday, alleging that her supervisor suggested she take on a “less demanding” role in human resources after she told him she was pregnant.

  • August 18, 2016

    Marky Mark's NY Burger Joint Accused Of Funky Pay

    Actor Mark Wahlberg and his brothers' burger chain was hit with a putative class action Thursday over a Wahlburgers restaurant in New York that allegedly stiffed employees on wages, skimmed tips and engaged in other questionable pay practices.

  • August 18, 2016

    California Franchise Group Hit With Unpaid Wages Suit

    A franchise group that operates more than 200 locations with brands including Arby’s, TGI Fridays and Sears Home Appliance got slapped with a wage suit on Wednesday in California court by manager employees who claim that the group violated the state labor code.

  • August 17, 2016

    Texas Welder Burned In Sunoco Blast Seeks $10M Or More

    Three days after an explosion at a Sunoco Pipeline LP crude oil terminal east of Beaumont, Texas, injured seven people, a welder, whose face was “set ablaze” after the force blew off his mask, filed a lawsuit against Sunoco and Carber Holdings in state court in Houston, seeking $10 million or more.

  • August 16, 2016

    Columbia Faces $100M Suit Over Retirement Plan Losses

    Columbia University on Tuesday was hit with a proposed class action in New York federal court accusing the Ivy League school of causing retirement plan participants to suffer hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, just days after seven other prominent schools were similarly sued.

  • August 15, 2016

    Bruce Willis Sued By Production Co. In $8M Acting Fee Row

    Film-production company Benaroya Pictures has launched a California state suit trying to toss actor Bruce Willis' arbitration win as the parties wrangle over his $8 million fee to appear in the canceled indie thriller "Wake,” according to a Friday court filing.

  • August 12, 2016

    Pa. Med Center Accuses Biz Partner Of Trying To Destroy It

    A medical imaging company stole a Pennsylvania radiology center's doctors, clients and confidential information as part of a scheme meant to irreparably damage the center, according to a breach of contract suit filed Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • August 11, 2016

    List Of Universities Sued Over Retirement Plan Fees Grows

    Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University and Vanderbilt University on Wednesday were each hit with proposed class actions accusing the schools of causing retirement plan participants to pay millions of dollars in excessive fees, just one day after three other prominent schools were similarly sued.

  • August 11, 2016

    Investor Sues Warren Gas Co. Execs Over 'False Statements'

    A Warren Resources Inc. shareholder hit executives of the bankrupt oil and gas producer with a proposed class action in Colorado federal court Thursday that alleges they misled investors over the dire effects low energy prices were having on the company.

  • August 11, 2016

    NM State Univ. Slapped With Track Coach Gender Bias Suit

    The federal government filed suit Thursday against New Mexico State University and its board of regents for allegedly discriminating against a female ex-assistant coach in the track and field program, saying the coach wasn't paid the same salary as her male colleagues.

  • August 11, 2016

    Drywall Co. Told Workers To Lie About OT Abuses, DOL Says

    The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a suit in California federal court accusing a drywall company and executives of not properly paying workers overtime and then telling those workers to falsify timecards and lie about the underpayments to federal investigators, the agency announced Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Reasons Law Firm Business Development Initiatives Fail

    Adam Donovan

    By understanding four common reasons why law firm business development initiatives fail, we can more accurately define success, avoid pitfalls, and improve return on investment, says Adam Donovan, senior manager of patent business strategy at Fish & Richardson PC.

  • More Restrictions On Physician Noncompetes Ahead?

    Lisa A. Zaccardelli

    Recently, several states have followed the trend toward constraining the use of restrictive covenants in agreements with medical practitioners. Although the specific language in the new statutes differs, they all limit employers’ ability to craft restrictive employment contracts, shifting negotiating power back to doctors, say attorneys at Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP.

  • Exploring The Limits Of The At-Will Employment Doctrine

    Laura Lawless Robertson

    In jurisdictions where the at-will employment doctrine is recognized, employers are advised to zealously protect this right, including disclaimers in employee handbooks and other employment documents. But two recent federal appellate decisions out of the Fifth Circuit and Ninth Circuit suggest that even this hallowed doctrine is not without its limits, says Laura Lawless Robertson at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • How DOL's New Overtime Rules Will Impact Domestic Workers

    Kathleen Webb

    Changes to the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rules rolling out over the next several months will increase the number of domestic workers in the United States who are eligible for overtime pay. Some critics say these new rules will actually make workers in this group more vulnerable, but overall the rules have been cast in a positive light by advocates for domestic workers, says Kathleen Webb, co-founder of HomeWork Solutions Inc.

  • The Psychological Edge Of Relieving Stressed Jurors

    Roy Futterman

    To guide overwhelmed jurors toward a calm, logical defense verdict in a high-stakes case, an attorney can apply the same psychological techniques that were developed in the treatment of substance abuse, says Dr. Roy Futterman, a clinical psychologist and director at DOAR Inc.

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.

  • 2nd Circ. Stresses Low Standard For Discrimination Claims

    Brian Lehman

    In its recent decision in Doe v. Columbia University, the Second Circuit repeatedly emphasized that plaintiffs only need to allege facts giving rise to a “minimal plausible inference” of intent when alleging illegal discrimination. As a result, district courts will be more likely to deny motions to dismiss complaints of discrimination and allow discovery on the claims to move forward, says Brian Lehman at The Lehman Law Group LLC.

  • Calif. High Court Goes Against The Arbitration Grain

    E. Martin Estrada

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive will likely have a major impact on class action and arbitration litigation. Given the Golden State’s economic prominence, those doing business in California would be wise to take heed of Sandquist in considering how to craft and carry out their arbitration agreements, say Martin Estrada and Bethany Kristovich at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • How Clinton Could Enact Broad Immigration Reform

     Charles C. Foster

    For students of immigration policy, this presidential election offers the greatest contrast between two major presidential candidates of any election in more than a century. Undoubtedly, comprehensive immigration reform could be one of the major victories of a newly elected President Hillary Clinton, says Charles Foster, chairman at Foster LLP and former immigration policy adviser to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

  • 4 Communications Fundamentals For High-Stakes Litigation

    Michael J. Gross

    The court of public opinion can mete out judgments as harsh as those rendered by a court of law, which is why communications professionals and attorneys should be working together to protect their clients’ reputation and advance their legal objectives as litigation proceeds, as well as when decisions or settlements are reached, say Michael Gross and Walter Montgomery at Finsbury.